Series: Chicago Rebels, #2
Published by Pocket Star on December 4th 2017
Also in this series: Irresistible You, Irresistible You
Also by this author: Flirting with Fire, Melting Point, Playing with Fire
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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 Olympic silver, 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...
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This is the second book in the Chicago Rebels series. Each story is a standalone although the characters are interconnected. Isobel Chase, along with her two estranged stepsisters, inherited the Chicago Rebels hockey team. The three sisters are working hard to fulfill all the requirements of their father’s will. As the sisters spend time together, they slowly developed a friendship and learn to trust each other. Isobel was a hockey player in a women’s league and ready for great things until an injury sidelined her. Now, as one of the owners of the team, she is working as a coaching consultant. Isobel and her sisters are trying to fight sexist opinions about women owning a hockey team. Isobel would love to one day become the team’s coach but she knows many people would be opposed to a woman coaching a men’s professional hockey team.
Vadim Petrov is the newest player acquired by the Rebels. He and Isobel had a past, although they haven’t seen each other in years. Vadim is recovering from a knee injury and Isobel is coaching him through it. Neither of them wants to admit they still feel the sparks they felt years ago. They are both stubborn and too proud to admit they care. So instead, they argue and fight. Isobel knows getting involved with one of her players would only hurt her reputation.
This story is full of emotion yet it is also fun, flirty and sexy. I liked Isobel and Vadim. I found it easy to relate to them and wanted them to find a way to be together. There are also engaging secondary and I hope to see them in future stories.