Book Review: Brooklynaire (Brooklyn #1) by Sarina Bowen + Teaser and Excerpt

I enjoyed every single second of this and could not stop smiling! Nate and Rebecca are my new favorite!

Review: Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen + Teaser and Excerpt | About That Story 
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn #1) by Sarina Bowen 

A sexy new standalone from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?

5 out of 5 stars

From start to finish and with every little detail in between I was in love with Nate and Rebecca and their story. Absolutely fantastic. I think this is Sarina Bowen’s best work to date!

Nate and Rebecca were wonderful characters. I knew I would love them but they were just so much more than I thought they would be. Getting to know them, learning their histories, and the details of their lives was incredible. I really liked getting to know Nate, he’s socially awkward and sweet and I found his personality really endearing. Rebecca was tough and determined and so there for her family, a total caregiver. I loved their awkwardness as they fight their feelings, I really enjoyed their playfulness and internal dialogue as well. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I laughed out loud. They had this amazing friendship that grew and grew into so much more and it was a wonderful ride.

The writing was excellent. The attention to detail was awesome with all these different characters, some old, some new, just pulling me in. The pace was spot on and I liked the transitions between the chapters and their POVs. There were ups and downs, I cheered for them, wanted to smack for them, and rooted for them as they worked it all out. I was just so into everything, eating up all the details and anticipating those special moments. It's pretty light drama but there were quite a few chapters that had me stressing out. I also adored that this story overlaps with the previous book, Pipe Dreams, and how we see those small connections.

This was an excellent addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I feel like each one just gets and better. I've been wanting Nate and Rebecca together since the very first book so to finally get their story and to be so blown away by it makes me crazy happy. This one is going to stick with me for a while! Amazing story!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.

Review: Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen + Teaser and Excerpt | About That Story

I grab a towel off a waiting stack of them and toss it onto the edge. “You can sit and put your feet in.”

She’s wearing a short little knit dress that’s been making me crazy all evening, so it would be easy enough for her to strip off those stockings, sit on the towel, and drop both feet in.

And that’s what she does. She eases one stocking down over a smooth knee and tugs it off.

I don’t want to stand there staring like a middle-school boy. Okay, I do want to. But I don’t want to make her uncomfortable. So I go over to the sound system instead, and I set my phone on the speaker and cue up a really old playlist. One she’ll recognize.

When I turn around again, she’s seated on the towel, both legs hanging down into the churning water. “Ah. Wow.” She looks up at me, her eyes sparkling. “Nice place you got here.”

“Isn’t it?” I toe off my shoes and kick them to the side.

The first song comes on, and it’s a Macklemore tune that we used to play far too often in our first office. Rebecca laughs immediately. “You didn’t! I haven’t heard this playlist in forever. But I’ll bet I still know every transition. Lady Gaga is next.”

“She sure is.”

Rebecca kicks her feet, making a splash. “I have a little confession to make.”

“What’s that?” I loosen my tie and slide the knot out.

“Well…” She grins up at me. “I used to have a crush on you. Back in the early days.”

My hands freeze on the tie silk. “Get out of town. You did not.”

“No, I really did.” Her cheeks are pink. “That first year especially. But you were taken, and you were my boss. Those two things made it pretty easy to tamp down, when you’re a practical girl like me.”

I walk over and drop down beside her, my back to the water, though, because I’m still wearing trousers and socks. “So how does that work, exactly?”

“What?” She gives me a sidelong glance, but then looks away again and won’t meet my eyes.

“How do you stop wanting someone? I’m a practical person, but I don’t see how that makes it any easier. Nothing seems to mute the raging attraction I have for you.”

Her chin turns quickly toward me, and I seize the opportunity to kiss her. And it only takes one kiss—one slide of my lips over hers, and I’m on fire again.

We’re facing opposite directions, so it’s awkward as hell. But I don’t even care. I take greedy sip after greedy sip of her mouth, until she pulls back to stare at me. Her color is high and her eyes are bright and happy. “This is like Twister.”

“It’s better,” I correct. Lady Gaga comes on, just as Becca said she would. “Are we getting into this pool or what?”

Becca kicks a foot in the water. “I’m tempted. But I don’t have a bathing suit.”

“Oh, snap.”

She smiles and shakes her head. “Are you really getting in?”

“We don’t have to.” I’m never going to pressure her.

Her fingers trail across the surface of the bubbling water. “But this is an adventure, right?”

“Right.” I stand up and remove my socks. She’s watching me. And I can’t read her expression. “What?”

“Just wondering what else you’re going to take off.” She smiles.

“Come here.” The order rolls off my tongue.

But Rebecca doesn’t blink. She gets up and turns toward me, curiosity in her eyes.

“You tell me. What am I taking off?”

She puts two hands tentatively on my chest, and I make myself be patient. Everything I ever wanted is on the other side of this moment. I just need us to break through this awkwardness—the “will we or won’t we” tension.

Her fingers find the top button of my shirt. “I’m not getting in the water unless you are.”

That’s a compromise I can live with. I find my lower shirt buttons and work upwards, until we meet in the middle. She pushes the two halves of my shirt apart and runs a hand down my bare chest.

My inner caveman stands up and cheers.

Review: Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen + Teaser and Excerpt | About That Story

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I am a big fan of alpha males but there is something special about an awkward and slightly nerdy hero that I love. Who are some of your favorites? Let me know!

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