So Over You

So Over You

by Kate Meader
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So Over You by Kate Meader

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 silver at the Games, 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501168567
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Series: Chicago Rebels Series , #2
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 13,380
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines (and heroes) who can match their men quip for quip. Visit her at KateMeader.com.

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So Over You PROLOGUE


Hockey is not for pussies. Technically, it’s defined as a sport. Words like play and game get thrown around liberally to shield its true nature: hockey is warfare with water breaks. In the rink, you have over two thousand pounds of brute force clashing with whittled clubs, a rubber disc that could crush a larynx, and knives attached to feet. Let’s not pretend there’s anything civilized going on here.

—Clifford Chase, three-time Stanley Cup winner, NHL Hall of Famer, and all-around asshole

Sold out. The arena was freakin’ sold out.

On jellied legs, Isobel Chase skated to the face-off circle at the center of the rink in the Bayside Arena, home of the Buffalo Betties. The puck hadn’t even dropped yet, but the raucous crowd of twenty thousand was already on its feet in anticipation of history about to be made.

The inaugural game of the National Women’s Hockey League, playing to a sold-out stadium, and she was here! On this night of firsts, Isobel would continue her storied career. Winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award for best NCAA player, last captain standing after the Frozen Four, silver medalist for Team USA . . . She could go on, but she had a professional fucking hockey game to win.

Melissande Cordet, the famed Canadian power forward and the only woman to get called up for a game in the NHL, hovered, ready to do the ceremonial drop. They’d chitchatted before the game and posed for photos while Cordet told Isobel how far women’s hockey had come. How Isobel and her fellow athletes were blazing a trail.

Come back to me with that BS, Mel, when there isn’t a salary cap of $270K on each team in the women’s league.

Yeah, yeah, Isobel got it. Baby steps. Until they could prove their worth with decent attendance figures, TV broadcast deals, and feminine hygiene product sponsorships, the Great Experiment would continue.

“Ready to make history?” Cordet asked in a voice liltingly inflected with her French Canadian accent.

Isobel remained still, her left hand choking her stick, her body bowed and tipped toward her opposite, Jen Grady, the captain of the Montreal Mavens. They’d roomed at Harvard together, skated to glory at the Games together, but that meant jack shit now. Tonight Isobel would be the first to touch the puck.

Drop, sweep, flick, chop—all viable strategies to win a face-off. Every day since he’d plopped her on the ice at the age of three, her father, Clifford Chase, had drilled into her the same advice. Know your enemy. Know what they’re going to do before they’ve even thought it. Grady liked to go for the crisp slice, so chopping her stick would be Isobel’s best move.

The old man was on his feet somewhere in the stands, though with his wealth and renown, he could have easily landed an entire box to himself. Wanting to feel the crowd, that pulsing, living thing as it rose and fell with the team’s fortunes, he’d bought a Buffalo Betties cap and planted himself in the thick of it.

When women go pro, you’ll be first on the line, Izzy. It’s why I’m harder on you than I am on the boys. It’s for your own good.

The boys, meaning the pro players on the Chicago Rebels, the NHL team her father owned and ruled with an iron fist. Substitute sons, they were sporadically successful, which only served to place more pressure on Isobel’s shoulders. She inched those shoulders forward.

The puck dropped.

Grady touched it first.

The night went downhill from there.

