Undone By You

Undone By You

by Kate Meader

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Overview

Undone By You by Kate Meader

USA TODAY bestselling author Kate Meader brings her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (RT Book Reviews) to this novella in the Chicago Rebels series, following the general manager of the Rebels as he scores with one of his players off the ice.

Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know...

As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501182907
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Series: Chicago Rebels Series , #3
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 15,000
File size: 2 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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Undone By You ONE


Someone must have drugged his drink.

Dante Moretti shot a sharp glance at the Macallan in his hand, wondering if the amber liquid was truly blurring before his eyes or if he was just really fucking tired. A roofie seemed like the most logical conclusion, because the ass he had just been appreciating could not possibly belong to the last guy he’d expect to see here.

“Here” being a members-only gay club in the wealthy Gold Coast neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side.

If Dante knew anything, it was that Cade “Alamo” Burnett, bulwark defender, All American, and pro hockey’s class clown, played for one team and one team only: Chicago’s second-most-successful hockey franchise, the Rebels. As the Rebels’ general manager, not to mention the first openly gay managing executive in the NHL, Dante made it his job to be apprised of these things.

Rebels defenseman or not, the object of Dante’s attention carried himself with devil-may-care swagger, his stride sure, his head held high. If it truly was Burnett, then he clearly had no problem with the eyes of every guy in the place checking him out. Including Dante’s.

It wouldn’t have been the first time Dante had slipped up where Burnett was concerned. Surrounded every day by athletes in tip-top condition, he was fairly immune to the perfect abs, sculpted pecs, and bite-worthy asses. Separating his desires from his work wasn’t just advisable, it was necessary. Ogling the players under his authority was a line he would never cross.

But Burnett? There was something about the amiable Texan that gave Dante gooseflesh every time he visited the locker room for a pregame pep talk or a postgame check-in. God knew why, because the man was a polpetto, a total meatball—a hazel-eyed, syrup-talking, built-like-a-tank meatball. Not Dante’s type at all, though his teammates adored the guy for his ability to cheer a room and make a crapfest game feel like less than the end of the world. He had people skills. And shit, could he play.

“Earth to Hot Stuff.”

Only slightly irritated, Dante turned back to the guy he had been considering fucking. Blond and urbane, he had an ethereal paleness, which Dante usually found contrasted nicely with his own dark Italian skin. Sex was as often about aesthetics as it was about pleasure.

“Sorry. Thought I saw someone I knew.”

“Since you just moved to Chicago four weeks ago, that doesn’t seem likely, now, does it?”

No, it didn’t. This club only allowed entry by recommendation. Hanging out at rowdy gay bars held little interest for Dante. Something quieter and darker suited him, and a discreet, unnamed club in a Gold Coast brownstone fit the bill.

Cade Burnett’s doppelganger had disappeared into the club’s depths, but Dante’s discomfort lingered. Taking another sip of his now suspect drink, he half listened to the guy beside him as he droned on about his job.

“. . . dealing with idiots who think diversification means add penny stocks . . .”

It couldn’t be Burnett. It made no sense.

“. . . portfolio . . . blah-blah . . . global equity funds . . . blah-blah . . .”

Blond ’n’ Boring looked up in surprise—up because Dante had stood suddenly, the itch in his body spreading to his feet. He needed to assure himself that one of his players wasn’t about to blow up his career by being caught in a “compromising” position. Gay chief executives were one thing. The testosterone-soaked NHL wasn’t quite ready for one of the first line to taste the rainbow.

“If you’ll excuse me, back in a second,” he said to . . . okay, he’d already forgotten his name.

The club was a maze of cozy rooms, secluded alcoves, and tight spots for all manner of hookups. Most couples—and sometimes threes and fours—indulged their more private desires in the rooms on the next level. On this floor, it was subtle caresses, brief touches, soft kisses—all foreplay to test participants’ boundaries and levels of interest.

Dante’s pulse picked up as he moved further in. Not at the sight of men in sexual playtime, but at the thought of what he might find: Cade Burnett with whoever had thought it was a good idea to bring a famous pro athlete here. Cade Burnett with someone’s tongue down his throat. Cade Burnett with his hand down someone’s—stop.

Do not speculate. Just investigate.

He rounded a corner into a red room with velvet drapes, soft carpet, and lavish furnishings.

Dante’s heart seized. It was him.

Burnett stood in a corner, one cowboy-booted foot raised to the wall, a lowball glass in his hand, an interloper trespassing in Dante’s world. Three men surrounded him in a horseshoe of worship. Even others in the room watched, because Cade Burnett was so damn watchable. A little shy of six feet four, he towered over every man here. His hair was brown with coppery streaks, his jaw strong and square, his mouth permanently amused. Hazel eyes—not that anyone could see them in the dim lighting, but Dante knew their exact shade—flashed gold rings of fire around their irises.

