Title: Melting Point (Hot in Chicago #1.5 – paperback edition)
Author: Kate Meader
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Page Count: 121
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Wow, this book was much more than I expected! It is a shorter book in the middle of a series, Hot in Chicago, about a group of firefighters who call themselves the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service and each other. This book concentrates on Firefighter Gage Simpson and chef Brady Smith. Get ready for some angst because Brady has had a pretty rough life!
Gage Simpson is a beautiful, cocky, strapping firefighter who had a terrible childhood until he is adopted by the Dempseys. What followed for him was instant stability, love and family and the world was now at his feet. He is happy-go-lucky and likes different man in his bed every night. Gage fancies himself an amateur chef and in the first book in the series Flirting with Fire, he takes a tour of a local restaurant where he meets huge, quiet, heavily scared master chef Brady Smith. He is overwhelmed by his initial attraction to Brady and wants to know as much as possible about the stoic man.
It should be noted that while there are many scenes with Gage and Brady in the first book, they are all told from Gage’s POV. Melting Point included all of the same information, including their initial meeting, but told from Brady’s POV. You will not miss anything by reading this as a standalone except for Gage’s inner monologue. And I can tell you, all Gage wants is Brady.
Brady is a ex-Marine who has seen way too many horrible things in combat to consider himself normal. He is scared both mentally and physically and suffers from extreme PTSD. He is closed off and actually won’t even let anyone touch him physically, so even though he is attracted to Gage, he knows it won’t go anywhere. He remains quiet and stand-offish in Gage’s presence, even as Gage puts on the charm and makes it very apparent he wants him.
Oh my, but wounded heroes in the throes of angst just get me going like nothing else! When Brady finally breaks down and lets himself enjoy Gage, the sex is amazing and passionate. The two men have a lot of ups and downs, including a angst-ridden breakup, but it was incredible once they got their shit together and fell in love.
So, a firefighter orphan, a damaged Marine hero and oodles of hot sex? Fuck, I was in reading heaven! This book was made for me and all uniform junkies, damaged heroes and spine tingeing sex lovers are going to gobble this book up and want to read it again.