The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

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….

*Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the Publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review!

Good golly but I love Sarina Bowen’s heroes!  This woman knows how to write a character that speaks to my heart…every time!!  When I met Leo previously, I was too busy falling head over heals for his other hockey team mates, and then later for his baby brother DJ, so I didn’t appreciate the perfection that is Leonardo Trevi.  I’m ever so grateful that Ms. Bowen made me take a second look at this swoonworthy, sexy, caring, strong man!  And I’m equally glad that the love of his life was intelligent, fierce, and sometimes stubborn Georgia.

Leo and Georgia were a couple in high school and a tragic incident tore them apart.  Unable to patch things up, they went their own way.  Many years later, neither of them is over the other even though they might not know it.  When Leo is traded to play hockey for the Brooklyn Bruisers, he comes face to face with the woman who broke his heart…the one who got away.  Georgia thinks she’s moved on but realizes that maybe her life has become predictable, that she no longer takes chances or has as much fun as she used to.  Once Leo is back in her world, she begins to understand that all they’ve been through did not erase her feelings for him or her desire to give things another go.  Enter the problem, or should I say problems.  First, Georgia’s father does not not like Leo…second, he’s just a rookie on the team – a player who could be traded at any moment…third, as the team’s head of PR, dating Leo could jeopardize her career.  The obstacles seem insurmountable at times but true love is tenacious and smoking hot chemistry will not be denied.

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Of course, I loved the secondary characters as well.  The guys on the team were definitely intriguing.  I loved how they interacted with each other, how they pulled pranks and joked with each other, and yet had each others’ backs when necessary.  I’m looking forward to getting to know them better.  And I think that the team owner, a geeky billionaire, definitely needs his own story too!!  As a matter of fact, I think his perfect match might be Georgia’s best friend…hint, hint, Ms. Bowen, this would make me very happy!

This book had everything that that I love.  A wonderful second chance romance with characters that are easy to love, banter that is fun to read, a story line that captures your imagination, and chemistry that has you fanning yourself…you can’t really ask for more than that!  Do yourself a favor and pick up this book (or any other by Sarina Bowen because they’re all awesome)…trust me, you’ll enjoy it!!

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