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Review of Hooked On You (Chicago Rebels #4) by Kate Meader

“Club Chase-Bangs-a-Rebel”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 384 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.

Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.

Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander…but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.

For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*

The chemistry between Bren and Violet has been entwined throughout the pages of all three previous books, getting to finally read their story was the icing on the series.

Violet was the mystery Chase child, conceived during a one night stand. She didn’t know her sisters and didn’t really care to…until she had to. Sister nights, as awkward as they were in the beginning, became the bonding time the sisters needed in order to really love one another.

Her first day in Chicago lands her in a bar next to Bren, she’s wanted him since that first day.

Bren’s life went uncontrollably down hill because of his unhappiness and drinking. Luckily his team gave him a chance to clean it up and be the Captain they needed. His focus is on the game, his team, and missing his daughters…not the captivating woman who is always around.

His first day out of rehab landed him opposite some not so happy fans and a beautiful woman who tempted his restraint beyond its limitations…and no matter how badly he wanted Violet he couldn’t tempt his sobriety or his job.

When push comes to shove Violet is the one who comes through for Bren and his daughters. She’s the one he counts on when there’s no one else and when she finally lets down her guard he’ll be the one she learns to depend on. Hooked On You is a powerful story that proves love, when you let it in, can conquer anything. It was the perfect ending to the Chicago Rebels series.

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Review of Undone By You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader

“Leave the orgasm, take the cannoli?” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Gay Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 147 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know…

As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*

First of all let me say that this book takes place behind the scenes of books one and two. If you were curious about things Harper or Violet saw…you’ll discover what actually happened when you read Undone By You.

The Chicago Rebels got a new GM…a new gay GM. A sexy, suit wearing Italian that makes Cade’s mouth water. No one knows that Cade is gay or that his hockey hero is none other than their new GM, Dante Moretti, or how his spank bank fantasy just walked into his daily life, and boy does he do a good job at hiding it. Not even Dante knew. That is until Cade shows up in the one place he never expected to see him or any of his other players.

Cade is a Texas boy who doesn’t want to disappoint his dad. Dante is a man who gave up a lot so that he could be true to himself. One’s afraid he isn’t good enough. The other afraid he’ll lose everything. Not to mention the whole GM and player thing that completely goes against certain ethics and policies. But when Cade and Dante are together nothing else matters.

Undone By You is sexy with a lot of heart. It was the perfect ‘short’ book to give the series a little something extra.

“Aren’t you forgetting something?”

“Am I?” My name, my social, my no idea.

“You said your fantasy was to be naked while I was dressed.” His mouth twitched. “Time you stripped, Burnett.”

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Review of So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader

“Are you offering to apologize with your penis?”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 401 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels….

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then… let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice…

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*

Isobel had known Vadim before he got traded to the Chicago Rebels, but what she didn’t know was how much she’d really meant to the “Czar of Pleasure”. Forced into co-ownership of the Rebels has put Isobel into a sticky spot. She loved her coaching job, but the logistics was too difficult to work out and in order to fulfil her duties as her father had so graciously put into his will she quit, moved into her sister’s house, and started helping out with the team more. Her job…to get Vadium back to his awesome skating ability after his knee injury. That head understood her job, her body and heart was a different story.

“Damn that fuckwomble Russian!”

Vadim’s career took a major detour after Isobel’s father had found them together as teenagers, but he never gave up. He worked hard and eventually ended up back in the NHL, then got injured, traded to the losing Chicago Rebels, and just when it couldn’t get much better his mother decided to reenter his life. But his road also led him back to the woman he’d always wanted so all was good in the land of Petrov.

“I have waited my entire life to love you and I refuse to let your stubbornness take you away from me.”

He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. She’s just figuring out what she wants and isn’t at all sure how to move forward. Together they’ll figure everything out.

So Over You is sweet, romantic, and filled with Russian humor. I enjoyed how two lives had affected one another even if the other hadn’t known it. From Isobel and Vadim following each other’s careers to moments one was present without the knowledge of the other.

“I wish we had a closet of knee pads up here,” she said as she headed toward the door.

“Why?” Violet asked.

“Because when a girl has to grovel, she likes to do it with protection.”

As for the backstory…the Rebels are still on their way to a playoff spot. Remy and Harper came out to everyone about their relationship. And I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.

The writing…was filled with a lot of self doubting characters, which put a little damper on the awesome, but the ‘take me right here right now’ scenes seemed to make up for it.

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Review of The Chosen (The Descendants #1) by Aurora Grace

“How serious were you when you said you want to be like Wonder Woman?”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 260 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The stage is set for the ultimate battle between good and evil.

When Elizabeth Summers jams on the brakes to avoid knocking into a man standing in the middle of the road, she is thrown into a world of angels, demons, and gods. A world where a shadow organization, the Elect, will stop at nothing to get her.

There’s no one she can turn to but Ian Knight. He has saved her once, and he promises to protect her.

But Ian is part of the Elect, one of their very best.

Will he give up all he has ever known and all that he’s been taught,[ original no comma. Think about it] for her? And with enemies in two separate realms, will Elizabeth and Ian ever be safe?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Elizabeth “Lizzie” thought she was having reoccurring nightmares…turns out they were premonitions. Even after witnessing firsthand that her dreams were reality she kept trying to convince herself that they were dreams because for them to be real meant either she was going crazy or her world was fixing to get turned upside down.

Ian was supposed to save Elizabeth and he did, but she wasn’t one of his normal charges. He couldn’t walk away from her as he’d done all others before. He was drawn to her, needed to know her, and to help her. However, in order to help her he has to go against everything he’s been taught to believe.

“Your laugh does weird things to me.” He brushed his thumb under her lower lip. “It makes me feel better than saving people.”

Elizabeth is pulled into a world she never knew existed. And Ian is learning that everything he’s ever know is a lie. Together they will learn to trust each other and to stand up for what’s right against any obstacle that lies in their path.

In a world of angels and demons The Chosen will take you on a journey of discovery that will leave you enthralled and wanting more. It is book one in The Descendants Series, it does not end on a major cliffhanger, but it does end in a place that will have you ready for book two.

“Doing my best isn’t good enough if I can’t keep you safe.”

She put down her utensils and shifted closer to him. “You said I burst into flames.”

“You did.”

“And you saw the man burn.”

He nodded.

“Yet you ran straight to me. You could’ve burned; you could’ve died.”

“I just wanted to get you out of the fire.”

“I get it that it’s your job to protect me, but please don’t do that again – especially if I burst into flames again. I don’t know what happened, and – “

“I’ll do it over and over again.”

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Review of Underneath It All (The Walshes #1) by Kate Canterbary

“Before you say no,” he said, holding up a hand. “Just say yes instead.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 340 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

If I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure.

Lauren
It’s all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.

After I met Matthew Walsh.

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

Matthew
A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do.

Unless, of course, she was naked.

She wasn’t looking for me and I sure as shit wasn’t looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.

Sometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws people down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap.

 

 

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Lauren has almost everything that she has ever wanted. The only thing missing is having her own school. She needs to find a great location. The only issue with the location that she wants is it is about to collapse. Needing an architect she meets Matthew.

Matthew and his family own their own business. They love to restore historical places. Matthew decides to help Lauren find the perfect place for her school.

Mathew and Lauren are instantly attracted to each other. Lauren does not have time for anything more than a one night stand. Knowing that they are in a business situation they try to keep it that way. Until they can’t.

This was a very fun read. Two very busy people who happen to find each other and have incredible chemistry. Once they make the decision to cross the line, all bets are off.

I would recommend everyone that loves a great story to read this.

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Review of Show Me Something (Something #5) by Aubrey Bondurant

“Sorry, it’s just, well, it’s a really great cock.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 301 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The light of the future can only be found by stepping out of the darkness of the past…

After leaving her marriage, Juliette Walker wants to accomplish many new things, but meeting a new man certainly isn’t part of her plan.

Plagued with struggles over her past, she seeks the advice of a professional. But after unloading her most intimate thoughts to the handsome stranger with dark hair and glasses at a friend’s party, she discovers he isn’t the man she thinks he is.

