So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2)- Kate Meader
My Review - 4 Stars
I just went down a women's hockey rabbit trail and it's all Kate Meader's fault. While her Chicago Rebels are part of the NHL, Isobel was a female hockey player who made it all the way to the National Women's Hockey League before an injury shut down her burgeoning dream.
My friend Kat plays on a men's league for fun so I know women enjoy playing hockey but the Olympics and NWHL? I didn't know women's hockey was this level of a thing. It's relatively recent development in the sports world and I love the way Meader incorporated it into this story. It also highlighted the sexism and misogyny in the hockey world in a different way, which is a theme I'm glad Meader is exploring. One of the beauties of this series is how the women defy and exceed expectations, especially when the deck is stacked against them.
Not only is Isobel dealing with the death of her father and the strange terms in his will, she's dealing with the loss of her career and figuring out what's next when her whole life has only ever been about playing hockey and living up to her dad's expectations. I loved watching Isobel wrestle with all of this, in addition to dealing with the sexy ghost from her past, Vadim.
Vadim was a breath of fresh air! He was confident, bossy, and often unintentionally funny. He had some hard things to work through from his past and his storyline proved to be incredibly moving. I really liked how Vadim and Isobel pushed one another and were there for one another, in spite of the things that could have kept them apart.
With each book in this series, the relationship between Isobel and her previously estranged sisters grows stronger. In this book, they're really starting to deliver the hard truths and be more honest with each other. I'm really looking forward to Violet's book, not only to learn more of her secrets but to see how the ladies become more like sisters and less like strangers.
So Over You was such a fun read and I'm really looking forward to seeing where Meader takes this series next.
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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...
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