His gift on the ice was brute strength and the best hockey IQ of any defender Dante had ever seen. Hockey smart was one thing. That Burnett was here in the open proved he wasn’t all that smart off the ice. The man had to have some fault.

Burnett laughed huskily at something one of his suitors said—a sound with a drunken tinge to it—and this was enough to change the dynamic of the group. The others shifted incrementally closer, jockeying for a position their conversation couldn’t achieve alone. One of them, a guy in a Hugo Boss suit, laid a hand on Burnett’s bicep and squeezed.

Something primal, possessive, and downright greedy reared in Dante’s chest.

His overreaction shocked him, so much so that his instinct was to consider walking away. This was none of his business. He wasn’t the team’s baby-sitter.

Too late. If Dante had turned his back a half second later he would have missed Burnett capturing his gaze—and capturing was not hyperbole. Those eyes shone at him like a predatory cat’s, all challenge, no fear.

Busted.

Continuing his original mission seemed best, but Burnett now watched him as he approached. Looking away was not an option.

“Dante,” Burnett murmured, and, Cristo, the way the Texan tasted his name made Dante instantly hard. His body flooded with awareness, along with a distinct desire to punch every man who stood between him and his defenseman.

“Could I have a word?”

Cade’s mouth tipped up at the corner and he downed his drink in one go. He handed off the empty glass to one of the guys standing before him, pushed another aside gently, all with a curious ambivalence.

“Lead the way.”

Dante pivoted, having no clue what to do next. His cock had several ideas, all of them involving Cade beneath his body in one of the more private rooms upstairs. His brain, on the other hand, was still in charge, so he moved to a small sofa in the next room. He gestured toward the seat and waited for Cade to sit.

As if they were on a date.

“Do you want to tell me—”

Cade held up a hand, so assured. “I could do with another drink.” He waved over one of the servers and ordered a Glenlivet. “Dante?”

Dante shook his head. Someone had to remain sober here.

With the server out of earshot, Cade gave Dante his complete attention. Complete wasn’t quite right, though—more like consuming. Dante felt as if he’d been stripped bare, screwed senseless, and shown the door all at the same time.

“Come here often?” Cade asked.

“Not really. You?”

“A few times.”

Dante’s heart skittered with this new knowledge. No “accident” that he was here, then.

“We have procedures for this eventuality.”

Cade narrowed his eyes. “Which eventuality is that?”

“An NHL player who’d like to come out. It hasn’t happened yet, but every team is waiting for the first.”

The slightest smile teased Cade’s lips. “Kind of jumping the gun, aren’t you?”

“You’re here.” Dante added a wave of his hand in case Burnett had somehow forgotten where here was.

“I’m here,” Cade said simply, but there was nothing simple about the intent Dante heard in the words. Crackling energy licked between them, and Dante had the distinct impression that Cade was making some sort of statement, just not the one Dante had first assumed. He’d analyze that later.

Cade threw an arm over the back of the sofa. “So what kind of procedures are we talkin’ about?”

“Procedures?”

“You said you have procedures for NHL players who are ready to come out.”

Dante shook off his unease, glad to be back to more concrete specifics. “A PR plan. Press statement. Ways to handle the inevitable questions.”

“Like how the New York Times prepares obituaries for famous people so they’re ready to roll when they kick the bucket?”

Dante considered this, strangely charmed by the morbid comparison. “Well, there isn’t a separate one ready to go for each player. We’d tailor our prepared statement with a few personal details.”

Cade licked his lips, and Dante couldn’t take his eyes off the slick, moist stripe that remained behind. With a tilt of his head, the younger man rubbed the dangerously appealing copper-tinted stubble on his chin.

“?‘He first knew he liked boys when, in the fifth grade, he told his momma he’d like to marry Johnny Sanderson.’ That kind of thing?”

This was said with shocking equanimity, displaying a subtle humor Dante would never have attributed to a one-note clown like Cade Burnett. The guy was always so obvious.

“Cade, having your photo taken in a private club that caters to men hooking up with other men is probably not the best way to announce to the world that you’re gay.” Dante looked around, assessing the interest of other patrons. Conclusion: plenty. He might even place it at threat-level orange, not because a famous hockey player was in the house, but because Cade Burnett was simply beautiful.

And gay, Dante’s cock happily chimed in. He’s fucking gay.

“If anyone catches wind of this we can just say you were curious and asked me to bring you. It should be easy enough to spin that we’re friends. Besides, no one would believe the truth.”

