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Release Launch, Reviews, and Giveaway: Hard Wood: Lauren Blakely


From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot and hilarious standalone romance about what happens when you have one week to convince your best friend’s little sister that you’re the one for her. What could possibly go wrong? It looks like things are about to get hard in the woods...Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story, HARD WOOD!


Hard Wood
Lauren Blakely

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Release Date October 23, 2017


Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with lives clear across the country. Neither of us wants to get lost in those woods. All I have to do is resist her for the week she's in town.

I try. I swear I try. But yeah, that doesn't work out. 

And after one fantastic night with Mia, I’m ready to give her years of nights under the stars. What's a few thousand miles when love's involved? But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my adventure tour company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean business. Number one on my list of iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

I can follow my own guidelines for a quick group tour down the hills and over the trails—even if it’s hard in the woods. I’m about to give myself a badge of honor when the storm of the century hits, sending everyone else running for cover. They're safe, but Mia and me? We're trapped. Together. Alone in the woods. 

You don’t screw the client, especially when you’re already in love with her . . .

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist? Time to take a trip in a new direction. 


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Patrick Milligan is an adventure tour guide and outdoorsman. He is charming, funny, sexy, dependable, and normal. Yes, normal is so important. He has seen his sister, Evie find her man (Stud Finder), and his best friends Max (Joy Ride) and Chase Summers (Full Package) find love. And he has his eye on someone too. She happens to be Mia Summers, their little sister.

But that's not his biggest obstacle. He's a good guy and his friends are pretty level headed. First, he has no idea what Mia really thinks about him. Sure there's some looking, flirting, and definite like and fun. But they both don't really let on what they are thinking. 

The big problem is she lives in California and he is in New York. Hello long distance! When she comes to visit her brothers, he's been around her at times, but it's hard to do casual cross country dating. And she has her own successful beauty business on the West Coast while he runs his own company from New York and delegates out his West Coast business. 

So there's this zone between the Friendzone and  Love-land where these two are living in with a lot of sexual tension, a little flirting, and some lusty thoughts. But both are afraid to put it all out there and risk scaring the other away.

I freaking adored Patrick. He was damn near perfect. He knew his own mind. he had no qualms about love, settling down, or Mia being the girl he wanted. He was easy going, capable, protective, sweet, and just everything. Totally made me swoon!

And Mia was tiny, but sassy, smart, and witty. She was stressed out and working hard, but she could see the benefits of getting back to nature and spending time with a hot, built, hard, inspiring tour guide. We have seen her in the background of several books and I was so glad she finally got her turn.

These two have their own personal epiphanies and make their own decisions. There are different paths they could choose. But their biggest issue might just be not putting it all out there. Oh, communication breakdowns, tension, and angst!

There are other conflicts and c*ckblocking situations, but overall this is such a sweet, passionate, humorous, fun, and engaging friends-to-lovers-best-friends'-sister-long-distance-love story.

It brings back so many friends from other books in this series of stand-alones. There are big events and progressions. It brings everything together. There are epilogues. There is the most amazing wonder cat, Zeus. This is a flirty and heartfelt adventure in love that left me smiling and swooning.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Patrick Milligan has watched his sister and his best friends find love and he is ready for his turn. The only problem is the attraction he feels for his best friends’ sister. And the biggest problem with that is the distance between the coasts that they each make their homes.

Mia and Patrick have been hinted at, but when Patrick decided to not let long distance stop him from developing feelings for Mia, things heat up quickly. But distance isn’t the only challenge they have to face, and just when it seems they have the all clear, more challenges arise to make things difficult.

The sexual tension between these two is electric. Even before they decide to give it one night, the attraction crackles between them. But when they decide to give in to the feeling, there are still things standing in the way.

Zeus’s interludes added a fun element, and I loved the thread that became his tagline throughout the story. With as much as people talk to their animals, and fail to filter around the four legged roommates, it was only a matter of time before it was pointed out.

