New Release Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Rookie MoveRookie Move by Sarina Bowen
Book #1 in Brooklyn Bruisers
Genre: Sports/Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
ARC provided by Berkley and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

2 Stars – D

There’s a teaser out there for this book that goes something like this:

We don’t have one night stands, Georgia. We have forever-night stands.

Total cheese factor 500, and it was almost enough to make me walk away from this book. I decided to tough it out because I love Sarina Bowen, and I don’t typically find her dialogue to be so cheesy. I will say the cheese in this one was minimal, but I didn’t care for this book for other reasons. For one, this book felt as padded with information I didn’t need and too much description; it really hindered the pacing for me. For another, Georgia was so immature at times I wasn’t convinced she’s ready for an adult relationship. There was a scene where Leo was spending the night at her apartment, and her father (who disapproved of Leo,) had stopped by unexpectedly. I think the whole scene was supposed to be funny while she tried to hide Leo’s presence, but to me it just felt like, as with the entire book, Leo was getting the shaft. (And not in the good M/M way that Sarina writes the hell out of.) Georgia hit the jackpot as far as I’m concerned. She found a sexy man who loves her to bits and will forgive anything she does, no matter how stupid and shallow her reasons are. In line with the pacing, this book relied too much on the past to make the intensity of Georgia and Leo’s love credible, but it didn’t work. The timing was off so bad that at the end Hey people? This is a spoiler--Fair Warning!

Leo and Georgia, sadly, were the most boring characters in this book. I didn’t really connect with any of the Brooklyn Bruisers, but I did love Nate (the team’s owner) and Becca. Should they get a book, I will give it a try.

If you’ve never read Sarina Bowen before, please do not let this review deter you from giving her a go. Her NA is on a plane by itself as far as I’m concerned; no one writes it better. Especially the aforementioned M/M. Rookie Move just didn’t do it for me.

Rating: 2 Stars

Series Reading Order:
1. Rookie Move
2. Hard Hitter (Expected Publication: January 3rd, 2017)
3. Pipe Dreams (Expected Publication: May 2017)

Thank you to BERKLEY and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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