Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Rookie Move
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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….
I started reading this series because I adore the True North series by Sarina Bowen and there is a crossover book between this series and that one.
While I didn’t like this book quite as much as the True North series, and honestly, not even as much as some other hockey romances (Pucked, Him/Us), this was a good, solid hockey romance from an author who I’m really growing to love as I move through her backlist titles.
I loved the premise of this second-chance romance and, in particular, Leo’s character for a few reasons:
Leo was devoted to Georgia even after so many years had gone by and, most importantly, he was still completely humble despite moving up to professional-level hockey. I think that is probably why he wasn’t your stereotypical sports romance hero. Most sports romance heroes tend to be the best player and are super cocky and arrogant, but Leo is still trying to prove himself to this team – and that was almost more fun to read.
The dynamic between Georgia, her father, and Leo also made this story stand out. Georgia’s struggles with her job and dealing with her father as the head coach was certainly a unique situation. I’m also always drawn to characters who are passionate about what they do for a living – and Georgia absolutely had that. She worked really hard and wasn’t willing to put her job on the line for just anything.
Overall, even though this wasn’t my favorite sports romance, or even hockey romance, it was definitely one of the better ones that I’ve read.
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Maybe
Bookshelf Placement: No
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars