Tuesday 15 March 2022

[Review + Release Day] SHENANIGANS (Brooklyn #6; Brooklyn Bruisers #9) by Sarina Bowen


Source: Received an egalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Cover Design: Hang Le
Cover Photo: Wander Aguiar Photography


What I meant to do in Vegas: Let my hair down for once and celebrate winning a medal at my first women’s hockey all-stars competition.

What I actually did: Got senior prom drunk and woke up married to Brooklyn’s star winger, the great Neil Drake.

He’s the heir to a billion dollars, and I barely survived my childhood. Our friendship is based strictly only on hockey, takeout food and smack talk.

And now holy matrimony. Although we both know it can’t last, especially once his evil family gets wind of our Vegas shenanigans…

Contains: Meddling teammates, meddling parents, ugly jewelry and a pretend-kiss that nearly sets the world on fire.
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !


There are certain tropes that I just always love and find fun, and one of those happens to be accidental marriages, so even without this being one of my most-anticipated couples from the Brooklyn/Brooklyn Bruisers universe, I was excited for this one...add in the fact that it was Charli and Neil and I was even more excited!

I'd been excited to see what would happen between these two since the first moment Charli and Neil showed up in BOMBSHELLS, and I wasn't disappointed! First, I absolutely LOVED their dynamics and banter...and second...their chemistry was off the charts! It was a bit of a slowburn, which totally worked for these two characters and was 100% worth the wait! I loved Charli from the first time we met her. She's fierce and I love that she's not one to back down when she thinks something isn't right! Finding out more about her was really interesting, and I liked that we got to see what she had been through to get to where she was--it made me even more impressed with her. And Neil...I loooooooved Neil! He was so sweet, and sexy...and just such a wonderful man! He was a bit of a mystery still in the last book, so I loved that we got to know him better...it was also pretty interesting to see the contrast between Charli and Neil based on the fact that he was raised a billionaire...and she very much was not. :P

Overall, I thought that SHENANIGANS was amazing and I absolutely loved it! It was funny, steamy, and I loved the story, the romance, and seeing how much the Brooklyn/Brooklyn Bruisers world has grown! It's also just so neat to see how the female hockey team that was introduced in the previous book continues to grow, too!!! This is the first sports romance series that I've ever read where both the men and women are so involved in the sport part of the story and I love that! You definitely don't need to know much about hockey to read these books, so don't feel like that should keep you from picking it up. For the most part, the sport aspects of this series really just heighten the friendships between the characters, and gives them all a drive to excel at their sport. :) I'd highly recommend SHENANIGANS to fans of contemporary romance, especially if you like the accidental marriage trope and romances featuring athletes!

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Tuesday 8 March 2022

[Review + Release Day] SNEAKING AROUND WITH #34 (Hockey Hotties, #4) by Piper Rayne

 Source: Received an egalley to participate in the blog tour,
and also pre-ordered a Kindle version.
Release Date: March 8, 2022


I have a reputation for being tight-lipped. You learn quick when you become a professional hockey player to be guarded with the media, so I’ve worked hard to cover up the mistakes of my youth.

But when I’m traded to the Florida Fury, where my ex–best friend is the starting right wing, I’m forced to confront my past. Ford and I have a lot of history, especially when it comes to his little sister, Imogen.

My heart still lurches in my chest when I see her.
My hands want to reach out and touch her.
My mouth wants to keep apologizing.

She’s the only woman who ever made me want more. But she’s also the one who fell victim to my most regrettable decision.

I’m not a believer in fate, but I must be back in her world for a reason. I’ve fought for everything I’ve gotten and I’m not backing down from what I know will be the best thing in my life.


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I'm always up to read whatever Piper and Rayne decide to write and release next, but I have to admit that I'm very excited that the Hockey Hotties series is back with more books! I really enjoyed the first three, and am eager to meet even more of the players and to see them all find love! SNEAKING AROUND WITH #34 was definitely one that I was excited for after how much build up we had in the previous book, and it definitely delivered! 

Before I go into too much on Warner and Imogen though, I'm loving that we actually got so many cute cameos from the couples in the first three books, and team moments in this one! Makes me even more excited for future books!!! 

Okay, now first, I have to say that I absolutely loved this book! I’m not usually a huge fan of second chance romances because it can sometimes feel like you miss getting to see all of the moments when the couple actually falls for each other, but I thought that Piper and Rayne did an excellent job with that here through flashbacks and having Warner and Imogen get reacquainted, too. Their chemistry was lovely and I adored their banter, and I was rooting for them right away. It was also nice to get to see more of their backstory since we’ve been teased about Warner and Ford (Imogen’s brother) being at odds in past books! I was definitely feeling all the feels while reading this one, and it stayed on my mind after I'd finished--already looking forward to more of Imogen and Warner in future books! :D
Overall, I thought that SNEAKING AROUND WITH #34 was wonderful! It was such a sweet story, and had some nice steam to it, too! It’s a lovely addition to the Hockey Hotties series and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series...especially since we got some great teases for the next two books in this one. Highly recommended!

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Meet Piper Rayne

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