Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, #3
Published by Berkley Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
With the NHL playoffs in full swing, the timing for Pipe Dreams couldn’t have been better. Reading it has enhanced my thirst for hockey and hat tricks. Speaking of hat tricks, Sarina Bowen certainly landed a literary hat trick with this series! Each book just got better and better. Perhaps it’s because I feel like I know the ladies of the Bruisers organization and I’m rooting for their happiness.
Pipe Dreams focuses on Lauren, the standoffish assistant to the team owner. Her past with the team goes deep, and it’s not all that pleasant. Bowen had me crying inside of the first few chapters. Her heartbreak may have been a few years old, there are some things you never really move on from (like first love…). But with Lauren’s work/school schedule, she’s kept busy, guarding her heart and avoiding the source of her displeasure, Bruisers goalie Mike Beacon.
First impressions left me feel very uneasy about Mike. The reason for why he up and left Lauren is noble, but his method was pretty darn callous. Sadly I wasn’t even sure I wanted the two of them together, but Bowen’s writing is so strong. She is clever in her plot devices and character development and Mike was soon worthy in my eyes. These snippets from Mike’s perspective simply melted me:
“You’re my happy thought, Lo. Thank you for being with me right now.”
“The first taste of her was like coming home.”
“I love you so hard, it hurts.”
The man has not had an easy life and Lo was truly his port in the storm. While Lauren wasn’t exactly a character that draws the reader towards her prior to this story, but she clearly is misunderstood and unfairly judged and like i said, I cried for her early on and a few times much later in the story. As Lauren continued to plan her life sans Mike, their paths continued to cross. Lauren does expose her true personality, she’s loyal and generous and so worthy of finding happiness.
The story flows along at a good pace and as with all books by Sarina Bowen I found I read it in no time. Bowen also wraps up another side plot in this story (THANKFULLY –> because I really needed to see what happens with Becca (wink wink) ) . I would re-read this series in a heart beat meaning this book is a 5 Stars read and the series on the whole is worthy of 5 ++ stars. Bowen has solidified herself as one of my favorite authors and is a #oneclick recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi