Rookie Move

Rookie Move

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by Sarina Bowen

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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—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...


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....

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"Engaging characters, a well-handled plot, and simmering sexual tension make this laughter-tinged second-chance-at-love romance a hot, lively read."—Library Journal

"This sexy read is the first in Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series, and it tackles the popular sport-romance genre with ease, promising more fun Bruisers novels to come."—Booklist

Praise for USA Today Bestselling Author Sarina Bowen
“A fantastically gifted storyteller. She bolsters every story with emotional power, humor and heart. I’m a huge fan and she’s at the top of my auto-buy list. Everyone should be reading her books!”—Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author
“A master at drawing you in from page one and leaving you aching for more.”—Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author
“Bowen writes great dialogue and wonderfully realistic characters.”—Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal
Thrilled when he is traded to the NHL's Brooklyn Bruisers, hockey forward Leo Trevi is caught up short to find that not only is the team's publicist Georgia Worthington his high school sweetheart, but the new coach is her overprotective father. Georgia and her dad are less than pleased to have Leo on the team, and he has no idea why. Yet the attraction between Leo and Georgia still sizzles, and as their relationship deepens, it becomes clear that they need to sort out the past if they are ever to have a future together. VERDICT Engaging characters, a well-handled plot, and simmering sexual tension make this laughter-tinged second-chance-at-love romance a hot, lively read and a credible start to Bowen's new series. (Note: Hockey knowledge would be useful but is not required for enjoyment.) Bowen (The Fifteenth Minute) lives in the mountains of Vermont.
Kirkus Reviews
Hockey forward Leo Trevi is picked up by the newest NHL franchise, the Brooklyn Bruisers, but he's not sure his skating talent will mean much considering that the team's publicist is the woman who broke his heart and the coach is her disapproving father.After a tragedy her senior year of high school, Georgia Worthington broke up with Leo, the boy she loved, on graduation day and never looked back. Now 24, she has her dream job as senior publicist for the Bruisers, and she wants nothing more than to hold onto it. Her reputation as an ice queen doesn't bother her—she's not interested in the players, hot as they may be. She's been lukewarm toward men for years and, though she won't admit it, has never really gotten over Leo. So when her father is named the team's head coach and Leo is signed, things get complicated. Leo makes it clear early on that he's still interested, and her dad makes it clear that he has a grudge against her ex, which makes no sense since Leo was her rock and a true champion when the unthinkable happened all those years ago. Unfortunately, Leo and Georgia's attraction becomes team news, and not only does it fuel her father's animosity toward Leo, it also potentially threatens her job, since a publicist should never bethe news. Plus, Leo and Georgia have never dealt with the issues that drove them apart in the first place, which left Leo confused and Georgia guilty. And then there's the pesky trade deadline, which is always a threat if the coach is determined to get rid of you. The sexual and emotional tension between Georgia and Leo is taut, while their complicated past and present conflicts are potent and heart-wrenching. Bowen shines in a new hockey series that successfully spins off her highly popular new-adult Ivy Years titles.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel Series , #1
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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Ivy Years series and the Gravity series.

