When the Dempseys took in several foster children, the couple raised them to be loyal to one another and dedicated to their careers. Becoming firefighters for the city of Chicago just like their foster father made them even closer to each other, and keeping secrets is never easy. Gage Simpson is someone who always seems cheerful without any cares, and his decision to pursue Brady Smith is met with approval from his siblings. But getting the sullen chef to let Gage know his feelings are reciprocated does not come without plenty of challenges. The Hot in Chicago series delves into the lives of individuals who deserve love, but they must first put their hearts on the line. MELTING POINT is an insightful romance between two men, where vulnerabilities and desires frequently clash. Kate Meader puts the heart and soul of her characters into every compelling scene.
It only took one meeting for Gage Simpson to want well-known chef Brady Smith more than any man before him. The Chicago firefighter has never had a problem getting another man to have sex with him, yet the broody restaurant owner runs hot and cold whenever they see each other afterward. Gage has fought hard for many of the things that now make him happy, and several rejections are not going to stop him from going after the person he wants. But when Brady adamantly refuses to let him get close, he knows it is time to move on and try to forget.
Just because it seems everything is worked out, it does not mean the two people involved are actually pleased with the solution of not being in a relationship. Gage would still do anything to be in Brady’s life, but the stubborn man repeatedly pushed him away, saying it would never work out for them. Though the ex-Marine does not open up to anyone, an unexpected event and one tempting firefighter may be enough to break down the emotional barriers Brady has kept up for years.
Since part of the interaction between Brady and Gage took place in the first Hot in Chicago book, it would make everything clearer to read it beforehand as more facts about the likable couple would be known. Kate Meader skillfully entwines the sexual attraction felt by two men with the numerous emotional issues keeping them apart. Much more is revealed about Gage in his own story, especially why he tries so hard to be a positive person. The comical sayings on his shirts are often priceless, and he usually has a huge smile for those around him. Though he appears to have it all, his inner thoughts expose a much different individual at times.
The many harrowing experiences Brady lived through as a Marine still play an important part in his daily life, and the author let me get a sense of his anguished emotional suffering. There are plenty of descriptive sex scenes between Gage and Brady, where touches and kisses are heated plus particularly enthusiastic. Yet it is the sincerely honest conversations they shared that I will remember most. Kate Meader gives her characters a genuineness which let me feel their every hope for the future along with their intimate wishes. Several glimpses into the man who will be the hero in the next book of the series was very welcome, as it divulged some of his views to me. MELTING POINT is blisteringly steamy plus heartfelt because of earnest emotions.
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Page Count: 100
Price: 1.99 (eBook only)
Author’s Website: katemeader.com/
Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/nhye3ov