Melting Point

Melting Point

by Kate Meader

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Things are heating up at Engine Co. 6 in this original e-novella from Kate Meader’s sizzling Hot in Chicago series! Superhot playboy firefighter Gage Simpson has one particular man on his mind: Brady Smith, a recalcitrant, moody chef who makes Gage melt from the inside out. Features a sexy sneak preview of Playing with Fire!

Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame.

Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501125287
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 08/31/2015
Series: Hot in Chicago
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 120,249
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Originally from Ireland, 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, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines (and heroes) who can match their men quip for quip. Visit her at

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Melting Point 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
100p, M/M, HEA, dual POV. Strong but wounded main characters, good supporting characters, good pace to plot, realistic character development & chemistry. Adult content.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Let me start by saying I was really torn getting to this book. In one hand, because m/m is not my go to genre, reading this book was not a priority. On the other hand, I was intrigued with Gage’s story. After reading bits about him in Flirting with Fire, I wondered how Meader will get Gage, this over confident Firefighter to get together with a very closed off Chef. Gage Simpson is a no nonsense kind of guy despite his not so happy childhood. He knew exactly who he is early on in life and owned it with no reservations. Though bullied and abused, he grew up to be a great man. The Dempsey family can take the credit for that. Gage was taken in and loved unconditionally to this day. Now, he is a very dedicated, sexy firefighter looking to get Chef Brady’s full attention. Brady is damaged to the point of having a relationship would be impossible. His experience while in the military has left him with physical and emotional scars. While his career as a chef keeps him sane, his PTSD prevents him from making a step towards any commitments. But maybe, just maybe, Gage would be enough to push him into taking a chance. Kate Meader didn’t make an m/m fan out of me or a reader of the genre, but she certainly pulled me closer in that direction. Despite my lack of interest in this genre, I still enjoyed Melting Point. The Romance was well done and believable. Even their background story was nicely covered. I would’ve liked to see more interaction and cameos from Gage’s family though. They are suppose to be very close. I can assume the short length prevented the author from any big family interactions. A fair warning…the sexual content is descriptive. If you’re not used to m/m sex scenes like myself, brace yourself. There was hunger and carnal need to their love scenes but it was also honest and passionate. And with that said, Melting Point was a pretty cool read. A stand alone but I advise to also read Flirting with Fire simply because it was awesome.
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! All I can think of right now is thank goodness for all the people, like myself, who saw enough in Gage and Brady for there to be a demand of them having their own novella. Not to take anything away from Kinsey and Luke, who were pretty freaking hot and wonderful themselves, but the bits and pieces on the side throughout book one, Flirting with Fire, that were happening between Gage and Brady really stole the spotlight for me. I was turning the pages faster to get to more of their story at times more so than the couple the book was about. Needless to say my copy of Melting Point has been sitting on my desk quite literally taunting me for weeks now until I was finally able to read it and there are no words for how worth the wait this book was. Like everyone else who meets him, I was fascinated and enamored of Gage Simpson since his first appearance in Rekindle the Flame, a prequel type of novella. You can't help but love this guy. He's cocky in the most adorable way, perpetual grin and one of the most playful and flirtatious guys you'll ever meet. And he's an equal opportunity flirt at that. Male or female he'll turn on the charm and have you melting at his feet. I desperately needed him to have his own book! It was nice, if not bittersweet to see this other side of Gage. The one that's not always happy-go-lucky. The one who lets a bit of the pain from his past break past his otherwise unflappable exterior. As if it were possible to love this guy even more. Brady was a mystery I was desperate to crack. Delicious muscles and tattoos with zero communication skills, scars inside and out and an aversion to human contact. This quiet and broody chef had me completely fascinated with the need to know his story. I loved watching Gage slowly, and I do mean slowly, break down his defenses and seeing the Brady that he probably was before he joined the marines. One who wasn't afraid to smile or laugh or let someone touch them. I loved everything about his character. It's funny, when I mentioned to Kate Meader that I was going to be starting Melting Point in a few days the last thing she said to me about it was "Also hottest sex scenes I've ever written. Just sayin'" Now that I've finished the book, I'm going to have to heartily agree! Hot. Scorching. Cold shower inducing scenes. The chemistry that Gage and Brady have is mind blowing. I mean it was evident in the teasers of will they/won't they that were in book one but holy hotness Batman! These two guys finally coming together, no pun intended...kinda, was worth every bit of dancing around their feelings, well more so Brady around his, that lead up to this point. I could probably sit here for hours and gush about this book and these two characters that I'm deeply in love with but I'll stop here. I'm such a big fan of Kate Meader's writing and the characters she creates. If you've never read anything by her before all I can say is what are you waiting for? I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out next month, Playing with Fire. I love this wonderful dynamic between this group of firefighting foster siblings and I need more! The end of September can't get here soon enough! Huge, huge thanks goes to Pocket Star (Simon & Schuster) for the opportunity to read and review this book!!
