❝ This feels right. We feel right. Whether it’s two years that passed or twenty-two, if I hold you in my arms it will always feel exactly right.❞
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
Pipe Dreams is the third (and hopefully not the last!) installment in the Brooklyn Bruisers series and once again Sarina Bowen has proven that she can do no wrong. To be completely honest, I was not very excited for this book, mainly because I was really hoping that this would’ve been Nate and Becca’s story. But dammit to hell, Sarina Bowen somehow managed to get me to drop my salty attitude and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Mike and Lauren’s story and Pipe Dreams has easily become one of my favorite romance books for this year.
From defending goals to daddy duties, Mike Beacon is all about making the right moves to score the win. But unfortunate circumstances lead him to making a move that ended up costing him the love of his life, Lauren Williams. Years later, Mike sees his opportunity at a second shot at love when Lauren returns the Brooklyn Bruisers office to help with managing the team. But Lauren wants nothing to do with Mike and tries to avoid the man who broke her heart at all cost. Not willing to call it quits so easily, Mike pulls out all his best moves in hopes of winning Lauren back. But he forgot to account for one major setback in this game of love—his daughter.
Pipe Dreams is a slow-burning, second-chance romance that will steal your heart! I’m such a sucker for second-chance romances, so it didn’t take long for Pipe Dreams to suck me in. I was hit with the feels right from the beginning with the numerous flashbacks and my heart broke for these two. Everything started out happy and then it all went to hell…
One of the hesitations I had going into this book was that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to connect with the main characters. We don’t know much about Lauren and Mike before starting this book so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Lauren is very guarded at the beginning of this book and while I totally understand why she is the way that she is, it did take a while for her to grow on me. But once she starts to let her walls down and let people in, I found her to be very relatable. She’s hardworking, self-suffucient and reliable and strives to be successful. I loved seeing her opening up to Georgia, Ari and Becca and forming a strong friendship with this trio. Mike on the other hand is some serious DADDY GOALS! The single parent trope is one of my ultimate weaknesses in romance books so of course I was all over that. Mike is the ultimate teddy bear, and yes I said teddy bear! He’s so sweet, patient, understanding and even though he didn’t handle things in the past in the best way, he does redeem himself in the end. I also loved his relationship with his daughter and seeing them interact, even though Elsa does get in the way a few times, but she was just looking out for her father’s best interest.
THE ROMANCE HAD ME SWOONING! Despite not seeing each other for years, their feelings for one another haven’t changed and it was easy for Lauren and Mike to slip back into their old ways. Sarina totally had me cheering like a puck bunny for these two to finally have their HEA.
I am still salty though that this isn’t Nate and Becca’s book. Throughout Pipe Dreams, Sarina plays up Nate and Becca’s romance as a side plot, but I’m just not having it. I don’t like to be teased and I’m not playing games either. I WANT NATE AND BECCA TO HAVE THEIR OWN FULL-LENGTH NOVEL TOO! I want to know why Nate was so hesitant to pursue Becca. I want to know why Becca never made a move first. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT WENT DOWN THAT ONE NIGHT—let me not give away any spoilers. Like I said, I’m not here for this just being a side story and I will wait however long I have to until I have their HEA in my hands.
Pipe Dreams is a second-chance romance that I didn’t know I needed and I’m happy that Sarina wrote Lauren and Mike’s story. Sarina Bowen never ceases to make her readers happy and here’s too hoping that this won’t be the last time we see our favorite Brooklyn hockey team!