Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I loved this book so much that I kept reading right through the teaser for book two and found myself slightly shocked when it ended abruptly! The story between Leo and Georgia is a sweet but very angsty new adult second chance romance. Both the publicist for the NHL’s newest franchise and the team’s new star rookie feel older than their years. Leo and Georgia are both hungry to make their marks, but a whole lot of history (and Georgia’s father) makes this difficult.

Leo and Georgia’s pasts are revealed slowly through memories, conversations, and flashbacks. As teenage lovers, they allowed a horrible experience to break them up, but neither Georgia nor Leo has fully dealt with the past. The chemistry between these two is explosive. Their friendship is inspiring and the history between them is almost heartbreaking. I loved every moment of their second chance romance.

Georgia is a girl-crush worthy leading lady perfectly matched to a wonderful leading man. I’ve read too many stories lately with a wonderful leading man and a somewhat insipid female lead. Finally, this feels like a pairing of equals. Georgia prefers the nickname “Killer” to the nickname “Princess” and I loved her inner strength. With Georgia’s tennis and martial arts, she also shares a love of sport with Leo.

The third person dual narrative works really well here and I really enjoyed the supporting characters in this story. While Leo and Georgia’s story is difficult and heavy at times, there are many funny moments in this book and the author has created a whole cast of characters I want to continue following in later books. I always love Sarina Bowen, but this book is special, even for her.

This is the first book by Sarina Bowen that I’ve read and I’m hooked. This is an addicting read and an excellent start to the series!

Leo Trevi and Georgia Worthington were high school sweethearts until something terrible happened to Georgia, causing her to dump Trevi. For six years, Trevi has carried a torch for Georgia and when he’s drafted to a new NHL team, that Georgia happens to be the PR rep for, he’s hoping for a second chance. Georgia’s finally getting a chance to shine at her job when her manager leaves and she’s the stand-in PR manager. She won’t let anything get in way of being the best at her job so that the higher ups recognize her talents and keep her on, when Leo comes along and immediately starts problems, Georgia is worried her job might be lost because of it.

The is a fast paced read with an excellent storyline. I loved both Leo and Georgia, as well as all the supporting characters in the story. I like that the author was able to add humor, seriousness, and just the right amount of spice to keep you flipping the pages. I’m really looking forward to book two in this series!

I am a big fan of sports romances, and this is a really good one – I am delighted that there is a new series for me to read! There is an element of world building – but in a very subtle and natural way. I love that the owner is a hands-on kind of guy, and a tech success, which gives the team both plenty of funds, but also a young, vibrant feel.

The story is a clever one, with a degree of angst, some absolutely lovely moments of rediscovery, and some very emotional ones. It is a chunky story, but there is no excess; I enjoyed every word of it. Both the lead characters are appealing and intelligent, and as the reasons for the demise of their relationship first time around are understood better by both of them (and her father) the air clears and a brighter future is considerably more likely! I loved Becca and can't wait for it to be her turn – with all those sexy hockey players around – or maybe one of the management team...I am busy thinking here!

Do yourself a favour, grab a copy, find a comfy chair and some snacks, and enjoy!

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Brooklyn Bruisers series, the Ivy Years series, and the Gravity series. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen to read and review.

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