Hooked on You by Kate Meader is the latest installment in the Chicago Rebels series about hockey, love, and sisters who will stop at nothing to prove they are worthy to own a hockey team.
Violet Vasquez will face the toughest obstacle of her life. How will her family deal with the news? What will happen when she returns? Violet is a strong and determined woman who will need the strength of a strong man to truly find love. Can she let down the fortress she’s created when she meets Bren St. James?
I was filled with all the emotions as I read this story. Two people will come to terms with their past, their actions and the way that people treat them. Sometimes first impressions aren’t always the best and sometimes people judge you by the style of dress or how you express yourself.
Kate does a stellar job creating a world of sassy, spicy, and all that goodness in-between.
While this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, and yes there is a happy ending! The entire series takes place during the same time period so you will definitely appreciate it more if read in order ;).
This Scorchin read is the perfect way to end a series. Caution, may lead to unexpected need to turn on the A/C. I received an ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. Get your copy here:
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Undone by You is a M/M standalone novella in Kate Meader’s Chicago Rebels Series. This is an emotionally satisfying romance of one man’s journey to tell the world he’s not changing for anyone. There is also a ton of serious hot hockey action making this your next must read!
From the first novella that introduced us to The Chicago Rebels, In Skates Trouble, this series has been a one-click for me. I’m all about a great hockey romance with characters that just stick with you and plots that are relevant, memorable, and leave you with all the feels.
Readers, I’ve been waiting for Dante’s story and Kate delivered beyond my wildest expectations. Dante Moretti is the GM for The Chicago Rebels and his ability to charm those around him draws you in. Dante has worked hard to be where he is and when Cade unravels him, it will bring him to his knees. Be prepared to have your heart squeezed! Every series has a character that you hope will have their own story, and Kate listened to my prayers!
Cade Burnett has idolized Dante since he was a young hockey player. What will happen when Cade discovers that Dante needs there to be more? Can he have a relationship with his GM, is that even an option? Cade will have to decide if he’s ready to tell the world how he feels. Will he risk everything? Kate tackles the issue of secrets, expectations and desires with a smokin’ hot story that will tick all the boxes.
True love is something to cherish. When you find it, hold on tight, and never let it go. Dante and Cade will have to be true, honest and unafraid, if they want the love they desire. Will Cade put himself first? Dante has this “thing” that I want more of. Readers rejoice, there is a sweet little nugget Kate for fans of the Hot in Chicago series. It’s a win-win!
Inferno – Will cause you to turn on the A/C, the fan, and take a cold shower.
This can be read as a standalone or enjoyed along with the rest of the must read series with hockey, passion, and temptation. I received an ARC for a fair and honest review.
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Welcome to Authors Dish where your favorite authors are sharing what they are reading. C’mon, even authors have a stash too!
In addition, if you enjoy reading their books they have suggestions for similar book adventures by other authors. It doesn’t get better than that!
Today in the cafe are USA Today Best Selling Authors Kate Meader, Avery Flynn, and Graceley Knox.
Rae: Who are you reading?
Kate Meader: I’m currently reading super-sekrit contest entries for the RITAs (Oscars for romance).
Avery Flynn: My stash is epic and I’m totally on a historical romance with Tessa Dare kick.
Graceley Knox: Shayla Black is top of my list. Then I’ve got Holly Black, S. Jae Jones, Sarah J. Maas and Jeaniene Frost.
Rae: If readers are a fan of your books, who should they consider reading?
Kate Meader: If you’re a fan of Kate Meader consider reading Lauren Layne, Julie James, and Rachel Gibson (yes, I’m shooting high here!)
Avery Flynn: If your a fan of Avery Flynn consider these authors… Kate Meader, Louise Bay & Lauren Blakely.
Graceley Knox: If your a fan of Graceley Knox consider reading these authors… D.D. Miers, Amelia Hutchins, Laurell K. Hamilton,and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Rae: Thank you so much authors! Let me know dear readers if you try any of these books. I’ll see you next week – same time for new authors and more fun!
