Good Guy (Rookie Rebels, #1)
He's a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She's a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She's also his best friend's widow...Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work with: flame-haired, freckle-splashed, impossibly perky Jordan Cooke.The woman he should not have kissed the night she buried her husband, Levi’s best friend in the service.Hockey-stick-up-his-butt-serious Levi Hunt might despise Jordan for reasons she can’t fathom—okay, it’s to do with kissing—but her future in the cutthroat world of sports reporting hangs on delivering the goods on the league’s hottest, grumpiest rookie. So what if he’s not interested in having his life plated up for public consumption. Too bad. Jordan will have to play dirty to get her scoop and even dirtier to get her man. Only in winning the story, she might just lose her heart...

Good Guy (Rookie Rebels, #1) Details

TitleGood Guy (Rookie Rebels, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherKate Meader LLC
Rating
GenreContemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary

Good Guy (Rookie Rebels, #1) Review

  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    4 Sunshine StarsAs a young hockey player on the cusp of turning pro, Levi Hunt made a difficult decision. He put aside his dream of playing in the NHL in return for joining the army and fighting for his county. Now a decade later, with a stint as a Green Beret behind him, Levi’s poised to make his debut with the Chicago Rebels as the oldest NHL rookie. Feeling like everything’s finally coming together for him, Levi is ready to work his butt off and do whatever the Rebels ask of him. Until a blas 4 Sunshine StarsAs a young hockey player on the cusp of turning pro, Levi Hunt made a difficult decision. He put aside his dream of playing in the NHL in return for joining the army and fighting for his county. Now a decade later, with a stint as a Green Beret behind him, Levi’s poised to make his debut with the Chicago Rebels as the oldest NHL rookie. Feeling like everything’s finally coming together for him, Levi is ready to work his butt off and do whatever the Rebels ask of him. Until a blast from his past shows up requesting an interview.Jordan Cooke’s burgeoning career as a sports reporter depends on getting an interview with the oldest NHL rookie/war hero, but Levi’s not going to make it easy on her. As it turns out, Jordan and Levi have a bit of a complicated history. In fact, Levi was Best Man at Jordan’s wedding. And the two shared a steamy kiss the night of Jordan’s husband’s funeral. Oh, and there’s a possibility Levi’s been in love with Jordan since the beginning.I loved Jordan and Levi together. There’s a sense of history between the two, but since they never really got to know each other when her husband was alive, the romance aspect still felt new and fresh. Both of these characters had their reasons for putting the brakes on the attraction they were feeling, and I felt like those issues were handled well. Jordan lost her husband over five years ago after a short marriage. While she loved him very much, she was still twenty three when he died. I loved that no one tried to make her feel guilty for moving on, even if it was with dead husband’s best friend. It couldn’t be that simple. Nothing ever was. Especially not with something so complicated as falling in love with your dead husband’s best friend who happened to be the subject of a career-defining story you were trying to cover objectively and failing at dismally. Levi, however, was a bit of a struggle. I loved him. I thought he was the sexiest, strongest, hard shell-soft center of a man ever. While I still adored him, his low self-worth never really sat right with me. There’s a secondary story line about how females, whether they be employees, reporters or team owners, are treated in professional sports. I felt like this issue was handled well, never overtaking the romance but still making itself an important part of the story. And for those that have read Irresistible You, Harper gets a wee bit of closure for one of her personal issues. Good Guy is the first offering in a new series from Kate Meader. It’s also a spin-off of her Chicago Rebels series and while you can read this as a standalone, I found I got more out of the story knowing the team’s backstory. I’m so glad Ms. Meader chose to continue telling the Rebels stories because, honestly, Theo’s glutes need their own book and I can’t wait!ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest, voluntary review
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    So maybe I read this too soon after wrapping the original series, maybe I should’ve given that space.. and maybe I should round up my review of HOOKED ON YOU. Because GOOD GUY? Wasn’t great for me.I think this story’s biggest downfall is it’s just trying to unpack a lot of things. Grief, death of a spouse, a rough upbringing, a desire to give back, sexism in the workplace, misogyny in general, internet culture, conflict of interest relationship, a sorta-but-not-really second chance romance if we So maybe I read this too soon after wrapping the original series, maybe I should’ve given that space.. and maybe I should round up my review of HOOKED ON YOU. Because GOOD GUY? Wasn’t great for me.I think this story’s biggest downfall is it’s just trying to unpack a lot of things. Grief, death of a spouse, a rough upbringing, a desire to give back, sexism in the workplace, misogyny in general, internet culture, conflict of interest relationship, a sorta-but-not-really second chance romance if we consider ‘almost’ a second chance.. all that and cameos, and repercussions, from as far back as book one in the Chicago Rebels series, plus all the life updates for the couples from the original books. Phew. That was a lot to just sum up, never mind read about, whilst still enjoying the Cinderella story of this team of hockey misfits and a slowburn romance we’re somehow supposed to believe in.I didn’t love Levi but he’s an all-around paragon of virtue and low self-worth so you can’t hate him. I didn’t love Jordan even though she’s a tough, hard working, woman in a male-dominated industry, who is focusing on a career previously set aside by marrying young and supporting her now dead husband — though, to expand, I didn’t love the reporter dynamic because even though we’re told she’s not got a malicious bone in her body.. she did some shady things, sat on a lot of information, and used not-quite-above-board tactics to get what she wanted.. all of which are couched in nicey-nice and conflicted feelings but.. nonetheless.. yeah, this dynamic was the extra bit that didn’t work for me — and to poop on her feels like pooping on women as a whole. I didn’t feel much chemistry, didn’t love the romance, the only bit I liked about them together was some of the brutal, forthcoming, honesty that defined most of their interactions.What saved this book from being a total wash is the ever fun cast of side characters and hockey personalities that sprinkle the pages and the background. I’m not sure how I feel about what I assume is to be the next couple but I guess we’ll see.This low rating, and disappointment, aside I would still recommend this author and these hockey books (and I might even investigate her firefighter ones as this is the second book she’s had cameos, and dropped some not-so-subtle backstory, about couples and people from those other works). They are fun and sexy and relevant and often quite funny. This is definitely the biggest outlier for this reader. So, take this review with a grain of extra salty salt — as always.** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **---This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Meader brings us a new series set in the same world as her Chicago Rebels world. Our first main couple is Levi Hunt and Jordan Cooke. Good Guy is all about a second chance. Levi and Jordan are both given a second chance at a career. Levi with an NHL career with the Chicago Rebel’s after his stint as a Green Beret. Jordan, a sports journalist after she set it aside to be a young bride. And 5 years after losing her husband, Jordan and Levi are given a second chance at love.Levi’s decision to Kate Meader brings us a new series set in the same world as her Chicago Rebels world. Our first main couple is Levi Hunt and Jordan Cooke. Good Guy is all about a second chance. Levi and Jordan are both given a second chance at a career. Levi with an NHL career with the Chicago Rebel’s after his stint as a Green Beret. Jordan, a sports journalist after she set it aside to be a young bride. And 5 years after losing her husband, Jordan and Levi are given a second chance at love.Levi’s decision to become a war hero before an NHL star is big news but he’s a very private person. That previous connection Jordan has with Levi has made her a shoe in for the journalist to get his story, but it won’t be as easy as every thinks.Levi has not had an easy upbringing and he isn’t open to sharing anything but his hockey career publicly. He doesn’t realize what an inspiration he is. The title of a good Guy really is an apt description for him. He’s honorable and protective but very private and a bit moody.I’m not much of a fan of journalist because they are usually portrayed as people who will do anything for a story. I was happy to see that Jordan is the opposite of all that. She is just as honorable as Levi. She can get the story the the right way. I really liked both main characters. Levi is that broody H that I love, and Jordan was a fun heroine that handles difficult situations the way I like to see. We also get to see the author focus on the imbalance of women’s treatment in a male dominated world. I loved all the new characters to this group of people as well as seeing some old favorites. I’m looking forward to more in the series!
