Wicked With Ink: Book Review – Hooked on You by Kate Meader

Hooked on You

by Kate Meader
Chicago Rebels, #4
Publication Date: May 7, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance, Standalone



The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.

Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.

Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander…but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.

For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.


First, I have not read any other book in the Chicago Rebels series and this is my first book my Kate Meader. That being said, Hooked on You can be read as a stand-alone. It is a contemporary adult sports romance focusing on hockey team, The Chicago Rebels and is the final book in the series.

Violet Vazquez has never met her father, so when he dies and leaves her and her estranged sisters the owners of his team, The Chicago Rebels, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Down on her luck and nearly on her last dime, the gift of a professional hockey team seems to be the answer to Violet’s prayers…except it kind of isn’t. Struggling with her new life, her half sisters and finding herself, Violet is willing to hold on until the season is over so she can move on. But when team captain, Bren St. James needs help with his kids, Violet steps in.

Bren is on his way back from rock bottom, and he’s fighting tooth and nail. He’s almost there, and feels like the life he wants and needs to have for his girls is within reach – he just needs a little help.

I enjoyed Violet and Bren’s story, and I loved their dynamic. Watching their relationship build was like a slow burn, until the two scorched the pages. The intricate story line kept me engaged and wanting more. I would recommend this story for anyone that likes sports romance and stories with a plot.

I give this 4 out of 5.





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.

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