Thursday, September 8, 2016

4 stars-- Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

A whole herd of sexy hockey players, a second chance at romance, turmoil and humor, and amazing friends. Rookie Move was one heck of a start to the Brooklyn Bruisers series.

The quick of it is that Leo and Georgia were high school sweethearts but things went real bad and they've not seen each other since. Good riddance and all that. Damn their luck, though, he's just landed on the hockey team where she works as the team's PR person. And all those sticky emotions from the past and the luscious heat between them simmers up and makes things all kinds of deliciously complicated.

I really enjoyed Leo and Georgia. Neither has ever gotten over their relationship and breakup and I loved seeing them back in each other's space and trying to resist and of course falling because dang are they perfect fro each other. I liked that they both gave their all for their jobs and were passionate and kind. And their romance. Gah this guy. He's so damn sweet. He totally made me aw a couple times. There's some excellent heat, some pretty funny moments, and some really tough ones as they dealt with something in their past that really affected them both on many levels.
"You go first. Use anything you need in the bathroom."

While he was in there, she put on an oversized Bruisers T-shirt, then spent thirty seconds wishing she had sexy nightgowns like Becca's. But she wasn't a sexy nightgown kind of girl, and there was really no use pretending she was.

Leo shuffled back into the room a minute later, naked, and climbed into her bed. When she joined him after brushing her teeth, his eyes were closed. But he reached for her anyway, folding his arm around her body, pulling her close. His hand snaked up under the shirt, and he made a sound of approval. "I like this," he said with sleepy lips. "Good access to the tatas. Night," he said, giving her left a gentle squeeze. "Night," he repeated, cupping the other.

She fell asleep with a smile on her face.
There was a lot of sports-ish stuff which was fun. Hockey games, team travel, trying to fit in with a new team (he was the rookie and just arrived), her work as their pr person and dealing with all kinds of team drama, the worries over being traded to another team. Posing in a naughty sports calendar for charity...yeah. That was a fun scene. It was all a nice backdrop to the romance and I really loved so many of the other players and coworkers.

The only thing I really didn't care for was the multiple detailed flashbacks and constant mentioning of them having sex as teenagers when they were in high school. It just icked me out and I wanted to yell at the book a couple times that I know yall fucked like bunnies when you were kids and it was AMAZING! please stop mentioning it and fantasizing about it because ew! I just don't need to be reading about 16-18 year olds getting each other off. No, ma'am. I sure don't. If that hadn't been included--or their sexual antics as kids had just been mentioned briefly--this would have been a 4.5 I think.

All in all, though, I really had a good time with Rookie Move. Bowen created a dynamic team that already has me addicted. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what happens with all of them. Bring on the next player!

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....

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (author) | Goodreads

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