Book Blitz: Instacrush (Rookie Rebels: Book 2) by Kate Meader

by Kate Meader 
(Rookie Rebels #2) 
Publication date: December 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance,Sports


Theo Kershaw is the luckiest guy alive.

Roaring back from a life-threatening injury, he has the world at his skates as defenseman for his new team, the Chicago Rebels. Everyone adores his big personality, his on-ice talent, and his killer smile. Everyone but his prickly neighbor – or so he thinks. One chilly Christmas Eve, Theo will learn that maybe the girl next door isn’t such a hater after all …

Elle Butler is the most embarrassing person on the planet. 

How else can the ex-military-now-bartender explain her crush on the hot jock who lives across the hall? True, he has gorgeous green eyes and perfect cheekbones, but the filter between his brain and too-sexy mouth is permanently malfunctioning. Yet she can’t stop checking out his Instagram antics or sneaking looks at him when he’s in her bar. So. Mortifying. Running from a past filled with damning secrets, Elle’s determined that this guilty pleasure remains buried in her deepest fantasies.

Because she couldn’t possibly indulge with the Theo Kershaw or make a mistake that draws attention to her under-the-radar life. And she especially couldn’t be a mom to a pro-athlete’s baby … could she?


“Yes, I’ve seen those billboards for your underwear.”

“Fender bender when you did, right?”

“Oh, I have epic self-control. But seeing them made me realize that you’re a bit too pretty. I kind of like ’em rougher.” She placed a finger under his chin and tilted it for inspection. “You ever get into a fight? And I don’t mean those phony ballets you perform on the ice for your fan base.”

“I’m more a lover than a fighter.”

She scoffed, reluctantly withdrawing her touch. “Thought as much. Wouldn’t want to risk getting that perfect nose broken.”

He didn’t take offense. She wondered what in the world would ever bother The Theo Kershaw. 

“So we’ve established I’m not manly enough for you. Any other comments?”

“Oh, I’d never be one to criticize.”

He waved a hand. “Help me out, Elle-oh-Elle. Give me some pointers on how to win a real woman such as yourself.”

She thought about it for a moment, her blood fizzing with the fun of sparring with him. “You’d need to be a completely different person. But don’t fret, your current vapid personality is probably cleaning up so don’t change a thing, ’kay?”

He didn’t look put out, probably because her jab carried no heat. They both knew she wouldn’t be talking to him like this if she really believed he was dumb and vain.

“Yeah, good thing I’m doing okay. It’s just you’re here and I’m here …” The implication being that only proximity would force him to lower his standards.

She patted his chest and suppressed a groan at how hard it felt under her fingertips. “I know you can’t help yourself. You’ve got a penis that seeks out the nearest vagina like a diving rod. It’s really not your fault.”

“True. I can’t be held accountable for my incorrigible flirting.” 

He grinned and she grinned back, and that fizz in her veins bubbled bright. He’d figured out her game, matched her quip for quip. They understood each other and now they were … friends?

How odd.

And surprisingly sweet.

Theo Kershaw was smarter than he looked. Confusion must have registered on her face because he seemed to be closer, more present. A rush of awareness overtook her, not just of him, but of them and the sparking connection being formed in this sizzling moment, more powerful than mere sexual attraction.


Giveaway ends December 19th.

The grand prize is:

  • $25 Amazon gift card

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Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.


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Weekly Wrap Up: May 5th, 2019 through May 11th, 2019

Clicking on the link under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the link under Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the link under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one next to the title).

Books I’ve Read:

I Know You

Into the Shadows

Books with pending reviews:

Books with published reviews:

Little Darlings—review here

Into the Shadows—review here

A Safe Place—review here

Sunset Beach—review here

Then Came You—review here

Welcome the Little Children—review here

The Scent of Murder—review here

No Other Duke But You—review here

No Feelings Involved—review here

The Roads to Damascus—review here

NetGalley Haul:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

The Duke Is But a Dream

Email Haul:

The Rumor

Fairy Ring: Changeling of Janderelle

Bending the Rules

The Woman He Knows

The Bridge of Little Jeremy

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Check the price before buying!!):

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

The Scent of Murder—Blog Tour

No Other Duke But You—Blog Tour

No Feelings Involved—Blog Tour

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Then Came You (Laws of Attraction: Book 3) by Kate Meader

Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel by [Meader, Kate]

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept, Loveswept

Date of publication: May 7th, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Laws of Attraction

Down with Love—Book 1 (review here)

Illegally Yours—Book 2 (review here)

Then Came You—Book 3

Where to find Then Came You: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re . . . divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?

Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.

The woman I used to call . . . wife.

And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.

It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammie, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.

A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back . . . and I won’t stop until “I do.”

My Review:

I was waiting for Aubrey and Grant’s story to be published. I couldn’t wait to find out the reasons why they got divorced. I thought it was going to be a silly reason, like Grant was working too much or Aubrey was insecure. I was surprised when the reason was revealed. Surprised isn’t the correct term. I was heartbroken for both of them.

Then Came You’s plotline was straightforward. Aubrey and Grant were a divorced couple who are forced to take a road trip to Boston for Thanksgiving. Audrey never told her grandmother that they got divorced. While on the trip, Audrey and Grant are forced to acknowledge the reason why their marriage ended. They also are forced to recognize that their love never went away. Will they be able to put the past in the past? Or will it continue to keep them apart?

I thought Audrey could have benefitted from therapy the majority of the book. Girlfriend had issues which started in her childhood. She was so tense that it was rubbing off on her cat. I couldn’t stand her the first few chapters. But, when she and Grant started on their road trip, I began to see another side to her. I began to like her when she began to open up to Grant about why their marriage ended. I liked that the author wrote her the way she did. She wasn’t perfect, and her issues weren’t going to be solved overnight. I had been getting sick of characters that had perfect lives. Audrey was a breath of fresh air.

I loved Grant. There was a point at the beginning of the book where I thought he was a pushover. But, as the book went on and I began to see the damage that Audrey’s family did to her, I started to understand why he was like that. And I admired him for it. I liked that the author chose to show his reaction to what happened to him and Audrey. My heart broke into bits. I also liked his resolve to mend things between him and Audrey. I will say that he had more tolerance than I did. If my in-laws were like Audrey’s family, I would have lost my cool.

The cat was a huge hit for me. He added much-needed humor to certain situations. I was laughing out loud when he was in the scene. As a cat owner (I have two), I can relate to some of the situations Audrey found herself in with the cat.

I disliked Audrey’s family. Her parents were a piece of work. I couldn’t get over how selfish and self-centered both of them were. The only one I liked was her grandmother. She was a hoot. A pot smoking 90-year-old grandmother. Who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Loved it!!

Grant’s family was more realistic. His mother was 15 when she had him and she worked hard to provide a good home for him. She might not have had the money, but she adored her son. His stepfather was as good. As I said, they were more realistic. More what I am used to seeing in real life.

I loved Then Came You was a second chance romance. The reasons why Audrey and Grant divorced were heartbreaking. Even in the previous books, you could see how in love they still were with each other. So to watch them rebuild their relationship was beautiful.

The sex scenes were off the chart hot. I loved that Grant gave Audrey 3 orgasms for his one. The author was able to keep the sexual attraction and chemistry going throughout the book.

The end of Then Came You was one of the more emotional that I have read. I wanted to hand hankies out to everyone. But, it was the epilogue that got me. I will admit, I had tears during it. It was an ending that Grant and Audrey deserved!!! Plus, I liked seeing what the other couples were doing too.

I would give Then Came You an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Then Came You. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Have you read Then Came You?

What are your thoughts on it?

Let me know!!

Weekly Wrap Up: April 28th through May 4th, 2019

Clicking on the link under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the link under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the link under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one next to the title).