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  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    January 1, 1970
    4 Levi Hunt Stars Good Guy was my first time reading Kate Meader, and I really liked it. Though this can be read as a standalone novel, It was very evident that this was a spin off series. In the first few chapters I felt like that friend that tagged along to a party were everyone knows everyone, and I was the outsider. It didn't bother me though, it just made me want to go read their books(which I totally will be doing) so that I know them better. Levi, OMG he was just so yummy. I fell madly in 4 Levi Hunt Stars Good Guy was my first time reading Kate Meader, and I really liked it. Though this can be read as a standalone novel, It was very evident that this was a spin off series. In the first few chapters I felt like that friend that tagged along to a party were everyone knows everyone, and I was the outsider. It didn't bother me though, it just made me want to go read their books(which I totally will be doing) so that I know them better. Levi, OMG he was just so yummy. I fell madly in love with Levi. In my eyes he was perfect. I love how protective and respectful he was. The title of the book was spot on, he was such a Good Guy. Truly, Levi made the whole book for me. I liked Jordan a lot, but there was a few times when I didn't understand her choices. Still I found her strong, smart, and a good match for Levi. I thought they made a very cute couple. The sexual tension was off the chain. I loved how Jordan worked so hard to get Levi to open up. It made every smile and laugh special. Someone else that really stood out in this book was Theo (Superglutes) Kershaw. He was so damn funny and sexy. I can't wait for Superglutes to get his HEA. The story plot was good. Kate Meader's writing style was smooth like butter. I love when an author can make me laugh and this book had some really funny parts. I think my only problem with this book, and it wasn't a big thing, but at times I felt that it got a bit preachy. What I mean by that is this book brought up subjects of Social Justice. Which isn't a problem in itself. No the problem was there was just so much of it like there was a Social Justice Warrior check list, and it checked them all off. It got into sexism in a male dominated professions, homelessness, metal health, domestic violence, sexual harassment, bullying, social media bullying, hunger and poverty, etc etc. I'm all for bringing light on these subjects, but maybe not so many in one story. Overall I really liked the book. I liked it enough to head to Amazon and get the Chicago Rebels series, and the Hot in Chicago series. https://jessicasoverthetopbookobsessi...
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  • Jewlsbookblog
    January 1, 1970
    I admit I’ve never been a big fan of female journalist leads and tend to approach those books with a hefty dose of trepidation. Astonishingly enough....Meader actually made me like a female journalist! Jordan has ETHICS!! And...nope, I’ll get carried away if I go that route... I’ll just say I was seriously impressed with Jordan. Because I was. She was hilarious, had a sunny disposition, she was smart and again, the whole ethics thing was a big glowing arrow pointing in her direction. Not that Le I admit I’ve never been a big fan of female journalist leads and tend to approach those books with a hefty dose of trepidation. Astonishingly enough....Meader actually made me like a female journalist! Jordan has ETHICS!! And...nope, I’ll get carried away if I go that route... I’ll just say I was seriously impressed with Jordan. Because I was. She was hilarious, had a sunny disposition, she was smart and again, the whole ethics thing was a big glowing arrow pointing in her direction. Not that Levi wasn’t a great male lead. He was very much a Good Guy, but I’m viewing him as awesome supporting role to Jordan’s. She takes the cake in this book! Of course, the rest of the team did a great job as supportive characters as well. Enough so that I was laughing in my pillow so I wouldn’t wake anyone up:) The romance between Jordan and Levi was total icing on top of a fantastic story! They have some established history between them, but the dynamics have really changed since they last saw each other. With that in mind, I think they had sweltering chemistry that was just waiting to ignite. As in match scratched, fire lit, bonfire blazing🔥... Sigh....I’m not even a hockey fan, but I can’t resist Meader’s Rebel series! The team and unique management are a lovable bunch I fall for every time a new story comes out! If Chicago Rebels had some great storylines, Rookie Rebels goes to a whole new level of juiciness! The romance was my favorite part, but so was the range of topics. From sexual harassment, media, and homelessness (just to name a few), Meader makes very strong arguments on females vs males in the sports world that wasn’t in your face, but seamlessly blended with the flow of the story. For anyone saying romance books have nothing but sex...they’ve never opened the right one. I thought Good Guy had plenty of food for thought and am dying to see who’s up next!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book I received from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kate Meader
    January 1, 1970
    About GOOD GUY and this new series of hockey romances: A spin-off series from my bestselling Chicago Rebels hockey romances, the Rookie Rebels feature "rookie" heroes but not in the way you might expect. No green, fresh-out-of-college man babies here! These guys have had their NHL careers put on hold for a reason, such as military service, life-threatening injury, or unspeakable tragedy. Their second acts and roads to redemption will be with everyone's favorite hockey team, the Chicago Rebels! T About GOOD GUY and this new series of hockey romances: A spin-off series from my bestselling Chicago Rebels hockey romances, the Rookie Rebels feature "rookie" heroes but not in the way you might expect. No green, fresh-out-of-college man babies here! These guys have had their NHL careers put on hold for a reason, such as military service, life-threatening injury, or unspeakable tragedy. Their second acts and roads to redemption will be with everyone's favorite hockey team, the Chicago Rebels! The first book, GOOD GUY, has a grumpy hero, a sunny heroine, and emotion and humor in equal measure. I can't wait for you to fall in love with Levi and Jordan as they resist falling in love with each other.Each book in the Rookie Rebels series is completely standalone and won't require that you've read the original Chicago Rebels stories. But if you've missed them, you may as well catch up because there'll be plenty of cameos from the OG crew!xoxoKate
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    Loved! Review to come.
  • maggieandteddy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great spin off from the Chicago Rebels series. This book continues with the same Rebels' hockey team. The hero is Levi Hunt, an army hero who's back from serving his country. Jordan is a sports journalist, the widow of Levi's best friend Josh.Jordan has always felt some hostility from Levi. In reality, Levi has always been attracted to Jordan, but but has kept quiet out of respect for his late friend Josh. Jordan gets an assignment to do a story on Levi going from the Navy Seals ("Gree This is a great spin off from the Chicago Rebels series. This book continues with the same Rebels' hockey team. The hero is Levi Hunt, an army hero who's back from serving his country. Jordan is a sports journalist, the widow of Levi's best friend Josh.Jordan has always felt some hostility from Levi. In reality, Levi has always been attracted to Jordan, but but has kept quiet out of respect for his late friend Josh. Jordan gets an assignment to do a story on Levi going from the Navy Seals ("Green Berets- big difference!") to his rookie year with the Rebels. I noticed someone mixed up the branch of service at least 7 times. Huh. Maybe we need John Wayne to straighten them out. This is 3rd person POV. Levi may have a surly expression but has a heart of gold. He doesn't let too many people know about his good qualities. There's a lot of attention paid to Veterans and how the public doesn't consider what is needed for them to transition back into society. There's a sweet side story about a guy named Joe, that Levi also knew from the army. This book wasn't just about a rowdy hockey player. So much more. Jordan was widowed 5 years before. She's been working in a mainly male oriented profession. Jordan has an uphill battle to get respect and avoid harassment. Jordan's usual sunny personality is a contrast to Levi's gruff exterior. They soon admit their mutual attraction. They try to keep it under wraps. Jordan makes a mistake in who she can trust. Levi thinks he's made a mistake in trusting Jordan. There are appearances from characters in the books before: Dante, Harper, and Remy. There is also Levi's young at heart teammate, Theo. He's the wacky side-kick that has no filter. Sometimes, he's spot on with his observations. I have this feeling he's underestimated & we'll see more of him in future books. I wish that the bad guy had been dealt with more punitively. I liked the resolution between Levi and Jordan. Harper's role was perfect. The epilogue was short but sweet. I've read all of the Chicago Rebels' books and would love to read more. I received this ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Meader launches her “Rookie Rebels” series with this touching story of Green Beret veteran who is making his NHL debut and the beautiful reporter who has resolved to get his story.After proudly serving his country, Levi Hunt thought he was prepared to take on the NHL. He loves the sport and appreciates the opportunity the Chicago Rebels have provided. He’s just not on board with giving full access to his personal life to the media, much less his best friend’s widow and the woman he’s loved Kate Meader launches her “Rookie Rebels” series with this touching story of Green Beret veteran who is making his NHL debut and the beautiful reporter who has resolved to get his story.After proudly serving his country, Levi Hunt thought he was prepared to take on the NHL. He loves the sport and appreciates the opportunity the Chicago Rebels have provided. He’s just not on board with giving full access to his personal life to the media, much less his best friend’s widow and the woman he’s loved from a far ever since he laid eyes on her.Jordan Cooke won’t let the fact that the surly, taciturn oldest rookie in the NHL hates her because she kissed him after she buried her husband. Much less the reality that she’s very much attracted to him stop her from succeeding in the ruthless male dominated world of sports reporting. But how much will it cost her to her the scoop? The story between Jordan and Levi boasts everything I love about Kate Meader’s writing – witty dialogue, scorching chemistry, an interesting plot, a witty and strong heroine and a delicious Good Guy hero. Jordan has her work cut out for her in trying to get past Levi’s stoic façade, but their undeniable attraction and the time they spend together while Jordan hangs out with him and the team helps them push through all their unresolved issues.The back and forth and chemistry between Levi and Jordan kept me flipping pages. They had history between them but the structure of their relationship drastically changed since they first met. I found myself hurting for Levi while trying to keep himself back but loving the counterbalance Jordan’s sunny disposition brought to their complex situation. I cheered for them from the start and was happily rewarded with their heartwarming story.Meader never fails to deliver a sexy, thoughtful story in which she seamlessly includes a wide range of relevant topics such as sexual harassment and caring for the homeless. This story being a spin off from the Chicago Rebels series also included characters from that series who were a welcome layer to the tale. Good Guy is book #1 of the Rookie Rebels series by author Kate Meader. It is a spin off from her Chicago Rebels series and a standalone hockey romance, told from both points of view with a HEA. 4.5 starsAmazon -> https://amzn.to/2Ycfhnp* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Good