Cade broke into laughter that drew a hundred eyes to drink them in. The sound was wonderful, the attention less so.

“Moretti, you are somethin’ else, y’know that? You think I’m going to use you as my gay-buddy shield? Hell, I’m not too worried about anyone photographing us here.”

“You really think you’re safe?”

“I’m with you. That’s as safe as can be.”

Not even a little. “Why are you taking this risk?”

The server returned with the drink and handed it off with a wink at Cade. Smiling his thanks, Cade took a long sip.

“Sometimes I just crave company. Being a closeted gay guy can be exhausting.”

“Being an uncloseted one can be just as tiring.”

“I bet. But it must be nice not to have to hide. Even if you have assholes whispering behind your back.”

So few people did Dante the service of whispering behind his back. “Pros and cons to each position. But no, I wouldn’t go back.” He leaned forward because he needed to see Cade’s eyes when he asked this. “Are you saying you’re ready to go public?”

“No, but . . . I’m ready.” He licked his lips again and Dante felt it like a streak of pleasure over his balls. His heart thrashed fiercely, so hard he was sure Cade had to see the pulse beating at the base of his throat.

Somehow he managed to ask, “Ready for what?”

Cade curled his hand around Dante’s tie and hovered close enough that Dante could feel hot puffs of air against his lips.

“I think you know, boss.”