Once again, Lauren has created a story filled with humor, family, friends, and love. This was an easy read that moved quickly, smoothly, and kept me entertained. I loved watching Patrick and Mia try to find a common ground, a way to make thing work between them. The lengths each is willing to go to prove that they are a perfect match.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 


I haven’t seen Mia in almost a month, since the last time she was in town staying with Max. I didn’t realize she’d be back a full week before her other brother Chase’s wedding, and am I ever glad to see her again.

She makes all parts of me quite happy indeed.
 
By happy, I mean hard as a rock.
 
Okay, fine. It’s not like I’m operating at full power this second. I’m thirty-three, not fifteen. I have plenty of self-control in the “when and where to pitch a tent” arena. All I’m saying is this woman gets me going, and I feel that zip down my body when I see her.
 
She’s on the phone, her eyebrows pinched, her expression harried. She drags her hand through her caramel-blond hair. As I walk closer, I hear her say, “I understand. Yes, I understand. Things happen.”
 
And that’s the sound of someone being disappointed.
 
Which is a terrible thing for this sexy-as-a-fiery-sunset woman to experience.
 
When she stops and ends her call, she spots me. She tilts her head, her eyes piercing, her brow furrowed, and her dimples killing me with cuteness. Her eyes roam from me to Zeus, and then she points at my boy. “I don’t know if anyone has told you this . . .”
 
I raise my eyebrows. “Tell me. What could it possibly be?”
 
Her eyes drift to the ground then back up. In a deadpan tone, she says, “But there’s a cat in your hat? Well, on your back, actually.”
 
“There is?” I crane my neck to peer over my shoulder. “You’re right. How did he get there?”
 
She parks her hands on her hips. “You’re in big trouble.”
 
“I’ve been bad, have I?”
 
She pushes my shoulder then wags her finger at me. “How did you keep this from me?”
 
I quirk an eyebrow. “The fact that there’s an awesome new Italian place down the street? It opened last month, and I planned to tell you.”
 
She huffs, rolling her eyes. “I’ve known you for months and you didn’t tell me you had a cat. Friends don’t hide pets from friends.”
 
She’s not in town that often. She hasn’t ever been to my apartment. And I don’t take Zeus upstairs to Max’s. But I’m not going to state the obvious. I’m going to have a little fun with her. Flirt with her. Because . . . that’s what we do.
 
“There’s a reason for that.”
 
Her eyes go wide, and she taps her toe, waiting. I drag a hand through my hair. Evie says my light brown hair is floppy, and she tells me this is a good thing. The ladies love floppy hair, she says. She’s been right so far. My hair’s been a big hit with the ladies, and other parts have, too.
 
“It’s a good reason,” I add.
 
“I’m waiting, Patrick. This really isn’t the type of intel you should hold back.”
 
I heave a sigh as if I’m going to make a huge admission, then I park a hand on her shoulder. Because, well, I’m a sneaky bastard and I’ll look for any opening to touch her. “Look, I’m going to be blunt. If I told you I had a hiking cat who rides shotgun in a backpack and can purr like he’s a jazz superstar, you’d have had no choice but to fall in love with me.”
 
And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!
Lauren Blakely

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In October, she'll release HARD WOOD, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter 
 


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Cover Reveal: Two-Man Advantage: Toni Aleo

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Genre: M/M Sports Romance 

Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away.

As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas.

Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind.

But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can't let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?

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They are all about different Assassins players and couples but the characters do cross over.

      
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Falling for the Backup(#3.5), A Very Merry Hockey Holiday (#6.5), Wanting to Forget (#6.6) , and Twenty-Two (#11.5) are novellas.

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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Release Reviews: Bountiful: Sarina Bowen


Bountiful (True North #4)
Sarina Bowen
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Release Date October 20, 2017

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. 

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. 

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

We have been waiting to learn more about the private Zara, especially the identity of her mystery baby-daddy. In my mind I had fingered one of Griffin's cousins, but oh what a delightful revelation that it really is a redheaded out-of-towner from Brooklyn...as in Brooklyn Bruisers! Hello, ingenious series cross over! With that being said, you can read this book as a stand alone, but fans of both series will see some familiar names and faces.

