Thursday, September 29, 2022

Love Lessons (Brooklyn Bruisers #10) [Ian & Vera] by Sarina Bowen

It has been a hot minute... My life took quite the turn and reading haven't been on the agenda.. It is now! I started reading this book MONTHS ago. When I opened it again I couldn't remember A THING. So I started from the beginning (and immediately everything came back...). I have to say this one wasn't my favorite. If you're looking for a HOT read with an easy vibe this one will be just for you. For me it simply wasn't "enough".

I've been following the Brooklyn Bruisers for what feels like years. They're all a fun bunch together or on their own. This time they are all going on vacation together meaning the somewhat uptight Vera with the carefree Ian. 

Ian has been having issues with the management and PR of his team. But he is determined to fix things up. He loves playing, he loves his teammates but it's difficult to do his job when he is haunted by nightmares of the fight he had a few months ago during one of the games. Let's just say it didn't end as he (or the other guy) expected. One of the things he is in dire need for is someone to smarten his overall look. 

That's were Vera - a stylist - comes to the rescue. She needs more customers in her new business, a rich one is a plus, and also she feels bad for making the management being even more angry with him. Turns out he actually has a pretty understandable reason for wearing his rags.. and Vera is happy to assist when she realizes how to take care of the problem. 

Spending a whole week together with the team in a beautiful house in Italy allows Vera to make the kind of move she would have never regularly done - asking from the guy who can clearly handle women - to teach her the art of seduction. You can already tell when the story goes from there..

And maybe that's the problem. The story, in the end, was rather predictable. There were no major issues to either character and truth being told, no matter how Sarina tried to breath more into Vera, to me, she felt exactly how Ian saw her in the first place - rather shallow - which made it harder for me to connect with her (and not only because I couldn't care less about designer cloths..). I really like Ian, he was fun and I enjoyed getting more of the characters from previous books.

I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Naturally this book is out for a while now. Grab it through the links below.

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21-26 September 2022

Once upon a time Sarina Bowen built one hell of an imaginary College, it has been a true pleasure graduating with wonderful new couples in the Ivy Years, but the guys (and gals) have graduated though they never stopped playing their favorite sports - Hockey. So when we met the all grown up Trevi he is now a new player in the "Brooklyn Bruisers" NHL team. The series continues to follow the other members of the team (old and new) and it's an absolute SUPERB, fun, sexy and engaging series.


1. Rookie Move [Leonardo "Leo" Trevi & Georgia Worthington(Published 6 September 2016) ★★★★★
2. Hard Hitter [Patrick O'Doul & Ariana "Ari" Bettini] (Published 3 January 2017) ★★★★★
3. Pipe Dreams [Mike Beacon & Lauren Williams] (Published 2 May 2017) ★★★★★
4. Brooklynaire [Nate Kattenberger & Rebecca Rowley] (Published 12 February 2018) ★★★★★ 
5. Overnight Sensation [Jason Castro & Heidi Pepper] (Published 22 January 2019) ★★★★½
6. Superfan [Silas Kelly & Delilah Spark] (Published 25 June 2019) ★★★★★   
7. Sure Shot [Bess Beringer & Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz] (Published 12 May 2020) ★★★
8. Bombshells [Anton Bayer & Sylvie Hansen] (Published 13 April 2021) ★★★★★ 
9. Shenanigans [Cornelius Harmon "Neil" Drake III &  Charlotte "Charli" Fern Higgins] (Published 15 March 2022) ★★★★
10. Love Lessons [Ian Crickey & Vera Vestini] (Published 12 July 2022) ★★★½

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