Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Title: Pipe Dreams
Author: Sarina Bowen
My Rating: B+

Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Main Characters: Mike and Lauren
Release Date: May 2017
Publisher:  Berkley
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.
My Review:
Mmm, this story about Lauren has been brewing in the background of the other books in this series, so I was excited when it was finally time for it to come out. 

Lauren works for Nate, the owner of the Brooklyn Bruisers. But that wasn't always the case. Up until two years ago, she worked for the team and her father, who used to manage the team until Nate fired him. She was also Mike's girlfriend. She thought everything between them was perfect after dating for one and a half years. In fact they were looking at buying a house together, when he unceremoniously dumped her with barely a word. That was also 2 years ago. Ever since then she has stayed as far away from the hockey team as she possibly could. But when the Bruisers hit the playoffs and Nate's assistant who handled the team was injured, Lauren had to fill in...which meant lots of time with the team.

In his defense, when Mike dumped Lauren, he thought that was the only fair thing to do...for his family and for her. But that didn't change the fact that she was the love of his life. In the two years since their breakup, he's convinced himself that she's better off, but he doesn't really know what her life has become (hollow) because he hasn't seen her. So it's a bit of an eye-opener for him when he begins to interact with her again. He has no idea what she's been through.

I adore second chance at love stories and this is a good one. I understand why Mike did what he did. He was absolutely wrong, but I understand why he did it. And my heart hurts for Lauren. What he did to her was devastating. She still hasn't recovered from it. This story was really good and really heart-wrenching. There are a lot of pieces at play that made it great...Mike's 13 yo daughter, the stress of being in the playoffs, the side story that Lauren has happening in the midst of all this...along with the great characters from the team that we've gotten to know in the other two books. 

Now we need Nate and Becca's story. I'm dying for them!! They've been simmering for so long. And I love how quirky Nate is. It promises to be a good one. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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