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 Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader

“Men are like beer: Some go down better than others”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 401 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

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…

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Harper has been set with an impossible task. Her father died, leaving her the Chicago Rebels that she has to run with her sisters (whom she doesn’t really know or get along with) and turn them from a bottom team into a winning the championship team in one season. They lose and she loses the team, which can’t happen. That team is her life and running it has been her dream. She’ll do whatever she can to turn them into champions.

Remy didn’t want to be traded to a losing team his last year playing in the NHL. He wanted his last year to be one where he finally won the cup. He made sure every step of the way that Harper knew how he felt too. Only problem with his tough guy act is that he actually liked Harper. He was drawn to her and despite the player/owner line he couldn’t help but work his Cajun charms on her.

“His dick was taking over, throbbing to the beat of man-wants-woman.”

Harper already had one bad relationship with a player years previous and the last thing she wanted was to get involved with another, but damn if she could resist him. Their magnetism is beyond measure. But she was his team’s owner first and foremost. As long as the line stays in place she could have her cake and eat it too. And oh what a yummy cake!

Irresistible You is exactly that…irresistible! Harper and Remy have a powerful way about them that pulls you into their world and leaves you wanting more. The characters and storyline are well written. It was a great way to start a series and I’m looking forward to see what else the Chicago Rebels series has in store.

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Review of Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago #1) by Kate Meader

Flirting with Fire

Stubbornness meets sexy!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Firefighter Romance

Book Length (Est.): 400 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

The first installment in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series from Kate Meader that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men.

But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s also the second oldest of the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service—if Luke’s antics don’t get him fired first. When Luke goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, Kinsey marches into Luke’s firehouse and lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review*

I read this book expecting a story about Kinsey and Luke, but it felt more like three stories rolled into one. There’s Gage and Brady’s story that mingles throughout the pages and also a hint of Alex and Eli mixed in, but mostly just Eli and his political games.

Kinsey gave up everything in order to follow her man and his dreams, only things didn’t work out like she’d planned. Now single in a city far from home, working a job she doesn’t quite enjoy or want, she’s left with only her will not to give up or give in.

“She wondered how long it would take to get over her own relationship fail. Or, if a certain streak of walking, breathing temptation might be willing to indulge in a spot of naked sex therapy.”

Luke is like a father figure to his siblings. They all look up to him. But at the same time they want him to get a life and stop smothering them. And he does have wants of his own, but to him following them would be selfish. He would never abandon his family to follow a different path.

“Find woman, claim woman…”

Kinsey is stubborn, Luke is even more stubborn, they’ll mince words, butt heads, and wanna kill each other, but in the end sparks ignite and emotions explode. Thank goodness he’s a fireman because things between them can get hot hot hot!

“The thing about fires, Kinsey, is that it does something to me. To all of us. Around the Fourth is one of our busiest times. Lots of calls with barbecue and firework accidents, and when I finish my shift I’ll be all hopped up on adrenaline. Horny as hell, too, and I usually need to take the edge off quickly.”

“Are you warning me about your premature ejaculation problem?”

Gage is Luke’s hottie, definitely not shy, younger brother. I would have enjoyed a little bit more of his and Brady’s story. The glimpses here and there were kind of a tease and I really want to know if and how Brady finally opens up to Gage. Perhaps in another book maybe.

“I’m about to go down on Spider-Man. This is mighty fucked up.”

Eli is a sexist ass, but there’s something underneath that I can’t quite figure out. I can’t quite decide if I like him or hate him. I’m strongly leaning toward hate.

Alex is fierce and protective and I feel sorry for the man brave enough to take her on.

Flirting with Fire has a fantastic underlying family vibe with a hot and sexy appeal. It was an interesting read and I look forward to seeing what’s in store in the next Hot in Chicago novel.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Drunk Kinsey is hilarious.

“Mr. Almeida. I like that thing we do, Mr. Almeida. It’s sexy as hell. You’re sexy as hell with all these hard muscles.”

 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of All Fired Up (Hot in the Kitchen #2) by Kate Meader

All Fired Up

Bella Donna!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 384 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Her sweetest mistake . . .

Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can’t resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas-her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?

. . . tastes so, so good.

Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn’t know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn’t part of the plan, but melting Cara’s icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review*

I loved Jack in this book. His response when the mayor wanted a last minute reservation was hilarious. His over-the-top self-centered nature always adds a little spark into the story and you can’t help but love him because above all his faults he really is a sweetheart.

As for the two main characters, Cara and Shane, they too definitely know how to pull you into a story.

Cara is labeled Lemon Tart by her co-workers because they think she thinks she’s too good to eat with them, but that’s far from the truth. Her issues are personal and they stem back since childhood, but they’re her secrets and she holds on to them with a lock and key. But when the true Cara wants to have it all she does the unthinkable…fall for a guy in the matter of hours and then marry him. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.

Shane has his own secret and it’s quite the doozy. He only plans on working at the restaurant for a short time, but then he’ll fall for his wife and their families, which only complicates his emotions. He’ll go from not wanting anything to wanting everything, but once you’ve lied to everyone it’s difficult to come clean and risk losing it all.

The part I didn’t like was that the timeline overlaps the timeline in the first book. So instead of seeing the happy couple from Hot and Bothered we get glimpses from when they were experiencing the love/hate part of their friendship.

Overall, All Fired Up is a fun and sweet read with moments of unrestrained passion that’ll have you wanting to read faster and slower all at the same time.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: The following conversation between Cara and Shane had me laughing out loud…

“Did you just steal my scrunchie?”

“Just to put under my pillow. It’s not creepy or anything.” 

My Second Favorite Laughable Moment: I loved it when Shane saw Vegas after he’d spent time with Cara. Pink!

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Hot and Bothered (Hot in the Kitchen #3) by Kate Meader

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 284 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

A Fire They Can’t Put Out . . .

Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who’s fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she signs up for an online dating site—and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review*

Hot and Bothered starts with Jules in the labor room with her best friend Tad by her side. I must say that everything Jules was feeling and saying had me laughing so hard. I was in love with the way that Tad was handling the situation that he was in.

Jules Kilroy left London after a very heartbreaking relationship that ended with her being pregnant. She has transitioned into the lifestyle of being a mom with the help of her brother and the DeLuca family, but now she’s ready to move forward in her life and decides she is ready to start dating again. Not only does her brother Jack not like this idea but this will turn Tad upside down.

Tad DeLuca has been best friends with Jules since she arrived in town. Tad loves to have women falling at his feet. When he gets bored with one he will move onto the next. One night when Jules decides to make a move and kiss him, he rejects her. Tad feels that Jules deserves the best and he is not capable of providing what she needs. However, this one night will change Tad forever.

The chemistry between two best friends that try to deny the fact that they are in love with each other will have you cheering for them and yelling at them at the same time. When Jules and Tad decide they need to scratch an itch both jump on board. However they are left with facing their feelings for each other. It does not help that the family has been waiting for them to get together, excluding her brother Jack. No one is good enough for his sister.

Overall I loved this book. I think every woman should have a best friend like Tad.

My Favorite Moments: I love how Jules and Tad can talk to each other and not take offense to it. My all-time favorite is how they answer the phone when they call each other. 

Overall, I give Hot and Bothered 4 stars! 

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