USA TODAY bestselling author Kate Meader brings her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (RT Book Reviews) to this novella in the Chicago Rebels series, following the general manager of the Rebels as he scores with one of his players off the ice.
Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out and proud managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know...
As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?
Dante and Cade were great
The only negative thing I can say is I wish this was a full length book and not a novella (bc I’m greedy). It’s still written well and there was build up in the prior books. This whole series is great.
A hot addition to the series
Undone By You is the third full-length book in the Chicago Rebels series (there is prequel novella). You can read it as standalone but I do recommend reading the previous books since they kickass but the hockey lines up with the books. Undone By You starts off around the same time the second book started. It’s fun to see what was going on with these guys while Isobel and her man were starting their own relationship. Ok, anyway...
Dante was shocked to see one of his players in the exclusive gay club in downtown Chicago. Especially the one he had been avoiding since he became the New GM for the Chicago Rebels. He was attracted to Cade, the Texan cowboy who was also known as Alamo. He already had a target on his back being the first openly gay NHL GM, he didn’t need people talking about him checking out his players. He couldn’t go there. But, it looks like Cade had other plans for them. He might have been shocked to see Cade in the club but he was at heart attack level when the man came on to him.
Cade was good at hiding. He didn’t do relationships. He did one time hook-ups. He was twenty-three and not ready to come out as the first gay NHL player. So he hid. Only, he couldn’t hide anymore from Dante. He knew he was cute. He knew that from the posters hanging on his teenage self’s wall but seeing him in person? F- hot. In a suit? Nope. He couldn’t stay away, if he tried. He wanted him. Badly. He knew the risks. He only wanted one weekend with the man. Except...after one taste, he wanted more. Much more.
Dante and Cade’s relationship is complicated. Mainly because they couldn’t have a real one. It could only be about making each other feel good. That and talking about the coming out process. If that was what Cade wanted to do at some point during his career. They can have their hot nights but had to be cooled down when on the ice and in the office. Will they find a way to be together? Do they even want that? It’s not just about their sexual desires, it’s about their careers.
Overall...it’s a wonderful addition to the series! One I was waiting for. I just knew these two would get their own book and it was everything I was expecting and more. I have only read this series by Kate so I am not sure if this is her first M/M or not but either way...her writing in this genre was awesome! I loved the characters. Their story. The season. The love.
Cade looked over his shoulder, a cheeky grin teasing his lips. “Get a good look, boss?”
“Leave the orgasm, take the cannoli?”
“Innocence left the building a long time ago, borchia.”
A different story
This is actually a 3 1/2 stars. I love Kate Meader, I think her novels are sexy, exciting to read, and have always loved her characters. The reason I couldn’t give more than 3 1/2 stars is because I wasn’t able to relate about the romance between Dante and Cade. I can understand the love between them, I just couldn’t feel the thrill I normally have when I read her books.
Dante Moretti is lucky to have such a great job as the GM for the Chicago Rebels. He’s overcome the ridicule and gossip from his family, but at the same time, the acceptance from colleagues. He’s the first GM in hockey to come out as a gay man. Now if he could only stop thinking about one of his players, Cade Burnett, now that he’s found out he is also gay.
Cade has been a closet gay all his life. When you are a player in a hockey team, no one expects you to be a gay man. Cade wants to tell Dante, and hopefully date him.
As their relationship gets hotter off the ice, will they be able to risk their careers by coming out.