Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Pipe Dreams
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, #3
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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.

I am so happy Pipe Dreams is finally here. I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I finished Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2). But, then again, I’m always waiting on a new release from Sarina Bowen. I’m in love with her romances. She has a way of crafting characters and their love stories that makes me swoon every time. It doesn’t hurt that one of those characters is usually a hot hockey player. 😉

Pipe Dreams was a sweet second chance romance. Years ago, Brooklyn Bruisers’ goalie Mike broke things off with Lauren in the worst way. He cut ties without an apology or real excuse. Their break up left Lauren devastated and turned her into an ice queen. She did everything she could to avoid both Mike and hockey…until her boss and owner of the Brooklyn Bruisers forces her fill in during playoffs in the Bruisers office.

Working in the office should be easy since it used to be her job, but having to see Mike and watch hockey is harder than Lauren thought. It reminds her of what used to be. It doesn’t help that Mike also wants to remind her of what used to be. Lauren’s been there, done that and isn’t about to put herself in the position to be hurt again. Mike is determined to change Lauren’s mind and give her everything she wants.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of the characters in the beginning. Lauren has been this cold, heartless person since book one. There wasn’t anything that made me want her story besides the fact that one of the players broke her heart. Once I got to know her better, that changed. She was actually a pretty sweet person. Lauren had just built a wall around herself. I loved the way that wall was brought down. She was still strong and determined, but happiness made her a better person.

Mike was single dad perfection. Seriously, there’s not much hotter in a romance novel than a dedicated single father. Everything I learned about Mike made me root harder for him. He made some tough choices for the sake of his daughter and, even though they sucked, they showed what a good person he was. Mike deserved happiness as much as Lauren did. I’m so happy Mike and Lauren got a second chance at life and happiness again with each other.

Some may say Pipe Dreams was a little too perfect. They might say Lauren forgave Mike too easily or things went too smoothly for them. Maybe those things are true. Honestly, I didn’t care. I was so wrapped up in Lauren and Mike’s story that one of them would have to have cheated on each other or done something incredibly stupid for me to have any complaints about Pipe Dreams. I loved it so much I stayed up WAY too late reading it. It was everything I want in a contemporary romance and more. You need to read it!

I’m really, really hoping this isn’t the end of the Brooklyn Bruisers series. There are so many more characters whose stories I need — #1 is Nate and Becca’s. (I think all fans of the series would agree with this!) I got to see a bit of them in this book, but not hardly enough. I’m crossing my fingers that Sarina Bowen and Berkley Books will give us the opportunity to experience their love story and many more of Mike’s teammates’.

18 thoughts on “Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen”

  1. Ohhhh, now you make me want to read it even more! I’m happy Sarina managed to turn Lauren into a likable character 🙂 It was my main worry. And YES, we need Nate and Becca’s book! Maybe it won’t be in this series because Nate’s not a Bruiser, so it could come out as a spin-off. Who knows, but I don’t care how they call it as long as we get it. Wonderful review, sweetheart!!!

    1. SUSAN!!! HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ SARINA BOWEN YET?!?!? (Yes, I’m shouting at you.) Seriously. I can’t believe it. We’ve read some of her books as buddy reads before. You need to start with The Ivy Years series. It’s an NA college hockey romance series. It’s amazing. The first book is The Year We Fell Down. This Brooklyn Bruisers series starts as a spin-off of that series. You’d also love her True North series.

    1. So you have read her! Yay! The third book is a M/M romance and it’s only $.99 right now, in case you’re interested. 😉

  2. This sounds like a great read – I haven’t read anything by this author, but I love second chance romances. Great review!

    1. Thank you! Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors. She has some really great NA and adult contemporaries. 🙂

    1. I read that review, too! I understood what she was saying, but I actually liked him. He had tough choices to make and he wasn’t perfect. In my opinion, all of her books are good. 😉

  3. Again, I really need to start this series asap!! I love ice hockey and books featuring ice hockey are a match made in heaven for me. I love that this is a second chance romance as well, they never fail to make me swoon!

    1. Have you read her Ivy Years series? That’s a college hockey series and this series starts as a spin-off to it. I bet you’d love it. It’s similar but different than Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series.

      1. I’ve not read that one either haha. I should just dedicate a month to catching up with all of Sarina Bowen’s books.

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