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In Skates Trouble

(Chicago Rebels #0.5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,046 ratings  ·  321 reviews
He'll give her what she needs . . .

Addison Williams isn't looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she's due a little fun. She just hadn't reckoned on the "fun" escalating so quickly to "out of control." One minute she's flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is t
Kindle Edition, 158 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Kate Meader Books (first published March 21st 2017)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

In Skates Trouble is book #0.5 in the Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader. This prequel was originally published as part of the Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology. Now you can purchase it by itself. I have read two later books in this series and am now going back to read the ones I missed before I read the latest book.

Ford Callaghan is the star right winger for the cup winning New Orleans Cajun Rajuns. He is in Chicago to visit his family and is sitting out on the balcony in the dark when
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Sitting on a balcony in a hotel in his hometown Chicago Ford Callaghan, star right winger of the Cajun Rajuns, overhears a spicy conversation between friends. One of the voices sounds familiar, the other one smokey and sexy.

Addy, a successful and famous plus-size model, is fascinated by their eavesdropper. After calling him out they share an explosive anonymous experience. Addy regrets that she will never see and get to k
Claire Robinson
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "The guy's as hot as puck." Stars!

This novella is initially being released as part of the Hot On Ice Anthology, and you can pre-order a copy here -

Amazon -

In my humble opinion, In Skates Trouble is worth the cost of purchasing this box-set alone. The story between Ford and Addison didn’t really feel like a novella to me, it was well rounded the characters well developed, as well as a
Currently FREE (7/2018)
Fun, flirty, sexy and sweet!

Famous plus-sized model, Addison Williams wants to rebuild her independent life and career after her divorce and she’s in Chicago to focus on just that. She never could have predicted that the seductive eavesdropping voice from her next door hotel neighbor would go from one sexy faceless and nameless evening to adventurous shenanigans and then some.

NHL cup-winning right winger Ford Callahan didn’t tell his brother
Gretchen  (About That Story)
I was so very excited about everything I was reading. This was incredibly fun, sexy, and entertaining! An excellent introduction to a new series. Loved it all!

The story started off so flirty and hot! I loved Addy and Ford. That first meeting and their connection and chemistry was off the charts! I love how they meet, how Ford moved them forward and how their relationship is explosive right from the start. Addy was a fantastic character. I love that Kate Meader always writes such a strong heroi
Tpagirl Loves Romance
In Skates Trouble was the Prequel to the Chicago Rebels series by Kate Meader.

I had already read the first book in the series, Irresistible You (Harper/Remy) and was dying to back up and read the Prequel for Ford and Addy.

Ford Callaghan was a gorgeous twenty six year old that just won the Stanley Cup with the New Orleans Cajun Rajuns. On his tour home to Chicago with the cup, he met a sexy voice on an adjoining balcony in the dark of night. A voice he only knew as Addy.

Addison "Addy" Williams wa
Anna lost in stories *A*
I was going back and forth on how I want to rate this book but ultimately I decided on 3,5 stars… because as much as there were many things I loved about it, there were also parts I wasn’t the biggest fan of… here are some of my thoughts and feelings in no particular order :) no spoilers :)

- the chemistry between Ford and Addison was off the charts :) I definitely saw and felt the spark between them from their very first, mysterious interaction :)

- the relationship, probably because it was a nov
Kate Meader
Feb 04, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Is it possible to fall for someone on sound alone? Ford Callaghan certainly thinks so. When he overhears a sultry-voiced goddess on an adjoining hotel balcony detailing her man woes with self-deprecating humor, he can't help being drawn to this woman he's never seen. And when she calls him out and starts flirting with him in the dark, he's determined to make her forget every loser who's disappointed her in bed.

Problem is . . . now he can't forget her.

This sexy prequel to my Chicago Rebels hockey
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. What a pleasant surprise this beauty turned out to be. When I randomly selected a book off of my kindle I had no idea I’d be blessed with a beauty like this AND the fact that it’s a sports romance is just an added bonus, I love me some sports romance.

