Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Rookie Move
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, #1

Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 


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….

Sarina Bowen is the author of one of my all-time favorite New Adult college hockey series, The Ivy Years. When I heard she would be writing a spin-off of that series, I couldn’t contain my excitement. More well-written, sexy hockey men? Yes, please!

In Rookie Move, we catch up with Leo Trevi. It’s been a couple of years since he left Harkness college and he’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers. Leo’s excited to get his NHL chance, but shocked to find his new team publicist is none other than his high school sweetheart, Georgia. He hasn’t talked to her since the day she broke up with him, but seeing Georgia makes Leo realize his feelings for her haven’t changed. Leo knows he has to prove to Georgia that they’re still perfect for each other, but it’s going to be hard to do with Georgia pledging never to date a player.

Rookie Move was an amazing second chance love story. It wasn’t just about two people who once loved each other reconnecting, but of two people healing. Leo and Georgia’s past was so complicated. Each had raw emotions that they didn’t even realize they needed to deal with. The strength that these two had for each other was so touching.

Leo was the perfect leading man. He was all sporty and strong on the hockey rink, but he was also caring and compassionate off of it. I loved the tenderness he showed Georgia no matter how she was treating him. Georgia was also a great character. She was a force to be reckoned with. She knew what she wanted and went for it. Nothing was going to stop her from achieving her dreams.

What I loved most about Rookie Move was getting to see Leo and Georgia’s history collide with their present. What they went through together in high school had a huge effect on who they were today, and how they handled their new connection. I loved knowing what was going on in their heads then and now. It gave me so many answers I needed and made me swoon over their renewed love even more.

I enjoyed every moment reading Rookie Move. It was a really sweet, sexy and fulfilling second chance romance. I would highly recommend it to contemporary romance readers. Of course, I would suggest starting with The Ivy Years series because I loved it, but you can jump right in and start at Rookie Move if you want.

3 thoughts on “Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen”

  1. I feel like Bowen outdid herself with this one. I’ve already read this book twice and I can’t get enough of Leo. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series and I hope Becca gets her own story!

    1. You’re right, she totally did outdo herself. This is probably my favorite from her yet. It’s so hard to pick, though, because Steadfast was so amazing, too. I think she’s just going to keep getting better and better. I think Keepsake is going to be amazing and the snippet from the end of Rookie Move has me wanting the next book now. I hope Becca gets a story, too! I want it to involve Nate!

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