Down in Flames; Hot in Chicago Rookies #2
(#2 within an interconnected series)
Publication Date: December 6, 2022
Genre/Tropes: MM/Sports/Hero Romance
Author: Kate Meader
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
It is hard to believe that this is only the second Kate Meader book I’ve read because I loved everything about this book!
Down in Flames has everything I love in a good contemporary love story; passion, emotions, banter, smoking hot love scenes, love, forgiveness, character growth, and two people who realize that they make each other better by being together. Isn’t that what we all want at the end of the day? Jude and Hudson brought all of this and so much more because their book was filled with ALL the feels.
Their compassion for each other flows off the page from the very beginning. Well, actually their passion for each other comes first…fanning myself….but along with that it is very noticeable that these two men are full of compassion as well. I loved that these two men were not big on machoism, but instead were empathetic which was refreshing and very raw. They both had very male dominated, testosterone filled jobs; Hudson is a hockey player in the NFL and Judd is a firefighter, so both could have come across very differently, but Hudson’s entire life experience in coming out of the closet was really beautiful and Judd experiencing it with him was just as beautiful – well not at first, but I’ll let you read that.
There is a lot to unpack in this emotional story about two men at very different points in their lives in how being out affects them personally and professionally, along with past mistakes, forgiveness, and moving forward. Kate Meader puts it all together beautifully and I couldn’t put the book down once I started.
A steamy and emotional MM standalone firefighter-hockey player romance …
It was supposed to be a random hookup.
At a crossroads, my life a hot mess, I swiped right on the guy with the washboard abs and the tree-trunk thighs. His handle was Holt (yeah, really) but as soon as he opened the door, I recognized him: Hudson Grey, the hottest prospect in pro-hockey and apparently, secretly playing for my team. Not mind-blowing enough? He needed someone to punch his V-card and I was only too happy to volunteer as tribute . . .
Then he ghosted me when it got to be too much.
A year later, my life is back on track and I’m a candidate firefighter at legendary Engine 6. While I might be new to the Chicago Fire Department, I’m a veteran in the game of steamy hookups. My No. 1 rule? No newbies. Except now Hudson has been traded to my hometown team, the Chicago Rebels, and he’s out, proud, and ready to date. And he wants my help introducing him to the local gay scene.
My messy past means I’m the worst guy to be mentoring the shy, sexy jock. But neither can I stand by and watch while others touch the man who already feels like mine.
I might have been his first, but I’m about to learn that the new guy has even more to teach me about hunger, hope, and falling hard . . .
Includes: First times, hot firefighters, sexy hockey players, meddling friends, and fighting like hell for the love of a lifetime.
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