Books I’ve Read


A Safe Place

The Scent of Murder

Welcome the Little Children

Books with pending reviews:

Then Came You—review coming May 7th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

Pray for the Girl—review here

Sullivan’s Promise—review here

Highland Crown—review here

The Invited—review here

Ignite—review here

Getting Hot with the Scot—review here

Ten: Part 1—review here

A Light in the Desert—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy

The Year I Left

Home Field Advantage

Email Haul:

Stolen Gypsy

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!):

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

A Highlander Walks Into a Bar—Blog Tour invite

Highland Crown—Excerpt

Getting Hot with the Scot—Excerpt

No Feelings Involved—Release Blitz

No Other Duke But You—Excerpt

Giveaways I’ve Entered

I’ll Never Tell—Goodreads Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 17th through February 23rd, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

A Life for A Life

A Life for a Life: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 1) by [McDaniel, Lynda]

Only Ever You

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Woman in the Lake

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]


Love-Lines by [Langer, Sheri]

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Only Ever You—review coming February 28th, 2019

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

The Woman in the Lake—review coming February 26th, 2018

The Woman in the Lake by [Cornick, Nicola]

It’s Getting Scot in Here—review coming February 27th, 2019

It's Getting Scot in Here (The Wild Wicked Highlanders Book 1) by [Enoch, Suzanne]

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Let’s Talk About Sext—review here

Let's Talk About Sext by [Claire, Evie]

NetGalley Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel by [Meader, Kate]
Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

Kingdom of Exiles

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer Book 1) by [Martineau, Maxym M.]

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach: A Novel by [Andrews, Mary Kay]

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

TEN: Part 1 by [Ribbon, Sin]
Darwin's Cipher by [Rothman, M.A.]
A Light in the Desert by [Montgomery, Anne]
The Hemlock Girl by [Heckman, C. L.]

Only Ever You

Only Ever You

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of purchase) :

Search For Maylee by [Oviatt, Didi]
Good Girl (Wicked Book 1) by [Lawson, Piper]
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Only through Bookfunnel
The Helicopter Pilot's Bride: Clean Beach Romance in Getaway Bay (Brides & Beaches Romance Book 1) by [Johnson, Elana, Paulson, Bonnie R., Bay, Getaway]
Last Call: A Camden Ranch Novel by [Neal, Jillian]
Captured by the Pirate Laird (Highland Force Book 1) by [Jarecki, Amy]
Bleddyn Hall by [Shalaby, Amanda L.V.]
Getting Out of Hand (Sapphire Falls) by [Nicholas, Erin]
Provocative (White Lies Duet Book 1) by [Jones, Lisa Renee]

The Lawyer and the Tramp

The Lawyer and the Tramp: A Standalone Mafia Romance (Chicago Syndicate Book 7) by [Naomi, Soraya]

The Secret Child

The Secret Child: The Sylvalla Chronicles prequel by [Ponder, A.J.]
Hot Stuff (Hot Zone Book 1) by [Phillips, Carly]

Destination Wedding

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His Virgin: A First Time Romance (His and Hers Book 1) by [Wood, Vivian, Aran, Samus]


Capture: A Dark Mafia Captive Romance (Cherish Series Book 1) by [Ryann, Olivia, Wood, Vivian]


Covet: A Dark Mafia Captive Romance (Cherish Series Book 3) by [Ryann, Olivia, Wood, Vivian]

Brie’s Submission

Brie's Submission (1-3) (The Brie Collection: Box Set Book 1) by [Phoenix, Red]

Bleeding Hearts: The Complete Duet by [Zavarelli, A.]

Mark of Truth (Wicked Kingdoms Book 1) by [Knox, Graceley]

Giveaways I entered:

Susan’s Favorite Things

Crimson Lake Signed Copy Sweepstakes

Win a Kindle Fire

Valentine’s Day Signed Paperback Giveaway!

Love is in the Air Audiobook Giveaway

The Last Collection Cross-Imprint Sweeps (from Penguin/Random House)—will need to google. Couldn’t c/p the link

Cover Reveals/Excerpt/Blog Tours:

No Feelings Involved—Cover Reveal (Post here)

It’s Getting Scot in Here—Excerpt (Post here)

Bright Burning Stars—Blog Tour (from May 14th through May 28th)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 20th through January 26th 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Dark Alpha’s Awakening—review coming February 5th, 2019

Let’s Talk About Sext—review coming February 19th, 2019

Keeping Lucy—review coming August 6th, 2019

My Favorite Cowboy—review coming Feburary 26th, 2019

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Illegally Yours—review here

Katie’s Highlander—review here

The Secret Bloodline—review here

Death March Escape—review here

The Gilded Wolves—review here

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up Saturday

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction: Book 2) by Kate Meader

Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction, #2)

3 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept

Date of publication: January 22nd, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: Laws of Attraction

Down with Love—Book 1 (review here)

Illegally Yours—Book 2

Then Came You—Book 3 (expected publication date: May 7th, 2019)

Where you can find Illegally Yours: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

Rule #1: Never fall for your client.
Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.

