Contest! It’s getting hot in here with Kate Meader

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CONTEST ALERT! Author Kate Meader talks a love for all seasons–and cities–below, and is giving you the chance to dish about your ideal season for falling in love for the chance to win a sexy firefighter calendar that will keep you on schedule (and swooning) all year round! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the next installment in Kate’s sizzling Hot in Chicago series, PLAYING WITH FIRE, on sale from Pocket Books 9/29!


playing-with-fire-9781476785950_hrChicago is larger-than-life, just like the Dempseys, the firefighting foster siblings in my Hot in Chicago series. And it’s also a great place to get your romance on. So the winters might last eight or nine months, but there’s nowhere I’d rather be in love. London, you can keep your history and Royal Family and gray days. Rome, you might have great food and stunning churches, but who said ruins were romantic? As for Paris—okay, Paris is pretty romantic, I can’t argue with that.

But back to Chicago, the Windy City, the place I fell in love over—eep!—twenty years ago. Every season has something to recommend it for lovers. In summer, it’s all about the lake. Blue and twinkling in the sunlight, there’s nowhere more romantic on a hot summer night, especially if you know a guy with a boat *wink*. With fall comes a nip in the air that makes you want to shop for cute boots and reach for your honey’s hand to keep you warm. And what better way to celebrate than with a trip to Morton Arboretum to check out the foliage, stopping off later at Goose Island Brewpub for an Autumn or a Pumpkin Spice ale? Then it gets serious because: winter is coming! But those months of torturous cold can be the most romantic of all. Think of ice-skating in Millennium Park followed by a burger and a cocktail or three beside the fireplace at The Gage on Michigan Avenue. Does it get any cozier? Well, enjoy those special moments because very soon you’ll want to strangle your significant other due to cabin fever. Thankfully, spring arrives to save the day. Score tickets for the Cubs’ Opening Day at Wrigley and get a head start on your annual disappointment unless one of you is *cough* a White Sox fan. Your relationship might survive winter in Chicago, but a Cubs fan and a White Sox supporter trying for the brass ring? If you can make that work, then you’re in the love of a lifetime.

The Hot in Chicago couples have found love in practically every season. Beck and Darcy reignited their teenage affair at Christmas in REKINDLE THE FLAME. In FLIRTING WITH FIRE, fireworks exploded for Luke and Kinsey on the Fourth of July. The cool days of fall found Gage and Brady crashing into each other in MELTING POINT. And now the latest installment, PLAYING WITH FIRE, brings Eli and Alexandra together to bicker and banter during the coldest months of the year. The weather outside is frightful but inside, these two are making their own heat between the sheets!

Contest question: Tell us what you what think the most romantic season is and why, and you’ll be entered to win a sexy fireman calendar and a copy of PLAYING WITH FIRE!


Check out this “sexxxy” excerpt from the last installment of the Hot in Chicago series PLAYING WITH FIRE! 

“You need to be taken in hand,” he rasped, every word a provocative puff of air against her lips. “You are wayward and out of control and a danger to yourself, and if I wasn’t your boss, if I wasn’t worried about all the lines I’ve no doubt crossed every additional second I spend with you, I would be the one to tame you.”

Do it, her lust-scrambled brain urged. Take me in hand. Use those big, forceful hands to take me and tame me.

“I’m not some animal to be domesticated, Eli,” she goaded, knowing he would enjoy her spirit.

But not enough, apparently. Some inner battle raged on his face, and the winner, unfortunately, was common sense. The hand that would not tame her fell away. The body that would have no part in her domestication inched back, its masculine heat replaced by the cool chill of regret.

Sagging in her own skin, she tried to push her shoulders higher to mask her disappointment. Which is when he stepped in to what little personal space she had and lowered his lips to hers.