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caroldh4 8 months ago
So Over You is book two in the Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader. Gosh I love this series. With every book I fall more and more in love with these three sisters and the Chicago Rebels. Isobel Chase is the middle sister. One might think she had the best relationship with their late father. But in reality, Isobel spent her life trying to please the man who she could never really make happy. He had wanted a son. When he didn’t get one, Isobel was his chance at having a hockey star for a child. She was primed for stardom from an early age and she was great. But in her very first professional game, she suffered a traumatic injury ending her professional career. Now her father is gone and she and her two sisters have one season to try to get the Chicago Rebels back on track. If they don’t make the play offs, the team will be sold. Isobel is acting as a coach, giving individual attention to the players that need it. Her first real assignment is to help get their newest acquisition back on the ice after his own injury. Only she has a history with this particular player. Vadim Petrov is finally in the USA playing for the NHL. It’s what he’s always wanted. But when a knee injury sidelines him, he finds himself traded to the worst team in the league, the Chicago Rebels. And who is his personal coach but Isobel Chase. Eight years ago, when Isobel was eighteen and he was nineteen, he was able to practice with the Rebels for a summer and met Isobel. They flirted all summer and he fell in love. But after their one time together, Isobel’s father had him sent back to Russia. And now to hear Isobel talk about it, it seems their one time together was not very fulfilling for her. It had been her first time and much to his astonishment; it had not been good for her. So now here he is years later with a lot more experience. It is his duty to make up for her disappointment. To show her how good it can be. Because proving to Isobel that he can do better suddenly becomes the most important thing he needs to accomplish. As part owner and coach, Isobel can’t be in any kind of relationship with any of the players, especially the one she is supposed to be coaching. But that same attraction that brought them together eight years ago is still there and it’s too strong to deny. Vadim is determined to make up for his previous shortcomings and who is she to deny him? Just once, right? They’ll scratch their itch and get it out of their systems. But they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. As Vadim struggles with some family issues and Isobel struggles with what her place in the organization is, they also struggle with their feelings for each other. Vadim is described as a six foot five inches Russian hunk of swoon. And let me assure you, you will most definitely swoon. I loved this book. Kate Meader seems to have the perfect combination of sweet, sexy, humor and a touch of angst. Her characters never fail to steal my heart. The next book in the series is #2.5, Undone By You, which is Dante and Cade’s book. I have already read it and it is fantastic. Book three, Hooked On You, is the youngest sister, Violet’s story and it is up next for me. I can’t wait to dive in.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
There is something in the Romance Writer water because next to hockey players Russians are my new favorite things. *Note to self: Must get me one of those guys.* In Kate Meader's "So Over You", Vadim's a fabulous Hero in that he's outrageously Russian. He feels it's his duty to be dry, stoic, condescending and in-charge; which comes across as terribly Russian. Vadim also has the best turns-of-phrases and internal monologues. Simply put, he's delightfully Russian. Isobel's a wonderfully layered Heroine. Currently she sees herself as too tall, too athletic, and not attractive. However we discover when she was younger she didn't have these insecurities. Isobel was fearless as a teen; be it on the ice or with men. Then tragedy struck taking away her ability to play competitive hockey. Leaving only the voice of her now dead yet still pushing and judgmental father in her head. Kate Meader has another fantastic Chicago based series on her hands. The sex can melt ice, the banter is slap-shot quick, and the Heroes are just as hot as firefighter calendars. Ms. Meader infuses humor both with dialog as well as situationally. She also has tons of emotional backstory infused in this book. Vadim's estranged mother and her reemergence in his life. The reasons and sentiment tied up with why she left are quite moving. Isobel is a delight. How she delivers her dialog, how she dresses, not to mention her internal jealous rantings over silicone-enhanced puck-bunnies is priceless. "So Over You" is an incredibly fun read with a riveting backstory between the Hero and Heroine. Especially since Vadim was her first sexual experience and his performance was less than stellar. It's a big deal throughout the book and boy does Vadim make-up for his past lapses. To read the entire review please visit: https://wp.me/p4XqxF-2eY This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars So Over You is the second chance love story of Isobel Chase and Vadim Petrov. The two first met as teens and shared a love of hockey. They also shared “firsts”. Isobel was/is Vadim’s first true love. Vadim was Isobel’s first romantic encounter. Too bad the encounter didn’t have Isobel seeing stars, but wondering “is this it?”. Now Isobel runs Chicago’s pro-hockey team, the Chicago Rebels with her two half sisters. According to their father’s will, they must take the team to the playoffs this current season or the team will be sold to someone else. To make the struggling team better, Isobel’s older sister, Harper negotiates to bring in left-winger Vadim Petrov, not knowing the two have a history. Isobel is tasked with coaching Vadim and helping him recover from an injury, much to his displeasure. She wants to keep things professional and their past a secret. But their past soon becomes known by certain members of the team and that Vadim “the Czar of Pleasure” fell very short. Upon learning of his failure, Vadim becomes determined to make Isobel remember him for something else. I loved Isobel and Vadim together. They’re fun and passionate. They don’t pull any punches with each other. Each have had a very complicated relationship with their parents. But together they are able to make new discoveries about themselves and each other. The Chicago Rebels series is all about coming together and being a family. You definitely see that on full display with So Over You. Kate Meader writes stories full of humor and passion that pulls you in and So Over You is no different. I’m looking forward to the remaining books in this series. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Meader delivers another wonderful romance and I couldn’t be happier.  There’s so much drama and bad feelings and it just leads to a great second chance – and not just for Vadim and Isobel!  I loved the Vadim has some issues he needs to address with his mother too and Meader makes sure that he does all of it with Russian-ness on full display.  And I just ADORED every Russian piece of him – so haughty and formal and sexy and confident.  It’s no wonder that Isobel finds him hard to resist even with the history between them.  He’s also difficult and closed off and commanding … also sexy but frustrating :) Like with the first book in the series, there can only be trouble if anything happens between the two but the Chase sisters aren’t afraid to dance that line.  It makes things more complicated that she’s an owner and wants to be a coach while he’s her player but that isn’t their biggest issue.  They’ve got to put their pasts (both individually and as a couple) to rest before they can even think about looking at what the future could bring.   While there’s drama, Meader makes sure that things never get over-dramatic which I appreciate.  Instead she delivers a sexy, emotional, and humorous love story that had me captivated until the end.  (This is the second in a series and it can stand on its own but I think that it will be much more enjoyable if you have read Irresistible You.) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Four and a half stars! OH, Kate Meader this book has catapulted you into the echelons of my favourite authors. Imagine, if you will one of Elle Kennedy or Sarina Bowen's hockey stories, add in one of Shelly Laurenston's grumpy Russian skaters - got the picture? That is this book for me. Absolutely cracktastic. The series follows the three Chase sisters, each from different mothers, who inherit the Chicago Rebels Hockey team from their egotistical father. This book centres on Isobel, the second daughter. Isobel had been silver medal winning Olympic hockey player until she took a skate to the head in the 37th minute of the first game of the new National Women’s Hockey League and nearly died. Having spent her whole life to that point living and breathing hockey she was devastated but she is trying to make a name for herself as a hockey coach, although even when you part-own a hockey team that isn't always as easy as it sounds. When she was 18 years old Isobel trained with a young Russian hockey played Vadim Petrov, he was her first but the night was ruined when her father caught them in bed and had him deported back to Russia. There was also a leetle problem, she didn't (ahem) feel the earth move that night. Now years later Vadim is a player for the Rebels, he has a knee injury and his nickname is 'The Czar of Pleasure'. Of course Isobel gets assigned as his personal coach to get him back to fitness! When one of his teammates overhears Isobel telling one of her sisters about Vadim's less than stellar performance all those years ago he takes great delight in passing on the food news to Vadim. Now Vadim is determined to make up for his lack of prowess. I had wanted to read this book ever since I read the teaser at the end of the last book. Can I just step aside and say, "well done, Kate Meader", sometimes when people tease the next book they give away all the dirt, sometimes they repeat everything in the next book, but Kate Meader showed us something that we didn't see in this book - but it was described/ referred to at various points so the reader of this book didn't miss out. I like the way she did that. Some people might not like Vadim's heavily accented Russian, some might think it's stereotyping. I just thought it was hysterical. I loved the way he called his sister's dog "little-dog-with-big-shits", I loved his interactions with Isobel and I just thought he was amazing. Maybe my new book boyfriend. I see I've somehow missed out on the prequel novella so I'm off to track that down ... I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Kate Meador continues the story of three estranged sisters who are brought together by their late father’s will. They are trying to keep a failing hockey team together and in their control. This book is about Isobel, who was a hockey star in her own right until a devastating injury crushed all her dreams. Now, she is a coaching consultant, working with her sisters, Harper and Violet. Vadim is a Russian powerhouse on the ice, but a knee injury has sidelined him. He is traded to the struggling Chicago Rebels team. If that weren’t bad enough, the coach in charge of getting him in shape to take the ice again is none other than Isobel. The two share a past that ended in hurt, anger, and resentment. Yes, this pair heat up the ice even more than Harper and Remy in the first book, Irresistible You. I always like meeting characters for the first time in a book, and Vadim definitely made an impression on me. He was beautiful, yes beautiful, but he exuded power and arrogance as well. He is known for his exploits both in and out of the bedroom. He isn’t called the Czar of Pleasure for nothing. Isobel wants nothing to do with that or so she tells herself, never mind that he sets her mind and body on fire. She has a lot riding on him getting better and taking the team to the play-offs. She knows her boundaries and how to stick to them, but Vadim sure does make it hard. He is busy crushing those walls she has built up. She doesn’t trust men because of her carousing father. I wanted her to see not all men were like that, Vadim especially. My initial thoughts about him were that he might hurt her because of his arrogance and resentment towards Isobel or Bella as he calls her. I soon discovered he wasn’t all that selfish at all, especially with Bella and his sister, Mia. I loved seeing that vulnerable and teddy bear side to him. The characters were just aspect of the book that I loved. Meador was still building her secondary characters and her characters from the previous book, Remy and Harper. Even though the book was about Vadim and Isobel, I was still getting to know all the other characters. The attraction and relationship between them was steamy, but there was a sweetness and depth to it as well. No one understood what Isobel was going through