Release Day Review: Irresistible You by Kate Meader

Irresistible You by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: August 14th 2017
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). 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…

I can always count on Kate Meader to deliver fun and sexy contemporary romances, and she has yet to disappoint me. This time, she’s moved from hot firefighters to gorgeous hockey players in the Chicago Rebels series. You have no idea how excited I was when I heard she’d be writing hockey romances – it’s been a while since I’ve read a good sports romance, so Irresistible You came at the perfect time! I ended up loving this book so much. A Cajun hockey player who whispers sweet nothings in French? A female owner of a hockey team? Can you see how I couldn’t help but love this fabulous read?

The Chicago Rebels series centers around three estranged sisters who’ve come together after the death of their father and the inheritance of his hockey team. The series kicks off with the oldest sister who has been preparing to lead the Rebels practically her whole life. But even though Harper Chase is prepared to take charge and show this male-dominated industry who’s boss, she’s not prepared for the newest member of the Chicago Rebels to set her insides on fire and make her want more in life in addition to the team.

Remy DuPre is known as the jinxed hockey player who is always so close to winning the cup, but has yet to succeed. This year is his final year, so to say he’s aggravated that he’s been traded into a sinking ship that is the Chicago Rebels team would be an understatement. To ensure he’s got a chance at the Stanley Cup, he make a deal with his irresistible new team owner – he’ll shape up the Rebels if he’s traded onto a better team that has a real chance at the cup.

Harper and Remy have an undeniable chemistry that is so passionate and sexy. I loved how these two were around each other. A little angry, a lot lusty, and very curious to see how their tension translates in bed. Harper is resistant to starting anything with her hockey player because of the backlash she’d face as a female owner, but Remy is irresistible in his determination to prove to her that what they have is worth fighting for. Will he succeed in charming his way into his team’s beautiful, ambitious owner?

Irresistible You is seriously a fantastic hockey romance. The characters are charming and lovable (Remy is to die for), the romance is as sexy as it is sweet, and did I mention that it’s hockey!? All of this combined made this book an amazing start to a series I have no doubt I’ll come to love even more with each book. Right now I can’t wait to read the next one!


lacey


Reading Order: Chicago Rebels series

  

#0.5 ~ In Skates Trouble: EbookGoodreads
#1 ~ Irresistible You: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ So Over You: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (Dec. 4, 2017)


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Blog Tour + ARC Review & Giveaway: Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Links: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Kate Meader’s blazing Hot in Chicago firefighter series has “everything you want in a romance” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick)! The flames of desire burn out of control in this sexy third novel when ex-lovers unexpectedly reunite for a sizzling affair that will have the director yelling, “Quiet on the set!”

Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

I have been waiting for this book from the moment I finished Playing with Fire (one of my favorite reads from last year) and Kate Meader didn’t disappoint. I expected a fabulous contemporary romance packed with heat and chemistry, and she definitely delivered. I’ve been intrigued by the eldest Dempsey sibling since the first Hot in Chicago book, and now that I’ve read Wyatt’s story, he just might be my favorite tall, dark, brooding firefighter I’ve ever read.

Years ago, before Wyatt joined the CFD and Molly became a famous actress, they were just two strangers who met at a bar – and had a week filled with mind-blowing sex. They never got each others’ names and never saw each other again… until Wyatt is hired to help out with Molly’s production of her new movie, and these two are thrown together once again. Time has definitely not put a damper on the wicked hot chemistry and lust they have – if anything, their chemistry burns even hotter this time around. But with Molly living the celebrity lifestyle with zero privacy and Wyatt living the quiet life with a secret he doesn’t want out in the open, can an actual relationship ever work out between them?

I loved how well Molly and Wyatt meshed, despite being total opposites. Molly is an outgoing, sassy sweetheart, though the past year for her has put her through the wringer and made her develop trust issues. Wyatt is protective, loyal, and is the only one of his siblings that likes to stick to himself. But he finds himself reaching out more when he’s with Molly, and I loved that she brought that out in him. These two are absolutely meant to be together – they make the sweetest (and HOTTEST) couple!

