Review: In Skate’s Trouble by Kate Meader

Posted November 18, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: In Skate’s Trouble by Kate Meader
In Skate's Trouble

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Series: Chicago Rebels #.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 1, 2017
Pages: 158
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

I was late to the skating party on this sizzling hot prequel to the Chicago Rebels hockey romance series and to this author’s books, but between rave reviews and this being a permanent freebie, I came to it at last.


In Skate’s Trouble introduces the underdog cellar-dwelling Rebel Hockey club, Harper the daughter of the team owner who is in line as the future CEO, and one of the star players.  But, I barely noticed that because Ford “Killer” Callaghan, star Right-Wing of the New Orleans’ Cajuns and Addie Williams, full-figured lingerie model, designer, and now her own company heated things up off ice from the opening salvo.  You see… our man Ford overhears a few women on the next hotel balcony over discussing oral sex and he is all fired up for a clandestine balcony to balcony version of phone sex in the dark.  Addie isn’t lagging behind and each steamy encounter is hotter than the last.
But, this young hockey player can’t be serious and he’s not for her, right?  Or at least her fears after her last relationship taught her to keep her distance.

I loved how, even though he’s younger and has troubles and a past of his own, Ford fights hard for what he believes is the real thing no matter how it started or how quickly it advanced.  He takes the gumption and drive he used to be an NHL star to convincing Addie to give them a chance.  I also enjoyed the side plot of Ford trying to repair the painful past with his family.

Most of the story had little to do with the Chicago Rebels until right near the end, but Harper played a large role as main side character and I am definitely all for reading her story- a feisty lady CEO of a hockey franchise?  Yes, please!

This was hot stuff.  However, for all the sexy encounters, there was a story here and character development.  I definitely want more of the author’s books and this series.  Recommend to those who enjoy spicy hot sports romance.

Incidentally, this seems to be permanently free so its there waiting for your one-click pleasure.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #72
Romance-opoly #59 Sports Romance


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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1 year ago

I read all the books in this series, but not the novella (which I have). Sounds like it would be worth a look, when I am in the mood for a bit of hockey romance.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

Oh cool! Sounds like it keeps up with all the good stuff if you read them all, Sam. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I love a sexy sports romance, and Ford sounds like a character I’d swoon over. Especially the way he goes after Addie! I really enjoyed Kate Meader’s firefighter series. It looks like I need to check this series one out as well, and you can’t go wrong with free! Great Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Oh yes, I need to get her firefighters, too. Ford was such a wonderful hero, Lindy. Free test drives on series are the best.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

MmmmMMMMmm I am tempted especially if it is free…

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

One- click it, girlfriend!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I loved the series, I think I missed the prequel. Gads.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I timed this freebie well then. 🙂

1 year ago

I haven’t read many sports themed romances lately, but when I do, I like for the sports part to be more of a focal point along with the romance. I’m a fan of basketball, football, track, MMA and bodybuilding, and usually stay away from the hockey stuff though. As always, love your review. Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  RO P

That is a good group of sports to love. I favor baseball ones, but I won’t say no to the others. 🙂

Happy Wednesday, Radiant Ro!