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 military 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 . . .
In this standalone romance set in the Chicago Rebels world, a new generation of players take to the ice and learn that all’s fair in love and hockey.
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Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. **
I adored the Chicago Rebels series, about those three women who after their father’s death inherited of this team, joined by an openly gay GM. This is unusual for sure and the choices they made to bring this team to the highest level was also interesting.
In this spin off, introducing the rookies, please met M. Grumpy, Levi Hunt. Too bad tempered and too uptight, as he seemed to show the world. His history was really something people could be curious about it.
A former Green-Beret who decided to join the military instead of following his promising hockey career. And years later, he became one of the oldest rookie hired by the Chicago Rebels. Everyone was intrigued by him. Behind this cold behavior was hiding a selfless man but still wounded and tortured. A good guy actually.
Here came someone he knew to create a profile and show to the world who he really was. But how to crack this man who wasn’t willing to share part of himself? Jordan Cooke had one hard job with that one. Especially when you could sense the animosity and tension between these two. I appreciated how tough she was, working in this field when women were sometimes being judged and not recognized as their equals.
The tension was electric, and sparks were flying everywhere, in and out the rink. Passionate when they fought, intense when they met in the middle, explosive when they really let the other in. They didn’t beat around the bush, caring and acting always with the best interest at heart.
Beside the romance part between Levi and Jordan, the author managed to talk about women’s place in society, how nowadays they were still struggling to find their place and respect from their peers. In any field. Going ahead people’s assumptions about women’s work.
A story filled with girl power vibes, emotional and so sexy!