Good Guy

Good Guy

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...

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Title:Good Guy
Author:Kate Meader
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Good Guy Reviews

  • Jewlsbookblog

    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

    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 Levi wasn’t a great male lead. He was very much a Good Guy, but I’m viewing him as awesome supporting role to Jordan’s. She takes the cake in this book! Of course, the rest of the team did a great job as supportive characters as well. Enough so that I was laughing in my pillow so I wouldn’t wake anyone up:)

    The romance between Jordan and Levi was total icing on top of a fantastic story! They have some established history between them, but the dynamics have really changed since they last saw each other. With that in mind, I think they had sweltering chemistry that was just waiting to ignite. As in match scratched, fire lit, bonfire blazing🔥... Sigh....

    I’m not even a hockey fan, but I can’t resist Meader’s Rebel series! The team and unique management are a lovable bunch I fall for every time a new story comes out! If Chicago Rebels had some great storylines, Rookie Rebels goes to a whole new level of juiciness! The romance was my favorite part, but so was the range of topics. From sexual harassment, media, and homelessness (just to name a few), Meader makes very strong arguments on females vs males in the sports world that wasn’t in your face, but seamlessly blended with the flow of the story.

    For anyone saying romance books have nothing but sex...they’ve never opened the right one. I thought Good Guy had plenty of food for thought and am dying to see who’s up next!!

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book I received from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • ♥Rachel♥

    Loved! Review to come.

  • Dali

    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

    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 from a far ever since he laid eyes on her.

    Jordan Cooke won’t let the fact that the surly, taciturn oldest rookie in the NHL hates her because she kissed him after she buried her husband. Much less the reality that she’s very much attracted to him stop her from succeeding in the ruthless male dominated world of sports reporting. But how much will it cost her to her the scoop?

    The story between Jordan and Levi boasts everything I love about Kate Meader’s writing – witty dialogue, scorching chemistry, an interesting plot, a witty and strong heroine and a delicious Good Guy hero. Jordan has her work cut out for her in trying to get past Levi’s stoic façade, but their undeniable attraction and the time they spend together while Jordan hangs out with him and the team helps them push through all their unresolved issues.

    The back and forth and chemistry between Levi and Jordan kept me flipping pages. They had history between them but the structure of their relationship drastically changed since they first met. I found myself hurting for Levi while trying to keep himself back but loving the counterbalance Jordan’s sunny disposition brought to their complex situation. I cheered for them from the start and was happily rewarded with their heartwarming story.

    Meader never fails to deliver a sexy, thoughtful story in which she seamlessly includes a wide range of relevant topics such as sexual harassment and caring for the homeless. This story being a spin off from the Chicago Rebels series also included characters from that series who were a welcome layer to the tale.

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    . It is a spin off from her Chicago Rebels series and a standalone hockey romance, told from both points of view with a HEA.

    4.5 stars

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    * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *

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  • maggieandteddy

    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

    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 ("Green Berets- big difference!") to his rookie year with the Rebels. I noticed someone mixed up the branch of service at least 7 times. Huh. Maybe we need John Wayne to straighten them out.

    This is 3rd person POV.

    Levi may have a surly expression but has a heart of gold. He doesn't let too many people know about his good qualities.

    There's a lot of attention paid to Veterans and how the public doesn't consider what is needed for them to transition back into society. There's a sweet side story about a guy named Joe, that Levi also knew from the army.

    This book wasn't just about a rowdy hockey player. So much more.

    Jordan was widowed 5 years before. She's been working in a mainly male oriented profession. Jordan has an uphill battle to get respect and avoid harassment. Jordan's usual sunny personality is a contrast to Levi's gruff exterior.

    They soon admit their mutual attraction. They try to keep it under wraps.

    Jordan makes a mistake in who she can trust. Levi thinks he's made a mistake in trusting Jordan.

    There are appearances from characters in the books before: Dante, Harper, and Remy. There is also Levi's young at heart teammate, Theo. He's the wacky side-kick that has no filter. Sometimes, he's spot on with his observations. I have this feeling he's underestimated & we'll see more of him in future books.

    I wish that the bad guy had been dealt with more punitively.

    I liked the resolution between Levi and Jordan. Harper's role was perfect.

    The epilogue was short but sweet. I've read all of the Chicago Rebels' books and would love to read more.

    I received this ARC from NetGalley.

  • Jen

    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

    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 blast from his past shows up requesting an interview.

    Jordan Cooke’s burgeoning career as a sports reporter depends on getting an interview with the oldest NHL rookie/war hero, but Levi’s not going to make it easy on her. As it turns out, Jordan and Levi have a bit of a complicated history. In fact, Levi was Best Man at Jordan’s wedding. And the two shared a steamy kiss the night of Jordan’s husband’s funeral. Oh, and there’s a possibility Levi’s been in love with Jordan since the beginning.

    I loved Jordan and Levi together. There’s a sense of history between the two, but since they never really got to know each other when her husband was alive, the romance aspect still felt new and fresh. Both of these characters had their reasons for putting the brakes on the attraction they were feeling, and I felt like those issues were handled well. Jordan lost her husband over five years ago after a short marriage. While she loved him very much, she was still twenty three when he died. I loved that no one tried to make her feel guilty for moving on, even if it was with dead husband’s best friend.

    Levi, however, was a bit of a struggle. Don’t get me wrong, I still adored the man, but his low self-worth never really sat right with me.

