Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Pipe Dreams, Overnight Sensation, Superfan, Sure Shot
Also by this author: Us, Bittersweet, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Pipe Dreams, Speakeasy, Fireworks, Overnight Sensation, Superfan, Moonlighter, Man Cuffed, Heartland, Sure Shot, Lies and Lullabies
A sexy new standalone from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.
You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong.
For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.
When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It's what friends do. But what friends don't do is rip off each others' clothes for a single, wild night together.
Now she's avoiding me. She says we're too different, and it can never happen again. So why can't we keep our hands off each other?
You know that book that you wait for? You know, when you meet the characters in book 1, then see them again in book 2, and AGAIN in book 3 but you still don’t know if they will get a book? Yeah, Brooklynaire was that book for me. Nate and Becca are total OTPs and I knew their story would be awesome. Thankfully, Bowen didn’t disappoint!
The story is a mix of present day (taking place during and after the timeline of book 3) and flashbacks. Becca has been Nate’s office manager for 7 years. She was there before he became a billionaire. But, you finally get to see all of their past! They were friends and both tried to hide their attraction. Becca didn’t want to be ‘that girl’ who sleeps with her boss. Nate is just clueless! But, once things start to progress with him and Becca, he doesn’t want to cross the line into making her feel like he is pushing her. The book actually brings up some interesting perspectives on sexual harassment and the struggle women can have in a work environment.
But what I loved the most was seeing Nate and Becca navigate this budding relationship. They already knew they loved each other-that feeling had existed for years! However, figuring out how to have a relationship is much more challenging. The beginning of the story is focused more on Becca’s injury, which I found fascinating! The end of the story is focused on Becca and Nate, but also the Bruisers and their run at the Stanley Cup! The story moves along so briskly because life moves briskly! Nate and Becca have to figure everything out while running a billion dollar tech company, managing a playoff run, going to ridiculously expensive rehab sessions, and dealing with family. Its so normal for a couple whose lives are so NOT normal. That juxtaposition is what makes the reader fall so hard for Nate and Becca.
My only ‘issue’ with the story were 2 weird plot turns near the end. Both kind of came out of the blue and, in the end, served no purpose except to add unnecessary drama and weirdness.
Brooklynaire was the perfect way to cap off the Brooklyn Bruisers series and give readers the happily ever after for Nate and Becca that they have been clamoring for since Rookie Move! If you like your heroes on the nerdy side, you will love Nate. If you like your heroines on the tenacious side, Becca will steal your heart!
- POV: dual 1st (flashbacks in 3rd person)
- Tears: no
- Trope: office romance, friends to lovers
- Triggers: None
- Series/Standalone: stand alone (you don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy this; however, you won’t get the delicious build up!)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with beautiful epilogue « Hide Spoiler