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…
“You need to speak her language, Remy.”
“Poppa,” he said with a heavy sigh. “There ain’t a dictionary invented that would help me understand Harper Chase.”
ARC received from: the Publisher
Trope: Sports Romance
One-Sentence Summary: Strong petite female Versus a large Cajun hockey player
Review: In 1995 Susan Elizabeth Phillips gave us Phoebe Somerville, in 2009 Rachel Gibson gave us Faith Duffy and now in 2017 Kate Meader gives us the indomitable Harper Chase the new owner of a Hockey team who has to overcome all obstacles including a spiteful ex, 2 half sisters, a large dose of misogyny and one large burly irritable Cajun hockey player!
When the Hot In Chicago series came to an end, I held a minute’s silence for the end of the scorching hot series and wondered what could possibly top a trilogy (give or take a novella) about hot firemen ……. erm, how about a series about hockey players and the three half-sisters who have inherited the team!!!
I can’t even begin to describe the insane chemistry between Harper and Remy …. my words simply aren’t good enough. All I can say is that from the scene in the rain in New Orleans all the way to the very end, you will feel like you need the entire Engine Co. 6 to come armed with their hoses (oh my, the double entendres!) to cool you down.
Harper is everything you would expect from a strong businesswoman tasked with whipping a bunch of men into shape. It is clear that issues with her father in the past affect her decisions and relationships in the present but these do not weigh down the story and instead give her character depth and flaws. Remy is the real surprise. When we and Harper meet him he has a half-naked girl draped across him and he is resistant, to put it nicely, to accepting that he has been traded and backs Harper into a corner before he is willing to try his hardest on the ice. We soon learn though that he has a heart of gold and family is the most important thing to him and is pretty much the perfect guy in every sense, even if takes Harper awhile to believe it.
“That’s all good advice. You should listen to it.” She put a trembling hand on the door, her ear straining to hear movement outside, which was incredibly difficult when your heart was pounding like a jet engine.
“Harper, I love you.”
Oh. That pounding heart cannoned out of her chest, plopped unceremoniously to the floor, and flapped about on the dirty linoleum.
He loved—he couldn’t, and even if he did, he shouldn’t. She ignored that dumb flapping heart. She had to.
“I’m sure your behavior in tonight’s game won’t have any impact on your trade. Maybe a two-game suspension, but you’ve been playing well and you’re positioned perfectly for the next part of the season. For a run at the Cup.”
She knew she sounded hard-hearted, but it was necessary. Inside, she was a hot mess, but outside she was Clifford Chase’s daughter, team owner, and acting GM of the Rebels. Her heart would take no part in this decision.
“Did you hear what I said?”
Heard it, enshrined it, am already making Remy ♥ Harper T-shirts and picking out china patterns.
She spoke to the door. “I’m not what you want, Remy. I’m not this nurturing mom type who can change diapers while she makes million-dollar deals. You have a plan: the Cup. A family. A happily ever after. I can’t give that to you.”
“Yes, you can, Harper. You can do anything you put your mind to, baby.”
“The championship,” she coughed out. “That’s what you want.”
“And I still intend to get it. But there are greater goals, Harper. There are greater prizes.”
Harper and Remy aside, we also get to meet Harper’s sisters, Isobel and Violet who have their own issues to deal with alongside future romances with Vadim (who no doubt is sexier than his name sounds. This is a reconciliation romance so needless to say I am totally looking forward to this!) and Bren respectively. As always in a Meader series, their books are set up well in this first novel and have you wishing their books were available to read rightaway. (Like seriously, at the risk of sounding like a drug addict jonesing for their next fix, who do I have to blackmail around here to make that happen … 😉
Not even halfway through the year I think I’ve found my favourite romance of 2017.
Remy needed to finish this interview so he could whisk his femme away for a spot of off-ice passion. “Kayla, you asked if my relationship with the team owner affects my game. Here’s the only answer I can give you. Every day, I skate for my teammates, I skate for my family, and I skate for myself.”
Staring into Harper’s dancing green eyes, he spoke from the depths of the heart that belonged to this incredible woman.
“But mostly, I skate for her.”