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Irresistible You

Irresistible You, September 2017
Chicago Rebels #1
by Kate Meader

Pocket Books
Featuring: Harper Chase; Remy “Jinx” DuPre
400 pages
ISBN: 1501180886
EAN: 9781501180880
Kindle: B01NCZOFMG
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"A hockey romance that leaves you wanting more"

Fresh Fiction Review

Irresistible You
Kate Meader

Reviewed by Kristen Donnelly
Posted September 20, 2017

Romance Sports

My standards are high for a Kate Meader book. I have adored her firehouse saga, and the novella that kicked off this series (found in the HOT ON ICE anthology and sold separately as well, I believe) left me definitely ready for more. While this book's heroine did not captivate me as fully as I had hoped, I'd still grade it highly and recommend it to anyone who enjoys hockey romances, or the employee-employer trope.

Harper has legitimate baggage to deal with, I can't deny her that. I can see how her tyrant of a father programmed her into the behavior she exhibits throughout this work and many of her choices make therapeutic sense to me. However, dramaturgically, they drove me insane. I literally yelled, "JUST TELL HIM" about four times regarding a specific incident in her past that was deeply affecting her future, that Remy was in the complete dark about. When that finally came to light, it still was handled appropriately to Harper's character but frustratingly for me. Just a pet peeve of mine, no fault of the character.

However, the growth arc of the sister's dynamic, getting to know the team, seeing Addison from the novella (who is one of my favorite heroines of 2017, by the way) -- all of this absolutely worked. I can't wait for what's in store for these folks.

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SUMMARY

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…

Excerpt

“Remy!” A tall redhead wearing what looked like a band of gauze lassoing two Goodyear blimps threw her arms around his neck. “I can’t believe you’re here!”

The new arrival practically knocked Harper out of the way, pretzeled her stacked body around Remy’s, and sucked on the Cajun’s lips like an anteater. It took him a good three and a half seconds—but who was counting?—before he drew back.

“Have we met, chérie?”

“We have now, Jinx,” she purred. “I just wanted to welcome you to Chi-Town. Properly.”

His mouth hardened slightly. “Well, it sure is a pleasure, but right now I’m kind of in the middle of something, so I’ll have to take a rain check.” His eyes flickered over the woman’s shoulder to where Harper was sipping on her whiskey, enjoying the show. She had a perfect view of the woman’s tramp stamp—the positively poetic Get Some with an arrow pointing down—along with her above-the-waistband leopardprint thong.

Goodyear Blimps speared a look designed to put Harper six feet under twice over and then quickly recalibrated her smile for Remy. From her cleavage, she extracted a (crumpled, undoubtedly sweatstained) business card and placed it in Remy’s jeans pocket. It took a few moments to ensure it was safely secured.

“The welcome offer is open-ended, Jinx.”

Another wince crossed Remy’s face, though Goodyear missed it as she was too busy trying to maintain her center of gravity on her totter toward the bar.

“ ‘The welcome offer is open-ended, Jinx ,’ ” Harper mimicked in her most breathless gush, adding a bout of vehement eyelash batting into the mix.

“Don’t be jealous, now, Harper. I sent her away, didn’t I?”


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