Sparking the Fire

Sparking the Fire

by Kate Meader

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Kate Meader’s blazing Hot in Chicago firefighter series has “everything you want in a romance” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick)! The flames of desire burn out of control in this sexy third novel when ex-lovers unexpectedly reunite for a sizzling affair that will have the director yelling, “Quiet on the set!”

Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476785936
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Hot in Chicago Series , #3
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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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Sparking the Fire

  • Five years later . . .

    “You can go right in, Lieutenant Fox. He’s waiting for you.”

    Wyatt Fox nodded curtly at Kathy, the firehouse’s perky admin, as he stood outside the cap’s office contemplating his next move. The going-in part was a foregone conclusion—he had been summoned, after all—but how he would handle what lay behind that door was still up in the air. Normally he would have knocked. Raised his right hand, curled his fingers into a fist, and rapped his knuckles on the door. But he had a pass to just waltz in, so mercifully he didn’t have to complete even that simplest of motions. He didn’t have to be reminded that the tendons in his shoulder were shredded like Mini-Wheats after he’d wrenched it during a tricky rescue two weeks back. It was either that or let that shithead—sorry, citizen—take a header off the LaSalle Street Bridge.

    Suicide attempt averted. Three months off squad his reward.

    Unless he could persuade the cap that it wasn’t as bad as all that.

    He gripped the doorknob with purpose, ignored the wince even that small action produced, and strode in like a man without a care in the world.


    Captain Matt “Venti” Ventimiglia lifted his gaze from a file on his desk. A pretty cool cat, he wasn’t one for small talk, which Wyatt appreciated, especially as his own family could talk the hind legs off a herd of mules. Sitting at the dinner table with the Dempseys—his cobbled-together foster family—was like an episode of The Brady Bunch on steroids. And now that the rest of them had hearts-and-shamrocks happy-ever-afters to call their own, it approached Disney to the nth degree at every gathering.

    Wyatt took a seat.

    “At least three months, according to the doc,” the cap said.

    Good, straight to it. “Docs can be wrong.”

    “If you push it and make it worse, then you could be looking at six months or more.”

    “I’m not good at sitting around.” As if that was a valid enough reason to put him back on active duty. It was a family trait, both Dempsey and the original. His biological father, Billy Fox, was never one for letting the grass grow under his itchy feet, always keeping Wyatt and his half brother Logan on the move. Needs must, when you’re trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

    The cap sniffed. “You hear about Dave Kowalski?”

    The subject change gave Wyatt pause, but as he wasn’t having any luck going against the tide, he figured he’d swim with it for a while.

    “Hollywood Dave? Word’s out that he’s looking at ten weeks in traction.” Kowalski was the Chicago Fire Department’s designated consult for that TV show about firefighters, the one where the station bunk room looked like the Ritz (nope), fires broke out every ten seconds (hardly), and everyone was screwing their coworkers (if only). Years with his nose permanently wedged in the asses of his actor pals had apparently dulled Dave’s reflexes to mush because he’d neglected to step out of the way when a roof had caved in on him last week. If Venti was trying to compare their situations . . .

    The cap smiled a crooked grin, knowing that Wyatt’s mind had crashed that particular gate and was hurtling down the track.

    “They need someone to fill in for him.”

    Wyatt scrubbed a hand across the two-week growth on his jaw. Usually he’d have to stay clean-shaven to ensure his mask retained the proper seal, so he was enjoying the only perk of rehab—the pleasure of ignoring his razor. Add a hunting rifle, a haunch of hog meat, and a cabin in the woods, and you had the makings of a profile worthy of the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

    “Before you shut it down,” Venti continued when Wyatt remained silent, “let me tell you it’s not for the TV show. It’s an eight-week movie shoot, starts in less than a month, July through August. You know how the city is always looking for revenue and to up its appeal for production companies. Cade Productions asked for someone from Engine 6 to be the consult.”

    Something pinged in his chest. As a firefighter—a rescue squad firefighter—Wyatt had learned long ago that his instincts were that guardian angel on his shoulder, keeping his ass in one piece. But the reason behind this hitch in his lungs was escaping him this second.

    “Why Engine 6?”

    Venti grinned and waited a beat until Wyatt got it.

    “Because of Alex. They think they’ll get more play if they have an in with America’s Favorite Firefighter.”

    Last year, his sister, Alexandra Dempsey, had made a name for herself slicing up the Lamborghini of some rich D-bag who’d insulted the family during a traffic accident run. And as if that wasn’t enough, she’d gotten herself involved with Eli Cooper, Chicago’s mayor, who proceeded to tank his campaign and subsequently lose his reelection bid to prove he loved her. The whole mess had Hollywood written all over it, but his sister had turned down offers to have her romantic shenanigans immortalized on-screen. Looked like the vultures were looking for another way to skin that kitty cat.

    “Might be better to keep these movie people on a short leash, don’t you think?” Venti offered with a cocked eyebrow, reading Wyatt’s mind. Or at the very least recognizing that “Don’t mess with the Dempseys” was as ingrained in Wyatt as it was in the rest of his crazy motherfucking family.

    Wyatt sighed. There was logic here, but hanging with Hollywood types and artistes was not how he wanted to spend his rehab. It was the kind of thing his brother Gage would enjoy, he of the billboards and firefighter calendars and all-around exhibitionist tendencies. Kid had never met a camera he didn’t want to bang.

    He was just about to offer Gage’s services instead when something Venti had said poked his brain matter like a Halligan through termite-ridden drywall.

    “Back up a sec. What’s that about production companies?”

    “The city wants to encourage more production companies to come here—”

    “No, the other thing. The name of the production company that asked for the consult from six.”

    Venti squinted. “Cade Productions. Headed up by that actress who had all that trouble last year. The public divorce from Ryan Michaels, the hacked photos, the ‘I’m so exhausted’ rehab.” The captain was well known for spending more time reading People than Fire Engineering magazine. Anyone who dared touch the latest issue before Venti laid his eyeballs on it had better find latrine duty enjoyable. “This is supposed to be her big comeback.”

    The ping now ratcheted up to a full-on four-alarm. “And is she in the movie? Molly Cade?”

    That garnered more than a squint from Venti; it earned a skin-penetrating stare because Wyatt had sounded . . . animated. He didn’t do animated for anything or anyone.

    Except for Sean and Logan, his foster father and biological brother, both long gone. For Roni, very much alive and vexing.

    And once, for Molly Cade.

    A smile spread slowly across Venti’s face. Asshole. “I believe she is in the movie. Fan of Ms. Cade’s work, are you?”

