This is the second book in a new hockey series about three sisters who inherit a down and out hockey team from their father. The women band together to rebuild the team. This story focuses on sister Isobel who ends up having to coach her teenage boyfriend, Vadim. It's been years since they've seen each other and Vadim has been in the spotlight for awhile as a lady's man.
I was excited when I saw the premised to this story. First off I'm a huge hockey fan but also I really liked the idea of the heroine not being a girl who liked hockey players as is so often the case in this genre. In this, Isobel is not only an owner of the team, but she is also a coach and was a top notch hockey player herself. I loved that the author made the heroine into someone who is an equal with the players. I enjoyed her character a lot.
Vadim's character was where I struggled some. He was a very stereotypical Russian who I doubt is what actual Russian people act like. This type of character is very common in hockey books and I'm not a big fan of it at all. It's just so.....stereotypical. Vadim was also a jerk one too many times and that was justified as general alpha behavior. Also not something I'm a fan of.
Overall I enjoyed it but I didn't love it. I think though that maybe I'm not the right reader for this. I was wanting something a bit different from what the book delivered. While it wasn't really my thing, I think fans of this genre and this author may enjoy it so I definitely recommend it. This is the second book in the series but I have not read book one and had no problem understanding everything that was going on.
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...