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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.




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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 2017-05-04 00:00
Pipe Dreams
Pipe Dreams - Sarina Bowen Pipe Dreams - Sarina Bowen 3.25 stars
(3.75 stars for the hockey)

I was really excited to start reading Pipe Dreams. Beacon wasn't my favorite player, but I was intrigued by Lauren. What was the deal with her, anyway? So cranky and contrary, there had to be a reason for her unpleasantness, especially when it came to hockey. She was obviously good at her job, or Nate would have ended her employment instead of promoting her. The girls in the Bruisers organization, however, had nothing good to say about Lauren, and I wanted to know why.

Oh. My. This woman had so much justification to be enraged any time she thought about hockey or was forced to do something for the team. After Becca's head injury in the previous novel, Nate abruptly reassigned Lauren to work in the team's front office. Again. And Lauren is not happy with the job task. But it's play offs, the team's prospects look good, and there is no way Nate is going to let her slide.

This is Lauren's second time working for the team. The first time, she worked for her father, then the coach, who was fired after Nate purchased the franchise. Lauren had a crush on Mike, but he was a married man, so she ignored her attraction to him. Then! Mike discovers that his wife had been having an affair with her tennis coach for a year. While he and Sherry hadn't had a happy marriage, he stayed faithful to his high school sweetheart. They married after he got her pregnant with their daughter Elsa, and though he was unhappy, he never strayed. Until the big discovery and the filing of the divorce papers.

During flashback chapters, we learn that Mike and Lauren hooked up, and after going out for a year and a half, Mike called things off. Literally. He called her on her cell and dumped her. While she was looking for an apartment for them. And then he refused to have anything else to do with her. Ignored her calls. Wouldn't speak to her. Didn't bother to explain that his estranged wife had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and wasn't expected to live long. To take care of Elsa and Shelly, Mike ended his relationship with Lauren.

Okay, I guess I can understand this. A little bit. But really, Mike? To not even explain to the woman of your dreams why you are tossing her to the curb? What a jerk. What a selfish, cowardly jerk. I did not like this guy. At all. And by not explaining anything to anyone, he made Lauren the husband stealing villain of the piece. No wonder she hates hockey.

Everything about Mike grated on my nerves. When he learns that Lauren is trying to have a baby through artificial insemination, he volunteers to knock her up. And I was like - what? You have already proven that you can't be trusted, you cowardly jerk. And when Lauren took him up on his offer? Ugh. The romance did not work for me. Lauren forgave Michael far, far to quickly. I didn't think there was any tension between them, and their relationship sailed into the sunset at an alarming rate. I didn't think Mike groveled enough, and I was disappointed that Lauren took him back so easily.

So, what did I like? The hockey! The play-off games were exciting, the action on the ice lightning fast. You could almost hear the players' skates tearing up the ice, and the puck being violently batted off of sticks. I don't think Detroit should have gone down so easily (or am I confusing that with the results of this year's play offs??). Sarina Bowen does a great job describing the game, as well as the background details of the players' game experience.

I hope Nate and Becca's romance is next, though I fear Becca will annoy me. There were times in this book that I wanted to strangle her, and she wasn't even the main character. Overall, I am enjoying this series, but the hero of Pipe Dreams didn't appeal to me.

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