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago Series. It was well-written with strong characters and family connections. In that book we met Gage and Brady, who had a minor secondary storyline. In Melting Point they take center stage. Both Gage and Brady are each dealing with their own demons. The novella gives Meader a chance to actually focus on their storyline as opposed to providing glimpses through the remainder of the books. Gage and Brady are fun to watch. Neither really want to give up who they are, but they begin to realize they are better together. The strong personalities fit well and provide room to grow. Though not everything is resolved, and I hope we get to see more of these two as the series continues, it does put them on a path forward. Copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Brady does not make it easy for Gage, and they are over before they even had a chance to really begin. Brady's accident provides the opportunity for them to begin again, and the results are not only explosive, but also emotional. Both Brady and Gage are carrying baggage from their past, and I loved seeing them work through it together. This novella is hot, hot, hot - Brady and Gage know how to burn up the pages of a book! A must read for M/M lovers! I received an ARC from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
BeaC More than 1 year ago
Happy sigh. It's more of a HFN than an HEA but it worked, and I was happy for the two of them. The story is told both from Gage's POV and Brady's, though we spend more time in Brady's head. Since we didn't get his perspective in Flirting with Fire, I enjoyed getting to know him better. We met Brady and Gage in the first book and I was hoping we'd see more of their relationship. This book was all about the two of them and I love getting inside both their minds. I did miss the interactions with Gage's siblings or anyone else really.We see Eli, Chicago's mayor, briefly, but the story is 90% just Gage and Brady. The story actually could have used a little padding to tone down the intensity a bit but I appreciated the emphasis on the relationship and the romance. And damn, I wish Gage weren't gay. Ah well.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
M/M erotic romance: MELTING POINT is the second installment (and novella) in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult Hot in Chicago erotic romance series focusing on the men and women in uniform of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. This is executive chef and Marine veteran Brady Smith, and twenty four year old firefighter and model Gage Simpson’s storyline. NOTE: MELTING POINT contains graphic scenes of M/M sexual imagery, and is recommended for readers 18+. Told from dual third person perspectives MELTING POINT focuses on the building relationship between Gage and Brady. Brady is a former Marine whose physical and emotional scars are the stuff of nightmares, survivor’s guilt and PTSD. His attraction to sexy firefighter Gage Simpson places Brady in a tenuous position as he is unable to bear the pity and touch of another human being. But Gage is a man who isn’t afraid to go for what he wants, and Gage wants Brady in his bed and in his life. What ensues is Gage’s seduction of Brady Smith breaking down the barriers both of our storyline heroes have erected to protect their hearts and their souls. When Brady gets injured while out on his bike, Gage places himself as nurse and protector for the man who calls to his heart. The relationship between Gage and Brady is one of immediate attraction. Our leading couple met in the previous storyline (Flirting With Fire #1) where Gage’s attraction to Brady was met with rejection and incredulity. Brady is unable to understand Gage’s attraction to his emotionally damaged mind and scarred-up body; Brady had issues of intimacy and touch; and in this Brady believes that their sexual relationship has a time limit until Gage finds someone better. Gage isn’t looking for a one-night stand but he is a man who is looking for lots of hot and sweaty $ex. The $ex scenes are erotic, intense, passionate and graphic. The world building pulled the focus of the storyline away from the Fire Department and into the bedroom of its two leading characters. Although we get a quick glimpse into Gage’s kitchen ability with the CPD, there was only a quick reference to firefighting. Where Flirting With Fire (book 1) introduced the leading players in Kate Meader’s HOT IN CHICAGO series, MELTING POINT kept its focus on the two storyline characters. We are re-introduced to Mayor Eli Cooper whose history with Chef Brady Smith goes beyond friendship-he has first hand knowledge of the hell Brady endured in an Afghanistan prison, and he is hoping to play matchmaker between Brady and Gage. MELTING POINT is a fast paced storyline that focuses on recovery and letting go of the past-not just for Brady Smith but for Gage as well. There are moments of heartbreak for two men whose earlier years were filled with pain and betrayal; and the growing tenderness as they learn to love and trust one another-in the here and now. Kate Meader blends a little bit of fire with a whole lot of heat as one of Chicago’s finest finds his happily ever after.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
