Also by this author: Him, , Steadfast, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Goodbye Paradise, Pipe Dreams, Hello Forever, Bountiful, Brooklynaire, Speakeasy, Fireworks, Overnight Sensation, Superfan, Moonlighter, Heartland
on May 12, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
As always, when I read a Sarina Bowen book, I get a sense of home. Whether it’s reading about the Brooklyn Bruisers or the Shipleys, I am always drawn back into that world and find myself fully immersed. Her latest novel, SURE SHOT takes us back to Brooklyn and has a crossover with my favorite Vermont residents. This is Bess and “Tank’s” story and it is one to remember.
When we first met Bess in Bountiful, I honestly loved her… her spunk, her support of her brother Dave, and her overall awesomeness were so endearing and sweet. However, I never imagined that we would re-visit her again, but OMG I was thrilled when her book was announced… surprised, but overjoyed. If anyone deserved a HEA and a good man of her own, it was Bess. With that said, it is totally not necessary to read the book where she was introduced (well it is because the book is awesome, but that’s a whole other series). In Sure Shot, Bess is a bad ass sports agent and represents several of the Brooklyn Bruisers… the book starts off at a swanky party where the latest BB acquisition Mark Tankiewicz aka “Tank” is in attendance. From there, their story takes off and you’ll want to hang on because a delicious one, especially when there is a backstory. Oh how I love history between the main characters.
If you know me, you know that I don’t spoil books… so here is my sum up… I LOVED Sure Shot! You get your steamy romance, your hockey fix, your strong heroine, and your gorgeous hunk of a hockey player who is always the good guy. You do get a bit of angst and there is a sensitive topic involved, but it certainly doesn’t take away from just how good Bess and Mark are together. It is classic Sarina Bowen and it is one of my faves in the series. While this book is a complete standalone, it was so much fun to revisit the Brooklyn Bruisers world and all of the past couples that I have grown to love. Bess and Mark will capture your heart in more ways than one… Sure Shot is hockey romance at its best and Sarina does not disappoint!
Tank: Did you SEE that beautiful goal???
Bess: Yes baby. That’s why I sent you a text last night that said NICE GOAL BABY in shouty caps. Didn’t it come through?
Tank: It came through. But I just wanted to talk about it some more. Because did you SEE that beautiful goal? When Castro accidentally passed to nowhere but I got my stick on it anyway? And before you could say TANK IS A STUD, I put it in?
Bess: Gorgeous goal, hot stuff! I may have spilled my beer I was so excited.
Tank: Where did you spill it?
Bess: All over my naked breasts.
Bess: No. But the purpose of this conversation is stroking your ego, right? So I thought I’d just roll with it.
Tank: LOL! I’ll take it.
Tank: You were right, by the way. After the game, Castro told me I had to get the Brooklyn Bridge tattooed across my ass.
Bess: Well that’s a good sign. If they’re pranking you it means they like you now.
Tank: I got a goal. They like that at least.
Bess: What did you tell Castro about the tattoo?
Tank: I said, sure, buddy!
Tank: And, get this, I told him that if we connect on ten goals this season—in either direction—not only will I put the bridge on one ass cheek, I’ll put his face on the other.
Bess: OMG. What did he say to that?
Tank: “Let’s not get carried away.” Honestly he looked terrified, which was the point. I told him I was just crazy enough to do it. And then I wondered aloud what the blogs would write about that.
Bess: You are an evil man.
Tank: Never bullshit a bullshitter. But enough about me. Let’s talk about you. Specifically, I need to know if you’re naked right now. Please say yes.
Bess: I’m sitting in my office waiting for a conference call. So that would be no.
Tank: Lie to me, baby! I miss you.
Bess: There’s no need to lie. The next time we’re in the same zip code again, you can make your dreams come true.
Tank: Now there’s a plan I can get behind. Literally.
Bess: Indeed. Got to go now! Call starts in two minutes.
Tank: One more thing, hot stuff. Have you seen Henry again? I keep leaving voicemails, asking when I can visit. He texts me back, but I can’t get a phone call. I just want to talk to the old codger.
Bess: Same. I sent him a present but when I asked to visit he shot me down. Now go beat Florida.
Tank: Maybe you should send me a few motivational photographs to improve my game.
Bess: A good workout followed by a protein drink and then a nap would improve it more.
Tank: Says you.
Bess: I am a professional. I know things. Get some rest! I’ll be watching tonight.