She should pull away, even though she had begged for it with her smart mouth. She should punish him for every crime he’d perpetrated. For being too good-looking, too sexy, too everything. But the kiss was like him—just too damn good. Warm and brutal, providing answers to questions she never knew she had. He teased with his tongue along the seam of her mouth, seeking that last nudge of acceptance as if it was his God-given right.

She parted her lips, and like a predator hinged on her threshold, he took.

The kiss turned wet and deep, velvety luxurious in its sweep across her mouth, its obliteration of her senses. He curled his hand around her neck and anchored it at her nape, as though he needed that to hold on. That strange notion thrilled her. He was taming her, but also fanning the flames of revolution. He was dominating her, but exhorting her to meet him beat for booming beat. She had never felt more . . . equal to another man.

She drew back, breathless. Changed.

“You make me so mad,” he whispered, his voice incredibly raw, like a manifestation of the aching need thrumming between them..

She felt how mad he was against the fork of her thighs. The slippery warmth in her panties was testament to how mad she was at him.

“Then punish me, Eli.” Who was this husky-voiced temptress?

One who was getting it done, because suddenly, his mouth was on hers again, that wickedly talented mouth that he really should never, ever use for speech. Just pleasure. That’s all that stupid, annoying, sexy mouth was good for.

She wanted to bite and suck and rub against him. Against all that man. Her body was not her own. It was this wanton thing, grinding against his flagrant erection. Somehow, he had pushed her against the back wall, wedging her in with paper towels and metal shelving and him. One hand tangled in her hair—she had no idea where her cap had gone—while the other cupped her generous ass and molded her flush to his cock. They were as close as two people could get with clothes on, like bold explorers, their bodies forbidden country.

Her hand raked through his thick hair, the other traveled from his shoulder to his chest, needing to feel that steel under silk. Needing to rip his tie off, tear his tailored shirt open, expose his hot skin to her hotter tongue.

Expose herself.

She moaned, her desperation for more, for the pleasure she feared only he could give, echoing in the tiny space. But it broke the spell. Abruptly, he withdrew, the action sucking the air right out of her lungs.

He stared for painfully long seconds, looking marvelously disheveled. She had done that to him, mussed up his world for a few precious moments. Strong, rough fingers rubbed the skin at her nape, and she suppressed another moan.

“This thing between us, Alexandra . . . this thing,” he grated, his voice so graveled it coated every nerve ending with his masculine essence. “It will pass.”

Panic knifed through her, mixed with confusion at her body’s overreaction to his bald statement. “It—it will?”

“God, I hope so, don’t you?”

Before she could respond, the door was thrown open and he was gone.

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Playing with Fire

Kate Meader

When a sexy, curvaceous firefighter gives Chicago's mayor the kiss of life, she does more than bring him back to the land of the living; she also breathes vitality into his campaign. But will the sizzling attraction between them outlast election season?

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Flirting with Fire

Flirting with Fire

Kate Meader

The first installment in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series from Kate Meader that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!

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94 comments so far


  1. I think fall is the most romantic season. With hayrides, bonfires, and cool evenings, it make for a great night of cuddling outside with your sweetheart.

  2. I think fall is the most romantic season. With hayrides, bonfires and cool evenings, it makes for a great time to cuddle outside with your sweetheart.

  3. I loved “Playing with Fire”! Alex & Eli are such a combustively hot couple. 😀

    Anyways, coming from two-seasons country I thought Winter is the most romantic season. Nothing like nesting inside with your partner, cuddling and doing any favorite things you love to do as a couple!

  4. Autumn is the sexiest season, in my opinion. Each sense becomes attuned to the change … by the display of fall colors, the feel of fuzzy sweaters, the warmth on the tongue of pumpkin spice lattes, the sound of the wind soughing through the few leaves still on the trees and those not yet raked from the ground, and the aroma of fresh baked apple pie. Think of your guy stacking wood for the fireplace … the very fireplace by which you’ll snuggle under a cozy blanket to bask in the heat thrown by the flames … as well as the ardor between the two of you!

