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Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams, May 2017
Brooklyn Bruisers #3
by Sarina Bowen

336 pages
ISBN: 0399583475
EAN: 9780399583476
Kindle: B01KGZVUHU
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"Second Chances are the Best Chances"

Fresh Fiction Review

Pipe Dreams
Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Kristen Donnelly
Posted June 23, 2017

Romance Sports

I love a second-chance romance. I love the build up of it, I love knowing that these two people loved each other before I met them and that now I get to watch them re- learn each other and decide if they can work in this new version of themselves. It's easily my favorite trope and I am damn picky about its execution.

Bowen has been dropping hints at this pairing for the previous two books in the series, so I was ready for Lauren and Mike's puzzle to be solved. The previous installment even had the first chapter of this book and I was so angry at Bowen for making me wait! Well, dear readers, I am happy to report the wait was worth it.

I loved this story. I loved watching the two of them learn to trust each other again, I loved reading about Mike's deep need to be a better father, and I so appreciated the exploration of how love looks different at different parts of our lives. Just wonderful. Oh, and full of great hockey, fun team dynamic stuff, and super sexy times. Honestly, this series is a win-win-win.

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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.

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1 comment posted.

Re: Second Chances are the Best Chances

Thanks for the review! Love Sarina Bowen' s books!
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:39pm June 25)

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