Monday, August 14, 2017


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.

Chicago Rebels #1
Kate Meader
Releasing Aug 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…

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I enjoyed Remy and Harper, overall. Their connection was steamy and you believed in the connection, and I loved the idea that as a player and owner, the relationship was just a little taboo. As with any relationship in which the connection, and the relationship itself, is against the rules, the connection is important, you have to believe that the characters would risk being discovered, that it would be worth it for them. I definitely believed this about them, and that made it fun.

But, I thought there was maybe a little too much of the focus on the taboo. The idea that Remy is a veteran player, upset at even being on the team, and that Harper is a female owner, it started to overpower the relationship just a little for me, and that was a shame as I thought the connection between them suffered a little as a result. There's a lot of build up of the connection, and then the focus seems to switch to the reason they are taboo and away from the connection, which made it a little tough to stay fully engaged with the characters.

The shift from the complete engagement with the main characters also allowed you to really start to get an idea about the secondary characters. This is the first book in the series, so there was some of the build up of the other characters, and this definitely makes you look forward to the next books in the series, as you really like all of the characters and want to see this team succeed. 

I do recommend this title and I am looking forward to the other books in the series.

Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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