** Author Bios **
Kate Meader: Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author 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 or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
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Avery Flynn: USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.
Graceley Knox: USA Today bestselling author, Graceley Knox, suffers from a serious caffeine and book addiction-and she’s not apologizing for it. She writes wicked paranormal and fantasy romance with snarky heroines and sexy heroes. By day she works in the publishing industry, and by night, she plots out the many ideas cluttering her mind. Her free time is spent with her fabulous family and Bengal kitties. She loves to connect with fans on social media, so stop by and say hello!
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USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader, author of the Hot in Chicago firefighter novels is moving from fire to ice with the Chicago Rebels hockey series, and you can get a taste of that action for 99¢. Originally published in Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology, IN SKATES TROUBLE is a Chicago Rebels prequel novella with an older, full-figured woman, a younger, driven hero, and a happily-ever-after you’ll swoon over. If you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance to grab it for less than a buck!
What’s it all about?
He’ll give her what she needs . . . Addison Williams isn’t looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she’s due a little fun. She just hadn’t reckoned on the “fun” escalating so quickly to “out of control.” One minute she’s flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is telling her to do things. Hot, wicked things. Cup-winning hockey player Ford “Killer” Callaghan can’t believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He’ll track her down because once could never be enough—even if discovering her identity places her strictly out of bounds. Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?
The Whole Latte: In Skates Trouble by Kate Meader is a flirty and hot introduction into her new Chicago Rebels series. Discover Chicago, it sizzles!
Ford “Killer” Callaghan is not prepared for his reaction to Addy and the ice may melt in this steamy must read. Can Addy handle the heat? Two strangers, an intimate moment and a desire for change turn Chicago smokin’ hot.
What will Addy do when she discovers the identity of her midnight encounter? Can she move past her own insecurities to open up and finally find love?
I can’t wait to read how steamy it gets in Kate’s new hockey series! .
Where can I buy it?
Kindle: https://amzn.to/2pQqoBf Nook: https://bit.ly/2poqT60 iBooks: https://apple.co/2ozPaRr Kobo: https://bit.ly/2pQx5Dx Google Play: https://bit.ly/2po1PvQ
Who is Kate Meader?: Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
Where can I find Kate?
Website: https://katemeader.com Twitter: @kittymeader Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkatemeader Kate’s Kittens, exclusive readers’ group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/578930782228475/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551743.Kate_Meader Newsletter: https://katemeader.com/newsletter/
Yep! Kate is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card during release week. Enter here:
The winners of the TWO signed print copies of Flirting With Fire by Kate Meader are:
Keri B & Leslie S
Congratulations – you are going to love this book! Please e-mail me your contact info and I’ll forward it to Kate!
First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte 🙂
What would you order?
I was born and raised in Ireland where we are tea people, through and through. So I would order an Earl Grey tea, hot.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions. Your Hot In Chicago series is a steamy must read! I love how each book in this series updates the reader on where past characters are, as well as introducing us to another fabulous Dempsey sibling. I love a great firefighter series and the foster family is a great spin. Each sibling has his/her own challenges and I’m thrilled that you never leave the reader wondering what happened as the story progresses into the next chapter. Yet, each book can be read as a stand alone – it’s brilliant!
Thanks so much for having me! And thank you for your love of the Hot in Chicago books. It’s definitely a series that’s close to my heart. I love the dynamics and how it’s about the family you make rather than the one you’re born into.
As a reader who loves a great book cover I must give a shout out to whoever designed your covers. They are fabulous. I have to say that the model on Flirting with Fire reminds me of a young Jon Hensley from As the World Turns. There are details on the cover that the reader will enjoy after reading the story, appreciating the cover even more.
Yes, I’ve been blessed with great covers for this series. Luke’s cover is so apt, a dirt-streaked, muscled bruiser for whom family comes first. Though I have to say that Playing with Fire’s cover is my favorite of them all. I love that pose and how vulnerable she looks in his arms. Eli and Alex are such a great couple and I think the cover captures their dynamic perfectly.
