Chicago Rebels #2
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 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…
Meader delivers another wonderful romance and I couldn’t be happier. There’s so much drama and bad feelings and it just leads to a great second chance – and not just for Vadim and Isobel! I loved the Vadim has some issues he needs to address with his mother too and Meader makes sure that he does all of it with Russian-ness on full display. And I just ADORED every Russian piece of him – so haughty and formal and sexy and confident. It’s no wonder that Isobel finds him hard to resist even with the history between them. He’s also difficult and closed off and commanding … also sexy but frustrating 🙂
Like with the first book in the series, there can only be trouble if anything happens between the two but the Chase sisters aren’t afraid to dance that line. It makes things more complicated that she’s an owner and wants to be a coach while he’s her player but that isn’t their biggest issue. They’ve got to put their pasts (both individually and as a couple) to rest before they can even think about looking at what the future could bring. While there’s drama, Meader makes sure that things never get over-dramatic which I appreciate. Instead she delivers a sexy, emotional, and humorous love story that had me captivated until the end.
(This is the second in a series and it can stand on its own but I think that it will be much more enjoyable if you have read Irresistible You.)