Guy’ combines forbidden attraction, hockey and a reporter desperately using anything she can to get a scoop on the latest (and oldest) rookie’s life, with a little bit of a twist. But Kate Meader is a near-auto read for me most of the time and this spin-off from her popular Chicago Rebels series brings them all together again, albeit a few years down the road on an unusual premise to start. Much of the story deals with Jordan following Levi Hunt and the team around in order to get a read o ‘Good Guy’ combines forbidden attraction, hockey and a reporter desperately using anything she can to get a scoop on the latest (and oldest) rookie’s life, with a little bit of a twist. But Kate Meader is a near-auto read for me most of the time and this spin-off from her popular Chicago Rebels series brings them all together again, albeit a few years down the road on an unusual premise to start. Much of the story deals with Jordan following Levi Hunt and the team around in order to get a read on him to get her article up; it’s essentially, her desperate bid to build her career that drives her efforts to get close to a man with whom she’s already has sort of history and a process that reunites them in an unexpected way. ‘Good Guy’ sits in the middle of a few intersecting tropes here and with Meader’s assured writing, it’s not a hardship at all, to go through all of it. Like many authors these days in romantic fiction (a genre written mainly by women for women), Meader shines a light on the issue of gender equality, workplace ethics, harassment and assault, especially in male-dominated fields like sports reporting. It’s also a thorny theme that drives characterisation, which in some ways, proved to be my personal stumbling block. Jordan felt a little preppy and chirpy for my liking—I was surprised not to get the gravitas or the lingering sadness that normally surrounds a widowed heroine—and whose personality felt incongruous to the role she was playing in this romance. I didn’t quite her exploitation of her connection with Levi to get ahead, or how she pushed and needled her way into prying him open for the sake of her story: it did feel too calculating at times and I had a hard time trying to reconcile this picture of a cheerful, warm protagonist who had a manipulative side to her that she tried to ‘reframe’ in so many different ways which Meader valiantly tries to justify. That Levi had found himself grovelling quite a few times made her seem unfairly blameless when she clearly wasn’t. In contrast, it was easier to like Levi, whose only crime it seemed, was wanting his best friend’s widow from afar. Past the gruff, stoic exterior, he seemed more highly evolved than many others, given that he didn’t deny his attraction for Jordan and the keen sense of right and wrong that he carried which made him easy to gravitate towards.Different strokes for different folks, is all I can say in conclusion. Meader rarely goes wrong with a writing style that I can always get on board with, nonetheless, and I’m eager to know what this new story arc is all about in the Rebels finding their second wind. *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Sassy, steamy, and sexy!Good Guy is a second-chance, hockey romance featuring the humble, publicity magnet, Levi Hunt who after having a harrowing career in the Green Berets becomes the oldest rookie in the NHL, and the spunky, tenacious widow, Jordan Cooke who may have to decide what's more important the feelings of her late husband's best friend or the opportunity at the career she's always wanted.The writing is crisp and fervent. The characters are charismatic, intriguing, and endearing. And Sassy, steamy, and sexy!Good Guy is a second-chance, hockey romance featuring the humble, publicity magnet, Levi Hunt who after having a harrowing career in the Green Berets becomes the oldest rookie in the NHL, and the spunky, tenacious widow, Jordan Cooke who may have to decide what's more important the feelings of her late husband's best friend or the opportunity at the career she's always wanted.The writing is crisp and fervent. The characters are charismatic, intriguing, and endearing. And the plot is a lighthearted, passionate tale filled with sizzling tension, poignant moments, scorching chemistry, flirty innuendoes, genuine emotion, and a swoon-worthy, happy-ever-after ending.Overall, I found Good Guy to be a charming, entertaining, fantastic start to this new Rookie Rebels series by Meader that I am positive will be a big hit with fans of the sports romance genre and lovers of the Chicago Rebels series everywhere.Thank you Kate Meader for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read Kate Meader’s Good Guy, book one in the new Rookie Rebels series! It’s a spin-off of the excellent Chicago Rebels series and also a smidge of a cross over with the fantastic Hot in Chicago series! And holy moly, I loved catching up with old friends and meeting Jordan and Levi!I loved Jordan from the start. She’s been through hell, but she’s strong, sassy, smart and knows where she’s going and what she wants in life. It’s time for her to shine as a hockey journalist—and s I was so excited to read Kate Meader’s Good Guy, book one in the new Rookie Rebels series! It’s a spin-off of the excellent Chicago Rebels series and also a smidge of a cross over with the fantastic Hot in Chicago series! And holy moly, I loved catching up with old friends and meeting Jordan and Levi!I loved Jordan from the start. She’s been through hell, but she’s strong, sassy, smart and knows where she’s going and what she wants in life. It’s time for her to shine as a hockey journalist—and she’s got a big opportunity to prove herself. She’s wrangled an exclusive with “Hockey’s Oldest Rookie” one Levi Hunt. As long as their history doesn’t derail things before she gets her chance.And Levi. Damn, the grumpy gus is so damn swoony. And loyal. And all-around great guy. Levi’s served his country. Now it’s his turn to take a chance on himself and play the game he’s loved since childhood. And he doesn’t need any distractions—not from the media, and especially not from Jordan. I loved the give and take between Jordan and Levi. That there was so much heat between them, even though there was also so much denial. I loved how they talked out their past history—finally. And that their biggest issue was due to outside influences—mostly—not that they were “dumb” in their relationship. I also loved the bromance between all the guys on the Rebels. Loved how they came together—like brothers—to support each other and get a rise out of each other too. Lordy, some of the attempted nicknames were a riot! And I’m so hoping Theo’s story is next! ~ Missy, 5 “Superglutes” stars***Kate Meader has written some of my favorite hockey romances, and Good Guy definitely falls into that category. I mean, she had me at green beret turned hockey’s oldest rookie. And then on top of that she made him practically perfect in every way. Seriously – strong, grumbly, reserved and fiercely protective PLUS big giant heart and the softest underbelly I’ve ever seen. I was smitten with Levi basically before I even cracked this book open. This is a spin-off/cross-over between two of Meader’s previous series. I was a huge fan of the Chicago Rebels series, so it was amazing to get some time with those beloved characters. I haven’t yet read the Hot in Chicago series, but color me intrigued. If you haven’t read either series, you should still be fine. I think that, while it maybe felt extra rewarding for me having read the Chicago Rebels series, the story stands on its own. And it’s an interesting story to boot – not just the fascinating dynamic of a war vet turned hockey pro. But Jordan’s character arc tackles some ripped from the headlines issues and as far as heroines go? She’s one of the best. I mean, there were moments where I felt like I wasn’t sure I was going to like where things were heading, but in the end it was perfection. Jordan is strong, kind, smart, and ethical and basically, much like Levi did, I found her impossible not to love. I’m not going to lie – while the romance was super swoony, sexy and satisfying? The bromance kind of stole the show for me here. I have special kind of adoration for Theo Kershaw, and hope to see lots more of that lovable lug. Honestly, the bromance is one of the best parts of almost all sports romance and Ms. Meader delivered some top notch banter and camaraderie here. In all? This was a pretty fantastic read. I smiled and giggled and lost my heart – just the way I like to. Another fantastic Kate Meader hockey romance! Definitely worth checking out! ~ Shelly, 4 Stars
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  • Mags
    January 1, 1970
    4.5⭐Good Guy the first book in Kate Meaders spin off from the Chicago Rebels series got off to a great start with an interesting story about a guy who gets a second chance at a career in hockey after spending years serving his country and a girl who after losing her husband in Afghanistan gets a second chance at love and a new career. As she takes over reporting on the Rebels and her husbands best friend. Who also happens to be their new rookie.And with very relevant topics covered, lots of warm 4.5⭐Good Guy the first book in Kate Meaders spin off from the Chicago Rebels series got off to a great start with an interesting story about a guy who gets a second chance at a career in hockey after spending years serving his country and a girl who after losing her husband in Afghanistan gets a second chance at love and a new career. As she takes over reporting on the Rebels and her husbands best friend. Who also happens to be their new rookie.And with very relevant topics covered, lots of warmth and heart. Not to mention buckets of chemistry and a fabulous romance. Good Guy was easy to read and extremely hard to put down. Which is why I would certainly recommend it to others.**I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    The Good: Kate Meader has a Chicago Rebels spin-off with a cross-over with the Chicago Dempseys! So much fun visiting old friends like Remy and Harper from Irresistible You and Kinsey from Flirting with Fire (although I really wanted to see my fave couple, Alex and Eli). The Not-So-Bad: the new crew of hot hockey players stole the show from main couple Levi and Jordan. I can't wait for Theo "Superglutes" Kershaw's story - he and Elle were sparking like crazy. I really enjoyed the Chicago Rebels The Good: Kate Meader has a Chicago Rebels spin-off with a cross-over with the Chicago Dempseys! So much fun visiting old friends like Remy and Harper from Irresistible You and Kinsey from Flirting with Fire (although I really wanted to see my fave couple, Alex and Eli). The Not-So-Bad: the new crew of hot hockey players stole the show from main couple Levi and Jordan. I can't wait for Theo "Superglutes" Kershaw's story - he and Elle were sparking like crazy. I really enjoyed the Chicago Rebels and am looking forward to a new batch of hockey romances. Levi's teammates added much needed fun to a sometimes slow and at other times heavy handed story. The Bad: So Many Issues to Unpack. This book had it all and maybe a little too much: losing a spouse, parental expectations, second chance romance, sexism in the workplace, sexism in the sports world, ethics, sexual assault, homelessness, veterans. There were times that I felt characters were just lecturing about the difficulties women faced in professional sports, and in between lectures, Levi was repeatedly apologizing for offending Jordan. Levi wasn't a bad guy; in fact, he was a lovely stoic grump harboring a years-long yen for his best friend's wife. The problem was that there were so many issues to cover in this book that Levi's slow burn for Jordan was often shuttled to the side. And because there was so little time spent on Jordan other than as a beleaguered hockey journalist, it was hard to see any real chemistry between Jordan and Levi. Kate Meader writes great romances with strong heroines, stubborn but caring heroes, fantastic chemistry, fun banter, and believable drama. Unfortunately, there may have been a little too much drama here and not enough of the chemistry. Still, I have very high hopes for the next Rebel romance (please let it be Theo's turn!). Note: I voluntarily read and reviewed this ARC generously provided by NetGalley and the publisher.
