Dual Review: Hard Hitter + Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hard Hitter + Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
Brooklyn Bruisers series: Books 2 + 3 [Goodreads]
Published by Berkley Romance
Genre: Sports [Hockey] Romance / Contemporary
Hard Hitter [Book #2]
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...

Pipe Dreams [Book #3]
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.

Hard Hitter [Book #2]
I will start off by saying that it is very hard for me to find a book by Sarina Bowen, read it, and not like it. Honestly, I think it might be close to impossible. Whether its about sports [it usually is], M/F or M/M. Sarina Bowen does it all and I look forward to any and every book she writes. Now, what is it about Hockey lately that has me drooling? I think it might have something to do with these guys. Patrick O'Doul has a bit of a tortured soul in him due to some childhood experiences and I am a sucker for tortured souls. A guy that is willing to overcome his demons and do everything he can in order to make sure he gets the girl is a winner in my book! Hard Hitter won me over from the very beginning and it captured my attention from the very first page until the very last. Patrick and Ariana had that undeniable, can't-resist-you chemistry I love and can't get enough of!
*Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose by the author in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.

Pipe Dreams [Book #3]
SINGLE DAD ALERT. I REPEAT. SINGLE DAD ALERT. Now, this isn't the single dad who has a baby daughter, this is a single dad with a teen daughter which makes it just that bit more interesting. Also, does it sound bad if I mention the fact that I love when the hero/ heroine of the story is a widower? I love seeing a character lose someone they love so much, wonder what they're going to do now and then trying- and failing- to not fall in love. *sigh* it makes for a darn good book if you ask me, and Pipe Dreams is no excuse. Lauren had one hell of an attitude and I kind of loved that about it but it also just made me want to read more and more to find out what it was that made her tick *cough*MIKE*cough*. Pipe Dreams has everything I love in a book, an athlete/single-dad/widower and a second shot at love. 
*Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose by the author in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.

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