By Sarina Bowen
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….
ROOKIE MOVE is a second-chance romance between Leo and Georgia, who broke up after their high school graduation six years earlier and who are thrown together again when Leo is traded to the team Georgia works for.
I liked Georgia, who seems to have her life together despite what happened to her in her senior year of high school. She’s nice, loyal and very hard working, and given that she stupidly broke up with Leo to give him a happier life, I’d say she’s also self-sacrificing. As I said, I liked her, but compared to Leo, she’s a little forgettable. I absolutely loved Leo, who I thought was amazing and supportive and there’s no way Georgia could find herself a better guy. My heart broke for him so many times throughout this story. From the breakdown of their high school relationship. To how the new coach hated and treated him. To how he always seemed to make mistakes in front of the media. To his violent reaction when he thought Georgia was being attacked. His entry into the NHL should have been cause for celebration, but instead he felt like he couldn’t do anything right, and that everyone and everything was working against him. I seriously wanted to reach into my Kindle and give him a big hug. What I loved most about Leo though was that he never played games with Georgia and that he was not afraid to declare his feelings for her right from the start.
ROOKIE MOVE is the first book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, where each book will be about a different couple. It’s told in dual POVs and while the ending was abrupt and didn’t come with an epilogue, it does end in a HEA for Leo and Georgia. I’ve read and loved all the books in The Ivy Years series and assumed I’d love this spin-off just as much. While I thought it was a good start to the series, I didn’t looooove it. I can’t pinpoint why, other than it didn’t grab me and refuse to let me go. I had no problem putting this book down and coming back to it later. That being said, I’m looking forward to HARD HITTER with O’Doul (the team’s captain) and Ari (the team’s wellness therapist). I wonder if we’ll see a book about the team’s owner, Nate, and his assistant, Becca, because I definitely got the feeling Nate has some unprofessional feelings towards his feisty assistant.
Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers # 1)
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