    Big fan. Of how hard her tongue had worked when wrapped around his cock. How good her curvy body had worked his until every one of his atoms had exploded in the kind of pleasure he’d never experienced before or since. They had crossed paths at a strange time in Wyatt’s life. In the intervening five years, whenever he saw her on the screen, a cavalcade of what-might-have-beens marched through his brain. Ridiculous, for sure. Oscar-nominated actresses who commanded multimillion-dollar paydays weren’t exactly his usual diet.

    But . . .

    Molly Cade was in his zip code. Or soon would be. Dubbed America’s Sweetheart in all those dumb romantic comedies when she wasn’t playing a macho loser’s helpless love interest in the latest summer popcorn movie, her one step outside her wheelhouse had yielded that Oscar nod for some indie film. And then it had all turned to shit for her in the last year.

    Not that he had kept track of her starry life or anything.

    But before that, before she was the Molly Cade, she was the one woman who had snuck under his skin and burrowed in for the long haul. It would be mighty interesting to see if she had the means to make him itch like before. Come alive like before. Keeping her and her production company out of his sister’s orbit would be a bonus.

    He met Venti’s gaze squarely, not caring what the cap might think about his sudden about-face.

    “When do I start?”

    “You have to admit, he has a great ass.”

    Molly turned to the maker of that bald statement and gave her the slitty eyes. Calysta Johnson—bestie, gal Friday, and fellow ass connoisseur—remained oblivious to Molly’s glare, too busy ogling the ass-ets of Gideon Carter, costar on Molly’s latest movie venture, Into the Blaze. Molly followed Cal’s gaze to where Gideon the Idiot stood just as . . . sigh, he rang the antique firehouse bell affixed to the wall of the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy on Chicago’s West Side. For the third time in ten minutes. At the clanking din, he whooped like a frat pledge and nudged the ribs of his right-hand dickhead, Jeremy.

    “Sure, great ass. Pity it’s on his shoulders.”

    Cal chortled. “If I was ten years younger—”

    “Or had a brain injury.”

    “—I’d be all over those perfect globes.” Cal was equal opportunity when it came to her dating interests. Men, women, and IQs below seventy were all fair game. Grinning, she aimed a glance past the hulking steam-powered engine in the lobby and checked her phone again. “Our contact is late.”

    “You make it sound like a special military op. We’re just meeting the Pabst Blue Ribbon–drinking, potbellied hose hauler who’s going to make sure this movie is more authentic than a Ken Burns documentary.”

    Cal squeezed Molly’s arm. She could always tell when Molly was nervous. “Hon, this is going to be a huge success. Your ticket back onto the A-list, into the fickle public’s hearts, and their big fat wallets.”

    “I don’t care about being A-list or making bank on the first weekend. I just want”—Molly balled her fists and placed them on her hips—“I just want people to hear my name and not think ‘Ryan Michaels’s pathetic ex’ or ‘Her tits look bigger on the screen than they do in those hacked photos.’?”

    “Well, they do look bigger. That’s the magic of Hollywood.”

    Molly barked a reluctant laugh. Thank God for Cal, who always managed to shred the invites to the pity party.

    “Speaking of photos, did you see them?” Cal jerked her chin to the west wall, where a battery of frames hung in a grid. They both moved toward them.

    The Wall of the Fallen.

    Feeling a touch ghoulish, Molly studied the pictures. Faces shone back at her, some smiling, most not, all of the men dressed in their CFD uniforms. Each of them someone’s father, brother, son, friend. Their courage and sacrifice enveloped Molly to the point that the shitstorm she had endured this past year paled in comparison.

    With reverent slowness, she walked past the memorial until she came to the two she recognized: Sean Dempsey and his foster son, Logan Keyes.

    Sean was that stereotypical hale and ruddy-faced Irishman with a twinkle that not even his grim official photo could dull. Beside him, Logan stared out from beyond the grave, a hint of a smile teasing the corner of his mouth. A real heartbreaker, no doubt. Nine years ago, they’d given their lives, spawned a legion of bar tales, and inspired a family of foster kids to follow in their footsteps. One of those kids, Alex Dempsey, was as well known for her on-camera and romantic exploits as she was for her bravery. Her story of fierce familial loyalty, headline-grabbing heroics, and a love for the ages—the movie poster was already designed in Molly’s mind—would add the human interest element to Into the Blaze’s pulse-pounding action sequences.

    Unfortunately, Alex and the CFD had stonewalled Molly’s efforts to tell it. Months of no calls returned preceded a sternly worded letter from former Chicago mayor, now hotshot lawyer Eli Cooper, informing Cade Productions that Firefighter Dempsey’s story was not for sale.

    Six months of fighting tooth and nail with Ryan’s lawyers for her rights and dignity had soured Molly on smooth-talking lawyers. While the movie would still get made, its success would be assured with Alex’s endorsement, which is why she was here.

    The Dempseys, as the foster siblings were collectively known, worked at Engine Company 6, so she had requested to meet with one of the company when the usual CFD media affairs rep was injured. It was a long shot, but if she could learn more about the Dempseys, find a way to connect with them, maybe she’d find a way in with Alex. Time was nipping at her heels, though. The adapted script was ready to go and shooting started in under four weeks. It just needed the imprimatur of America’s Favorite Firefighter to varnish it with the sheen of authenticity.

    This was to be Molly’s comeback, and it would be spectacular.

    “God, they are positively smokin’.” Cal held up her phone to showcase the ripped-as-shit body of Gage Simpson, one of the Dempseys, posing in the charity firefighter calendar that had taken the city and Internet by storm last year. “Two of them in those beefcake calendars, one of them a cut boxer, the hot-tamale sister. Wonder what the mystery brother looks like.”

    So did Molly. Four of the Dempseys were unafraid of the public eye, but the fifth—Wyatt Fox—remained a shadowy figure who shunned the limelight. To be fair, she hadn’t looked all that hard, but no clear photos of Mr. Mysterious had come to light. Not even on Facebook.

    “Probably got thrashed by the ugly stick. But the rest of ’em . . .” Cal gave a low whistle. “Must be something in the Chicago water.”

    As they were standing before a monument to the city’s finest and bravest, Molly opened her mouth, ready to admonish her friend for her crassness, only to find Cal gaping and her gaze directed to a point over Molly’s shoulder. “Or maybe it’s what they’re feeding them down at the firehouse,” she murmured.

    A curious shiver thrummed through Molly’s body a split second before she heard a deep, bone-penetrating baritone. “Miss Cade?”

    The shiver magnified in intensity, though that wasn’t quite right. It rocket-fuel-boosted every cell in her body to the level of a quake.

    That voice. It couldn’t be.

    She turned.

    The Marine.