If you love your romances with sexy men in uniform, look no further than the Hot in Chicago series. These firefighters (and a mayor) will seriously melt your panties off – Kate Meader knows how to write her dirty talk and alpha heroes. And the tight-knit family relationship of the Dempseys is sure to warm your heart. I highly recommend this series if you like well written, steamy contemporary romances!

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lacey


Reading Order: Hot in Chicago series

 Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader
Melting Point by Kate Meader Playing with Fire by Kate Meader 

#0.5 ~ Rekindle the Flame: EbookGoodreads
#1 ~ Flirting with Fire: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Melting Point: EbookGoodreads
#2 ~ Playing with Fire: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Sparking the Fire: EbookPaperback • Goodreads


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Blog Tour

September 14:
RT Book Reviews – Exclusive Excerpt only

September 20:
Heroes and Heartbreakers – Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway

September 23:
USA Today’s Happy Ever After – Exclusive Excerpt only

September 26:
Harlequin Junkie – Spotlight + Giveaway
Under the Covers – Interview
A Midlife Wife
Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It

September 27:
Collector of Book Boyfriends
Literary Gossip
The Romance Reviews
Once Upon a Twilight
Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

September 28:
Four Chicks Flipping Pages
In Between the Pages
Reviews by Crystal
Read Love Blog

September 29:
Abigail Books Addiction
Read Your Writes
Booklovers for Life
Dirty and Thirty

September 30:
Lush Book Reviews
Art, Books & Coffee
Jack of All Trades, Master of None
The Lovely Books

October 3:
The Romance Dish
Margie’s Must Reads
Girl Meets Books
Dirty Girl Romance
Jen’s Reading Obsession
Jackie’s Books ‘n Bags
What’s Better Than Books?
TJ Loves to Read
Curvy and Nerdy
Hot Guys in Books
KT Book Reviews

October 4:
About That Story
Love is a State of Mind
Closet Geeks and Slow Mo
Book Junkiez
Books Are My Friends, Come See Why
Off-Grid-Momma’s Bookshelf
Fire and Ice Book Reviews
Polished Book Worm
Ingrid’s Book Blog
Thoughts of a Blonde
E-Reading After Midnight

October 5:
Cocktails and Books
WTF Are You Reading?
Alathia Paris Morgan
The Reading Café
Those Crazy Book Chicks
Anonymisses
The Sassy Bookster
Always Booking
I Love Romance
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Kitty’s Book Spot!

October 6:
Bea’s Book Nook
Kricket’s Chirps Romance Blog
Ever After Book Reviews
Marie’s Tempting Reads
Jenerated Reviews
I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore
Ebookobsessed.com
A Fortress of Books
Author Liaisons
Sexy Bibliophiles
The Librarian – Blog Talk Radio Author’s on the Air – Interview Only – Listen Live at 7:30 pm ET!

October 7:
Once Upon a Page
Ramblings from this Chick
Southern Yankee Book Reviews
Dog-Eared Daydreams
Oh My Growing TBR
Bujoijoi22
After Dark Book Lovers
Literary, Etc.
Misty’s Book Bin And More
Fiction Fangirls
The Book Quarry


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Release Day Review: One Week to Score by Kate Meader

One Week to Score by Kate Meader
Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 11th 2016
Links: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

He’s the man she loves to hate…

Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. Shots lined up at the bar? Bring it. Hot stranger on the hook? Come on down. What this party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend, the man who broke her heart seven years ago.

She’s the woman he has to have…

Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger, not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task. For one week, he’ll make her honeymoon-for-one a sizzling party for two.

Breaking the rules, one steamy night at a time…

But the taboo they’re breaking is only the beginning…and Flynn’s part in Liv’s wedding debacle could bring about their end.

Kate Meader never disappoints with her hot and fun contemporary romances! One Week to Score is really the perfect steamy, summer read – it’s got fun characters, a scorching hot chemistry, and an amazing enemies-to-lovers romance you can’t get enough of. It’s quick, light-hearted, and did I mention sexy? So yeah, if you’re in the mood for something to escape to for a little while, this book would be it.

