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Pipe Dreams

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,082 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 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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Not romantic and sweet, but stalkers and creepy

So I read book one and two and they were really fun to listen to. Then came book three and I was expecting it to be just as much fun. I was wrong. I am clearly alone in my opinion, but I hated this book. I know, I know, its a romance book where the wronged woman is ultimately going to forgive and forget, but this time I just couldn’t take it. Mike was a jerk. He up and walked away with a crazy 2 minute phone call and left Lauren while they were in the midst of house hunting and they had been planning their lives together. To say she was completely blindsided is putting it mildly. She is doing the best she can to move forward. Now maybe because she was raised by an overbearing obnoxious emotionally abusive father and seemingly powerless pathetic mother she is prone to liking heinous selfish men, but Mike isn’t just that. He becomes fill on predator stalker guy to get her back. To just keep showing up and expecting her to forgive the way he treated her is scary. He is a narcissist. He doesn’t love her, it is all about him, his wants and needs. Lauren started out as a strong determined woman. By chapter 14, when Mike decided she was “his” (and ewwww) and she caved I was disgusted. I liked the first two books so kept thinking it would get better. he would get what was coming to him and Lauren would become the strong smart woman she wanted to be. None of that happened. I cannot believe that I am the only one who saw it this way, but Mike is not a good guy and Lauren deserves so much better. I listened via the escape package. Had I paid for it I I’d have asked for a refund. And my time back!! Skip this one.

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Good, but not Sarina's best

As a huge fan I was excited to read this installment in the Brooklyn Bruisers universe, but while entertaining, it fell short of my expectations for Sarina Bowen's work. The characters had almost no chemistry together. Mike was borderline unlikeable. Not a bad person per se, but just kind of pushy and blah. The major thing that kept me going was seeing the Rebecca/Nate romance play out in the background, from Lauren's perspective.

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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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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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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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Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Have you ever considered the story behind the hard-nosed and coldhearted people in today's world? There's usually something that made them that way.
Lauren was always a goal oriented-person but after a public turn of events in her love life, she turned away from love and focused on her career as far away from the ice rink as she could be.
But the story is twofold. Mike - the man who broke Lauren's heart - had a choice to make in the midst of a very dark time for his family and he only sees one choice that's best for his daughter.
Fast forward several years and these two are thrown together again. The attraction is still there, but the riff and circumstances between them is wide and it will take some serious grovelling to win her back completely.
This was probably one of my favorites in the series so far (I've read six so far) because of how real it got with Mike's choices and the consequences surrounding it. Not everyone makes the right choice but sometimes it's the one that looks right at the time and the outcome may not have been the same had another option been taken. Even the second chance part was sticky given the angst of a teenage daughter and life-altering plans already in the works.
In this Audiobook, Rock Engle and Nicol Zanzarella shine. Both narrators hit the mark with Mike and Lauren. I was especially impressed with the way their voices kept Mike's daughter in sync throughout both POVs, which is hard to do sometimes with multiple narrators for such a supporting but important role in the story.

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My favorite of the series!

My absolute favorite of this series. I loved Mike and Lauren’s second chance at love storyline. Their chemistry is sizzling and their journey bittersweet. Loving all the characters and their books. Narration is #goal! A must listen!