HOOKED ON YOU is the fourth and triumphant finale in
Rebels series. This is a contemporary romance series
about three half-sisters who inherit their father's
professional hockey team when the dad dies, with the
stipulation the sisters have to run the NHL team together
for one season before they can sell. The incredibly
disparate sisters don't even all know each other before the
will is read.
There are two underlying threads in each book. The first is
about family. The dead dad was a complete jerk and has
managed to tromp all over each daughter's feeling in a
different malignant manner. Each heroine has to overcome her
own issues with dear 'ole dad. What is beautiful is how the
three women grow from grudging interactions to true sisters
of the heart. The men, too, have their hockey "family" --
teammates who support them -- and kick them in the behind if
necessary. I love the care that the characters, both male
and female, show for each other.
The second lovely thread running through each book is, of
course, the romance. In HOOKED ON YOU, I finally get to
revel in the chemistry between Violet and Bren that has been
tantalizing me in all the prior stories. Violet was
essentially abandoned by her father, and has grown up with a
very independent nature which I thoroughly enjoy. Violet had
breast cancer two years ago, and I adore her passion to now
live her life fully and at maximum volume. Bren is a
recovering alcoholic who is trying to rebuild his
relationships with his two young daughters and his
teammates. Bren is trying to stay buttoned down tightly and
keep himself in control at every level. And hoo boy, does
Violet tempt Bren to drop the restraint and let himself fly!
I really enjoy sports romances when they're well done, and
Rebels series has been great. The sexual chemistry
between Bren and Violet is electric. Watching Bren and
Violet help each other become better and more fulfilled
human beings is even more desirable. The support of sisters
and teammates is the cherry on top of the sundae that is
Meader's HOOKED ON YOU.
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.