#XOXperts Review: IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

Title: Irresistible You
Series: Chicago Rebels, #1
Author: Kate Meader
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pages: 400
Format: eBook

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…


This is the first installment in the Chicago Rebels series, and can be read as a standalone. If you’re a fan of sports romances, especially hockey ones, this is a good option to check out for your next read.

Harper and her sisters inherit the Chicago Rebels hockey team after their father passes. There’s a really interesting, estranged family dynamic going on between the sisters. Seeing those relationships slowly grow in the background of the romance of this story was a wonderful bonus. However, I wish there was a bit more interaction between them. In terms of what the next installments will bring, I felt a lacking of character/story build up that is needed to get a reader interested for the next books in the series. 

As far as the character of Harper goes, I think more scenes between the sisters would’ve helped to add depth and emotion to her. She took a while to understand and take a liking to. Luckily, Remy helped in that area. On his own, Remy was also difficult to relate to and like at first. The two characters together, helped bring out emotions of strength and vulnerability.
Their tension was something that drew me in from the start. It made things interesting and exciting, and made me eager to see more of them. That tension led to entertaining banter and explosive chemistry. They had a very steamy connection that was built up nicely. Their relationship was a risk, and I believed they were both ready to take the risk to go forward.

I wasn’t a fan of the way the focus abruptly shifted from their strong connection to the forbidden factor of the team owner and player being involved. It would’ve been great if those two aspects were interwoven and balanced better. Sadly, it felt disjointed and lost the fluidity of the story.

Meader’s writing style is one I typically shy away from, because it’s a bit harder to digest and get used to. There isn’t as much dialogue,  and it’s extremely descriptive, giving it a feeling of slower pacing. If you’re a reader who likes writing such as this, then this book will be right up your alley.

Originally from Ireland, Kate 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.