Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on September 6, 2016
It’s been a few years, but I’m back for more of Sarina Bowen and more from her sexy hot hockey team, The Brooklyn Bruisers, fighting as hard for their happily ever afters as they do wins on the ice.
Leo was riding high in high school with Georgia at his side until she dumped him and left. He has gone on for the last six years putting his all into his career even while constantly feeling the hole Georgia left that no other woman can fill. It’s a crucial time that as the rookie on a new team with a coach who doesn’t like him that he prove himself and then he gets the stunner of his life when he meets the team PR gal and it’s Georgia. Leo wants answers about why she dumped him, but most of all, he wants Georgia and he’s not letting her push him away no matter how often she tries.
Georgia never forgot Leo’s love even through the hard times after she cut things off with him. But things are different now and he has no part in it. She’s career-focused and he’s one of her dad’s players. That is it. Too bad Leo didn’t get the memo and neither did her heart deep down under all the ice she has layered over it.
I’m actually no stranger to this series, but I started with book two and read a couple out of order. I got busy with other books, but a chance giveaway win put it back on my radar. I have to confess that I was wary of reading this one. The author’s writing and the way she puts so much into her characters and the relationships has always pulled me in. I also love how much attention she gives the sports element in her stories when they are sports romances. So good! And, the author didn’t disappoint with any of these things.
That said, I was right to be wary. I can’t say that I completely bought what Georgia was selling- that is I struggled with Georgia’s reasoning behind destroying what she had with Leo and I really struggled with the amount of time she spent in the current situation pushing him away. At first, I had no liking for her the way she was acting like Leo was the one who broke her heart. I could sympathize with her and no one should have to go through what she did, but I felt innocent, good and sweet Leo was the one paying the price. That didn’t go over well with me and made me struggle with the romance for the longest time.
The shining light who dazzled and warmed me was Leo. Gah, what a fabulous hero. I understand he was a side character in her earlier Ivy Years series. He wasn’t perfect, but he was just a good guy and I really wanted him to get what he wanted with Georgia and in his career. He worked so hard and was so patient with her. They had external as well as internal struggles to overcome and they did. This pair was hot enough to melt the ice together. Whew boy, were they sizzling! Some authors really get how to write sexy scenes.
Rookie Move reminded me what I loved about this series and that I have several left to read. The sports element was a strong presence and that is the way I like it. Both of the characters worked in the hockey world and the game as well as the business of the team was front and center.
After a rocky start, I had a fab time with this book and highly recommend it and the whole series for those who enjoy spicy hot sports romance with some amazing characters.
Literary Pickers #52 Second Chance Romance
Romance BINGO #18 sports romance
Books N Tunes #10 Shinedown’s Second Chance