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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Friday, January 29th
31 Days Before the NHL Trade Deadline
Brooklyn, New York
Top Team Headline:
Will the Brooklyn Bruisers Name a Coach At Last? Press Conference Called for 10 am
-New York Post
Cobblestone streets did not pair well with high heels. So Georgia Worthington took her time walking to work through Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood.
Luckily, the office was just another block away. Her job didn't often call for heels and a suit, but today she needed to look authoritative. That wasn't easy when you were five-feet-three-inches tall, and every athlete and coach in the Brooklyn Bruisers organization towered over you. Today she'd need those extra inches. The press conference she'd planned would prove to the organization that they didn't need to hire another senior publicist to replace her boss, who had left two months ago.
Every day that went by with Georgia at the helm of the hockey team's PR effort was a victory. She only needed a little more time to prove she could handle the job alone.
Just like she needed a little more practice time in these shoes. Georgia was practically invincible in a pair of tennis shoes. She could serve a ball down the court at a hundred miles per hour. She could dive toward the net for a short shot, return the ball, and then pivot in any direction. But walking down Water Street in her only pair of three-inch Pradas? That was a challenge.
It was a sunny February morning, and a stiff breeze blew off the East River, though Brooklyn was especially beautiful at this hour, when the slanting sunshine gave the brick facades a rosy hue and sparkled off each antique windowpane. She turned (carefully) onto Gold Street, quickening her pace toward the office. The doormen of the buildings she passed were in the midst of their morning routine-sweeping the sidewalks, hosing off any filth that may have landed there in the night. That was more or less what she'd done herself for the past few years-leaning hard into the morning sunshine, banishing the darkness into the well-scrubbed corners of her mind.
In two hours she would host a press conference where the team's owner would announce that the newest NHL franchise had finally anointed a new head coach. She'd set the whole thing up by herself, and it needed to go off flawlessly.
They all had a lot riding on this announcement. As the youngest team in the conference, the team needed the visibility. It had been not quite two years since Georgia's boss had bought the Long Island franchise and rebranded it as a Brooklyn team. It was a risky maneuver, one that many sports pundits had already decided would fail.
As if the stakes weren't high enough for Georgia already, the new coach just happened to be her father. After twenty years coaching college teams and then a stint as assistant defensive coach for the Rangers, he'd just agreed to take the riskiest NHL job in the nation.
Having your dad show up and outrank you at the office wasn't exactly a dream come true. But Georgia had always been close to her father, and she knew this was a big step for him. She was just going to have to make the best of it.
And anyway, he was a tough coach, and she wanted her boys to win, right? No, she needed them to win. There was a chorus of voices ready to write the team off as a failure. They said the tristate area had too many hockey teams. They said the Internet billionaire who'd bought the team didn't know what he was doing. It was Georgia's job to help combat all those unwanted opinions with a polished public image.
Their critics were wrong, anyway. In the first place, there could never be too many hockey teams. And she'd seen signs that the young owner knew exactly what he was doing.
She climbed the steps to the team's headquarters and tugged on the brass handle. Georgia wasn't ashamed to admit that she loved the office building with the glee that other people reserved for obsessing over a new lover. She liked the weight of the big wooden door in her hand, and the golden sheen of the wooden floors inside. Like many of the buildings in this neighborhood, their headquarters had been a factory at the turn of the century. The team's owner-Internet billionaire Nate Kattenberger-had bought it as a wreck and had had every inch of it lovingly restored. Every time she stepped into this entryway, with its exposed brick walls and its old soda lamps overhead, she felt lucky.
Just inside the entry hall hung a wall-mounted screen showing clips of the boys winning in Toronto. Back when she'd just started as the publicity and marketing assistant, Georgia had edited that film herself. It gave her a private thrill to know that the first thing every visitor to headquarters saw was her handiwork.
Working for the Bruisers was her first job out of college. She'd landed it when Nate Kattenberger had just begun his tenure as owner. He'd fired nearly everyone from the old franchise and started fresh. That was a bad deal for the lifers, of course, but pretty lucky for a twenty-two-year-old new graduate. In the early days she'd done everything from fetching coffee to answering phones to arranging photo shoots.
Nate still referred to her as Employee Number Three. You had to know Nate to understand that the nickname was a high form of praise. At Internet companies, being an early employee was a status symbol.
Georgia didn't care if she was Employee Number Three or number 333. But she really wanted to hang on to the top post in publicity.
