by Sarina Bowen
on May 2, 2017
Published by Berkley Genres: Romance, Sports, Hockey
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Also in this series: Rookie Move, Hard Hitter
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.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝I miss the hell out of you, that’s all. I miss you so much it hurts.❞
The third book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, Pipe Dreams brings us the story of the Ice Princess herself, Lauren Williams and the man who thawed her, goalie Mike Beacon. This was a sweet, second chance romance.
If you read book #2, Hard Hitter, you learned Lauren may not have been so good with adults, but she had an affinity for children. She was great with them. In Pipe Dreams, Lauren is focused on becoming a mother. Ever since her relationship abruptly ended with Mike Beacon she is having problems finding anyone else who can measure up, let alone someone to have a child with. The desire to become a mother is strong and without a man in her life, Lauren starts down the road of artificial insemination.
Mike Beacon has had the year from hell! Losing the love of his life and the one he chose, he has been hanging on by a thread while trying to raise his teenage daughter. Now as he is finally beginning to breathe again, Lauren is taking on a front and center role for the Bruisers organization. The more he sees of her, the more he realizes he needs her back in his life.
The sexual chemistry between these two was terrific. She pushed, while he pulled and he sought while she ran. But eventually, true love wins every time.
While reading this book, I found I laughed, sighed, fanned myself and even shed a few tears. Bowen’s storytelling is always a win for me. I love her voice, and her character and plot development.
NOW … I am impatiently waiting for Becca and Nate’s story … taps microphone hello, I need NATE AND BECCA! Who do I need to bribe?