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review 2017-12-05 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - So Over You

 

 

About the book:

 

SO OVER YOU

Chicago Rebels series, Book 2

Kate Meader

 

Pocket Star EBooks

December 4, 2017

$5.99

ISBN 9781501168567

 

“Meader serves up a delicious mix of sports, sexy romance, and complicated, captivating characters with her second Chicago Rebels hockey contemporary (after Irresistible You)…Meader’s erotic scenes could melt ice, and her complex protagonists will keep readers eagerly turning pages.”

Publishers Weekly (So Over You)

 

“Things heat up on the ice in Meaer’s latest installment of the Chicago Revels series (Irresistible You, 2017)…Isobel and Vadim’s chemistry is off the charts, and Meader’s engaging details of hockey and Chicago pull you further into their world. Even nonhockey fans will be rooting for the Rebels by the last page.”

Booklist (So Over You)

 

“Hockey is a sport that moves a mile a minute, and it’s even more thrilling when the action off the ice has even more speed. In the second Chicago Rebels book, external conflicts make the path to a happy ending difficult for the couple, but that makes it even more satisfying in the end. Meader’s thought-provoking tale has well-rounded characters who touch each other’s lives — sometimes not too gently.”

RT Book Reviews (So Over You)

 

“Meader’s strength is creating characters who live, breathe, and jump off the page; Remy and Harper shine, and the supporting cast of characters, including Harper’s half-sisters, is very strong. The mix of sexual tension and emotional decisions will lead Meader’s series launch to many a keeper shelf.” 

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW (Irresistible You, Book 1)

 

“Meader takes her readers on a breathtaking, non-stop, glorious ride. The sex scenes are lyrically written with fresh, descriptive prose. Enough is included about hockey to add its fast rhythm to the book. Remy’s family is multi-faceted and fills the pages with joy. Readers will love the relationship between Remy and Harper, and will be excited for the next story — Isobel’s.”

RT Book Reviews Four and  a Half Star TOP PICK (Irresistible You, Book 1)

 

About the book:

 

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s SO OVER YOU, Book 2 in the new sizzling Chicago Rebels series. 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 silver at the Games, 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...

 

 

 

 

“This little job is the difference between you playing and not. Dancing with the Stars, Vaddy baby. It’s where all the washed-up pros end up.”

 

Annoyed at his reaction to her, he skated away, throwing out over his shoulder, “I will be playing, Isobel. You will have no say in that. I spoke with Moretti—it is clear why you have this job.”

 

Her brow crimped. Naturally, it was adorable. “Please. Enlighten me.”

 

“He is new and no doubt under pressure to bow to the owners. You can write your own ticket.”

 

“If that’s the case, I’d just appoint myself as head coach and be done with it.”

 

“You are also conscious of what the fans and media think, so you are starting small. Really, you could have called or texted, Isobel. Buying my contract seems like a lot of work to bring me back into your world.”

 

“You weren’t my first choice. But luckily your poor play this season meant Quebec was happy to offload you.”

 

He ignored the brief stab. The last six months had been difficult. Isobel understood this, yet they could not resist these little cuts.

 

“I think you wanted to be closer to me. Just like before, right, Bella?”

 

A blush crept up her cheeks on hearing his endearment for her.

 

He would test her. Make her angry and emotional. Make her cry. Because angry, emotional criers were not the stuff of coaches. If she was serious about a career in the NHL, she would hear worse.

 

She would get him game fit. He would get her battle ready.

 

He continued to needle. “Yes, I think that must be it. It seems that the female owners of the Rebels would like to abuse their position and use the players for their personal pleasure. Your sister and Remy DuPre—that is interesting.”

 

“Is it?”

 

“Harper may have duped a Rebel player into her bed, but please don’t imagine you and I will be renewing our acquaintance in a similar manner.”

 

That got her attention, at last. Her creamy skin blazed, her crimson mouth twitched, and even from a distance he could see those melted-shamrock eyes darken. She looked like she wanted scream at him. Burst into tears. Slap his face.

