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?!

Cover Reveal: Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

I am beyond excited to show you guys the cover for the 4th book in the True North series, by Sarina Bowen, Bountiful

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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.


I’m so excited about this book! It will combine the True North series, and Hockey, and OMG, I can’t wait to read the mash up that’s going to come from it.

I can’t wait to have this beauty on my hands!

Stay (Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy)

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch — an anonymous virtual assistant service — is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting…until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.


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

Guys, Sarina and Elle have done it again! This was yet another amazing book from this duo, they can do no wrong in my eyes, eheh. So, needless to say, but I’m gonna say it anyway, that the writing is absolutely fantastic again. I loved the dual POV and how different the voices were. Super awesome.

Then I absolutely loved the characters too. It’s not everyday that we get a book about 2 divorcees, so I loved that about this book, that both Matt and Hailey had had a lasting and loving relationships before they met, and that the book showed two completely different types of divorces. I loved Matt’s fierceness, and determination, and I loved Hailey’s self assurance, even in those silly moments when she lost all capacity of speech, lol. Also, she’s the most awesome hockey fan ever!

These 2 were so amazing and cute together. And HOT! I loved their connection, and how well they came to know each other, and how the relationship developed slowly but surely. And I really liked how supportive they were of each other. The romance was great, and so swoon worthy, and this just made me so happy.

Seeing the WAGs again was great, I just needed a little bit more of Wesmie, and maybe even more of Blake, because there can never be too much Blake. And the plot was perfect, I was a bit scared that it would maybe have a little bit too much drama, because of the exes and so on, but nope, super light on the drama front, and the conflict was understandable and easily resolved. WELL DONE!

So, guys, go read this series. NOW!

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny (Cindi Madsen)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Bottom of my TBR

Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I’m just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.

Confession #2: Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I’m powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.

Confession #3: I can’t stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it’d be to cross lines with him.

Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.

Confession #5: If I’m not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I’ll be totally pucked.


Once again, read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, though this time I finished it before she did, eheh, so check out her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

A while back I read the third book of this series, Crazy Pucking Love, and while I liked it, it didn’t blow me away or anything. I mainly had issues with the character’s back stories and the fact that I thought something was missing. I had no such issues with this one.

I thought the writing was way better on this one, and the dual POV worked way way better. Lindsey and Ryder had super distinct voices, so I loved the dual POV on this one. Also, Lindsey’s confessions throughout the book just made it all better.

I really liked both main characters. I loved Lindsey and I thought she was such a strong girl. I understood her fears and doubts, but I also loved that Ryder saw right through her and fought for his girl. Ryder was a pretty great character all on his own. I loved the connection and the chemistry between the two of them. The romance was sweet and strong, as it was based on a mutual understanding and thorough knowledge of each other.

The main conflict was predictable, but again, I felt it was understandable. And I was afraid for a little bit that Lindsey would try to put her dreams on hold, like Megan tried to on the previous book, but I’m glad that it didn’t came to that, and they found a perfect solution for both of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sweet NA hockey romance, and it made me want to pick up book 1 and 2 of this series. Give it a chance.

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????

Blurb Reveal: Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Guys, are you excited yet?! I for one can’t wait to get my hands on Stay, the second book of the WAGs series, written by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, but for now, here is the blurb!

Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
COMING in JUNE 2017
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Preorder: 
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Blurb:

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch–an anonymous virtual assistant service — is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting… until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam! 

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

Good Boy (Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy)

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Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.


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

GUYS! GUYS! GUYS! I’m so happy about this series, you have no idea! You know there’s a moment when you’re blog, that you think “yep, it has all been for this!” (not really, but you get my drift, right?), well, I felt truly accomplished somehow when I got an eARC for Good Boy, which was probably my highest anticipated book of 2017.

For those of you who still don’t know this, Good Boy, and its series WAGs, is a spin off of the Him duology. Him and Us tell the story of Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning, how they reconnect, fall in love and manage a relationship within the world of professional Hockey. WAGs will focus on Wes’ teammates and it’s gonna be glorious. Good Boy tells the story about Blake, Wesmie’s neighbour, friend and Wes’ teammate, and Jess, Jamie’s sister, after they met (and hooked up) in Us.