Olivia Kane used to have a huge crush her brother’s best friend, Flynn Cross, and they were good friends… until Flynn up and dumped her and never talked to her again. Years later, Olivia’s about to walk down the aisle to another man – except it turns out her fiancé is a lying cheat. Humiliated and angry on her wedding day, Olivia flies out to her honeymoon with the plan to sleep her way out of her misery. Any gorgeous man will do… but what happens when her former crush and friend, who she now hates, shows up?

“You were off-limits then for a whole host of reasons but now, I’m taking what belongs to me.”

Flynn has always known he’s never been good enough for Olivia. She was the only woman he ever cared about, but he chose to stay away from her when they were younger. Now, things are different, and Flynn’s not about to let Olivia have a fling with a random stranger when he’s there and perfectly willing to let her use him to her heart’s content. But this is Olivia, and despite all the years apart, Flynn finds himself falling fast and hard for her all over again. What happens when the seven-day honeymoon is over and they have to return back to reality?

“You slay me, Liv. Into little pieces. Always have.”

I had SO much fun reading One Week to Score. It was entertaining from start to finish – I LOVE enemies-to-lovers romances, and this was one I didn’t want to put down. Both main characters were well-written and the tension and banter between Flynn and Olivia really had me going. I almost wish the book were longer, because the story went by so fast! If you’re a fan of the author, or the older brother’s best friend/enemies-to-lovers tropes, then I highly recommend giving One Week to Score a try!

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lacey

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Reading Order: Tall, Dark, and Texan series

 Taking the Score by Kate Meader 

#1 ~ Even the Score: Ebook • Goodreads
#2 ~ Taking the Score: My Review • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ One Week to Score: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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Top Ten Tuesday {21}: Top Ten Underrated Books

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Underrated Books:
Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads


My Review • EbookPaperback • Goodreads

  1. Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen ~ Bittersweet is one of my FAVORITE book of the year!!! I have so much love for this sweet, funny, endearing romance. It’s somewhat of a second chance romance since the MCs hooked up back in college, but now, years later, they meet again and sparks fly. Oh, and Griffin is now a hot as hell farmer! I recommend this one to everyone who loves unique contemporary romances.

 
Beast in Shining Armor: EbookGoodreads
Ghost Walk: EbookGoodreads

  1. Beast in Shining Armor/Ghost Walk by Cassandra Gannon ~ Cassandra Gannon is a new-to-me author this year, and she’s probably the best author recommendation I’ve ever received, because I’m OBSESSED with her books now. She’s not that well-known, which is a shame because her books are AMAZING!! They’re hilarious paranormal romances with obsessed alpha heroes that I can’t get enough of. Beast in Shining Armor is a sweet, sexy Beauty and the Beast retelling, and Ghost Walk has a ghost hero and a time-traveling heroine determined to clear the hero’s wronged name. If you love PNRs, you NEED to give these books a try!!


My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads

  1. Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn ~ This is one of the few books this year to make me ugly cry! It’s got angst on top of angst, and I absolutely loved it. The heroine falls for her dead best friend’s husband – wrong, but it feels so, so right between them. It’s not an easy read, but if you give it a try, it will so be worth it in the end.

 
#1 ~ Fly With Me: My Review • EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#2 ~ Into the Blue: My Review • EbookPaperbackGoodreads

  1. The Wild Aces series by Chanel Cleeton ~ This is one of my favorite military romance series – the writing is wonderful, the heroes are swoon-worthy and head-over-heels for the heroines, and the heroines are tough, independent, and kickass. Into the Blue just released today FYI, and it’s an amaaazing second chance romance!


My Review • EbookPaperback • Goodreads

  1. Crashed Out (Made in Jersey #1) by Tessa Bailey ~ This is one of the HOTTEST books I’ve read from Tessa Bailey, which is saying something. It’s got an older heroine and younger rock star hero – and holy hell, was it fun to read about the hero winning over the reluctant heroine. Crashed Out is one of my faves from Tessa – the rest of the series is fantastic as well!


My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads

  1. Addicted (Outlaws #2) by Elle Kennedy ~ Who doesn’t love friends-to-lovers, right!? Well, this one is set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world, and best friends Lennox and Jamie are badass mofos who’ve had each others’ backs since they were kids. I really, really enjoyed this one – and it’s crazy hot too. If you want a friends-to-lovers erotica, this one’s a must read.


