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review 2018-02-25 19:59
Pipe Dreams - Sarina Bowen Pipe Dreams - Sarina Bowen

So, according to the...err...data among my friends, I'm a bit of an outlier here. 


I thoroughly enjoyed this second chance. It was a total mess of a real life-type second chance. None of the characters were perfect, and the story itself was crafted well enough to wrap around me like a hug. It's isn't the best romance, but in terms of Bowen, this hits a higher note on my scale. 


The solidly mature hero, who made a huge mistake, but was open, honest and loving was a huge selling point. The prickly heroine who had a heart of gold and worked her ass off wasn't too shabby either. 


Sure, a couple of points pissed me off. And yes, at times I felt Mike was out-of-bounds in his pursuit. Just like I felt Lauren looked a bit unreasonably reluctant. What do I like though?

+Lauren makes friends. Yay for gal pals

+Lauren and Mike are reasonably open and adult with each other

+There was no malicious feelings toward the "others" in their complicated relationship. And each person seemed to own up to their failures and take responsibility. 

+I really did feel for Lauren; her hurt was deep and didn't just disappear upon further explanation.


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review 2017-08-11 08:58
Hold On
Pipe Dreams (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen

This is book # 3, in the Brooklyn Bruisers series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.


Lauren loves her job.  Today, she hates her job.  She has to come in contact with her past and the only man she has ever loved.  There might not be enough to drink in the world.


Mike knows he messed up big time.  Every single time he and Lauren are in the same room together the old pain is back.  He wants to help her heal, but he wants her to himself.


This story tore me apart.  I felt all the emotions.  These characters are already so real to me  Great addition to the series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!


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review 2017-05-26 03:42
Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) by Sarina Bowen
Pipe Dreams (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen


Author: Sarina Bowen

Title: Pipe Dreams

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers

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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 was a book I almost didn't finish, it almost landed in my DNF pile. I can't believe it. A Sarina Bowen book. But I just could not for the life of me get past the whole reason for the new relationship, or how Mike just went about going into it, I didn't like him as a husband, I didn't like him as a father, I didn't like him at all.

Mike was one of those characters that constantly put me off everything he did and why he was doing it. I just couldn't get past it.

Lauren deserved a better partner out of the deal, she was a decent chick but I just didn't think that she and Mike were a good fit.




Until next time book lovers...



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review 2017-05-07 13:54
Love should never be a Pipe Dream
Pipe Dreams (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen

Pipe Dreams (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen 


I'm such a sucker for second chance romance, but I have to admit, I was sure the way this was going to go. I should have known that I was in good hands with my girl, Sarina Bowen, because PIPE DREAMS was the stuff I get in a puddle of girl goo over.

Mike and Jessica have a past. They spent a wonderful year together, but while Jessica was planning for their future, Mike was heading back to his ex-wife and daughter. Their relationship needless to say didn't end on a positive note.

But now they are back in each other's presence. Jessica is having to work in the front office for the Brooklyn Bruisers, her basic nightmare come to life. She doesn't know how she's going to get through the playoffs having to see him again after spending the last two years avoiding anything dealing with hockey. Now that she's around him all the time and the sexual tension is running high. The past is still in their way though, not to mention Mike's teenage daughter who does not approve of Mike's blossoming relationship with Jessica.

I really enjoyed this one. I did, and it was just about perfect. I was so mad at Mike. He messed up big time with Jessica. And now, he's coming back two years later wanting to just pick up where he left off. I'm glad that Jessica made him work for him a bit. i didn't want it to be too easy. I felt for him. I know it couldn't have been easy to be a single father and widower. But, I wanted to strangle him for just not opening up to Jessica right from the start.

I loved how hot these two were together. Mike was yummy. Just scrumptious. The sexual tension was off the charts and when they finally did...wow. I just don't know how Jessica was able to hold off as long as she did. I don't think I would have been able to.

My only issue with PIPE DREAMS is that I wish we saw them being a couple a little longer before it went right into the HEA. We saw a lot of their past but they didn't build together in the present as much. I wanted to relish that more. I felt like that was missing. Other than that, this one was perfect!

PIPE DREAMS is the third book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. It could easily be read as a standalone, but I think that if you start with this book, I guarantee that you will go back and read books one and two. I found this author when finding the Ivy Years series and I fell in love with the way she writes. I love the stories of the characters, and PIPE DREAMS was no different. I just can't wait to see who will be next to fall in the story.

*Advanced Reader's Copy provided by NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2017-05-02 16:58
Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers #3) by Sarina Bowen
Pipe Dreams (A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel) - Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen scores a hat trick with the third book from the Brooklyn Bruisers series, PIPE DREAMS.  I love this series.  PIPE DREAMS is goalie, Mike Beacon’s and Lauren Williams’ story.  This contemporary sports romance takes place in New York.  It is suitable for adult audiences.


The beginning of the novel overlaps with the previous book.  Lauren is with her boss/team owner, Nate Kattenberger, in his private box watching the Bruisers in the play-offs.  I loved hearing this story from her point of view.  In the previous stories, Lauren comes off as cold.  We find out why.  It is totally understandable and nothing like her actual personality. 


Sarina Bowen does a fabulous job with her character development.  Lauren is a strong and astonishing heroine.  She is hard working and determined.  Her heart was broken by Mike, and she is uncomfortable when being forced to work for the team.  Mike is an amazing guy and dad.  He is caring, persistent, and protective.  He could have handled his break-up with Lauren better, but under the circumstances, why he did it was admirable.  I love that these two get a second chance.  They clearly never got over one another.  They are good together.  He is a spontaneous action kind of guy to her analytical planning.


The plot was realistic and believable.  I like how the story flashed back and forth in time.  I like that Lauren gets to know the other females in the series better.  There are many interesting things that happen in this story that keep it exciting.  This is one of those books that is hard to put down.  I read it in one day. 


Nate seems to like to get involved with his staff and players’ personal lives.  I love that Lauren, doesn’t let Nate intimidate her and does the same to him.  I’m really looking forward to Becca’s and Nate’s story in the next book.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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