HOOKED ON YOU
Meader’s third Chicago Rebels book is a pitch-perfect balance of brazen chemistry and honest, redemptive love that makes for a sensational end to this steamy series. This is a book full of second chances and new beginnings for two larger-than-life characters who have endured and survived a great deal. The compassion with which their pasts are handled adds an impressive emotional depth to this sultry story. Fans will love seeing characters from previous series’ installments, but new readers will have no trouble savoring this story alone.
After a battle with cancer that convinced her to live life to the fullest, Violet Vasquez is determined that the hockey team she and her sisters inherited become Stanley Cup Champions. But accomplishing that lofty goal means taking on Bren St. James, the brooding, troubled team captain — a man who enrages and inflames Violet in equal measure. Rumors of an alcohol problem nearly destroyed Bren’s career, but now he’s determined to get his career on track and make a home for his daughters. There is no room for a fiery woman like Violet — but the longer they spend together, the more Bren and Violet wonder if their love is worth even more than the Cup. (POCKET, Jun., 384 pp., $9.99)