In Review: Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

Posted September 7, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina BowenRookie Move by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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...

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


In Review My Thoughts

Y’all know I love me some Sarina Bowen books. Everything she writes is pretty much pure f*cking gold. I can’t get enough of her characters or their stories. My love for her books started with the Ivy Years series, so it seems only fitting that one of my new favorite books revisits not only hockey, but characters we met during that series.

If I had to pick a favorite bookish trope, it would probably be second chance romance. (Let’s not dig too deep into the reasoning there, ok?) I’m a sucker for reading about a couple reuniting or being given a chance to be more than friends, if that’s all they were in the past. Leo and Georgia were wonderful. I can’t really explain just how much I loved these two together. I wasn’t exactly sure what all transpired between them previously, but once they were reunited, I knew they were meant to be. Things were far from over between them, even if it was going to be kinda messy with his position on a team coached by her father – a man who seemed to hate Leo inexplicably. (That mystery took awhile to work out… maybe longer than it needed to, but it wasn’t enough of a reason to change my thoughts on this book.) Did I mention Georgia also worked for the team as a PR professional? Allllll sorts of potential land mines here, so it had a bit of that forbidden aspect about it, too. (Which, again, I love.)

So, Leo and Georgia. I adored them. Leo is one of my new, favorite swoony book men. (Because, let’s face it, there’s NOTHING boyish about Leo.) He was such a good guy. Georgia was a great heroine. She was strong and successful and I loved how she overcame the horrors of her rape years ago. Reading along as these two found their way back to each other and worked through the hurts of the past made my heart so, so very happy. Leo delivered the swoons and the smokin’ hot sexy times.

The Brooklyn Bruisers series is off to a fantastic start with Rookie Move. I can’t wait to see what the next book brings! You know I’ll be waiting anxiously until I get my hands on it. So, if you like swoony, sexy sports romances, this should be at the top of your TBR.
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She tasted like the happiest years of his life. She tasted like his.

“You and I don’t have one night stands. We have forever night stands.”


About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.


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2 responses to “In Review: Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

    • Kim

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!! I’m already excited for the next book in the series. You should think about going back and tackling some of her backlist. If you liked this, you’d like them as well!