*I received a free copy of Irresistible You from Pocket Star via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Irresistible You by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #1
Published by Pocket Star on 14 August 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.
Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.
Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?
He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…
Irresistible You showed a different aspect of hockey-teams and trades, and while it’s not the first one I’ve read with female owners, it was one of the best! Good hockey, strong romance, and great character development.
After their father’s death, three half-sisters who didn’t know each other well inherited ownership of the Chicago Rebels hockey club. Harper had been working with the franchise for years, and she wanted the team to succeed. Bonding with her sisters or the hot, new player she had acquired for the team was not part of the plan. Irresistible You played with my heartstrings, and I also enjoyed all the hockey talk. Strong female characters, and a male lead that made me drool sure made things very good!
Harper Chase is the oldest sister, Isobel the middle sister, and Violet the youngest, all three grew up with their respective moms. Remy DuPres has to be one of the hottest fictional hockey players I have ever met! The rest of the hockey team in Irresistible You were side characters who were well fleshed out.
Writing style :
Third person, past tense, mostly from Harper’s and Remy’s perspective, but with some insights to Isobel and Violet. The dialogues were snappy and let the characters’ personalities shine.
Quite a bit of sadness at first for Harper, she thought being tough and removed was the only way she would make it in this man-dominated world. There was hope, love, and loyalty as well, and I can’t wait to read more about the Rebels.
The new arrival practically knocked Harper out of the way, pretzeled her stacked body around Remy’s, and sucked on the Cajun’s lips like an anteater. It took him a good three and a half seconds—but who was counting?—before he drew back.
“Have we met, chérie?”
“We have now, Jinx,” she purred. “I just wanted to welcome you to Chi-Town. Properly.”
His mouth hardened slightly. “Well, it sure is a pleasure, but right now I’m kind of in the middle of something, so I’ll have to take a rain check.” His eyes flickered over the woman’s shoulder to where Harper was sipping on her whiskey, enjoying the show. She had a perfect view of the woman’s tramp stamp—the positively poetic Get Some with an arrow pointing down—along with her above-the-waistband leopardprint thong.
Goodyear Blimps speared a look designed to put Harper six feet under twice over and then quickly recalibrated her smile for Remy. From her cleavage, she extracted a (crumpled, undoubtedly sweatstained) business card and placed it in Remy’s jeans pocket. It took a few moments to ensure it was safely secured.
“The welcome offer is open-ended, Jinx.”
Another wince crossed Remy’s face, though Goodyear missed it as she was too busy trying to maintain her center of gravity on her totter toward the bar.
“ ‘The welcome offer is open-ended, Jinx ,’ ” Harper mimicked in her most breathless gush, adding a bout of vehement eyelash batting into the mix.
“Don’t be jealous, now, Harper. I sent her away, didn’t I?”
Big, strong shoulders, as wide as an ox, topping back muscles she could swear she saw defined through the gray T-shirt drawn tight across his body. As for what was happening below those trim hips… Yet again, she was staring at DuPre’s ass and imagining what that warm slab of marble would feel like beneath her greedy fingertips.
Even with all these God’s-honest reasons not to think of Harper in that way, putting that No Trespassing sign on it guaranteed that was the one place his mind would go.
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