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New Release Review! GOOD GUY by Kate Meader (Rookie Rebels #1)

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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…

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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 me 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.

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