Release Day Review and Giveaway! IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader (The Chicago Rebels #1)

Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise 

and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, 

and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

 

IRRESISTIBLE YOU

Chicago Rebels #1

Kate Meader

Releasing Aug 14, 2017

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Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times).

Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to
lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

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He looked uncomfortable standing there, balancing on his skates, ready to spring for the door. But she knew he wouldn’t sit while she stood because his mother had raised him to respect women. Something fluttered in her chest at that notion. DuPre might be a lot of things—ladies’ man, good ol’ boy, thorn in her side—but she suspected he would never hurt someone weaker than himself.

“You’ve got three minutes, Harper.”

“Do you remember what I told you in Boston, DuPre?”

“Somethin’ about needin’ me to instill leadership and help these boys get to the playoffs.” Warm honey flowed through her veins at the timbre of his voice. She could have sworn her panties slipped an inch.

“I did say that. I meant it. And I thought you understood.”

He rubbed his chin, the scrape against stubble delicious to her ears. All he was missing was a Stetson, a blade of grass, and some flighty piece in a cropped tank and Daisy Dukes. “I understood the words because you’d put them together in a highly entertainin’ way, and to certain ears, they might make sense. Then I told you what needed to happen to ensure my cooperation.”

This nonsense stopped here. “Is that why you’re playing like you can barely walk, much less skate? What’s wrong, old man? Feeling a touch of arthritis in your joints?”

For a brief moment, she thought she might have found his weakness: vanity. But no. He merely threaded his arms over his chest—over the Rebels logo of a big C with a hockey stick and a cutlass crossed behind it—and cocked his head.

“You’re gonna have to use a little more finesse, Harper.”

More surprising than the fact Remy had used the word finesse correctly in a sentence was that he didn’t seem annoyed with her. He seemed . . . amused. As if she were a toy he could happily bat around like a kitten would a semiconscious mouse.

Applause sounded, signifying the beginning of the final period. Neither of them moved, hands metaphorically hovering at their hips like Old West gunfighters.

“The trade deadline,” she said, feeling livid and helpless. “Give me that.”

“The all-star game.”

Three months. The all-star game, held in late January, was traditionally viewed as the halfway point of the season. On the cusp of the busy trade period, it led into a month of bartering and haggling as everyone lined up their teams for the big push to the playoffs.

At her hesitation, he leaned in, those cobalt blues flashing. It wasn’t enough to unholster her gun; she should have already taken her shot, and that delay was her undoing.

“Would you rather three months of my full effort or a whole season of my skatin’ like I’m playin’ squirt hockey?”

“You can’t seriously be reducing this to a game of ‘would you rather’?”

His voice dropped to an intimate tone, her panties another inch with it. “If you shake on it now, I’ll begin that full effort tonight.”

The siren blared in the distance, followed by the home crowd’s roar. Five zip. Harper didn’t enjoy being blackmailed, but she enjoyed losing even less.

She thrust her hand forward impatiently. He took it in his firm grasp. That electricity setting her skin aflame was her body telling her she’d made the right decision. Nothing else.

“You have a game to finish.”

He held on, and now he inclined his head so close she could count each and every one of those pretty-boy eyelashes. Her pulse rate spiked, and she was certain he could sense it. Sense her heart thumping rabbit kicks, her vein pulsing in her throat.

“We’ve shaken on it now, minou, so don’t you dare think about welshing. I might sound like I spend my spare time spitballin’ from the rockin’ chair on my porch, but don’t let my accent fool you none. I’m not the kind of man you want for an enemy. We clear?”

She might have rolled her eyes if she wasn’t just a wee bit impressed by his chutzpah. Still, he needed to be informed that while he might have won this battle, the war was far from over.

“Try not to trip on your way to the rink, DuPre.”

He laughed, deep and robust, clearly delighted with himself. Idiot. His thumb pressed against her inner wrist, and a crackle of energy leeched from him into her body.

“You feel that, Harper?”

She snatched back her hand. “If you mean my goodwill evaporating with every second you’re standing here, then, yeah, I feel it.”

“I think we’re havin’ a thing.”

They were. Oh, God, they were. “Why are you still here again?”

His mouth curved. “Lady, I got the distinct feelin’ these next few months are gonna be fun.”

He picked up his stick and, with more grace than a six-foot-two brute wearing skates on dry land should possess, he left the locker room.

OMG, this book!

I loved Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series and really liked her prequel novella for this one ( In Skates Trouble ) and was looking forward to seeing what Remy and Harper’s story would bring, but the story itself? Blew my expectations right out of the water!

