Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Posted September 1, 2016 in Review / 21 Comments

Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Rookie Move

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
by Sarina Bowen
Published by Penguin, Berkley on September 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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....



Is there a glut of sports romances or is it just me?

I’m certainly not complaining…

I love me some hockey.  Hockey season is right around the corner and I have mad love and respect for those men who move at super speed on ice AND do it standing on thin blades of metal.  Go Red Wings!!

Oh, wait…  this is a book review!  And for a NEW favorite contemporary romance writer of mine… I better start focusing…

Sarina Bowen’s newest series, Brooklyn Bruisers, is centered around a newly purchased and relocated NHL hockey team (it says “franchised” but just go with it, it’s both, I guess) owned by an internet billionaire.  It appears each book is centered around one player but in this book, you practically meet them all.  Yep, I can work with that!

Rookie Move features Leo Trevi, a rookie player literally just signed to the Brooklyn Bruisers, up from an AHL team in Michigan.  And, oops!  Leo’s high school sweetheart from five years ago is the publicist for the team.  I say “oops” because Leo hasn’t seen Georgia Worthington since she broke his heart and dumped him when they graduated high school.

Sounds like the same old, same old, right?  Nope, this isn’t that story at all!

There’s a lot more to this story.  Like the hockey coach being Georgia’s dad.  And Georgia’s dad is not happy at all about Leo being on the team.  He’s actually fuming mad.

And there’s MORE!  (No, I’m not selling you a set of Ginsu knives.)

But I won’t tell you.  You’ll just have to be pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised when you read the book.  I will say that more details are revealed slowly about the past between Leo and Georgia.

Besides an engaging story, I really liked Leo as a protagonist.  Because this story is told in dual POV, we get Leo’s side to the story.  In this kind of story, you really, REALLY want to know what all sides are thinking.  It adds additional depth to the storyline.  And even though it was part of the story, I was not entirely a fan of Georgia’s character and one annoying habit of her’s.  I thoroughly hated her father, the coach, even when all was said and done.  But I guess that just goes to show how good a writer Ms. Bowen is.  She affected me with strong emotions.

The story moves at a perfect pace and there’s plenty happening to keep the reader interested.  I really enjoyed this one and I’m looking forward to the next book, which is centered around the captain of the team, Patrick O’Doul.  He is nothing but sweet, sweet touble 😉

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.





About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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21 responses to “Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

  1. I was just looking at this in the email and couldn’t decide if I wanted to read it. You make a compelling argument! Btw, Hockey is a sport I don’t have much interest in, but I attended a game years ago and it was one of the funnest sporting events I’ve been to.
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    • I actually, weirdly enough, got into hockey living in San Diego of all things!!! I went to a Ducks game and it was such a production. I go to a Red Wings game here and I was kind of let down at the lack of “special effects” in the entrance. Figures… L.A. vs. Detroit… says sooooooooo much!!!

    • OMG!! You got you a hockey player hubs!!! Swoon!!! I hope for your sanity none of your boys are “crazy-in-the-head” goalies…. those players are insane!!!!!! BTW – I live in a such a hockey area, I can’t help but be Red Wings fan!!! What team(s) and players do you follow??????? 🙂

  2. This was a great book, another winner from Sarina Bowen. I loved her books before and she keeps right on delivering the goods. Leo was everything for me in this book. Georgia and her Dad pissed me off and frustrated me throughout but Leo more than made up for my frustrations with them. This was a fabulous book and I can’t wait for Hard Hitter.

    Great review, Kristin!
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    • Hmmmm, there is interactions with the team, the difference between AHL and NHL treatment (which was eye opening if it’s true!), and she does go into the shift changes during a game so I’d say, YEAH, there IS hockey!! It’s crazy to imagine a team owned by someone like Mark Zuckerberg, though 🙂

    • That’s exactly why I was 4 stars, not 4.5 or 5 stars lovin’ on it. I wanted Georgia to ask her Dad point blank what is up her Dad’s butt!!! The wrap up saved it for me, though 🙂 I’m definitely going to read the next one.

    • You will LOVE Bittersweet (err, I think?) I did 🙂 And this is story focuses on Brooklyn and Long Island so can you switch teams? The Islanders aren’t so bad… 😉

    • Wow, which way do you go? South to the Predators or North to watch in Columbus??? I’d vote for Columbus if only for the food 🙂