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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  414 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Theo Kershaw is the luckiest guy alive.

Roaring back from a life-threatening injury, he has the world at his skates as defenseman for his new team, the Chicago Rebels. Everyone adores his big personality, his on-ice talent, and his killer smile. Everyone but his prickly neighbor - or so he thinks. One chilly Christmas Eve, Theo will learn that maybe the girl next door isn't
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Published December 10th 2019 by Kate Meader LLC
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AUTHOR: Kate Meader
SERIES: Rookie Rebels #2
RELEASE DATE: December 10,2019
GENRE: Sports Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Surprise Pregnancy
RATING: 4 Stars


Superglutes is a dreamboat. Theo was the best part of the book that had me laugh out loud and swoon all the way through. Kate Meader's heroes are always the most wonderful men. It's the heroines that sometimes give me a bit of a headache and this was the case with with

This is book two in the Rookie Rebels series, a spin-off from the Chicago Rebels series, and reunites us with two obviously-going-to-start-something non-couple from the background of book one's story, Elle Butler, army buddy of Levi Hunt's, and now bartender at the local team's bar, and Theo Kershaw, chatty sunshine defenseman with the bubble butt. And let me tell you, both of their backstories took me kinda by surprise.

This would've been an easy story to keep light and focus on the
Gina L. Maxwell
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so much fun to read! I don't think the smile ever left my face, and there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments thanks to Theo's hilarious and utterly charming personality. He was the perfect hero in every way! Full of witty banter, smokin' hot chemistry, and tons of heart, INSTACRUSH is one of my top reads of 2019. Meader continues to kill it with her hockey hunks, and I can't wait to read the next one!
Kate Meader
Nov 29, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
From Insta-crush to Insta-daddy ...

My hot hockey player neighbor is the most annoying man on the planet ... and I don't have a crush on him (okay, it's tiny, miniscule, not even worth talking about). But one sexy Santa visit, a plate of chicken parm, and a pair of dino-briefs later - don't ask - and we're celebrating the holidays horizontally. And that mistake leads to another: the pregnant kind. Oops.

My first surprise pregnancy romance! This was such a blast to write, especially because Theo
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly
Okay. So.

I’m just going to need a minute to process all the ways I have fallen hopelessly, helplessly, wholeheartedly in love with Theo Kershaw.

Good. Gracious. This guy.

I mean, as if being a hunky hockey god with famously glorified superglutes wasn’t enough, he was also funny and sweet and so wonderfully steadfast in his feelings for Elle. He was the perfect balance of incorrigible flirt and swoonworthy romantic with just a smidge of growly alpha for good measure. He was perfection. Absolute
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
Theo’s story was so much MORE than I was expecting! He’s such an extrovert and wears everything on his sleeve, but his deeper emotions, bossiness, and protective instincts came roaring out when it came to his feelings for Elle and their unexpected bundle. I admit, I simply adored getting to the core of what made Theo tick!

Elle was the polar opposite of Theo. Introverted, holding her feelings close to the heart, and kind of lost on what to do with her life. So what made them gel together? Elle
Kristina Birch
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Instacrush was an instalove for me!

Theo and his sunshine stole every scene in The Good Guy but now we get to see all his sides and they’re all as perfect as his superglutes! The minute he saw Elle he was a goner, and secretly so was she, now after a very hot holiday hookup they have to figure out each other, their feelings, their families, parenting, and playoff hockey!

Instacrush is a perfect addition to the world of the Chicago Rebels and even gives us a chance to catch up with some old
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spicy, romantic, and downright addictive!

Instacrush is a lighthearted, passionate rom-com featuring the private, feisty Elle who may or may not be secretly crushing on the heartthrob with the killer buns who lives next door, and the sexy, charismatic Theo who may be more of a thoughtful, sweet, standup guy than anyone gave him credit for.

The writing is witty and playful. The characters are charming, gregarious, and endearing. And the plot is the perfect combination of family, friendship,
With Instacrush, Kate Meader provides a sweet, sexy and fun addition to her Rookie Rebels series showcasing the ever optimistic NHL defenseman Theo Kershaw and the only woman who’s been able to resist his magnetic charm.

