I have been waiting for Leo Trevi’s story ever since we saw a glimpse of him in Shameless Hour, and my interest only intensified with DJ’s story in The Fifteenth Minute. I was completely invested in this sweet hockey player, and I couldn’t wait to get his story, to learn more about the captain of Harkness College’s hockey team. So, I was incredibly excited to find out that we were not only getting Leo’s story, but it would also be the beginning of a new hockey series, because Sarina Bowen and hockey romances are just guaranteed to be a solid score.
Leo Trevi is everything the reader has come to love about Ms. Bowen’s heroes. He is sweet, easy on the eyes, completely loyal to his team and the people he loves, and a dirty talker in the bedroom. He is truly one of the good guys; there is not one blemish on his character. But what I enjoyed most about his character is his easy-going nature and uncanny ability to endlessly hope for the best outcome for his hockey career and for his relationship with Georgia– really everything in his life.
Georgia has spent the last six years away from Leo after an assault left both of them reeling. She has fought to return to a normal life. Her spirit and perseverance to return to normalcy and live free of fear make her a heroine to admire. Although they have not seen each other for years, when she runs into Leo Trevi again, the sparks can’t be contained, and just like with anything in Leo’s life, he goes after what he wants. This relationship, although there are incredibly sexy scenes between the two, is pure and good.
The secondary characters in the story also left me anxiously awaiting the next books in the series, particularly O’Doul. These characters are charming, charismatic, and provide so many moments of comic relief in the story that I cannot wait to get the rest of their stories as this series continues.
I love all things Sarina Bowen. I have read every book she has published and have fallen in love with countless of her characters and stories and her words. Although I enjoyed Rookie Move, the plot-specifically the conflict of the story- did not resonate with me as a reader. For the atrocious event and the resulting effects of the assault, the reconciliation between the two just seemed too easy. They just seemed to fall back together without any resentment about the way it all played out, and I would have been completely okay with this. I don’t need unnecessary conflict, and they have been through a lot and deserve happiness. However, if they weren’t going to have a significant conflict, then there needed to be another external conflict, and this is presented in the form of the father. This conflict, however, left me flabbergasted. I didn’t understand the reaction of Georgia’s father and his behavior does not meet that of an adult man. With a different conflict, this would have been a 5 STAR book for me.
Even though there are parts of the plot that did not click for me as a reader, I enjoyed the story as a whole, mainly because Sarina Bowen’s writing style is one of my absolute favorites. Her writing is fresh and vibrant, painting images in the heads of her readers. Her characters are always well developed, their stories always filled with hope, and they become a part of your reading family–you know, those characters you don’t ever want to let go. Her plots are also unique in the NA genre, and this draws me into the many different worlds she has created.
Sarina Bowen is truly a one-click author for me. Simply her name alone will have me purchasing the novel because I know that the story will be beautifully written and the characters will burrow into my reading heart. This series is just the beginning of what I know will be another fantastic adventure with a new hockey team.
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….
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About the Author:
Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.
HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.
For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com.