Tuesday, December 5, 2017

So Over You by Kate Meader

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels....

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then... let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice...

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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This is the second story in this series and I would say that you should read book one first, as there are several characters that reappear and their dynamics are not re-explained.

Isobel is a sister who is trying to save the hockey team that her father left her and her sisters. Each sister is trying to keep their relationship with each other solid, but also trying to follow their own dreams at the same time. Isobel had a dream to play and win the gold medal – her father had that same dream for her. When tragedy struck, she settled for a life in hockey but not for hockey.

Then you have Vadim... He seemed very insecure at the beginning of this story. I had a difficult time liking him because it felt like he was overcompensating. He had a reputation of being gruff and a ladies’ man. However, he also felt like he had never truly gotten over Isobel, despite what her career and her father did to his own career.

When you throw in Vadim's past, Isobel in his present, and what each of them wants for their future, it becomes involved and messy.

I enjoyed watching this story unfold. Despite some bone-headed moves by each character, I think that it was resolved in a manner I could live with.

I hope that Vadim's sister gets a story of her own.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This is the second installment in this series and it’s just as good as the first.

The story is well written in that you can feel the angst and desperation that Isobel has at seeing her dreams taken away from her after one horrible accident on the ice. Her life changed dramatically that one night and nothing has ever been the same. And that was before her father died and left her and her two half-sisters running a hockey team.

Vadim has just been traded to the Rebels and has huge chip on his shoulder. He hasn't talked to Isobel since her father had him blackballed from the NHL years ago, but that doesn't mean he hasn't kept up with her.

As their story progresses, we see flashbacks to what occurred when they were teens and what caused Isobel's life to change dramatically. We also see two strong independent people come to terms with the past and do their best to make new dreams come true.

I know I’m going a little bit fangirl crazy over this series, but I think I might even love this second story more than the first. Isobel is the second of the three Chase sisters who inherit an NHL team. Unlike her sisters, Isobel loves hockey. She grew up on the ice and she was one of the best – winning two Olympic medals before an injury ended her career. Her problems start when the sisters buy the contract of the man she once loved.

I love, love, love Isobel’s fierce strength in this book. She is determined to prove herself as a coach in a male dominated sport. She’s a more likeable character than Harper was in the first book and she’s also pretty inspiring.

Vadim is hilarious. And sexy. And smart. And more complicated than he initially appears. At the start, his confidence is pure arrogance, but the combination of a debilitating injury, a female coach, and his team questioning his sexual virility bring him back down to earth with a resounding thud. Vadim isn’t smooth. He’s not too great with the nuances of American culture either. But I would dare any reader not to fall madly in love with him.

Together, these two have brilliant chemistry. They share an intense passion for their sport. They also share a history that hurt them both. And the power balance between the owner/coach and her player is more than a little bit uncomfortable.

Like the first book, this one is smart and sweet, fast paced, and entertaining. I love the Chase sisters and I love that this series is as much about the relationships between the three very different sisters as it is about their individual romances. I like that there is more focus on the actual hockey in this second story and less about the management of the team. I loved every page of this story and I can’t wait for the next one (Dante’s book in March!).

4.5 stars of hockey royalty

This is the second book in the series and tells Isobel's story. I loved the first book, which featured her half-sister Harper, as it was really fast paced and very funny. This book follows on directly in time, following the fortunes of the girls' hockey team – the Rebels. I would suggest that you read them in order as the underlying plot continues.

This was a much more emotional read, with Isobel finding herself coaching her teenage first love, Vadim, now that he has joined the Rebels. She still finds him very attractive, but as she is still dealing with the disappointment of her hockey career ending, her jealousy at his success remains. I love the chemistry between them, the give and take, and the depth of their relationship. Very romantic and intense storylines – I loved it.

The ending sets up the next story beautifully and I am really looking forward to Violet getting her turn in the limelight.

Also Available in the Chicago Rebels Series

Book 1
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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 or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader to read and review.

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