Zara was running her uncle's bar, The Mountain Goat, when Dave Beringer strolled in. He was in Vermont for two months on vacation with teammates and was attracted to Zara. They ended up sharing a life changing tryst, but not too much of their personal history. And then it was over. 

But it changed Zara's life in both scary and good ways. Two years later, her life is totally different when her ex-lover strolls back in to her life. And he has no idea how it is about to change his. 

I really liked spirited and sassy Zara. She was kind of a mess in the past, as she was a bit heartbroken, lost, guarded, pickly, and was lacking direction. And she is now more settled, responsible, and more open. Dave was funny, sexy, and bossy in the past. He had it all together with a single minded focus on his hockey career and was not looking for a real relationship or any kind of future. But in the present his life is in a bit more of a precarious spot and he is also about to find out some information that will totally send him spinning. 

Their histories have influenced how they look at relationships. And time and circumstances have changed them and provided opportunities for growth. It is hard to trust in themselves and the other. Dave especially never expected to be in the position he finds himself in. And they have more people interested in the outcome than just themselves. They have families and friends nosing into their business and pushing them. Their lives are built in different places. And they have to figure out the best way to take care of what matters most. It's about priorities, trust, home, family, and believing in yourself and someone else. 

I was already interested in Zara's story after getting teasers in other books. I enjoyed being back Tuxbury, Vermont and spending time with all of our old friends and also the cameos of some Brooklyn friends. The familiarity made it a comfy read that was easy to get lost in with her storytelling. But this one was not quite as emotional and challenging as some of the other books. It deals more with real life situations, parenting, and responsibilities, but also has some steam and swoon.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Zara thought she and Dave were having no strings fun. And they were. They did. Until he left town at the end of the summer but left something neither had planned for behind. She picks up, changes her plans, and moves along with her knew path, making that unexpected baby the center of her whole world.

Two years later he returns with memories of that summer in his head and is shocked to find he has a child. Children and a family were not on his radar after the nightmare of a childhood he survived. But now that he knows the possibility is there, he questions everything he thought about his future.

I love that Zara is so independent. She looked for Dave, but didn’t pin her hopes on tracking him down and when she couldn’t find him, she changed her direction to fit the new path her life would follow. She is a problem solver and at her heart, a fiercely independent, strong woman. Though she knows she can rely on her family for help (and does) she wishes she could do things on her own.

I loved watching these two during their carefree summer, and again in the present as they work through the landmines that happen when a surprise baby arrives. I had to laugh as Dave steps over his own feet so many times, making things between him and Zara so much more difficult than they needed to be simply because he was walking brand new territory.

This was such fun to read both as a continuation of the True North series and a bit of a spin off from the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I loved seeing Leo Trevi and other Brooklyn Bruisers teammates as they take turns vacationing with Dave in Vermont. Dave’s sister was also a hoot, as her reaction to learning of Nicole’s existence was such a 180 from Dave’s.

I sped through this book with a grin on my face. Every moment was entertaining, both watching Zara be strong on her own and let someone else shoulder her burdens. I always knew her story would be a good one, especially when she refused to name the father of her baby. She is a feisty one, and her story fit her to a T. I love returning to Sarina’s Vermont, especially when these releases fall during Autumn, and Bittersweet continues the True North tradition wonderfully.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Some sixteen months and two additional books since first meeting (and getting intrigued by) the plucky, prickly, and dauntless bartender/manager and ex-hookup of one of the main characters in Bittersweet, the first novel in Sarina Bowen’s True North series, the fourth book in the series, Bountiful, finally tells this woman’s story. Not only does this installment live up to all the great storytelling and character development I’ve grown to expect from this author, it builds upon my favorite setting found within any of her series in such a way that there’s no reason for me to believe there won’t be more stories to come.