more than Vadim. He is also an athlete and knows what an injury can cost you…not just physically but mentally as well. Poor Isobel was trying to figure out where she fit in concerning her professional life but also in getting to know her sisters. Meador continues to build on the budding relationship between the women, and she does it in a very realistic way. Towards the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes. Vadim also has dealt with an absent parent, his mother. He is trying to come to terms with his relationship with her and his sister. This was another book added to my favorites of 2017. I highly recommend this series, and I would read them in order. As I wrote earlier, you will see the deepening bond between the sisters that, in my opinion, you would miss if you read this book before Irresistible You. It had everything I loved…friendship, family, loyalty, trust, and a second-chance romance that will surely melt your heart. Looking forward to more in the series. Meador leaves us with just enough information to whet your appetite for more! ***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the premise of So Over You, by Kate Meader, the Czar of Pleasure failed to pleasure. However, once I started reading I loved it so much more for what did happen, as opposed to what didn’t (pun intended). Isobel and Vadim obviously have a history, not all of it favorable. They truly want what’s best for the other, though they often don’t go about showing that in the proper manner. The skates fly fast and furious, as they both let go of the past to embrace the future. This is one of my all-time favorite hockey romances, and that’s saying something considering my mad love for the first installment in the series. I want to read the novella and Violet’s book now. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I love this series! Isobel and Vadim's story drew me in from the very first page--and not just because a significant life event for both of them took place in my hometown. (Yes, Buffalo is a hockey town! Fictional characters saying it is all the validation I need--thanks, Kate Meader :)) Their past history was a great hook (Vadim trying to figure out what Isobel meant when she told Violet that their first encounter wasn't exactly--ahem, satisfying--was LOL funny) but it was their current drama that kept me turning the pages like a crazy person. Would Isobel really risk her life to play hockey once again? Could Vadim's newly-discovered little sister bring him and his mother back together? Will coaching ever be enough for Isobel, and is coaching in the NHL even a possibility? Is Vad's knee good enough to get the team to the playoffs? Will the team stay in the Chase sisters' hands? Is Isobel or Vadim to blame for what happened the first time around, or were they just not meant to be? Can they start over again now? Should they? And most importantly--is Little Vadim really his :most improved area" since they were last together? These questions and more needed to be answered! Fortunately, they do get answered...eventually...and the ending of this book not only has me all but salivating for the next two, it also nearly had me clapping with glee. (Hard to do with just one hand while the other holds the ereader, though...) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Sexy, surly, domineering and overprotective alpha males are my new catnip, especially ones with a delectable Russian accent. So Over You is such a delightfully swoony read with a great balance between heat, drama, and romance. Harper was not the only Chase sister who tried and failed to prove herself to her hockey super star father. Middle daughter Isobel, was the son their father never had. The one who’d continue his legacy, but thirty-seven minutes into her first NWHL game a devastating injury ruined her dreams. There’s always plan B. She can still get a coaching job with her late father’s hockey team, she just has to prove herself. The only problem is that the man she needs to train is the one she long ago threw herself at as an infatuated teenager and right after they did the deed, her father banished him to the other side of the world. He should hate her. She’s the reason why his NHL career took too many turns to reach. Many years have passed since Vadim had chased after Isobel though, and the Czar a Pleasure wants for nothing. He has fame, fortune, women who fawn over him. But a knee injury has led him straight into to the hands of Isobel Chase, co-owner of his new team the Chicago Rebels, his personal coach for the foreseeable future, and the only woman he’s ever loved. Can he convince to give them a second chance? Sparks fly and the fun starts as soon as Vadim and Isobel reconnect. The attraction between the two is undeniable but it’s their initial reluctance to admit it that hooked me and the fact that Vadim is itching to rectify the fact that he failed in his manly duties to satisfy Isobel his one time with her all those years ago. I loved the push and pull between Vadim and Isobel, with his domineering personality and her very assertive one, they were sure to create delicious friction. They both needed to work on their relationship skills, since neither had any experience in the arena but I was a big fan of the couple whose heart and souls were destined to be together. One of the things that made me smile with each page was Vadim’s laser focus on Isobel and his brooding, dominant, Russian ways. It was both infuriating to her and completely endearing, and comical as all get out. He just couldn’t help himself and it’s obvious it comes from his deep love for Isobel and it makes his alpha maleness sizzling and swoony. Isobel is not just a talented athlete, she’s a powerful franchise owner but you would never know if from getting to know her. She never abuses her influence nor shoves her athletic credentials in your face. She’s just a normal, sometimes too stubborn for her own good, woman wanting to find her place with her sisters, career and man. I really enjoyed the banter and growing friendship between the sisters. So Over You is book #2 of the Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader. It is a standalone contemporary hockey romance. It is also a second chance romance with a fast pace told from both points of view and has a happy ending.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