When the senior publicist quit eight weeks ago to move to California with his boyfriend, Georgia was given his job on an interim basis. But so far the general manager (Employee Number Two) had been too busy trading players before the deadline to shop around for a more seasoned PR replacement.
At twenty-four years old, she was (at least temporarily) the senior publicist of an NHL franchise.
Pinch me, she thought as her heels clicked importantly on the shellacked floors. From the lobby, a girl could follow the left-hand passageway toward the athletic facility and the brand-new practice rink that Kattenberger had built. But Georgia went the other way, toward the office wing on the right. The double doors in her path were made from wavy old bottle glass, and she loved the way they gave the hallway beyond an underwater sheen until she pushed open the door.
The first sound she heard on the other side of the door was her father's voice. And he was yelling.
Later, when she reran the events of the day in her mind, she'd remember this as the moment when the wheels came off. And it wasn't even nine o'clock yet.
"Why am I even here?" her father hollered. "You said I'd have veto power over your trades. But I'm in the building ten fucking minutes when I find out that you took a player I don't want?"
"Actually," another voice began. Georgia knew that voice, too. It belonged to Nate, the thirty-two-year-old owner of the team. The self-made billionaire had built a browser search engine in his dorm room eleven years ago which was now active on eight hundred million mobile devices.
Nate started a great many of his sentences with the word "actually."
"Actually," he said again, "we grabbed this player one day before you stepped into the building. Totally our prerogative. Read your contract."
"I shouldn't have to read my fucking contract!" her dad hollered. "I put my whole career on the line to lead a team that everyone thinks will fail. You said, Trust me, Karl. I need you, Karl. And then you pull this crap?"
"Legally . . ."
"'Legally' is for pussies. That's some underhanded shit you just pulled, and a real man admits that."
Oh Jesus no. She began skating in her heels toward Mr. Kattenberger's office, hoping to end this conversation. Calling the owner's manhood into question was not a good strategy. The boss was a little touchy about that.
Okay, a lot touchy.
When she rounded the corner into the outer office, her heart dove. She counted two or three bodies as she passed by them in a blur. If any of them were reporters, they'd just overheard every ugly word of the argument in Nate Kattenberger's office. If any of them recorded this dustup, her week had just gotten twice as long.
She ripped open the door to Nate's office and slid inside. "Gentlemen," she said quietly. As she feared, the two men were staring each other down, shoulders squared as if for battle. They were an interestingly mismatched pair-Nate with his steely eyes and his five thousand dollar suit on a lean frame, versus her square-jawed jock of a dad with his military haircut and I-eat-men-like-you-for-breakfast snarl.
"Princess!" her father barked. "I didn't know you worked for a weasel."
"Coach," she warned. She'd decided ahead of time that she would call him Coach at work. Because calling her own father by his first name was just weird. And calling someone "Dad" at the office was not good for a girl's image. "Listen to me," she begged. "We are expecting thirty or forty reporters in this building today. And there are people out there listening to you two chew each other up. That's not what we want in the sports section tomorrow. So you can have this argument using your inside voices."
"He just . . ." Nate began.
Georgia held up a hand. "Your publicist says to tone it down right now, or I'm sending both of you to the penalty box."
They stared each other down while she held her breath. Her father folded his meaty arms in front of his chest. "We're not finished with this conversation," he hissed. "If that kid's contract is unsigned, I'm tearing it up."
"Too late!" Nate said cheerily as her father's lip curled. "They sent us a scan of the signed file last night. Georgia, please add our newest player to your press release. We'll have two additions to the Bruisers to announce today." He reached across his desk and handed her a file folder.
"Yes, captain." The boss had a thing for Star Trek, too.
Her father gave her a look. But what else could she say? Georgia and the big boss had a great relationship, and that was because she'd figured out early on that Nate had no idea how to be a team player. When you make your first billion while other college kids are playing beer pong, it's the social skills that suffer.
And she'd warned her father that Nate was egotistical. You have to handle Nate. And shouting at him always failed. So she gave her father a look right back. We talked about this, she telegraphed.
He's such an asshole, his sneer replied.
And it was probably true. But when she looked at Nate she saw a kid who'd been shoved into lockers during high school. And now he wanted the last laugh, taking every opportunity to throw his (nerdy) weight around. He'd bought a hockey team, and he was going to make the jocks do his bidding, at least until the day he realized that vindication wasn't everything in life.
