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Irresistible You (The Chicago Rebels Series) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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"Meader takes her readers on a breathtaking, non-stop, glorious ride. The sex scenes are lyrically written with fresh, descriptive prose... Readers will love the relationship between Remy and Harper, and will be excited for the next story [in the Chicago Rebels series]." (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick (4 1/2 stars))
"[A] heart-stealing opener to the Chicago Rebels sports contemporary series... Meader's strength is creating characters who live, breathe, and jump off the page... The mix of sexual tension and emotional decisions will lead Meader's series launch to many a keeper shelf." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
"A charming hero who's sexy as sin and a smart, fierce heroine who gives him a run for his money? Yes please! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." (Kimberly Kincaid, USA Today bestselling author)
"Meader's signature firefighter heat transfers flawlessly to the world of high-stakes ice hockey in her hot as sin Chicago Rebels series."
(Gina Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author)
"Remy and Harper start the Chicago Rebels off with serious sizzle!" (Abby Green, USA Today bestselling author)
“Meader’s writing is always impeccable, but she outdoes herself with this stellar contemporary romance. Flawless from start to finish, with smart dialog, sizzling sex scenes, and the perfect amount of sweet moments.” (New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne)
"Kate Meader + hockey = two of my most favorite things!" (Pretty Sassy Cool)
"Cajun and a hockey player? Can you get any sexier?" (About That Story)
"Not even halfway through the year I think I've found my favourite romance of 2017." (Love is a State of Mind)
"Splendidly characterized." (Publishers Weekly (A Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2017))
About the Author
Originally from Ireland, 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, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines (and heroes) who can match their men quip for quip. Visit her at KateMeader.com.
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Harper Chase has tried for years to prove herself worthy of being part of the Rebels franchise, a place her father never supported. Even in death he’s thwarted her again, giving ownership of the team equally to his three daughters instead of just to her, and making their successful run at the playoffs a condition in the will for not selling off the team to the highest bidder. She’s determined to do what she can to make it happen, including adding Remy DuPre to the roster. He’s a long time NHL player with a strong following and leadership qualities that she hopes will show the team that she’s serious about investing in their future.
Remy ‘Jinx’ DuPre is jinxed indeed. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup, finding out he’s been traded to the poor performing Chicago Rebels for what could be his final season on the ice is very frustrating. With the diminutive but feisty Harper on his case to lead the way he strikes a bargain with her – three months of solid gamesmanship in return for a trade to a team that has a real chance at winning the Stanley Cup so he can retire with pride. But as he shows the team what he’s capable of, he also finds himself drawn to Harper and her dedication. A mutual sexual attraction between Harper and Remy soon leads to some steamy off the ice action. But will the bargain they’ve struck lead to a loss for the Rebels and for love?
I love reading about nice guy heroes, and Remy’s down home charm and gentlemanly manner put him firmly on the top of my book boyfriend shelf. Though he’s initially upset over the trade, for clear personal reasons, once he’s on board with Harper’s plan he gives the team his all. He also makes it clear that he’s all for a little one on one time with her. He’s a hero in pursuit in a subtle but determined way. He understands the repercussions should news of a relationship between them leak out, and how important it is for her to maintain a spotless reputation while she works long hours and puts her heart and soul into making the team a success. Family is of utmost importance to Remy, and his visits to New Orleans never pass without a trip home. A protective, caring man and a generous lover – he’s real hero material.
Harper hides her insecurities well, but a past relationship with a hockey player that turned violent makes her sometimes nervous in the face of the hulking men who dominate the locker room. But with Remy, she knows she has found someone she can trust. Her dedication to the team and her determination to work with her sisters despite their difficult past are worthy of respect. I really liked her character and her drive to succeed. But I also liked seeing her emotional and passionate side with Remy. They share some steamy love scenes that make them both realize how difficult it will be to part at the end of their three months. Harper is determined to stick to her end of the bargain no matter what her feelings are for Remy, and how much she will miss him. It’s up to Remy to determine what it is he really wants for his future, for his career and after.
With her debut sports romance, the author does a great job of showing hockey from all sides – the players, management, locker room discussions and on ice scenes. The team finds that Remy’s arrival gives them a new spirit and though the story ends before the season does, they are on the right track. The series will continue with Harper’s two sisters getting in on the game and I can’t wait to read those too! Irresistible you is a sexy and spirited hockey romance that will make you a permanent fan of the Chicago Rebels.
Wow, this was a fantastic first book for this new series, and omg, I love the premise. Three sisters...all with different mothers, but all fathered by their famous hockey player/obsessed father. He died and left the THREE of them his hockey team...something that should have been Harper's alone, since she's grown up in the front office of the team. Add to that, as the oldest, she also has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about the sisters that were born later and stole her father's love away from her. Oh, and daddy dearest didn't just screw her over in the will. No, if the team isn't winning by a certain point in the season, they'll have to sell. This is the second worst team in the league and now they're the laughing stock because three women are in charge of running it. The world is just waiting for them to fail.
This is where Remy comes in. Harper wants and needs him for this team if she has a chance in saving it. The thing is...this is Remy's last year to play, his last chance at the Cup. There is no way in hell he wants to play for this crap team. He's better than that and he's worked hard to get himself where he has a chance. So, he makes a deal with Harper. He'll give it his all if she agrees to give him up to a team with a chance in January. She agrees.
But neither one of them counts on the heat between the two of them that builds in that time.
There's a ton at play in this book...the hockey team, Remy's dreams, Harper's shattered dreams, a new hockey team trying to find its feet, the really awkward dynamic between the sisters...and every single piece of it was so, so good. I loved the way this book was set up and the plots interwoven between each other. It was truly expertly crafted. I cared about Harper and Remy, but I also really cared about the team, the struggling team Captain- Bren, the sisters' dynamic, even Remy's family down in NOLA. It would have been so easy, with this much going on, for the book to feel frenetic and rough. But that wasn't what happened at all. Each little story line played into the big one to make it all that much stronger, and more emotional. I know that's the way that it's supposed to be done, but very few authors can make it work. Kate Meader did a phenomenal job with that! Seriously, so well done.
She also set up the next two stories...for the sisters...and wow, I simply can't wait to read both those books. Already there are hints of the deep emotions to come. I'm ready. These girls all have their scars leftover from their dysfunctional father, but they haven't been left unscathed by life and love, either. It's going to be amazing!
And can I just say I love this....three strong women running a hockey team...I ADORE this premise.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but then bought a print copy for my print shelf to reread later.