    Her brain tried to compute the vision before her. The same uncompromising blue-gray eyes, but more distant. The same fit body, but more space filling. The same rugged features, but more bearded. (Bearded!)

    He was also in the wrong place at the wrong time, wearing the wrong . . . no, no, no . . . Chicago Fire Department T-shirt that stretched taut against chiseled pectorals, the sleeve hems pushed north by biceps she remembered gripping as he pistoned those trim hips into her over and over.

    Five years ago.

    Five years of climbing a pinnacle of fame to that coveted spot on the A-list. Well, four years. The last year had wiped out all that had gone before. Every high, every joyful moment.

    But back in a simpler time, there had been a week—six glorious, sex-filled nights, actually—with the Marine. Who was not a marine at all, it seemed, or at least no longer was.

    Cal, seeing that Molly had been struck stupid, donned her personal assistant hat and stepped forward.

    “Hi, I’m Calysta Johnson. I’ve been emailing CFD Media Affairs about today’s meeting, and this is—” She motioned toward Molly.

    “Miss Cade,” he grated.

    Oxygen was suddenly hard to come by, the floor moving beneath her feet. A thundering sound had started in her head and now echoed in her blood—and it had nothing to do with that 90 percent juice diet her personal trainer had her on. The Marine said something to Cal, maybe his name, but Molly missed it.

    She had never known that name, had never wanted to. That was their unspoken agreement. No names, no history, no future. Just six nights of scorching passion and inhibitions annihilated. He had done things to her no other man had ever dared. Plumbed the depths of her pleasure and scaled her to orgasmic heights she had forgotten existed during the icy wasteland of her marriage. She used to like sex. She used to like the person she was during sex, but Ryan had drilled it out of her—literally—with his all-consuming focus on himself.

    “Mol?” Cal’s eyes were wide with concern. “You okay?”

    Molly swallowed. “Yes! I’m fine!” Squeaky voiced, about to fall over, but otherwise okeydokey.

    She met the cool gaze of the Marine. “Mr. . . . ?”

    “Fox. Wyatt Fox.”

    Hello, seren-freaking-dipity, it was him. Not just him from all those years ago, but him, the elusive Dempsey. How was it possible that the man who had lit her on fire, body and soul, was also the man who could get her closest to her heart’s desire—a straight shot at his sister?

    Wyatt Fox. It suited him. Clean, masculine, not a syllable wasted. Like James Bond, if 007 included cowboy-marine-firefighter in his stable of personae.

    Fox. Wyatt Fox. License to thrill—and send your panties plummeting.

    A manic giggle bubbled up from somewhere deep, the same place where illicit laughter in church originated. The wicked, don’t-you-dare-Molly kind of giggle she had never been able to smother in front of her gran whenever Pastor Morrison delivered his sermon with a booger hanging from his nose—every Sunday, without fail, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, Missouri.

    She held out her hand, and to distract from her tremble, she parted with that giggle. Wily move, she thought.

    He stared, no doubt wondering if she had lost her mind. Don’t worry, Marine, that train left the station long ago. Only now was she starting to put the splintered mess back together again.

    Drawing on Serious Molly, she cleared her throat, though she was quite enjoying this giddy version. It had been a while. “Mr. Fox. Thanks so much for meeting with us today.”

    No reaction. What—so—ever.

    This was priceless. The one guy on the planet who could probably map all her freckles and he didn’t remember a single one—or her! But that was their game, wasn’t it? Each night, they would circle each other in that hotel bar like predatory strangers, as though they hadn’t already memorized every inch of each other’s bodies, the pulse points, the weak spots, every breathy sound.

    Could he be reverting to their previous dynamic? Is that why he was looking at her like she was nothing to him? Or had she truly made so little impact?

    He dwarfed her hand in his giant one, squeezed once, and let go. As if her touch offended him.

    She was reading far too much into this.

    “Miss Cade.”

    The third time he’d called her that. Something in his voice was hot-wired to the dampening center between her legs. “Molly. Call me Molly.”

    The prickle of heat on the back of her neck could mean only one thing: Cal was staring at her and compiling a list of questions in her head to be brought out later over a bottle of Pinot.

    “Hey, do you guys . . . know each other?”

    Or, why wait? Just get it out now and clear the air.

    Not a muscle moved in the Marine’s face, not even an eyelash, but then . . . then . . . yes! A slight rise of his eyebrow, like the ghost of a breeze fluttering practically invisible molecules. He did remember. The enormity of his reaction, and what it meant, smashed her to the ground.

    He was feigning ignorance, allowing her the freedom to admit or deny.

    For the past five years, her life had not been her own. A Faustian bargain she had made knowingly, of course. Hello fame, good-bye privacy. But those hacked photos infecting the Internet, that violation, had not been her choice.

    Her heart clenched at this small gesture of gallantry. So perhaps banging Molly fifteen ways from Sunday before she was famous might not be worth bragging about, but any other guy would be salivating at the chance to compose a headline of “Hot Nights in the Sack with Molly Cade!” Instead, the Marine was giving her the choice whether to reveal their past affair.

    Tears pricked her eyelids at the unexpected kindness.

    All things considered, however, this prior connection could not get out. She was trying to rehabilitate her sorry rep, not create more gossip for the gutter rags. Which is why she really should not have said in answer to Cal’s question about whether they knew each other, “Depends on your definition of know.”

    One razor-straight eyebrow shot up, hovered near his cocoa brown hairline, and lowered slowly. How gratifying to be able to throw him like that. He had always been so unshockable.

    “We had some mutual interests once,” Wyatt said, a pagan gleam in those blue-gray eyes. “Bars. Shakespeare.” Sexy pause. “Elevators.”

    Heat rose to her cheeks. Point to you, Mr. Fox.

    “How long have you been with CFD?”

    “About four and a half years. Signed up after I left the marines.”

    So she’d been right about his military service, and he’d joined the family business after they’d met. It was strange to think of him with a family. With the Dempseys.

    Inward mental shake. Did she think he sprouted fully formed from Lake Michigan, ascending in a seashell like a male Venus with maybe a fig leaf—or a Cubbies cap—over his manly magnificence? Toting a fire hose instead of a trident? No, that was Neptune. Or Poseidon. Whatever.

    She savored the glorious image for a moment while another giggle gathered inside her. No man had ever exhibited the capacity to unhinge her like this, not even Ryan. With him she had been starstruck, but never man-struck.

    Desperately, she turned to Cal with a helpless shrug of I think it would be best if you speak now.

    Cal had witnessed several breakdowns from Molly in the past year, so this latest turn did not surprise her. Deftly, she picked up the conversational slack. “I understand our original CFD contact is injured, Mr. Fox. I hope he’s okay.”

    “He’ll make it. And it’s Lieutenant Fox.” He crossed thick-as-oak-branch forearms over his immense chest, a move that made his biceps bulge indecently.

    Oh. My.

    Directing his stark gaze back at Molly, he said, “This isn’t my usual gig, but as long as you do as I say, we should get along fine.”

    Somehow, she found her producer voice. “Already bossing my crew around?”

    “Who said anything about your crew?”

    All the blood she needed to stay upright rushed to her face in remembrance. Back then, the man had held on to regular conversation as if every word cost a sliver of his soul to speak it. But he had been expressive in other ways. Throaty commands. Raspy instructions. Touch me. Suck me. Take it all, baby. Every order designed to maximize their joint pleasure.

    A loud clanging sound cut through the sexual tension as thick as the lust fog in her brain. Gideon was at it again, playacting about thirty feet off near the museum’s entrance.

    “Hey,” Wyatt said quietly, forcefully, and with what sounded like great restraint.

    Gideon raised both hands, all innocence, because the brass bell had clearly rung itself. If he didn’t quit playing the part of a ten-year-old trapped in a thirty-year-old’s body, Molly was going to shove that bell in a very uncomfortable place. He was definitely not her first choice to play Macklin Chase, the heroic fireman who loses his best friend and has to deal with the soul-shattering consequences, but the studio refused to green-light the project without him. Apparently, some suit at Sony thought he projected the appropriate gravitas.

    Some suit should have seen him mooning the cast and crew at yesterday’s meet and greet.

    “He with you?” Wyatt asked Molly.

    “Yes. One of the actors.” Just in case Wyatt cared if she and Gideon were together.

    Which by the look on his face, he did not.

    A bemused Cal shook her head at this exchange and cleared her throat. “In any case, Lieutenant, we appreciate you stepping in at the last moment. I’m not sure if Captain Ventimiglia told you, but our original plan was to spend a day at the academy observing the trainees, giving the actors a feel for the typical job of a firefighter. I understand that you’ll be meeting with our tech people tomorrow.”

    “Uh-huh. So you want to learn the ins and outs of life in the CFD in two hours.”

    “Well, we realize that we can’t cram years of knowledge into such a short time.” Molly offered her most persuasive smile, feeling on a more sure footing. That smile was her fortune. “But we were told we could watch a class and then maybe ride the truck from your firehouse for a day. At Engine Company 6.”

    Ancestral seat of the Dempseys.

    He didn’t take the bait. “Not sure watching the class is going to help much,” he said with another squint. He really had that Old West gunfighter thing down. “Doing will give you a better feel for the physical endurance and skill set needed to be a firefighter. Ladder drills, hauling equipment, the smoke box. How’s your stamina?”

    Pretty damn good, if you recall.

    There was that imperceptible eyebrow lift again, henceforth known as a Wy-brow. He did recall.

    Before Molly could answer, Cal cut in. “There are insurance issues. We can’t let the talent climb ladders or enter smoke-filled boxes.”

    Wyatt stepped forward, right up close, and addressed Molly. Of course he smelled incredible, because how hot he looked wasn’t already sending her hormones into a Wyatt-fueled frenzy.

    “You want to make this movie as authentic as possible, feel what it’s like to come home with smoke pumpin’ out of your pores, grime in your hair, your muscles ragin’ and your body itchin’ to find release?”

    Yes, yes, all of that. She blinked, swallowed, and nodded when really she wanted to ask more about the body-itching-to-find-release part. And those dropped g’s. She remembered that coming out more, how his vocabulary contracted, when he was losing himself inside her body.

    “Well, you’d need to train for a year, then spend three more in a firehouse.”

    She was glad to hear that humor as dry as the California brush in August threaded through his graveled voice. So laconic you had to rewind your brain to check for the joke.

    “But if you let me do what you’re paying me to do, I can give you a damn good approximation of it. You interested in what I got to offer?”

    “Yes,” she whispered, and then more forcefully, “Yes. I want to make it real.”

    “Good.” Without missing a beat, he spoke to Gideon. “Touch that bell again and I’ll take an ax to your hand.”

    Gideon stepped back, looking suitably chastened. Maybe he wasn’t such a bad actor after all.

    “Don’t worry, Miss Johnson,” Wyatt said to Cal. “I’ll take care of your talent. With me. Now.” So decreed, he turned and strode toward the entrance to the academy barracks, housed next door to the museum.

    Cal wagged her finger at Molly and gestured at Wyatt’s departing back with a murmur of, “Lucy, you got some ’splainin’ to do.”

    I know, I know.

    “But while we’re on the subject of Great Butts of Western Civilization . . .” Cal made a box gesture with her hands, composing Wyatt’s very fine ass in her imaginary viewfinder. “Cut that one out, frame it, stick it in the Met.”

    “No. Bronze it.” And another more crucial part of his anatomy, Molly thought, before her manic giggles finally got the best of her.