I absolutely loved both Harper and Remy. Ms. Meader did a great job of showing their POVs and giving very realistic reasons why they shouldn’t be together, all while proving that staying apart shouldn’t even be an option. When it looks like they really won’t be able to have a life together, when Harper takes Remy’s words and says they’re not enough? I swear I stopped breathing, it was so hard to read. Even knowing there HAD to be an HEA in the end didn’t make it any less devastating to get through…how would she ever manage to make things okay again?

Of course she did, and did so brilliantly, I’m happy to report. And now we have middle sister Isobel’s book to look forward to next…can’t wait!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. 

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.

 

Release Day Review and Giveaway! IN SKATES TROUBLE by Kate Meader (Chicago Rebels novella)

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?

 

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Review:

A NEW KATE MEADER SERIES. Like I’m not going to get right on that? Riiiight.

In Skates Trouble definitely did not disappoint. A full-figured model (squee!) and a younger-than-her, hockey-playing hero who’s willing to put everything on the line to be with her? What’s not to love? Plus, we get just enough of a glimpse of the h/H of the series’ first full-length book to make sure our one-click finger’s going to get a workout…

Can’t wait!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the author:

Kate writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! HOT ON ICE: A Hockey Anthology from 18 Authors!

Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology

18 brand new sexy stories from bestselling authors, each one too steamy for the penalty box . . .

20% of royalties from sales of Hot on Ice will go to Homes for our Troops, a charity that builds specially modified homes for injured veterans.

Get ready to fall in love with the smokin’ hot hockey players of the New Orleans Cajun Rage. After this season’s Cinderella run all the way to the Finals, these heroes have won the Cup–and now your heart is the goal.

FREE AGENT, USA Today Best Seller Robin Covington – Finally out, he thought he knew his next step . . . until the man he might not be able to resist puts a sexy offer on the table.

BODY CHECK, USA Today Bestseller Desiree Holt – The Cup, the girl, and the future-could he make them all come together?

DEEP CHECK, USA Today Bestseller Kimberly Kincaid – There’s no such thing as in too deep…

BLOCKED, USA Today Bestseller Heather Long – He needs to clean up his reputation . . . Can this bad boy keep the pop princess safe?

RANSOM, USA Today Bestseller Nana Malone – The last thing he wants is to be stranded in a cabin with the one girl he’s always wanted.

CAGED, USA Today Bestseller Virginia Nelson – She plans to melt the ice king’s heart and prove she’s just the girl to go skate to skate with him, whether he likes it or not.

BREAKAWAY BROOKE, Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan – Can he convince this Amazon beauty to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?

THE WARM UP, Xio Axelrod – Toss a stoic defenseman, a no-nonsense nurse, and a ward full of crafty children in a Cup and anything can happen.

CHECK MY HEART, Christi Barth – The only thing that will make him happy again is the one woman he can’t have . . .

FULL CONTACT, Andie J. Christopher – This player has a bounty on his virginity. She has him up against the boards.

BLADE, Avery Flynn – Sometimes the line between love and insanity is as thin as an ice skate’s blade.

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN, Kim Golden – When it comes to the game of love, he’s playing to win.

COURAGE, Lena Hart – This hot-tempered coach is fully prepared to fight for his wife–but can he win back her heart?

PENALTY BOX BLUES, Robin Kaye – The only woman who knows his secret can slam his heart against the boards with a sideways glance. He is so pucked.

BEAR NAKED, Katie Kenyhercz – When he sets his sights on a goal, it’s only a matter of time.

IN SKATES TROUBLE, Kate Meader – Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

MAKING HIS MOVE, Susan Scott Shelley – Making impossible saves is easy compared to falling in love.

CHECKING YES, Misty D. Waters – She’ll send him to the penalty box, and keep him there . . . for good this time.

Review:

18 romances with hockey-playing heroes? Heck yes, I am so there!

Sadly, I’m right in the middle of one of the busiest school weeks ever–and sick to boot–so I haven’t had a chance to read all 18…yet. Rest assured, this will be remedied. ASA-freaking-P!

What I’ve read so far:

In Skates Trouble by Kate Meader: A NEW KATE MEADER SERIES. Like I’m not going to get right on that? Riiiight. In Skates Trouble definitely did not disappoint. A full-figured model (squee!) and a younger-than-her, hockey-playing hero who’s willing to put everything on the line to be with her? What’s not to love? Plus, we get just enough of a glimpse of the h/H of the series’ first full-length book to make sure our one-click finger’s going to get a workout…

Free Agent by Robin Covington: The NHL’s first out-of-the-closet player has the best inspiration for getting himself out of said closet. (And no, it’s not for the other hero of the story–not that he’s not worthy, but it’s an even better reason. Woot!) This one was extra steamy, with one super-sexy accent straight from NOLA and two drool-worthy heroes.

Deep Check by Kimberly Kincaid: Ex-best friends-to-lovers/second chance (kinda) romance between a star center and his “calendar girl”? Yes, please! Bring. It. On!

I’m not stopping there–but I’ve got two major projects to finish before Sunday night, so I’ve gotta take a shortish break. But that’s the beauty of a novella anthology–it’s perfect to use as both incentive and reward for getting other work done between stories!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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New Release Review! SPARKING THE FIRE by Kate Meader (Hot in Chicago #3)

The flames of desire burn out of control in this sexy third novel when ex-lovers unexpectedly reunite for a sizzling affair that will have the director yelling, “Quiet on the set!”

Sparking the Fire
by Kate Meader

Synopsis:

Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

 

Review:

 

OMG, WYATT.

He was the strong, silent Dempsey in the rest of the series, with just a hint of some kind of mystery going on, especially in the book just before (Playing with Fire). It seemed as if he was a mystery even to his family, though–and in the loud, no-holds-barred, who-cares-if-we’re-in-public environment that is the Dempsey clan, he definitely appeared to be the one that fit the “one of these things is not like the other” jingle.

I was dying for him to get his own book. And thank goodness, he did not disappoint.

It turns out that quiet, practically-fades-into-the-background (no small feat–have you seen that cover? ;)) Wyatt has a past. A past in which he spent a week seducing and being seduced by America’s fallen from grace sweetheart before she was America’s sweetheart. Before she married the Hollywood star who cemented her career and then trashed it. Long before she decided to resurrect that career by creating a fictionalized film version of everyone’s favorite female firefighter’s story…the firefighter who happens to be the younger sister of Wyatt Fox.

So now not only is his past in town for a movie shoot, but Wyatt’s on leave from the CFD to heal his shoulder and suddenly finds himself the on-set technical consultant. Which of course puts them in close contact. Very close contact. Not only is Molly the star, she’s also the owner of the film’s brand new production company. And those sparks that they had back then? They’re quickly turning into a full-fledged conflagration.

But Wyatt’s a private guy, and suddenly he’s got an even bigger reason to want his family out of the spotlight…something that’s next to impossible with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars literally living next door….

Wyatt and Molly together seemed like they’d never work in the real world, but OMG did they ever. Molly fits right into the crazy Dempsey clan, and she helped Wyatt to finally find his place in it as well. At times their HEA seemed like a distant dream, but fortunately they managed to pull it off in a more than believable way in the end.

I’m not really a big fan of beards, but I think I was as disappointed as Molly when Wyatt finally shaved his off. The things he did with that facial hair…well, let’s just say he’s creative. And thorough. 😉

Ms. Meader once again brought us right into the middle of the big, crazy Dempsey clan and made us love every single minute. I can’t tell you how bummed I am that there’s no more unattached Dempseys left (well, there are two–but they’re a tad on the young side still) but I know that whatever she’s got in store next for us is going to be just as good.

Even if it’s Dempsey-free. (Sigh.)

In the mean time, no worries if you haven’t read the rest of the series yet–pick this one up anyway! It might take you a few to remember which sibling and significant other is which, but that should be the worst of it. Sparking the Fire would work just fine as a standalone, though you absolutely see more than enough of the rest of the Dempseys that you’ll be adding the rest of their books to your TBR before you can say, “Fire!”

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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New Release Review and Giveaway! ONE WEEK TO SCORE by Kate Meader (Tall, Dark, & Texan #3)

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One Week to Score
by Kate Meader
Tall, Dark, and Texan #3
Publication Date: July 11, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled Brazen, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

He’s the man she loves to hate . . .

Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. Shots lined up at the bar? Bring it. Hot stranger on the hook? Come on down. What this party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend, the man who broke her heart seven years ago.

She’s the woman he has to have . . .

Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger, not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task. For one week, he’ll make her honeymoon-for-one a sizzling party for two.

Breaking the rules, one steamy night at a time . . .

But the taboo they’re breaking is only the beginning . . . and Flynn’s part in Liv’s wedding debacle could bring about their end.

 

Excerpt:

She frowned at Flynn, as if he hadn’t been paying attention. “I need to get laid.”

His lungs went on hiatus. He could not have heard that right. Should not have heard that right. More likely, Liv didn’t know what she was saying. She was mighty upset, in a weakened state, vulnerable. She’d downed at least three shots, though he’d seen her put away more and still walk a straight line in five-inch heels.

Stop trying to rationalize this, man. There is no scenario here that ends with you between this woman’s thighs.

Eyeballing him, she seemed to give her brain an inward mental shake, and that soft, hopeless expression turned as hard as the cherry wood bar. She leaned in, a move that displayed the tops of her ample breasts as they strained for freedom.

Come on, beauties, make that border break.

He swallowed. Hard. And then his cock got on the “hard” train and he was officially on an express to hell. Because who the hell lusts after a woman—after his best friend’s sister—when she was having the worst day of her life? A day that had Flynn’s bloody fingerprints all over it?

Though it went against every instinct raging through his veins, he kept it cool. “Can’t help you there, Livvie.”

“Don’t call me that,” she snapped. “I’m not a kid.”

“You’ll always be little Livvie to me.” Getting this back to their usual dynamic was imperative, for his sanity and the stress levels of the fabric covering his straining dick. They annoyed the hell out of each other, like any brother and sister. That’s how it had always been. Though their dynamic had also been overlaid with a confusing mix of sexual tension and something deeper he had a hard time labeling.

Liar, liar.

Now she wanted to find comfort. Not wholly unreasonable after the day she’d had.

“So you want to get laid.” Said so damn casually it had its own whistling soundtrack.

She squared her shoulders and delivered a look that should have given his dick frostbite. The little bastard merely turned harder.

“Flynn Cross, if we were the last two people on earth and the fate of the human race depended on us procreating, I would happily go to my grave knowing mankind’s blip in the universe’s history had just come to an end.”

“No guilt?”

“Not one iota.” She leaned in again, showcasing those breasts with their own gravitational pull. “I’m glad you’re here, because I want you to play my wing girl.”

“Don’t you mean wing man?”

“No, wing girl. You’ve always felt like a sister to me—an older one I despise but am obliged to talk to because, y’know, family.”

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Review:

An awesome end to a great series! Flynn and Olivia’s story was definitely worth the wait 🙂

Olivia Kane has been in love with Flynn Cross since she was thirteen–and he with her almost as long. However, as he was her older brother’s best friend and their mother’s “unofficial foster son”, things were a bit complicated. When he enlisted in the service midway through college, her emails and Skype chats got him through some of his toughest days.

Until tragedy strikes, and he makes the decision to cut her out of his life.

But bringing Olivia’s brother Brody and his assistant Emma together ( Taking the Score ) reunited them for a common cause–perfect, right? Well, except for the teensy litttle problem of Olivia’s finacee…

A problem that, as One Week to Score begins, is quickly–and messily–disposed of. Now Olivia’s off on her Mexican honeymoon, solo…except she isn’t. Because suddenly there’s Flynn, offering to give her the mindless sex she’s looking for to help her forget the craptastic turn her life has taken. She’d be crazy to turn him down, right?

Right! 😉

I loved Olivia and Flynn together–I knew I would! Ms. Meader definitely did not disappoint with this one. Those two have burn-up-the-sheets chemistry, along with some of the best banter I’ve read in a while.

“Might be nice to leave the suite sometime.”

Liv slumped back on the lounger by the penthouse pool, the effort of uttering just that statement too much for her. After three passion-packed days, she wasn’t so interested in leaving this cozy bubble of sex-swim-sex-eat-sex, but no way did she want fathead Flynn thinking he was the end all be all of her world.

“Why the hell would you want to do that?” Not even raising his head from the lounger beside hers, he slid her some serious side-eye from behind his sunglasses. “You’ve got everything you need here. Food, adult beverages, your own personal sex slave.”

“Oh, that.” Heavy sigh. Examines nails.

He waved a hand across her face. “So sorry. Is the oodles of sex boring you?”

“Don’t say ‘oodles.’ It sounds weird coming out of that mouth.” She prepared for another needle of his massive ego. “I miss adult conversation.”

…it only takes him another beat or two to find the insult there. Apparently being in a f*ck daze will do that to a guy… 😉

So much fun to read…though a fan and cold beverage are definitely in order! It’s a close call, but I think the final book in the series just might be my favorite of them all.

