Review: Superstar by Kate Meader (Rookie Rebels #8)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

Superstar is the eighth book in Kate Meader's Rookie Rebels series, and it features Bastian Durand, a twenty-six-year-old star hockey player and newest member of the Chicago Rebels, and Pepper Calhoun, the twenty-two-year-old daughter of the Rebels' head coach and the team's interim costumed performer--in short, she was Rowdy Rebel, the team's mascot. While recuperating from a wrist injury, Bast made the move from the more successful Chicago professional hockey team to the not quite as successful one--the Rebels, the same team his older brother was part of. When he was finally on his way to getting back on the ice, all eyes were on him--which meant that Rowdy Rebel crashing into him and Bast re-injuring his wrist made headlines and made Pepper persona non grata. He really should hate her, so why are his protective instincts on alert for this girl?

This was a refreshingly different hockey romance from a lot of the ones that I've been reading lately. Pepper being the mascot and the reason why Bast's plans of a return to the ice are foiled was a creative touch, especially given that they're not exactly strangers either. The chemistry was there, and I liked that there was some tension cause by that interesting mix of their time together off AND on the ice prior to them falling for each other. My heart did go out to Pepper, particularly because of how she was being treated like some sort of pariah. Should she have spoken up and stood up for herself more often? Definitely, but you would think that her own family would do that for her as well. Still, I appreciated how everything played out and was later resolved. Bast and Pepper were the seemingly odd couple that were actually perfect for each other. 4.5 stars go to Superstar.

Date Read: 11 April 2023

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