I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyone’s.

Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.

Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.

Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right. 

My review:

Lucas wasn’t looking for a relationship when he met Trinity. Immediately taken with her, he decided that he would charm her into going on a date with him. But that was easier said than done. Lucas is a divorce attorney who is representing Trinity’s soon to be ex-brother in law. If he started a relationship with Trinity, it would be a violation of the ethics oath that he took. The only way around that is if his client agrees to let Lucas date her. Will that happen?

Trinity was working as a whiskey sommelier. She was also happy taking care of her niece and nephew while her sister is going through a bitter divorce. She wasn’t expecting the hot British man that she is lusting after to be her soon to be ex-brother in law’s attorney.  A conflict of interest arises for her. If she dates Lucas, she will risk hurting her sister. If she doesn’t date Lucas, she could miss out. What will she do?

I was wondering who was going to be the next book in the Law of Attraction series. I had it between Grant/Aubrey or Lucas. So when I saw that it was Lucas’s story, I was interested. Lucas had caught my attention in Down with Love. I needed to read it. 

I was a little disappointed with Illegally Yours. Why was I disappointed? It didn’t deliver on the blurb. When I read the blurb, I got the sense that this was going to be a fun book. A book where the characters find themselves in situations that would make me laugh. Not the case here. The majority of the book was spent with the both of them stressed out over being together. Not to mention that individually, they each had major stress.

I did like Lucas and Trinity together as a couple, though. They were cute together. Together, they made me laugh. Their personalities meshed. They made me smile. I rooted for them too. Everything was balanced against them. I was hoping that their story would end up a happy one. I was worried at one point (after that scene with Brian).

 They also had insane chemistry together. Sparks flew when they were together. I had an inner bet going with myself about when those sparks would combust. When they did combust, it made for some pretty awesome sex. 

I liked Trinity. She put up with a lot throughout her life. Because she was biracial, she dealt with that crap (from family and general public). She dealt with crap from being a woman sommelier. She had issues with her brother in law. The depth of those issues stunned me. I wasn’t expecting it to be that, which in turn made me want to smack her sister into next Tuesday. I liked her humor with the age range. She wasn’t exactly a cougar….lol.

I thought Lucas at the beginning and middle of the book was immature. Every scene that he was in, he grated on my nerves. He had to be the center of attention. I have to keep this Amazon PC but I would call him an “Attention W***e”. Just saying.  I did feel bad for him when it was revealed what happened to Lizzie and how his childhood was. I wouldn’t go as far to say that he matured towards the end of the book but he did get better. His restraint at the end of the book made me laugh.

There were dropped storylines. Also, important elements of the storyline not talked about until almost the end of the book. Take for instance Trinity’s attacker. It affected her to the point where she had nightmares about it (years after the event). Lucas took notice when he stayed over when she was sick. Then there was no mention of it after that, even though it was mentioned a few times in the first half of the book. 

The end of Illegally Yours was bittersweet. I am glad that Lucas and Trinity got their HEA but I wished things could have been different with Lizzie. That broke my heart. The epilogue was awesome. I loved it. I also liked how the author set up for the next book!!

I gave Illegally Yours a 3-star rating. This was not my favorite book by Kate Meader. It didn’t deliver on the blurb. There were dropped plotlines. I also thought Lucas was immature. There were things I liked about the book. I liked Lucas and Trinity together as a couple. The sex scenes were hot. The ending was bittersweet. The epilogue was awesome!!

I would give Illegally Yours an Adult rating. There is explicit sex. There is language. There is violence. There are triggers. They would be divorce, cheating, neglect of a child and parental alienation. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book. 

I am on the fence if I would reread Illegally Yours. I am also on the fence if I would reccomend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Illegally Yours

All opinions stated in this review of Illegally Yours are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Have you read Illegally Yours?

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