Good Guy (A Rookie Rebels Novel)

Good Guy (A Rookie Rebels Novel)

by Kate Meader

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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 . . .

In this standalone romance set in the Chicago Rebels world, a new generation of players take to the ice and learn that all's fair in love and hockey.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940161266946
Publisher: Kate Meader
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Series: Rookie Rebels , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,663
File size: 556 KB

About the Author

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

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Good Guy (A Rookie Rebels Novel) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Madm007 21 days ago
Just gets better and better! Jordan's character was awesome, as was Levi's. Without getting in too deep into the controversy of women in what was once man's sacred territory of sports, this was very well written of the dilemmas women face, and men face as well, when mixing it up. Blurred Lines for sure. There are jerks among both sexes! Jordan loved hockey and was very good at what she did, reporting it. The interactions between her and Levi had all the feels, their chemistry was undeniable, but deny they did just because of their positions, or hers anyway. Their past didn't help either. I loved reading this as it brought out my feels on everything written. I honestly felt sorry for Jordan and Levi both, being exploited for no good reason, except a story that truly doesn't even matter in the grand scheme. See, I'm getting emotional just writing this--and that to me is a very good journey! When it ends in Happily Ever After, I'm good!! I received an advance reader's copy thru Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my honest opinions
Cali-Jewel 1 days ago
Really loved reading this action packed, sexy, funny and emotional journey that is filled with insightful charters, emotional thrills, witty banter and exciting will not be ignored passion... was a could not put it down kinda read. I am looking forward to the next Rebels adventure.
SaraBetty 12 days ago
Loved the story... Have really gotten into stories of sexy hockey players... Tough guys on the ice but not so tough off... Many with hearts of gold and the story line here was a bit different in that our hero was a Green Beret who gave up on a lucrative career out of college to serve his country.. Now back to civilian life he is trying to join the NHL at 30 years of age and there are not many takers... But, sometimes things happen as they are supposed to... Didn't know if I was going to be thrilled with the equal woman's rights issue but it was handled in such a way that the message got across in a sometimes humorous way ... Enjoy the on ice parts but this story combined the real life issues in a meaningful and very thought provoking way.. Enjoyed the book and the message...
Anonymous 16 days ago
Love the strong women, the hot hockey players. The whole book was wonderfully written, letting us get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the characters. Will archive it to read again at a later date!
LynnB888 16 days ago
Kate Meader has a wicked way of wrapping every man she creates around a reader's heart ... and I absolutely love it! With the first look at her new hockey spin-off series Rookie Rebels, she brings us the story of a decorated war hero who sacrificed a lot in his service to our country, but just sees himself as an average Joe as he starts his NHL career. His world is about to go up in flames when he reconnects with the widow of his best friend who he's had a thing for since the day he met her. The story line is fresh and fun, the characters took a little longer to connect for me, but once they did it was magical. Really enjoyed the first duo of the series ... so looking forward to more! Former Green Beret Levi Hunt wishes the media attention surrounding him would die down. He thinks of himself as the furthest thing from a hero, but everyone seems to be latching on and wanting a piece of him. He wants to settle into his new career as a hockey player ... and just live for awhile. He isn't happy when his new bosses decide he needs to cooperate with a media expose ... but he especially isn't happy when he sees who is doing it! Sports reporter Jordan Cooke isn't really into using the "who I know" card to get a leg up in her career, but she knows it might be her only chance, so she let's it be known that she knows the man that everyone wants a scoop on. Her husband was best friends with him. He might have never liked her, but she knows she can get him to talk ... if they can get past the kiss they shared the last time they saw each other ... the day they buried her husband.
beckymmoe 16 days ago
Loved! I mean, it's a continuation of the Chicago Rebels series (hockey players!!!) with a slight crossover with Hot in Chicago series (firefighters!!!) thrown in for flavor, so my at least liking it was probably pretty much a given, but still. So. Good! Both Jordan and Levi are starting over. He's recently out of the Army (Special Forces) and going back to his other career choice, NHL hockey, where he immediately becomes a known thing because 1) he's the oldest rookie of his class and 2) I mentioned the Special Forces thing, right? Jordan, a widow of five years, is trying to make it big in sports reporting. She'd put her career on hold while married (moving from base to base not being conducive with the reality of making it big as a sports reporter while female) but now an opportunity has opened up and she can't say no. Because she knows Levi already--he served with her husband and was not only his BFF but also the best man at their wedding. Teensy little complication--he hates her. Or does he? I enjoyed the push and pull between Jordan and Levi, and I freaking loved the camaraderie that Levi developed with the rest of his team, especially "Superglutes" Theo Kershaw (please tell me he's getting a book!). Ms. Meader did a fantastic job with Jordan's past--it's been five years, and though she loved her husband and thinks of him every day, she's ready to move on; no vilification needed. Woot! Even Levi's guilt had more to do with his sense of self worth than the fact that she was his best friend's widow; I really liked how that was handled. Zero percent of my widow-story rage triggers were triggered. Plus, hockey. And snark with a side of banter. And more hockey. And a dog. I'm not sure what else could possibly be needed... Good Guy is the first in a new series, and would make an excellent introduction to the author. (But you did see the previous mentions of more hockey players and firefighters, right? Read this and then get on that backlist ASAP. Trust me on this!) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
