Hooked on You
by Kate Meader
Chicago Rebels, #4
Publication Date: May 7, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance, Standalone
The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.
Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.
Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander…but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.
For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.
The book opens with the very first time Bren and Violet meet. I knew it would be good, and it was. Now, months later, Violet and Bren are still fighting their unresolved sexual chemistry. He acts likes he can’t stand her, and she enjoys annoying the heck out of him. Bren finds himself in a precarious situation. He and the team are in contention for the Cup, and his two daughters are now living with him. However, he is need of a sitter when he travels, and he no choice but to turn to Violet in his time of need. He has to do whatever is needed to keep custody of his girls, so falling for their nanny is out of the question. Violet is becoming the hardest temptation to resist.
One thing I love about is a series is you just get a glimpse of characters who will eventually get to tell their stories. Meader did a phenomenal job of showing us just enough of Bren and Violet throughout the books to know their story would be GOOD, and she exceeded all my expectations. I had no idea what extraordinary people Bren and Violet were until I got to know them.
Bren has a reputation…”the Puck Prince and Hell’s Highlander.” Now, he has one he never wanted as a “washed-up alcoholic has-been.” He is trying so hard to do better. That quality is what makes him most attractive. Granted, who can resist a hot Scotsman, but that isn’t what defines him. He really does have a heart underneath his surliness, but it has been broken. He has committed the past months trying to make amends to his daughters and his team. He is afraid if he lets Violet in she could destroy that. She is life and passion, and she brings light into everyone around her. He fears that he will lose control if he gives into temptation. He melted my heart anytime he was around his daughters, and I fell even harder when he began opening his heart to Violet. Talk about swooning….
Violet was the character that stood out throughout the series. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all the other characters, but she colored every scene she was in. Little did people know that underneath was that little girl who was abandoned and shunned by her father and the woman who feared that the big “C” was coming back to cut her life short. Until you really got to know her, you would never guess she carried those doubts with her. As confident as she appeared with Bren, constantly getting under his skin, she knew he had the power to completely break her. She was not only in love with him but also with his girls. She was wonderful with them, just letting them be themselves and not something their mother could use. Violet was the epitome of strength and perseverance.
As you can imagine, there is angst between her and Bren. There had to be. Both are lost souls, but each of them were also strong. They would have to each give up important pieces of themselves and trust that the other would take care of each other’s hearts. The sexual tension was definitely off the charts, but Meader also made sure their emotions and feelings never got lost in the lust.
Not only was this a magical romance, it was also a journey of self-discovery. Bren had to discover who he was as an individual without the numbing effects of alcohol. Violet had to figure out where she fit into her sisters’ lives and trust the relationship she was forming with them. Most of the series was about three women who had to deal with the issues they each had with their father and build a family despite all of his mistakes. Great series with lots of heart!!!! I will miss them. Each sister found a place in my heart, and I’m so glad they each found their HEA with their men and with each other!
DON’T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE CHICAGO REBELS SERIES!
ABOUT KATE MEADER
Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
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