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  • Lacy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI love romances where the characters pine away for each other, believing that the other person is not interested, might not like, or even might hate them. A sweet, steamy, romance with plenty of angsty pining, lively back and forth banter, sizzling sexual chemistry, humor, and a thought-provoking exploration of serious societal issues affecting military veterans and women in male dominated professional sports, Good Guy does a brilliant job of exploring that trope. It’s the first book in 3.5 starsI love romances where the characters pine away for each other, believing that the other person is not interested, might not like, or even might hate them. A sweet, steamy, romance with plenty of angsty pining, lively back and forth banter, sizzling sexual chemistry, humor, and a thought-provoking exploration of serious societal issues affecting military veterans and women in male dominated professional sports, Good Guy does a brilliant job of exploring that trope. It’s the first book in Rookie Rebels, Kate Meader’s new Chicago Rebels spin-off hockey romance series focusing on rookie hockey players who are a little older than usual because of having to delay their entry into the NHL. At the center of the novel are Levi Hunt and Jordan Cooke whose lives are tied together by her now deceased husband, a member of Levi’s Green Berets team and his best friend. Driven by his upbringing and painful secrets from his childhood, Levi chose to enlist and serve in the military to protect and serve the vulnerable and the U.S. from its enemies instead of starting his professional hockey career as a young man. After being discharged, he’d expected to play in the AHL for a couple years, but an injury to a team member on the Chicago Rebels resulted in him being called up to make his NHL debut on an emergency basis. Fans and media interest in the former Special Forces Veteran is high, but Levi keeps to himself, avoiding both as much as possible. Consequently, his team owner and manager force him to agree to fully cooperate with the reporter they’ve chosen to shadow him and the team and to write a profile on him. A widow of five years, Jordan hosts a successful weekly hockey podcast and covers the AHL in the regional Midwest. While filling in for a sick hockey reporter at Chicago SportsNet on the Chicago Rebels beat, Jordan gets the opportunity to take her career to the next level, but it all rests on getting Levi to open up to her, breaking his press silence and refusal to grant interviews, for an exclusive profile on his transition from military to civilian life and his big break into the NHL. Since she’s convinced he has not only never liked her, but actively hates her, her chances of scoring her dream NHL hockey reporting job looks like it will remain just that—a dream.Levi is grumpy, taciturn, cynical, rarely smiles, extremely guarded about his personal life and privacy, honest, honorable, kind, dependable, and, as Jordan learns once she begins to spend more time with him, he might just be a true American hero. Not just because he was a Green Berets, but because beneath all the gruff reserve he is a genuinely good guy with a good heart. Jordan, on the other hand, is friendly, vivacious, always ready to laugh joyfully, loyal, determined, and maybe a little naïve and too trusting because she tries to see the best in people. They couldn’t be more different. As they say opposites attract, and despite their differences, Jordan and Levi are perfect proof of this. The chemistry between Levi and Jordan sizzles every moment that they are in each other’s presence, initiated by an unexpected kiss on the night of her husband’s funeral five years ago. Those differences are what Levi believes make him the type of man Jordan would never choose. Good Guy is rounded out by a colorful cast of secondary characters from Meader’s previous series’ Chicago Rebels and Hot in Chicago, which readers of those series will love, as they catch up with those characters. Unfortunately, readers who are looking for detailed hockey game play will be disappointed. While the novel is sprinkled with authentic details about the ins and outs of hockey and the players, the novel features very little detailed actual hockey games. I love the game of hockey and I love when hockey romances have in-game action weaved into the story. Especially since Levi had been away from the game for so long, I would have liked to have seen more of his POV during games in the novel. That being said, the primary focus was the relationship between Jordan and Levi, as well as the societal pressures and issues they faced as a military veteran and a woman reporting on men’s hockey. Meader’s exploration of both was nicely done.The novel starts off very slowly. But once Levi and Jordan start interacting, the pacing picks up, and it doesn’t take too long before their story draws you in. Meader’s description is vivid bringing the characters and story to life. While I found most of the depictions of Jordan as a reporter believable, one thing that kind of threw me out of the story...(view spoiler)[ I found it hard to believe that a reporter working on an exclusive story in the news booth with other reporters, particularly one of her competitors for whom she has already expressed feelings of distrust, would leave her computer unlocked/unsecured. Or that she even works on her stories in general without locking her computer, as most computers require you to set up passwords these days. Maybe this is in line with her being a bit naive and trusting since she also chose to go on his show even though she was suspicious and had misgivings about his motives in giving her a story tip earlier. (hide spoiler)]ARC provided by author via Netgalley.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    I was a bit sad, when the Chicago Rebels series ended. Therefore, I am ecstatic to be back in this world with Meader's new series. Who?• Jordan - A widowed sports reporter, who was hoping to make a major splash in the Chicago hockey scene• Levi - A former Green Beret and the oldest rookie in the NHL, who also happened to have been the best friend of Jordan's deceased husbandWhat?Jordan was selected from a large pool of sports writers to profile Levi due to her connection to him, but there was mo I was a bit sad, when the Chicago Rebels series ended. Therefore, I am ecstatic to be back in this world with Meader's new series. Who?• Jordan - A widowed sports reporter, who was hoping to make a major splash in the Chicago hockey scene• Levi - A former Green Beret and the oldest rookie in the NHL, who also happened to have been the best friend of Jordan's deceased husbandWhat?Jordan was selected from a large pool of sports writers to profile Levi due to her connection to him, but there was more to their link than her husband, and it may diminish Jordan's credibility as a reporter . Why?You all know I am total trash for hockey romances, and bringing me back into the Rebels realm was icing on the cake. I was so excited to be reunited with the characters from Meader's other books. Most were from the Chicago Rebels series, but she also pulled in a few from her Hot in Chicago series, which just added to the fun for me. I adore getting the opportunity to catch up with old friends, and Meader did a fabulous job incorporating the old characters without stealing the spotlight from the new characters. The hero and heroine of this book were an instant hit with me. Levi had an amazing backstory, and it didn't stop with his NHL detour. Piece by piece, the full picture of Levi formed as Jordan investigated his background, and they both reveled bits of their past to each other. The things Levi did and his reasons for why he did them brought on quite a feelsplosion. That heart of gold combined with his Mount Grump persona totally endeared Levi to me. I loved Jordan's personality too, and admired her ambition and career focus. It took a lot of fortitude to succeed in this male dominated profession, and she took her knocks like a champ. But, I admired her more for taking action, and speaking out against the bias against women in male dominated fields. She wasn't all about her career, though. Jordan was vibrant and funny, and she was able to bring out some amazing parts of Levi. I really liked them together, and was absolutely rooting for this union. It was great seeing the veteran Rebel players again, but I also had a fantastic time getting to know the next generation of the franchise. There were so many fun and hilarious scenes shared between the guys. Their camaraderie and chemistry was a wonderful thing to witness, and I was especially fond of the bromance that developed between Theo and Levi. Theo never failed to bring a smile to my face, and I am really hoping there is a book slated in the near future for him and Elle, because there was definitely something there worth exploring. Meader always incorporates some issues into her books, which give the story more depth. She brings many issues to the forefront of Good Guy, but I especially enjoyed the way she incorporated the issue of homelessness. It was a really feel-good part of the story for me. All of Meader's romances have been great successes for me, and Good Guy joins the list. This was a fantastic start to the new series, and I am more than excited to read about more of the Rookie Rebels. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • A Klue
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 2.5 starsLet me make this clear, folks. Levi Hunt, the hero, was the best part of this book. From serving his country, to feeding the homeless/taking a personal interest in doing so, to donating generously to worthy causes, to just being a downright, all round, great guy, who respected women, he was darn near perfect in my eyes. He certainly didn’t deserve to be hounded the way he was so others could profit from the private life he respectfully kept asking to be kept private. No means no Rating: 2.5 starsLet me make this clear, folks. Levi Hunt, the hero, was the best part of this book. From serving his country, to feeding the homeless/taking a personal interest in doing so, to donating generously to worthy causes, to just being a downright, all round, great guy, who respected women, he was darn near perfect in my eyes. He certainly didn’t deserve to be hounded the way he was so others could profit from the private life he respectfully kept asking to be kept private. No means no, and others should have just let his talent speak for itself.The villainous, grumpy label Jordan, the heroine, unfairly attached to him didn’t make any sense to me. Frankly, I felt he deserved a better leading lady than someone so quick to judge him. Speaking of Jordan, we were told she was sweet, pretty, perky, a formerly grieving widow, and now on the hunt for a story that could help launch her into sports reporting stardom. It took riding on Levi’s coat tail to set that plan in motion. It made her come across incapable of doing this on her own, even co-dependent. I just didn’t see what Levi saw in her, now or in the past when they first met/would run into each other when she was still married to his best friend. I felt I was told she was this rising, upcoming, great journalist surviving in a man’s world, but I didn’t particularly feel it. Sure, the sweet smile, overly perky part I’ll go along with, but I found her rather