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Undone By You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
denisesc21 More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, but jumped on this one when I saw it, and absolutely loved it. Cade and Dante really hit the spot for me. Dante, being openly gay, and GM of an NHL hockey team can’t have been easy for him, but he moved forward, and didn’t let being gay define him. It didn’t define his work with the players either. It was clear he was respected, but Dante also was careful not to put anyone into a difficult situation. Not the owners, not the players, and (he tried very hard at least!) not himself. Cade, I loved. He went after what he wanted. He walked into an exclusive gay club looking for what he wanted…Dante…and didn’t take no for an answer. He wasn’t worried about being too young for Dante, or even that he wasn’t out. He wanted the sexy GM, and was willing to step up and let him know. This novella was sexy, seriously sexy. These two, once they found their middle ground, found themselves hitting the sheets whenever they could. However, it wasn’t just that. It was so obvious that they enjoyed each other’s company as well. Cooking together, hanging out, not just hitting the sheets. They found ways to connect that didn’t involve just sex. The struggle to come out for Cade was heartbreaking. He knew what he was up against with choosing it, and Dante tried to impress upon him what coming out in the NHL could mean. And with Dante feeling like his job depended on not showing he was involved with a player, the feels were definitely there. I just loved this one, and I hope that this author will continue to write m/m. She has really captured what is a difficult sometimes for authors that make the transition from m/m to capture. Keeping the strength and passion of the two men, while still showing their vulnerability. I cried a little during this one, laughed a little, and overall just wanted to read it again right after I put it down. 4.5 pieces of eye candy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything by this author before, and snagged this book on a whim. I'm so glad I did because I couldn't put it down! Simply loved it.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Undone By You is book #2.5 in the Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader. Wow, I don’t know where to begin with this book. It’s about so much for than two people falling for each other. It’s about acceptance, love, family, commitment. Cade “Alamo” Burnett is a defender for the Chicago Rebels, a professional hockey team. The Rebels had been in a slump for years but this year, with their three new owners, they are slowly rising in the ranks. Cade was raised in Texas by a father who believed that Texas was football, beer and pretty southern girls. Only that’s not Cade at all. Cade is gay. He’s known he was all his life. But he keeps it a secret. Only one person knows the truth and that’s his best friend, Violet. He can’t bear to inflict the truth on his Dad knowing the pain it will cause him. And of course there’s the hockey culture. How would they react? So, he keeps his true self a secret. Then one day the new general manager walked in and Cade couldn’t breathe. Standing in front of the team was the object of every one of Cade’s teenage fantasies, Dante Moretti. Dante has gone from being a player to now a member of management. It’s his dream come true so he can’t let anything ruin that. That includes letting anyone know that he is crushing on one of the players, the players that he is in charge of. And when he finds out that the same player is also gay, it doesn’t take long for these two to find their way to each other. First of all, I loved Dante and Cade. And let me tell you, this book is ice cubes on your neck hot! But it’s also about finding the strength to let the world know who you really are. It’s about the team members you surround yourself with every day who have your back. It’s about accepting someone, no matter what. I love this team. I read the first book in this series but somehow missed book two. I definitely need to go back and read that one. I am just in love, though, with this little book. And book three will be out soon, Hooked On You, which is Violet’s story. This is a fantastic series. I hope you’ll give it a try!
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Undone by You by Kate Meader is part of the Chicago Rebels series and is a worthwhile novella that focuses on M/M romance. If you’re familiar with this series, I urge you to read this book, even if M/M isn’t your usual genre. Dante and Cade are hot together! The chemistry between them burns bright and it was so well done! If you love employer and employee romances, this is for you! If you love an age difference in your romances, this is for you! Overall, a wonderful addition to this series!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Irresistible temptation! With the next book in her deliciously steamy Chicago Rebels hockey series, Kate Meader brings us Dante and Cade's story. One is a successful leader, openly living his life regardless of what it cost him ... the other is a superstar on the ice, but hiding his heart and soul from the world. Both men have powerful stories that resonate with the reader throughout. The story line is fast paced and rich with sexual tension, strife and happily ever afters! Loved it! Dante Moretti has worked hard for many years in the NHL and has recently landed his dream job of being the General Manager of the Chicago Rebels. He's riding high and living life, but a new city and new temptation is bringing a whole new whirlwind into play. He's the only openly gay executive in NHL, but ogling his new star defenseman isn't his brightest move! Cade "Alamo" Burnett is as closeted as they come, but the draw he feels towards this sexy Italian may be just what he needs to go after what he wants for a change. He's lived his life achieving hockey glory while at the same time denying himself the freedom of being his true self. The feelings that Dante are making come alive show him what life can be like if he can just find the strength to reach out and grab it!
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Heartfelt, seductive and downright fervent! Undone by You is an engrossing, passionate, sports romance that features the closeted, fun-loving Cade, and the handsome, mature Dante as they engage in a love affair strife with issues of age disparity, impropriety, hidden sexuality, and the stigma and stereotypical mentality surrounding professional sports. The prose is titillating and sincere. The characters are well-drawn, appealing, and genuine. And the plot is a provocative tale full of explosive attraction, unquenchable lust, sizzling chemistry, family drama, friendship, support, acceptance, hockey, and love. I didn't think it was possible for this series to get any better but I stand corrected. Undone by You is emotional, tender, tantalizing, and absolutely dynamite and it has without a doubt left me counting down the days until the next novel in the series, Hooked on You, Violet's story is available!