  5. librarygal25

    I think the most romantic season is spring- hope and love are in the air.

  6. Winter – perfect weather to snuggle with your special someone!

  7. bookloverlorie

    I have to say winter especially in Chicago. Snow on the ground carriage rides and lights. Nothing like snuggling up to keep warm

  8. Fall, nice and warm

  9. I also vote for spring. When the days start to get longer and plants begin turning green, I feel like everyone is in a better mood for romance. There’s also more skin-on-skin contact without the gloves needed for winter and also without the potentially gross summer heat/humidity.

  10. Winter- snuggling with your love is romantic usually ending with sex 😉

  11. For Romance, it’s definitely spring

  12. ruthboaz373

    Christmas. All the holiday lights.

  13. Fall is the most romantic time of year, the change of seasons, the crisp air, it make you want to hold on tight to someone and never let go.

  14. Rachael Brown

    I think the most romantic season is Fall. The cooler weather is perfect for getting cozy and the trees are beautiful.

  15. froggiegirl621

    I think Winter is the most romantic…it gives you a reason to snuggle in front of a fire 🙂

  16. Sharon Sommer

    I think all seasons can be romantic, but you can cozy up real close in the winter.

  17. winter being together alone with no possibility of visitors or calls…

  18. Kathleen Bylsma

    Fall, winter are definitely romantic times, especially in Alaska. It gets dark so early and when you come in chilled from the snow, there is nothing quite like cozying up with your sweetie and cup of hot chocolate.

  19. I think spring is the most romantic. The temps warming up, flowers blooming, spring rain showers.

  20. Winter nights spent curled up by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate, can’t get more romantic than that.

  21. I love spring. Everything is new and fresh and back to being colorful!

  22. Marcy Shuler

    I think the Fall is the most romantic. It’s cold enough to make snuggling fun, yet not cold enough to be uncomfortable. The leaves turn pretty colors and the crisp scent of the air make it wonderful.

  23. I think Fall. Because you can snuggle and there are lots of activities. Applle picking, Halloween, coffee dates.

  24. It is definitely fall with the cool nights, bon fires and changing leaf colors. You can’t beat a cool evening around a bonfire with someone special.

  25. I have to say Christmas feels like the most romantic time. At least I tend to love reading Christmas romances just a little bit more. Christmas just seems magical, like anything could happen.

  26. Winter for fires

  27. I love fall the best! I was married in the fall.

  28. Diane Sallans

    Autumn – clear days are great for taking walks thru forests and cool evenings ate perfect for lounging in front of a fire with a glass of wine.

  29. I think spring is a romantic season because the weather is warming up & everything is new.

  30. skkgagnon

    I think spring is the most romantic because after a long winter your energy is up and everything is more exciting and fresh.

  31. bookbunny68

    I think winter where you can snuggle up to a nice fire.

  32. Autumn because that’s when I met my husband! Everything about the fall season is romantic — comfortable days for taking hikes together, leaves changing colors, cooler temps for cuddling!

  33. JulieReviewsBooks

    Winter – with Christmas and Valentine’s Day as part of the season, it’s the most romantic and it the snow and cold give you an excuse to cuddle up by the fire.

  34. Winter, playing in the snow and then warming up together inside. Going out to see the lights and decorations and then having dinner at some romantic spot!

  35. WInter – so you can snuggle up together next to a roaring fire.

  36. I think that fall is the most romantic time of year because during the day you can still go do things for dates without being too hot or cold; add in bonfires, the beautiful fall colors, and the crisp air making it perfect for cuddling together under a blanket. 🙂

  37. jenndonald

    I definitely think it’s fall – when you can go out on an evening and it’s getting cool and it gives you an excuse to get close. 🙂

  38. I think spring is the most romantic because it’s a time for new beginnings and so many options are open for adventure.and what you can do.

  39. Winter- nothing like being cuddled up next to a fire.

  40. I think it is winter, lots of cuddling by the fire!

  41. I think spring is the most romantic. All the trees and flowers are coming out. The weather is warming up but it’s still cool at night. And, if it rains, it’s a good excuse to stay in and cuddle up.

  42. mhenry6100

    I think the most romantic season is fall because of the all the color changes and snuggling in front of the fire!

  43. CrystalGB

    Winter! Snuggling by a warm fire is romantic.

  44. brigittenrich

    Beautiful Autumn, strolling through fallen leaves in an array of vibrant colors, crackling under feet, wrapped in cosy knit socks. I love fall, with its trees full of chattering angry squirrels, who have been distributed from their work of harvesting and gathering nuts and seeds for the upcoming winter months.

  45. I would have to say fall , when its not to hot or cold but nice snuggling weather outside in front of a bon fire … 🙂

  46. Fall has to be the most romantic for my husband and me. We love to go camping and sit by the campfire roasting marshmallows. We snuggle up to keep each other warm! And we always make sure the fire is out before we leave!

  47. Winter because there can be a lot of snuggling by the fire!

  48. Britgirl50

    For me winter has to be the most romantic time of year, curled up on a huge fur rug in front of a log fire next to my lover, snowing outside and no-one there to disturb us xoxo

  49. Britgirl50

    Winter has to be the most romantic time of year for me, curled up on a big fur rug in front of a log fire with my lover, with the snow falling outside keeping visitors away xoxo

  50. Char Sowers

    I live where there is only really one Season but I think Autumn would be the most Romantic season because with the beautiful color of the changing leaves, the cooling temperatures that are just cool enough for snuggling and maybe just a fireplace but not a heater. Not a coat but a sweater and someone else’s body heat. But again that’s just the illusion of someone who lives with heat and green all year long.

  51. exbuffalo2001

    Winter, because it’s cold and you need a little snugglin’ to warm up….nothing beats a fire in the fireplace, with a glass of wine and a sexy hubby!!!

  52. I think fall is the most romantic. There is nothing better than having a fire in the fireplace , snuggling under a blanket together with a glass of wine.

  53. bevieann61

    I like the summer for romance best! You can go more romantic places and do more romantic things! Swim , hike , camp etc..

  54. Scarlett007

    I like Summer, as well. I live through a fairly mild winter in Mid Arizona, certainly compaired to Chicago, we do. But summer is when we can go hiking through the forest, and wade in the lakes and streams; grow our gardens*!* Summer, for sure*~*

  55. I think winter is the sexist season because you can always use the excuse of using body heat to keep as reason to be close! I don’t have one but cuddling next to a fire place is my idea of sexy!

  56. Definitely WINTER! Lots of snuggling under the covers, and cuddling in front of a blazing fire. There is a lot of warming each other up to do when you’re out playing in the snow together! 😉

  57. mvillanueva

    I like the fall as a romantic season to meet a special someone because it is not quite too warm or too cold, however then the winter that follows, it is the perfect excuse to cuddle and spend time together.

  58. Autumn because it’s warm enough during the day to wear less but cold enough at night to bundle together under the covers.

  59. Spring is full of life and reaffirming life. New love. Got to go with spring

  60. robertsonreads

    I believe winter is as you have the holidays, Christmas and New Year’s where you can snuggle and be together. And, the weekends when it’s cold even more so.

  61. rosangelina81

    I think winter is the most romantic because you get to stay inside when it’s too cold and snuggle with your partner!!

  62. I would have to saw Winter, nothing beats sitting in front of a fire snuggling with the one you love

  63. kitkat157

    I think Spring and it’s “fever” make for the most romantic season of the year. Everything and everyone has been “cooped up” and are ready to “sow some oats.”

  64. I think Winter is the best season for romance. It’s cold outside and all you want to do is snuggle.

  65. It’s a toss up between spring and fall. Both are not too hot or not too cold. Spring has the new beginnings of all kinds of life. But fall gives us those different colors and a chance to get ready for Winter.
    Probably spring wins out of the two.