ReadYourWrites 17 days ago
4.5 stars At 30 years old, Levi Hunt is the oldest rookie in the NHL. After college, instead of going to the NHL he decided to join the military. Levi then spent nine years being a Green Beret. Now that he's served his country, he's ready to get back on the ice. Pure luck and player injuries land Levi in Chicago as a center for the Chicago Rebels. Levi now finds himself as the “it” man and everyone wants to interview him. Levi is happy to talk hockey, but his life before hockey and his time in the Green Beret are off limits. Jordan Cooke is a sports reporter. She's been covering AHL games in the Midwest. She now has the opportunity to work for Chicago Sports Net covering the Chicago Rebels. This is an opportunity Jordan has worked for. But in the male-dominated world of sports, being a female reporter is a hazard. It seems the only reason Jordan is even being considered for the job is because she has a previous relationship with Levi. Levi and her husband Josh were both in the Green Berets. In fact, Josh was Levi's best friend. Levi was Josh's best man at his wedding and also a pallbearer at his funeral. Jordan knows she has her work cut out for her because Levi oozes disdain for her with a single look. Chicago Rebels CEO Harper Chase forces Levi to play nice and answer Jordan’s questions. Harper even allows Jordan to travel with the team. As Levi slowly opens up to Jordan, he reveals parts of himself he’s never revealed to anyone before. The two slowly give into their shared attraction. Levi’s trust issues and Josh lay between them. Good Guy was so good. The characters of Levi and Jordan are great. However, there were a few times when Jordan’s wanting to make a name for herself rubbed me the wrong way. The secondary characters are simply the best. Honestly, Kate Meader writes the best male characters. Good Guy is the first book in the Rookie Rebels series which is a spin-off of the Chicago Rebels series. This is a standalone read. However, if you have read the Chicago Rebels series, you'll be happy to see some familiar faces. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. **Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**
Sandy-thereadingcafe 18 days ago
4.25 stars---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.
TerryL56 18 days ago
Jordan is just pure sunshine! Levi and his best friend Josh fell in love with the same girl ... but Josh met her first and the rest is history. Shortly after they get married, Josh is killed in Afghanistan leaving Jordan alone. Five years later, Levi leaves the Green Berets and becomes the oldest rookie in the NHL. Meanwhile Jordan has become a sports writer and when her boss finds out that Jordan and Levi know each other, he assigns her the task of getting the dirt on the oldest rookie. Jordan remembers Levi as this quiet grumpy guy and is hesitant to interview him. But when they meet again, the sparks fly. This is a great spin-off series and I like the fact that characters from the Rebel Series appear in this book. I really liked Jordan ... after her husband died, she picked herself up and made a life for herself and was such a positive person. Levi was just a grump at first, but I liked him much better by the middle of the book. I just loved some of the other characters that I know will have books in this series and can't wait. A great start to a new series. I received an early copy courtesy of the author through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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FromTheSouth 20 days ago
Rating: 2.5 stars Let 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. 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.)
moonfox1234 20 days ago
I really enjoyed this standalone read that is set in the same world as the Chicago Rebels. I found the storyline to be entertaining and it held my attention well. Tension, drama, emotional turmoil, humor, romance and social commentary are woven thoughout. I liked Levi a lot. He was a really good guy and quite swoon worthy. I enjoy them broody and that description I feel, fits Levi perfectly. Jordan was spunky, determined and upbeat. I liked these two as a couple and thought they had good chemistry. Both the past and the present are obsticles on the road to a HEA for this couple. This was a very good read and a solid start to this new series.
yzermandy 21 days ago
I absolutely loved this book!! I'm a fairly new fan of Kate Meader's books and I'm thrilled I was able to read Good Guy. Good Guy is a spin off of the Chicago Rebels series, which I haven't read... yet. Although I do think that this book can be read and understood without having read the Chicago Rebels series I think that having the prior background knowledge of the characters would have been nice. I loved each of the characters so much that I am planning to go back and read the Chicago Rebels series too!! I am a huge hockey fan (Go Detroit Red Wings) and I absolutely LOVED the references in the book to many of the hockey greats (Gordie Howe, Gretzky, etc.), however, you really don't have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book. Levi Hunt is a retired Green Beret that is the oldest rookie to join the NHL's Chicago Rebels hockey team. He is a very complex character as we discover throughout