annoying/immature at times, and too complacent, even spineless, for not putting a stop to something that is offensive to the sisterhood. I didn’t buy her argument for just putting up with getting vulgar pics on her phone, especially when she knew the guy sending them to her. For Pete’s sake, the man deliberately would even approach her in person, and she didn’t put him in his place. It seemed she was always too busy smiling and swinging her perky ponytail. At least that was still the case when I stopped reading out of frustration about mid-way through. Color me crazy, but I also didn’t understand the passionate kiss we were told she shared with Levi at her husband’s funeral either. I don’t care who initiated it. That just felt wrong. I got the impression she didn’t even really know Levi that well at the time either.I have a l-o-n-g history of loving this author’s writing style and will continue to do so. I’m a huge fan of her “Hot in the Kitchen”, “Hot in Chicago”, and “Chicago Rebels series. This go around the female lead character and even the scenes scripted between her and Levi just didn’t feel right. Here’s to hoping it was just me or the ARC version I read, folks. I found this book to be just an average read. Not feeling Jordan justly deserved Levi likely got in my way of bonding with their relationship. I also didn’t think their scenes were scripted on the level I’m used to with the numerous, past books I’ve ready by this author. Romance Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[ Jordan met Levi and her deceased husband (who was his friend) at the same time. She fell in love with the other man at first sight..while he was sitting right next to Levi. He was mostly just her husband’s friend, since they were overseas more than at home. Hearing about a kiss at her husband’s funeral with Levi felt off to me. Like it was thrown in just to establish a type of past passionate romantic connection to build upon in this book. I have difficulty imagining lip locking at a funeral, folks. (hide spoiler)]Title: Good Guy, Series: Rookie Rebels (Book 1), Author: Kate Meader, Pages: 322, stand-alone but part of a spin-off series, former military now hockey player hero, sports reporter heroine, steamy scenes, was married to a friend of his, stopping reading at 50%, lost interest. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/PR firm.)
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  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books I stumbled upon Kate Meader's Chicago Rebels series, but haven't read them yet, so I jumped at the chance to read this new book coming out in her new series Rookie Rebels. This book is in the same world as Chicago Rebels, but I felt like I didn't really miss much. This book reads as a standalone.If you like both hockey and armed forces romances, this might be a book for you. This book was also really interesting to me because This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books I stumbled upon Kate Meader's Chicago Rebels series, but haven't read them yet, so I jumped at the chance to read this new book coming out in her new series Rookie Rebels. This book is in the same world as Chicago Rebels, but I felt like I didn't really miss much. This book reads as a standalone.If you like both hockey and armed forces romances, this might be a book for you. This book was also really interesting to me because it tackles huge issues of what women in sports whether that be working in sports or even just fans of sports deal with. I like that it tackled toxic masculinity and how much female sports reporters deal with unsolicited dick pics! Ugh, why are men?? Like, seriously. NO ONE WANTS THAT.Jordan was a cool heroine to read about and she has a really good head on her shoulders. I liked reading about her struggles as a reporter and I thought it was a nice touch that she had a podcast too! I really felt for the shit she had to deal with as a reporter. That is really hard.Levi was a super frustrating hero. He's so damn hard-headed and stubborn. I also really felt for him because he went through a lot. He's the way he is because of not a great childhood and because he just never believes that he deserves a happy ending. That was really sad to read about.This book does have happy ending, which I was glad about and I really enjoyed reading about it. I definitely want to go back and read Meader's other books and learn about the three sisters that own the team. They seem awesome! I also smell a sequel with Theo Kershaw, who was the best comic relief in this book. *I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley from Xpresso Book Tours. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I can't tell you how much I'm thrilled that we will have more Rebel books by Kate Meader. I loved the first series and this second one started off with a bang. With the Rookie Rebels series will get a new bunch of hockey players that makes us want to play on the ice too. I have to tell you that I just loved Levi. He's such a sweet guy even if he doesn't show it right away. You figure that out pretty quick when his f Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I can't tell you how much I'm thrilled that we will have more Rebel books by Kate Meader. I loved the first series and this second one started off with a bang. With the Rookie Rebels series will get a new bunch of hockey players that makes us want to play on the ice too. I have to tell you that I just loved Levi. He's such a sweet guy even if he doesn't show it right away. You figure that out pretty quick when his friend shows up out of the blue and he's like, stay as long as you need. Sure he has his issues. He would rather not talk about his time in the military, he'd also not like to deal with his feels for Jordan. The sad part is that one of those things he's got no choice to do. What I love about Meader is that she builds the story, she doesn't let too much of the story out right away. As you read it more and more comes out. So at first Levi comes off cold and standoffish but soon you see the real him. He's none of those things. That's just him. He needs time to warm up. He's a case of never judging a book by its cover. Now Jordan I wasn't sure about. It seemed that all she wanted to do was use Levi to make her career. She used the fact that she knew him prior to finding a way in and rolled with it. But you soon learn she's fairer than you think. Yes, she wants to write about all the facts she finds out about Levi and the team but doesn't do it. Down deep shes, a good person just wanting to do a job she loves. Good Guy turned out to be a wonderful start to the series. It's drawn me in and makes me want to know more about some of the characters mentioned. What's their story? I can't wait to find out. You don't need to read the first series to enjoy this one but I will tell you that it will make it better. You have time before Good Guy comes out so start reading! You'll be happy you did. Follow me on:https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for an honest review
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsKate Meader has become an author that I can count on when it comes to writing any kind of romance. I really enjoyed Irresistible You and Hooked on You, so I was happy to get back to a sports romance from her. Levi and Jordan were a great start to the next generation of the Chicago Rebels novels. Jordan was a very likable character. She was a strong and determined woman when it came to her career. It was a career that she had put aside while married to her late husband. He died while at 3.75 starsKate Meader has become an author that I can count on when it comes to writing any kind of romance. I really enjoyed Irresistible You and Hooked on You, so I was happy to get back to a sports romance from her. Levi and Jordan were a great start to the next generation of the Chicago Rebels novels. Jordan was a very likable character. She was a strong and determined woman when it came to her career. It was a career that she had put aside while married to her late husband. He died while at war 5 years ago, and it took her time to finally get back to doing something she loved. I liked how she took her job seriously and didn't let Levi's bad attitude defer her from getting the story she felt she deserved. I also appreciated that did what she could to write a good article while trying to respect the privacy that Levi was asking her for. The side plot that included her trying to shed some light on how women are treated in sports was also interesting. It was also a nice way to get some scenes with the Chase sisters and see where they are in their lives now.I think Jordan was exactly what Levi needed. He was pretty hard on himself and didn't think he deserved the kind of happiness that Jordan brought him. It was nice to see Jordan be the support and encouragement that he needed to get passed certain things that happened in his life while growing up. He probably needed to step it up a bit when it came to reciprocating the support and trust that Jordan was showing him, but I think he got it right in the end though.I'm looking forward to more books from this new generation of Chicago Rebels!*ARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -“She chuckled. God, he could be so adorable sometimes. All that gruff, I-ain’t-no-hero swagger muffled a softy at his core, one who was knocking at the door to the heart she’d walled up all those years ago.” (Quote from ARC)A pleasant read, with likeable characters and an interesting insight into women, particularly reporters, in sports universe.Levi is a great character, his grumpiness/gruffness irresistible, his honor and loyalty - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -“She chuckled. God, he could be so adorable sometimes. All that gruff, I-ain’t-no-hero swagger muffled a softy at his core, one who was knocking at the door to the heart she’d walled up all those years ago.” (Quote from ARC)A pleasant read, with likeable characters and an interesting insight into women, particularly reporters, in sports universe.Levi is a great character, his grumpiness/gruffness irresistible, his honor and loyalty irrefutable, but sometimes it felt a bit cookie cutter - the “superhero disguised as a mild-mannered hockey player”. Having said that, his background as a Green Beret turned hockey player, the troubled childhood and his whole personality and ethics make for an appealing male protagonist.I would have liked more depth in character development as, on the other hand, I felt the sex scenes were a bit overdeveloped.There are some interesting secondary characters – Theo, Gunnar Bond (this one only mentioned) – that I hope will have their own stories in the future.