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    Sparking the Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
    DebsIN More than 1 year ago
    As an avid reader, how did I possibly miss reading the 'Hot in Chicago' series? "Sparking the Fire" is the first one that I read, and just wow! The story had depth with an intensity and a completeness in the telling of a really good romance. After a hookup five years previous, Wyatt and Molly find themselves meeting again in much different circumstances. Wyatt's quiet broodiness and strong convictions of family was just the perfect companion for Molly. She may be strong and feisty, but Molly needs help, with Wyatt and family stepping up to provide just what she needs. It was a long journey for their HEA, but well worth the wait. There is so much richness to this story, and while this is a stand alone book, I look forward to going back and reading the series from the start. I would like to thank NetGalley and Gallery/Pocket Books for gifting me "Sparking the Fire" and asking for my honest opinion. This is mine. 4.5 Stars!
    nelriv More than 1 year ago
    I finally read the last book, I can't believe I waited this long. I always wondered about Wyatt, and now we know his story..I am glad he finally got his HEA. Molly was ok, I guess I wasn't as impressed with her like the other characters main squeeze. My favorite will always be Kinsey and Luke. I was happy to read about all the other couples though, I love knowing what happens.
    Drea_Reads More than 1 year ago
    Famous actor Molly Cade’s life is turned upside-down when her ex-husband releases her private photos into the wild. She’s desperate to regain her top ranking in Hollywood and the best way to do that is with a movie about America’s sweetheart, Alexandra Dempsey. But the Firefightin’ Dempseys—Alex’s family of foster siblings—have something to say about that. Little does Molly know, this family is headed by someone from her past—a stone-cold former marine Fox, Wyatt. Wyatt has never forgotten the burgeoning starlet he had a week-long torrid affair in a hotel years ago. And when she turns up at his fire house insisting on getting his sister to sign-off on a movie about her life, Wyatt is just the man to handle her. The last thing he needs in his life is the press, not with his niece’s mother threatening to cut off access at every turn. But the flames of desire lick both Wyatt and Molly until they give in, screaming, multiple times in some interesting locations. Whether you’re into firefighters or not, Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series is satisfying from start to finish.
    ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
    This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: 4 Stars There is nothing like a book that reads like a classic romantic comedy, and Sparking the Fire does just that. Girl and boy separately see a great opportunity to move forward with their lives and try to seize it, only to be side-swiped by someone from their past. After several run-ins, the chemistry and tension builds, coming to a head at the end of the story, where they realize they’ve never stopped loving one another and wind up with a happily-ever-after. Yep. Sounds just about perfect. And that’s exactly where we head off with Molly and Wyatt. Molly and Wyatt have history. A very intimate history. Which is why running in to one another on the set of a local movie shoot creates… tension. And boy, you could cut the tension with a knife! Eventually, these two characters worked through their issues (with plenty of snark and sass!), and with this developed an exceptionally charming and sweet romance. Of course, it helps that Wyatt sounds so hot and is so sweet. Seriously… I might need to find myself a Wyatt ;) All joking aside, though, this book is a wonderful addition to the series, and scorches with every kiss. ***I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
    KaraS More than 1 year ago
    Panty melting chemistry!! This is Book 5 of the Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader. It is a good read with lots of inter-connecting characters. This was my first book of the series, so it can be read as a stand-alone although I think you'd get more out of it from reading them in order. This one features Molly Cade, a Hollywood actress betrayed by scandal and Wyatt Fox who is a firefighter on leave due to a work injury. Molly and Wyatt shared a steamy multiple-nights stand several years ago and fate brings them back together when Wyatt consults on a local movie that Molly is producing and starring in. However, it is clear that Wyatt's quiet, sedate lifestyle doesn't fit in with Hollywood glamour. However, their chemistry is OFF THE CHARTS!! This book was plenty steamy - from the very beginning!! ;-) One of my favorite quotes - "Bars. Shakespeare." Sexy pause. "Elevators." That basically sums up their first meeting. Wyatt's slow brand of sexy is panty melting and Kate weaves in just the right amount of humor as well. Thigh tickler...dine and dash!! This is an enjoyable series and you'll want to read the story lines of the others as well.
    beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
    OMG, WYATT. He was the strong, silent Dempsey in the rest of the series, with just a hint of some kind of mystery going on, especially in the book just before (Playing with Fire). It seemed as if he was a mystery even to his family, though--and in the loud, no-holds-barred, who-cares-if-we're-in-public environment that is the Dempsey clan, he definitely appeared to be the one that fit the "one of these things is not like the other" jingle. I was dying for him to get his own book. And thank goodness, he did not disappoint. It turns out that quiet, practically-fades-into-the-background (no small feat--have you seen that cover? ;)) Wyatt has a past. A past in which he spent a week seducing and being seduced by America's fallen from grace sweetheart before she was America's sweetheart. Before she married the Hollywood star who cemented her career and then trashed it. Long before she decided to resurrect that career by creating a fictionalized film version of everyone's favorite female firefighter's story...the firefighter who happens to be the younger sister of Wyatt Fox. So now not only is his past in town for a movie shoot, but Wyatt's on leave from the CFD to heal his shoulder and suddenly finds himself the on-set technical consultant. Which of course puts them in close contact. Very close contact. Not only is Molly the star, she's also the owner of the film's brand new production company. And those sparks that they had back then? They're quickly turning into a full-fledged conflagration. But Wyatt's a private guy, and suddenly he's got an even bigger reason to want his family out of the spotlight...something that's next to impossible with one of Hollywood's biggest stars literally living next door.... Wyatt and Molly together seemed like they'd never work in the real world, but OMG did they ever. Molly fits right into the crazy Dempsey clan, and she helped Wyatt to finally find his place in it as well. At times their HEA seemed like a distant dream, but fortunately they managed to pull it off in a more than believable way in the end. I'm not really a big fan of beards, but I think I was as disappointed as Molly when Wyatt finally shaved his off. The things he did with that facial hair...well, let's just say he's creative. And thorough. ;) Ms. Meader once again brought us right into the middle of the big, crazy Dempsey clan and made us love every single minute. I can't tell you how bummed I am that there's no more unattached Dempseys left (well, there are two--but they're a tad on the young side still) but I know that whatever she's got in store next for us is going to be just as good. Even if it's Dempsey-free. (Sigh.) In the mean time, no worries if you haven't read the rest of the series yet--pick this one up anyway! It might take you a few to remember which sibling and significant other is which, but that should be the worst of it. Sparking the Fire would work just fine as a standalone, though you absolutely see more than enough of the rest of the Dempseys that you'll be adding the rest of their books to your TBR before you can say, "Fire!" Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
    LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
