Also by this author: So Over You, Undone By You
Also in this series: Undone By You, Hooked on You
Series: Chicago Rebels #1
Published by Pocket Books on August 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, sports romance
Source: Netgalley, Pocket Books
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Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series. Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.
Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem, a chip on his shoulder, and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.
Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?
He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…
by Kate Meader
Remy DuPre, Boston’s star center and the Cajun they call Jinx because he is the unluckiest guy in the NHL, isn’t happy. He has been traded and his new team screws with his last chance of winning the coveted Stanley Cup. The Rebels are the league’s second worst hockey team and their new owner, Harper Chase, is now interrupting his farewell bash, busting his balls and dragging him by his ears to his new home Chicago.
Harper’s sole focus is to prove to herself and the world that her late father was wrong saying that a woman should never lead a hockey team. Of course, that she has to share responsibility with her two estranged sisters doesn’t improve her mood. Add to that her decision to get Remy DuPre on her team might prove to have not been a good one – he doesn’t live up to her expectations and she knows he does it on purpose – and she feels immense pressure in this world that is ruled by testosterone. Harper strikes a deal with the Cajun: He plays his heart out until the trading deadline comes up, then she’ll let him go to whatever team he wishes to follow his goal to win the cup before he retires.
Remy and Harper got off on the wrong foot but from the start there is an undeniable sizzling attraction neither of them welcomes. But as it is with undeniable chemistry at some point something has to give and Harper enters a relationship she isn’t entirely comfortable with. She is under scrutiny in this male dominated sport – she will be judged and if it becomes public knowledge that the owner of The Rebels fraternizes with a player she would lose the little ground she gained in with the acquisition of Remy DuPre.
Harper is a complicated character. Her daddy issues make you feel for her on one hand. She has a lot to prove, is determined and stubbornly focused on proving her dad wrong who didn’t show her a lot of kindness and respect.
She had never been a prize before, only the consolation.
She is so starved for love and Remy is the perfect partner for her. He is affectionate and sweet and has no problem to show his feelings. It kills her that her pride stands between her and her love and this is where I got a leeeeettle bit annoyed with her. It just took a little too long for Harper to come around. She always thought she needed to do it on her own, there only was either-or and she never fought for Remy. Still, she was a strong and likable heroine and I admired her for her bite. When she found her courage and took the leap I was happy that she appreciated Remy for the wonderful, big-hearted man that he was.
“I’ve never met anyone who needs to be held and loved as much as you do, Harper. Well, it so happens that you’ve got a man here with strong arms made to keep you safe. With so much love inside him that it’s just busting to get out. It’s all for you, minou. No one else I’d rather give it to.” – Remy
If you want to meet a swoon-worthy, dreamy, charming and super-hot hero, pick this book up now. Remy is pretty much my most favorite Kate Meader-hero. He has the typical Southern charm, is very laid back but you still know he cares, shows his polite respect for women by standing when they enter a room, without fail. I loved his family and how he adored them. He was a beautiful character. I adored that he had no problems showing and voicing his feelings, he empowered Harper and made her feel special. Remy is a sensual and sweet man, smart enough to know when to push and when to let it go.
When your happiness was someone else’s happiness, then that was love.
The main character’s banter is typical for Kate Meader – hilarious, smart and highly entertaining. The side characters, and I mean all of them, sneaked into my heart and settled there firmly. Harper’s sisters are wonderful and I loved seeing their relationship improve and becoming closer. Remy’s influence on the team’s morale was also beautiful to see. He really made a difference and I particularly liked Bren St. James, who will be paired with one of Harper’s sisters and I can’t wait to get my hands on that book! They both promise to have an interesting back story as well as Harper’s other sister.
With every new book Kate Meader reinforces her position as one of my favorite authors. Her combination of flawless writing, lovable characters, entertaining banter and sexy chemistry totally do it for me. Grab this if you love sport romances – I promise you’ll have a good time!
Irresistible You is the first installment in the Chicago Rebels series and can be read as a standalone.