Thank you to Berkley for the advanced copy of ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina Bowen.  All opinions are my own.

ROOKIE MOVE by Sarina Bowen

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….

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Review

I have dubbed the summer of 2016 “The Summer of Sarina”.  I read (ok, devoured) and immediately fell in love with Griffin and Jude from the True North series earlier this summer.  Then I read Rookie Move and the trend continued.  I can safely add Leo Trevi to that ‘love list’.  He’s just so sweet and swoony, and not to mention, hot!

Leo is a hockey player for a farm team when he is called up to the ‘big leagues’.  It’s been his lifelong dream to play in the NHL, so it’s a big deal as well as a lot of pressure.  However, the same day that he is brought onto the Brooklyn team, his ex-girlfriend’s father is named the new coach.  Unfortunately for Leo, Coach hates him.  That’s not the only thing causing stress for Leo, though.

Leo’s ex-girlfriend, Georgia, is also the publicist for the Brooklyn Bruisers.  She’s been trying to prove herself to the owner and seems to be on the track to success.  When Leo shows up as the newest rookie, Georgia doesn’t know how to handle his reappearance in her life.  They broke up on their high school graduation day and haven’t spoken since.

I loved Rookie Move.  It combines my love of second-chance romance with sports romances, my most favorite trope.  Things between Leo and Georgia have been unresolved for so long, I knew it was going to be so good to see them figure out how to coexist with the new working situation and also work through their past.  There was just enough tension between Leo and the Coach, Leo and the team, and then Leo and Georgia to make it a bit suspenseful and not overly angsty.

Rookie Move is the start of a new series and it’s a great one.  I highly recommend it if, like me, you are a fan of swoony and hot second-chance/sports romances.  I am really looking forward to the next book, Hard Hitter, which is team captain Patrick O’Doul’s story.  Bring on more of the hockey goodness!

Excerpt

“Come right this way,” Georgia heard her coworker and roommate Becca say, the clomp of her Dr. Martens echoing through the grand old passageway. “Nate is excited to meet you.” Becca was the owner’s assistant, and Georgia lingered half a second to wave her down and offer her a donut, too.

But Becca didn’t happen to look in Georgia’s direction as she led a tall man down the corridor. Something about his gait snagged Georgia’s subconscious. So she took a second look.

And that’s when her heart took off like a manic bunny rabbit. Because she knew that man. She knew the chiseled shape of his masculine jaw, and the length of his coal-black eyelashes.

Oh my God.

Omigod, omigod, omigod.

“How was your flight?” Becca asked him, oblivious to the fact that Georgia was spying.

“Not too bad. I got in late last night.”

The sound of his voice fluttered right inside Georgia’s chest. It was the same smoky sweet timbre that used to whisper into her ear while they made love. She hadn’t let herself remember that sound in a long time.

Now it was giving her goosebumps. The good kind.

“Welcome to Brooklyn,” Becca said while Georgia trembled. “Are you familiar with the area?”

“Grew up about thirty miles from here,” he answered while chills broke out across her back.

Holding her breath, Georgia eased her office door further closed, until only a couple of inches remained. She could not be caught like this—freaked-out and speechless, hiding behind a door.

The movement caught Becca’s eye, though. Georgia saw her turn her head in her direction and then pick her out in the crack where the door was still open. Becca raised one eyebrow—the one with the barbell piercing in it.

All Georgia could do was close her eyes and pray that Becca wouldn’t call out a greeting.

There was a pause before Georgia heard Becca say, “Right this way, please.”

Quietly, Georgia stepped into her office and shut the door. After flipping on the light, she let her briefcase and pocketbook slide right to the floor. Only the folder that Nate had given her was still in her shaking hands. She flipped it open, her eyes searching for the new player’s name on the page.

But she didn’t even need the paperwork to confirm what her racing heart had already figured out. The newest player for the Brooklyn Bruisers was none other than Leonardo “Leo” Trevi, a six-foot-two, left-handed forward. Also known as her high school boyfriend, the boy she’d loved with all her heart until the day that she’d dumped him. And now he was here?

“Thanks, universe,” she whispered into the stillness of her office.

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of 30+ books, including: the True North series, and the Brooklyn Bruisers. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!

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