As a proud and avid Kate Meader fan, I have been waiting (impatiently) for Bren and Violet’s story since the beginning of the Chicago Rebels series. Grouchy heroes are my catnip and Bren had a scowl that gave me shivers. As always, Ms. Meader manages to surprise me with the emotional depth and intensity of the story she weaves.
Bren is the Scottish pro hockey player, recovering alcoholic, single father we have been rooting for since the first book. Violet is the seemingly flighty, half Puerto Rican free-spirit/hockey team owner looking for a place to belong. The chemistry between Bren and Violet has been crackling for the first three books in this series so I knew it would ignite once Bren and Violet were unable to resist their pull.
What can I say about this book? The sexual tension, the heart, the complex family dynamics? I loved it all. Bren was an unexpected delight. He was warm, kind, had a hot accent and was king of the sexy talk which is always appreciated. He traveled a tough road to get to stability but was completely committed to his positive path and his warmth of spirit translated through the page.
Violet was one of my favorite types of heroines executed to perfection. She is fun and irreverent with a deep core of caring. Her relationship with Bren’s daughters had me tearing up at points and busting a gut laughing at others (penis eating slugs, y’all).
My favorite aspect of any Kate Meader novel (besides the central relationship) is the family of character she invites you to be a part of for a entire series. I am not normally a sports romance lover and Ms. Meader made me a believer. I cannot recommend this whole series enough. Each book reads easily as a standalone but I suggest starting at Irresistible You and falling in love from there.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**