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Levi Hunt is the Chicago Rebels hockey team's oldest rookie, having chosen to join the Green Berets rather than start his pro-hockey career out of college. He may be the strong silent type but he also volunteers at a homeless shelter and acts as a mentor to the younger rookies.Jordan Cooke gets her big break from local sports when the opportunity comes to cover a fellow journalist's spot while he recovers from a heart attack, reporting on hockey, especially the Chicago Rebels for Chicago SportsN Levi Hunt is the Chicago Rebels hockey team's oldest rookie, having chosen to join the Green Berets rather than start his pro-hockey career out of college. He may be the strong silent type but he also volunteers at a homeless shelter and acts as a mentor to the younger rookies.Jordan Cooke gets her big break from local sports when the opportunity comes to cover a fellow journalist's spot while he recovers from a heart attack, reporting on hockey, especially the Chicago Rebels for Chicago SportsNet. At the interview Jordan discovers that what gave her the edge was her previous association with Levi Hunt, her late husband's best friend and Green Berets team-mate; pity Chicago SportsNet don't know that Levi hates her guts. He never liked her, never thought she was good enough for Cookie, always had a sneer on his face, especially after she climbed him like a monkey the evening after Cookie's funeral. It may have been inappropriate and fuelled by grief but that steamy kiss five years ago still gets her a bit hot and bothered all these years later. But if an in-depth article on the Rebels' newest rookie is what they want, Jordan will pull up her big girl panties and deliver it.Levi doesn't hate Jordan, not even a little bit, not even at all (sorry, channelling Ten Things I Hate About You), he fell for her the first moment he heard her gorgeous laugh, but he was too slow and she only had eyes for his mate Cookie. Ever since then he has felt guilty for the feelings he has for his best friend's wife, but he never did anything about it, well not until after Cookie's funeral when there may have been a kiss which haunts Levi to this day. Now Jordan is back, digging into his private life that he wants to stay hidden, and just as beautiful as ever.I always laugh when I see the titles of some of the category romances, you know the "Cowboy Sheikh Billionaire's Secret Baby" variety, but honestly I kind of see their point. Kate Meader had me at former special forces, best-friend's girl, sports-romance - when she threw in a dog I just about squealed with joy! Reading about Jordan and Levi's romance, as she tries to dig into his personality and he does all he can to resist her, was pure joy, there's a backdrop of casual sexism and harassment which Jordan and the other women working in the sports world face on a daily basis, as well as some thoughts about letting women fight their own battles.I loved this start to a new series and I can't believe I have missed three books from the last series - off to Amazon I trot!I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.Bumped for release.
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  • Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis is the first book in the Chicago Rebels series spin-off and it's everything I hoped for and more!!! Kate Meader really knows how to write good guys. Not perfect guys but just good guys who make mistakes but always recognize them and do their best to make up for them. Levi is exactly that. He's also a bit moody, very private, humble and protective. And don't forget gorgeous!!! Levi and Jordan, the heroine of this story, have a brief history. She's the widow of his best friend and he 4.5 StarsThis is the first book in the Chicago Rebels series spin-off and it's everything I hoped for and more!!! Kate Meader really knows how to write good guys. Not perfect guys but just good guys who make mistakes but always recognize them and do their best to make up for them. Levi is exactly that. He's also a bit moody, very private, humble and protective. And don't forget gorgeous!!! Levi and Jordan, the heroine of this story, have a brief history. She's the widow of his best friend and he's always been attracted to her but chose to treat her with indifference in order to hide that attraction which convinced her that he didn't like her. When she's tasked with using her connection to him to get him to open up for a story about the "hero rookie" she's less than excited that the connection is the reason she got the story and because she thinks that he won't want to open up to her.Levi is a private person and doesn't want the public delving into his upbringing or outing him for the volunteer work he does and he definitely doesn't want to open up to the last woman he should be feeling so attracted to about any of it either. This story went above and beyond a romance and touched on a wide array of social issues in a thoughtful and genuine way. I love when a romance doesn't just make me swoon, it makes me think and question. I'm also a huge fan of seeing so many characters from Kate's other series making cameos. There was just enough of them to remind me why I love Kate Meader so much but not so much that I feel like it ruined the other books for those who haven't read them. (But they should totally go back and read them!!) Outside of falling in love with Jordan and Levi as a couple and their journey to get there, I thoroughly fell in love with Theo and can't wait to read his story!!! 
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsGood Guy by Kate Meader is a very entertaining and enjoyable read.The writing is well done, the storyline is well paced and my interest was held from start to end.I loved watching Levi and Jordan's relationship unfold, these two were perfect for one another and I was very happy to have read their story.Good Guy is a great start to the Rookie Rebels series and I'm excited for the next book.Good Guy is now LIVE!Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...B&N: https://www.barnesandno 4 starsGood Guy by Kate Meader is a very entertaining and enjoyable read.The writing is well done, the storyline is well paced and my interest was held from start to end.I loved watching Levi and Jordan's relationship unfold, these two were perfect for one another and I was very happy to have read their story.Good Guy is a great start to the Rookie Rebels series and I'm excited for the next book.Good Guy is now LIVE!Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/good...Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/good...iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/good-...Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/d...*Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the advance copy*
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  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    January 1, 1970
    TITLE: GOOD GUYAUTHOR: Kate MeaderSERIES: Rookie RebelsRELEASE DATE: July 30 2019GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Sports RomanceRATING: 3.5 STARSCLIFFHANGER: NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG (live on July 30)Kate Meader's books are like a box of chocolates. You know what you'll get but you'll still be delighted at how good they are. I don't think there has been a hero, written by her that I disliked - her heroes are all awesome. She addresses matters that concern all of us in her stories giving them TITLE: GOOD GUYAUTHOR: Kate MeaderSERIES: Rookie RebelsRELEASE DATE: July 30 2019GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Sports RomanceRATING: 3.5 STARSCLIFFHANGER: NoREAD MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG (live on July 30)Kate Meader's books are like a box of chocolates. You know what you'll get but you'll still be delighted at how good they are. I don't think there has been a hero, written by her that I disliked - her heroes are all awesome. She addresses matters that concern all of us in her stories giving them more depth. And GOOD GUY is no different.Levi Hunt is a rookie for the Chicago Rebels who have had some great and some decent seasons since Harper, Isobel and Violet her sisters took over management. The special thing about Levi though is that he's thirty, an age when most players are in their prime. Not very likely in the real world but it's an interesting switch-up so I was totally game to meet Mount Grump. Levi served his country with the Green Berets before joining the Rebels, along with his best friend Josh, who died five years ago. What nobody knows - Levi has always been in love with Josh's wife. He was the first who saw her but Jordan had only eyes for Josh, a fact that would crush any self esteem.Jordan has moved past her grief. She still misses her husband but she lives her life and loves being a journalist, especially reporting about sports. Being a woman in such a testosterone laden profession is tough and she has to deal with the injustice on a daily basis. Like getting lewd pics from players, horrible comments on her podcast, male reporters looking down their noses and every other inequality you can think of. Jordan gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write a profile about the Chicago Rebels' newest addition, a man who is closed up like a clam. A man she has met a couple of times in her life but, she's convinced, doesn't like her. So now she has to perform the impossible and pry open the lid on Levi's secrets.Levi seemed like a grump in the beginning but soon I found out that he's introspect, burdened with insecurities  that had him second-guess everything Jordan said.  But slowly she got through to him and it was really sweet to see him open up. While I knew that Levi must have a big heart from the start - exchanging the adoration of fans, the wealth and the limelight of being a hockey star for a dangerous military job - the depth of his goodness unfolded as I dove deeper into the story. The guy was a saint! A dirty, hot one but a saint all the same. Life and love poured out, flooding his veins with hope. He was here. He had survived. And she was his prize. No contract, no goal, no cup could compete. Jordan, however, wasn't as easy to love. She was supposed to be this sunny, perky woman but it took me more than half of the book to warm up to her. Sometimes she seemed a little too cutthroat and opportunistic to me, too focused on the job. I wasn't sure if she deserved Levi - for a long time I thought she'd always love her job more than the man. Ultimately she proved that she had ethics and I ended up liking her just fine. I love this strong, silent—sometimes too silent—man who’s given so much of himself to everyone. There is a bunch of secondary cast that I think we'll see stories of. Theo Kershaw, a team member who had an aneurysm and has learned to live in the here and now. Elle, Levi's team mate on his Green Berets team, a woman who has balls of steel, is snarky and seems to become Theo's love interest. I can't wait for that story! Then there is Joe, a homeless veteran - I really hope that Kate Meader can find a story for him because he deserves a happy ending.I loved catching up with Harper, Isobel and Violet and if you've read IRRESISTIBLE YOU then you know what happened to Harper in the past, that she was a victim of domestic violence and the case was glossed over by her dad - the guy, also a Rebels team member was transferred instead of being dealt with him. This event is finally being brought into public which I appreciated. However, what I really wanted to see was the consequences it had for the jerk who hit Harper. I feel that this should have been addressed and I hope that Ms. Meader picks it up in the next book.For the Chicago Rebels fans out there I can recommend GOOD GUY wholeheartedly. You will get this author's entertaining writing style with a hero to swoon over and a lot of different real life problems to ponder. This is not my favorite book by this author but I enjoyed it a lot, still. I'm glad we get more Rebels books and I'm looking forward to seeing who'll be next! “Would you rather we continued this another time?” “Is my hard-on interfering with your ability to ask questions?”
