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 serves up a delicious mix of sports, sexy romance, and complicated, captivating characters with her second Chicago Rebels hockey contemporary (after Irresistible You). Hockey has always been Isobel Chase's life, first as the daughter of Clifford Chase the late hockey legend, Rebels owner, and all-around jerk and then in her own right, though her career ended with a skate blade to the skull in her first professional game. Now she's running the Rebels with her sisters and trying to avoid her team's newest recruit, Vadim Petrov. Isobel has a checkered past with the gorgeous, brooding Russian. Her father blackballed him from the NHL to keep him away from Isobel, and Vadim still resents it. Isobel also still remembers her first sexual experience, in which Vadim failed to satisfy her. As they reconnect, he vows to do better this time around. Meader's erotic scenes could melt ice, and her complex protagonists will keep readers eagerly turning pages.
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4 1/2 Stars!
Isobel was in the National Women’s Hockey League for 37 minutes before everything she worked her whole life for evaporated. After the injury she would never play hockey again, but she was lucky to be alive. So now she was trying to become a coach with the Chicago Rebels, the team that she inherited along with her half sisters. Vadim Petrov was just traded-in to the Rebels, even though he has had knee troubles for the past 6 months. And who is going to help him get back from this knee injury ... none other then Isobel. He took Isobel’s virginity when they were teenagers and then she ruined his life by having him blackballed from playing hockey in the US. So he had to go back to Russia to play for a few years and then made his way to playing hockey in the NHL. Isobel still makes his heart race, but can he ever forgive her? And Isobel can’t seem to resist Vadim with all those muscles and his smouldering gaze ... but he took her virginity and then never looked back. He became the face for Russian vodka, underwear and many other products. He had a different model on his arm in every photo ... how could he ever be interested in someone like Isobel?
This is a HOT hockey romance that will have you laughing out loud one minute and swooning the next. I liked that you still got to see the lives of the characters from previous books and a look at the characters in the upcoming books. This is a great series that shouldn’t be missed!
I received an ARC copy courtesy of Gallery, Threshold through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.