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Rookie Move 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BellaLove_BookBabesUnite 16 days ago
4.5 Stars The Ivy Years series holds a special place in my heart. If you haven't read this series, please start there. Rookie Move is a spin off from the Ivy Years series. Leo Trevi is DJ's brother (from The Fifteenth Minute). And oh man, I was SO excited to read about Leo and Georgia's story as we got some background in The Fifteenth Minute. This book can be read as a stand alone - but why would you want to miss out on Sarina Bowen's writing??? Rookie Move is all about second chance romance. I LOVE Leo Trevi. He is so kind and honest. So sexy and hot. And he still has a thing for his high school sweetheart, Georgia. Georgia is working on the hockey team as a publicist and her father is the new coach. As the rookie, Leo is hoping to get in good with the team and the coach. While he always got along with Georgia's father when he knew him in high school, Coach Worthington now has it out for Leo. He is struggling with his ever present attraction and feelings for Georgia and struggling to prove himself worthy of being in the NHL. Georgia is struggling to prove herself also. She wants to be successful at work - despite working with her father. And she isn't sure that getting back together with Leo is the best choice for her. I loved watching these two characters find their way back to each other. I loved the chemistry. Loved the secondary characters. I can't wait for the next book in the series!!! Bottom line: read this book!!! Start with the Ivy Years series!!
2kasmom 3 days ago
This is the first book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and further understanding, read in companion with The Ivy Years series. Georgia & Leo have a history. When he comes to be on her team, with her father suddenly in the picture also, tensions are high. Is it wrong of her to still want the man? Leo is not sure how he can stand the thought that Georgia may reject him yet again. Just getting to know a new team is hard enough. Now they just need a little heat and a little compromise. Seriously great start to a new series with beloved characters! Already enjoying the series with the players seeming to be charming and hot. What a joy to read! I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next.
Anonymous 5 days ago
I really liked this book.
KrissysBookNook 21 days ago
Rookie Move is an exciting start to Sarina's brand new Brooklyn Bruisers series! Georgia and Leo completely won my heart from the very first chapter and I fell more in more in love with the Bruisers team throughout this book. I can't wait to read about their captain in book two! I gushed about this read in a video review so you can see that for my full thoughts on Rookie Move! This is a #MUSTREAD! Xo- K
BookWorm221 21 days ago
Sarina never fails to deliver strong books with gorgeous stories. This time she is creating a new series with a character that we already know and love, Leo Trevi. Leo has been in love with the same girl his entire life, they were inseparable when they were teens but something terrible happened and he was left alone and broken hearted. Now almost 7 years later they meet again, Leo and Georgia are all about the sparks! When they first see each other! When he says incredibly romantic things about her! Oh man I was only like 12% into the book and I was already swooning so hard, Leo is just that perfect and the way he treats Gigi is just perfect and she knows that she is meant to be with him but still she kept on fighting him until the end, he never gave up and thanks to that Sarina writes some pretty amazing sexy and swoony scenes that make you want to re read and re read. I liked how the book was about healing old wounds as well, the final chapter I think are one of most strong chapter that I’ve read in a long time, Leo and his actions and reactions were so real and raw that I my heart went out to him and everyone that has ever felt like he felt at that moment. This is a fantastic first book in this new series and I’m already looking forward to the next one, we already know the couple who is going to be taking center stage, but I have some ideas about another couple that I hope come true.
AboutThatStory 22 days ago
4.5 out of 5 stars Awesome introduction to the series. Rookie Move was a great read! Entertaining and really sweet. I really enjoyed Georgia and Leo. I loved the building chemistry between these two have as they reconnect. There was so much longing, sexual tension and anticipation and then kapow! That sexual tension turns explosive. Leo was just so incredibly sweet and loving. He was totally swoon worthy. He sees Georgia and immediately wants her again. Georgia put up a good fight but she couldn't fight her inevitable feelings. I really liked them coming together and their history. I loved the premise of the story and how it was laid out. I thought there was a really great pace and fantastic build. There was nice development throughout as we learn about their past and watch the characters come together. There are some ups and downs along the way and I was turning the page wanting to know all the details. I felt this was a lighter read, not super in depth, with bits of emotion throughout. There were a lot of entertaining moments as well and I thought there was a really good balance between the two. I am excited to see where this series will go, a lot of great characters were introduced. I think there was some nice foreshadowing laid out for her best friend and I can't wait to see what will happen. Hard Hitter is up next with O’Doul’s story, can’t wait! Totally enjoyable read, loved it! I fantastic second chance romance. I’m officially a fan of hockey players! ;-) Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Alyssa75 23 days ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen Book One of the Brooklyn Bruisers series Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: September 6, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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... What I Liked: This is the first book I've read by Sarina Bowen, and I liked it! I usually enjoy sports romances, especially ones featuring hockey players. Many of my blogger friends have enjoyed Bowen's other novels, and so I was happy when this novel did not disappoint me! In this novel, the publicist of a hockey team gets the shock of her life when a new player is signed on the team, and that player happens to