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I just loved this book so much!! I was ecstatic to get to be back in the world of the Chicago Rebels. That series was a 5 star delight, and it looks like this spin-off won't be lacking at all!Jordan Cooke is a hockey lover, and a great regional sports reporter, with a fairly successful blog. When she gets a shot at a huge job in Chicago, reporting on the Rebels pro hockey team, she has to take it, even though it means major contact with a man she thought she'd never see again. 5 years ago Jordan I just loved this book so much!! I was ecstatic to get to be back in the world of the Chicago Rebels. That series was a 5 star delight, and it looks like this spin-off won't be lacking at all!Jordan Cooke is a hockey lover, and a great regional sports reporter, with a fairly successful blog. When she gets a shot at a huge job in Chicago, reporting on the Rebels pro hockey team, she has to take it, even though it means major contact with a man she thought she'd never see again. 5 years ago Jordan lost her husband. He was a Green Beret, and he was killed in combat. His best friend, and best man at their wedding, Levi Hunt, never seemed to like her much, and then she got drunk and kissed him on the night of her husband's funeral. She hasn't talked to him since. But now, he's retired from the military, and he's returned to his first love, hockey. Lucky her, right?Levi Hunt has had an interesting life. He grew up struggling, with his father, a mediocre boxer, always looking for the next big thing, and Levi never knowing if they'd have a roof over their head that night, or where his next meal would come from. But, he was always great at hockey. So, he got himself a scholarship, and played hockey in the NCAA. Then he turned down the draft after college to join the military. Now, at 30, he's the NHL's oldest rookie. He thought he'd be cooling his heels in the minors for quite a while, but another player's injury was his lucky break. So, here he is, quite a novelty, and everyone wants a piece of him. He doesn't want to talk to any of the press vultures, or give them anything about his past. He only wants to discuss right now, and hockey. But then Jordan shows up, and throws him off his game entirely. Jordan and Levi had BIG chemistry and fighting it was a full time job. They both think the other person basically hates them, and neither of them seem capable of just being honest. It was a constant push and pull, and I enjoyed watching them squirm a bit. Levi has loved Jordan since he first laid eyes on her, before Josh or anyone else in their group had seen her, but he missed his chance and Josh was the lucky one who got to marry her. Jordan has always taken Levi's sarcasm, and snark to heart, and believed he never cared for her much, and didn't like her with Josh. But as she interviews him, and those around him, and begins to get a clearer picture of the REAL Levi, she's not sure what to think. There might just be a genuinely good guy under all that big talk. Seeing all our favorite characters from the prior Rebels series was SO MUCH FUN, especially my faves Harper and Remy, ooh la la! I also loved all the guys and how they consistently do things to knock each other down a peg. The laughter and camaraderie in the locker room was always hilarious, and I can't wait to learn more about these other young players on the team. I really loved how they try to show up for each other, in every way they can, both on the ice and off. They all try to help Levi out with his nerves, and make him feel welcome, and included. I loved watching his relationships grow with each of them. Jordan was a great example of the plight of female sports reporters, and what they have to deal with. Unsolicited dick pics, and harassment at all levels, from players, to coaches, to executives, to fans, and internet trolls. They mostly have to roll with the punches, and laugh along with the jokes in order not to be ostracized from the inner circle. Forget about what happens if they were to report something. It's a tightrope walk, and mostly Jordan does it well, but Levi doesn't like at all what she has to deal with. It makes him angry to think about her being vulnerable in those situations. Since the Rebels have a very non-traditional management, with 3 female owners, and a gay former player as their GM, their locker room is A LOT better than most, and Jordan has hope for the future.I really loved this couple and their struggle to be truly open and honest with each other, in order to get to their HEA. They had a lot of obstacles to overcome, and they managed it, mostly together, and despite outside pressures. The villain here was such an unethical weasel, and I really would've liked to see him get his comeuppance in a more specific way. I hope we might get to hear about that more in future stories. Also, I'm super intrigued by Levi's temporary roommate, Elle, and what secrets she's holding onto. I just bet Mr. #superglutes himself, Theo Kershaw, is up for the task of finding out! I can't wait!ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Megan from Alpha Book Club
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars—ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 30, 2019He's a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She's a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She's also his best friend's widow...Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work 4.25 stars—ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 30, 2019He's a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She's a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She's also his best friend's widow...Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work with: flame-haired, freckle-splashed, impossibly perky Jordan Cooke.The woman he should not have kissed the night she buried her husband, Levi’s best friend in the service.Hockey-stick-up-his-butt-serious Levi Hunt might despise Jordan for reasons she can’t fathom—okay, it’s to do with kissing—but her future in the cutthroat world of sports reporting hangs on delivering the goods on the league’s hottest, grumpiest rookie. So what if he’s not interested in having his life plated up for public consumption. Too bad. Jordan will have to play dirty to get her scoop and even dirtier to get her man. Only in winning the story, she might just lose her heart..••••••••REVIEW: GOOD GUY is the first instalment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult ROOKIE REBELS erotic, hockey, romance series-a spin off from the author’s Chicago Rebel series. This is former Special Forces Green Beret and Chicago Rebels newest rookie Levi Hunt, and sports reported Jordan Cooke’s story line. GOOD GUY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the original series is revealed where necessary. There is a slight cross-over with the author’s HOT IN CHICAGO firefighter series and the appearance of Kinsey Taylor-Almeida as Jordan’s best friend.Told from dual third person perspectives (Jordan and Levi) GOOD GUY follows the best friend’s wife scenario as former Special Forces Green Beret Levi Hunt becomes the oldest rookie on the professional hockey circuit with the Chicago Rebels. Five years earlier Levi Hunt lost his best friend Josh Cooke to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, leaving his wife Jordan a widow at twenty-three. Fast forward to present day wherein Levi Hunt has returned to the game that he loves, a game that will bring him face to face with the woman he has loved since the day they first met. Enter reporter and journalist Jordan Cooke. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Jordan and Levi, and the potential fall-out as words said in anger trigger too many hard feelings between our leading couple.Levi Hunt knew the moment he saw Jordan Cooke, he had fallen in love but Jordan fell for Levi’s best friend Josh, a man who would lose his life all too soon. Levi would soon discover that Jordan’s latest assignment was Levi himself, an assignment that would both push and pull our couple together and apart. Jordan Cooke knew getting the coveted story about Levi Hunt could make or break her sports reporting career but getting the real story meant going against everything she believed including the potential to destroy the man with whom she was falling in love.The relationship between Jordan and Levi is one of second chances of a sort. Levi is a bit of a loner; a quiet but powerful hockey play who has been in love with his best friend’s wife for as long as he can remember but keeping his distance meant keeping away from the woman that called to his heart. Jordan knows that to get her story she is going to have to get close to our story line hero but getting close is about to backfire when her fellow reporters sense something else between our leading couple. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including several members of the Chicago Rebels previously introduced in the author’s CHICAGO REBELS hockey series, team manager Dante Moretti; Chicago Rebels owners-Harper and Isabel Chase, Violet Vasquez, and their significant others, as well as the introduction of several members of the sports media; hockey players Theo Kershaw and Ford Callaghan, and Special Forces support team member Elle Butler. GOOD GUY is a story of family, friendship, heart break and betrayal; a story of loss, love and second chances. The premise is entertaining and captivating; the romance is seductive; the characters are colorful and energetic. Copy supplied by Netgalleywww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars—ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 30, 2019He's a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She's a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She's also his best friend's widow...Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work 4.25 stars—ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 30, 2019He's a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She's a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She's also his best friend's widow...Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work with: flame-haired, freckle-splashed, impossibly perky Jordan Cooke.The woman he should not have kissed the night she buried her husband, Levi’s best friend in the service.Hockey-stick-up-his-butt-serious Levi Hunt might despise Jordan for reasons she can’t fathom—okay, it’s to do with kissing—but her future in the cutthroat world of sports reporting hangs on delivering the goods on the league’s hottest, grumpiest rookie. So what if he’s not interested in having his life plated up for public consumption. Too bad. Jordan will have to play dirty to get her scoop and even dirtier to get her man. Only in winning the story, she might just lose her heart..••••••••REVIEW: GOOD GUY is the first instalment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult ROOKIE REBELS erotic, hockey, romance series-a spin off from the author’s Chicago Rebel series. This is former Special Forces Green Beret and Chicago Rebels newest rookie Levi Hunt, and sports reported Jordan Cooke’s story line. GOOD GUY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the original series is revealed where necessary. There is a slight cross-over with the author’s HOT IN CHICAGO firefighter series and the appearance of Kinsey Taylor-Almeida as Jordan’s best friend.Told from dual third person perspectives (Jordan and Levi) GOOD GUY follows the best friend’s wife scenario as former Special Forces Green Beret Levi Hunt becomes the oldest rookie on the professional hockey circuit with the Chicago Rebels. Five years earlier Levi Hunt lost his best friend Josh Cooke to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, leaving his wife Jordan a widow at twenty-three. Fast forward to present day wherein Levi Hunt has returned to the game that he loves, a game that will bring him face to face with the woman he has loved since the day they first met. Enter reporter and journalist Jordan Cooke. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Jordan and Levi, and the potential fall-out as words said in anger trigger too many hard feelings between our leading couple.Levi Hunt knew the moment he saw Jordan Cooke, he had fallen in love but Jordan fell for Levi’s best friend Josh, a man who would lose his life all too soon. Levi would soon discover that Jordan’s latest assignment was Levi himself, an assignment that would both push and pull our couple together and apart. Jordan Cooke knew getting the coveted story about Levi Hunt could make or break her sports reporting career but getting the real story meant going against everything she believed including the potential to destroy the man with whom she was falling in love.The relationship between Jordan and Levi is one of second chances of a sort. Levi is a bit of a loner; a quiet but powerful hockey play who has been in love with his best friend’s wife for as long as he can remember but keeping his distance meant keeping away from the woman that called to his heart. Jordan knows that to get her story she is going to have to get close to our story line hero but getting close is about to backfire when her fellow reporters sense something else between our leading couple. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including several members of the Chicago Rebels previously introduced in the author’s CHICAGO REBELS hockey series, team manager Dante Moretti; Chicago Rebels owners-Harper and Isabel Chase, Violet Vasquez, and their significant others, as well as the introduction of several members of the sports media; hockey players Theo Kershaw and Ford Callaghan, and Special Forces support team member Elle Butler. GOOD GUY is a story of family, friendship, heart break and betrayal; a story of loss, love and second chances. The premise is entertaining and captivating; the romance is seductive; the characters are colorful and energetic. Copy supplied by Netgalleywww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS he was head over skates for her. I adored Kate's Chicago Rebels books and was super bummed to see that series come to an end. It became my go-to when I wanted a fun and sexy hockey romance. So when I saw that she's writing a spin-off series I jumped on it quicker than you can say "puck". What? Too cheesy? Whatever. You get what I'm saying here, ok?! But whatever. I digress. My point here is I was uber excited for a brand new sports series from one of my favorite authors. Plus have yo 3.5 STARS he was head over skates for her. I adored Kate's Chicago Rebels books and was super bummed to see that series come to an end. It became my go-to when I wanted a fun and sexy hockey romance. So when I saw that she's writing a spin-off series I jumped on it quicker than you can say "puck". What? Too cheesy? Whatever. You get what I'm saying here, ok?! But whatever. I digress. My point here is I was uber excited for a brand new sports series from one of my favorite authors. Plus have you SEEN that book blurb? Talk about your book crack. I just so happen to love the broody grumps. And just when I thought no grump could out grump Bren St. James from Hooked On You, in skates Levi Hunt. The man was the most endearing grump I've read in a while. The man is a retired veteran, a Green Beret with battle scars and a heart of gold. With his military career behind him, he's now become hockey's oldest rookie. And just when he thinks he's finally got things together, a blast from his past blows it all out of the water.Jordan is a sports reporter that's working her tail off in order to prove that a woman is just as deserving of a coveted reporting spot as a man. So when she sees a chance to use her history with Levi as an in to get the chance she's been waiting for in her career, she's not above using it. Jordan also happens to be the widow of Levi's service teammate and best friend. But worse than that she's always been the woman he coveted from afar but never allowed himself to get. At first she was his buddy's wife and then she was his widow, so she's always been hands off.Levi wasn't hard to love. The man just tugs at every heart string you have. And the more you learn about his connection with Jordan and peel back the grumpy layers, the more you fall for him. Jordan, admittedly, was a little harder to love. While I love that the relationship with her husband was never diminished, I also struggled with seeing her as a widow. She loved her husband, yes, but I struggled to feel that connection to her. And yes, it's been 5 years since the loss, but I just never felt that grieving for her. Perhaps that makes it easier to see her move on, but I wished that I got little more emotion from her. She seemed almost standoffish to me at times. And I get that she put her career on the backseat for her husband's military career those years ago, she was almost a little too...hard...with her career aspirations here. She reminded me a little bit of Harper when it came to how hard she was in order to prove herself, but I just had a tough time connecting to her. She did ultimately win me over, but it did take some time.If you've read the Rebels series, you'll definitely appreciate all of the cameos in this book. And if you haven't, I highly recommend you check it out.Good Guy was a sweet romance that shined a spotlight on several issues like gender inequality in sports, which I really enjoyed. And though the story wasn't my favorite of Kate's, it definitely did the trick of hooking me on a new series.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really hard review for me to write, I loved the Chicago Rebels series so I was excited that author Kate Meader was going to continue in that world, and while I liked certain aspects of this story there were quite a few that didn’t work for me. There is no doubt this was a complex story which Ms. Meader is known for, but I felt there were so many different story lines going on that the romance and relationship between the hero and heroine was an afterthought. That being said, there was This is a really hard review for me to write, I loved the Chicago Rebels series so I was excited that author Kate Meader was going to continue in that world, and while I liked certain aspects of this story there were quite a few that didn’t work for me. There is no doubt this was a complex story which Ms. Meader is known for, but I felt there were so many different story lines going on that the romance and relationship between the hero and heroine was an afterthought. That being said, there was enough good in Good Guy to keep me reading and I have high hopes for this series going forward.The title of this book was appropriate because our hero, Levi Hunt, is the epitome of a good guy. He ditched a promising hockey career to serve in the military, a Green Beret at that, and he had a really interesting reason for doing so. He volunteers at a homeless shelter/food kitchen because he wants to not for a publicity stunt for media attention. He is smart, respectful to everyone around him, and is especially interested in helping homeless veterans. He is also very private and doesn’t want his private life splashed around, so he’s not too excited when the team owner and manager tell him a reporter is going to be writing a feature on him. He’s a story; coming in as a rookie at age 30 after serving in the military, it’s good press for the team and they want him to cooperate. It just so happens that he knows the reporter, she was married to his best friend who died in combat and he was there when they met, he saw her first and wanted her, but she only had eyes for his friend, he was there when they got married and he was genuinely happy for them, and he was there when they laid him to rest and he kissed her that night which is just another reason he doesn’t want to do the interview.I struggled greatly with the heroine, Jordan Cooke, which was a complete shocker as Ms. Meader has written some of my favorite heroines ever. She was all about integrity, but she took this job knowing she got it because of her connection to Levi even though it was minimal. She had a good reputation, has made a name for herself with her podcast, yet even knowing she got the job because she filled a quota (need more women covering sports) and her connection to the subject I had to question her integrity add in a scene in the book where in my opinion she did something really sketchy and unethical and my opinion of her dropped down even further. I hated the way she pushed Levi into trying to share parts of his life he didn’t want to share, that she goaded him on more than one occasion, that she was stupid enough to leave her laptop unattended in a press room filled with other reporters, and that despite feeling something was off about appearing on a show on ESPN she did so because she was hoping to further her career. On top of that she spoke out about the treatment of women who work with professional sports teams in any capacity yet she put up with players sending her pictures of their anatomy because she wanted to play nice and not get a reputation for being able to handle what the guys dish out.The thing is I really loved Levi and I spent a good portion of this book feeling like Jordan wasn’t good enough for him. I just kept feeling like Jordan was playing a game, like she had something to prove by making Levi want her and he had wanted her for so long that he was happy to oblige, but I didn’t feel the heat, the want, the longing; when they were together physically for most of this book it felt hollow.Thankfully Levi, the rest of the Rebel players, some retired Rebels, and the Chase sisters and their significant others were present in this story, that saved it for me, and provided a bit of a buffer for me from Jordan.While I was a bit disappointed by with the heroine in Good Guy, the story held my interest and the fact that I’m highly interested in some of the other players, I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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