Also by this author: Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1) by Sarina Bowen
Published by Berkley on September 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sport
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The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.
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....
This is now my third Sarina Bowen book and I’m quickly getting addicted to her work. In fact, I barely skimmed over the blurb when I read it. I just knew that I liked her other work so I just immediately knew I was going to read it.
Georgia Worthington is finally starting to make a name for herself as the interim publicist for the NHL’s Brooklyn Bruisers. She’s been working hard to make sure that she lands the position permanently. With that comes super organization and a particular demeanor to ensure the respect she knows she deserves. This means that some people think she comes off a bit cold. On top of that, her father has just been hired as the new head coach, so they have to figure out that right balance of professionalism. Seems easy enough. Until she gets hit with the mother of all whammies.
Leo Trevi has grown up as a hockey player all his life. It’s in his blood. All he’s every wanted was to play in the NHL major league. So when he gets the call up, he’s more than ecstatic. That is until he finds out that his new coach is the father of the girl who left him with a broken heart. It’s been almost six years since he’s seen Georgia and he knew seeing her again was inevitable now that her father was going to be his new coach. What he didn’t know what she is also his publicist and will have to be by her constantly. Will he be able to overcome the heart break of her leaving him and put that aside or will it consume him and interfere with his NHL dream?
I can sum up why I liked this book in one word. Leo. I just fell so hard for him. I’m not one who typically likes the sweet guys but there’s just something about him that I couldn’t ignore. He’s loyal, loving, patient and confident. He knows what he wants and he goes after it. He takes everything that gets thrown at him with a level of calmness and ease that many people don’t have. Unless you are talking about Georgia. That he isn’t so calm about.
“If you want to keep breathing, don’t ever call the love of my life a bitch.”
I also enjoyed Georgia. She comes off as confident, which she is, but the love her life seems to be the one person that can crack that rough exterior. I liked the progression of their reunion where you can tell she is trying to fight it but she eventually gives in and gives it her all. There’s just someone so real and honest about that.
There were also some good moments with the secondary characters. I want to know more about Nate, the new owner of the Bruisers. He seems to have so many quirks and I want to be able to explore more about him. Plus, I feel like there has to be more between him and his assistant, Becca. There’s also the team caption, O’Doul, who we will get to learn more about in the next book. I’m super excited to get his story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m honestly surprised about how much I enjoyed the sweetness of it. It isn’t angsty, which I am normally a sucker for. There is a sensitive subject within it but overall the entire feel of the book can only be described as sweet. Well done, Sarina, for making me fall for the sweet one. I believe this might only be the second or third time that has every really happened.