be the boy she dumped six years ago, Leo Trevi. Leo is determined to make an impression on this team and coach, but it's hard to ignore the girl that gave him the boot six years ago. He never stopped loving her or wanting her, and his stubbornness hasn't changed. Leo and Georgia were always the perfect couple - did the flames ever die? I have a love-hate relationship with second-chance romances. It's not my favorite romance trope, though I do enjoy it. I've struggled with the most recent second-chance romance novels I've read. In this one, the girl breaks up with the boy, and the reason makes me sad. Georgia is raped during tennis camp the summer before her senior year. Leo never leaves her side, and is with her through thick and thin. Georgia wouldn't have survived the year without him, but she decides to break things off. Now, six years, later, he's back, and he's even more irresistible than ever. Leo is... well, he's probably on my top ten favorite male heroines of adult romance novels I've read in 2016. He's sweet and patient, yet stubborn and willful. He's charming, and he's hard-working. It's clear that he loves his sport and he values his spot on the team. But it's also clear that he never stopped loving Georgia, and he doesn't want to stay away from her. It's his persistence that leads to the HEA, because Georgia was resistant at first. I was a little hesitant in liking Georgia at first. Her reasoning for breaking up with Leo needed some work (in my opinion), and I found it hard to feel bad for her when Leo is signed on the team. At first, she is constantly annoyed around Leo, which isn't attractive. But I like how Leo's persistence and his kindness breaks her down. We see why she is scared to try again with him. The romance is sweet, and definitely steamy, and I was rooting for Leo and Georgia. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
KaraS 23 days ago
You’ll crave a forever night stand with Leo! I give this one 4.5 stars!! This is the first book in a new series by Sarina Bowen about a hot (as in players) hockey team, the Brooklyn Bruisers. This was my first Sarina Bowen book, but she’s definitely going to be added to my TBR list of authors. Leo Trevi is an up and coming hockey forward who is nursing a broken heart – six years later. He is excited about making his NHL debut only to get blindsided by the new coach who is holding a rather noticeable grudge against him and the appearance of the team’s sexy publicist who also happens to be his ex (see broken heart note above). Georgia Worthington has worked hard the past couple of years and is trying her best to make her interim job a permanent one. It’s bad enough that this is becoming a family affair with her dad as the new head coach, but when she sees the hot new rookie – her heart stutters in her chest. She didn’t want to dump Leo all those years ago, but she felt like she had no choice. Now – how is she supposed to work alongside him day in and day out?!? When Leo blurts out his feelings at his first press conference – that’s when the story gets really interesting. It’s clear early on that they both still have feelings for each other, but their history is definitely complicated. This book was at times heart-breaking and heart-warming. I really enjoyed the build of their relationship back to each other. Leo is definitely a stand-up guy which is nice to have as the “hero” of the book. Although the book keeps you guessing at first as to why they broke up and even longer to reveal the coach’s grudge – it was worth the wait. “He would have waited forever to see her smile at him again, but she didn’t give him the chance.” Swoony sigh!! If you haven’t fallen in love with Leo by this point – that will do it. The witty banter as their relationship progresses was one of my favorite parts of the book. Reviewed by K S for The Book Nuts.
Maria-Rose 23 days ago
It’s been six years since Georgia last saw her ex-boyfriend Leo, the one she dumped after graduation. They’d been a happy high school couple, but when she was raped while away at a tennis camp, everything changed for them. They couldn’t get back to the way things were and she couldn’t stand to see the hurt and worry in his eyes anymore, believing that setting him free would let him move on with his life. Now, she’s working as the publicity directory for the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey team, where her father has landed a coaching job and Leo has just joined the team as their new rookie. The past is colliding with the present, and Georgia is discovering that while she might have let Leo out of her life, she never let go of him in her heart – and the same holds true for him. Can they find their way to a better and brighter future? I loved this story!! Sarina Bowen is a hands down favorite author of mine, and she once again delivers a sexy, heartwarming, sometimes bittersweet tale in this second chance romance. Though Georgia’s assault is the reason for Georgia and Leo’s teenage breakup, there are no flashbacks to the actual event and despite the seriousness of what happened, the story itself is one of hope and healing. When Georgia went away to college, she studied martial arts and has become a confidant and strong woman, no longer afraid the way she used to be. While she believes the choice she made to break up with Leo was the right one at the time, it was not done because she didn’t love him. In fact, it was the opposite. So when Leo shows up as the new player on the team, it’s a shock to the system for both of them. Leo had accepted Georgia’s decision back then, but now that he has the opportunity to spend time with her, he makes it clear that he wants another chance. The sexual tension between them is palpable and leads to some super sexy scenes as they reconnect. Leo is definitely tops on my list of book boyfriends. He’s a caring and considerate man, and it’s clear he never stopped loving Georgia. It’s also clear that there are some issues from her assault that he never really dealt with, always focusing on what he could do for Georgia at that time and then trying to put everything behind him when she let him go. Now that they are spending time together, things start to come to the surface once more. There are some emotional moments for both of them that made me a bit teary-eyed, even as it was cathartic to see them move forward. Georgia’s father had been a mentor to Leo before the assault but they had become estranged afterwards, a fact that leads to some challenges for them when they have to work together on the ice. Leo’s got a lot on his plate – his first year in the NHL, a fractious history with his new coach, and trying to convince Georgia that they deserve another chance. But through it all he is steadfast and determined. I admired his tenacity. Besides the relationship between Leo and Georgia there are some great hockey scenes both on and off the ice. There are some interesting dynamics between the owner Nate, a billionaire tech genius and the rest of the management team. As well, there are some other hockey players of interest that we’ll hopefully see in the future, in particular the captain Patrick O’Doul and Leo’s roommate Silas, the backup goalie. The series has started off with a bang, and I can’t wait to read more! 5 stars.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 24 days ago
