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The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts.

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.

©2016 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The story I've been waiting for

Sarina Bowen does the hockey romance genre like nobody's business, she never fails to suck you in. That being said, she made me a huge fan with her Ivy Years series, which is where I first came to know Leo Trevi and then of his history with Georgia. It was the story line I really wanted to see next, so I can't express how happy I was to see their story play out for this new series. It was absolutely perfect, and I'm actually glad that we see them after college as opposed to during. The performances were excellent and the back and forth was gratifying to see. Well done, and thank you for another fabulous story Sarina. It's always a pleasure. 10 stars and credit worthy for sure!

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What a powerful book!

Love this book was not expecting to cry so much but I just could not help it.

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It's a no for me.

The story was good enough but I didn't adapt to the fact that it was written in the third person. I had the constant impression that I was listening to a movie with audio description. And I didn't like the narration. I won't buy the rest of the books.

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A rating overall...

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.5

I am so excited about this book...mainly because it was so good and it's just the first book in this series so that means there are more books to come. YES!

This was a second chance at love story. The book starts with Georgia. She works as the PR person for the Brooklyn Bruisers, but on the first day of her handling the main job, she finds out that both her father and her high school ex are coming to work for the team. Dad as the coach. Leo as the rookie player that dad does NOT want on his team, but Leo was hired by the owner without consulting the new coach.

For Leo, Georgia was the woman who broke him. They were seniors in high school and her world imploded in a single night taking her relationship with Leo with it. Truly, neither one of them ever recovered.

This book has all the feels. There's heartache galore, but there are also light and funny moments. Moments that twisted my heart and made it swell with possibilities.

Seriously, this book was so good. I picked it up when someone mentioned just how good it was and it lived up to everything I hoped. Such a good, good read. It had just the perfect amount of hockey story line mixed in with the incredible romance. Then there were the friends of both the MC"s that I loved getting to know. I just loved everything about it.

And the narrators for the audiobook nailed the voices. Absolutely fantastic!

I highly, highly recommend it and cannot wait for books #2 and #3 to come out. So excited for this new series.

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Made me look forward to the drive to work.

Love these characters and the arcs and the ending and all of it. Sarina Bowen is a one-click author for good reason.

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Much more emotional than I expected!

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed this story. Leo is so unbelievably sweet! He really is the perfect guy- so caring and kind. His love for Georgia was swoontastic!
I loved the whole second chance romance of it- how, even after 6 years, they were still so much in love with each other. And I loved that there wasn't outside drama when it came to Leo and his GiGi. This was their story, their issues, their hang-ups to work through. A lot happened between them as teenagers, more than any 18 year should have to deal with, and they needed to address all of it to be able to move forward.
I saw another reviewer say they thought Georgia was whiney and jealous and I just had to wonder what book they listened to??? I didn't find her whiney at all, and the only hint of jealousy was dealt with in a fun way. She was strong and focused, and determined not to let anything hold her back.


Which scene was your favorite?

My favorites were the scenes when Leo and Georgia really opened up to each other, when they finally talked about everything that had happened six years ago.
I was so anxious to find out why Georgia's dad had such an issue with Leo, and when all that came to a head it was such a relief!
Listening to the scene with Leo and her dad had me in tears! You could tell the love was still there, underneath all the animosity that had been held onto.
And don't even get me started on poor Leo, and the whole misunderstanding in the training room! My God, my heart hurt for him!

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decent story

The story was decent. Really didnt like the point of view though that's really just opinion. The narrating was pretty bad to, just seemed off for what they we're reading.

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Too much over-analyzing is never a good thing.

have to say that I'm a bit obsessed with Sarina Bowen. I love her writing style and she seems like a cool chick to hang out with and have a glass of wine or two it. While I say that I have to say that this book made me fell like I was being tortured very slowly. I loved Good Boy, Stay, Him, and Us but this book here I could not connect with. I think it has to do with the heroine, Georgia.

I understand that she has a traumatic past however there have been other heroines in multiple books that have suffered the same way and not allowed it to control them. She just rubbed me the wrong way throughout the entire book. She kept over-analyzing, contemplating, whining, being jealous, and irrational. It just doesn't make sense why she had this whole entire thinking about Leo, the hero. She feels as though she is not worthy and wanted to protect him. If that was the case then she should have let him go completely.

Throughout the entire book all she keeps talking about is Leo and how she wants him but she can't have him and it just goes on and on and on. Then you have Leo who knows what he wants and he wants Georgia back but yet he is just a bumbling idiot. He just cannot seem to win when it comes to her. This book would have been really amazing if there was not so much self-doubt and secrecy and just a mess of miscommunication.

That is one of the main issues that I have with the story is the lack of communication between Georgia's dad, Georgia, and Leo. Nobody knew what was happening throughout the entire story. Nobody's facts were correct because nobody spoke to one another.

Also the narrators are not the best. I don't know who they are but I don't want to listen to anything from them if I can help it. I just feel like they were trying to be too breathy with the narration and it was completely unnecessary. They're supposed to be in their early twenties but they sound like they're both in their 30s trying to catch a one night stand in a bar. It was completely and utterly unnecessary and it annoys me to no end. I want to continue with the series but both narrators narrate the next two books. Le sigh.

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Love it!

I love a man who knows what he wants and goes for it. This is a high school sweetheart book that will make you root for true love. Well worth the credit!

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Great love story

This was a really enjoyable book. If you have any interest in hockey, the description is pretty accurate, if you don't, the story carries itself without any hockey knowledge. It didn't feel cookie cutter, I could really feel for the characters. Great writing, not too much sex, well written when it was there and felt like a part of the story, not just tacked on.