Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Release Review ~ Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen


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. 

4.5 Stars

I stayed up until 5:15am this morning reading this book because I simply. Couldn’t. Put. It. Down! I needed to find out what was going to happen next.

Pipe Dreams is book 3 in the Brooklyn Bruisers series and while, technically, it can be read as a standalone, I recommend you pick up the first two books in the series, they’re awesome and you’re missing out if you haven’t read them.

I didn’t quite like Lauren in the first two books of the series, however, just a couple of chapters into Pipe Dreams and I already loved her. She was strong and hard-working and I found her reactions relatable and realistic all things considered. I loved Mike, too, but I really wanted to slap him for what he did to Lauren when they got together the first time and how he kind of railroaded himself back into her life. I would’ve liked there to be a bit more groveling, but I was satisfied with what we got. It was undeniable they had great chemistry and that they were hot together, fitting perfectly in each other’s lives.

I have been wanting to read Nate and Becca’s story since I read Rookie Move and while we didn’t get it (please, please, Sarina, even if it’s just a novelette, although I wouldn’t say no to something longer 😉), at least we got some glimpses into it and it was awesome.   

I think the ending was a bit abrupt, maybe, but it could be that I just wanted more of Lauren and Mike and Elsa, I felt she was missing from that ending.

The writing was superb, as always, and the story was captivating, fun and hot, with just a bit of angst. Definitely recommendable!

***Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

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