Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
on September 6th 2016
Genres: Sports Romance
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In high school they were the perfect coupleÔÇöuntil 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 heÔÇÖs called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the teamÔÇÖs coachÔÇöwho has a long simmering grudge, and then by the BruisersÔÇÖ sexy, icy publicistÔÇöhis former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.
Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to doÔÇöand saying hello again isnÔÇÖt 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....
The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their heartsÔÇöfrom the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.
2016 seemed to become the year I officially became a Sarina Bowen fangirl. I jump at every chance I get to read one of her books and I don’t even need to know what the story synopsis is to know that I’m going to enjoy the reading experience. So, sheÔÇÖs a bit of a sure thing for me. Rookie Move is another great example as to why I feel this way with SarinaÔÇÖs writing. Rookie Move is the combination two of my favorite sub-genres in romance; second chance love and sports romance (in particular hockey). WhatÔÇÖs more, Sarina seems to always create characters that I find myself loving through and through. Georgia Worthington and Leo Trevi are no exception.
Georgia, the Brooklyn BruisersÔÇÖ PR lead and our heroine finds herself in an interesting and unique situation. Her father is now the team’s coach and her ex high school boyfriend Leo is the newest Bruisers acquisition. This complicates GeorgiaÔÇÖs professional and personal life and drives much of the story line. She worries as old feelings resurface and she second guesses the decision she made at eighteen about a future with Leo. Georgia is smart and cautious and I LOVE being in her head as she reasons through her feelings and the reality of the situation. As heroes go, Leo is simply swoony. Sarina gives us a male lead that is genuine, he doesnÔÇÖt play games (off the ice), and he hasnÔÇÖt forgotten Georgia and she hasnÔÇÖt forgotten him.
ÔÇ£HeÔÇÖd been nineteen years old and absolutely floored by the pain sheÔÇÖd caused him. That was a long time ago, though. Now he was stronger in every conceivable way. Georgia wasnÔÇÖt immune to him, eitherÔÇöthat much was obvious. She wanted him, even if she didnÔÇÖt yet see that they were meant to be back together.ÔÇØ
There are so many things to love about this story but what I love most about reading a Sarina Bowen book is just how detailed the right aspects of the story line is and how that makes the reading experience smooth. As to why I find myself always wholly captivated by her writing is that Sabrina is just straight up witty. The banter between Georgia and Leo is delightful. When caught in a potentially compromising position, Leo delivers a oh so smooth and funny line
ÔÇ£Ours is the love that dares not speak its name. Does this mean there wonÔÇÖt be any morning nookie?ÔÇØ
One other thing that stood out to me was the relationship between Georgia and her co-worker/roommate/best friend Becca. Many of these scenes are the two of them simply discussing the mechanics of everyday life at work and home. But there are a few moments where these ladies show each other compassion and acceptance, something that Georgia in particular has a very hard time giving to herself. They really do make the best of best friends and itÔÇÖs heartwarming that Georgia has that.
Yes, Sarina solidified herself in the ranks as one of my go to authors and the fact that she found a way to use frolicking and ornery in her story is a clear win to me. Rookie Move is an amazing start to this new series and IÔÇÖm looking forward to Hard Hitter and hoping that Nate and or Becca will get their own stories! 4.5 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi