Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Hooked on You by Kate Meader

Publication Date: May 29th 2018 by Pocket Star 
Pages: 384
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.

Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.

Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander...but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.

For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been enjoying Kate Meader’s Chicago Rebels series.  These hockey skaters were so passionate on and off the ice, and just plain hot!

Violet was a little different from the other two Chase sisters in that she wasn’t outwardly acknowledged until after the death of Clifford Chase, she wasn’t raised in a life of privilege, and she was not involved with hockey until her father died and left a third of the team to her.  Clifford really treated Violet the worst, IMO, because he never tried to get to know her and didn’t officially claim her as his daughter like he did with Harper and Isobel.  Clifford Chase was an asshole to all his daughters, but I think Violet really got the short end of the stick growing up.  Can’t say I was a big fan of her mother either when I found out how Violet was conceived. 

I did love the chemistry between Bren and Violet when they got past Bren’s fear Violet’s wild side.  I did admire that Violet vowed to live the heck out of life after surviving breast cancer, but I can’t say she was my favorite of the Chase sisters (that award goes to Isobel!).  She didn’t let her sisters in completely at first, and she kept pushing Bren away, as well.  Not a fan of someone who keeps their shields up and isn’t honest about their feelings. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the predictable drama at the 85% mark, and I think Cade summed it up perfectly when he said: “I reckon you’re both total idiots.” 

Still despite some of the negatives, I did really enjoy this romance. Bren and Violet snarky exchanges were fun before they gave into that irresistible pull, and then they steamed of the pages with sexy encounters!  Loved that Harper and Isobel were supportive and determined to make Violet feel loved and part of the family until she finally came around.  The epilogue was lovely and made me wish there were more books in the series.    

3.5 Suns


  1. Wait what, the 4th is already out?! But I have only listened to two!

  2. Hot times and hockey. Sounds good to me. :) Bummer she made a big production of her emotional unavailability.