By Sarina Bowen
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.
PIPE DREAMS is a second-chance romance between Lauren and Mike, who broke up two years before due to a personal issue Mike had to deal with. I won’t lie, how Mike ended their relationship years ago was all kinds of wrong, but then I guess there wouldn’t be a story if he had ended things the right way.
“Who’s the only one who really harmed me?”
“Good guess! And two years later I’m still waiting for the only apology that ever mattered.”
Due to Lauren’s cold and unfriendly demeanor in the previous two books, I was worried I wouldn’t like her in her own story. But after being in her head for a few pages, I wasn’t worried anymore. We find out why she acts the way she does—and I could certainly understand it—but in this book her demeanor does a complete 180, which is normally great, but I felt it changed too quickly and easily. I liked Mike; he’s a nice guy and a good dad, but he didn’t make me swoon. I admired the reason behind his breakup with Lauren, but again, he could have handled it so much better.
Even two years later, one glance at him made her remember how quickly her love had been thrown away. Like yesterday’s trash.
Just like the change in Lauren’s behaviour, I felt their relationship was rekindled too easily. Yes, Lauren tells Mike exactly how badly he hurt her, and they don’t come together until the second half of the book (from memory), but they fall into bed and then fall back into a relationship without any real discussion, while making a huge life changing decision.
PIPE DREAMS is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The story includes flashbacks to when they first dated, and I don’t know why but I had a hard time following the switch between the past and present. I know it sounds like I didn’t enjoy PIPE DREAMS, but I really did. It held my attention and Lauren and Mike are both likeable characters. It’s just that after several days between reading it and reviewing it, these are the points that stand out the most. We get a lovely HEA for Lauren and Mike, and it looks like we’ve seen some progress in the potential relationship between Nate and Becca. Nate seems like such a geeky sweetheart and I know I’m not the only one who’d love to see their story.
Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers # 3)
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