Sports, Family, and Romance: an Irresistible Combination

Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series was all about fire… but now it’s all about ice! In this post she shares how her Chicago Rebels series has something for every romance lover (and how it might even indulge some of her own favorite tropes). The first book in the series, IRRESISTIBLE YOU, is available in eBook today!

All romance readers have their catnip, their favorite tropes; the types of stories they instantly gravitate toward. Maybe it’s secret babies or best friend’s little sisters or anything with a SEAL hero. For me, it’s a good enemies-to-lovers story (think Eli and Alexandra in Playing with Fire), and if there are complicated family dynamics involved (such as the tricky relationships between foster siblings in my Hot in Chicago series), then I’m already half in love.

With my new Chicago Rebels series, I wanted to take some of the elements I love and add another big draw for readers: hockey romance! The first entry, Irresistible You, focuses on a female team owner with everything to prove and a hockey veteran with nothing left to lose. Harper Chase expected to inherit her father’s luckless NHL franchise on his death, so it’s a shock to learn that he divided it up between his three daughters—half-sisters who don’t get along or know each very well.

While the Hot in Chicago series centered on foster siblings—the family you make rather than the one you’re born into—the Chicago Rebels heroines are sisters in name only. There’s dysfunction and then there’s the Chase family! These women are going to have to learn how to manage each other, the team, and the battle-hardened heroes skating into their hearts. Building a sports romance series around a trio of strong women in a testosterone-soaked world was just one way to set the Chicago Rebels apart from other sports romances. The men might rule on the ice but the women rule everywhere else.

Harper’s first big move is to trade in a player who’s been around the block: Cajun center Remy DuPre, a 17-year veteran known as “Jinx”, the Unluckiest Guy in the NHL. In no way pleased to have landed on a losing team, he’s especially irked to have a tiny spitfire in heels as his boss. Sparks are soon flying as these two butt heads—and other body parts—on their way to turning the team around and finding their happily-ever-after.

Hot hockey heroes, strained family bonds, enemies to lovers—Irresistible You has something for everyone (plus my steamiest sex scenes yet!) I can’t wait for you to meet the Chase sisters and the men who will melt their hearts.


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