Author: Sarina Bowen

HARD HITTER by Sarina Bowen

HARD HITTER by Sarina Bowen
Hard Hitter
by Sarina Bowen

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports
Source: Publisher

Hard Hitter is the second novel in the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen and I have to admit after reading the previous book I was hooked not only on the cast of characters Ms. Bowen created but her story telling capabilities. The more I read of the Brooklyn Bruisers series the more my love for hockey in general grows.


Team captain Patrick O’Doul grew up in the foster system and while he has had relationships with women in the past they are few and far between and just about sex. He has been ordered by his team to start getting massages to help loosen up his previous injuries and it just so happens Ari will be making sure he is in tip top shape for the games. As Ari and Patrick become closer he knows she is different but when a mistake he made in the past comes to light he has to wonder if he will lose Ari before their relationship has really begun and if his team will forgive him after he has started to let them in. A lot is on the line for Patrick but he isn’t giving up without a fight and it just so happens now he has more to fight for than ever before.


Ari Bettini has decided to put all her energy into her work since she threw out her longtime boyfriend, but he just won’t go away no matter how hard she tries. Being on the road with the guys and teaching them yoga is truly a blessing and a wondering distraction from her life. After getting Patrick on the table, little by little he starts to open to her and before they know it they are hitting the sheets. Ari doesn’t want to get in trouble for crossing the line so they agree to keep it a secret but when Ari’s ex starts to makes waves not only with her relationship but putting her job at risk she has no choice but to trust the people she has become close to, including Patrick.


Ari and Patrick were really great characters and had a lot in common but also their different personalities brought out the very best in them not only as a couple but as individuals. While Hard Hitter contained some drama it was just enough to keep me engaged with how these issues effected them. From the very beginning I liked Ari and couldn’t wait to hear what her story was and boy did Ms. Bowen give her a lot to handle but she was strong and willing to fight for her new life and what she wanted. Patrick being a loner really touched me more than I thought it would. At first I couldn’t understand how a guy surrounded by teammates felt the need to be this way but it just showed he never got past what had happened to him and he doesn’t start to until Ari becomes more frequent in his life.


Hard Hitter was an enjoyable romance whose characters stood out from the very beginning. The plot was direct and I love how Ms. Bowen took the time to not only tell readers about Ari’s ex but tie it off in a manner that was believable. I found the love scenes steamy, detailed and they showed Ari and Patrick’s connection that was growing deeper over the course of their story. I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Patrick’s teammates were a real hoot and have me looking forward to reading some of their romances in the future.

ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina Bowen

ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina Bowen
Rookie Move
by Sarina Bowen

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports
Source: Publisher


I absolutely love sports romance stories. They could be about hockey, baseball or football and I can sit for hours and devour each and every one. When I saw that Sarina Bowen had a new hockey series coming out I knew I had to read it right away and I didn’t waste any time getting started.


In Rookie Move Bowen brings back together a couple that used to date. The feelings that she brings to these characters about seeing one another for the first time in years were out of this world. Leo has been brought to the Brooklyn Bruisers not only to help them gain new fans but to help them win a championship. On the day of his arrival there is a big press conference being held and he is about to come face to face with the woman he has never forgotten.


Georgia doesn’t just love hockey but she is the publicist for this growing team. When the team was looking for a new coach she suggested her father because he’s the right man for the job. Minutes before the press conference Georgia hears there is also a new player being added to the team and to her surprise it’s her ex Leo. How is she going to handle the press conference and coming face to face with him again? One step at time; after all she is a professional. When Leo declares her the love of his life in front of the press with live mics things are about to get very interesting and this is only the beginning.


Sarina Bowen brings a freshness to her characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. While Leo and Georgia had a past they still had so many feelings that were left unresolved and I couldn’t wait to see how Bowen would have them work it out. While Leo might be a player on the ice this isn’t the case off the ice. Right away I could see how seeing Georgia again got to him and we also get to see how it affected Leo when Georgia left him and boy did I feel sorry for him.


The development of the characters during the story grew and never went backwards. Bowen also has to drag up the past a few times before Leo and Georgia can even consider moving forward. Their story takes time and it was worth every moment to see the final outcome. I just loved these two. They had chemistry and a lot of swoon worthy moments. One moment that really stuck with me was when Leo traveled back into the past when things were going on in the present and him wanting to save Georgia this time around. I actually teared up because I could see how it was eating him alive that he wasn’t able to save her the first time.


The secondary characters were just as interesting and important as the main characters. I really liked the team and the bond they were building. There are a few funny banter moments that had me cracking up and if each of these players get their own books I will be as happy as a pig playing in the mud – they are just that awesome!


Rookie Move is a great start to the Brooklyn Bruisers series and I am excited to dig in deeper with the next installment.

HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
by Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen

Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, MM
Source: Author

Born with the proverbial silver spoon Bostonian Ryan ‘Wes’ Wesley had the best of everything growing up.  Excellent schools, private hockey coaches, everything except love from his insensitive parents.  He had a trophy mother more interested in heading charity foundations and a father who only cared when Wes made hockey winning headlines.  Each year Wes looked forward to six weeks of hockey camp with his best friend.  Those were the weeks Wes cherished every year.


The youngest of six boisterous children, California native Jamie Canning was the oddball in his football mad family.  Well aware his parents didn’t have extra money Jamie was always grateful to be sent to summer hockey camp.  It’s also the one time he got to see his best friend every year.


At their very last summer camp before heading off to college and responsibility a silly bet turns ugly.  One cuts off all contact and the other is left wondering what went so wrong.


Four years later Wes and Jamie meet again on the ice in their final collage hockey championship.  Unanswered questions hang over them both.  Acknowledging their bond is easy, starting over not so much.


Incredibly poignant.  Insightful, yet also lusty.  Him is the total package.  Told in first person point of view Wes and Jamie take turns telling their story.  Authors Bowen and Kennedy fan the flames and deliver a masterfully written character driven romance.  There’s just enough hockey talk to draw the reader onto the ice and into the locker room without going overboard.  Humor, intelligent dialogue, and sensual loving lands Him on the keeper shelf.  I Joyfully recommend Him. Wes and Jamie’s story is one to cherish.


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