Not only is this a sports romance but a forbidden romance too. One woman recently separated from her husband. One man currently working for said ex husband. When the man stumbles across the conversation between women on a hotel balcony he c
Ivy Deluca
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hockey-romance, bbw

4.75 stars

I am so glad I remembered I had this on my Mountain o' Books! It's got hockey and a BBW heroine and I was in Romancelandia nirvana.

Ford (said hockey player) and Addy (fuller figured woman lingerie model) were sexy AF and entertaining as hell. They meet when Addy and her girlfriends are having a conversation on a hotel balcony and certain cunning....truths are shared, shall we say. Their immediate attraction is based on their voices and I found that sexy as all hell.

Addy's relatable a
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4 'Bright Eyes' Stars!

Kate Meader is another of the authors I've wanted to read for a while. I saw she released a new book today which happens to be a spin-off of this series, so I decided to do this right and start with the Chicago Rebels books first. A novella is always a great way to see if I will like an author's writing and I do have to say, after reading In Skates Trouble, I throughly enjoyed it! I love me some hawt sportsman alpha and Ford did not disappoint. I loooooved him and Addy toge
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded to 4 stars. Fun novella kick-off to new hockey series. Liked how the slight age difference was handled (she is older), and all around everyone acted pretty mature when they weren't consumed with lust. Wink. Wink.

Book source: Kindle freebie.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All sport romance fans!

Younger man older woman is one of my favorite tropes and Kate Meader has written a wonderful one.

If he wanted this woman, he was going to have to fight.

I absolutely adored Ford and how mature he was, that he wasn't a player who just wanted flings but was actually looking for something meaningful. Also I have a weakness for the name Ford which just made me love this big, dirty-talking and sexy hockey player even more. I also loved his confidence and how determined he was to have a relation

Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

Sweet and raunchy. Smooth, flirt expert and dirty talking.

You can always count on this author for a steamy romance. While I admit there were too many sex scenes in this novella, I can't deny that it was pretty hot and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the first book.

Right winger for the New Orleans hockey's team Ford Callaghan is ready to let his player's days and the puck bunnies behind. He's searching for a relationship with more meaning. But it's sex that will bring famous curvy

I read book 1 before this one so I already saw all the Sweetness and love that is Ford and Addy. Had I not seen that I wouldn't have believed the love in this one at all. Novellas are tricky, most times I feel like parts of the story are missing. Ford and Addy read like just lots of sex from their first meeting to the end. Yes he went to his boss about their relationship but that couldn't be considered such a sacrifice for true love when he really expected her ex to act like an adult not tra
enqi ☁️✨
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, on-my-kindle

In Skates Trouble was a short, sweet and passionate read that didn't take me long to finish. I felt that the story was mostly physical (i.e. many steamy scenes, not much development), but I enjoyed it because I do like reading hot scenes once in a while - and in this book they were written particularly well with enough intensity.

She’d fallen in love with a man who risked it all to stoke the embers of desire created that first night and turn those sparks into flames of love. Who saw what she c
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Loved this one! Kate Meader starts off with an erotic balcony scene (I was hooked by those first two chapters) and follows it through with a lovely romantic story of an unlikely to succeed couple falling in love and finding a way to be together despite the odds. Ford is one sexy man who recognizes he has found a woman worth risking it all for and does what it takes to convince Addison she's the one for him... and that he can be the man his sassy, confident woman needs. He shows her how good ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one is a little difficult to review. I started it twice and couldn’t get past the opening scene on the balcony. It creeped me out - truth be told it still does.

But I read the ARC of Hooked on You this week and got to meet a lot of these characters. I adored Hooked on You and wanted to read the series.

This was somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. Too much sex - particularly so early in a relationship. I’m a slow-burn gal. On the other hand, there was plenty of romance and sweetness. Ford reall
Another Kindle freebie find. I am always on the lookout for new hockey books and this one wasn't a bad find.

