Book Review: So Over You by Kate Meader


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Title: So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2)
Author: Kate Meader @KittyMeader
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 400 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels….

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then… let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice.

Ivy's review

In the second installment of the Chicago Rebels series, Isobel Chase, is the second of the three sisters trying to make the hockey team they inherited from their giant turd of a father. They have one season to turn this failing franchise into a playoff team and they are right in the middle of the hunt when Isobel is tasked with helping to rehab Vadim Petrov. Her first lover, who was decidedly not all that. Anyway, is trying to reconcile their past and present, along with the end of her own career as a hockey player, alot of things happen on and off the ice and yes, romance happens.

-Hockey is even more integral to this entry. Isobel’s personal struggle to accept the devastating end to her own hockey dream (which was deeply mingled with her father’s approval), gives a different layer to her as a heroine. She was (and is) an incredibly talented woman at the top of her profession when a freak accident on the ice fractured her skull and a shattered dream. It’s a dilemma that happens to athletes day in and day out, and I liked that we got to see it from Isobel’s perspective. Vadim is an athlete who’s coming back from injury and he can sympathize with her. But he will recover and she will never, and that’s another obstacle that they have to address. It made for some heavier issues directly related to the sport than the first book and I enjoyed that difference alot.

-Vadim and Isobel both have personal journeys. I really enjoyed the fact that there’s a good balance between Isobel and Vadim, each of their character arcs are developed, and physically and emotionally, they’re on pretty even footing. Other than one moment that made me a bit frustrated (more on that later), they each give the other respect for their hockey acumen and their feelings.  Isobel is in a position of power over Vadim, and there is a token hesitation between them pursuing a relationship. Since office type romances are among my favorites, I’m willing to look past certain things that in real life would be a much bigger deal.

-The relationships between the sisters is even stronger. When you’re first introduced to Harper, Isobel and Violet, these estranged sisters had very, very different experiences with their jackass of a father and it colors their perception of each other. It’s an important part of the ongoing series, and so it’s lovely to see the sister-bonding to get even deeper. Strong female relationships anchoring a romance series are critical for me and this fits the bill just fine.

-A choice taken made me side-eye a smidge. Sigh. Ok, keeping this spoiler-free as possible, so I’m vaguing this up. There’s a major decision made late in the book on Isobel’s behalf. This is explained away and resolved a bit too quickly for me because frankly, as much as she was in the wrong, I think she had a right to be angry that the choice was taken away from her. Can I get past it? Yes, but I didn’t necessarily agree with the way it was handled. But overall, the ending to this romance resolved well for me, and I thought the ending was in keeping to what I expected – the playoff hunt is still on, but Vadim and Isobel earned their HFN/HEA.

-The series leaves me eager for more each time.  To end on a positive note, the teasing moments that you glimpse in this book about the next entry in this series intrigued the hell out of me, and I was hoping. Then I read the next book blurb on GoodReads and let me tell you –  I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT. I cannot wait to see Dante and Alamo’s story, and I am beyond ready to see Violet get her HEA.

I really did love this. Hockey is a favorite sport of mine, and mix some strong banter, family bonds and friendships, with a strong emotional romance in the middle of a playoff hunt and I’m happier than a cat with a bag of ‘nip.

If these are a few of your favorite things, then I say pick up this hockey romance. I definitely recommend it.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

PURCHASE LINKS
Book 1, Irresisible You: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 2, So Over You: Amazon USAmazon UK

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