After reading Flirting with Fire and getting a taste of firefighter Gage and his interactions with hot chef Brady, I was eager to read about their romance. This novella can be read as a standalone, and details their relationship after they've already hooked up a few times, but Brady has backed off from becoming emotionally involved with Gage, something Gage isn't happy with at all. They both have experienced emotional turmoil and have difficulty trusting people with their emotions, preferring easy one night flings over committed relationships. At the same time, they realize that they have something special between them if they'll just open up to each other and admit it. I loved the two of them together as they experience both the good and the challenging parts of being in a relationship. The sex scenes are super hot (kudos to the author for getting those just right!) but it's the sweetness between them that makes the story. This is a great addition to the Hot in Chicago series. 5 stars.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
I'm convinced Kate Meader can write the yellow pages and make it sound interesting. "Melting Point" was my first m/m. I was hooked on Gage and Brady Smith in "Flirting with Fire." I loved that they were complete opposites and that they had such great chemistry. Although I expected some hot tension between Cage and Brady I really love how Meader dug deeper into their relationship and helped them each face their vulnerabilities. Kate Meader can make the pages sizzle. She knows how to add just the right amount of push and pull to keep a reader hooked. I personally cannot wait to read more or really anything by her! Cage and Brady did not disappoint!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Melting Point is beyond HAWT! Love Gage and Brady. Reviewed by Kim Gage "Baby Thor" Simpson is one of my favorite heroes. He's the total package. He has a bible pushing mother who abused him as a child because he was gay. He went from foster home to foster home until he finally found a family and home with the Dempseys. He’s a firefighter with Chicago’s Engine Co. 6. Gage is a man who can have any man he wants. In all honesty, he can probably have any woman as well, because let’s face it, he’s amazing. Women know he’s gay but that still doesn’t stop them from falling over themselves. However, Gage only has eyes for Brady Smith. Brady is a thirty-five-year-old former Marine turned successful chef. From his first meeting with Gage, he was completely infatuated with him. But Brady suffers from PTSD from his time in Afghanistan and doesn’t like to be touched. Brady also isn’t much of a communicator. What I love about this couple is the way they are together. Both are broken as a result of life experiences. In fact, their scars are deeper than I ever imagined. But they each try to push aside their own problems to be there for the other. In Flirting with Fire, where the two first met, I remember thinking of Gage as a little puppy dog running around after Brady who didn’t think he deserved a relationship or love. Brady views Gage as sunshine, with himself being darkness. While I love Gage for his playfulness and view of life ~ “I’m cheerful because the alternative is to see obstacles everywhere and expect people will hurt you. I choose to live in full color. I choose to say hey there to hotties , f*** off to the haters, tell lovers how I want it, and people how it shall be.” He is more than he likes to show people. “I’m not nearly as self-absorbed as people think I am.” He’s definitely not. I don’t normally read M/M romances so I can’t say I’m this expert on them but I highly recommend reading Melting Point. Kate Meader has brought together two men who on a surface level have nothing in common and shouldn’t be together. But on a deeper level, they’re great and get each other. They balance each other out. When one is weak because they just can’t balance the past on their shoulders alone, the other is there to provide needed strength. Melting Point shows a different side to the hero (Eli Cooper) in the upcoming book, Playing with Fire. Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series is just that HOT. I can’t wait for the next book. It should also be noted that Melting Point is a standalone read. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion. Also purchased my own digital copy.**
eabreese More than 1 year ago
In Melting Point we go back to Station 6 and catch up with Gage from the fire fighting Dempsey family. In this steamy novella, we find Gage stepping in to help Brady (the very hot chef we met in Flirting with Fire) after an accident. Brady's pain killer buzz is just enough that he is finally honest with how he feels and the developing relationship is great to watch. The sexy time between Gage and Brady is incredibly hot, but what I really enjoyed was these two wounded souls opening up to each other to create a loving relationship. Gage is a character that stood out in Flirting with Fire and it was great to get to know him better here. It didn't take long at all for him to get passed Brady's physical issues, but the emotional barriers were harder to brake down and I briefly wondered if they were going to be able to make it. Ms. Meader does a great job of balancing the relationship and hot sexy time in a novella that is just right length wise to tell the story. While Gage and Brady are both introduced in Flirting With Fire, Melting Point is a complete stand-alone and can be read on it's own.