Brooklyn Bruisers, Book #3
By Sarina Bowen
Author’s Website: http://www.sarinabowen.com
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.
Pipe Dreams starts after the events in Hard Hitter where Rebecca injured herself and she’s unable to work as the manager of the Brooklyn Bruisers; help is needed and is brought from the Manhattan main office, in the form of Lauren Williams. Lauren used to work as the manager to the Brooklyn Bruisers before the team was bought and had the name changed, now she works in the main office of Nate Kattenberger’s corporation. After the disastrous events with a member of the team, Lauren doesn’t want to spend any time in the presence of the hockey field and even less with the team. But Nate is her boss and asks for her help, as the Brooklyn Bruisers are going to the finals. Trying to get pass the pain of the old relationship, Lauren tries to move on with her life, but it’s difficult when she has to see and travel with man that broke up with her. The man is, the widow goalie of the Brooklyn Bruisers, Mike Beacon; once he sees Lauren he knows that the feelings he had for her are still there, and he would like at least to be her friend again.
With her life moving on and getting the recognitions that she ever wanted, Lauren faces a hard choice in her life: move forward and get that thing that will make her happy, or give the man who broke her heart a second chance.
I liked the story that Pipe Dreams told. While it sounds bad, I like stories where the main characters broke up because of problems they had or them being too young, mostly because it’s fun to see them get to know each other again, and work on the problems that separated them once before. In this case, I liked that Lauren at first didn’t want to get back with Mike and fought hard to not feel things for him again, and Mike tries everything to get her back.
It was fun to watch Mike try to get Lauren back and to get his daughter to understand that he had to move on, and not trust what some people said about them. At the same, I understood the decisions that Mike took when his wife got sick, I just I would have wanted him to have done it better.
One of the things that I didn’t like was that Lauren forgot of all the money she spend on her “special project” that she couldn’t do, and didn’t seem to care after all the hard times she had with her father not helping her career.
At the end, I liked the story and the fact that we could see the characters from the previous book, now I just want to read Rebecca and Nate’s story.
If you are a fan of Sarina Bowen’s work or the Brooklyn Bruisers series, then I recommend Pipe Dreams. Here a second chance and time understand their own needs is what this couple needed to find each other again.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*