the story. Jordan Cooke is a widow and journalist that gets an opportunity to move from the minor league to the NHL to fill in for a colleague. Her job is basically to write a profile on Levi Hunt. Levi doesn't have much of a choice to work with Jordan and they already have history... Jordan's husband was Levi's best friend in the service. I won't expand much more than that on the 2 characters, however, the chemistry between Jordan and Levi is off the charts. I loved their interactions and the process of them falling deeply in love. I thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the team, and really, of the Chicago Rebels franchise throughout the story. (I'm really hoping that 'Superglutes' & Elle will be the main focus for the next story too!) There were some tough aspects in the story that were tackled: homelessness, sexual harassment, and how women fit in to a predominantly male world in sports/journalism, but the overall tone of the story was perfect!! I would highly recommend reading this book!! I love when reading a book and I find myself laughing, smiling, crying, hoping, and falling in love with the characters through their journey. Kate Meader definitely has a way of writing that drags the reader into the story and allows her readers to experience the book in a magical way. I can not wait for the next book in this series!! I hope that you all enjoy reading Good Guy, because Levi Hunt is most definitely a Good Guy and this book is a phenomenal story!!
Lori-Gonzo 21 days ago
What a beautiful story of not letting your circumstances define you, overcoming heartbreak, and putting yourself out there! To say I loved both Levi and Jordan would be am understatement. Levi was the epitome of strong, silent and a leader while having a heart of gold, wanting to help his fellow veterans. And he did it without the flash. He came from such humble beginnings and achieved success but wanted to give back to his community. He really is an admirable man. Jordan was a strong woman, trying to become a successful sports reporter without compromising herself. I loved how she hung with the guys, but yet maintained her femininity. She was so cool with them, humor, sarcasm, cool bantering. I loved this story, had heart ache during crucial scenes with misunderstandings, and a smile on my face for their reconciliation and uber hot but sweet epilogue. Now all I need is a perfect story for Theo and Elle. Those two seriously entertain me. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
whatsbetterthanbooks 21 days ago
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.
Rainn2978 21 days ago
The first in the new spin-off series from the Chicago Rebels introduces us to Levi Hunt and Jordan Cooke. Levi was the best man at Jordan's wedding to his best friend. And he was there to help her bury him when he was killed in action. And now that he has left the special forces and rejoined the hockey world, she has been asked to use her "in" to get an interview with the oldest rookie. The only problem is that he can't seem to stand her and always let's her know it. But she wants to move ahead in her career and is willing to poke him until he gives her the interview she needs. I liked this first installment and definitely liked Jordan and Levi's banter back and forth. Levi has had a rough life and lets it follow him around and make him think he doesn't deserve things that he truly does. Jordan has managed to follow her dreams even after losing her husband at such a young age. I love how they both fell for each other despite the obstacles that were in their path. And that even when the worst happens they manage to work it out. It's a second chance book at it's finest. My only drawback was that parts of it seemed slow to me, and I had to force myself to keep reading to get past those portions. But on a whole, I really liked it and am looking forward to the next one!
Robindpdx 21 days ago
This was an entertaining, well-written romance. Jordan has a chance to move up in the cutthroat world of sports reporting, but it requires her to access a connection from her life before her husband passed away. Levi was her husband's best friend in the service, who she shared a kiss with after her husband's funeral. Levi is now resuming the NHL career he put on hold while he served in the military. Now they have to work together on a story about him for the press, and all kinds of feelings are involved. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
BeckyRendon 22 days ago
4.5 stars I am giggling like a school girl! You don't have to have read the Chicago Rebels series to fall for the Good Guy but it definitely colors your glasses! Knowing all the secondary players in this story makes it that much more special! Newbies to the Rebels will definitely be drawn to start at the beginning. Old friends, like myself, will want to re-read all the awesomeness. It's like visiting with your old friends! You are ridiculously excited to see them and it feels like you've never left them. Good Guy is all the swoons. You have a former Green Beret turned hockey stud who is an all around respectful and stoic man. (You may not have inferred from the Green Beret/hockey player part...But dude is in outstanding shape!) A hockey hottie with military manners! What is not to like...throw in a Cookie, a Theo, and some visits from Rebel Royalty and Good Guy will leave you smiling and a little bit breathless! Not to mention the hashtags...#superglutes!
KSP91301 22 days ago
