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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 - his teenage daughter - doesn't approve. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

©2017 Sarina Bowen (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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great Story!

This was heartbreakingly good! I hurt for Lauren and Beacon both. He should have handled it better but damn. This one made my cry. All. The. Feels!!

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Great story and great narrotors

I have really enjoyed this whole series. The story is great very touching and the narrators are wonderful.

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I love this series. It’s fun it’s thoughtful it’s romantic and it shows big strapping men as sensitive caring individuals. Show strong women shows dynamics between children born from other marriages etc. I like it because it’s late and because it’s fun. This whole series has been really entertaining. The performance is also very good so overall I’d give it five stars

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Fun.

Love this story and series. Excellent writing, characters and narration. Sarina Bowen is one of my new insta-buys. She’s so entertaining.

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This is not a love story, it is about manipulation

I did not like Mike from the beginning. There is just something about a man who instead of tells the truth, tries to sweep everything under the rug. His initial reasoning for leaving Lauren was kind of noble but the way that he just allowed everyone to treat her was horrid. He claims that he did not know what was being said about Lauren however when his teammates talked shit about her he did not try and defend her. There is no way that he did not know what the wives and girlfriends and the media was saying about Lauren. There's no way in hell he's that clueless.

I enjoyed Lauren. She is a strong independent woman who instead of pining for a man takes control your life and does what she wants to do. She wasn't waiting at home for Mike to come and rescue her and save her life she ended up working hard to get where she got in life. It seems like every man in Lauren's life aside from Nate was just pure trash. Her dad is horrid, Mike is horrid, she just seems to lure them like a moth to a flame.

I don't know what is happening with the series. This series is a hit-or-miss for me. Sarina Bowen's writing and storytelling is better than this. The only book that I have truly enjoyed in this series so far is Hard Hitter. I love the relationship between Patrick and Ariana. There was no drama between the two as there was for Mike and Lauren. Mike knew that he messed up however instead of trying to resolve the issue he just seems to want to do a quick fix.

He is completely out of touch and it is just sad and depressing. Not only is he out of touch with Lauren but he's also out of touch with his daughter Elsa. Don't know how this man is surviving when he just seems to be oblivious to everyone around him.

The narration was good I have no complaints pertaining to that and I'm excited for the next book in the series, Brooklynaire. It is about Nate and Rebecca and I am stupid pump for it!

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Great Series!

I love this series. Sarina Bowen is able to weave these stories so awesomely. They're completely engaging and so good!

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great narration.

i liked Mike more than i thought i would. both the story and narration were great.

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Awwww..such a sweet and romantic story!!

I thought Mike's pursuit of Lauren with a hint of cockiness was really bravo..he didn't give up, manned up to his mistakes and she forgave. The hockey stories were pretty good too. Well written and narrated.

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Woah, how did Sarina Bowen do that?

I'm actually surprised by this book!

Narration:
Nicol Zanzarella and Rock Engle-both 4 stars because though they're mostly pretty good, their sexy times/whispers/moaning/groaning are a little awkward

I'm just going to mark it all as spoilery stuff:

Knowing a bit of the background story from previous books (and even in the beginning of this book), I thought I wasn't going to hate this story. I figured it would be eye rolling and a lot of "seriously???" going on in my head. I mean come on, why would you go back to your wife after she cheated. Yes, she's terminal, and it's super sad, but she made her bed... And the daughter, please, she could live with her dad... I kept thinking this story would be extremely frustrating. Yeah, I was so completely wrong. I don't know how she did it, but Sarina Bowen wrote this in a way that you actually understand the characters and their actions. You understand their motivations and you really feel for them. The story line made sense to me, and it worked well. Normally, I'd be ranting in the review by now, but here I sit wondering how the author took a story I knew I'd hate and turned it into something I would read/listen to again!

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Good second-chance romance.

Seemingly cold-hearted Lauren, and widower Mike Beacon are reunited for a second chance at love in this beautifully written hockey player romance. The story smacked of reality with the needs of an emotional teenager thrown in to destabilise the fragile re-connection of two good people who cared about each other but were familiar with sacrifice. The emotional highs always seemed at risk because of this couple’s history, and so I was on tenterhooks for them even though I knew a happy ever after was inevitable. This was an emotionally tender and a satisfying read. The writing style included flashbacks to the past when the romance was new - it was a format that worked well and was easy to follow.

I enjoyed this romance and recommend it. The narrators were great.