REVIEW: KATE MEADER – INSTACRUSH

REVIEW: KATE MEADER – INSTACRUSHInstacrush by Kate Meader
Also by this author: Irresistible You, So Over You
Also in this series: Good Guy, Man Down
Series: Rookie Rebels #2
Published by Indie on December 10, 2019
Genres: sports romance
Tropes: Surprise Pregnancy
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Cliffhanger: No

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Theo Kershaw is the luckiest guy alive.

Roaring back from a life-threatening injury, he has the world at his skates as defenseman for his new team, the Chicago Rebels. Everyone adores his big personality, his on-ice talent, and his killer smile. Everyone but his prickly neighbor - or so he thinks. One chilly Christmas Eve, Theo will learn that maybe the girl next door isn't such a hater after all ...

Elle Butler is the most embarrassing person on the planet.

How else can the ex-military-now-bartender explain her crush on the hot jock who lives across the hall? True, he has gorgeous green eyes and perfect cheekbones, but the filter between his brain and too-sexy mouth is permanently malfunctioning. Yet she can't stop checking out his Instagram antics or sneaking looks at him when he's in her bar. So. Mortifying. Running from a past filled with damning secrets, Elle's determined that this guilty pleasure remains buried in her deepest fantasies.

Because she couldn't possibly indulge with the Theo Kershaw or make a mistake that draws attention to her under-the-radar life. And she especially couldn't be a mom to a pro-athlete's baby ... could she?

INSTACRUSH

by Kate Meader

Superglutes is a dreamboat. Theo was the best part of the book that had me laugh out loud and swoon all the way through. Kate Meader’s heroes are always the most wonderful men. It’s the heroines that sometimes give me a bit of a headache and this was the case with with military veteran Elle in the beginning. She couldn’t admit that Theo was one of a kind, charming, upbeat, openhearted and just adorable. This would have been a dealbreaker if it had gone on for too long but – and here is what Kate Meader did totally right – Elle couldn’t resist Theo’s charm and enthusiasm and alpha maleness.

He smelled like naughty nights and comforting arms and dumb jokes and the guy who had all the answers.

When their supposed one night leads to an unexpected consequence (dude, did you guys check the expiry date?) Elle gets to know the overprotective, tender Theo. And that Theo is irresistible even for prickly Elle. Their chemistry sizzled off the pages and while they took their time to let their friendship grow into more at some point in the story I started to love them as a couple. Theo softened Elle’s edges and I started to see why he wanted her. He proved to her that he could compromise and that she could trust him.

“Theo, I didn’t expect this. I didn’t expect you.”

This surprise pregnancy story was really well done – with this hero’s medical history there was a possibility for lots of angst but no – there were light moments (courtesy of a hilarious Theo) and some emotional ones, because both Theo and Elle wanted to be loved for who they were. I always look forward to reconnecting with characters from Kate’s previous books so naturally I was excited and happy to see Violet, Dante, Cade and all the other beloved characters from the Chicago Rebels.

I thought Instacrush was very well balanced and super-fun to read.

“That’s what you are for me, Ellie. True north. My heart and home. The place I’ll always return to.”

About Kate Meader

Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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