 

Yes, Bella. Let us see if you can handle the barbs of every player, coach, and fan who will dismiss you. Let us see if you can handle me.

 

Fury powering her stride, she skated over, skidding to a halt mere inches from his face. As before, she was magnificent.

 

“You’ve found me out, Petrov.”

 

“I have?”

 

“It’s all an elaborate ruse. We bought your contract even though you really haven’t been performing well this season. Let’s face it, you’ve sucked donkey balls, Vadikins. But I convinced my sisters that I alone could bring you back to top condition. Make you a valuable asset to the team. I also made sure I’d be the only one working with you . . .” She leaned up on the tips of her blades, a balancing act that required great skill and remarkable ankle strength. Close enough that he could have slipped his tongue between his lips and tasted hers.

 

Her breath was a hot puff of temptation. “So we would have all this alone time.”

 

With that fiery gaze, she held his own.

 

Unerring.

 

Unflinching.

 

Until her mouth creased, and she broke into a laugh. He remembered that laugh. Just as before, it hit him right in the balls.

 

She used the edge of the iPad to poke him in the chest. “You thought I’d go to all this trouble to try to get into your hockey shorts, Petrov? I’m a team owner—I can have any of these Rebel boys with the click of my fingers!” She chuckled, clearly enjoying herself. “Despite what that supersized ego of yours thinks, the only performance I want from you is on the ice. Maybe if you spent less time carousing—”

 

“Carousing?”

 

“Yes, it’s nicer than calling you a club-hopping, vodka-sodden manwhore. Less of that and more effort on your day job, please. And don’t worry yourself that I’m interested in ‘renewing our acquaintance.’ I’ve had better lays with the Ukrainian delegation at the last Games.”

 

He had to say he enjoyed this sharp-tongued, quick-witted version of Isobel. But not enough to admit it to her.

 

“There is nothing you can teach me.”

 

“So sure, Russian.”

 

“I am positive.”

 

“We’ll see.” She skated back to the edge of the rink. “Again.”

 

 

 

 

 

So Over You (Chicago Rebels, #2)So Over You by Kate Meader
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #2, in the Chicago Rebels series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Isobel has a history with Vadim. An incredibly complex history, that makes it hard for Isobel to even confide in her sisters about it. Suddenly she has to work with him again, since he is on their team. Will the past and future secrets that they share ruin all the progress?

Vadim has not realized that he was missing Isobel until he saw her again. Now he realizes just what he needs. He just has to come up with a plan. If the secrets of their pasts come to light - can they still have a future?

Such an incredible series! I love that each and every character is so different. These are really complex and interesting MC's that take us through it all. I could not put this book down. Engaging in many forms and filled with surprises, this was a great read.


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

 

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, Kate lives on the web at katemeader.com.

 

 

 

Giveaway:

 

Kate Meader will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card during release week. To enter, please go here!

 

 

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review 2017-11-28 04:45
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So Over You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 2) - Kate Meader

This is book #2, in the Chicago Rebels series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Isobel has a history with Vadim.  An incredibly complex history, that makes it hard for Isobel to even confide in her sisters about it.  Suddenly she has to work with him again, since he is on their team.  Will the past and future secrets that they share ruin all the progress?

 

Vadim has not realized that he was missing Isobel until he saw her again.  Now he realizes just what he needs.  He just has to come up with a plan.  If the secrets of their pasts come to light - can they still have a future?

 

Such an incredible series!  I love that each and every character is so different.  These are really complex and interesting MC's that take us through it all.  I could not put this book down.  Engaging in many forms and filled with surprises, this was a great read.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-11-22 16:45
First Star I See Tonight By Susan Elizabeth Phillips $2.99 Fun!
First Star I See Tonight: A Novel (Chicago Stars) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel—a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author’s fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series.

 

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy.

 

Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is . . . I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just . . . mildly unhinged.”

