Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Brooklyn, NY
Also by this author: Us, Bittersweet, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Pipe Dreams, Brooklynaire, Speakeasy, Fireworks, Overnight Sensation, Superfan, Moonlighter, Man Cuffed, Heartland, Lies and Lullabies, Loverboy, Roommate, Bombshells, Boyfriend , The Best Men, Shenanigans
A new stand-alone hockey romance from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.
On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, sports agent Bess Beringer is ready to make some changes. Armed with a five-year plan—indexed and color coded—she’ll tackle her personal life with the same zeal that she brings to her successful agency.
A big, tall, ripped hunk of hockey player who’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers is not a part of that plan. Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz has a lot of baggage. He’s a ride-or-die loner with a bad reputation. He’s on the rebound. He’s also the sexiest thing on two legs, and for some crazy reason it’s Bess that he wants.
She knows better. But then she falls stupid in love with him anyway. And for a while it seems like maybe he’ll do the same.
Until she asks him for the one thing he can never give her…
Sure Shot continues the stories of the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey team and I am here for it! I simply adore this series. In this edition, we get new transfer Tank and agent Bess. Its a little bit taboo and a whole lot of baggage for these two.
So, Bess and Tank had a fling years ago but now are both in Brooklyn. Bess always had a thing for Tank, aka Sure Shot, but she feared that dating a player would ruin her reputation as an agent (females in a male dominated industry seem to always face these unfair challenges). She ends things with Tank and leaves NYC. Tank never knew why, but they weren’t serious or anything, so he moved on, got married, and then got divorced.
The sexual tension between these two is intense! Attraction was never their issue. Communication is certainly their issue. For about the first half of the book, Tank acts like a 23 year old instead of a 32 year old. He is just divorced and never planning to repeat the process of marriage. Bess just turned 30 and has a 5 year plan that includes kids (even if she has to go to a sperm bank). They don’t actually share their thoughts with each other until the half way point, which is certainly a problem because they obviously have different objectives!
While this kind of left me irritated, as Sure Shot unfolds further, you realize that Tank’s experience is much deeper and darker than a simple divorce. And Bess’s childhood is truly tragic. You can easily see why neither of them wanted to discuss things. I think I had tears slowly streaming down my face for like the whole second half of the book! When the book was complete, I was enraptured by these two and so happy for them.
Since Sure Shot is several books into the series, you get lots of peeks at previous couples, including Bess’s brother, whose story is part of the True North series. You also get lots of Eric Bayer now that he is working for Bess. If you enjoy intense chemistry, deep family trauma, and sexy hockey players, you need to pick up Sure Shot!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: yes
- Trope: athlete, taboo
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Bess was abused as a child; it is not detailed explicitly in the book but does become important in understanding Bess « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within and interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, with epilogue « Hide Spoiler