My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads

  1. Playing with Fire (Hot in Chicago #2) by Kate Meader ~ A firefighter heroine and a Chicago mayor she hates – this is the perfect enemies-to-lovers romance that I absolutely loved reading. It’s hot, the chemistry is on fire, and Eli’s got a dirty-talking mouth that will make you blush like crazy.

Cuff Me by Lauren Layne
My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads

  1. Cuff Me (New York’s Finest #3) Lauren Layne ~ Lauren Layne is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, and Cuff Me is without doubt my favorite of all her books. It’s a friends-to-lovers romance years in the making between homicide detective partners Vincent and Jill. Vincent is a gruff, grumbly hero and Jill is sweet and adorable – it’s opposites attract at its finest.


My Review • Ebook • AudibleGoodreads

  1. The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #4) by Jessica Clare ~ I’m a sucker for billionaire romances, and Jessica Clare never fails to deliver fun and sexy ones. This one’s a new favorite, with an accidental pregnancy and a groveling hero – it’s SO much fun to read!


My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads

  1. Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt ~ If you love anti-heroes, this one’s a must read. I read it perfectly well as a standalone – it’s wicked, funny, sexy, and one of the best historical romances I’ve ever read. A not-so-good duke who falls for his prim and proper housekeeper – what’s not to love!?

What underrated books do you love?

lacey


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Blog Tour + Guest Post & Giveaway: Taking the Score by Kate Meader

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Taking the Score by Kate Meader! I have an amazing guest post from Kate today, on her reasons why nerds are sexy (YES!!), so please welcome her to the blog! You can also check out my review of Taking the Score here.

Guest Post: Kate Meader

Five Reasons Nerds Are Sexy

So the hero of my latest Brazen, TAKING THE SCORE has a lot going for him. He’s rich, Texan, impossibly handsome. But I could say that about practically every (Texan) hero I meet. What sets Brody Kane apart from the rest of the Lone Star riff raff is his nerd credentials. He was in Math Club. He collects Doctor Who figures. He demonstrates points with Monty Python quotes. Total nerd. Totally sexy.

Still not convinced of the sexiness of nerds? Let me count the ways.

  1. Nerds are passionate about things like Star Wars and Firefly and obscure shows on SyFy that nobody is watching outside of their Doctor Who forum buddies. That kind of passion is downright adorable.
  2. They tend to be more focused about everything, including how to please their ladies. (You can see how this kind of focus can be very beneficial.)
  3. Nerds don’t judge you for your passions. They were constantly judged in high school (and probably college, and probably life) so they know the pain. Your obsessions are cool with them.
  4. They are awesome problem-solvers.
  5. Nerds, especially tall, rich, Texan nerds, look awesome in a suit. Add glasses and you have yourself an ovary explosion.

How about a little snippet from TAKING THE SCORE where we see nerdy Brody through the eyes of Emma, his personal assistant?

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Making little or no effort with his appearance, he walked around in an abstracted haze that should not have appealed to her in any way. She usually liked built, tatted, dangerous men, not the lean, rangy type. Oh, there was muscle there, ropy cords of it rippling through his forearms and impressive thighs, but she suspected he hadn’t worked for it, not really. More like bought them at the gym on the first floor.

Not handsome in the classical sense, he radiated something more compelling. On the day the goddess was giving out the hawt, Brody Kane received an extra helping of sensuality instead of pretty boy. His lips were too full, even when sealed together in their customary grim disapproval. Mahogany hair flopped over his right eyebrow in a way that screamed, “I need a cut but I’m too distracted (making money) to care.”

But his most attractive feature was his eyes. Silver gray like moonlight over a calm stretch of water. Eyes that could cut you to pieces and rebuild you with a single look. To add sexy insult to hot injury, he wore glasses.

Yep, total dweeb.

Taking the Score by Kate Meader

Taking the Score by Kate Meader
Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: February 15th 2016
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His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left personal assistant Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to get a second job as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction…and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland.

But then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.

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Reading Order: Tall, Dark, and Texan series

 Taking the Score by Kate Meader

#1 ~ Even the Score: Ebook • Goodreads
#2 ~ Taking the Score: My Review • EbookPaperback • Goodreads

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Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon 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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