  66. llevine72

    I think the fall when you spend more time indoors with family and celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving.

  67. I would say the summer as that is when most of the weddings occur!

  68. Winter is in my opinion the most romantic season. Fire places and cuddling.

  69. Summer, less clothing and sexy tans!!!!

  70. missmaria

    Winter is the most romantic season! Warm fire light, cold snow outside, Christmas, my birthday, then Valentine’s Day!

  71. The most romantic season is when your honey says put your feet on my lap so I can massage it, and here’s your wine. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

  72. I think winter is the most romantic season. Fire in the fire place and staying warm.

  73. Wow, that’s a tough one. I think if you’re with the right guy, any season is the most romantic. If you’re really into each other, it doesn’t matter.

  74. bookaholicbanter

    I think Autumn is the most romantic season because the Holidays are approaching and you just want to spend it cuddled up with the one you love. The crisp air, bonfires, hayrides, everything about Autumn makes me want to curl up with my love.

  75. duelalias

    Summer is the most romantic because you can take long walks, long car drives, go to the beach and go to the mountains.

  76. orelukjp0

    Winter. You can snuggle by a fire. Warm each other up. It’s just magical.

  77. I like fall…it’s not so hot I don’t want to move and not so cold that I am freezing, lol.

  78. I THINK WINTER-TIME IS THE MOST ROMANTIC SEASON, DUE TO THE HOLIDAYS AND ALL THE HALLMARK LOVERS MOVIES THAT COME ON. YOU WOULD ALWAYS NEED A GUY TO CUDDLE WITH DURING THOSE COLD AND FROSTED DAYS AND NIGHTS. IF YOU HAVE THE PLEASURE OF HAVING A FIREPLACE, THEN WITHOUT A DOUBT THE ROMANCE IS ALREADY THERE, FOR YOU AND YOUR GUY TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF IT!!

  79. “Fall into Winter”–September through December–is my favorite time of year. Autumn is beautiful here in the mountains of Virginia–the sky is so blue and the contrast of the changing colors of nature is breathtaking. Followed up by the extra emotions of the holiday season, this is a time for all of the senses–and hopes of the heart–to be especially vivid.

  80. Fall! ‘Cause you get to cuddle. “It’s gettin’ hot in here…..so take off all your clothes….”

  81. mollylyon69

    Fall in Vermont is the best time to fall in love. Warm days for exploring the not so green anymore mountains and cool nights for snuggling.

  82. jeepforme1923

    I would have to say fall. It is the perfect weather for getting cozy with the one you love.

  83. tfcampbell

    Fall is my choice. I love spending time with my husband, taking hikes, traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to see the fall colors, etc.

  84. Spring I love the spring season and always seemed to have a new boyfriend come spring.

  85. chrisreads

    I think spring is the most romantic season. Everything is coming up new and the days are longer and brighter, making for some romantic times with your honey.

  86. I cannot wait to read this book! It sounds so interesting!!!!

  87. I think winter is the most romantic season. You have Christmas with all of the lights, fires going in the fireplace, and cuddling to stay warm.

  88. Winter, because of course it’s good snuggling time!

  89. I think fall and winter are the best and romantic seasons.

  90. Truanimefan

    I think that the most romantic season is spring. Its not too hot, not too cold its the perfect weather to be outside taking long walks in the park, moonlit strolls, picnics, drive in movies. I think that it is the perfect season to be outside in the gorgeous weather spending time with people you care about.

  91. Winter, for sure! Cozying up to the fire on my real bearskin rug with my sweetie; after I’ve read a few paragraphs and had a glass a wine of course!

  92. featherlight

    Definitely Fall…Its Starting to get cool outside enough to wanna snuggle but not where I’m so freezing it’s uncomfortable!

  93. Summer – Perfect weather for walks on the beach under the moonlight!

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