I knew beforehand that I was gonna love this book, because Elle and Sarina write in an hilarious and awesome way. This book is just so funny! To top it off, I already loved Blake and Jess too, because they, especially Blake, had a lot of page time in Us and he’d already proved how awesome of a person he was and how much of a dedicated friend he was to Jamie and Wes. So, anyone who would do anything for his 2 best buds, already had a high approving rate in my book.

But Blake is even better now! Reading from his POV was such an unique experience, because he’s now one of my favorite romance heroes ever. Blake is not just funny and dedicated, but he’s got the biggest heart ever. And he’s never afraid of his feelings! I love it when a guy just embraces whatever the hell he feels and wants. Have I mentioned how hilarious he is?

And Jess? She’s so awesome too! I love that she just wanted to prove to her family and herself that she could do it on her own. Sometimes it takes us awhile to find our way to something we love and it was what happened to her, but she did it, and throughout the doubts and insecurities, she keeps going. I love her!

The romance is all kinds of hot :D. I really really liked how confident Blake was about their connection, and how Jess tried to fight it. I liked that they were always there for each other and supported each other through everything. And also, I really really loved the pacing of it.

Ultimatly this book made me feel awesome. The main characters were amazing. The romance was great. The Jamie and Wes’ moments warmed my heart. But most of all, it was so so good and it made me laugh like crazy.

So, if you like a great romance, with some awesomely comic nuances. If you liked the previous collaboration of Elle and Sarina. GO READ GOOD BOY NOW!

Top Shelf (Kelly Jamieson)

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Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure. 

Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey — and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants. 

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule — and Jared’s playboy reputation — she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.


Guys! This book was so good!! I can’t even… I certainly wasn’t expecting this to be as awesome as it was. I definitly love hockey books, they’re just so yummy.

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed the writing on this one more than I did on Shut Out, even with it being in the third person – and you guys know how I like my romances in the first person, right? Still, I thought it fit with the book, and contrary to some 3rd person’s books, the style didn’t take away from the experience of the characters, do you get what I mean?! The thoughts, feelings and experiences were all awesomely portrayed. I really liked it.

Then I loved loved loved the characters. Sidney and Jared made sense, they were so imperfect perfect people. Sidney was so strong and determined, having gone through through what she did was terrible, but she came out ok(ish), and it took guts to keep going after everything. I’m a person that never really gave much thoughts about having kids, but still, finding out that you can’t has to be devastating, and it has to be a blow to a woman’s self worth. I thought Jamieson was able to convey this explendendly. Well done.

Jared was amazing, I loved him. He was a guy that fought for what he wanted, and didn’t take things for granted. Also, he didn’t run away from his problems. I thought he was so level headed, while being so fierce at the same time. And oh so HOT. Also, it’s so hot when a guy is the one who wants the relationship parts, right?

I absolutely loved the romance. It does start with insta lust, but the build up is slow, and we get how they fall in love. They become part of each other’s lives, they talk, and lean on each other, and they have amazing chemistry. The whole relationship was so well done.

The plot was a bit predictable from a certain point on, even though I didn’t see a couple of things coming. I did see a major one though, and while I liked the result, I kind of wish it hadn’t happen?! (hit me in the comments if you want to know why I say this).

All and all, I really loved this one. It’s an amazing romance, with great characters, a great message and a HOT, STEAMING and beautiful romance. Read it!

The Year We Hid Away (Sarina Bowen)

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She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he’s housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it’s only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

Scarlet Crowley is the only freshman at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. Her name is as new as the shiny student ID it’s printed on. The only way to survive college will be to conceal her identity, even if it means lying to the green-eyed boy she’s falling for.

Bridget and Scarlet form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.


Awhile back, me and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much read the first book of The Ivy Years series together, so we thought it would be cool to do the same with book 2 :D. Check out her blog in a few days to read her review of The Year We Hid Away.

