Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Genres: adult, contemporary, Sports Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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....
“Come right this way,” Georgia heard her coworker and roommate Becca say, the clomp of her Dr. Martens echoing through the grand old passageway. “Nate is excited to meet you.” Becca was the owner’s assistant, and Georgia lingered half a second to wave her down and offer her a donut, too.
But Becca didn’t happen to look in Georgia’s direction as she led a tall man down the corridor. Something about his gait snagged Georgia’s subconscious. So she took a second look.
And that’s when her heart took off like a manic bunny rabbit. Because she knew that man. She knew the chiseled shape of his masculine jaw, and the length of his coal-black eyelashes.
Oh my God.
Omigod, omigod, omigod.
“How was your flight?” Becca asked him, oblivious to the fact that Georgia was spying.
“Not too bad. I got in late last night.”
The sound of his voice fluttered right inside Georgia’s chest. It was the same smoky sweet timbre that used to whisper into her ear while they made love. She hadn’t let herself remember that sound in a long time.
Now it was giving her goosebumps. The good kind.
“Welcome to Brooklyn,” Becca said while Georgia trembled. “Are you familiar with the area?”
“Grew up about thirty miles from here,” he answered while chills broke out across her back.
Holding her breath, Georgia eased her office door further closed, until only a couple of inches remained. She could not be caught like this—freaked-out and speechless, hiding behind a door.
The movement caught Becca’s eye, though. Georgia saw her turn her head in her direction and then pick her out in the crack where the door was still open. Becca raised one eyebrow—the one with the barbell piercing in it.
All Georgia could do was close her eyes and pray that Becca wouldn’t call out a greeting.
There was a pause before Georgia heard Becca say, “Right this way, please.”
Quietly, Georgia stepped into her office and shut the door. After flipping on the light, she let her briefcase and pocketbook slide right to the floor. Only the folder that Nate had given her was still in her shaking hands. She flipped it open, her eyes searching for the new player’s name on the page.
But she didn’t even need the paperwork to confirm what her racing heart had already figured out. The newest player for the Brooklyn Bruisers was none other than Leonardo “Leo” Trevi, a six-foot-two, left-handed forward. Also known as her high school boyfriend, the boy she’d loved with all her heart until the day that she’d dumped him. And now he was here?
“Thanks, universe,” she whispered into the stillness of her office.
Rookie Move is the first book in the new sports romance series, the Brooklyn Bruisers, by Sarina Bowen. I love hockey, so a new sports series following a hockey team is right up my alley. And Rookie Move was a very strong start to what looks to be a great series. I loved Leo’s story. I would like to keep Leo all for myself, in fact. (and I don’t think I will be the only one that thinks so.)
Rookie Move is the story of Leo and Georgia. And it is a second chance at love story, which made this one feel very sweet. (even though it was pretty spicy as well.) The book alludes to something big going down in Georgia’s life in high school, which led to their breakup. But it all felt very mysterious to me. It didn’t seem like anything Leo did anything. It seemed like something was going on with Georgia, but whatever it was it felt weird to me, and it certainly didn’t make her dad- and the new coach of the Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo’s fan. But none of that mattered to Leo, because he has such a darn great attitude the whole time. Right from the first re-meeting between him and Georgia, when I saw how nice and pleasant he was trying to lighten the mood, I knew he was going to be a great guy. He wasn’t bitter, and as the dumpee, he totally had a right to be. Leo is simply great.
Bottom line: The Brooklyn Bruisers series is going to be great! I love the mixture of character driven romance, and team dynamics, with actual hockey! Yes, there is lots of hockey goodness in this story, and I really, really hope that continues in the next book. I am a new fan of Sarina Bowen, but I know this is going to be a favorite series of mine. I loved the second chance romance between Georgia and Leo (and I reallyyyyy loved Leo) and I can’t wait to see what the next story is going to bring. Fans of sports romances must read the Brooklyn Bruisers series. Yummy hockey goodness.
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