SO OVER YOU is the second instalment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult CHICAGO REBELS erotic, hockey, romance series focusing on three estranged sisters-Harper Chase, Isobel Chase and Violet Vasquez- who recently inherited the struggling NHL hockey franchise the Chicago Rebels. This is Chicago Rebel’s co-owner and skating consultant Isobel Chase, and Russian left-winger Vadim Petrov’s story line. SO OVER YOU can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. SOME BACKGROUND: Upon their father’s death, estranged sisters Harper Chase, Isobel Chase and Violet Vasquez inherited the ownership of the struggling NHL hockey franchise-the Chicago Rebels. With only months remaining in the current season, the sisters are tasked with turning the team into a play-off bound franchise or risk loosing everything, including their father’s legacy, one piece at a time. Told from dual third person perspectives (Isobel and Vadim) SO OVER YOU follows the second chance relationship between Chicago Rebels injured left-winger Vadim Petrov, and co-owner/skating consultant Isobel Chase, NCAA star, Olympic hockey silver medalist, and former player in the National Women’s Hockey League-thirty seven minutes that would break more than her spirit and end her career. Several years earlier, Vadim Petrov was on the verge of making a name for himself in the NHL when Isobel’s father destroyed any hopes, for our hero, for the foreseeable future including breaking the bonds between Vadim and the woman with whom he would fall in love. Fast forward to present day wherein an injured Vadim Petrov will come face to face with his past when he is traded to the embattled Chicago Rebels. What ensues is the back and forth, sexually palpable antagonistic relationship between Isobel and Vadim, as Isobel begins coaching our hero back to the star she knows he can be, and the potential fall out when Isobel battles between her head and her heart, and the man that she loves, as she endeavours to return to the game in the hopes of the elusive gold medal. We are up close and personal as Vadim battles his own preconceived notions about the mother he believes all but abandoned her only son. With his younger sister’s burgeoning skills as an elite hockey player herself, Vadim becomes the over protective Russian bear as it pertains to the two most important women in his life-Isabel Chase and his sister Mia Wallace. The Chase fractured family dynamics begin to heal as the sisters forge together to ensure the Chicago Rebels continue their upward flight on a path bound towards the hockey playoff rounds. The relationship between Vadim and Isobel is one of second chances; a rekindling romance between two people whose relationship was destroyed by a man whose sole focus was on the game that he loved-a game that would come between a father and the daughters he cared little about. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense. SO OVER YOU has moments of humor and fun; betrayal and revenge; romance and love. The premise is engaging and entertaining; the romance is passionate and seductive; the characters are energetic, dynamic and charismatic. SO OVER YOU is a story of family, friendship, forgiveness and forever.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A powerful hockey team in the making! With the 2nd book in her Chicago Rebels hockey series, Kate Meader continues to bring us the story of three estranged sisters who have come together to take over the hockey team their father owned after his death. Each sister had her own issues to deal with regarding their father, and watching the fireworks surround them as they feel their way through being a family and trying to keep a sinking team afloat makes for a desirable read. Throw in a few sexy hockey studs and it’s even better! The brotherhood that is starting to build between this team is fun to watch and the chemistry off the ice is becoming explosive! Looking forward to more! Isobel Chase had her small taste of hockey glory before it all came falling down around her in a career ending injury. Left to pick up the pieces of a life she had devoted to one thing and one thing only, she has her heart set on coaching the team she’s part owner of. While she waits to earn her dues, she finds herself being tasked with the job of working one on one with their latest acquisition … who just so happens to be her old teenage beau who tried to rock her world, but unknowingly failed! Vadim Petrov is less than thrilled to find out that he’s going to be working with the woman who tied him up in knots all those years ago and then hung him out to dry. He just wants to recover from this knee injury that has had him sidelined and get on with playing the game, but when the word on the street is that he failed to please a woman, he will not stand for that! Bella might as well get it through her head right now … he wants a do-over!
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
Fun, flirty and sexy!!! This is the second book in the Chicago Rebels series. Each story is a standalone although the characters are interconnected. Isobel Chase, along with her two estranged stepsisters, inherited the Chicago Rebels hockey team. The three sisters are working hard to fulfill all the requirements of their father's will. As the sisters spend time together, they slowly developed a friendship and learn to trust each other. Isobel was a hockey player in a women's league and ready for great things, until an injury sidelined her. Now, as one of the the owners of the team, she is working as a coaching consultant. Isobel and her sisters are trying to fight sexist opinions about women owning a hockey team. Isobel would love to one day become the team’s coach but she knows many people would be opposed to a woman coaching a men’s professional hockey team. Vadim Petrov is the newest player acquired by the Rebels. He and Isobel had a past, although they haven't seen each other in years. Vadim is recovering from a knee injury and isobel is coaching him through it. Neither of them want to admit they still feel the sparks they felt years ago. They are both stubborn and too proud to admit they care. So instead, they argue and fight. Isobel knows getting involved with one of her players would only hurt her reputation. This story is full of emotion yet it is also fun, flirty and sexy. I liked Isobel and Vadim. I found it easy to relate to them and wanted them to find a way to be together. There are also engaging secondary and I hope to see them in future stories. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
