She has her heart set on a hockey player. Any hockey player.
When the new general manager of the Chicago Rebels tasks Tara Becker with faking it with one of his players to help clean up the naughty jock's act, she's all over it. She'll make that misbehaving hunk of muscle look good and get her dream guy into the bargain.
Only the path from fake to real is riddled with thorns . . .
New Rebels GM Hale Fitzpatrick thinks ditzy blonde and wannabe WAG Tara is the perfect solution to his PR problem - until she isn't. Soon Fitz realizes that maybe he doesn't have control of the strings after all . . . especially when he starts to fall for his pretty little puppet.
A fake relationship hockey romance - with a twist!
I can't lie, I started this one without reading the blurb and I ended up going back almost immediately to read it to see if, after their first interaction in the book, this was possibly going to be a romance between Tara and Hale.
Yay. It was.
I loved everything about this one. I loved that Tara was upfront about who she is, and about what she wants out of life...and how she plans to go about it. Yes, she has her reasons, and they are good ones, but they are only part of the reason she has the goals she has...and there is something really empowering about that idea. At least, I saw it this way. So often women have things they want that need to be "justified" in order to make them ok...and while there was some of this in the book, I was left feeling like she wants what she wants and isn't going to apologize.
That said, quickly what she wants turns out to be an exploration of the chemistry she has with Hale, even though he only sort of fits with her goals. (Although he thinks he is absolutely able to do so.)
Watching them work this out, while getting past their previous impressions of one another, was great fun. Their chemistry was noticeable from their first interaction on the page, and as a reader I really wanted to see them work things out and find a way that being together still met with both of their goals.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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Meet Kate Meader
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, fire hose, or hockey stick, and she’s there.
Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with big-hearted guys and strong heroines - and heroes - who can match their men quip for quip.
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