 

Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants of fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding Piper find her very dead husband.

 

And then there’s Cooper Graham himself, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants is a feisty detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.

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review 2017-10-26 15:46
Wer es romantisch und witzig mag, der sollte hier unbedingt zugreifen! Absolut topp...
Verliebt bis über alle Sterne: Roman (Die Chicago-Stars-Romane 8) (German Edition) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips,Claudia Geng

Verliebt bis über alle Sterne: Roman (Die Chicago-Stars-Romane 8) (German Edition) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips,Claudia Geng 

 

Endlich ist wieder ein neuer Roman von Bestseller-Autorin Susan Elizabeth Phillips in deutscher Übersetzung erschienen. „Verliebt bis über Sterne“ heißt der 8. Roman der Chicago-Stars-Reihe und ist nun im Oktober im Blanvalet Verlag (u.a.) als Taschenbuch erschienen. Und was soll ich sagen? Das Warten hat sich gelohnt, liefert Phillips doch wieder eine Geschichte mit tollen Protagonisten, irrsinnig witzigen Dialogen und – natürlich – sehr viel Herz! Sie ist und bleibt einfach die Meisterin der romantischen Unterhaltung!

 

Piper Dove ist mit Leib und Seele Privatdetektivin in ihrer eigenen Detektei. Durch einen prekären Auftrag trifft sie auf den ehemaligen Star-Quarterback und vermeintlichen Weiberhelden Cooper Graham, der ihr beinahe den Fall vermasselt. Doch Piper braucht diesen einen Job und bleibt dran an Cooper. Und ehe man sich‘s versieht, ist sie Teil seines Teams – und nicht nur das.. Bis jemand es auf Cooper‘s Kopf abgesehen hat und es ziemlich brenzlig wird….

 

Susan E. Phillips bleibt ihrem Stil im aktuellen Roman wieder absolut treu. Wenn man die bisherigen Bücher der Reihe mag, dann liegt man bei „Verliebt bis über alle Sterne“ absolut richtig. Ich habe das Buch selber wieder absolut verschlungen. Die Vorgänger 1-7 muss man allerdings nicht zwingend gelesen haben, da jedes Buch der Reihe in sich abgeschlossen ist. Einige Charaktere tauchen zwar auch hier wieder auf, aber sie spielen eher Nebenrollen. Insgesamt sind die Protagonisten – vorneweg Piper und Cooper – wieder äußerst sympathisch und authentisch. Es gibt viele aberwitzige Dialoge und natürlich viel Geplänkel und diverse „Reibereien“! Kitschig wird es jedoch nie. Ganz im Gegenteil: Diesmal wird sogar noch zusätzliche Spannung durch ein wenig „Crime“ geboten, was mir auch ziemlich gut gefiel. Über die verbalen Schlagabtäusche musste ich auch in diesem Buch wieder häufig schmunzeln und lachen. Susan E. Phillips versteht ihr Handwerk einfach zu gut!

 

„Verliebt bis über alle Sterne“ ist ein absolutes Highlight in Sachen romantischer Unterhaltung. Eine tolle Story, knisternde Spannung und viele äußerst sympathische Protagonisten. Mehr oder besser geht es meiner Meinung nach nicht! Topp, deshalb 5 Sterne.

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review 2017-10-08 12:24
Challenged
Hot Pursuit (Black Knights Inc.) - Julie Ann Walker

This is book #11, in the Black Knights, Inc. series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment & understanding of the series itself, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Emily & Christian are at one another's throats on more than one occasion.  It is becoming the norm.  The chemistry between them is boiling and wanting to explode.

 

Christian knows he is hot for his co-worker.  He tries very hard to deny it to himself, as well as others.  When they have to work together to get home from across the pond, it may be more than the team can take.

 

Such a sexy and sizzling story.  I love the banter and the heat between the main MC's.  There are more favorites from the series inside this book as well.  Add in another suspenseful plot - and it is a super read.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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