I had really liked the first one of the series, but I have to say that I loved this one even more. There’s just something about truly desperate situations and people who can overcome shitty situations. Once again, I loved the writing, because this is Sarina Bowen, and I’ve read a bunch of her books by now, and I KNOW I will love anything she writes. The book, once again, is told in dual POV, and I really liked how distinct both voices were, but still had a common denominator.

Both characters were amazing. Scarlet’s situation is truly unbearable, and I can’t even begin to understand what goes on people’s minds to treat her the way they did. I thought she was truly strong, making her decision had to be tough, but it hurt that she was leaving a big part of herself behind, so she could be “normal”. The same goes for Bridger, oh boy, he’s dreamy! Maybe it’s the whole “single dad” thing, even though Lucy is his baby sister and not his daughter, it somehow still applies. It was remarkable how amazing Bridger was with Lucy and Scarlet, and how he still managed to have amazing grades and follow his dreams (or part of them).

The fact that neither of them was willing to ask for help, even when they desperately needed it, was beyond sad, and it lead me to cry a bit towards the end.

I really liked the romance between Scarlet and Bridger, the built up was well done, and I really liked how understandable they were of each other’s secrets. When they finally open up to each other, it’s a beautiful thing to see.

The buildup was strong and emotional, and I’m a mess whenever the storyline involves children…

I highly recommend this one, and I can’t wait to read the remaining books of the series.

Heat It Up (Stina Lindenblatt)

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Some games are hotter off the ice… 

Sofia Phillips feels cursed. Her father cheated on her mother, her boyfriend cheated on her — she’s done with dating. A summer work-exchange program in Finland is the perfect escape. But instead of gaining experience as an athletic trainer, she’s cleaning toilets. Awesome. The trip is a disaster, and even better, she meets Kyle Bennett. In the sauna. Naked.

Sexy hockey player Kyle was the star right wing for an NHL team. But after an accident killed his wife and left him injured, Kyle has appreciated the “therapeutic” benefits of booze and puck bunnies. Now in Finland for the summer, he’s coaching in an elite hockey-training camp for teens. When Sofia’s grandmother decides to set her up with a nice Finnish man, Sofia recruits Kyle as her make-believe boyfriend. Neither expects their first kiss to sizzle. And neither expects, while stranded on an island during a storm, to have a scorching night of passion.

But as their charade, and then their attraction, develops into something deeper, the past comes back, threatening to destroy them. They must decide if their feelings for each other are strong enough to survive — or it will be game over.


Once again, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so head to her blog in the next few days to check out her review of this book.

I really enjoyed the writing on this book, it flowed well and the voices of the 2 protagonists were very different, which was wonderful (especially considering that the last one I had read with dual POV hadn’t accomplished this).

I really liked both main characters too, they were both very flawed, but somewhat trying to overcome what had happened to both of them, which made them strong and vulnerable. Their relationship starts as friends and evolves to something more – initially friends with benefits – but they both soon realize that they want more of each other, but they’re so haunted by their own pasts, that they’re super scared to move forward. Though it starts with a mutual attraction, the romance is a slow burn, and I really liked that they spent a lot of time with friends and family.

Joni was a character that I didn’t appreciate, I hated that even though he thought that Sofia and Kyle’s relationship was serious, he still kept making moves on her, and taking advantage of her friendship and blissful ignorance. I wanted to slap Sofia and make her see how wrong that was. Unfortunately this is something that doesn’t get resolved by the end of the book, and that pissed me off. I thought Sofia should have confronted him in some way, not only for what he did, but also to make it clear to him that she was choosing Kyle – not that there was ever any doubt about it!

The ending felt a bit abrupt to me, I wish we had one more chapter or at least an epilogue to actually see them adjusting to a life they both didn’t know they wanted or needed.

Other than the ending and Joni, this book is a pretty awesome NA romance, with a twist that I didn’t see coming (at all, though Cátia did!). It has little hockey in it, because Kyle is coaching and he can’t play himself, which was a bummer. With that said, I would recommend it if you’re into the NA genre 😉 .