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Sure Shot (Brooklyn Bruisers) Paperback – May 12, 2020
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- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1950155013
- ISBN-13 : 978-1950155019
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.63 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Tuxbury Publishing LLC (May 12, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #403,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love the Brooklyn Bruisers. This series owns my heart. Every single book is a masterpiece, and Sure Shot might be the best one yet. It’s not surpring because Sarina Bowen is always outdoing herself. She’s such a talented writer and storyteller. There’s nothing better than reading one of her books, either for the first time or the tenth time.
Sure Shot is Bess Beringer’s story. She’s stong, smart and determined. She’s a very successful sports agent, and about to turn thirty. She’s making some changes in her personal life. She has moved to Brooklyn to be closer to her family, and wants a family of her own. But she didn’t count on Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz, a former lover who still has the ability to make her swoon, to come back into her life.
Mark is a great guy. He’s a bit of a grump, but charming and funny. He’s dreamy and swoonworthy. His reputation precedes him, but he has depth, and you’ll see he’s hiding a wounded soul. He’s definitely book boyfriend material. He’s the new player on the team, traded from Dallas—Brooklyn’s nemesis, and is completely out of his depth. He’s not getting along with his new teammates on and off the ice. He’s getting divorced, and is a regular feature in the gossip blogs, his character constantly in question. Basically, his whole life is falling apart. He’s not looking for a relationship, but he wasn’t expecting to run into Bess again, the girl he had a fling with nine years ago.
I loved Bess and Tank together. Their banter is hilarious, and their chemistry off the charts. The intensity of their attraction comes through loud and clear. But more importantly, it’s evident they have a special connection. It’s not about their physical connection, even when they both try to keep their relationship secret and without strings. Bess’s conflict with it is pretty evident, but Tank’s reluctance has deeper roots, and they come to light when he opens up to Bess, showing her his vulnerability.
One of the things I love most about this series is that it has a very strong small-town vibe. Brooklyn—and especially DUMBO—are described so vividly and with such attention to detail, that they come alive in the reader’s mind, and they really play a very important role in these stories. It’s part of their DNA.
The other thing I love is the characters. I’m in love with each and every one of them. The depth and intensity of the supporting cast is one of Sarina Bowen’s trademarks.
I loved seeing Bess bonding with Becca and Georgia, and Tank trying to explain his role on the team to Jason Castro. Heidi steals the show more than once, as only she does, and we get to hang out with Zara, Dave and Nicole for a little while. It was great to see Patrick O’Doul so zen, happiness definitely suits him. Baby Bayer had a couple of magic moments as well, and I loved meeting Henry, such a lovely guy.
Sure Shot is a beautiful second chance story about moving on, true love, and trust. About embracing change, and realizing that there’s more than one way to find happiness if only you’re open to the possibilities. It’s witty and hilarious, but just as heartfelt and soulful as you’d expect from Sarina Bowen. It’s the perfect combination of laugh-out-loud fun and very emotional and heartbreaking revelations. It will touch your soul and make it cry a little, both from heartbreak and laughter.
Sure Shot is Sarina Bowen at her best, and that alone makes it worth your time. It’s hockey perfection, steamy romance and wonderful characters. I loved everything about this story, and can only hope there are more hunky hockey players coming our way in the near future.
The thing I find most humorous is that while those attributes appealed to me in my youth, I’ve realised that in some ways, my imaginings did produce the man of my dreams in my Hubby. No, he’s not a swaggering, rugby-playing, horse-riding, and aristocratic husband, but he is a thoughtful, sweet, strong and loving man. Those wishful imaginings of my youth were surface value only. With maturity, I realised that what was really important about those men in my stories was that they ended up being thoughtful, sweet, strong and loving. Well…maybe not the high school boys. 😉
Sure Shot was a fantastic story and made me think of all the plans of my youth. Some of those imaginings made it to fruition and some were just never going to happen. A lot of them were realised with a few tweaks. It’s all good to make plans, but sometimes life has a way of taking things in a different way than you hoped for. Adjustments need to made to your dreams, and some even need to be given up on. I found myself feeling sorry for Mark and Bess, but I also realised that their dreams had to be adjusted like most peoples. Yes, their past wasn’t pretty, but Bess and Mark are strong, determined and motivated. On first meeting them, I knew that they were meant for happiness together. I knew it…but for them, they needed to conquer a few demons and hurdle a few obstacles.
