on September 6th 2016
Also by this author: Bittersweet (True North, #1), Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye, #1)
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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....
I’ve been looking forward to this book since I read The Ivy Years earlier this year. Sadly, the book was a little on the disappointing side. I’m always going to be a fan of second chance romances, but this one felt like it was just lacking something crucial. While I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series, I’m sad to say that Rookie Move wasn’t more enjoyable for me. In my opinion, it simply doesn’t stand up with the other amazing sports NA books that I’ve read. I recommend it if you’re a fan of Sarina Bowen’s and if you like books about hockey.
We were introduced to Georgia in the last book of The Ivy Years, and I was eager to read her and Leo’s romance. She was a pretty solid character. My heart definitely broke for her regarding the terrible event that happened to her during her senior year of high school. I enjoyed how she’s such a strong and independent character. She’s a publicist with the Brooklyn Bruisers, and a woman being in that position in a “man’s sport” like hockey is rather rare. She does her best to come across as “icy,” in order to win the players respect. I really respected her attitude in that regard, because it’s certainly understandable that she feels like she has to impress everyone even more just because of her sex.
Leo Trevi is an amazing love interest. We were introduced to him in most of The Ivy Years books, though he had a not so great girlfriend back in those days. Anyway, I always found him to be an intriguing guy and I was beyond pumped for him to receive his own HEA. In those books, I honestly didn’t realize what an incredible guy he was. We get to learn more about how loving he was to Georgia when they were together in high school and how he was completely faithful to her when the horrible thing happened to her a few months before they graduated. He’s the textbook definition of a good guy, but he also brought some major swoon to the table as well, which I’m always down to see.
As a couple, I did like them. Naturally, Georgia and Leo had a lot of history. However, they haven’t seen each other in six years. They had major chemistry from the start of their reunion, though it takes them a rather long time to finally get together again. While the love story itself is a solid one, for some reason it still wasn’t my favorite. I feel like Sarina Bowen has written a lot of better romances in the past. I can’t exactly explain what was missing from this one, I just know that I wasn’t absolutely in love with it for whatever reason. Some of the drama between them was ridiculously drawn out. Though I kind of understood why Georgia was holding back, it still seemed like she held back a lot longer than she should have. Another complaint is that some of the romance felt downright cheesy and not all that genuine.
Another thing I didn’t like was how mean her father, who also happens to be the new coach is towards Leo. In the past, he was Leo’s mentor, but now, he hates Leo and no one really knows why. I didn’t get why Georgia didn’t make more of an effort to discover the reason behind this newfound hatred. I wasn’t all that invested in the sports side of things, though I do think that Bowen knows what she’s talking about when it comes to this sport.
All in all, this was a relatively satisfying read. It just didn’t quite live up to my rather high expectations that I’ve set for it ever since I read The Fifteenth Minute. I will say that Sarina Bowen has written yet another interesting cast of characters and I’m dying to read the rest of their stories. I REALLY want Nate and Becca to be the focus of the third book, but who knows. Like I said, I recommend this if you’re a fan of sports romances/a reader of this author’s previous books. I don’t think that you HAVE to have read The Ivy Years, but I think you’ll have more knowledge about Georgia and Leo, as well as brief appearances from two characters that were the focus of one of those books.