Before I get further in my review of Bountiful, it is worth pointing out that even though Zara’s story has been touched on throughout the first three books of the series, no prior experience with the series is necessary in order to enjoy this novel, because all of the important parts are told again here, this time directly from her perspective. The set-up details a summer fling she has with an out-of-town patron of the bar, one that, by design, is meant to be no-strings and no-personal-details fun with an incredibly hot man. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to these sorts of happenings in Romancelandia. Sure, Zara has a good time with Dave and realizes just how well they fit together, but she refuses to follow in the footsteps of her mother, pining after a man who’s unavailable—after all, Dave lives in Brooklyn and is only in Vermont on vacation. When the time comes for the fling to end, they part amicably, though it isn’t without longing for what might have been. It’s time to keep the good memories and move on, but it isn’t long before Zara discovers Dave left more than just memories behind. She’s pregnant. And though she makes as much of an effort as she can to find Dave to let him know, “Dave in Brooklyn” isn’t enough of a lead.

Of course, the reader knows who Dave is from the start because the story is told from both characters’ perspectives, and fans of this author’s other works will quickly figure out that the hockey player “Dave in Brooklyn” ties directly into another of her series, the Brooklyn Bruisers series. Two years after their initial encounter, Dave returns during his off-season hoping to remind himself of everything he enjoyed about Vermont, including Zara. The fact that he hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind for such a long time is unusual for him because his awful childhood experiences put him in a mental place where one-and-done is all he usually goes for when it comes to relationships. And there’s no way he could ever be a family man. Guess who’s in for a shock to start his vacation?

As has always been the case in my experiences with reading Sarina Bowen’s books—I’m well into the double digits now—Bountiful contains an interesting and heartfelt story that’s told in her nearly flawless and seemingly effortless style. I must admit that this is the first romance I’ve read that has involved an unplanned pregnancy (there just aren’t that many cases of getting knocked up to be found in gay romances… duh), and in retrospect, there are so many ways I can imagine this trope being unpalatable to me. In this case, for one, it would have driven me crazy if being a single mother had been too much for Zara to handle, simply because it would have contradicted everything about her character. Fortunately, that isn’t the case. Zara’s independence and perseverance are her foundation, and though she has a good support system within her family, it’s her tenacity that makes it work.

It’s also true that I didn’t quite feel the romance as much in Bountiful as I did in other books in this series. The characters and their emotions are believable enough, but, as in real life, the bulk of the story revolves around the toddler. Dave and Zara’s chemistry continues to be readily apparent, but because of the baby and Zara’s work schedule, not to mention a few miscues between them, particularly by Dave in trying to rekindle the heat they had before, it’s a long time before they get over the hurdles. That certainly does not mean this isn’t a satisfying story. It’s just not as much a romance as it might have been. That being said, the plethora of scenes involving Mr. Clueless Hockey Hottie interacting with the baby certainly had that wonderful “aww” factor. In fact, I was a little concerned that my nonexistent ovaries had been awakened at one point while reading. *grin*

Even though I believe those who are unfamiliar with the works of this author would still find Bountiful to be an enjoyable read, I’m not certain that this book is the best place for such a reader to be introduced to this author’s spectacular storytelling. For the well-initiated, there are a lot of cameos and “Easter eggs” to be found within this novel’s pages, and they aren’t just characters from this series, or course, considering Dave’s backstory. While these other characters do not play hugely significant roles, there are a lot of names to be found, a fact that might cause a new reader to try needlessly to keep them in mind. Of course, there’s a simple solution: read all the books in order. They’re certainly all worth the time.

And speaking of time, while the first three books in this series focused on members of a particular family found within this lush and rich setting the author has developed, Zara doesn’t belong to this family, so developing her character and bringing her family into the setting makes it all the more enjoyable. There really is potential for several more stories to come in this universe, possibly from either family. And if she chooses to continue, I will eagerly read them. Perhaps that fact is one of the extra meanings the author had when calling this novel Bountiful?

The author generously provided me a complimentary copy of Bountiful in exchange for this fair and honest review.
Bittersweet (True North #1)
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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.


Steadfast (True North #2)
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She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up to volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.


Keepsake (True North #3)
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There's a first time for everything.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for much more than farm labor.


This is also crosses over with the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey series. 

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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...



Hard Hitter  (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)
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He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score... 

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good... 



Pipe Dreams  (Brooklyn Bruisers #3)
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A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…


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. 
Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA®-award-winning Him, and its sequel, Us.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
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