After surviving a life-threatening injury, Theo developed a voracious appetite for life. He’s back on the ice better than before and his Instagram feed is full of fun and sexy material everyone loves. Except, his gorgeous and grumpy neighbor who’s shown him nothing but aloofness.
LianaReads blog
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Meader is an auto-buy author for me since I discovered her last year when a great friend recommended her books.
I don’t always enjoy a secret baby story but this book is different in so many ways and unexpected and so good!
It has a bit of everything, from steamy moments to laugh out loud ones ( hint: T-Rex / dinosaur jokes that cracked me up until I had tears in my eyes) to angsty moments when there are some hard and difficult decisions to be made so that they can find that well-deserved
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you'd follow hockey player Theo Kershaw on social networks, you'd probably think ladie's man, attention whore, serial dater. The Defennseman certainly have a touch with the ladies, and he won't deny he loves the attention, but he's no fuckboy. And his new neighbor is about to learn just how much serious and dependable Theo can be.

Theo always been a larger-than-life man. It intrigues and annoy his new neighbor. Elle Butler spend 4 years in the army and is currently working as a bartender at a
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Meader's brought her A game out with Instacrush book two in her Rookie Rebels series!

Theo "Superglutes" Kershaw went from lovable super pest to one amazing hero when this author started digging below his surface of charming mayhem. Theo kept a steady stream of surprises coming as he showed himself to be a man of substance and far from the superficial man he had been labeled by many. Elle Butler carried the world on her shoulders as she did everything she could to distance herself from her
Nikita Navalkar
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I just want to say how perfect this title is for this book, with meaning on so many levels. Secondly, surprise baby books have a certain soap opera element which can make it hard to take them seriously. What the author does is heartily embrace the drama and use it to full advantage rather than shunning it, which makes this a fun joyride of a book. Mainly because Theo Superglutes Kershaw is just that, a gregarious, optimistic, extroverted drama queen who grabs life by the cojones with the ...more
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Theo, the hero here, knows how to work it, folks. Whether it be flashing his million dollar smile, nailing the Chicago Rebels hockey puck in the opponent’s net, or just coming across as Mr. Happy Go Lucky on instagram, this guy has it going on. But behind the hockey mask, famous, handsome face, and cocky, carefree facade is a damaged heart secretly yearning to be loved unconditionally.

Elle isn’t even close to wrapping her mind around the situation she soon finds herself after giving into
Kate has a knack for creating delicious, utterly lovable heroes and she did it again with Theo Kershaw. He’s funny, open, sexy, sensitive, caring, and smart in his own way. Pairing him with Elle Butler, his opposite in many ways - private, shy, fiercely independent- was an inspired choice. I enjoyed the way they navigated their differences to get to their eventual happy ending even though at times, I shouted at Elle for keeping secrets and at Theo for being so perfect. I loved the appearance of ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The biggest heart in hockey... Theo Kershaw was an absolute delight to read, his unfiltered chatter, friendly and hilarious banter and his pleasantly surprising sensitive insight is what makes him an amazing character.
Elle is intrigued by the hockey hottie.... but can’t let him see it....heaven knows his ego is big enough already!! and god forbid she show him her softer side!! deep down she is struggling to remain indifferent to his charming ways. Until Christmas Eve when he manages to get
Susan McClintock
OMG! I loved this book! This book has all my requirements for a great sports romance: hot hockey player; humor; steam level through the roof; and finally wonderful characters. What I loved most about this book was Theo. Theo is kind, caring, a little goofy and hot. In the prologue, you learn that Theo was a rookie playing for an LA hockey team when he has a near fatal brain aneurism. After 18 months of rehab and 6 months of working out, he is back on the ice with the Chicago Rebels. Realizing ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
I am seriously in love with Theo Kershaw. When he arrived on the pages of Good Guy, I knew he was special. I just didn't know how special.

Theo Kershaw is a lucky man. He’s lucky to be able to play a sport he loves. He’s lucky to have the friends that he has. He’s lucky to have a grandmother who adores him. But more importantly, Theo Kershaw is lucky to be alive. Two years ago while playing a hockey game in front of thousands, Theo suffered a ruptured aneurysm that should have killed him.

With his
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Instacrush was everything I thought it would be and so much more! Theo comes across as this happy go lucky, fun loving guy and he is much there is so much more to him. He is so protective of the people he cares about and his Ellie is top of that list now! Ellie super independent and puts up some walls but Theo doesn't give up! Loved the cameos from the old favourites and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would!
Heather andrews
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Theo can put things on pause when needed, “we’re heading to the airport now, so I’ll take a raincheck on the phone ***. See you tomorrow?” Even though it's not out loud, the man knows when he's wrong, "she was right. He was overthinking this, trying to be respectful when the most respectful thing he could do was honor her wish to be banged in a bar. Ladies’ choice." I liked this book, I loved Theo the man was just so attentive to his woman.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was completely delicious, and I loved it so much!! I can't get enough of these Rebels!

