Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Also in this series: Rookie Move, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2), Pipe Dreams
Published by Penguin, Berkley
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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 doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.
Lauren Williams works for a multi-million dollar technology company and loves it. Her boss also owns the Brooklyn Bruisers, an NHL hockey team. Lauren grew up with hockey and used to love it. She loved it up until the Bruiser that she was planning on marrying suddenly up and left her for his ex-wife with very little explanation. Lauren’s not willing to put herself out there again when Mike Beacon, the man who broke her heart, starts to show signs that he’s interested in her once again. She’s moving ahead with her life and her plans for single motherhood and Mike has no place in her plans. Unfortunately for Lauren’s plans, Mike is determined to get back the woman he never stopped loving no matter what he has to do.
I have to tell you that when I read about why Lauren and Mike broke up in the first place I didn’t want to have Lauren and Mike get back together. Seriously, I was that mad at him for being an insensitive ass. True, his motivations were honorable but the way he handled it was horrible and I wasn’t sure I could forgive him.
By the middle of the book I still wasn’t sure how he was going to win Lauren back but by that point I was on his side. He was a good guy who had made a gigantic mistake. I couldn’t condone how he handled things with his ex-wife, and of course there were plenty of ways he could have helped his ex and stayed with Lauren (but then we wouldn’t have a book, would we?) but that’s not what happened. Now that time has passed since his ex-wife died he knew that he couldn’t live any longer without Lauren by his side but he not only had Lauren to contend with but also his extremely sassy 13-year-old daughter, Elsa.
Elsa was a piece of work and I truly wanted to climb into the book and give her a good talking to but I could understand why her emotions were all over the place. Her mother had died, her dad is gone a lot because of his hockey schedule, she had to move away from her friends and now he’s gonna date a woman that everyone tells her stole her father away from her mother? Yeah, I’d be an emotional wreck too. Despite her sassiness, however, I liked the kid. She had her moments of goodness and I thought she was a good addition to the story.
The romance in this book was extremely emotional but oh, so good. Lauren and Mike were so good together but it was definitely hard for me to see how they’d work things out and let the hurt of the past go. I was happy that they were able to move on and that Lauren was able to trust Mike again. The story was fabulous and of course I loved the hockey talk as well. 😊
Rating: 4 out of 5