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Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: Irresistible You by Kate Meader

Reading this book reminded me why I love Kate Meader so much!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: August 14, 2017

Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). 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 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…

What’s it About? After the death of her father, Harper Chase finds herself the new owner of the NHL team the Chicago Rebels. When she takes a closer look at the team, she finds them underfunded, overweight, and close to being laughed out of the league. Harper is determined to turn the franchise around no matter what. Enter Remy “Jinx” DuPre. Remy has had a string of bad luck in his career but his luck is changing, until he’s sent to the Chicago Rebels. He can’t believe that Harper is seriously expecting him to lead the failing team into a spot in the playoffs, and he can’t believe the serious sparks between him and Harper either.

Overall reaction to the story? Kate Meader can tell a romance in a sports dominated setting without alienating readers who don’t like sports. Like me. She’s one of the few authors I trust not to bore me with too many sports scenes or sports talk but she doesn’t forget that sports are integral to the plot. There’s a nice balance happening in Irresistible You and it makes for an interesting, sexy read.

Putting a woman in charge of a failing, unruly lot of hockey players was a genius idea. Harper’s a tough as nails boss but she also has daddy issues that make her doubt herself as a woman. That conflict served as a great antagonist to her as a character. She is her own worst enemy. Add that to her complicated relationship with her two sisters and an attraction to Remy and there were some significant obstacles for her to get over but also some significant growth. Harper was stubborn but not to the point of being stupid, she’s a smart woman but she’s also a cautious one which I could appreciate. She was being judged twice as hard for being a woman, talk about an uphill battle for her! The author really made her shine without becoming ridiculously cheesy about her abilities to save the team from becoming a joke.

Then there was Remy. At 35 he is in his golden years as a hockey player and is hoping to go out on top. So when he’s traded to the Rebels, he’s less than thrilled and more than shocked when he finds out that Harper expects him to whip the team into shape and get them into the playoffs. That was an interesting scene. Remy’s confident, sometimes too confident and he needed someone like Harper to keep his ego in check. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him, he didn’t exactly make a good first impression. But you know what? Once he got over his man tantrum and realized he wasn’t going anywhere he showed his true personality. He’s a hard worker, he’s loyal, he’s a family man, and he can cook.

Yeah, these two just had everything going for them. Really great chemistry, the ability to work together to achieve a common goal, and a love of the sport. I loved that Harper wasn’t a pushover and Remy wasn’t a control freak. These two had tough personalities and could match each other in the stubborn department, making for some interesting head butting scenes that revealed just how attracted they were to each other. The romance was built on the physical attraction but the author made sure to give Remy and Harper enough time to spend with each other without work in between them. I loved the sweet moments between them just as much as the hot, sexy ones.

Irresistible You also introduces some interesting secondary characters, including Harper’s two half sisters Violet and Isobel. I’m curious to see how their relationship with Harper develops. And the rest of the Chicago Rebels! OMG those guys, I can’t wait!

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Kate Meader isn’t an author to be missed.

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