Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Guest Reviewer: Marie
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…
Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.
Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.
Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.
One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.
Marie's ThoughtsYep. Sarina Bowen makes every woman’s fantasy come true with yet another hockey themed hero. *sigh* *pause for a moment of appreciation*
Okay, now that that’s done…
Let’s begin with Mike, the hottie hockey hero. He is exactly the type of guy I’d expect from a hockey player. He’s a little rough around the edges when it comes to women, but deep down, he’s a good guy, with a big heart, who loves his daughter. *swoon* Clearly, I enjoyed Mike 😉
Which brings me to Lauren. The ONLY woman that he’s ever truly loved (aside from his daughter). She’s spicy. She’s exactly the kind of woman that can handle and tame a man like Mike. But so many years ago, he broke her heart.
Of course, Ms. Bowen isn’t going to keep them apart for too much of the story… but while they are apart, the sexual tension is THICK. And it shows through SO well. Actually, it was done so well, that I laughed several times because of the anticipation I had built up, waiting for them to finally move beyond the past and give in to their desire for one another. And when they finally did? Oh my.
This is a typical contemporary romance, but you know what? It was fun. It was exactly the kind of book that lightens the mood and makes you feel good when it’s over. It’s exactly the kind of book every romance lover can love and appreciate.