"Now," she said quietly. "Let's go over the announcement." She set her leather briefcase on the corner of Nate's egotistically sized desk and pulled a folder from the outside pocket. From inside, she pulled a page for each of them. "Nate will introduce you, Coach. I have him leading with your win record at the college level, because it's pretty spectacular." She winked at her father and saw him relax by a degree or two. "Then we'll hit your NHL years, for depth . . ." From her coat pocket, her phone began dancing a jig. There was too much going on this morning to ignore it. "Sorry, one sec."
She pulled out the phone and took a peek at its massive screen. Everyone who worked for Kattenberger was issued a big-screened, turbofast, ubersecure phone that Nate had designed himself. The call she'd received wasn't business, though. It was from her old friend DJ. It wasn't until after she rejected the call that she realized his timing was a little odd. DJ never called her at work. It made her worry that today's big announcement had already leaked to the media.
God, she hoped it hadn't.
"Georgia," her father grumbled, breaking her train of thought, "was this the shirt you meant for me to wear with this tie?" Her father tugged at his half Windsor knot. The tie was purple, of course-the team color. Georgia had messengered it to her childhood home out on Long Island yesterday. The fact that she still bought her father's clothes for him was not something she wanted to put in a press release. But Georgia's mother had passed away when she was six years old, and her father did not like to shop.
"You look dashing." She smiled at him, hoping he'd lighten up. "Now, can you two play nicely together until after the press conference? It's either that, or you need to double my salary, because I'll have to work twenty-four hours a day to undo the damage."
Coach Worthington sighed. "I won't shout anymore. But we can't keep this player."
"Bullshit," Nate hissed. "The kid is good. And I got him cheap."
"Quiet!" she whispered. "I'm begging you both. Now I need to head into my office for half an hour, before we're overrun with reporters. Stay out of trouble until the press conference, okay? I'll fetch you right before I speak to the players."
Her father set his jaw into a grim expression of acceptance. Georgia was fairly certain he wouldn't start yelling again when she left the room. He was passionate, but he was smart, too. "Okay, honey." He put a meaty palm on her shoulder.
Unfortunately, she picked up her heavy briefcase at just the same time, and the weight of his hand destabilized her. "Whoa," she said as she teetered on the stilts that passed for her shoes.
Her father reacted fast, catching her by the elbow before she could fall down. "Christ, Princess! Are you okay? Should you be wearing those things? I thought you swore off heels after that incident at your eighth grade graduation . . ."
Nate snickered behind his desk, and Georgia felt her face flush.
She stood up straight again. "Coach, a favor? Don't call me Princess at work."
Her father tucked the strap of her briefcase over her shoulder, the way you would for someone who was about five years old. "Sorry, Miss Worthington." He grinned. Then he pecked her on the cheek.
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I really liked this book.
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!!
While I enjoyed the story and the characters, a repetitive error was driving me crazy throughout the entire book. Baseball is played in a stadium, football is played in a stadium, hockey is played in an ARENA!!!! not a stadium. As a true hockey fan errors like this are distracting.
Enchanting!!! I have been eagerly anticipating Sarina Bowen’s first book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series revolving around hockey player Leo Trevi. Leo is excited he has finally achieved his dream of making it into the NHL and playing for the Brooklyn Bruisers. However, his excitement wanes when he realizes his new coach is not happy he is joining the team. Leo is also surprised that his former high school girlfriend, Georgia works as the team publicist. It is the first time Leo and Georgia have seen each other in six years and Leo realizes he still has feelings for her. Georgia is independent and confident in most of the areas of her life, but she is still trying to get over some things that happened in her past. Georgia is afraid to get involved with Leo again and she is also afraid to let him go. She keeps trying to push Leo away, but he won't let her. I liked everything about Leo, he doesn't have a big ego and he is a nice, down to earth guy. Leo never gives up on Georgia and isn't interested in anyone else and his loyalty stole my heart. Georgia and Leo have lots of chemistry and make a great couple and I wanted things to work out for them this time. My only problem with the book was Leo and Georgia’s relationship builds slowly and to be honest, I wish it had moved a little faster in the beginning. I loved all the characters in this book, especially Leo. The secondary characters added another dimension to the story; they are an interesting and a fun group and I just kept thinking about all the future stories that can be written about them. Along with everything else he is trying to deal with Leo is trying to fit in with his new team. He is the newest rookie and his teammates love to give him a hard time. There is lots of hockey in this story and hockey players talking smack with each other and I enjoyed every minute of it. Throughout everything the guys on the team remain close and are always there for each other. The owner of the hockey team is a unconventional nerd who decided to buy and move the team to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bruisers are the newest team in the league and they are still trying to prove themselves. Rookie Move is an enchanting, well written story about a second chance at love and it is a standalone. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Warning: Past Rape This was my first book by Sarina Bowen and I really enjoyed it! The writing immediately caught my attention and the characters kept me going through the end. I absolutely loved this one and was so happy to have characters that I could really invest in. Leo and Georgia are so sweet together and they’re a perfect balance for their age. They’re both going through significant moments in their life — Georgia’s trying to prove her worth as a PR agent and Leo’s trying to prove his worth as a hockey player — but they’re still fun and easy going together, which fits with their age of 23-24. I always worry about drama and angst when reading a book about ex-lovers but I was happy to see that these two didn’t need to go through that. Because of the circumstances surrounding their breakup, there weren’t really any hard feelings on either side and once Leo saw Georgia again, he knew they belonged together. I also appreciated that once they slept together, Georgia didn’t immediately pull back. They knew they needed to be discreet but it was handled maturely. As for side characters, I’m really looking forward to this series! I wasn’t sure bout O’Doul at first but he quickly grew on me and I’m curious for more. I can’t wait for Nate’s story and I can already guess who his love interest will be. I also really want to see more of Silas.