    I am sad to see this series come to an end! The first book was my introduction to Kate Meader and I have been dreaming about hot Chicago firefighters ever since. Sparking The Fire starts off with a bang when we first meet Wyatt and Molly. They have a hot relationship for one week and then their paths don't cross again until 5 years later. I have been so curious about Wyatt's story and I loved finding out more about him, from what he experienced in the military to why he ultimately became a firefighter, as well as why he holds himself slightly back from his family. I also loved seeing Molly become more empowered and confident about getting her life back on track, even if she resisted Wyatt's efforts to help her more than I thought she should. Just because you're capable of handling certain things doesn't mean you should turn down help from the people who care about you. One of the things I like best about this series is how the Dempseys look after one another and this especially came to life in this one as they adjusted to a new member of the family. I loved seeing how Wyatt and Molly's relationship progressed and how each character grew as they dealt with baggage from their respective pasts. I was rooting for them the whole way. A truly enjoyable conclusion to Hot In Chicago!
    Samantha_Alice More than 1 year ago
    4 playing with fire makes you burn in the most delicious of ways stars. This is kind of a second chance story considering Molly and Wyatt met once before and by met I totally mean were into each other. It is a shock to them both when they come face to face because of Molly's career decision. One thing is certain, the chemistry and heat between them didn't go anywhere. Molly and Wyatt think it's better to keep things professional, but that clearly goes out the door quickly. There's something to be said for desires that burn brighter than a forest fire. Molly takes on this project because she believes in it and really needs it. Her personal life ripped her apart and the scandal she was a part of really sucked for her. She wants to do right by this part and it ends up leading her back to sexy Wyatt. Honestly, Molly would have to be dead to not appreciate Wyatt's mature look. She doesn't want to complete things or cause problems but even good intentions have a way of getting twisted up. The thing between her and Wyatt grows until it is more than just a thing. Wyatt can't believe the sexy girl who would dress up and have amazing sex with him for an expiration date is back in his life and that he has to work with her. Fine, he has to show her what it is like being a part of the firehouse but that's all it is. Well, that's all it was supposed to be until his family offers her a place to stay in the house next to his. Also, the kiss and the feel of her and....well, f**k it. Wyatt wants Molly and he's going to have her. The thing with life is, good intentions and neat aren't realities. Life is messy, complicated and sometimes forces people to move out of their comfort zones. This story reminds us that love and chance go hand in hand, you have to be in the game to win the game. You also have to be willing to lose to achieve the ultimate reward. Life isn't neat, it isn't easy, but there good things that come your way make it worth living.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have to say that this author puts words to the page in an amazing way, loved the whole series and hope there is more to come! I never leave a review, but this author deserves one,great job!
    ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
    Nooooooooo! Please say it isn’t over!! Sparking the Fire is the third and final book in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series. I would say she saved the best Dempsey for last, but Gage Simpson (Melting Point) has my heart. However, Wyatt Fox is definitely giving his younger brother a run for his money. Going into this book, I knew I was going to love Wyatt. I just didn’t realize how much. Wyatt Fox is the tall, brooding, quite, mysterious brother of the Dempsey family. A family made up of up seven foster kids taken in by Sean (a firefighter) and Mary (a homemaker) Dempsey. After Sean and his brother Logan died fighting the same fire, Wyatt and the rest of the siblings joined the Chicago Fire Department. In honor of their family and their legacy, they all work at the same station, Engine Company 6. After getting hurt during a rescue, Wyatt is sidelined for three months. When the liaison for the CFD and “Hollywood” gets injured, Wyatt is tasked with filling in for him. Secrets from Wyatt’s past and his present are about to collide. Molly Cade has been put through the ringer, both emotionally and publicly. After going through a contentious divorce from an A-list actor, and having private personal photos leaked, Molly’s first job as producer and actor of her upcoming movie playing a firefighter has to be perfect. I admit about 6% into this story I w-a-s not liking Molly Cade. She arrived in Chicago at Engine Company 6 with the sole purpose of trying to befriend the Dempsey family so she could get close to Alex (America’s Firefighting Sweetheart) and get more details of her life for the movie. It didn’t matter that she’s been told Alex isn’t interested and to leave her alone. As with all the Dempseys, I guess you can say I’m a little protective of them as well. Little did Molly know that her specifically asking for someone from Engine Company 6 was going to bring her back to one of the best times of her life. Little by little, Molly won me over with her personality, her openness, her insecurities, her vulnerabilities, and her protectiveness. With her, the stoic Wyatt was able to let his walls down and be open about his past, his feelings, and his place in the family. Together, they are this amazing couple who love and protect each other. Good thing Wyatt is a firefighter because they are definitely combustible. Kate Meader has done an amazing job of writing this series, where troubled foster kids were brought together and became a family by choice instead of blood. I don’t think I’ve ever wished for characters to be alive, just so I could get to know them because of the love and admiration other characters feel for them. Sean and Mary Dempsey taught their foster children what love and family was all about. That “fire is stronger than blood and defend the people you love to the last ember.” That lesson has been ingrained in everyone of the kids. And they all live it. In Sparking the Fire, Kate writes the crazy one liners that I love. But she also cracked the shell of Wyatt and that in and of itself required several tissues. It should be noted that while Sparking the Fire is part of series, it is a standalone read. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
    Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader Book Three of the Hot in Chicago series Publisher: Pocket Books Publication Date: September 27, 2016 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Kate Meader’s blazing Hot in Chicago firefighter series has “everything you want in a romance” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick)! The flames of desire burn out of control in this sexy third novel when ex-lovers unexpectedly reunite for a sizzling affair that will have the director yelling, “Quiet on the set!” Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect. Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust. Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned… What I Liked: I'm disappointed. I liked Meader's adult romance series with Entangled Brazen, and I had high hopes for this new book. I've not read the previous two books in this series, but Meader's books in general have worked for me. This book disappointed. Something I want to point out - I think many readers will really enjoy this book. I have a feeling that my issues with this book are very specific to me. So, don't be thrown by the rating (unless what I say in the "What I Did Not Like:" section resonates with you). Wyatt Fox and Molly Cade met five years ago, and shared a week of nameless sex. Then Molly walked away, and five years later, they are thrown together. Wyatt has been following Molly's acting career in those five years, watching all of her movies. But Molly didn't know who Wyatt was. Lo and behold, Wyatt is one of the Dempsey siblings working for the Chicago Fire Department, and just who Molly needs to persuade to help her with her latest movie. Sparks fly between these two as their physical flame is rekindled instantly. But can they have a relationship beyond physical attraction? I liked Wyatt a lot. He's a former Marine, now a really good firefighter. He was a sniper when he was in the Marines, and now he saves lives. Wyatt has the brooding, tall, dark, and handsome thing going on, but somehow he's not a walking cliche. Like, he doesn't seem like the typical brooding hero. He's not arrogant and cocky, though he is loyal and alpha and protective and a little possessive. Wyatt has a lot of hurt and misery stored up, and he wants to do right by his (large) family. When it comes to Wyatt, everyone comes first, and then everyone else, and then Wyatt. Usually I'm kind of anti-large-family in books, but I liked this large adoptive family of brothers and sisters (and now, in-laws). The family dynamic is so great, very tight-nit and protective. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
    Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
