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.

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

This is a story about doing the right thing…but managing the situation extremely badly. Mike Beacon messed up two years ago and broke Lauren Williams’ heart. Time did little to heal the wounds and it certainly didn’t diminish their feelings for each other. Coming together through circumstances beyond their control, they soon realize that their chemistry is still strong and that their love for each other has endured the heartbreak. This is their second-chance story…their opportunity to chart a new path to happiness.

I loved getting to know Lauren and understanding her better. I’d thought she was a bit of a cold fish in the other books but now I think she’s just a smart, strong woman doing the best she can with a broken heart. Mike, just like all of the other men that Sarina Bowen writes about, will win you over very quickly. He knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. He wears his heart on his sleeve and seeing him with his daughter makes him even more swoonworthy. He’s passionate about Lauren and, even though he can be a bit manipulative at times, he’s desperate to show her how much he wants her back in his life. I loved their push and pull, their romantic interludes, and their quick banter. I also loved how the team and their respective families were woven into the mix (and I’m officially making known my desire for a story about Hans and Justin). Overall, I love the Bruisers family and Mike and Lauren are a great addition to the couples on the team.

As the third book in the series, this can be read as a standalone book but, trust me, you don’t want to do that! This world that Ms. Bowen has created is fantastic and each and every one of these guys will win your heart. They’re all different, but they’re all wonderful. You should definitely read all of these stories…now!

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