Bess had a terrible childhood but was living very successfully despite it. After hitting the big 3-0, she is making plans for the next stage of her life. Mark is a successful hockey player who has been traded to a new team and he’s finalising his divorce. He doesn’t want to make plans because the ones he previously made went horribly wrong. Bess and Mark have a past, but it has been a lot of years in between. So, one has plans and dreams and one doesn’t want to ever make plans again. But, both can’t deny their intense attraction to each other and will come to realise that some plans can be tweaked to give you everything you dreamed of.
Sarina Bowen is a wonderful storyteller. Every time I read one of her stories, I’m always left emotionally satisfied and joyful that another couple has found their happy ever after. Yes, that’s a little silly considering they’re make-believe, but honestly, it doesn’t matter. I just love that buzz of a perfect romance. Well, it wasn’t always perfect for Mark and Bess but it did end perfectly.
I’ve loved the Brooklyn series and Sure Shot did not disappoint. It was great to catch up with some of my favourite characters and see where their lives are at. Bess and Mark were lovable, the storyline was interesting, and the sexy times were sizzling. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend giving it a try. I suggest you… start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…
Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
Top reviews from other countries
Our heroine Bess Beringer is confident, hardworking and an experienced sports agent. She manages and negotiates tough deals for all her thirty two clients and she is adamant that she will not date sports players. It's a strict rule and a well known fact. But why is this?
Unsettling and with no warning, our handsome hero Mark (Tank) Tankiewicz has been traded from Dallas (the enemy) to the Brooklyn Bruisers. And unfortunately, he has also been recently divorced. Both happenings leaving him sad and unappreciated. And even grumpy.
And when Bess is introduced to Tank at a garden party, he is happy and smiles. But she immediately pretends not to know him. Yet they had actually met and had a fling nine years previously. She was twenty one and he twenty three. Tank is angry that she ghosted him but is determined to have a second chance with Bess. She is able to calm him and make him want to love again. She wants a relationship, love and children. But will she date him and break her strict rule? Will he ever want marriage and children. Will they get a second chance?
Well, to get the answers I suggest you get this book soon.
Separated by geography, Bess and Tank haven't seen each other since but now Tank has been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers and Bess has moved to New York to be closer to her brother and his family. When they meet again the heat is as strong as ever, but Tank has only just separated from his wife and Bess has just created a five-year plan which includes a husband and children.
Sarina Bowen always brings the heat, and Bess and Tank certainly scorch up the sheets , but she also brings the sweet, cute moppets and an opportunity for Bess and Tank to show their softer sides, especially when it comes to interactions with Tank's agent and Bess' mentor, Henry Kassman.
If you like your sports romances sweet, with a blast of steam and a strong plot then look no further.
Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz is a blast from Bess' past. They had a brief and passionate affair when Bess was a newbie on the scene, but their careers took them on different trajectories. While Bess' work life is on the up, Tank's seems to be well... tanking. Starting anew in a new city and a new team, Bess is a sight for sore eyes. He would love to pick up where they left of but is met with resistance from Bess.
Whilst Tank is temptation on a stick Bess owes it to herself to find a lasting and committed relationship. She isn't the same person from all those years ago, but the problem she finds is neither is Tank. He was charming in his young but in his adulthood he's damn right dangerous.
I've followed the Bruisers since their first outing and with every book in the series my affection and adoration for them grows. There is a wonderful sense of family and even as a reader I too feel as if I am enveloped in it. Each story is angsty, endearing and impossible to put down. As expected, Sarina shots and scores with this winning read!
Tank is having a rough trott. He had a fight with one of his Dallas team mates, his wife chucks him out and wants a divorce and he's been transferred from Dallas to Brooklyn. On top of that, his new teammates don't trust him of understand his playing techniques. The only bright thing he spots is Bessie, someone he knew a long time ago.
Bessie is shocked to see Tank in town and decides that she's not going to let on that she knows him in front of his teammates as she likes to keep her private life exactly that, private. Problem is that the old feelings and memories come flooding back and it is going to be difficult to keep that under control.
Great back story between these two. Also good that the stories of the other players get continued through each book. Fab series.
I love, love, loved every second of this book. Bess, to me, is the perfect heroine as she's a strong, fiesty female who deals with male hockey players all day long. She knows what she wants and takes it. Tank is an alpha male who also has a soft side but these two are definitely equals. Such a wonderful written book in a 10/10 series.