Two-fer Review – Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) by Sarina Bowen

Pipe Dreams a perfect hockey romance, second chance love, single dad book. Each book just gets better. I LOVE this series. I love Sarina. What can say? She’s awesome. ~ Ava, Guilty Pleasures

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.

Pipe Dreams is the third book in Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series. We’ve met Lauren throughout the first two books and she’s the Ice Queen. I have had my doubts she could be a likeable heroine, but she IS! Nate, the team owner has Lauren for his downtown Office assistant, and Becca is his assistant at the team offices in Brooklyn. Becca is out and Lauren must fill in. Thus far, Lauren has HATED being in the hockey offices, at the hockey games, it’s been a bit of a puzzle to figure out what Lauren has against the Bruisers and Hockey in general. Let’s just say her disdain is justified.

Mike Beacon is the keeper, and only briefly mentioned in the previous books. But Mike and Lauren have history. And it’s the kind that breaks your heart. Both of them. So this second chance tale has a lot of rink to thaw. Mike is now a widowed single dad. His young teenage daughter is an obstacle for the couple, and so is Lauren. She’s Done with Mike, Done with Hockey, and generally done with men. She’s got a plan and has no intentions of deviating from her path again. But you know how it goes, best laid plans and all that.

When two people with undeniable chemistry are forced into each other’s orbit, old feelings resurface, and there’s lots to work through. Every step of this book was just right for me. Sarina’s obvious knowledge of teenage behavior, and parenting managed to really make all the places I feared would be hot spots work. She handled Lauren and Mike’s relationship and the one with his daughter in ways I felt were authentic.

I can’t wait to see what happens with Nate and Becca too!

If you haven’t already please pick up this series. Pipe Dreams a perfect hockey romance, second chance love, single dad book. Each book just gets better. I LOVE this series. I love Sarina. What can say? She’s awesome.

ARC provided by Penguin Randomhouse for a voluntary review.

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Second chance romances aren’t my favorite in romance genre but I thought the author does a great job with Mike and Lauren’s story. ~ Paige, Guilty Pleasures 

I finally understood why Lauren was so standoffish and created walls around herself. The life that she expected and wanted was tossed away without an explanation. She had to pick up the pieces and create a new life. Despite her best efforts to forgive and forget she still held a great deal of resentment. I couldn’t blame her one bit. I don’t think I would forgive so quickly either.

Mike is s torn between the love for his daughter, the fondness for his wife and love for his girlfriend. While I’m convinced he made the right choice, for his daughter’s sake, it was a difficult decision and continued to haunt him for years.

The couple was able to reconcile and put aside past hurt to find a new normal to for their relation. I loved that the chemistry between them. After all the years apart they still had a powerful connection.

Along with their story we were given some pretty intense playoff hockey.

ARC provided by Penguin Randomhouse for a voluntary review.

4.5 stars

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