Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen

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Posted October 22, 2019 in review Tags: , ,

Moonlighter by Sarina BowenMoonlighter by Sarina Bowen
Pages: 370
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Series: The Company #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Honolulu, HI and NYC, NY
Source: ARC
Also by this author: Us, Bittersweet, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Pipe Dreams, Brooklynaire, Speakeasy, Fireworks, Overnight Sensation, Superfan
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Five nights. Two adversaries. Only one bed in their hotel room.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.
Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.
But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.
So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?
It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

moonlighterMoonlighter is book one in a delightful new series by one of my favorite authors, Sarina Bowen!! This is a spinoff of sorts from the Brooklyn Bruisers (my favorite). Eric Bayer is an aging hockey player who is the black sheep of his uber successful family. He gets suckered into helping his brother with “The Company”. All he has to do is a be a fake boyfriend to an old family friend…that always ends well!

Max’s (Eric’s brother) company is super secret and part of what they do is provide security. Max is providing security for Alex, and he needs Eric’s help. See, turns out Alex has an idiot of an ex who can’t take no for an answer. Oh, and she is pregnant with his baby. Eric doesn’t want to help, but Max sort of forces his hand. He gets a free trip to Hawaii out of it! Of course Eric and Alex hit it off.

Eric is genuinely funny throughout the story. He has lots of quippy lines and his banter with Alex is great. She has a deadpan type of humor. She’s also a brilliant, fierce girl boss CEO! I love that a pro hockey player is the least successful person in this book. I also loved how Eric loves Alex. Their story is full of the unexpected but Eric just seems to roll with it, no matter what and then one day he realizes he loves her. I also liked that Eric’s hockey career was coming to an end and he had to face that. In most sports books, the heroes are top notch and if they get injured, they bounce back triumphantly. Eric is dealing with the decision no pro athlete wants to make and he struggles.

Moonlighter gives you a touch of danger as well which I always appreciate. Alex and Eric build a relationship over months and their chemistry is great. You really believe in their feelings for one another. I was completely engrossed in Moonlighter and I can’t wait to see where Bowen takes “The Company” next!

 

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A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting, Faker by Sarah Smith, Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster …then you will probably like Moonlighter!

 

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US.

NEW IN 2016: Two New Series!

Sarina has begun a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She's also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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6 responses to “Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen

  1. Did I see the words fake boyfriend? Suddenly I’m a whole heap more interested in reading. I mean, it’s Sarina Bowen, I was always going to read but now I really want to. It does sound like a fun book and it’s cool to see a different side to athletes in this book. We don’t see enough of the end of a pro athletes career and the tough decision they have to make to stop or risk doing more harm than good.

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