    Say it ain't so! I don't want the Hot in Chicago series to end... Well at least the story ends with a bang... Wyatt Fox is the last of the Dempsey family to find his happily ever after. Wyatt is firefighter who was injured and has been placed on 3 months of medical leave for rehab/recovery. He is offered the opportunity consult on the set of a new movie being shot in his Chicago firehouse. Molly Cade is the star of the show and she shares a heated past with Wyatt. When Molly realizes that they will be working together, she realizes it is the perfect opportunity to recover from her painful divorce is with a hot hook up. As they spend time together, both Wyatt and Molly begin to develop feelings for each other. Their lives are complicated by family, fame and their own personal baggage. How does it all end? Read and find out! I have loved all the books in the series and will be very sad to see it end. I liked just about everything in this book it had the right level of heat, story, and supporting characters. I thought the book was well paced and very funny in many parts. I would recommend this book to fans of sexy firemen. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
    Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
    4 stars--SPARKING THE FIRE is the third installment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult HOT IN CHICAGO erotic, romance series focusing on the Dempsey family-a family of firefighting foster siblings who have seen their fare share of heartbreak and pain. This is former Marine/ firefighter Wyatt Fox, and actor Molly Cade’s story line. SPARKING THE FIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order for backstory, cohesion and enjoyment as all of the previous story line characters play secondary and supporting roles. Told from dual third person perspectives (Wyatt and Molly) SPARKING THE FIRE follows the rekindling relationship between Hollywood’s controversial and fallen sweetheart Molly Cade, and firefighter Wyatt Fox. Five years earlier our couple spent one glorious $ex filled week together, no names allowed, after which each went their separate ways. Fast forward to present day and Molly’s production company arrives in Chicago to film her latest blockbuster movie, a story about a female firefighter and her foster family of firefighting brothers-a story line similar to the Dempsey family dynamic. Enter Wyatt Fox, temporarily on medical leave of absence from the CFD, and the newest professional firefighting advisor for Molly’s movie production. What ensues is the rekindling of a relationship between our leading couple, Molly’s integration in to the Dempsey clan, and her ongoing struggle to remain hidden from the paparazzi and media onslot that continues to focus on the events that lead to our heroine’s fallen reputation. Wyatt Fox is the quiet, dark, and brooding Dempsey sibling-a man who lost his ‘blood’ brother on the job, and a man with a secret that is about to be revealed. Molly is a Hollywood actress, hoping for a comeback, whose reputation was destroyed one year earlier. Together Waytt and Molly fight the paparazzi, the past, and struggle towards a future with or without one another. The push and pull of the attraction is heightened as our couple contemplates the forbidden ‘workplace affair’ but also Wyatt’s need to keep his private life separate from the Dempsey clan. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and intense-how many times can one couple ‘christen’ the backseat of a classic Camaro. There is a large secondary and supporting cast including all of the Dempsey foster siblings who are fiercely protective of their own. With their pasts shrouded in controversy including quick tempered ‘Youtube’ exposure The Dempsey’s battle the media almost as often as the Hollywood stars. I welcomed Gage and Brady’s ongoing love affair and the look into a possible future. SPARKING THE FIRE is a fun, sexy, intense and revealing story line. Kate Meader adds a little bit of a twist to the family saga -one in which Wyatt was reluctant to reveal too early on- and a secret that threatens the relationship between Wyatt and his brother Luke. The premise is entertaining and will captivate your attention; the characters are colorful, charismatic and spirited; the romance is emotional and passionate.
    Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
    The last story in the Hot in Chicago series gives us the enigmatic and stoic Wyatt, and his one week stand Molly, who is back in his life once again. Their anonymous fling at a hotel five years earlier, just as Wyatt was getting his feet back on the ground after his latest military tour was just what they needed at that time, but they’ve never forgotten each other. Wyatt went on home to join his foster siblings (the Dempseys) and the Chicago Fire Department, while Molly went on to fame and fortune (and a disastrous marriage, now ended). When Molly shows up in Wyatt’s life again as her acting career takes her to Chicago, this time they aren’t going to leave things unsaid. The prologue of the story gives the reader a taste of the sexual combustibility of Wyatt and Molly as we see a glimpse of what brought them together, and then flash forward into the heart of the story, five years later. It’s no wonder they haven’t ever forgotten each other in the ensuing time. Seeing each other again sparks all those feelings, only this time, they won’t be so easily dismissed. Though Molly and Wyatt both try to tell themselves that falling into an affair now is a mistake, they can’t help themselves from taking a forbidden taste…and then another…and then another. I loved seeing the two of them together again, the sexual tension ratcheted up with each encounter and falling head over heels in love despite their best efforts to remain emotionally unattached. Wyatt’s got important reasons for wanting to keep his relationship with Molly, and her involvement with the Dempseys in general, low key. Yet it doesn’t stop him from enjoying having her around his family, who fall for her and her feisty, friendly self just like him. There are some emotional scenes in the story as some family dynamics come into play, as well as lots of laughs especially with Gage, Wyatt’s younger brother, whose irrepressible charm has him stealing several scenes. Molly’s bubbly character is a perfect foil for Wyatt’s stoic façade and it made the whole story just a delight to read. When the film shoot is finished and it’s time for Molly to move on, Wyatt and Molly have to make some key decisions about their future. I loved every bit of this story and series, and will be on the lookout for whatever Kate Meader has up her sleeve next.
    Dalitza More than 1 year ago
    A tantalizing sexilicious story with a flowing story line, witty banter, a to-die for surly hero and lively superstar heroine. A contemporary romance you won’t want to miss. Once upon a sultry summer night Molly Cade was an unknown theater actress who had a torrid one week anonymous affair with a marine who became the measure for all others. A number of blockbusters, an Oscar nomination, one failed marriage, a tainted public image, and several years later land Molly back in Chicago with an opportunity to comeback big in the starring role of a dramatic firefighter movie. The catch, she has to convince America’s favorite firefighter to endorse the film. Her plan, butter up the technical consultant the CFD is sending over. After an on the job injury puts former marine firefighter out of commission for a couple of months he’s assigned as an advisor on a movie shoot. He’s adverse to the idea until he finds out the only woman who’s ever lit his life and heart, and feeds his fantasies is starring and producing it. Will they pick up where they left off and part ways like they did the first time around or will the re-write their story with a Hollywood happy ever after? I can’t remember how or why I picked up a Kate Meader book the first time. I know exactly why I’ve done it every time since and will continue to do so. She’s an excellent writer that hook you right from the start and keeps you charmed and entertained throughout her stories. I want to tell you every little detail I loved about this story, but I would be practically quoting the entire thing so I’ll try to be brief. Molly is an awesome heroine the kind you want to be friends with and not just because she’s a Hollywood superstar. She’s strong, kind and clever, she handles her fame with grace and has a vulnerable side that makes her very relateable. I liked that she was ambitious but she didn’t let that cloud her good judgment and I loved how she interacted with the Dempseys and just couldn’t control herself in the presence of hunky, bearded Neanderthal. Oh Wyatt! He left me in a pile of delicious mush. He’s a broody, cavemanish BILF! He’s the silent, odd man out in a rowdy family of firefighters. A calm and collected man who has grown to know and accept the incredible love from his foster siblings but still feels wholly inadequate, especially when it came to the only person “capable of turning him into this beast, the Abominable Un-Wyatt.” I loved how he was fiercely protective of his family and Molly. The romance between Wyatt and Molly certainly sparks the fire. It is fun, flirt, touching and smoldering hot. I find it so hard to choose which quote to include. It grew a organically from lust to love and I cheered them on just as much as his family did, especially since the odds were against them. Oh yeah, Wyatt’s family, a total hoot and completely addictive. I want to be Molly’s friend and Wyatt’s family. Sparking the Fire is the third and final book in the Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader. In true Meader fashion, it’s a fun, flirty, smoldering hot, standalone contemporary romance with a delicious alpha male, a vivacious heroine and a back and forth guaranteed to make you smile. Told from both points of view with a swoon worthy happy ending.
    LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
    Another fun, drama filled story of the Dempsey family of Engine Co. 6! This is a great family and I've enjoyed their stories so much. Always a sexy hot read, with lots of family depth and humor thrown in! Scandalized Hollywood actress Molly Cade needs her latest film to go off without a hitch to earn back some respect for her tainted career! She wants every aspect of her action flick to be precise, so she is working with the best firehouse around to make it happen. Sexy loner Wyatt Fox needs something to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest hot-headed recovery stunt at the firehouse, so his Lieutenant sets him up to be the expert consultant on the movie set of an upcoming movie. He's trying to get out of it until he realizes it's a Cade Productions film. Molly Cade and he once burned up the sheets in a week long anonymous fling, so he can't pass up the chance to see her again!
    JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
    Sparking the Fire is #3 in Kate Meader's Hot In Chicago series, but it is the 5th book (the were a couple little novellas hidden in there too!). My favorite is still probably Gage and Brady's story (#1.5), but I really enjoyed this one too. I thought it ended the series well and tied up any lose ends that may have been there in previous books. Each book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading them all so you get the whole Dempsey family experience. I have to be honest, at first I was really not sure about Molly at all. I thought I was going to hate her, but she grew on me as the story went on. The chemistry between them was really hot but they didn't jump each other right away, it was more of a slow burn, I guess. Wyatt is the definition of "strong and silent" type. He is the quiet one and a bit of a loner. He cares very deeply for his family but has a hard time showing it. I loved seeing him slowly open up as the story went on. I really loved that the characters from previous books still play a big role in this one, especially since it is the last of the series. It was nice to see everything resolved and get once last glimpse into their "happily ever afters" before the series is over. I didn't want it to end! I loved this family of misfits! Highly recommend this series if you are looking for a new one! ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
    Bette313 More than 1 year ago
    LOVED! This! Book! I'm so sad to see this series end but I must say Ms. Meader saved the best for last. Wyatt Fox is a sexy former marine working for the Chicago FD. As a member of the misfit Dempsey clan what else would he do?? He's a man of few words but with looks like that who needs words? While recovering from a recent injury he finds himself as a consultant on the movie set of Molly Cade. A woman he never thought he'd see again after their one night filled with passion. That one night wasn't enough for him so maybe the heavens have put her back in his life for a reason. Will Molly agree? For someone who really doesn't enjoy the limelight could he survive in her world? Could she give up the lights of Hollywood?? You definitely want to read this one and find out. Put this one on the must read list! I highly recommend it.
    AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
    I absolutely loved this story! Molly and Wyatt were such great characters. I adore The Hot in Chicago series so much and since the beginning I've wanted to know about the quiet and gruff man that is Wyatt fox. I loved every single second of it. Excellent story and great conclusion for the series. I am so happy right now! I loved how the book started, really pulling me in and setting me up for a heck of a ride. There was a nice amount of sexual tension from the start mixed with animosity (which I am a huge fan of) so I loved seeing things grow and build from there. I had so much anticipation for what was to come and I was just excited while reading. I really enjoyed learning about Wyatt's history and how he felt he fit into the Dempsey family. I liked Molly as well, I thought she was such a strong character. I felt like she held herself back a bit at times so it was awesome really seeing her embrace who she was and build herself back up again after some hardships. The writing was great. I loved the build throughout and the side story that was happening and how it played into Molly and Wyatt's relationship. I adore all the Dempsey's and loved getting the little updates on them. I really enjoyed how they were woven into the book. They're such a great family unit and I love how loving, caring, and accepting they are, and how there they are for one another. There were so many entertaining parts in this, I found myself chuckling a lot. There was also a ton of sweet and sexy happening as well. Wyatt and Molly had great chemistry! I loved it all. It just ticked all my boxes of everything I enjoy in a story. I tried not to read this fast but I couldn't help it, it was just so, so good and I couldn't put it down. I love the Dempsey’s so much and I’m going to miss them. They definitely went out with a bang with Wyatt and Molly. Fantastic read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
    MBurton More than 1 year ago
    4.5 Scorching Stars! Smokin hot! There is just something about a man in uniform. Not only is Wyatt a firefighter but he's also a former marine. (You learn in the book not to say ex-marine) To top off his sexy career choices, he was also the silent broody type. That's a total win for me! Another total win for me is Kate Meader. This is the second book I've read of hers and I'm a big fan of her writing! She managed to not only make this story scorching hot between Wyatt and Molly, but she also had a great message about family. Not all of the Dempsey's are blood related but you can't find a closer bond. I absolutely loved the family dynamic! ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
    The spark that lights the match which start the fireworks. Kate Meader definitely knows how to get attention. Her family of firefighters are proof of that. Alex, Gage, Luke, Beck and Wyatt may not be blood but they are family. With a legacy to protect, these Dempsey siblings risk life and heart for the good of Chicago. It's always a pleasure to catch up with this hot blooded American family. Wyatt is the latest sibling brought to his knees when his fantasy meets reality. Molly is the one that got away. Lust brought two strangers to together all those years ago, now fate plays a hand in reuniting them. Sparking the Fire is jalapeño worthy. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
    blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
    Chicago is one of my all-time favorite cities. I love the sense of community as well as the ability to get lost among the big city crowd. My love for the city means that I am eager to read novels set there, and also hyper-critical of those that portray the city that I love differently than I see it. I started reading Kate Meader because she had firefighters in Chicago. Picking up the first book was almost a no-brainer. Thankfully, Meader did not disappoint. Her love for the city matches mine and is evident in every word and nuanced description. Not to mention: firefighters. The Fighting Dempsey’s are the epitome of loud, boisterous, loving family by choice. Though all were adopted into the clan, they couldn’t be closer than if they were blood relations. Wyatt has always been the quietest, and most protective of the siblings. When his world is shaken up by mega-star Molly Cade, sparks are guaranteed to fly. The fact they have a past makes the story that much more interesting. I am disappointed this series is coming to a close. I have loved spending time with these characters. This final installment moves things forward for all the Dempsey’s without taking the focus away from Wyatt and Molly. Their trying to navigate her world in the public eye with Wyatt’s desire to keep to himself provides believable conflict and room for both characters to grow. If the series has to end this is the perfect way to go. Copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.