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I loved this so much! Undone by You was an easy story for me to get lost in, there were so many great moments between Cade and Dante, I just read and absorbed it all, totally enjoying every detail. It was so sweet, heartfelt, and emotional. A fantastic read! I loved Cade, this sweet lovable Texan who always wears a smile. I enjoyed his journey and everything he went through. Dante was awesome as well. Tough and stoic but I loved seeing the man behind the suit and his dynamic personality. I thought Cade and Dante had great chemistry, I enjoyed their flirty moments, the push and pull they had, and I loved watching them come together. I adored how playful Cade could be, challenging Dante and Dante fighting his feelings. It made for so many entertaining scenes that left me smiling. And the heat? Oh my!!! These two were seriously hot together! The writing was excellent. I love how the timeline overlaps with the previous book, So Over You. If you haven't read it you won't be lost but if you have, there are a ton of fun Easter eggs. I loved all the characters and the Chase sisters. I love the relationship that Cade and Violet have and the foreshadowing for the next story, Hooked On You. Violet is a breath of fresh air and I am so excited for what’s to come in her book. Kate Meader is a go-to author for me and the Chicago Rebel's series has quickly become a favorite of mine. This is a shorter story but it's packed full of goodness and it’s a was wonderful addition to the series. I totally fell in love with both these guys and am thrilled how it all played out. Complimentary copy received for honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Dante and Cade FTW! Though I was a bit bummed that this story, like Gage and Brady's ( Melting Point ) was a novella instead of a full-length novel--here, the ending feels rather rushed--still, this novella was one heck of a read. The GM/player and out/closeted aspects of their relationship, not to mention the age difference between the two of them (12 years) ratchets up the tension nicely throughout. Meanwhile their excellent chemistry--and the teasers we get for Violet's story--really keeps you turning the pages. Some favorite quotes: "Listen without judgement. Nod wisely. Gay Yoda, I am." (Dante) "Leave the orgasm, take the cannoli?" (Violet) "Are you okay?" "I still feel like my blood is on fire. It was simmering down until you showed up, and now all I can think of is how much I want you to kiss me again and never, ever stop." So, not really okay. (Dante, Cade) So, so good, rushed HEA aside. Between the Violet/Bren hints and the epilogue's refusal to tell us how the season ends (so mean!) I for one am more anxious than ever for the next series book... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
(While this one can stand on its own, it does run parallel to So Over You, which adds a little extra fun for returning readers. The few references to the previous book make more sense if you’ve read it, but I don’t think that they will matter much to newbies or impact their reading pleasure.) I couldn’t be happier with the story-line Meader gave these two! Cade is a big ball of awesome fun but it’s obvious there is more to him than what he wants people to see. And I have been so curious about Dante since he first showed up – all suave and debonair. They may seem like an unlikely pair but the tension between them hints at something more. Dante has worked hard to get where he is in the NHL – the first openly gay GM of a professional hockey team. Running into one of his star players in a gay club, and being propositioned by said player, is definitely not good for his professional goals … regardless of how unbelievably sexy he finds Cade. Unfortunately there’s something about him that Dante just can’t ignore. Cade is this appealing mix of brash confidence and uncertainty. He’s young and seems to have the world at his feet, but he’s hiding a pretty big secret. So far he’s been successful at keeping his love-life private but an instantaneous and overwhelming attraction to his new GM complicates things immensely. He may not have thought he was ready to make some tough decisions but life seems to have other plans. Meader does such a fantastic job of balancing Dante’s gay yogi with growth moments. While he is older and has had more time being publicly gay, it doesn’t mean that he has the answer for everything. Instead, there’s this fantastic give and take between the two as Cade faces life choices (and they are big ones!) which has Dante evaluating his past and his future. Cade and Dante might think that they can play with fire and not get burned but we know better :) Instead, the more time they spend together and the deeper their feelings grow, the more complications they’ll have to overcome. Steamy and sweet, with fabulous characters and heartfelt emotions, Undone By You beautifully highlights that just because you don’t want your heart to get involved doesn’t mean that it won’t. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
KSP91301 More than 1 year ago
I’ve followed this series from the beginning, but Kate Meader made me fall head over heels for Cade Burnett in So Over You. I couldn’t resist the cocky, fun loving, and—dare I say—sweet Texan who was all business on the ice and all about having a good time off it. Also bewitched by Cade’s charms was the team’s new GM, Dante Moretti, the first openly gay general manager in the NHL. Dante was all business ALL the time, and very much in control. While the young player woke strong desires in him, being an employee made him off limits. Dante hid his feelings, and watched from afar. Until his control was tested. And failed. Once they finally gave in to their desires, the two couldn’t keep their hands off each other, and it was explosive. Dante’s legendary control was nowhere to be seen, nor was the confidence Cade normally exuded. Both were gobsmacked by the depth of their feelings for one another. It was heartwarming to witness, but I have to admit I longed to see more of Cade’s light-hearted, fun-loving side that captivated me. A public relationship would have put both their careers at risk, so their time together had to be clandestine. That meant a large portion of the story was just the two of them. I realize getting to know one another and developing their relationship was critical and the main focus of the story, but I couldn’t help but miss the lighter interactions with their teammates and the Chase sisters that made the previous books such fun. I had hoped this steamy novella would tide me over until the series wrap up, Hooked On You. Unfortunately, it made me yearn even more for Violet’s story. It’s gonna be a long wait. A reread of all the previous books may be required to see me through.