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…
I’m a sucker for a good sports romance story, especially of the hockey variety, so when I was offered an advance copy of Kate Meader’s Irresistible You, it was a no-brainer to dive into the world of the Chicago Rebels and the three sisters who now own/run the team, the same women who not only have to save the franchise but also need to repair their relationships with one another. Both of those objectives seem impossible when Meader enlightens readers to the Rebels consecutive losing records and the bad blood amongst the sisters due to their father’s inability to love them all equally, placing impossible standards on one more so than the other, creating jealousy between the two oldest and not giving any of girls an opportunity to truly get to know one another without feelings of insecurity and heartbreak getting in the way.
While all three sisters have responsibilities when it comes to the Chicago Rebels organization, Harper Chase is at the helm, making the big decisions and working to prove not only her father wrong about her abilities as a female owner in a testosterone-filled sport but all of the naysayers who have already decided the Rebels don’t stand a chance at a playoff spot because they’re a team of misfits surrounded by too much estrogen, which can only lead to pansies and whiners on the ice.
The Rebels ‘road to the cup’ is beyond a cinderella story; in fact, it’s pretty much an impossible feat, but when Harper brings in a veteran center, shaking up the dynamics of the team as well as the front office, she proves the kind of risks she’s willing to take and believes that her knowledge and her leadership skills will get the job done, even if it means trading for the ‘unluckiest guy in the NHL’ and crossing lines that she sure as hell knows better than to cross.
Remy DuPre is not your typical hockey player, which makes him quite the appealing hero. Between his Cajun background, New Orleans charm, strong family bonds, and French pet names, Remy is one intriguing book boyfriend, and his appeal when it comes to the opposite sex makes even a hardass like Harper Chase vulnerable to his many positive attributes despite her no fraternization rule and her need to control her feelings, never allowing another man to make her weak.
Kate Meader does a great job of slowly building Harper’s ‘essential’ relationships, not only with Remy but also with her two remaining family members. Neither one of these bonds can instantly occur because there are many issues to contend with and without both sides committing to understanding the other one and allowing them the chance to see who they really are despite the preconceived notions and rumors, nothing will improve between Harper’s personal and professional relationship with Remy or her need to work with her sisters in order to achieve her goals with the Rebels as well as her potential happiness with Remy.
Because Irresistible You is told through both Remy and Harper’s perspectives, readers see beneath the characters’ facades, learning much more about them than they’re willing to give the other characters in the story. And, as things between Remy and Harper begin to change, we also understand Harper’s hesitancies when it comes to giving herself to Remy, and even though he adamant claims to the contrary, Remy makes her feel wanted and capable; he makes her acknowledge that she deserves to be loved and to be cherished despite her father’s treatment of her and he also helps her realize that she needs people in her life to lean on…people who are willing to step up for her and support her in every way possible.
Remy and Harper’s story is a great start to a brand new series from Kate Meader, and with the introduction of the other characters in the story, I can’t wait to see who Meader puts together and how the Chicago Rebels fair now that the team seems to be meshing and are no longer the unlucky losers of the NHL.
4.5 Poison Apples