4+ Stars! Sexy, Steamy & Sweet! So Over You is a sizzling second-chance romance that introduces us to the broody, stubborn, handsome Vadim and the feisty, driven, scarred Isobel as they each navigate the loss of a loved one, familial drama, career-altering injuries, undeniable chemistry and insatiable desire. The writing is lighthearted and fun. The supporting characters are encouraging, loyal, and kind. And the plot, from start to finish, is filled to the brim with longing, lust, emotion, angst, witty banter, and tantalizing romance. So Over You is the second novel in the Chicago Rebels series and another highly entertaining, thoroughly enjoyable sports romance by Meader who seems to have the formula for writing irresistible rom-coms down to a fine art.
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
I’ve been hearing about this series left and right, and I just had to request this from NetGalley when I saw it. So Over You is book two in Kate Meader’s Chicago Rebels series, and is the first book I’ve read by this author. I’m going to read many, many more. This book was super funny, and I have to say very, very relevant and timely. Isobel Chase had her chance at the pros, but an injury changes her plans. Now, her best bet is to be a coach for a team she co-owns with her two other sisters, the Chicago Rebels. Her task? Get Russian player, Vadim, up to speed as a left-wing hockey player. There’s just one problem. They’ve met before. And the chemistry is still alive and kickin’. Isobel is in a tough spot. She’s a woman in a male-dominated field which is tough enough. She’s got to break barriers against that, while also proving herself twice as much as the next guy. Getting involved with someone as bold and in-your-face as Vadim could completely ruin her chances at getting the team’s respect and getting a position as a coach. I was rooting for Isobel from the beginning. Seeing her go toe-to-toe with Vadim was perfection! I laughed so much, and the humor was just fantastic. I don’t think I snorted laughs so much as I did here. And Vadim is such a great guy, too! He’s coming off his own injury and trying to find a place on the team. Stirring up old feelings with Isobel has him off his game. And some of the things he does….and one of the issues they have to overcome… Just epic. There's a lot of dynamic characters on the hockey team that have me desperate for their stories, and I love finding out about each of these sisters. How they relate to hockey, how they relate to each other...there's so much to love about it all. I learned a lot about hockey; I learned a lot of Russian; I learned that I just love this series. It’ll be my new addiction. If you’re a fan of hilarious sports romances with character development that will have you sighing and crying, you’re going to want to read this series too. 4.5 Ice-tastic stars!
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
So Over You is book 2 in the Chicago Rebels series. I'm loving this series so far and it's really making me want to try more sports related romances. In typical Kate Meader fashion, this book is freaking hot and the tension between the two is electric. It's a must read if you're into sporty romances! In this installment we have Isobel Chase as our leading lady. She's the middle sister of the trio that inherited their father's hockey team after he passed. Isobel is no rookie in the hockey field, she's played professionally before and after her accident on the ice she's now trying to become a coach for her team. Enter the sexy Russian player, Vadim Petrov. Vadim is recovering from an injury and Isobel is just the woman to get him in tip top shape. If having a woman drill him isn't enough, they have a past and it didn't exactly end well. Sparks fly and buttons are pushed and you're hoping they somehow manage to make it work, because they're just what each other needs. So Over You is a steamy must read that will melt the ice. One of my favorite things about KMeader's writing style is that I love the balance of the relationship as well as the actual hockey games/practice in the novel. A lot of the times the careers in books get overplayed or forgotten about altogether once introduced but KMeader really knows how to write it beautifully. She also know how to write some seriously sexy scenes. All in all, if you're a fan of Contemporary Romance with sports you have to try this series.
lisareads More than 1 year ago
Wow. First let me say that there were more than a couple of scenes that I purposely read at least twice, not only for the thrill but for the fun. Isobel came across as a quiet type in her role of a secondary character in the previous book, but she took center stage here and she owned it. Vadim of course was a force to be felt. I loved the characters, the story line and the writing. Great book. I wanted it to continue because it was so good. It hooked me in the first few pages and didn't let go. I received my copy from Net Galley
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I missed the first book in this series but Isobel and Vadim's story is an awesome introduction for me to these characters. Vadim, the Czar of Pleasure, has been traded to the Chicago Rebels but a previous knee injury means that he needs to work with a consultant to be ready to get back on the ice. The consultant he's been assigned to is the girl who drove him crazy and nearly ended his dreams of being in the NHL. Vadim has very different memories of the one time he and Isobel were together and when he finds out that he left her unsatisfied, he becomes determined to right the wrongs of his past. I absolutely loved these two characters. I loved the dual POV and couldn't get enough of getting into the heads of both Vadim and Isobel. They're witty, funny, independent, strong, and stubborn. Their passion burned bright and from the very first interaction they had, I wanted them to be together forever and always. I fell in love with the banter and connection between all of the characters. I can't wait to go back and read books 0.5 and 1 and see what's up next for the Rebels. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS FOR SO OVER YOU!! I loved this story for Isobel and Vadim. These two were perfect together and complimented each other. This story had all the feels and keeps you flipping pages. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
kozbisa More than 1 year ago