ROOKIE MOVE is the first installment in Sarina Bowen’s contemporary, adult BROOKLYN BRUISERS hockey romance series focusing on the men and women of the professional hockey team of the same name. This is team publicist Georgia Worthington, and hockey player Leo Trevi’s story line. The Brooklyn Bruisers series is a spin off from Bowen’s The Ivy Years series but you do not have to have read the original series to follow. Some of the characters including Leo’s brother DJ cross over for cohesion and familiarity. Told from dual third person perspectives ROOKIE MOVE is a story of second chances between NHL rookie Leo Trevi, and Brooklyn Bruisers’ interim director of public relations Georgia Worthington. Leo and Georgia were high school sweethearts making plans for the future when Georgia became the victim of a devastating assault just months before their graduation. Pushing the only man she would ever love out of her life was the most difficult decision she had ever made but fast forward six years, and she would have to face the man that she destroyed while trying to hold onto the career that is floundering out of control. What ensues is the rebuilding of the relationship between Leo and Georgia, and the destructive nature of misunderstanding when the team’s new coach is Georgia’s father-a man who doesn’t trust our story line hero with his only daughter. There is plenty of history between Leo and Georgia that directly affects the relationship between Georgia’s father and his new rookie player. There is also plenty of misunderstanding, and a history of a lack of communication between the trio that plays havoc with the team and player morale. Georgia and Leo have never stopped loving one another and Leo intends to fight for Georgia even though our heroine continues to push Leo away fearing for both of their jobs. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. We are introduced to a number of the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey players, staff and owner. Georgia’s best friend and roommate Becca is also employed by the Brooklyn Bruisers; and Leo’s family, including his brother DJ, welcome our heroine back into the fold. The world building takes the reader behind the scenes of a fictional profession hockey team: the players, the games, the competitive nature of the sport, and the friends and family who stand by their side. The locker room drama is limited; the puck-bunnies are few and far between. ROOKIE MOVE is a story of second chances, romance and love. We are witness to the background dynamics of running a professional sports team, and the inherent quality of unconditional love. The premise is heartwarming and emotional; the characters are energetic and passionate; the romance is provocative and captivating. ROOKIE MOVE is a fantastic start to a new series.
dsubsits 24 days ago
Sarina Bowen’s ROOKIE MOVE is a spectacular start to the Brooklyn Bruisers series. NHL left winger, Leo Trevi, is traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers 31 days before the trade deadline. The last thing he is expecting is that the love of his life, the girl who broke up with him six years ago, Georgia Worthington, is the acting head of PR for the Bruisers. Then to make matters even more interesting, the team also just acquired a new coach, Karl Worthington, Georgia’s father, a man who has it out for Leo. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. I loved ROOKIE MOVE! I adored that this was the story of Leo Trevi and Georgia Worthington, which were both characters in The Ivy Years Series. Before the couple broke up, Georgia was a victim of a horrible crime. They were both about to start school at different colleges and Georgia wanted to give Leo an out. I wanted so much for this pair to get a second chance. Things, however, are not easy and the couple have some obstacles to overcome. Poor Leo seems to keep drawing unwanted attention to himself. As always, Sarina Bowen does an amazing job with her character development. They are dimensional and grow throughout the story. Georgia is smart, hardworking, and brave. Leo has always loved Georgia. Since their breakup, he has dated girls her complete opposite. Girls his friend and family cannot stand; superficial puck bunnies. Leo is a great guy. He is sweet and persistent. Georgia and Leo have known each other since they were kids. They were each other’s first in many things. They were best friends. They are an amazing couple that obviously care for one another. I love that Leo’s brother DJ and his girlfriend, Lianne Challice, also from the Ivy Years series, were in this story. It was fun to hear what the couple was up to. I enjoyed the team owner, Nate Kattenberger. He was a fun character that is brilliant. He cares about his employees and is building an interesting culture with the Bruisers. I love that everyone has a Katt phone. I like Nate’s assistant and Georgia’s roommate, Becca. I love the way she strategically tries to help the couple get back together. The plot was realistic and exciting. I love how chapters started with days before the trade deadline and a media statement. I’m a huge fan of hockey romance. I love this new series. The hockey scenes are well done. It is obvious that Sarina Bowen knows the game. I cannot wait for team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul, story in book two, HARD HITTER, expected to be released on January 3, 2017. I wasn’t sure what I thought about O’Doul at first, but I definitely liked him more as the story continued. ROOKIE MOVE had a preview of HARD HITTER at the end of the story. After reading it I am highly anticipating reading that book and continuing this series. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.