Although Juliette comes into Mark Hine’s life like an unexpected tornado, he finds himself intrigued by the bundle of energy who spills her secrets in a drunken barrage.

Despite swearing off dating permanently since the tragic death of his fiancee, he keeps finding excuses to spend time with the single mom who makes him laugh and brings him out of his shell.

In the aftermath of Juliette’s most humiliating experience to date, she’s convinced Mark has permanently friend-zoned her, until the moment it becomes shockingly clear she couldn’t be more wrong.

But will demons of the past threaten to derail the opportunity for love? Or can two damaged hearts overcome their painful histories to find a future of happiness together?

***Show Me Something is for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fifth book of the “Something Series”.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Juliette is a single mother who is trying to make a new life for her and her son. After leaving her husband (a dirty, drug addicted cop who cheated on her) she has relied a lot on her friends and their generosity. She isn’t one for handouts though so she does everything she can to give back to those who have continually helped her.

Mark (Love him because he has my last name!) is an unorganized lawyer who has spent years, and I mean years, unable to move on from losing his fiancé in a car accident. He’s quiet in public and a little awkward at times, but he’s an extremely nice man.

Their initial meeting leaves Juliette embarrassed beyond words, but then again she tends to word vomit on a regular basis. Her insecurities and pretty much anything else she has on her mind (appropriate or not) likes to explode filterless out of her mouth.

“I think it’s clear that either I’m going to need to gag you, which has possibilities, or I’ll need to do some more dirty talking to distract you.”

Mark finds her adorable and continually finds little reasons to swing by and spend time not only with her, but her son. He’s afraid to want more because of his past, but when Juliette goes on a bad first date with someone else he cannot hold in his desires anymore.

“Uh, yeah. I don’t know how you missed the whole groaning like a wild animal and grunting out my orgasm inside of you.”

Show Me Something is a laugh out loud while fanning yourself from the heat kind of book. It’s a little slow progressing, but once there’s fire holy cow there’s dirty-talking-gotta-have-you-now fire.

Honestly the only thing that kept me from giving this book a 5 star rating was I expected the thing with her ex to get a little more suspenseful. It had the opportunity to and then all of a sudden it’s taken care of, leaving another more heartfelt and sad issue to stand in their way. Besides, that it is a great read. And if you loved the previous Something Series books you’ll enjoy that some of the characters are very fully front and center in this one.

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Review of Mr. Big by Delancy Stewart

“Are you always this much of an asshole? Or only on Fridays?”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 243 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

He’s tortured and dark, angsty and arrogant. You want the truth? He’s kind of an A-hole.
 
He’s also the CEO.

Everything in my life goes according to plan, and that’s the way I like it. I got the degree. I got the job. Now I just need to prove that I have what it takes to succeed in the real world.

If there’s one thing that’s not in my plans, it’s falling in love with my boss.

Most relationships don’t start with one person calling the other out in public for being an arrogant jerk. Then again, most CEOs don’t cut their own employees in line at the coffeehouse and bark orders at people like they own the place.

Maybe pissing Oliver Cody off isn’t the right move. And now that he’s part of my world, all my plans go straight to hell.

 

Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Oliver Cody used to be the CEO of Cody Technology. The company that he helped build with his dad.  Wanting to experience life a little he leaves town and everything behind. When he receives a phone call that brings him back home he learns the truth about himself. Now that he knows the truth he needs to decide if he wants to be a part of the company or not. Oliver is learning to live with the fact that he was adopted but struggles with the fact that they never told him and he had to find out by their death.

Holland O’Dell has her life planned step by step. She got a job at Cody Technology and wants to prove herself so she can get the position that she really wants. Even with all of her determination she still needs help with a report that she is working on. And that where she runs into a arrogant man at a coffee shop that is willing to lend a helping hand.

Oliver likes the fact that Holland doesn’t know who he really is. He can be himself and forget about all of the issues that he is dealing with. Helping her with her work takes him back to the parts of the job that he loved. All things seem well until he tells her his real name. Knowing that she needs his help to land an account that the company needs she decides to give him a break after all that he has been through. What she didn’t have in her plans was falling for him.

This was a fun but emotional book. I felt everything felling that Oliver and Holland felt.

 

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