"Oh for Gretzky's sake", this book delighted me! There was this one quote, that pretty much summed it up for me: "This family is a soap opera looking for a daytime network slot." •Pro: So much delicious drama. I am NOT a fan of too much drama between the hero and the heroine, but I tend to enjoy it, when it is largely outside of the relationship, as it was with this book. Mommy issues, daddy issues, identity issues -- there were a lot of issues, but Meader did a great job weaving all these things together. •Pro: Isobel was a woman to be reckoned with. With her impressive hockey pedigree and sassy wit, I couldn't resist her, but what really made me love her, was her vulnerability. Isobel was sort of adrift following a career ending injury, and I was really rooting for her to find her way. •Pro: Vadim was broody perfection. He was so complicated and I loved each and every new nook and cranny I learned about him. His adoration for Isobel totally endeared him to me, and even when he was a total grump, he made me smile. •Pro: This is a second chance romance, and you know who loves second chance romances? This girl! These two had a short lived relationship back when they were teens, and Vadim always held a small flame in his heart for his Bella. It was great to see them back together fanning the flames, and I loved the way Meader slowly kindled the fire. •Pro: I enjoyed all the relationships that were explored. There was the relationship between the "Chase" sisters, Vadim and his sister, Vad and his mother, Isobel and her father, but of course, my favorite was the relationship between Vadim and Isobel. •Pro: The Chase sisters are an interesting bunch. I liked learning their history and seeing them their affection for each other grow as they supported each other through the good and the bad times. •Pro: Meader knows how to write great banter and how to judiciously use pop culture references to spice it up. From Friends and Dirty Dancing to soup in bread bowls, there were all these little additions that made me smile. •Pro: The epilogue was satisfying and did a great job setting up the next book. Overall: This is my first Meader book, and I am already reading my next one (Irresistible You). I loved the drama, the complications, the romance, the banter, the characters. The Rebels have won me over, and I cannot wait to read more.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Incredible story from the mistress of storytelling. What Kate did with the Firemen series, she doubles down on the hockey players. I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Who wouldn't love a crazy, passionate, sassy Russian who wants his first love back. Vadim's a moody cuss and he ranges from punch your lights out to a teddy bear you want to hug. He was Isobel's first( and only really) The three sisters now trying to run the Rebels as directed by their late father's will. That story in itself was a twister. The backstory of Vadim and Bella as he calls her was another great plot twist and Isobel is taxed with coaching and moreover coaching Vadim who is on the injured list back into playing shape if the team has any hope of getting anywhere near the playoffs. Vadim fights her at first, then slowly comes around. It was great to watch him melt her socks truthfully. Vi got on my nerves in a huge way with the exception of one small part toward the end. She's surpassed wild child and aiming for who knows and she may or may not be playing more than hockey with one of the team. My speculation only. Harper still orbits her own planet and it happily settled with Ren. Read book one. Just read it! This book just did me in, I loved Vadim, in all his Russian craziness he's a warm fuzzy disguised as the ultimate grouch. Bella is a strong female and I loved her role in this book. Reading her backstory left me to wonder how she made it through some of the things she faced and came out so normal. There's also more of their father's story in this book. What a jack hat this man was! Kate Meader, you have once again slayed me with your writing and I absolutely loved this book! I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could! It's a winner! **arc from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for a fair review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story!! These characters just made my heart swell. Great writing and a story that will make you laugh and swoon made this a very enjoyable read. Isobel Chase is strong, confident, and talented on the ice maybe not quite so much in life but she's determined not to let anyone see that vulnerable side. She's working hard to earn respect in the hockey coaching world and she can't let her newest assignment, Vadim Petrov damage what she's worked so hard for. Vadim is Russian born, dominating, and pure sex. He and Isobel have a history. As teens they shared one night of passion before being caught by her father. When Vadim finds out that night may not have been as memorable for Isobel as it was for him he makes it his mission to show her just how much his uDon't skills have improved! Don't miss this one. I highly recommend it.
KSP91301 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes secondary characters seem unassuming and don’t leave much of an impression. This was the case with Isobel Chase. She was so quiet in the previous books that I had no expectations whatsoever of her as a heroine. Lawd, did she surprise me! As the old Southern saying goes, she was hiding her light under a bushel basket. And what a strong, bright light it was. I admit going in that Harper was my favorite sister because of her sharp wit and take-no-prisoners attitude. Little did I know middle sister was more real and even less inclined to hold her tongue or suffer fools. She was kick@ss and so deserving of the girl crush I’ve got going on right now. I’m a fairly no nonsense, level headed woman who isn’t prone to falling for the first handsome face that comes along. So swooning over Vadim Petrov at practically the first utterance of his sexy Russian accent was a shock. That man. Sweet mother of all that’s holy. He had a few arrogant “me Tarzan, you Jane” moments that would normally send me into orbit cussing a blue streak, but his complete and overwhelming maleness seduced me so thoroughly I didn’t even care. Hey, don’t judge meh. A woman— reasonable or not— is only so strong, and he annihilated my will along with my ovaries. It was soooo good, and I enjoyed every delicious second. Meader really hit her stride with this installment. The storyline was intriguing and fast paced. It immediately hooked me and sucked me in. I wanted to never put it down while hoping it never ended. Second chance is a favorite trope, and having main characters as lovable and passionate as Isobel and Vadim ratcheted up the heat and the enjoyment tenfold. A great contributor to the success of the story is the superb secondary cast. There are many characters we’ve met before who we get to know much better, and