Title: Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1)
Author: Kate Meader
Publisher: Pocket Books, Gallery, Threshold
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: ~400 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I’m gonna be upfront and admit I know zilch about Hockey, coming from an equatorial country. What I know or watch about the sport has been mostly from books or movies; but even that tiny, teensy bit of had been enough to get me to like (the sound of) it and the (romance) stories about it. That saying, sadly the technicality of this sport still eludes me.
Irresistible You is the first to Kate Meader‘s new steamy Chicago Rebels series that centered around the three half-sisters who inherited the declining team and the (hockey) players. It’s – for want of a better word – an “office affair”. On the spotlight this time were Harper – the eldest Chase – and Remy DuPre, a newly acquired Hockey veteran who wanted to win Stanley cup before retiring from the ice.
I have to say my first impression of Remy was not a good one. I got that he’s pissed of his trade into the team while he already had his own agenda. But it’s very underhanded of him to “blackmail” Harper for a gentlemen’s agreement. It took a while for me to warm up to him. And I got the secondary character Bren St. James to thank for that …along with the strong desire for Bren’s story on future installment in the series (fingers-crossed, given the hints thrown along the pages).
Harper’s character was not what I expected, after reading about her in In Skates Trouble. I especially loved the awkward and wary bonding process the Chase sisters dealing with. In fact, theirs trumped over Harper and Remy’s love affair for me. Don’t get me wrong, the romance side of this book was scorching hot. But Harper’s conflicting feelings over her younger sister – which reflected her own unhappy childhood – was what got my heart twisted. That her past set her apart and made her standoffish to any closeness was just heartbreaking.
With this book only the first full novel of the series though, we still have long to go with the Chase sisters. The ending might be predictable, but I thought the reveal and the whole arrangement was so sweet that I FINALLY warm up to Remy. Yes, close to the end of the story. But let’s face it, I knew going in that Harper and Remy would have their happy beginning. So I really didn’t begrudge them their happy ending. 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.