* Review * DOWN IN FLAMES by Kate Meader

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * DOWN IN FLAMES by Kate MeaderDown in Flames by Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago Rookies #2
Published by Kate Meader LLC on December 6, 2022
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A steamy and emotional standalone MM 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, mini-golf shenanigans, meddling friends, and fighting like hell for the love of a lifetime.


Sizzling, heartfelt goodness! When two of Kate Meader’s franchises collide, her readers are in for a deliciously sexy M/M gay romance filled with snarky wit, tender connections and more drama than they will know what to do with. I adored every single minute of Hudson and Jude’s story!

Hockey star Hudson starts the book out as secretly gay and inexperienced but with a trusting soul and a socially awkward adorableness that quickly stole my heart.

Bartender turned rookie firefighter Jude is out and proud and finally getting his head on straight after a youthful recklessness that fractured his life a bit. His genuine kindness endeared him to me and as his story unraveled, I only grew to love him more.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a gentle anthem in the beauty of letting your light shine bright even in the darkest moments. Fans of Meader’s Chicago firefighters and hockey players will delight in the sighting of some fan favorites throughout.


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