ARC Review & Giveaway – Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

This is a beautiful story and great lead in to another amazing series from Sarina Bowen. ~ Ava, Guilty Pleasures 

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In high school they were the perfect couple—until 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 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….

 

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Y’all ready for some Brooklyn Bruisers hockey? Sarina Bowen is easily one of my top go to purestdelightawardauthors. I just L.O.V.E. her writing, and she knows her sport! Sarina is one of those authors I just happened upon by chance and I encourage EVERYONE to read. She’s so talented; and I personally feel under recognized for her awesomeness.

This new series published by Berkley, is somewhat of a spinoff of her The Ivy Years (New Adult) series. We’ve known Leo Trevi as a starter on the Harkness (college) hockey team for awhile. He’s DJ’s older brother, and all this fun hotness as a secondary character, but he “dated” the most horrible girls. Gosh did he ever. We learned a bit about Leo and Georgia’s backstory in the THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE, however I feel this installment can easily be read without reading that book as a prequel.

Rookie Move is aptly named with Leo the newest player to the Brooklyn Bruisers line up and Georgia Worthington a PR rep for his new sports team hoping stay in her interim job as the department head. Both of them feel just a touch in over the head professionally. I know this is a contemporary romance but the characters are still young, new to their roles and I still feel the NA vibe. Which is great because I love that. The plot pairs a second-chance with a forbidden relationship (co-workers and a Dad/Coach situation). So many times in a second chance story one of them really screwed up in the past and has to grovel the whole book. That is not how this story unfolds. Leo was a great boy back then and he’s a sexier, bigger, albeit more determined man now. He’s just not giving in this time.  Georgia, I adore her character and resilience in the face of challenges before her. She’s an athlete in her own right and knows she can’t resist Leo Trevi in close quarters; though she tries!! Tons of romantic tension, and funny moments between these two.

What I really enjoyed about this book, was how a traumatic life event, can indirectly affect more than just the person that was victimized. It impacts everyone who cares for them. We know that in real life but it’s not often portrayed so honestly in fiction. This is a beautiful story and great lead in to another amazing series from Sarina Bowen.

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Excerpt

“Come right this way,” Georgia heard her coworker and roommate Becca say, the clomp of her Dr. Martens echoing through the grand old passageway. “Nate is excited to meet you.” Becca was the owner’s assistant, and Georgia lingered half a second to wave her down and offer her a donut, too.

But Becca didn’t happen to look in Georgia’s direction as she led a tall man down the corridor. Something about his gait snagged Georgia’s subconscious. So she took a second look.

And that’s when her heart took off like a manic bunny rabbit. Because she knew that man. She knew the chiseled shape of his masculine jaw, and the length of his coal-black eyelashes.

Oh my God.

Omigod, omigod, omigod.

“How was your flight?” Becca asked him, oblivious to the fact that Georgia was spying.

“Not too bad. I got in late last night.”

The sound of his voice fluttered right inside Georgia’s chest. It was the same smoky sweet timbre that used to whisper into her ear while they made love. She hadn’t let herself remember that sound in a long time.

Now it was giving her goosebumps. The good kind.

“Welcome to Brooklyn,” Becca said while Georgia trembled. “Are you familiar with the area?”

“Grew up about thirty miles from here,” he answered while chills broke out across her back.

Holding her breath, Georgia eased her office door further closed, until only a couple of inches remained. She could not be caught like this—freaked-out and speechless, hiding behind a door.

The movement caught Becca’s eye, though. Georgia saw her turn her head in her direction and then pick her out in the crack where the door was still open. Becca raised one eyebrow—the one with the barbell piercing in it.

All Georgia could do was close her eyes and pray that Becca wouldn’t call out a greeting.

There was a pause before Georgia heard Becca say, “Right this way, please.”

Quietly, Georgia stepped into her office and shut the door. After flipping on the light, she let her briefcase and pocketbook slide right to the floor. Only the folder that Nate had given her was still in her shaking hands. She flipped it open, her eyes searching for the new player’s name on the page.

But she didn’t even need the paperwork to confirm what her racing heart had already figured out. The newest player for the Brooklyn Bruisers was none other than Leonardo “Leo” Trevi, a six-foot-two, left-handed forward. Also known as her high school boyfriend, the boy she’d loved with all her heart until the day that she’d dumped him. And now he was here?

“Thanks, universe,” she whispered into the stillness of her office.

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