One Week to Score could be read as a standalone, though if you’ve read the others you’ll appreciate the dynamics between Olivia and Flynn and the secondary characters that much more…and be really excited about Brody and Emma’s big announcement! 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

DON’T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SIZZLING TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN SERIES
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EVEN THE SCORE (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #1)

Even the Score Book #1

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Synopsis: He’ll make her an offer she can’t refuse…

Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell—dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can’t refuse. She’ll get her funding…if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon Hunter Dade. If she’s going to pull this off, she’ll need all the luck she can get. Break a leg, indeed.

On the verge of a big business deal, Hunter needs to hire a fiancée. He hasn’t quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when their chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the “no sex” clause in their mutually beneficial arrangement is tested. Which is a serious problem, because if Tess isn’t careful, she’ll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart…

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TAKING THE SCORE (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #2)

Taking the Score Book #2

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Synopsis: His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.

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ABOUT KATE MEADER:
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 is so there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

Book Synopsis: Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. What her pity party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend. But Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger. Not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task…

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Welcome, Kate! What 5 things should readers know about you?

I have a section on my website that covers this exact question! I’ve listed fun facts about me below:

  1. I got married in a tenth century castle nestled in the hills of Florence, Italy. Read all about it.
  2. I hate peanut butter, pretzels, and ketchup. These dislikes are enough to label me “un-American” by my husband.
  3. I’ve been known to bitch slap people who say “irregardless”, “supposably”, and “for all intensive purposes.” Not really, I would never resort to violence. Instead I’ll glare at them until they become very, very uncomfortable.
  4. I didn’t write any fiction until well into my thirties, proving it is never too late to follow your dream.
  5. I’m a dual citizen: Irish and American. When I became an American citizen, my husband played a prank on me that was 17 years in the making. One day, I’ll share that story but for now, it remains locked in the vault!

LOL—I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard anyone say “for all intensive purposes”—I’m not sure what I’d do if I did! (And at least bacon isn’t on your hate list—you can’t imagine the grief I get for that one!)


Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉

The main characters in TAKING THE SCORE are Brody Kane, a tree-trunk-up-his-ass, nerdy Texas billionaire with a dominant streak in the bedroom, and his personal assistant Emma Strickland, a former bad girl shooting for respectability—and failing miserably (probably shouldn’t be giving really bad lap dances at the local strip club!). Both of them are control freaks in their own ways. Brody needs it to retain order over a life that imploded months before the story starts. Emma needs it to keep her down n’ dirty self in check while she tries to get her own life back on track. If stranded on a desert isle, Brody would need his glasses—they’re part of his identity as nerd masking a dominant superhero. And Emma would take Kevin, her attack cat.

Oh my goodness, Brody and his stick—when his sister called and asked if he would stop polishing it long enough to talk to her, I almost spit out my iced tea!

Would Kevin get to bring his gourmet cat food with him, do you think? It’s only fair that he’d get “one thing” too…


Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Brody and Emma were secondary characters in EVEN THE SCORE, the first book in the series. I’d never done a boss-assistant romance before, so this seemed liked an ideal pairing.

I’d have to agree—definitely ideal!


How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing for about 5 years, 4 years seriously with the aim of publication. My inspiration: I felt like I was watching too much TV and that coming home from work and becoming one with my couch every night was not how I wanted to go out! There had to be more, and so I started that book I’d always wanted to write.

Awesome—I like it!


What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

I love being able to come up with the snappy comeback that I wish I could say in real life. My characters are always such witty smart asses! The challenging part is managing my time.

Ah, yes—it’s always so much easier to be witty on paper, when there’s plenty of time to think of the perfect response. But at least that works out great for authors—and their readers!


What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Right now, I’m doing research about hockey for a multi-authored anthology I’ve signed on for. I don’t know all that much about hockey, so I’m learning and looking at some hard-bodied athletes. Yeah, it’s a chore 😉

You had me at “hockey.” Really, you should probably visit a couple of locker rooms after games—you know, for research purposes. (cough!) If you need any volunteers to go with you for moral support, I could be persuaded to take a road trip (though maybe not until the snow lets up just a bit).


What authors and/or books have inspired you?

I love romantic comedies from authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie James, Lauren Layne, and Jill Shalvis. But I also like it a little bit more angsty as well. Victoria Dahl is one of my favorites – amazing sex-positive heroines with funny, potty mouths.

Great list! Two thumbs up 🙂

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I’m currently reading my super-sekrit stash of books nominated for the RITA award – that’s the romance Oscars. Per the rules, I can’t tell you which books, so lips zipped!