Addison & Ford don't meet in the typical kind of way. Nope, they meet because Ford eavesdrops on her get-together with friends in her hotel room. Feeling a little dangerous, both Ford and Addison find some spoken naughtiness on the balconies of each others room - never actually getting a glimpse at each other. But Ford is determined to find this mystery woman, but he isn't prepared when h
Jessica Frances
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! I loved the writing, the premise, and the execution. Ford was so lovable, and his dedication to Addison was perfect. Right from the start he had his heart on his sleeve when it came to Addison. And I loved Addy. I loved her inner strength, her humour, and that she didn't give in too easily. I also loved the friendship displayed here between Addison and Harper. Overall this was just a fun, enjoyable, easy read. I absolutely recommend if you are a fan of sports romance that is incred ...more
Jun 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
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He'll give her what she needs . . .

Addison Williams isn't looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she's due a little fun. She just hadn't reckoned on the "fun" escalating so quickly to "out of control." One minute she's flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is telling her to do things. Hot, wicked things.

Mindy Lou's Book Review
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Ford Callaghan: Youngest of three brothers. In a car accident at 16 that killed one brother who was just drafted to NHL and injured the other brother, stopping his hockey career. Ford was driving and still feels the guilt of that day. Current time, he just won the NHL cup on the New Orleans team.

Addison Williams: Famous plus-sized model who divorced 18 months prior from a controlling husband that owns the New Orleans NHL team and current boss to Ford. She’s relocating to Chicago to launch her ow
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"A dead man's dick would raise the lid of a coffin on hearing that voice of yours."

Confession, I read and loved this series before realizing there was a prequel. After reading In Skates Trouble I'm reminded how much I enjoyed it and am tempted to start over and read it again...sigh.

This story had me in its grip from the first chapter. I was so intrigued by the idea of the couple connected in darkness, hearing but not seeing each other. Their voices created fantasies that had no chance of
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Loved In Skates Trouble!

The storyline was well written, the characters Ford "Killer" and Addison were likable, relatable and their chemistry was off the charts!


What a great start to the Chicago Rebels series!
Kate Meader is a very talented author who knows how to write engaging & entertaining storylines with strong, relatable characters that will entertain you from start to finish.

Can't wait for Harper and Remy's book next in Irresistible You

*Available in the charity anthology, Hot
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lot of novellas are quick and leave the reader wanting, this is not one of those. Kate Meader turned out a brilliant introduction to her Chicago Rebels series. These are two of the side characters, but their romance sets the stage to so much more.
Our heroine has gotten her exhusband's hockey team in the settlement and our hero is one of her players. But they don't know that connection when they first meet on adjourning balconies. He overhears a conversation between her and her friends that l
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually like to read novellas but I really enjoyed this one. I really like this author and am looking forward to the next book in this series. ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you've ever read anything by Kate Meader, then you're in familiar territory but if you haven't, then hold on to your hats or get them blown off. IN SKATES TROUBLE has got all the fun stuff that will keep you turning the pages very quickly - sizzling passion, snarky and witty dialogue, well-developed characters and a really enjoyable story. This story was so hot it should come with a warning label.

Ford Callaghan is not the stereotypical meathead jock who's all brawn and no brains. He's very ma
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I immediately liked Ford in this book. I think it was his boldness in the beginning to eavesdrop on the neighbor lol I also love the fact that Addison isn’t portrayed as a skinnier girl she is a full figure girl and I LOVE that! Usually in books the man is the older one but this one is the opposite and she is a few years older than Ford. This prequel into this series was a perfect starter and makes me want to read the others in the series.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Lots of insta-love going on here and it didn't quite work for me. I also had an attitude with the way that the heroine and her friends talked about men. It rubbed me the wrong way but I'm glad that I finished the book because I'm now ready to tackle the full-length novels in this series. So there's that. In the end, things worked out for this couple and that was great but I'm hoping the rest of the series pans out better for me. We'll see. ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Rating 4.5 stars

Kate Meader is one of my favorite authors. She writes with humor and her smexy times are hawt. I have a tendency to not read the blurbs for her books. I see her name and I just grab it. Thus, I wasn’t prepared for what I found inside the pages of In Skates Trouble.

From the first page, a spark is lit. When Addy and Ford have an anonymous conversation in the dark, the spark becomes a full on inferno. But Ford isn’t happy with the one-time chance encounter with a woman who really go
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