Been reading some heavy stuff of late and this was just what the doctor ordered... Fun, family, fast moving and I enjoyed it.. Read it in two sittings and smiled a lot. I love sports based woman's fiction and particularly hockey.. The author did not let me down and the back story in this one was interesting too... Good mix of characters and the story line introduced characters in the next book seamlessly.. Very well done and very enjoyable...
Completely loved this sweet second chance romance! The characters were relatable and lovable and I just couldn't get enough! I'm a sucker for sports and first love/second chance romances, and Rookie Move did not disappoint! This is the first book in the series, and I can't wait for more! One of the best parts of Rookie Move is that the story stays focused on Leo and Georgia. Yes, they both have their baggage and demons to battle, but there's no unnecessary drama/conflict or other potential love interests. Their love for each other, in the past and present, is clear as day and you can't help but root for them. Seriously, swoon!! Leo will go down as one of the best book boyfriends of all time. He's supportive, loving, considerate, passionate, and an all around good hearted guy. Georgia is also such a strong heroine. Her painful past was palpable and broke my heart. She's determined to overcome it, but until she sees Leo again, she doesn't realize that she hasn't fully moved past it to live again. Watching these two reconnect and rekindle flames that never died was emotional and heart warming. It's not a smooth path and I do wish they wouldn't have wasted so much time denying their hearts, but I understand that it was necessary for them to heal (though not entirely) and grow/mature. Leo and Georgia are perfectly imperfect and I loved making the journey with them. Some readers who enjoy the more assertive/aggressive alphas (don't we all at least a little? ;)), may find the story too sweet and sappy, but for this romantic at heart, Rookie Move was perfect.
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: 5 Stars I don’t typically pick sports-themed romances, and especially not ones involving hockey. It’s not because they aren’t well written books, I’m just not a huge fan of how the authors typically write their male sports players. They’re usually hot-headed and arrogant…which in a cutthroat billionaire trying to maintain power in a major corporation is extremely sexy and warranted, it doesn’t come across that way with sports players. It typically comes across as crass and…unattractive. So when I read the premise for Rookie Move, I was worried about this…but I was so intrigued, that I thought, “okay, I’ll bite.” I’m really glad I did. This was my very first Sarina Bowen book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with her writing style. After a few pages though, I knew she was my kind of writer, so I settled in and devoured this incredible book. For starters, this is some seriously solid writing. She takes her story and runs with it at a fantastic pace with beautifully seamless transitioning. It’s an exceptionally smooth read with even more impressive character development. Speaking of characters, Leo and Georgia are sheer perfection. Georgia is a feisty, ambitious woman who is thwarted by fate bringing her back into the path of Leo – a determined and surprisingly sweet and charming man whose heart she broke so many years ago. But even after 6 years, Georgia and Leo are clearly still madly in love with one another. And what shocked me the most was how unbelievably sweet and charming Leo is. He has no ill will toward Georgia for breaking his heart. Instead, he wants to mend whatever caused the separation and pick up right where he left off, romancing her back into his good graces. It’s a beautiful story that had me hooked. It’s an incredibly sweet romance, with a character that I judged way before I should have, and has me rethinking my entire attitude toward these types of stories. If there are other out there like Leo, sign me up. Because falling in love with him was easier than I ever would have dreamed! ***I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
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.
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
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.
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.
***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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.