Not fair! Good luck with that super-arduous task… 😉


If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

She’ll give her boss the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history… and still manage to rock his world #BadStripper #TallDarkAndTexan

Perfect! That works!

To find out more about Kate and her latest book, TAKING THE SCORE, keep reading!

 

Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader 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.

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TAKING THE SCORE
Tall, Dark and Texan #2
Kate Meader
Releasing February 15th, 2016
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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.

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The hero wears R2D2 / C3PO socks given to him by the heroine. Do I really need to say more? 😉

(No. But I will…)

I just love Kate Meader’s sassy heroines and alpha males and their fantastic banter, interspersed with true laugh-out-loud moments and smoking sexy times. Really, no matter which series she’s writing, her books have them all–and Taking the Score is definitely not an exception.

So. Much. Fun.

Emma’s starting over–or trying to–with a super-responsible job at Score Property that she’s fantastic at, and a second job at a strip club which she’s…not. Normally, she’s just a (scantily clad) server, but naturally on the night her super-sexy, geeky-nerd-in-the-best-way boss shows up, she’s trying to branch out in an attempt to earn more money faster. The conversation she has with Brody after her disastrous lap dance (pretty much a “full-body dry heave” a la Elaine from Seinfeld, only, you know, on her boss’s lap. While wearing shiny hot pants) is truly laugh out loud.

“And the dancing? Was that your gift to the world? Because if so I hope you kept the receipt.”

A series of unfortunate (or is it fortunate?) events lead to Emma and her somewhat less-than friendly (though he does like to leave “presents”) cat Kevin moving in with Brody temporarily, and then the sparks really start to fly. But Emma’s hiding from him the real reason she’s working at Club Girl (such a classy name) and refuses to ask Brody for help…though there definitely are shades of Pretty Womangoing on here, so I can’t say I really blame her. Brody’s been burned by love before, though, and he’s not going to take the possibility of another betrayal well…

How soon until Flynn’s (and the person who I’m pretty sure will be in it too, but I’m not going to put their name here, because spoilers) book comes out? Can’t wait!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release Review: PLAYING WITH FIRE by Kate Meader (Hot in Chicago #2)

Playing with Fire
by Kate Meader

Synopsis:

From popular romance author Kate Meader comes the second novel in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!

As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides: the male coworkers who think she can’t do the job, the wives and girlfriends who see her as a threat to their firefighter men, and her overprotective foster brothers who want to shelter their baby sister at all costs. So when she single-handedly saves the life of Eli Cooper, Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor, she assumes the respect she’s longed for will finally come her way. But it seems Mr. Mayor has other ideas…

Eli Cooper’s mayoral ratings are plummeting, his chances at reelection dead in the water. When a sexy, curvaceous firefighter gives him the kiss of life, she does more than bring him back to the land of the living—she also breathes vitality into his campaign. Riding the wave of their feel-good story might prop up Eli’s flagging political fortunes, but the sizzling attraction between them can go nowhere; he’s her boss, and there are rules that must be obeyed. But you know what they say about rules: they’re made to be broken…
Review:

I love the firefighting Dempseys!

Honestly, while reading each book in the series, I think this one’s my favorite! and the Dempsey it’s about becomes my new favorite Dempsey–so I should probably just give in and say they’re all my faves, I suppose. Wyatt’s story’s next (Sparking the Fire)–can’t wait!!!) and what are the chances I won’t love it too? Yeah, pretty much nil…clearly, resistance is futile! 😉

Alex–or Alexandra, as Eli likes to call her–and Eli’s story was so much fun to read. I’d been looking forward to it since the two of them showed up together on the page the first time (Flirting with Fire, when Alex was taken to the carpet for destroying the car of Eli’s biggest political supporter (she was totally justified, IMHO), an incident that was mentioned in the first passage I highlighted in this book. Alex is on yet another soon-to-be-disastrous first date at the time:

“You know how the news blows stuff out of proportion,” she said, adding the half shrug Alex Dempsey 2.0 would use. That Alex was more dateable. More lovable. Less likely to use the Jaws of Life on the personal property of anyone who pissed her off.

Of course, it isn’t actually possible for any Alex to be more lovable, as her “posse” (AKA Team Get Alex Laid: her youngest brother Gage–Melting Point–and friends/future sisters-in-law Darcy and Kinsey–Rekindle the Flame and  Flirting with Fire–already knows. It’s going to take Alex a while to figure out, though, that the right guy for her is going to be the one that’s going to take her exactly as she is.