new ones who are integral to this and future stories. Without revealing spoilers, I’ll just say that they are compelling in their own right and will earn a place in your heart. I hope we get to see more of them in future books. As expected, the sisters continued to learn more about each other’s current life and what it meant growing up as Clifford Chase’s daughters in their respective dysfunctional families. Through that, understanding, acceptance, and—yes, even love—began to grow. I loved watching their bond develop and deepen. There was quite a bit of interaction between the two sets of couples featured in the last two installments of the series. If that’s any indication, they’re going to be equally intense and intriguing. I’ve read M/F/M and M/M/F, but MM has never really interested me. (I own Kate’s first MM, but have yet to read it.) I’ve always needed the heroine involved. But Kate Meader, employing her sneaky little author ways, made Cade “Alamo” Burnett such an irresistibly fun character I’m not going to be able to resist his & Dante’s story. The boy charmed his way into & stole my heart. Just ran away with it! The other draw is to see Dante get a little of his comeuppance. I hope that Isobel will not restrain herself from rubbing his face in it at every opportunity. Knowing that sassy girl, she won’t. I loved this story! Absolutely loved everything about it. It lived up to everything a fabulous second chance story should: a high level of snark; regret & reflection; intense, “Holy wow!” love scenes you’ve come to expect from this author; plus a well-developed storyline and characters who literally jump off the page and stay with you e
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was such a well written story with so much depth and emotion and the perfect amount of playfulness. Vadim and Isobel were excellent characters. A truly fantastic read! I loved the animosity and tension between Vadim and Isobel, you could feel the tension between these two but also their chemistry that was simmering just underneath. I loved learning their histories and all the details about them. Isobel was so strong and determined but a bit lost and I enjoyed her battle as she found her way. Vadim was awesome. Seriously, the more the story went on, the more I loved him. He had this cocky confidence that I found enduring but also this dry humor that had me smiling. How it was written, I could hear him speaking in a Russian accent in my head, which was awesome and added another layer to the story. There are major ups and downs, drama, tension, and sexy times, but there were these perfect moments of playfulness too rounding it all out. Besides this fantastic second chance romance between Vadim and Isobel, they had their own personal struggles they were dealing with and working through. There was just so much emotion behind it all, I could feel their pain and felt for them. Besides a story of love, I got this huge sense of healing and forgiveness that really resonated with me. I loved all the secondary characters as well and really enjoyed the developing relationships between Isobel and her sisters. It's like a ton of stories happening in one book and I loved all the layers. I love the guys on the hockey team and how they play into everything too. I adored the foreshadowing for the next two stories, needless to say, I am completely hooked and excited for more. This story had it all: tension, drama, fun, sexiness, emotion, animosity, and most of all love and heart. I thought there was a excellent flow, it had great details and descriptions and there was an awesome build. I am a sucker for a great build that leads up to an awesome ending and this ending pretty much had me choking back tears with my heart in my throat. Excellent read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Kate Meader is one of my favorite authors, so I am always thrilled to receive an advanced reader copy for an upcoming release. I’m hesitant to say much here, folks, because I don’t want to give very much away. Just know that I so never want to see this series over. This author has scored with each book of The Chicago Rebels so far with me. As an avid mafia romance reader, I am very partial to Russian leading men. In this one, Vadim at first came across egotistical and a manho, but you soon saw another whole side to him. I loved how strong, determined, but still sensitive Isobel was in her career and personal life. You could feel their chemistry and knowing their past history made their final HEA so much sweeter and rewarding. There were lots of great cameo time for the characters in previous books, as well. I love the sisterhood these formerly estranged siblings have going on, while shaking things up in a male dominated hockey world. I simply cannot wait to see wild child Violet brought to her senses by the brooding Scottish team captain in book 4, Hooked on You. He’s obviously older, got baggage, but I am so verra excited to know Vi will be melting the ice around his heart, as she also learns what true love is all about herself. Though each book is technically a stand-alone, you’ll, of course, enjoy the character development more if you read the books in order. Whether in the kitchen, firefighting, or playing hockey, Ms. Meader uses these backdrops to give us romantic storylines and couples you will be happy to see win at the game of love. Title: So Over You, Series: Chicago Rebels (Book 2), Author: Kate Meader, Pages: 400, stand-alone but part of a series more enjoyable if read in order, former female hockey player; now a trainer/part owner, second chance romance, some very graphic, steamy, lusty scenes. Book .5 - In Skates Trouble (Addison & Ford) Book 1 - Irresistible You (Harper & Remy) Book 2 - So Over You (Isobel & Vadim) Book 3 - Undone by You (Cade & Dante) Book 4 - Hooked on You (Violet and Bren) (I received a free advanced reader copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No type of compensation was given to this reviewer. There is no relationship or affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher.)
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I love a good hockey romance. I love a good second chance romance. This is both, therefore I loved it. Awesome storyline, great writing and wonderful characters both main and supporting, make for a very enjoyable read. Vadim and Bella have the type of chemistry that leads to some seriously steamy scenes. They have to work at their HEA, which I like because nothing worth having comes easy, right? This series is addictive and I need the third book please!