Man Down (A Rookie Rebels Novel)
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 one that might shatter her heart into a million pieces.
This hit home
It was literally a love and I don’t deserve love kind of story I’m glad Gunnar opened up some.
Best read in a very long time. Brilliant.
Oh My Heart, this was such a wonderful, heartbreaking story. My emotions were all over the place with how author Kate Meader wrote Gunnar & Sadie’s story. Tragedy is the forefront of this story & the loss is devastating but I loved how humour was threaded through their story as they both learned how to accept their situations & attempt to move forward. For Gunnar it was harder as the loss of his wife & children haunted him still. I cried every time he remembered the accident, his conversations with his wife & daughter, his attempts to reach his son all for naught. With Sadie the sadness was different, she’d been dealing with her loss for over a decade but now had to deal with a teenage sister that didn’t like her, as well as the fallout of her father’s actions. I enjoyed the sweetness of the beginning of the relationship when they didn’t know each other & then the strong sexy relationship as they took on the no strings/short time relationship that you knew wasn’t ever going to be a no strings just because of who they were. I also laughed out loud with the antics of Aurora(Theo’s grandmother) & of Allegra Sadie’s boss to a certain extent but she went to the extremes of insanity some times & I just wanted Sadie to stand up to her & tell her she was nuts. The estrangement between the sisters was sad & I felt for Lauren who’s life had been turned upside down but it was wonderful to see her excel at hockey but also have that creative connection with Sadie. I think this book just overtook Theo’s as my favourite so far in both series. Definitely recommend.