Reviewed by Kini
“Bella, they are one and the same. I will not be satisfied with a woman who has no dreams or ambitions. My woman is the North Star in my night sky, but also in her own. If she is not there to guide me, there is only darkness. For us both.”
This is book two in a series about three sisters who inherit a hockey team. I really enjoyed book one and reviewed it earlier this year. Isobel is the middle sister and this is her time to shine and find love. Isobel was the favorite daughter and grew up playing hockey. In the game where she made her debut as a professional hockey player, she suffered a very serious head injury. Her injury was so severe that she is sidelined from actually playing hockey because another head injury could be life threatening. After her recovery, she’s been a little bit lost on where she fits in the world. She is now working as a consultant/coach for the team that she and her sisters own.
Vadim Petrov is a Russian hockey player and a new addition to the Chicago Rebels team with a recently injured knee. As part of his conditioning to get ready to play again he starts working out with Isobel. He isn’t happy about this because they have a history. Queue the drama
Back in the day, Vadim and Isobel were at a training camp together and they had a fling. They were in their late teens. Vadim was the first guy Isobel had sex with and he left her hanging and she didn’t orgasm. She’s never forgotten about that bad sexual encounter and at the time he didn’t know he left her unsatisfied. Vadim is known as the Czar of Pleasure so once he finds out he left Isobel hanging, he is determined to give her the good sex. But of course they work together and Isobel is trying to prove herself as a serious coach, so that presents an issue. But of course is this romance, so we know that they figure it out.
But the journey to getting to the figuring it out takes some time. At first Isobel is determined to not fall for him. She puts up a good fight, but eventually decides to stop fighting the attraction and connection she has with Vadim. There first sex scene was pretty darn hot as Vadim was super focused on Isobel’s pleasure. After that, he denies himself P in V sex with her and attempts to single-handedly handle his business in the bathroom, but Isobel finds him and is amused by it.
“You were going to go solo with this?” Amusement tinged her voice. It was no laughing matter! Irked at her teasing, he foisted the blame back on her. “I had given you all the pleasure you could handle tonight, kroshka.” She cocked an eyebrow. “I think we’ve determined that I can take anything you dole out, baby.” Perhaps, but he would not inflict his insatiable demands on her. “You fell asleep in my arms, Bella. It seemed rude to just take you while you were sleeping.” She stared at him in amazement, then stepped in and placed a hand on his chest. “You spent hours giving me orgasm after orgasm after—” “Orgasm?” he offered. She pressed her body to his, and his cock jutted into her belly, a streak of liquid pleasure marking her warm skin.
Isobel and Vadim have unresolved feelings from when they were younger. They hit a few bumps in the road and make some bad decisions regarding their individual and joint futures. But the conflict wasn’t too over done. It was the appropriate amount of conflict and they were able to resolve it like grown ups.
I enjoyed this second chance at love story. Add in a man determined to give his lady the pleasure he failed to give her before lead to some super hot moments. I also enjoy the Isobel’s sisters and Vadim’s family. We meet all three sisters in book one and we see them here too. Vadim is working through some issues with his family, but it wasn’t something that took away from the main story. Meader does a great job planting the seeds of interest for the next books in the series. I definitely look forward to reading the next book in the series. Meader writes fast-paced stories and she is quickly becoming one of my go to authors.