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    This is the first book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and further understanding, read in companion with The Ivy Years series. Georgia & Leo have a history. When he comes to be on her team, with her father suddenly in the picture also, tensions are high. Is it wrong of her to still want the man? Leo is not sure how he can stand the thought that Georgia may reject him yet again. Just getting to know a new team is hard enough. Now they just need a little heat and a little compromise. Seriously great start to a new series with beloved characters! Already enjoying the series with the players seeming to be charming and hot. What a joy to read! I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next.

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    I've got season tickets for this series!

    It’s been six years since Georgia last saw her ex-boyfriend Leo, the one she dumped after graduation. They’d been a happy high school couple, but when she was raped while away at a tennis camp, everything changed for them. They couldn’t get back to the way things were and she couldn’t stand to see the hurt and worry in his eyes anymore, believing that setting him free would let him move on with his life. Now, she’s working as the publicity directory for the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey team, where her father has landed a coaching job and Leo has just joined the team as their new rookie. The past is colliding with the present, and Georgia is discovering that while she might have let Leo out of her life, she never let go of him in her heart – and the same holds true for him. Can they find their way to a better and brighter future? I loved this story!! Sarina Bowen is a hands down favorite author of mine, and she once again delivers a sexy, heartwarming, sometimes bittersweet tale in this second chance romance. Though Georgia’s assault is the reason for Georgia and Leo’s teenage breakup, there are no flashbacks to the actual event and despite the seriousness of what happened, the story itself is one of hope and healing. When Georgia went away to college, she studied martial arts and has become a confidant and strong woman, no longer afraid the way she used to be. While she believes the choice she made to break up with Leo was the right one at the time, it was not done because she didn’t love him. In fact, it was the opposite. So when Leo shows up as the new player on the team, it’s a shock to the system for both of them. Leo had accepted Georgia’s decision back then, but now that he has the opportunity to spend time with her, he makes it clear that he wants another chance. The sexual tension between them is palpable and leads to some super sexy scenes as they reconnect. Leo is definitely tops on my list of book boyfriends. He’s a caring and considerate man, and it’s clear he never stopped loving Georgia. It’s also clear that there are some issues from her assault that he never really dealt with, always focusing on what he could do for Georgia at that time and then trying to put everything behind him when she let him go. Now that they are spending time together, things start to come to the surface once more. There are some emotional moments for both of them that made me a bit teary-eyed, even as it was cathartic to see them move forward. Georgia’s father had been a mentor to Leo before the assault but they had become estranged afterwards, a fact that leads to some challenges for them when they have to work together on the ice. Leo’s got a lot on his plate – his first year in the NHL, a fractious history with his new coach, and trying to convince Georgia that they deserve another chance. But through it all he is steadfast and determined. I admired his tenacity. Besides the relationship between Leo and Georgia there are some great hockey scenes both on and off the ice. There are some interesting dynamics between the owner Nate, a billionaire tech genius and the rest of the management team. As well, there are some other hockey players of interest that we’ll hopefully see in the future, in particular the captain Patrick O’Doul and Leo’s roommate Silas, the backup goalie. The series has started off with a bang, and I can’t wait to read more! 5 stars.

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    Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

    ROOKIE MOVE is the first installment in Sarina Bowen’s contemporary, adult BROOKLYN BRUISERS hockey romance series focusing on the men and women of the professional hockey team of the same name. This is team publicist Georgia Worthington, and hockey player Leo Trevi’s story line. The Brooklyn Bruisers series is a spin off from Bowen’s The Ivy Years series but you do not have to have read the original series to follow. Some of the characters including Leo’s brother DJ cross over for cohesion and familiarity. Told from dual third person perspectives ROOKIE MOVE is a story of second chances between NHL rookie Leo Trevi, and Brooklyn Bruisers’ interim director of public relations Georgia Worthington. Leo and Georgia were high school sweethearts making plans for the future when Georgia became the victim of a devastating assault just months before their graduation. Pushing the only man she would ever love out of her life was the most difficult decision she had ever made but fast forward six years, and she would have to face the man that she destroyed while trying to hold onto the career that is floundering out of control. What ensues is the rebuilding of the relationship between Leo and Georgia, and the destructive nature of misunderstanding when the team’s new coach is Georgia’s father-a man who doesn’t trust our story line hero with his only daughter. There is plenty of history between Leo and Georgia that directly affects the relationship between Georgia’s father and his new rookie player. There is also plenty of misunderstanding, and a history of a lack of communication between the trio that plays havoc with the team and player morale. Georgia and Leo have never stopped loving one another and Leo intends to fight for Georgia even though our heroine continues to push Leo away fearing for both of their jobs. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. We are introduced to a number of the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey players, staff and owner. Georgia’s best friend and roommate Becca is also employed by the Brooklyn Bruisers; and Leo’s family, including his brother DJ, welcome our heroine back into the fold. The world building takes the reader behind the scenes of a fictional profession hockey team: the players, the games, the competitive nature of the sport, and the friends and family who stand by their side. The locker room drama is limited; the puck-bunnies are few and far between. ROOKIE MOVE is a story of second chances, romance and love. We are witness to the background dynamics of running a professional sports team, and the inherent quality of unconditional love. The premise is heartwarming and emotional; the characters are energetic and passionate; the romance is provocative and captivating. ROOKIE MOVE is a fantastic start to a new series.

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