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I am so in love with the Chicago Rebels series!! While reading So Over You, I was dying for Dante's story. So buttoned up, so mysterious, I needed to know more about him! Dante is the recently hired, openly gay general manager for the Chicago Rebels. Working for three women who are breaking barriers in every way possible and trying to turn this team around to be winners leaves no time for relationships. Cade has always kept his orientation under wraps but when Dante joins the Rebels, he's ready to take some risks so that he pursue his idol. This book was funny, hot, and had a dose of angst. I loved the camaraderie of the team anyhow they completely rally around their own no matter what the circumstance. I am so excited for the next book in this series!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this latest entry in the Chicago Rebels series! Every story flirts a bit with the professional ethics line of player/management interaction, but always with full consent on the part of both parties. Here it's a gay GM who is approached by one of his sinfully sexy, but still in the closet, players. Plenty of super sexy times while they work out whether being together publicly is worth the risk to their careers and emotional wellbeing. Kate Meader has the goods when it comes to crafting emotional and sexy romances, no matter the gender of the characters.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Kate Meader writes hot hockey heroes and Cade and Dante in Undone by You, her latest Chicago Rebels novella, are no exception; though this book is less about hockey and more about being true to yourself and living an authentic life. Together Cade and Dante figure out what that looks like for each of them individually and as a couple. This book ends on a HFN, as opposed to a HEA. I really hope there is a HEA in Cade and Dante’s future. They both deserve one. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novella.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
"all the er's." Harder, deeper, faster, Meader. Kate Meader you totally rocked this story! Wow, is all I can say. What an incredible story and so well written it just blew me away. Kate is a great writer and she's a favorite, but I honestly wasn't prepared for this. I loved Dante and Alamo from the previous books in the series. This begins with Dante being out one night at an exclusive and out of the way sex club and in walks Cade. Every eye in the place is on him and Dante isn't sure which hat he's wearing. GM or an interested male. Tough call but his instincts tell him to go find him and do his job as GM to protect Cade. They sit and talk. Dante insists in driving Cade home and that's where the night ends. Much to poor Alamo's disappointment. He still hasn't come out, not even to his father and there's a story there. Dante has his own story as well. The first in the NHL to come out. Thus far no players have made that move. Watching the growing attraction between these two and how Dante equals food with love (so Italian, my hub was the same way) he still puts Alamo off. Dante really got negative sometimes but I really understood his position. I also know he did it to keep Cade at arms length. I loved Violet in this story as well. She's right there supporting Cade. Funny thing was.... well ha! You have to read the book. This is by far the best M/M book I have ever read. Public sports figures, the actions of both Dante and Cade and what Cade did. Cade, I just loved him in previous books and wow I love him even more now. Bravo Kate, you have outdone yourself, this is just perfection. It could not have been better. If you haven't read this series, please do. You will love it. Crazy cajun, even crazier Russian, the funny man from Texas and 3 women owners. The best series ever! Deserves far more than 5 stars. **advanced copy from NetGalley and Publisher** *I received an advanced copy of this book to review. The above is my honest review and the opinions therein are my own**
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
ndone by You is book three in Kate Meader’s Chicago Rebels series. I’ve been anticipating this read for a while, and I really enjoyed it! Cade Burnett, Defenseman for the Chicago Rebels, has had a crush on previous hockey player, Dante Moretti, since he was a kid. When Dante came out, it gave Cade hope that he could, too, one day. Finding out that Dante is the GM for Cade’s own hockey team is like a dream come true and a curse at the same time. But Cade’s ready to make his move. I adored these two guys. Cade’s known as the goofball of his hockey team, but underneath he has been hiding who he is. Seeing Dante day in and day out has Cade reconsidering. He makes a play for the out-and-proud Dante, but Dante isn’t willing to be a relationship with a closeted athlete again. There’s so much dividing these two, but the attraction just sizzles. I love how Cade knows when to push and when to pull back. This guy is fearless, and I just admired the heck out of him. Dante is the suave, older Italian. He’s attracted to Cade, but Cade’s his employee and the forbidden fruit just out of his reach really pushes his buttons. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. The connection is on point, and it drags you straight through the end and even then, I wanted their story to continue. A great addition to the series, and I can’t wait for Bren and Violet’s story! 4.5 stars!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Kate Meader has this incredible ability to write characters who burrow themselves into your heart. From the moment Cade Burnett and Dante Moretti appeared on the page, I knew they were special. Dante is a former NHL defenseman known as The Beast. He’s also the first openly gay GM of a professional hockey team. He’s polished, refined, carries himself with confidence, and rocks a three-piece suite like no one else can. Cade “Alamo” Burnett seems to have it all. He’s funny, outgoing, and the life of the party. He’s an up and coming defenseman for the Chicago Rebels. He’s even rumored to be dating one of the owners of the team. But Cade isn’t living his life to the fullest. He’s gay and only his best friend Violet knows. Dante and Cade each bring something different to their off limits office romance. They have this amazing chemistry and passion. While Dante is a bit older than Cade, he understands all of Cade’s struggles and truly wants what’s best for him. I loved watching Dante relax and lose control with Cade. While Cade likes to exude confidence, there’s still this vulnerable side to him that makes him even more endearing. These two are truly great for one another. Undone by You is a standalone novella in the Chicago Rebels series. What really stands out for me about this series and this group of characters is that through everything, the players and owners truly have each other’s backs. They’re a family created by blood, trades, drafts, and choice. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars-- UNDONE BY YOU is the third instalment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult CHICAGO REBELS erotic, 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 Rebels’ new GM thirty-five year old Dante Moretti, and twenty-thre year old defenseman Cade ‘Alama’ Burnett. UNDONE BY YOU can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Some of the events of UNDONE BY YOU run parallel to, and cross over with the events of book two IRRESISTIBLE YOU. NOTE: UNDONE BY YOU is a M/M story line with sexually graphic M/M situations, language and text that may not be suitable for some readers. Told from dual third person perspectives (Dante and Cade) UNDONE BY YOU follows the forbidden relationship between Chicago Rebels GM Dante Moretti, and team defenseman Cade Burnett. Cade Burnett is a closeted, gay professional hockey player who for personal reasons back home is unable to come clean to the people he loves, but meeting his hockey idol, former player and now Rebels GM Dante Moretti, the first openly gay GM in professional hockey, has Cade throwing caution to the wind when he approaches his ‘boss’ at an upscale gay club. What ensues is the building romance but secret relationship between Dante and Cade, and the potential fall-out when Cade comes out of the closet, only to be pushed aside by the man that he loves. Dante Moretti knows what it is like to lose everything. Coming out cost him his family, his friends, and some of the people he loved. Cade Burnett knows that to come out while still actively playing with the Chicago Rebels may harm his career, but most especially may destroy his relationship with his father, back home. What he never expected was that his coming out would destroy his relationship with the man that he loved. The relationship between Dante and Cade is one of mutual attraction but Dante doesn’t want Cade to come out unless he is ready to accept everything that goes along with coming out as a professional hockey player. Their secret relationship is threatened by Dante’s inability to accept Cade’s decision-a decision that should have made their relationship easier to accept. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. UNDONE BY YOU is a quick read; an emotional, sexy and fun story line; a forbidden romance between boss and employee; a sexual awakening for one man whose entire life remained hidden from the people he loved. The premise is entertaining and fast paced; the characters are colorful, dynamic and charismatic; the romance is seductive and provocative.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Always able to make me smile, Kate Meader is a staple on my reading list so I jumped at the chance to read/review the next installment in her sizzling Chicago Rebels hockey romance series. Undone by You follows the team’s sexy, aloof and openly gay GM Dante Moretti and star defenseman Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Even though I’m don’t read m/m romance I truly enjoyed this story about friendship, love, understanding, family and having the valor to live life without regret. At 35 years old, Dante is proud of his professional accomplishments and completely comfortable in his own skin, the challenges of his new job as the first openly gay general manager in hockey demand all his attention and don’t allow for a potentially disastrous fling with one of his employees. Cade is a young, charming and easy going Texan who is just starting his NHL career. Knowing that his late mother was ashamed of his sexual preference and his father would also most certainly disapprove, Cade has kept his desires a secret. However having his hero and crush become his boss is too irresistible. Meader spins a sexy web with a fantastic blend of love, understanding and yearning. As their attraction turns into a deep bond, they must overcome more than the taboo aspect of their relationship. The 12 year age gape places them in different stages of life. Dante is not only Cade’s boss, he also wants an open relationship while Cade is still struggling with himself. I found the story is at its most touching when Dante and Cade’s love drives them to find with Cade’s father the understanding Dante’s family never had. Since they were introduced, I liked and was intrigued by both Dante and Cade and their tale not only ushered in Bren and Violet’s but also examined the close knit friendship between teammates. I really liked having Harper and Remy back and providing support to their colleagues. Undone by You is installment #3 of the Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader. It is standalone hockey romance novella. A m/m told from both points of view and has a happy ending. Other subgenres include: boss-employee and therefore on the forbidden side.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I love this Chicago Rebels series and this latest Undone by You! The characters are awesome and I love that we get more of Violet in this book! It may be a quick read but it certainly is an impactful one. I just love the story line and love that Kate went with an m/m especially in the testosterone laden world of the NHL. Dante is the new GM of the Rebels and also the first openly gay GM. He is 35 and knows what he does and does not want. Cade is 23 and a defenseman on the Rebels and also gay but he is not out. He wants Dante and so he goes after him. Dante is very hesitant for obvious reasons but there is just no denying their chemistry so they embark on a secret affair which while very hot and steamy is also sweet, tender and romantic. Is this taboo relationship sustainable? Can Dante get past the boss/ employee dynamic? Will Cade come out? To his team? To his father knowing even how he will react? They have so much going against them but even more going for them and you can’t help but hope everything will work out for them. Love them as a couple!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I ended this one on a *sigh* a great big sigh! I had big feels for Dante when he first entered the arena in his perfect suit and was so stoic we just knew he was going to be something. Who knew it was going to be the happy-go-lucky Texan that was going to get under his skin. Cade has had a hero-worship thing going for Dante since he was a teenager and Dante was still a player and now he is his boss! The Rebels sure don't do things the easy way and with the playoffs on the line and Cade still in the closet there are so many obstacles to climb. This was well written and so good! I am loving this series and cannot wait for Vi to get her story! Yes, you could read this as a standalone but really why, oh WHY would you want to. This is a spectacular series! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story in the Chicago Rebels Hockey series. This is the first M/M romance I've read by this author, and I really loved both the heroes. They are so different in many ways, but ultimately, they fit together perfectly! Dante Moretti is the new GM of the Chicago Rebels pro hockey team. He's also a former pro player in his own right. He also happens to be the only out gay manager in pro hockey. Some people aren't happy with his being there, but he could not care less, as he knows he's earned his place. With the 3 Chase sisters, co-owners of the team, behind him, he's sure they can do anything, even make the playoffs for the first time in a generation. In fact, his job might depend on it. So, the last thing he needs is an inconvenient, but strong, attraction to one of his employees, star defenseman, Cade "Alamo" Burnett. Cade is young, but he's a great defenseman for the Rebels. He's managed to keep his sexual orientation a secret from everyone so far, save his best friend, Violet (one of the 3 co-owners of the team he plays for). He plans to keep it that way, as he is terrified of hurting his dad, his only family. His dad is a college football coach from Texas, and Cade is under no illusions that he'll be ok with Cade's truth. They are very close, and Cade is afraid of losing him. So, he keeps his secret, and feels the trade-off is worth it. But, when he meets his teenage sports hero, who's now also his boss, he can't help but wonder if he can have his cake, and eat it too. Dante and Cade's dynamic was explosive. Their chemistry was off the charts, and I loved their banter. Dante was much older and more experienced than Cade, not to mention the fact that he's Cade's boss, so their whole clandestine affair took on an even more taboo slant. But, they really came to care for each other, much more than either of them bargained for, and I loved seeing their different ways of dealing with that fact. Dante has been exactly where Cade is now in his life, and with the same secret, and so he helps him a lot with Cade's issues. To be honest, I've been loving this series, in large part, because of the jagged, but awakening, sisterly bond between Harper, Isobel, and Violet, the half-sister, co-owners of the team. Though they were mentioned here and there in this novella, it wasn't quite the same and I missed seeing them interact. That's not to take anything away from our heroes, who I really did love so much. It just had a different feel and I felt the ladies absence. This was a great story of coming to realize what you need in your life, and chasing it no matter the cost. I loved how both heroes came to terms with the truth of their relationship, and both were concerned with making the other's life better. It was a very mature relationship in that way, and I loved the way they communicated. I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves sports romance, and I especially recommend it if you're a newbie to M/M romance, as it would be a great place to start. I can't wait for the final book about Violet, and team captain, with a boatload of issues, Bren.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Kate Meader packs a whole lot of steamy M/M hotness on the pages of this book all while giving us one incredible story. These characters are fascinating and the issues they face are difficult. The journey Cade and Dante take is not one you want to miss! Coming out as the first openly gay player in the NHL is hard. Not nearly as difficult as facing a father with the truth of who is he. Yet Cade Burnett knows if he hopes to win the love of a good man like Dante Moretti he has to be brave enough to do both. Is he willing to risk it all and if he does will Dante be brave enough to take that step with him? I highly recommend this one.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
This was a sexy M/M book in the Rebels series. I was anxious to see how Dante and Cade's relationship played out after reading Book 2 in the series. This story is about half the length of the other books, but long enough that it tells a good story of the beginning of Dante and Cade's relationship. I feel like there is a lot left to tell with where there relationship will go and the obstacles they will face. The heat between these two was blistering. I'm a huge fan of M/M stories and this was a good one. Can't wait for the next Rebels book.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
This is my first M/M and I must admit that I wasn’t sure about reading this one, but I love Kate Meader’s style, and she once again pulled me in and just made this so entertaining, sexy, and oh so sweet. Another one of her stories that left me with a smile on my face and my heart happy. I enjoyed Cade and Dante so much. I loved their flirting and the build of heat they had as they get to know each other, in a totally romantic way. I like how they were so cautious, but open with each other. Cade was so sweet and hot for Dante and had been for such a long time that he just doesn’t give up and is relentless with his pursuit of the reserved General Manager. There is some emotionally charged moments that are handled so well in this book that it made this so easy to enjoy and love every moment in this book. I also enjoy getting an update on all their friends and the tie-ins from previous books. Love this series! Can’t wait for more of those sexy, hot and sweet Chicago Rebels. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I love all the boundaries that are being smashed in the Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader. We have three sisters that inherited a failing hockey league. Their father daring them in his death to beat the odds of making the team a success with impossible restrictions. Something even he, a former pro hockey player couldn't do. All sisters are proving to the masses that women can be just as good in a male dominated sport. Add in players on the team that come from diversified backgrounds who each bring a strength to the team that Harper recognized in them. Then Kate brings us Undone By You. An m/m story of Dante, the first GM in hockey who's come out and Cade, one of the best defensive men who isn't ready to let the world know. Their relationship seems so impossible. Cade's pretending to date Violet. Dante is Cades boss. I wasn't sure how the author was going to turn it all around in a novella no less, but she did it. For being on the lower page count, it never felt rushed. Every obstacle was addressed and conquered. We get to see Dante and Cade fall in love and be free to just be. I loved it! ARC provided by NetGalley.