August 16, 2017

Suped Up: Irresistible You by Kate Meader

Series: Chicago Rebels 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: August 15, 2017 
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher 
Genre: Sports Romance (Hockey)

Irresistible You kicks of the all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series by Kate Meader, 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…

Sports has never been an area of interest for me. It's always been a need-to-know like if something major is happening like the Olympics then I will follow and even then, I won't go beyond the trivial stuff. Then I met my BF who is a HUGE sports fan! And so my "formal education" in sports began and I found myself falling in love with hockey. 

If you follow the sport or is a fan of some celebrity who is married to a hockey player, you probably heard that our home team, The Nashville Predators, made it to the Stanley Cup this year. Sadly we didn't win but the team's Cinderella season turned huge so much so that major news networks are covering the event and the street where the arena is now called (unofficially) Smashville.

My newfound fondness for sports fueled my excitement in reading Kate Meader's latest release, IRRESISTIBLE YOU, a hockey romance and the first in a brand new series, Chicago Rebels. I mean, KMeader is a favorite so I'd read it anyway but to hold a love story in my hands that join two of my favorite things right now is extra special. 

IRRESISTIBLE YOU is a cool romance that mixes a lot of familiar tropes we love in books of this sort such as boss-employee, redemption, athlete, & enemies-lovers to name a few. What makes this a worthwhile read is the way KMeader used said tropes to enhance not just Remy and Harper's budding relationship, but also their respective character development versus using tropes to manipulate the story. The core of the story is Remy's redemption and need to retire from hockey on a high note while Harper is struggling not just to break glass ceilings, but to also manage her team to success. 

I can't say that IRRESISTIBLE YOU is groundbreaking, we've seen and read "this" before. That said, what makes this such a worthwhile read for me is how it perfectly encapsulates how I imagine a romance like this would be plus all the trimmings that go into a new relationship: fevered embraces, passionate sexin', heated arguments, and palpable chemistry. And since I'm a fan of strong kinships in romance series, the camaraderie among the Rebels is entertaining and their loyalty to each other is touching. Also, the developing arc regarding Harper and her sisters is a point of interest for me as well.

Bottomline: this is one fucking hot sports romance. If you need convincing, read the excerpt below:

Two things happened simultaneously: Harper’s eyes went wide, and Remy realized he was cold. Both of these things were related.
He’d answered the door completely naked.
And his boner was back, urgent as ever, though he wondered how long that would last because it was pretty fucking chilly out here.
I’ve interrupted something,” she said, her gaze greedily roving his still-damp body.
Only a pity party in my shower.”
She swallowed audibly, and just that sliver of vulnerability had him ready to fall to his knees for her. She was here, yet he had the distinct feeling that rushing her would be bad. This woman was like a high-strung filly that needed gentling and every ounce of TLC he possessed.
Minou, talk to me.”
A shallow breath was followed by . . . another shallow breath. Before he could worry about which would happen first—Harper’s panic attack or his dick dropping off like an icicle—she spoke, her voice scarcely above a whisper.
I shouldn’t be kissing you. I shouldn’t be touching and licking and stroking your hard body. I shouldn’t be begging you to take me all night long. I shouldn’t be fantasizing about the player I signed to save my team and career because this could be the very thing that tanks my team and career.”

His sexy little minou was hurting, and the only cure was the thing that might destroy them both. 

Kate Meader was raised on romance. An Irish girl, she started with Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, and spiced it up with some Mills & Boon. Now based in Chicago, she writes romances of her own, where sexy contemporary alpha heroes and strong heroines match each other quip for quip. When not immersed in tales of brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose.


  1. For some reason I like sports books, dunno why

  2. I didn't know about this one but it definitely looks good!

  3. I am a huge sports fan, but don't read a lot of sports books. This does sound like one for my reading list.

    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Oh Wow a suped up hockey romance I'm there. I LOVE hockey novels. Thanks Braine

  5. I like sports so I just love sport romances but Kate Meader is an author I still need to read, but dang this one sounds fabulous!! Great review Braine.

  6. I do love when an author pairs favorite elements for me. I look forward to reading this one, too.

  7. Oh yay I have this one waiting on me :)

  8. I just started this one about an hour ago. I'm liking it so far. Of course I really like this author so I'm not surprised.

  9. I love sports, but don't read sport-romance very often. I've loved the ones I have, though. This definitely sounds like a good one.

  10. I enjoyed the ones I read of hers. And I LOVE sports romances (not sports in real life, though). I'll have to check this one out :D

  11. Hahaha. This is so awesome. So glad it was a great read for you.

  12. It's funny how our interests change with the ones we are with. I totally get it. I got into football that way. This does sound like a hot sport romance!

  13. I think I might be broken... I started this one and HATED it. lol So much so I just gave up and returned it.

    What has happened to me????

    For What It's Worth


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