Brooklynaire (Sarina Bowen)

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?


Oh, we’ve waiting so long for this book, and I’m beyond happy that Sarina was able to give us the story that Becca and Nate deserved. I’ve loved these two since book 1, and I’ve been patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for them to get their turn. Well, it’s here, and it’s epic!

By now we’ve established that I love anything that Sarina Bowen writes, right?! But this book, contrary to the other books in this series, is told in the first person, and that made me love it even more. Also, it has a few chapters told in the third person, but they take place in the past, and they’re the cutest thing ever.

Dual POV + first person = AMAZING!

I fell even more in love with Rebecca and Nate, and I loved seeing them grow, seeing their relationship develop, and how they dealt with their feelings. The hurdles they went through, and how through it all they communicated and were there for each other. Both made mistakes, but they never let the issues linger long, and I absolutely adored that.

Their romance was the cutest thing, and I just wanted to squish them together and never let them part. That’s how adorable they were.

To conclude, another amazing book on this series, definitly my favorite of this bunch, and I really hope Sarina keeps telling us stories about this team, I see so much potential in some of the characters, and I don’t want this little universe to cease to exist. I want more of the team and I want to see them all happy and disgustingly in love.

so, if you haven’t picked up Brooklynaire today,
what are you waiting for?!

Bountiful (Sarina Bowen)

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling — a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards — and hard won love — are Bountiful.


Guys, guys! Sarina Bowen did it again!!! 😀 I was beyond happy when I got an ARC for Bountiful, because this is one of my favorite series. And once again, this new installment of the True North series didn’t disappoint, and left me happy and smiling and swooning. I loved it.

And learning that this book is in fact a mash up of True North and Brooklyn Bruisers, another AMAZING series?! PERFECTION! 

I already loved Zara since book 1, I always loved her roughness, and how strong she was, because she was in such a tough position. The fact that she became friends with Audrey was amazing, and I always respected her even more because of it. But Zara grew up so much after she got pregnant and she understood she couldn’t do it all by herself, and she became a little less rough, but still so very HER. I love Zara.

Dave… it took me a little bit more to fall for Dave, mostly because the guy was so lost there for a bit, but I liked his development, how he realized that his past didn’t define him, and how he became a father to Nicole. I loved his scenes with his baby daughter.

It was great to see all the people from the 2 series too, especially Audrey and Griff, and Leo. And Castro, he needs a book ASAP.

While I really loved the plot, and I loved seeing Zara, Dave and baby Nicole become a real family, I needed some more development on the romance department. The relationship between Zara and Dave just happened way too easily, especially after they had been apart for 2 years and so much had changed in the meantime. I thought the their story needed more talk, more discussion, more time spent together. I do understand that having Nicole was already a huge bond, but there was something missing.

But baby Nicole is the most adorable baby ever. And I loved every little scene she was in, she was a scene stealer!

Like I said, another amazing book by Sarina Bowen. I can’t wait to see what else the True North and Brooklyn Bruisers bring. I need books about a lot of characters in these 2 series, and I need those books fast!

Pipe Dreams (Sarina Bowen)

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.


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go check out her blog in the next few days.

It shouldn’t come as news by now that Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read most of her work, and I always love her books. This series and this book is no exception. I loved Rookie Move and I really liked Hard Hitter, so obviously Pipe Dreams also stole my heart.

I’m a sucker for second chance romances… and also single dads, so this book had a pretty great premise for me. Once again I really enjoyed the writing. Third person is still not my favorite style, but Sarina does it well.

I really liked the characters. Lauren was fierce and independent and Mike was loyal and amazing. Together they were fantastic, and my only wish is that they had talked about the past before they actually did. I understood Lauren’s heartbreak, what Mike did in the past was shitty, but it was also understandable, and I never felt like he truly lied to her or anything like that.

Elsa, Mike’s teen daughter, was an acquired taste. I understood her feelings and issues completely though, and I LOVED that Mike didn’t give up his pursuit of Lauren because Elsa didn’t approve of it. I LOVED THAT! Though I still think that some more talking would have been the way to go there…

Overall, I really liked the characters and the romance, and I liked the plot a lot. For a little while there I was a bit worried by the way it was going, but it ended up being really cool, so everything was awesome 😉 .

