Title - So Over You
Author - Kate Meader
Series - Chicago Rebels #2
Genre - Sports Romance
Publisher - Pocket Star
Publication date - December 4th 2017
Format - Paperback Review Copy
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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...
He leaned in again, smelling of fame, privilege, and raw sex appeal. Discomfort at his proximity edged out the hormonal sparks dancing through her body.
“Does Moretti know that we have history? That you are the last person I wish to work with?”
Before she could respond, someone squealed, “Vadim!” A blond, skinny, buxom someone, who now wrapped herself around Vadim in a very possessive manner. “You said you’d be back with a dwinkie!”
Drawing back, Vadim circled the squealer’s waist and pulled her into his hard body. “Kotyonok, I did not mean to be so long.” He dropped a kiss on her lips, needing to bend considerably because she was just so darn petite! Not like big-boned Isobel, who could have eaten this chick and her five supermodel Playmates for a midmorning snack. A group of them stood off to the side, clearly waiting for the signal to start the orgy. And Vadim clearly wanted to give it, except he had to deal with the annoying six-foot fly in the sex ointment.
Why did the lumberjack hotties always go for twigs instead of branches? Did it make them feel more virile to screw a pocket-sized Barbie?
Yep, feeling like a schlub.
But he didn’t need to know that. All he needed to know was that she had the power to return him to competitive ice. This was her best shot at making a difference and getting the
Rebels to a coveted play-off spot. Vadim Petrov and his butt-hurt feelings would not stand in her way.
“Do you need to talk about it, Russian?”
She infused as much derision into the question as possible, so that the idea of “talking about it” made him sound a touch less than manly. Big, bad, brick-house Russians didn’t need to talk about the women who done them wrong.
“There is nothing to talk about,” he uttered in that voice that used to send Siberian shivers down her back. Now? Nothing more than a Muscovian flurry.
“Excellent!” Superscary cheerful face. “Regular practice is tomorrow at ten, so I’ll see you on the ice at 9 a.m. Don’t be late.”
Pretty happy with her exit line, she walked away.
Far too easy.
A brute hand curled around hers and pulled her to the other side of the bar, out of the sight line of most of the VIP room. She found her back against a wall—literally and figuratively—as 230 pounds of Slavic muscle loomed over her.
He still held her hand.
If she weren’t so annoyed, she’d think it was kind of nice.
She yanked it away. “Who the hell do you think you are?”
“Who am I?” he boomed, and she prayed it was rhetorical. Unfortunately, no. “I am Vadim Petrov. Leading goal scorer for my first two years in the NHL. Winner of both the Kontinental and the Gagarin Cups. A man not to be trifled with. And you are, who, exactly? The daughter of a hockey great who was not so great when it came to running a team. The woman
who can no longer play yet thinks she can offer ‘tips’ to me. To me! You may have pedigree, Isobel, but there is nothing I can learn from you.”
This arrogant, douchewaffle piece of shit!
I received So Over You in return for an honest review.
Isobel has spent her whole life working towards her goal of being on a pro hockey team. When she finally gets the chance it's short-lived only 37 minutes because of a skull injury. While she may have healed she's not ready to give up her dream but she's now spending her time training hockey players. Her father always pushed her to go far in Hockey like he did but when he dies and leaves the team to his three daughters she needs to stick around for the season as part of his will. The other part of the will is that they needed to make the playoffs, or they would lose the team. With the help of her two sisters, they may just get the chance they need but it's in new players for the team.
This isn't Vadim's first time working with the Chase family but it's been several years since he's been back. Vadim has a history with Isobel but this time he's determined not to fall for her as last time was the reason he was sent back to Russia. However, it doesn't take long for Vadim to realize he's not over the skating beauty or that she's over him yet. While it's been years that doesn't change the connection between the two of them.
Will training Vadim be more than Isobel bargained for? As an owner in the team having a romantic relationship with a player will draw un-needed attention that she's hoping to avoid. Will training together be more than either one of them can handle? After all, they have this sizzling chemistry that started years ago and still is burning strong. Will they be able to make it work and save the team at the same time?
This is my first book by the author, and I admit that I didn't realize it was a series till I started the second one. I like Isobel she's spent her whole life working towards a dream that was ripped away after an almost fatal accident. It can't be easy stuck in the world she so wants to be a part of but can't. I also like Vadim he's got issues as well family issues that have decided now is the perfect time to come back to haunt him. However, they just work together finding what they have been missing in each other. One of my favorite concepts is when the main characters are broken but together they are whole. I enjoyed the story it was easy to get drawn into the hockey world. I actually finished in just an afternoon as I had to know how it was going to play out. I highly recommend checking out the series and I can't wait to read the first and check out the author's other books.
About the author:
Kate Meader was raised on romance. An Irish girl, she started with Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, and spiced it up with some Mills & Boon. Now based in Chicago, she writes romances of her own, where sexy contemporary alpha heroes and strong heroines match each other quip for quip. When not immersed in tales of brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, Kate lives on the web at katemeader.com.
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