Friday, May 15, 2020

Review - Sure Shot by Sarina Bowen

Sure Shot
by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2020

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, successful sports agent Bess Beringer is ready to make some changes. Armed with a five-year plan—indexed and color coded—she’ll tackle a few goals in her personal life.

A big, tall, ripped hunk of hockey player who’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers is not a part of that five year plan. Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz has a lot of baggage. He’s a ride-or-die loner. He’s on the rebound. He’s also the sexiest thing on two legs, and for some crazy reason it’s Bess that he wants.

She knows better. But then she falls stupid in love with him anyway. And for a while it seems like maybe he’ll do the same.

Until she asks him for the one thing he can never give her…

I just loved this second chance romance and it had all the things I love in a sports romance - great characters, wonderful dialogue with a good helping of witty banter, and two characters who can’t help themselves from falling in love with each other.

Beth and Tank were such a great couple. They have a past, so when Tank comes back into Beth’s life it’s no surprise that their attraction has a pull that can’t keep them apart. I loved Tank - even though he’s coming out of a crappy situation, he’s so honest about what he feels for Beth. He never thinks twice about letting her know he wants her, even though he’s convinced himself that he’s not a long-term relationship guy - which is an issue since Beth is looking for long-term - the fairy-tale romance, the family, she wants it all. And even though she knows Tank can’t give that to her, the heart wants what the heart wants.
“You make me feel alive. You always did. You’re the best thing about Brooklyn, Bess. The only thing I care about here. And I’ll be damned if I let a little thing like agency representation stand in the way.”


“Well, good. Because I need you in my life. I want the whole Bess package, okay? You’re the best in the business. So that means Eric will be, too. And I can’t stay away from you. I don’t even want to try. Maybe you’re embarrassed to be seen with a bitter, rebounding hockey player with anger issues and a shitty reputation. You probably deserve better. But I’m a greedy asshole. And I meant it when I said you’re the best thing to happen to me in a long time.”
These two together brought all the feels. I loved the banter between the two - it definitely served as foreplay - and their chemistry was off the charts. There was a lightness about their relationship, even though the emotions between these two ran deep. They both had some issues to deal with and it was frustrating to see these two erect walls and barriers around themselves, but I don’t think they could have found their happiness together without dealing with their own issues like they did.

This is my first book by Sarina Bowen (and I have a few on my shelf - shame on me!) and it’s clear after reading this one that this world she has built is full of characters that have their own stories to tell, and I can’t wait to get to them. I loved how she blended such a diverse group of characters together and was able to create friendships and bonds that felt real. Becca and Georgia were the perfect friends for Bess and I loved watching these three do their girl bonding. Tank’s struggle to find his place with the Bruisers had me rooting for him on the ice. I just loved Henry and his wisdom and how he helped shape both Bess and Tank over the years. Eric was awesome - I loved his unconditional support of Tess and his desire to see her happy. As I said, I can’t wait to read more of the stories in this world and get to meet each of them with their own stories.

This book had just about everything any romance lover would want and shouldn’t be missed!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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