Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Pages: 336
Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 5 Stars
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The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold... 

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast....

Marie's Thoughts
I don’t typically pick sports-themed romances, and especially not ones involving hockey. It’s not because they aren’t well written books, I’m just not a huge fan of how the authors typically write their male sports players. They’re usually hot-headed and arrogant…which in a cutthroat billionaire trying to maintain power in a major corporation is extremely sexy and warranted, it doesn’t come across that way with sports players. It typically comes across as crass and…unattractive. So when I read the premise for Rookie Move, I was worried about this…but I was so intrigued, that I thought, “okay, I’ll bite.”  I’m really glad I did.

This was my very first Sarina Bowen book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with her writing style. After a few pages though, I knew she was my kind of writer, so I settled in and devoured this incredible book. For starters, this is some seriously solid writing. She takes her story and runs with it at a fantastic pace with beautifully seamless transitioning. It’s an exceptionally smooth read with even more impressive character development.

Speaking of characters, Leo and Georgia are sheer perfection. Georgia is a feisty, ambitious woman who is thwarted by fate bringing her back into the path of Leo – a determined and surprisingly sweet and charming man whose heart she broke so many years ago. But even after 6 years, Georgia and Leo are clearly still madly in love with one another. And what shocked me the most was how unbelievably sweet and charming Leo is. He has no ill will toward Georgia for breaking his heart. Instead, he wants to mend whatever caused the separation and pick up right where he left off, romancing her back into his good graces.

It’s a beautiful story that had me hooked. It’s an incredibly sweet romance, with a character that I judged way before I should have, and has me rethinking my entire attitude toward these types of stories. If there are other out there like Leo, sign me up. Because falling in love with him was easier than I ever would have dreamed!

I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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