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  • Absolutely Amazing!!

    Knock knock. Who's there? Thisis. Thisis who? THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING BOOKS I'VE READ ALL YEAR!!!! I mean honestly, I knew Gunnar's story was going to gut me, but man, I felt like my heart was torn right out of my chest! I bawled my eyes out on more than one occasion, thankfully Theo is around for some much needed comic relief. But as Kate Meader always does after emotional devastation, she makes everything okay so my heart could beat and I could finally breathe again. Gunnar's story is so heartbreaking and tragic, and he really has been a "man down" since he lost his family. Even hockey has lost it's appeal for him. I absolutely ADORE Gunnar and really felt everything he was feeling throughout this book!! Barely living himself except in the past, since he's been texting his dead wife's phone. But then one day someone answers back. Sadie became his angel as her texts and silly knock knock jokes pull him pretty much back into the land of the living. She honestly comes into his life right when he needs her. She is the light to his darkness. I just love her. She is dealing with so much of her own between her boss and her family situation, yet she always seems to be able to be there for Gunnar. I don't want to give any major details away about their story, but it truly is the most wonderful of stories. I enjoyed their journey so very much as it was so much more than just two people falling in love!! My emotions got one heck of a workout! I have loved all of the Chicago Rebels and Rookie Rebels books and I don't think I can pick just one favorite, but this one is very, very special and definitely one of my favorites.

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  • Gunnar, wonderful and tragic hero

    I have been both excited for and dreading Gunnar Bond’s story. We were introduced to Gunnar in the prior books and knew a bit about his backstory. About three years ago, Gunnar was happy man. He was the Captain of the LA Quakes hockey team, was happily married and a dad to four year old twins. He is in a horrible accident where he loses his family. He has been living off of the grid, and the only thing keeping him going is texting his dead wife’s phone. Eventually someone started texting back. Sadie Yates lives in LA working for an obnoxious Gwyneth Paltrow influencer wannabe, her father has been convicted of embezzlement, and she is now in charge of her twelve year old sister who hates her. The only bright spot in her life are the texts she has been exchanging with the tragic mystery man. Of course, fate brings Gunnar and Sadie together in Chicago where Sadie is dealing with her sister and Gunnar is starting his hockey career again with the Chicago Rebels. This was a bit like “You’ve Got Mail,” but with a wonderfully tragic hero. Make sure you have some Kleenex handy, you will need it. I loved this book and cannot wait for the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Amazing

    This book was amazing, I loved it so much! It is an emotionally charged story of a man struggling to get through life one day at a time and the woman who will eventually bring him back to living. Gunnar and Sadie meet in a most unconventional way and their relationship develops just as unconventionally. It's sad, fun, sexy, and heartwarming. These characters will touch every spot in your heart. Don't miss this one! I highly recommend it.

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  • Loved this Story

    Gunnar and Sadie’s love story in Man Down by Kate Meader, book 3 in the Rookie Rebels series, was an emotional, intriguing, sexy, and enjoyable tale. I will warn to keep tissue nearby while reading. Gunnar Bond has barely existed since the car crash, three years ago, that took his wife and twins from him three years ago. Hiding away in a cabin in the woods and off grid, he gave up professional hockey and was drinking himself into oblivion. One more thing was texting his dead wife about his days without her. How sad that he had become that crazy person. He thinks it’s therapeutic that these messages are they only thing keeping him from spiraling down even further. Then he receives a reply; an understanding and sarcastic woman, replying to his messages and thoughts; basically his saving angel. Sadie Yates is working for the worse boss in LA, a wannabe instagram star. When her estranged father is sent to prison she becomes the guardian of her little sister, who she hardly knows and a misbehaving dog, she has to return to Chicago, take charge, and try to do her job long distance. Then there’s her sister’s hockey camp counselor, a judgment type telling her she stinks at this parenting gig. Thank goodness for her sweet, sensitive text buddy who seems to always know the right thing to say. Since they are in the same city at last, maybe they can meet up and see if their online chemistry crosses over to real life. Neither one expected the fireworks caused by a meet up or the consequences to them and her sister. Ms. Meader wrote an emotional, amazing, sexy sports romance that should not be missed. She provided a tale rich with emotions, sizzling chemistry, sarcasm, revealing conversations, and endearing characters giving Gunner and Sadie a chance at love and the chance for a future together. I highly recommend Man Down to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • An emotional, uplifting must read!

    My heart ached for Gunnar Bond the instant his tragic backstory was mentioned in book two of Kate Meade’s Rookie Rebels series. When it was announced Gunnar’s story, Man Down, would be next, I fully expected to bawl from beginning to end. However, not even a flood of tears could stop me from learning Gunnar’s tragic story. Box of tissues close by, I dove in. I needn’t have worried. Surprisingly, tears were few until the very end. Yes, parts are heartrending but told in such a way not to be maudlin. That’s due to the author’s ability to craft a compelling story that could have easily been extraordinarily sad but is surprisingly, overwhelmingly fun and heartwarming. I imagine most readers will fall hard for Gunnar Bond. Not only because of his excruciating loss and his grief-stricken struggle to regain some semblance of happiness, but because of his big heart. I imagine him as a larger than life mountain of a man. Whether that’s by description or just how he seems due to his protectiveness towards those he cares about, I’m not sure. Sadie is a sassy, tenderhearted heroine with the patience of a saint. She prioritizes everyone else’s needs ahead of her own all while keeping a sunny disposition. Sadie is the perfect person to help Gunnar find a reason to go on. The supporting cast is phenomenal. Many favorite characters make appearances and play an integral part of the story. It’s a Who’s Who from the author’s previous series, which I enjoyed immensely. It reminded me all over again why I adored them in their own stories, making an immediate re-read necessary. Man Down is a gripping, emotional yet uplifting book that will tug at your heartstrings, inciting tears and laughter alike. I loved Sadie, Gunnar, and every moment of their story. 4.5 stars

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