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Good Guy

(Rookie Rebels #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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 pr
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Kate Meader LLC
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
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 Sunshine Stars

As 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
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Kate Meader
SERIES: Rookie Rebels
RELEASE DATE: July 30 2019
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

READ 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
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
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
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
Kate Meader
Jul 10, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
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!

Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
4.5 Stars

Levi is a rookie on the Chicago Rebels team, an older one since he opted to go into service in Special Forces instead of immediately playing on a profession hockey team. Now nine years later he’s been hired onto the Chicago Rebels hockey team. Everyone wants his story, but he is a very private person and doesn’t feel like much should be made of his service in Special Forces. Levi suffers a bit from survivor’s guilt since his best friend, Josh didn’t make it out. Teaming up with Josh’s w
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: broody, 2019, sports
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
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 ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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 th
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
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I’ve really enjoyed all of Kate Meader’s Chicago Rebels series and this is a new series in the same team, so I’m not sure why this is a different series name, but I was down with more from this context. If you too have enjoyed the Chicago Rebels, you will enjoy the familiarity of the management, characters and team.

GOOD GUY was about the oldest rookie in hockey. Levi was out of the special forces (Green Berets) and back to hockey which was his plan before he enlisted out of college. Now in his e
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
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 ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy, shelly
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
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
‘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
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read from Kate Meader. It is a spin-off of the Chicago Rebels series. You don’t need to read that series to be able to enjoy this story. Jordan is a reporter and Levi is an ex-green beret that has now turned into an NHL rookie. They have a past that comes into play and could possibly affect their future. It had some steamy love scenes. It is a good read for fans of sports romance.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's a new season for the Chicago Rebels and a new chance for Levi Hunt, who after putting his career on hold to serve his country for a decade, is back and now a rookie hockey player. Levi is there for the sport, for the team work. He doesn't care for the fame or the cameras. In fact, he would be happier not having to deal with the press and not talking about the past. Unfortunately for Mr. broody, silent type, the sport reporter who's working on a profile about him is a woman from his past
Kate R
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Good Guy is the first book in Kate Meader’s new series, Rookie Rebels. It is a spinoff of the Chicago Rebels series. I have not read any in the Chicago Rebels series and didn’t feel confused at all. Several characters from the original series show up in this one, but they are explained quite well.

This book focuses on Levi and Jordan. Levi is a Special Forces veteran, who is now a rookie on the Chicago Rebels hockey team. Jordan is a sports journalist, who also happens to be Levi’s best friend’s
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
So I was pretty much all in for this romance until I hit the last quarter or so, and it devolved from there. I loved the romance and how tenderly the aspect of Jordan being Levi's best friend's widow was handled. While a big part of the plot, it wasn't really angsty and overwrought. Levi has always been in love with Jordan, she was firmly in love with her husband, he died, and it is now five years later and she is ready for her life and finding new love.

Okay, romance is great, check. That said,
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, sports-romance
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
Ann Lorz
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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

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
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
4 stars

Good 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!
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A Klue
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
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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 mention
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"He's pretty hot. Got that grouchy, needs-a-hug thing going on. Total GILF."

The author won me over when I got a taste of her Chicago Rebels series and I've been stalking her ever since. Those #HockeyHunks are so full of personality and sex appeal that they practically melt the ice they skate on. And the three sisters that inherited the team are so strong and sassy. Their banter keeps me in stitches, especially Violet.

This new Rookie Rebels series is so good. Not only does it have fresh m
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first book in a new spin-off series, the Rooking Rebels. While this book is technically a new series, I do recommend reading the original series, the Rebels, just so you can get a feel for the uniqueness of this pro hockey team. Normally, I very much enjoy Kate Meader's novels. However, I almost feel that in this novel, she was trying to tackle too many issues in one story. So much so that the romance between Jordan and Levi at times was pushed aside. In this and in the previous Rebe ...more
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Kate writes sexy contemporary and LGBTQ+ romance with strong guys and amazing women and men who match their heroes quip for quip. In her latest series, Rookie Rebels, a new generation of players take to the ice and learn that all’s fair in love and hockey.

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“Levi Hunt was six feet three of Special Forces badassery, his body a honed weapon, his gaze sharp enough to fell the enemy or a weak-willed woman at fifty paces. Objectively, she'd recognized this when she first met him. He had a gruff, dangerous quality that would appeal to many.

She had never considered herself one of them.”
“Her heart checked for him. That night after Josh's funeral, he'd been the consummate listener. Just watching, taking her cues, waiting for her to open up about her pain, and not indulging in what must have been his own.

Then she took advantage by eating his face off.”
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