Where to start... I shouldn’t be surprise that I love “Undone by You”. Cade “Alamo” Burnett is one of my favorite of the Rebels guys. It’s only fitting that I’d also love his book. Just color me wary after the last time I read a Kate Meader Gay Romance in the “Hot in Chicago” series. “Melting Point” just didn’t click with me. I’m not going to bore you with a lengthy explanation (feel free to check my thought on the book in Goodreads, if you’re so inclined). So, although I love this series so far, I tried to tone down my expectation before starting this novella. Well, color me ecstatic!
“Undone by You” is another delightful entry to the “Chicago Rebels” series. The novella is a combo of warm and solid friendship and family unit on top of the sizzling sexy times between the two MCs. While the book could be read as a standalone, I would strongly suggest readers to read the previous books as to get the full-length impact of how far along the story goes. How far the team had gone. There were brief hints thrown here and there of stuff in the previous book that happened concurrently with the events going on here. If nothing, reading the series in order would help readers following those facts more clearly.
As typical with the author’s writing, “Undone by You” is told alternately in third person POVs by Cade and Dante. Texan native and Italian descent; hotness in the making, made more so with Cade’s most covert move ever to draw attention of his long-time crush. Unlike his usual appearance on the series though, Cade was not all jokes and laughs here. We got the the full nuances of the Rebel’s D-man; his fear, hope and his vulnerability. Dante Moretti also slayed me with his background. Between the two of them, I dabbed my teary-eyes quite a number of times; proof how involved I feel reading the way life had left scars on both Cade and Dante’s souls!
In the closet stories are not my favorite. But the way it’s handled here and the steps taken to actually come out were maneuvered quite beautifully (the later might feel a bit rushed…. due to page limit?). I love how the connection between Cade and Dante developed between mere crush and lust to friendship and more; how, despite the age difference, other obstacles or even personal mistakes, they support each other whether together or apart. It was great that they game to fix the wrong and embrace chances given them. Vivere senza rimpianti. Live life with no regrets.
The icing on the cake of course is the support from all existing characters. The youngest Chase is a conundrum. What was shown here added a note to her character and shaped what to expect in the next installment of the series.
Lastly, the epilogue is a fitting cheeky depiction of Cade in his newly out and proud self. He’s conscious of love and has the full support of his true friends and family. My fingers are crossed for the following installment. I’m hoping it’s as good if now better than this. After all, it’s the clash of Violet and the Scot!! I’m so looking forward to it. May can’t come too soon!
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?