* Review * MAN DOWN by Kate Meader

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* Review * MAN DOWN by Kate MeaderMan Down by Kate Meader
Series: Rookie Rebels #3
Published by Kate Meader LLC on July 28, 2020
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I've been texting the wife I lost, the woman I loved beyond measure . . . Now someone else has answered back.

Gunnar Bond is broken.
Three years ago, he lived through the car crash that took his wife and twins away from him--though "lived" barely describes his current state. Giving up professional hockey, going off grid, and drinking himself into oblivion are his coping mechanisms. Another is texting his dead wife about his days without her. Therapeutic? Doubtful. Crazy? Definitely. But those messages into the ether are virtually the only thing stopping him from spiraling to even darker places.

Until someone texts back ...

Sadie Yates is losing it.
Suddenly guardian to a little sister she doesn't know and a misbehaving hound she'd rather not know at all, she's had to upend her (sort of) glamorous life in LA and move back to Chicago. The nanny has quit, the money's running out, and her job is on the line. The last thing she needs is her sister's hockey camp counselor, a judgmental Viking type, telling her she sucks at this parenting lark. Thank the goddess for her sweet, sensitive, and--fingers crossed--sexy text buddy who always knows the right thing to say. In the same city at last, they can finally see if their online chemistry is mirrored in real life. She just needs to set up a meeting ...

A ruined man who claims to have used up all his love is surely a bad bet, but Sadie's never been afraid of a challenge ... even if this one might shatter her heart into a million pieces.


Emotionally breathtaking! With the third book in her Rookie Rebels hockey series Kate Meader brings the emotion and heartache like a pro! When a hockey player at the top of his game has his heart torn out by the loss of his family, he’s got a lot of healing to do.

Gunnar Bond gutted me. He’s such a nice guy, and to watch him hurt in the manner that he does even three years after the death of his family is heartbreaking. It was heartwarming to see him slowly start to come back into himself after meeting Sadie and joining the life of hockey again.

Sadie Yates is a fun character. You know she has a good heart when she inquires about the welfare of the guy who she can tell is pouring his heart out to someone … only she’s the one getting his messages. I enjoyed seeing them make their way towards each other and seeing her family heal as well.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a hockey romance but with so much more depth and realness included. Always great characters, amazing story lines and down right good hearted people all the way around.


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