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Review: Irresistible You by Kate Meader

on February 8, 2018

Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1)
Kate Meader
Pocket Star
2017, 400p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series. 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, a chip on his shoulder, 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 collect freebies and bargains from iBooks all the time. I can’t even remember when I bought this or how much I paid for it but at a guess it was either free or under $4.99. I chose it on a whim the other day and I’m so glad I did because I thought it was such a fun read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series (which I now have to buy).

Harper has just inherited ailing NHL team the Chicago Rebels after her father dies. There’s plenty of catches – her two sisters are her co-owners, one of which she barely knows. There’s some caveats on performance as well, just another way for Harper’s father to reiterate that he doesn’t think she can do this, all the way from the grave. Desperate to yank the team up through the table in its division, Harper has traded in Remy DuPre, a veteran of years of experience but who has never won the Stanley Cup. This is it for Remy, his final year and he wants that silver. He is none too happy to be shunted off to a team that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell and he’s not afraid to show it. If Harper wants him to pull this team together, she’s going to have to give him something he wants in return…..

NHL isn’t super big here – we only get a couple games shown each week and it’s pretty random what they are. But I have a few American and Canadian friends who are dead into it and for fun I picked a team to follow based on the age old method of “choose the one with the jersey you like the most”. That for me, was the San Jose Sharks. I’ve kept up with how they’re doing, watched a few games (other teams) but I have to admit, I still don’t know all the rules, etc yet. However I do quite enjoy the sport so I was pretty confident I’d like the setting for this and I was right.

I love the premise – Harper has a lot of issues stemming from not only her doubting father, who made no secret of the fact that he seemed to regard the hockey world as a male one and that Harper would never be able to make her mark on it, but also a violent relationship from her past. There’s the added complication of having to work with her sisters to make the team a success. They share only a father in common, all having different mothers and having been raised in very different circumstances. But they must work together in order to inherit and they must make the team a success. It’s slow going and Harper is a bit of a control freak and also, Remy DuPre has her stuck between a rock and a very hard place.

Remy is of Cajun background, which I loved. Haven’t come across too many in romance books before – I’m sure they’re out there, I just haven’t read many. He was very polite but first in a kind of ‘fuck you’ sort of way because he resented being traded in to the Rebels and wanted to play hardball to get what he wanted. The attraction between him and Harper is pretty immediate but Harper is already facing issues with being a woman in a very male dominated world. If it got out that she, as CEO, was sleeping with one of her players, she feels it’d be a disaster – the end of her. But she can’t resist either – the chemistry is pretty sizzling and I really liked Remy. Yes he’s a super hot veteran ice hockey player but he’s not a stereotypical jock. And I understood his anger at being traded – he’d already missed several chances to win the Stanley in his career and this was really his final chance. His anger is directed towards Harper but almost in a polite, gentlemanly style way. He’s pretty good at getting what he wants but things become complicated for Remy when he has to question just what is the most important thing for him.

The romance was great in this – Harper is kind of uptight and driven, she definitely needs a bit of chilling out and Remy provides those slower vibes (as well as loads of hot sex to relax her too!). He’s got a lot of hidden depths and he’s a really interesting character. He’s very open about when he finishes playing he wants to settle down, have a family. He’s the sort you can see as a stay at home dad! But as much as I did enjoy the romance aspect, I also really liked the arc that’s going to continue over the series, which is Harper and her sisters trying to turn this team around. Harper spends time getting to know her sisters in this book and therefore, so do we. Both her sisters have their own books coming up – I’m pretty keen for the next one which involves middle sister Isobel and an icy Russian player the Rebels picked up to be their left winger. Right now, these are perfect reads to break up my review copies.

8/10

Book #25 of 2018

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