Congrats on your newest release, Playing With Fire. My review of Playing with Fire was posted yesterday and I absolutely loved it!
As release day is always filled with lots of reviews and visits across the web, I’m thrilled that you are hanging out with me today! I was super excited to read Eli and Alex’s story. This is one that doesn’t disappoint and in fact will keep readers guessing till the end – well done 😉
Thanks so much! Eli and Alex are my favorite couple, and Playing with Fire is probably the best book I’ve written to date. I love the enemies-to-lovers theme and these two go at it hammer and tongs, both in and out of the bedroom 😉
The Hot in Chicago Series takes place at one Engine Company in Chicago how did you prepared for this series? Were you able to hang out with any firefighters to gather research?
Well, to prepare I watched A LOT of Chicago Fire TV episodes! Actually, that’s not far off, but I also did some web research about the Chicago Fire Department and watched videos about rescues, firefighter gear, and how to don a mask, for example. But that kind of research is no replacement for talking with someone in the business. I’m so lucky to know a fire captain who invited me to spend a day with him and his crew at a Chicago firehouse. I couldn’t go out on any runs (most of which are paramedic calls these days) but I listened in on dispatch calls, got a tour of the house including the hose drying tower (insert filthy joke here), and talked with guys about the job. I brought cake to bribe them into honesty and they cooked for me, too. CFD firefighters are amazing chefs (as Gage Simpson, one of the Firefightin’ Dempseys will no doubt tell you!)
Can you tell us how many books and/or novellas we can expect in this series?
As for how many novels/novellas are planned, it’s five – one for each sibling. By the time Playing with Fire releases, four of the stories will be out in the wild, leaving one—Wyatt’s tale, which will be out in Spring 2016. There are no plans now to expand, as the series was always intended to focus on the Dempsey family rather than the firehouse. But you never know what the future will hold, especially if some more foster siblings crawl out of the Dempsey woodwork, soap opera-style.
By now in the Hot in Chicago Blitz I’ve posted my reviews for each book in the Hot in Chicago Series. For those readers who missed any or all of my reviews, I’ve included the links below.
Thanks again for hanging out – I had a blast! Happy Writing!
Thanks so much for having me!
9 Tantalizing Tidbits
1. A Must read book and why?
The last book I read that blew my mind was Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe. This is a darker romance, very atmospheric, suspenseful, and sexy. I was lucky to score an ARC and I highly recommend it.
2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?
My original hometown is Dublin, so if you go there, I’d say you have to walk around my alma mater, Trinity College. Now that I live in Chicago, I’d say no visit to Chi-town is complete without a visit to the Bean in Millennium Park.
3 . Castles or Beaches?
Living in Ireland, you can’t spit without hitting a castle, so I’ll go with that.
4. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you?
I have a masters in medieval history. My concentration was twelfth century nuns and how they used their connection to God to forge new paths to female empowerment. The first feminists, yo!
5. What are you afraid of?
Creepy crawlies. I know, cliché, but that’s my biggest fear.
6. Organized or Free Floating?
Free-floating. I wish I could be more organized as it would make my writing easier but it can’t be helped.
7. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
So, so many, and often times, it’s a decade thing. So my favorite from the 60s is North by Northwest, from the 70s The Godfather, Part 2, from the 80s, Back to the Future, and from the 90s The Shawshank Redemption.
8. What is one thing you can’t live without?
9. Do you love to cook or go out to eat?
Eat out. I used to cook more but I don’t have much time these days with my writing schedule. Eating out is probably my favorite thing to do.
Kate Meader is giving away TWO signed print copies of Flirting With Fire.
Tell us…what’s in your mug right now?
Contest ends 9/30 at 12 noon. Winner will be randomly selected. Prizes are provided and sent by the author. If winner can’t be reached BILA has the right to draw a new winner.
In Case You Missed It:
Day 1 – Rekindle the Flame
Day 2 – Flirting With Fire
Day 3 – Melting Point
Day 4 – Playing With Fire
Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.