ARC Review | Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Contemporary Romance
Published on May 2nd, 2017
ARC from Netgalley


Book Blurb: 

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

| Book Review |

I am so so sad to report that I found Pipe Dreams disappointing, cliched…and boring. And I just want to get this review out of the way so I can go back into my Sarina Bowen happy place and await her next book.

So what we have here is a man who got out of an unhappy marriage, shacked up with a woman he’d been flirting with during many of his unhappily married years to find he was blissfully happy, only to leave her when his wife fell ill so he could care for her and his daughter. Super sweet, right? You’d think, but this was a man who didn’t have the decency to tell the woman who made him blissfully happy why he was leaving. Kaboom. He just left her high, dry, and devastated. Fast forward to present day when Mike’s wife (or ex-wife, I can’t remember if the divorce was final when he went back to her) has been in the ground for a year, and Lauren is, once again, back in Mike’s life working in close proximity with the Brooklyn Bruisers, the hockey team he plays for. Here’s the thing – I liked Lauren. She was driven and underneath her ice queen exterior (which I loved, by the way,) was a kind woman. She was just broken, too. By Mike. And it caused her to be closed off with other people. Mike never grew on me. His character just felt shallow to me, his daughter a dressing to make him seem like a good guy. In fact, there was a scene in the book when they were finally going to sleep together again after their time apart, and Mike was thinking how he needed to make this so good because ‘Lauren deserved it.’ Which, of course in Mike’s entitled head, turns into ‘hell, we both deserve it.’ I’m sorry to say Mike, that you don’t deserve. Lauren deserves it, sure. She’s spent all this time pining for you because you weren’t man enough to tell her why you were leaving. You, on the other hand, deserve to walk around with a permanent case of blue balls. That’s what you deserve. I felt like Lauren forgave Mike way too easily, and the whole baby thing was not my cup of tea. What really frustrated me about it was Mike. I know, right? He is all worried when he has a fight on the ice of how this is going to look to his daughter and how he’s setting a bad example, but he doesn’t give her a second thought when he decides to father Lauren’s baby. He never thinks about how this is going to upend her life. And I’m not saying he shouldn’t have done it because of his daughter, but since we were given his POV, there could have at least been a scene where he thought about how this was going to impact her life.

There was also a lot of time spent on the ice in this one. A lot. And I thought it was time that could have been spent trying to make Lauren and Mike’s relationship deeper. But what was really frustrating was that this whole book is about them making it to the Stanley Cup. They do, and then it’s ‘eight months later.’ WTF? Why the build up to the Stanley Cup if we’re not even going to see it? There was a lot of cheesy dialogue in this one. A lot. I can handle some cheese (hello…Naley is one of my favorite couples of all time,) but this was too much even for me. And I cannot believe I am going to say this, but there was way too much Nate and Becca. I feel like it’s ruined them a little bit for me, and some of the mystery is gone.

All in all, Pipe Dreams was a book about hockey and Nate & Becca. Lauren and Mike were bit players in their own book, and it showed in the lack of depth to their story. This one was a miss for me. But if the pattern holds, I’ll love the next book. So I look forward to it!

| Rating |

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers

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22 thoughts on “ARC Review | Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

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  1. I love this review. So I haven’t read this book or this series, although I do want to look into it. This week at first I was seeing really positive reviews for this one, but then I saw a negative one, and I realized what the conflict was and I was like “nope, this book is not for me.” And your review just confirmed it. Mike is not a hero I can get on board with. Like you said, he should just walk around for the rest of his like in a perpetual state of blue balls. 🙂


  2. I love your review! I’ve not read this book, but I still think that you’re review was completely honest and laid out the traits in the characters that you picked up on.

    I’m sorry this was a miss for you, since I know how much you love Sarina Bowen. Unfortunately there’s usually a few books that don’t strike the right chords for us, even with a favorite.


  3. I love hockey romances but I haven’t read this series. I really don’t like the description of this one with the back and forth with his wife. I hope you enjoy future installments much more. Great review!


  4. Sorry to see you hated this one so much. 😦 I think this is the only negative review I’ve seen on it. lol really enjoyed it. Hope the next works better for you.


    1. Yes, I agree. This one is not a good place to start with this author. I don’t feel like it showcases Sarina Bowen’s strengths at all. Her lack of drama for drama’s sake is one of my favorite things about her, and she totally departed from that with this book.


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