Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Posted June 4, 2017 by Karen in Karen, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina BowenPipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, #3
Published by Berkley Books on May 2nd 2017
Pages: 336
Also in this series: Hard Hitter, Rookie Move, Rookie Move
Also by this author: Hard Hitter, Rookie Move, Rookie Move
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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.

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PIPE DREAMS has many of the elements I love in a book. It is written by Sarina Bowen, one of my favorite authors, it features a hot hockey player and it is a second chance at love. This is the third book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series and each one is a standalone but the characters are all interconnected.

Lauren Williams works for the owner of the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey team.  She is still trying to get over her breakup with Mike Beacon, the goalie for the Brooklyn Bruisers and is not happy when her boss asks her to work with the team again.  For two years Lauren has been able to avoid Mike. Now that she is working for the team again, Lauren finds it painful every time she sees Mike.  Lauren is smart, hardworking and stubborn.  She has had a tough time and I found it easy to empathize with her.

Mike has dedicated his life to hockey and is a veteran on the team.  He works hard and spends all his time either playing hockey or with his thirteen year old daughter.  When Mike sees Lauren again, he realizes he still has feelings for her and he tries to convince Lauren she is all he has ever wanted.  Mike never explained his motives for breaking up with Lauren and he really hurt her but it turns out his reasons were not selfish.  Mike is a good guy who is always trying to do the right thing.  He has made a lot of sacrifices and deserves to be happy.  Lauren is the only woman he has ever wanted and he has to prove to her how much he cares.

I liked both Mike and Lauren and thought they had a lot of chemistry and are good for each other.  Mike and Lauren have not had an easy time in life and they deserve some happiness.  Even though they are meant to be together, things keep getting in the way of their relationship.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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I love a contemporary romance loaded with banter and chemistry with a protective alpha male pursuing a feisty female. When I’m not reading I’m spending time with my family and fostering dogs. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since April 2013.

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