    There’s a secondary story line about how females, whether they be employees, reporters or team owners, are treated in professional sports. I felt like this issue was handled well, never overtaking the romance but still making itself an important part of the story. And for those that have read

    , Harper gets a wee bit of closure for one of her personal issues.

    is the first offering in a new series from Kate Meader. It’s also a spin-off of her

    series and while you can read this as a standalone, I found I got more out of the story knowing the team’s backstory. I’m so glad Ms. Meader chose to continue telling the Rebels stories because, honestly, Theo’s glutes need their own book and I can’t wait!

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    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

    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 love with Levi. In my eyes he was perfect. I love how protective and respectful he was. The title of the book was spot on, he was such a Good Guy. Truly, Levi made the whole book for me. I liked Jordan a lot, but there was a few times when I didn't understand her choices. Still I found her strong, smart, and a good match for Levi. I thought they made a very cute couple. The sexual tension was off the chain. I loved how Jordan worked so hard to get Levi to open up. It made every smile and laugh special.

    Someone else that really stood out in this book was Theo (Superglutes) Kershaw. He was so damn funny and sexy. I can't wait for Superglutes to get his HEA. The story plot was good. Kate Meader's writing style was smooth like butter. I love when an author can make me laugh and this book had some really funny parts. I think my only problem with this book, and it wasn't a big thing, but at times I felt that it got a bit preachy. What I mean by that is this book brought up subjects of Social Justice. Which isn't a problem in itself. No the problem was there was just so much of it like there was a Social Justice Warrior check list, and it checked them all off. It got into sexism in a male dominated professions, homelessness, metal health, domestic violence, sexual harassment, bullying, social media bullying, hunger and poverty, etc etc. I'm all for bringing light on these subjects, but maybe not so many in one story. Overall I really liked the book. I liked it enough to head to Amazon and get the Chicago Rebels series, and the Hot in Chicago series.

  • Mindy Lou's Book Review

    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

    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!

  • Dísir

    ‘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

    ‘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 on him to get her article up; it’s essentially, her desperate bid to build her career that drives her efforts to get close to a man with whom she’s already has sort of history and a process that reunites them in an unexpected way.

    ‘Good Guy’ sits in the middle of a few intersecting tropes here and with Meader’s assured writing, it’s not a hardship at all, to go through all of it. Like many authors these days in romantic fiction (a genre written mainly by women for women), Meader shines a light on the issue of gender equality, workplace ethics, harassment and assault, especially in male-dominated fields like sports reporting. It’s also a thorny theme that drives characterisation, which in some ways, proved to be my personal stumbling block.

    Jordan felt a little preppy and chirpy for my liking—I was surprised not to get the gravitas or the lingering sadness that normally surrounds a widowed heroine—and whose personality felt incongruous to the role she was playing in this romance. I didn’t quite her exploitation of her connection with Levi to get ahead, or how she pushed and needled her way into prying him open for the sake of her story: it did feel too calculating at times and I had a hard time trying to reconcile this picture of a cheerful, warm protagonist who had a manipulative side to her that she tried to ‘reframe’ in so many different ways which Meader valiantly tries to justify. That Levi had found himself grovelling quite a few times made her seem unfairly blameless when she clearly wasn’t.

    In contrast, it was easier to like Levi, whose only crime it seemed, was wanting his best friend’s widow from afar. Past the gruff, stoic exterior, he seemed more highly evolved than many others, given that he didn’t deny his attraction for Jordan and the keen sense of right and wrong that he carried which made him easy to gravitate towards.

    Different strokes for different folks, is all I can say in conclusion. Meader rarely goes wrong with a writing style that I can always get on board with, nonetheless, and I’m eager to know what this new story arc is all about in the Rebels finding their second wind.

    *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley

  • Hollis

    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

    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 consider ‘almost’ a second chance.. all that and cameos, and repercussions, from as far back as book one in the Chicago Rebels series, plus all the life updates for the couples from the original books. Phew. That was a lot to just sum up, never mind read about, whilst still enjoying the Cinderella story of this team of hockey misfits

    a slowburn romance we’re somehow supposed to believe in.

    I didn’t love Levi but he’s an all-around paragon of virtue and low self-worth so you can’t hate him. I didn’t love Jordan even though she’s a tough, hard working, woman in a male-dominated industry, who is focusing on a career previously set aside by marrying young and supporting her now dead husband — though, to expand, I didn’t love the reporter dynamic because even though we’re told she’s not got a malicious bone in her body.. she did some shady things, sat on a lot of information, and used not-quite-above-board tactics to get what she wanted.. all of which are couched in nicey-nice and conflicted feelings but.. nonetheless.. yeah, this dynamic was the extra bit that didn’t work for me — and to poop on her feels like pooping on women as a whole. I didn’t feel much chemistry, didn’t love the romance, the only bit I liked about them together was some of the brutal, forthcoming, honesty that defined most of their interactions.

    What saved this book from being a total wash is the ever fun cast of side characters and hockey personalities that sprinkle the pages and the background. I’m not sure how I feel about what I assume is to be the next couple but I guess we’ll see.

    This low rating, and disappointment, aside I would still recommend this author and these hockey books (and I might even investigate her firefighter ones as this is the second book she’s had cameos, and dropped some not-so-subtle backstory, about couples and people from those other works). They are fun and sexy and relevant and often quite funny. This is definitely the biggest outlier for this reader. So, take this review with a grain of extra salty salt — as always.

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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  • Kate Meader

    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!

    T

    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!

    The first book, GOOD GUY, has a grumpy hero, a sunny heroine, and emotion and humor in equal measure. I can't wait for you to fall in love with Levi and Jordan as they resist falling in love with each other.

    Each book in the Rookie Rebels series is completely standalone and won't require that you've read the original Chicago Rebels stories. But if you've missed them, you may as well catch up because there'll be plenty of cameos from the OG crew!

    xoxo

    Kate

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