Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Published by Berkley Trade on 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.
I can’t get enough of the Brooklyn Bruisers! And as much as I thought the first two books were great, the third – Pipe Dreams is even better. What made it so was the real life experiences that this couple were put through.
Pipe Dreams is about Nate’s assistant – Lauren Williams. I do have admit that I found her unremarkable early on in the series. As soon as you figure out the reason behind her standoffish attitude, a few things happened… I began to empathize and sympathize with her and she transforms into this impressionable character after all.
All of her issues originated from one person Brooklyn Bruisers Goalie Mike Beacon and I desperately wanted to despise the guy that did such a horrible number on Lauren but good grief you can’t help but fall in love with his character too. If anything, he was the one that deserved a lifetime full of love and happiness and Lauren was the one to provide that for him.
As I mentioned above, theirs wasn’t just about a second chance. It was also about forgiveness and moving forward into something that was completely their own no matter how unconventional.
Another thing that I loved about this was how involved the previous characters were in Lauren and Mike’s story. I thought they complimented the story well without becoming too overwhelming and I sure do hope that the author plans to do this in future books.
All in all, Sarina Bowen delivered yet another well-written, heart-warming, sporty, second chance romance. I am so ready for the next one!