Review: Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen



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….


I was so lucky to receive an ARC of the first book in Sarina Bowen’s new series, Brooklyn Bruisers. This author knows how to write romance, and she’s never disappointed me. A few chapters into Rookie Move and I knew she had me once again.

Leo Trevi (DJ’s brother, from the Ivy Years series) and Georgia Worthington had been one of those couple that since high school were believed to be destined for each other. But after something traumatic happened to Georgia, they crumbled. A relationship that seemed so effortless became hard, until Georgia decided to leave, without a true explanation for Leo. Since then, they’ve moved on but they’ve never quite forgotten. Now facing each other again it’s plain for everyone to see that there’s still crazy chemistry between the two of them.

She tasted like the happiest years of his life. She tasted like his.

I fell head over heels in love with Leo. He’s the kind of guy who loves unconditionally. He truly wants Georgia’s happiness above anything else. So, even if he’s determined to win her back, he’s also happy to just make her smile, to respect her, to give her space and time, to let her take her own decision. But understanding her so well, Leo also knows when to push so that Georgia can move forward.

Georgia is an amazing female lead. She’s faced horrible things, but she came out stronger than ever. She’s still fighting, but she won’t let anyone or anything get the best of her. I truly felt for her, and I cheered her on throughout the whole book. The moments that showed her insecurities or her need for Leo made her all the more lovable and reletable.

This story is so sweet, and heartfelt and that’s what in my opinion makes Sarina Bowen stand out among other romance authors. Her writing style also impressed me, since she used the third person pov effortlessly. At first I thought it would feel weird, but it was beautifully done. Now I’m just dying to read O’Doul’s book!



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