One thing she’s sure of is that that guy isn’t going to be mayor Eli Cooper.

She’d be wrong, of course. Because Playing with Fire is an example of the best kind of enemies-to-lovers story. Even when these two are driving each other crazy they have absolutely amazing chemistry going on.

…suddenly, his mouth was on hers again, that wickedly talented mouth that he should never, ever use for speech. Just pleasure. That’s all that stupid, annoying, sexy mouth was good for.

When the two of them end up in the same press conference together, all of Chicago can see how the sparks fly between the two of them, and they’re in a fake relationship–for the good of Eli’s re-election campaign–faster than you can say hell, yeah:

“It’s called a publicity stunt. God knows why, but people like us together. They like that sassy mouth of yours. They like the soap opera quality of our history. There’s even a poll going on the names of our children. Sophie will be the first woman president of the United States, while Joshua will fight brush fires in California.”

“That’s…that’s ridiculous. There’ll be a woman president long before that.”

Seriously, every moment these two are on the page together, it’s golden–the chemistry, the sexy banter, the almost-made-me-spit-out-my-iced-tea quips. Even when Eli’s doing his convincing impression of an a$$hat, he’s hot. And funny.

“You can rest assured your medal from the Order of Chivalry is in the mail.”

“Must everything be framed as a battle, Alexandra? I was merely being polite and walking you to your door.”

She huffed her annoyance. “You wouldn’t do it for a man.”

“I might. If he was puny or was carrying Super Bowl tickets and looked like he might be mugged at any moment.”

(Though, really, isn’t that just a sad commentary on all of her dates lately? Isn’t being walked to the door a good-date requirement? I’m with Eli on this one, though I get why Alex is frustrated by the gesture, especially from him.)

But oh, Lord, Eli Cooper could walk me to my door any time.

Especially after the absolutely to-die-for epilogue. (Sigh!)

Alex’s brothers are out in force in this novel, standing up for their sister and glaring daggers (and occasionally more) at Mr. Mayor on her behalf, being overbearing as only big (and even so-called little) brothers can. Kinsey and Darcy are like the sisters Alex never knew she was lacking. Besides the sassy, snarky, chemistry-driven amazeballs nature of this series, the family dynamic really makes it what it is. Playing with Fire would work fine as a standalone, sure–but do yourself a favor and read the other three books in the series first, just because they’re amazing.

Now, excuse me while I go back and re-read all of my highlighted passages.

Several times. 🙂

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I’m loving this series! I reviewed the first novella (Rekindle the Flame, part of the anthology BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE) hereFLIRTING WITH FIRE here, and the latest novella, MELTING POINT, here.

Pick up book one on sale just in time for the release of the second full-length novel, PLAYING WITH FIRE, due out on September 29!

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Release Day Review: MELTING POINT by Kate Meader (Hot in Chicago #1.5)

To help tide you over until Alex’s book comes out… 😉

Melting Point
by Kate Meader

Things are heating up at Engine Co. 6 in this original e-novella from Kate Meader’s sizzling Hot in Chicago series! Superhot playboy firefighter Gage Simpson has one particular man on his mind: Brady Smith, a recalcitrant, moody chef who makes Gage melt from the inside out. Features a sexy sneak preview of Playing with Fire!

Firefighter Gage Simpson has it all: the job of his dreams, the family of his heart, and no shortage of hot guys lining up to share his bed. “Fun and easy” is his motto—and it’s kept him sunny through a painful upbringing and steered him away from trouble. But when trouble comes knocking in the form of a sexy, scarred, tattooed chef with a harrowing past and zero communication skills, Gage can’t help but be drawn to the flame.

Brady Smith isn’t fun. And easy isn’t in his vocabulary. When cocky Gage swaggers into his restaurant kitchen, the former Marine-turned-five-star-chef is blindsided by the firefighter’s beauty. Then confused that this golden guy with the sparkling blue eyes and the body of a god might be interested in him. As desire flares and temperatures rise, Gage and Brady will have to figure out if the heat between them is just a temporary flash—or the beginning of something real.

 

Review:

At last, Baby Thor gets a book!

Gage and Brady met in book one,  Flirting with Fire when Mayor Eli Cooper, Brady’s former second-in-command in the Marines, casually (or is it?) introduces the two during a trip to Brady’s kitchen in Chicago’s hottest new restaurant. The two both felt an attraction–one which Gage was more than happy to act upon–but the chef’s relationship issues have brick walls around them that are approximately a mile high.