Good Guy is a great start to Kate Meader’s new Rookie Rebels series. The heroine and hero are opposites attract in every way, making for entertaining interactions. Jordan is fun, social, the epitome of the curious journalist. Levi, on the other hand, is quiet—almost broody—watchful, and goes to great lengths to keep his private life private. Tensions mount when Jordan is persistent in uncovering his secrets and motivation for starting a pro hockey career at an age when most athletes are retiring. There is a slow build up to the romance and customary steam delivered by this author. At times it’s almost overshadowed by the many other threads happening, some with the main characters and others setting up future installments. Without revealing any spoilers, there is a lot packed into this story. Those that impacted Jordan and Levi were resolved. Surely the others will be in time. The Rookie Rebels introduces a fun new cast everyone is sure to love. One of Levi’s teammates almost stole the show with his adorableness. Hopefully he’ll receive his own story sooner rather than later. Only time will tell if he’ll be paired with the brusque character who’s hiding secrets. What I loved most is catching up with several of my favorite characters from the Chicago Rebels and Hot In Chicago series. It was a welcome but unexpected surprise. Good Guy probably could be enjoyed without reading the previous two series, but I highly recommend at least reading the Chicago Rebels first. It will make the cameos that much more entertaining. 3.75 stars
Kindle_Loving_Mom 22 days ago
Jordan Cooke is a hockey lover, and a great regional sports reporter, with a 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, 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. 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 a while, but another player's injury was his lucky break. 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. 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!
KindleKat64 22 days ago
I love the Chicago Rebels series so I was thrilled when Kate Meader decided to do a spinoff. I enjoy her writing very much so it was no surprise as to how much I really enjoyed this story and the whole concept of it. I love the characters we are introduced here and of course the characters I came to love from the Rebels series that make many appearances. Our hero Levi, and in this case he really is one, had a whole other career before coming onto the scene as a rookie hockey player, as a Green Beret. Thus making him quite old to be a rookie in this game. Levi is a very private man, which makes the fact that the team wants him to be the subject of an in depth profile story pretty unnerving for him. This is exacerbated when the reporter picked to do it is the widow of an old army buddy/friend of his that he has been pining for forever. In fact, he was the best man at their wedding. Levi is so much more than he appears to be at first and I loved watching Jordan discover all the many layers he has. Jordan, who is now finally chasing after something for herself, is smart, sassy and driven and is picked over her male counterparts to write this piece because of her connection with Levi. She is an amazing reporter but has been overshadowed in this male dominated field. They have some serious chemistry that neither really wants to explore at first, but you know how that goes. And of course this makes for some great tension filled moments and dialogue. Great storyline, wonderful characters both old and new as well as a wonderful ending, makes this an excellent start off to a new series. I cannot wait for more of the rookies on the Rebels as they already have me intrigued especially Superglutes!
MBurton 22 days ago
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!
Susanmc81 22 days ago
Levi Hunt is the world’s oldest Hockey rookie. Instead of going into the NHL out of college, he joined the Green Berets and served his country. He is an all around great guy, ex-military special forces, works anonymously with the homeless, and is a leader with the new guys on his team. Of course, the journalist the team decides to embed with the team and do an in depth story on Levi has a history with him. Jordan Cooke is a widow who has been given the opportunity of a big break in sports journalism by doing an in depth profile of the man who was the best man at her wedding. Problem is she thinks that Levi cannot stand her. This is an enjoyable enemies to lovers/forbidden romance. I really like Levi’s character, he is complex. Not only is he a good guy, he had to overcome a tough childhood and deal with the survivor’s guilt. This is a nice start to a new series, as you are introduced to other teammates that will be in future books. I did think the book dragged a little when Jordan kept equivocating when it came to having a relationship with Levi. Overall, it was an enjoyable book. I was given a ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
astroyic 22 days ago
This was a Fantastic start into a new series. Where the new rookie Levi Hunt is also the oldest rookie. Levi had been off the ice and serving his country for the last nine years as a Green Beret. The newest Chicago Rebel was the hottest story in hockey, and everyone wanted his story. Levi Hunt wanted to forget what he had seen in his deployments, he didn’t want to talk about it. He had so much regret, pain, but most of all guilt that he had survived. He had hoped to stay in the feeder league for a year or two to get game tough, but after the Rebels center fractured his arm Levi was called up 4 months after he was discharged. And now they were assigning a sports reporter to do a story about him, and he couldn’t believe it was her. Jordan Cooke has been a women working in a mans world, dealing with the good and the bad. She finally had a chance at one of the most coveted reporting gigs in sports with an interview for a job at Chicago Sports Net. After losing her husband five years ago, she was forced to focus on what was important and that became her career. Now she was was ready to seize her destiny. But she didn’t want it to be based on her past with Levi Hunt. He had been her husband’s best friend and his best man when they got married. And a man she had kissed six hours after she buried her husband. Now she had a new job because she had a connection that could be exploited. And she really didn’t want to have to deal with him. These two are a slow burn romance. Their interactions are filled with angst, attraction, attitude, emotion, passion and love. Doing some articles about this mild mannered Super hero, could be the start of getting to know the Good Guy. I cant wait to read the rest of this series!!