Monday, July 15, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Good Guy (Rookie Rebels #1) By Kate Meader

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Good Guy
Publisher: Kate Meader
Release Date: July 30th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
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
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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