And topped with razor-sharp barbed wire.

So…the scarred, brooding, and near-silent loner chef and the golden and vivacious, uber-confident and loquacious fireman–can you say opposites attract? Poor Gage had to wait for his own novella to find out how and why Brady managed to be so resistant to his charms (…or is he?), but Ms. Meader made it so worth the wait.

I loved seeing beyond Gage’s public persona to the guy underneath–how he manages to stay so upbeat and positive on the outside when so much of his childhood was a real and total nightmare is amazing. He oozes self-confidence (his t-shirt in the first scene reads Firefighter. Because BADASS isn’t a proper job title) and draws people to him like a moth to flame, but inside he’s got just as many insecurities as the next person, if not more.

He made me–like Brady–positively melt.

But Brady wasn’t going to make starting a relationship between the two easy–of course not–note the aforementioned issues.

Brady brought back more than scars from the Afghan prison where he and Eli were held captive. He’s closed off, antisocial, has major control issues, and doesn’t like to be touched.

But there’s Gage. All wanting to be close and up in his space. Not to mention shirtless and sweaty up on that billboard Brady accidentally on purpose drives past every chance he gets. (And that billboard gets Brady into big trouble–and leads to a super-hot scene. LOL–I loved that part!)

Can Brady let down his walls and let Gage in? And will Gage be brave enough to share his own dark secrets with him?

And the big question: just who is going to “Han-Fucking-Solo-in Empire” whom in the end?

You’ll have to read Melting Point to find out…and you’ll be very glad you did!

Melting Point would probably work fine as a standalone, but reading Flirting first definitely gives you a more complete picture. Heck, since Beck and Darcy are finally back from their extended trip, why not start right from the beginning with Rekindle the Flame? 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release Review: EVEN THE SCORE by Kate Meader (Tall, Dark, and Texan #1)

I <3 fake engagement stories!

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’ll make her an offer she can’t refuse…

Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell-dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can’t refuse. She’ll get her funding…if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon Hunter Dade. If she’s going to pull this off, she’ll need all the luck she can get.Break a leg, indeed.

On the verge of a big business deal, Hunter needs to hire a fiancée. He hasn’t quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when their chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the “no sex” clause in their mutually beneficial arrangement is tested. Which is a serious problem, because if Tess isn’t careful, she’ll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart…

 

Review:

Holy Channy Taytay…the man put the awe in awesome.

I was so excited to see that Kate Meader had a new series–Tall, Dark, and Texan–and even more excited to get a chance to read it 🙂

Ms. Meader starts this series off with a bang–Tess and Hunter’s story has both a fake engagement and an enemies-to-lovers vibe…bonus! The two can’t exactly claim a meet-cute (though they make a few fake ones up as part of their cover), since shortly after meeting him for the first time Tess plays an instrumental role in stopping Hunter’s wedding to her best friend Jenna.

Understandably, Hunter was a bit miffed about it.

Jump into the future, and their paths cross again–this time Hunter gets the bright idea that he will Even the Score (see what we did there?) by hiring the “Hollywood Princess” to play his fiancee for a weekend to help him close an important business deal. Tess, feeling not a little guilty over her role in ending his marriage before it began and desperate for cash, agrees.

Aaaand…you know where this is going to go, right? 😉

Fortunately, the journey there is a whole lot of steamy, sexy fun. Hunter and Tess have undeniable chemistry, and Ms. Meader’s trademark banter is here in spades.

“Are you worried I’ll turn into mush and fall for you? Because newsflash, your penis is nowhere near that powerful.”

(Ahem…all evidence to the contrary, Tess.) The sex scenes might make you feel the need to turn up the A/C, and the hero might have you contemplating a geographic move to see if you can find your own tall, dark Texan.

Overall, it’s a great series start.

It does have a bit of an angstier feel than the other books I’ve read by Ms. Meader, since both Tess and Hunter are operating under some pretty heavy-duty sources of internal conflict. More than once I wished for the ability to sit down with one or both of them and explain just how wrong their perceptions of the situation were.

That, or smack them upside the head until they got those ridiculous notions out of their heads. One or the other.

After a heart-wrenching fake/real breakup, their reconciliation was pretty quick and mostly painless–but also adorable and heavy on the happy feels, leaving me more than content with how their story played out.

Not to mention anxious for more from this series! Hunter does have two hunky and single business partners, after all…

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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About the author:

Kate writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip. Her latest series, Hot in Chicago, features firefighting foster siblings. With tattoos.

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