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review 2018-02-12 07:10
Release Day w/Review - Brooklynaire

 

Brooklynaire

by Sarina Bowen

Brooklyn Bruisers #4

Release Date: February 12, 2018

 

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Excerpt:

 

I grab a towel off a waiting stack of them and toss it onto the edge. “You can sit and put your feet in.”

 

She’s wearing a short little knit dress that’s been making me crazy all evening, so it would be easy enough for her to strip off those stockings, sit on the towel, and drop both feet in.

 

And that’s what she does. She eases one stocking down over a smooth knee and tugs it off.

 

I don’t want to stand there staring like a middle-school boy. Okay, I do want to. But I don’t want to make her uncomfortable. So I go over to the sound system instead, and I set my phone on the speaker and cue up a really old playlist. One she’ll recognize.

 

When I turn around again, she’s seated on the towel, both legs hanging down into the churning water. “Ah. Wow.” She looks up at me, her eyes sparkling. “Nice place you got here.”

 

“Isn’t it?” I toe off my shoes and kick them to the side.

 

The first song comes on, and it’s a Macklemore tune that we used to play far too often in our first office. Rebecca laughs immediately. “You didn’t! I haven’t heard this playlist in forever. But I’ll bet I still know every transition. Lady Gaga is next.”

 

“She sure is.”

 

Rebecca kicks her feet, making a splash. “I have a little confession to make.”

 

“What’s that?” I loosen my tie and slide the knot out.

 

“Well…” She grins up at me. “I used to have a crush on you. Back in the early days.”

My hands freeze on the tie silk. “Get out of town. You did not.”

 

“No, I really did.” Her cheeks are pink. “That first year especially. But you were taken, and you were my boss. Those two things made it pretty easy to tamp down, when you’re a practical girl like me.”

 

I walk over and drop down beside her, my back to the water, though, because I’m still wearing trousers and socks. “So how does that work, exactly?”

 

“What?” She gives me a sidelong glance, but then looks away again and won’t meet my eyes.

 

“How do you stop wanting someone? I’m a practical person, but I don’t see how that makes it any easier. Nothing seems to mute the raging attraction I have for you.”

Her chin turns quickly toward me, and I seize the opportunity to kiss her. And it only takes one kiss—one slide of my lips over hers, and I’m on fire again.

 

We’re facing opposite directions, so it’s awkward as hell. But I don’t even care. I take greedy sip after greedy sip of her mouth, until she pulls back to stare at me. Her color is high and her eyes are bright and happy. “This is like Twister.”

 

“It’s better,” I correct. Lady Gaga comes on, just as Becca said she would. “Are we getting into this pool or what?”

 

Becca kicks a foot in the water. “I’m tempted. But I don’t have a bathing suit.”

 

“Oh, snap.”

 

She smiles and shakes her head. “Are you really getting in?”

 

“We don’t have to.” I’m never going to pressure her.

 

Her fingers trail across the surface of the bubbling water. “But this is an adventure, right?”

 

“Right.” I stand up and remove my socks. She’s watching me. And I can’t read her expression. “What?”

 

“Just wondering what else you’re going to take off.” She smiles.

 

“Come here.” The order rolls off my tongue.

 

But Rebecca doesn’t blink. She gets up and turns toward me, curiosity in her eyes.

 

“You tell me. What am I taking off?”

 

She puts two hands tentatively on my chest, and I make myself be patient. Everything I ever wanted is on the other side of this moment. I just need us to break through this awkwardness—the “will we or won’t we” tension.  

 

Her fingers find the top button of my shirt. “I’m not getting in the water unless you are.”

 

That’s a compromise I can live with. I find my lower shirt buttons and work upwards, until we meet in the middle. She pushes the two halves of my shirt apart and runs a hand down my bare chest.

 

 

My inner caveman stands up and cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BrooklynaireBrooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to fully understand this amazing series, I recommend reading in order.

Rebecca AKA "Becca" has family obligations that come before her own needs. All. The. Time. When is it time for her? She has an amazing job, great friends and co-workers, and she is just too busy to enjoy.

Nate is a busy man. He owns many successful businesses, including a hockey team. He has worked with Becca for many years. Now he feels an attraction he is ashamed to act on. What would she think?

This is a long awaited story. I was so excited to read this book, and could not contain my excitement! It was everything I wanted and more. I got more humor, heat, banter, sexy times, hot hockey players - there is something for everyone! I just really like these characters and was so glad they were meant to be.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About Sarina Bowen:

 

 

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

 

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

 

 

Website ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest

 

 

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review 2018-02-12 06:10
Waiting
Brooklynaire - Sarina Bowen

This is book #4, in the Brooklyn Bruisers series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to fully understand this amazing series, I recommend reading in order.

Rebecca AKA "Becca" has family obligations that come before her own needs.  All. The. Time.  When is it time for her?  She has an amazing job, great friends and co-workers, and she is just too busy to enjoy.

Nate is a busy man.  He owns many successful businesses, including a hockey team.  He has worked with Becca for many years.  Now he feels an attraction he is ashamed to act on.  What would she think? 

This is a long awaited story.  I was so excited to read this book, and could not contain my excitement!  It was everything I wanted and more.  I got more humor,  heat, banter, sexy times, hot hockey players - there is something for everyone!  I just really like these characters and was so glad they were meant to be.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-01-03 06:00
Oops
The Year We Hid Away - Sarina Bowen

This is the 2nd book in The Ivy Years series.  This book can be read as a standalone.  With all that this series has to offer, I would recommend reading this series in order.  This way you avoid spoilers, and get more out of the series itself.

 

Scarlet has had all she can take and then some.  The past year has pushed her in places she never thought she would go.  Now back at school, she just wants to get her education.

 

Bridger understands sacrifice all to well.  He finds himself while learning to love the amazing woman Scarlet has become.  Only secrets from their pasts coming like a whirlwind towards them can keep them apart.  

 

This story happens at such a ferociously fast pace.  It is a sweet and yet sexy story, where two very lonely people come together and find that love can reach you in a very dark place.  I love the character development we get to read while it happens.  I also think the banter is just amazing.  Another win for both the series and the author.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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text 2017-12-07 15:01
Cover Reveal - Man Card

 

 

 

 
 
SUMMARY:
 
Nothing ventured, nothing banged...
 
Ash
 
I still don't know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor--our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down... 
 
It can never happen again. I don't even like Braht. He's too slick. He's a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
 
So why can't I get him out of my head? 
 
Braht
 
There are two things I know without question.
 
One: Ash and I are destined for each other.
 
Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
 
Ash is my missing my piece. She's the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don't call her the Ashkicker for nothing. 
 
Eventually I'll win her over...if my past doesn't ruin everything first.
 
 
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review 2017-11-28 03:40
Happy
Man Hands - Sarina Bowen,Tanya Eby

Brynn is given a bet by her besties to choose the next man she sees as a potential hook up.  She has her ex in the same room, so she gives in.  Little does she know, that he turns out to be the hottest item in man candy.  Worse, he knows her friends too.

 

Tom is not going to turn down a hottie who is all over him.  He hasn't felt good about himself in a while.  This run in only saddens him when he cannot find her the next day.  Fate has more in store, however, and soon the details get him revving.

 

This is such an amazing story!  I laughed, I cried, and devoured the pages.  So excited to read the next installment of what we are told will be the Man Hands series.  I am sure it will be a winner and hope it gets released quickly!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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