I have to say, Sarina, I NEED A BOOK OR A NOVELLA ABOUT NATE AND BECCA! Come on… so many tidbits, but I want and need the real thing… pretty please?!

So, guys, have you been reading the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen? If yes, don’t forget to pick Pipe Dreams up, because it’s awesome. If no, what are you waiting for????

April TBR

Hello people! I think I did super well on last month’s TBR, I ended up reading 20 books last month, and most of them were on my TBR 🙂 . But this month I’m anticipating I’ll have a little less time for reading, so I’m keeping my March TBR small.

  1. Could You Love An Apple? (Love Stories #2) by Becky Jerams – I actually just finished this one, but it took me such a long time…
  2. Twist by Kylie Scott
  3. Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3) by Rebekah L. Purdy
  4. Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson
  5. The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
  6. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. Mixed Up by Emma Hart
  8. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman
  9. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
  10. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
  11. Making Faces by Amy Harmon – I hope we can get to this one this month

Hard Hitter (Sarina Bowen)

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He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score…

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O’Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O’Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good…


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to here to read her review of this book.

After reading Rookie Move in the summer, I was quite excited for the continuation of the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen. I really liked this second installment, though I have to say that it didn’t come close to the feelings I had for the first book.

Once again, Sarina’s writing was on point. By now this is a non-issue, because she always delivers. But I have to say that I can’t connect to her books as much when she writes in the third person… I’m a 1st person kind of girl, *sigh*. Still, the writing is amazing, and it definitly wasn’t an issue with this book.

While I really liked both characters, I wasn’t able to connect 100% with Ari. She was a great girl, and I understood how her previous relationship left her a bit skittish, but her hot and cold reaction to Patrick didn’t quite sit well with me. I got it, I just didn’t really liked it. O’Doul on the other hand really surprised me, because I thought he was gonna be cold and detached like he was in the beginning of the book, but he grew up a lot during the story and allowed himself to be more open, while at the same time showing himself as a super romantic and patient guy. Ari was a lucky girl, when she allowed herself to be.

I liked the progression of the romance and how it didn’t just happen. Ari and Patrick actually got to know each other and became friendly before they got involved and I appreciated that. I did think that for all the talking they did, they didn’t talk about some pretty big issues, and I kind of needed them to?! I felt like that little thing was missing.

I wasn’t expecting the kind of plot that this book turned out to have, but I did enjoy it. While some things were sort of predictable, others weren’t even on my radar, and I liked the “surprise”.

Overall this was yet another strong Sarina Bowen romance and a great continuation to the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I can’t wait for the next book, Pipe Dreams, and I still want something from Nathan and Becca, because those two…arghhh!

December TBR

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Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.

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  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

Rookie Move (Sarina Bowen)

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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….


As it should come to no surprise by now, I’ve read Rookie Move with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as a buddy read, so check out her blog in the next couple of days for her take on it.

So far, everything I’ve read by Sarina Bowen, I loved! This book was no exception. Once again the writing was captivating, and really enjoyable. I’m more of a 1st person narrative fan, so the fact that the book was told in the third person was not my favorite thing, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I loved both main characters, that’s not much to say about it: they’re AMAZING! Actually, I kind of liked everyone in this book. Georgia was fierce and strong, whether she was Princess or Killer, she was awesome all the way. And Leo? Leo was kind of dreamy! The way he knew what he wanted and went after it was great. But mostly, the way he loved Georgia was the most amazing thing of all.

Their connection and relationship was great as well. Even though we don’t get to see how their first relationship went, we get a few glimpses, that are enough to let us know the depth of which it went and how perfect they are for each other, since the time they were both 16. Their connection as adults is even better, because they have known the difference between being with each other and without, and with is definitly the better option.

The plot is great as well, and I liked that their conflicts came from within, from their own fears and limitations, and not from external sources.

All in all, I really loved this story. It was cute and funny and heartfelt, and it made me laugh and cry and swoon like crazy. I can’t wait for the next story in this series.

June Book Haul

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Let’s just say that I might have used and abused the request button on netgalley… But I didn’t get any physical book 🙂 .


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