Theo Kershaw is a happy-go-lucky guy. He not only survived a brain aneurysm, but he's thrived, and found his way back to professional hockey again. He also has a sunny outlook, and his mind moves fast, as does his mouth. His new nickname is Superglutes, for his extraordinary backside, for which he struggles to buy pants that fit properly. But mostly, he's so happy to be alive that everything else is
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, eram, sports
Ms Meader continues her excellent hockey franchise with Instacrush, the second book in the Rookie Rebel series. Theo and Elle, our main characters, played supporting roles in the first book of the series, but we get to know them much better in this stand alone novel.

Both Theo and Elle are characters that have a lot more going on than you notice at first glance. It was a pleasure to get to know them better and see them go through the emotional growth necessary to have a chance at happy ever
Elizabeth Connor
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs a Theo Kershaw in their life. He is a prime example of someone who lights up a room every time he walks in. Kate Meader has created some memorable characters, but Theo is in a class all by himself. I love this guy!

I enjoyed the story. The pacing is perfect, tension is just right, and the plot kept me guessing. And it was so cleverly written, making me feel the emotions of the characters and making me feel a part of the drama. But really, it just kept coming back to Theo, the star
Isha Coleman
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The back and forth banter. The sizzling attraction. The laugh out loud mishaps. Meader is one author who knows how to make over the top attraction into heartwarming romance. Theo and Elle were a joy to get to know. Despite his ego and her slightly off kilter attempts at giving him the cold shoulder, InstaCrush grabs onto your heart and holds on for dear life. A totally obvious one click purchase.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2019
Rating ~ 3.75 stars

This was good but I got slightly frustrated with how Elle and Theo did things near the end. I know Theo meant well but it made me prickly.
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Oh sweet, lovable Theo and his big bu..heart! I absolutely enjoyed Instacrush by the wonderful author, Kate Meader! If you want an incredibly funny, hot, deep, hockey romance…THIS. IS. IT!

Ex-Army Lt., Elle Butler has roomied up with her veteran army buddy, Levi Hunt (from book 1, Good Guy) and Theo’s team-mate. She is trying to escape her unpleasant history of her family…

Theo Kershaw is a super-glute,hockey player, instagrammer extrodinaire… believes in truth (and due to personal medical
Heather Nobbs
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this book! Theo was fantastic and swoon worthy and Elle needed someone like him in her life. They both had not great childhoods and had to learn to live on their own terms. Unfortunately for Elle hers was back to put a shadow over what was supposed to be a happy moment.... a baby with Theo. I love that when conflict came up they were able to move past it, with some hiccups along the way.
I loved the bits with Elle and Violet, and Elle and Jordan. It was nice to see that
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Oh sweet, lovable Theo and his big bu..heart! I absolutely enjoyed Instacrush by the wonderful author, Kate Meader! If you want an incredibly funny, hot, deep, hockey romance…THIS. IS. IT!

Ex-Army Lt., Elle Butler has roomied up with her veteran army buddy, Levi Hunt (from book 1, Good Guy) and Theo’s team-mate. She is trying to escape her unpleasant history of her family…

Theo Kershaw is a super-glute,hockey player, instagrammer extrodinaire… believes in truth (and due to personal medical
Pam Conway
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Received ARC of Instacrush from Kate Meader for an honest review”. Loved Theo (aka Superglutes), we all need a Theo!! This is Theo Kershaw & Elle Butler’s story & their journey to their HEA with the hatchling. While I loved the main characters & wanted them to be together, I understand Elle was trying to protect Theo, but she frustrated me by not telling Theo the truth about her family sooner. This was an amazing book that had all the feels, it’s funny, entertaining, has great ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I positively adored this book!! Turns out Theo Kershaw is everything I hoped he would be and honestly so much more! I could not stop smiling!!! From the previous book, I thought he was just a funny, carefree guy, but turns out he is sweeter, deeper and more thoughtful and loving than I ever imagined. I totally loved every single minute of this story from beginning to end and can't imagine things going any other way then they did for Theo and Elle. What a fantastic book!!! I am loving these ...more
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“A lot of people would jump at the chance to be seen with me, y'know."
Her expression was pitying. "Poor Superglutes, aren't you getting enough attention from your millions of Instagram followers? Is it lonely being adored by all your fans?"
"Very! All they see is this amazing body and gorgeous hair and beautiful cheekbones. Sure, I'm hilarious and great in bed, but do they appreciate it? Do you appreciate it?”
“An extra hour on the treadmill tomorrow," he said, patting his naked abs.
She was pouring wine and missed the glass.
He grinned.
"Can it," she grated.
"They're just abs, Elle-oh-Elle, and you claim to be so above it all."
She pushed a glass his way. "No one likes a braggart, Kershaw.”
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