Release Date: February 22
Lives are on the line at Engine 6 … and so are hearts.
Newly-minted firefighter Abby Sullivan is exactly where she wants to be: Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 6, the station where her mom blazed a trail as one of the first female firefighters in the city. The first to fall in the line of duty, too. All Abby wants is to succeed, but that’s a tough proposition when people only see a feel-good story, a token woman failing at a man’s job, or the princess in need of protection. And the man tasked with watching her six?
Lieutenant Roman Rossi, the one person she can’t let close.
Having the daughter of his boss and nemesis under his wing shouldn’t be a problem for Roman—he’s a professional and can treat her like any other firefighter rookie. Except she happens to be the gorgeous woman he once shared a slice of cherry pie with, followed by the hottest, sweetest, most pulse-pounding kiss of his life. He didn’t know her name but he had planned to find out.
Now Roman knows exactly who Abby is: a threat to his self-control more dangerous than a five-alarm blaze. Lust has no place in the firehouse, and a distraction like Abby with her electric blue eyes, waves of flame-red hair, and freckles Roman wants to map with his tongue, is one he can ill afford.
Because one wrong move … and it could all go up in smoke.
Up in Smoke is the first in the brand new Hot in Chicago Rookies series about firefighters navigating the trials of new jobs and sizzling romances as they find their place in the world and the love of a lifetime.
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A slow burn where the main characters are firefighters. Clever. And, wow did this one work.
Abby and Roman have a meet cute over the last piece of pie, fabulous conversation, an amazing kiss...and then a rather unpleasant discovery that anything more between them is going to involve an unpleasant conversation with HR...and she is not only the newest member of his crew, but she has some difficult family connections to the station as well.
So, Abby and Roman decide what adults should decide...to have nothing other than a professional relationship. I am not sure if this ever works in real life, but it definitely never does in a romance novel, and while they give it their best attempt, they fail with staying completely professional.
I also liked the way Abby being a female firefighter was handled. Not like she was a novelty, but with a definite focus on understanding the challenges that she faces being in a male dominated world while also being capable, competent, and fully aware of what she was getting herself into in the job.
I liked watching the characters evolve as they figure out what they wanted and how to make it work out for them. This is a slow burn, but once they get together and explore what they have between them, it's hot (the fire puns really write themselves here.)
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
Meet Kate Meade
Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, fire hose, or hockey stick, and she’s there.
Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with big-hearted guys and strong heroines - and heroes - who can match their men quip for quip.
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