Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Hooked On You by Kate Meader

Title: Hooked On You
Author: Kate Meader
My Rating: A-

Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Chicago Rebels #4
Main Characters: Violet and Bren
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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 Review:
Aww, I'm going to miss these guys. This series has been so good. I've loved every book in it and this one was no exception. 

Bren's story has played out throughout the entire series. As the captain of the team, he's been integral to the series, but his story hasn't been easy. Bren's been fighting to get his life back after a divorce and rehab and losing his daughters. You can't help but hurt for him. 

But speaking of hurting for a character...I think Violet is the most wounded character in this entire series. The spurned illegitimate child of the now dead hockey great. She's the wild child, the spontaneous, outgoing Latina with sass and tattoos. But that tough, fun exterior is hiding so many scars. This girl...wow, she's gone through a LOT in her very short life. She deserves some happy in her life. In fact, she deserves all the happy in her life. Because despite her demeanor and attitude that she's just there for the party and the money, she truly is one of the most caring, nurturing souls. Gah, I loved her character. 

And add Violet in with Bren's girls and my heart just melted. I love that she's this tough, tattooed character who is about the only person who really gets this two young girls and how much they're hurting. But she related to them because she understands their hurts. Seriously, everything about Violet's character is amazing. She has this hard back story. Not only did she grow up with a tough childhood, but she's survived breast cancer at 24, and still managed to be there for the sisters she didn't know until her father threw her into this untenable situation. And she rocks it...all of it, without showing anyone how hard it all is. You can't help but admire her grit. 

The relationship with the nanny isn't a new story line, but I enjoyed the twists and turns in the details of this one. I enjoyed reading the book and I am going to really miss this hockey team. I've loved the Chicago Rebels. 

Each book works easily as a standalone read, but the entire series has been fantastic to read. I recommend them all!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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