Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Pipe Dreams

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 thin...

Title:Pipe Dreams
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Number of Pages:336 pages

Pipe Dreams Reviews

  • nick

    PLEASE be Nate & Becca's book.

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    I have to say, I originally wasn’t very happy going into Pipe Dreams despite having loved the Sarina Bowen books that I have read simply because the couple wasn’t who I was expecting it to be. But fret not! Bowen was able to once again win me over with her swoony boys and her even swoonier romances. As always, reading a book by her just brings me pure joy.

    Most of the books that I’ve read from Sarina Bowen have been second

    PLEASE be Nate & Becca's book.

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    I have to say, I originally wasn’t very happy going into Pipe Dreams despite having loved the Sarina Bowen books that I have read simply because the couple wasn’t who I was expecting it to be. But fret not! Bowen was able to once again win me over with her swoony boys and her even swoonier romances. As always, reading a book by her just brings me pure joy.

    Most of the books that I’ve read from Sarina Bowen have been second chance romances, and Pipe Dreams was one of those too. I’m not complaining though because she does the trope justice, and manages to make her stories fresh regardless. Lauren and Mike’s relationship started shortly after he catches his wife cheating on him. Now, some of you may not entirely approve of how their relationship develops, but I was fine with it, because it was done tactfully, in my opinion. I loved the flashback scenes we got to read about these two. There was something sweet and genuine about their relationship, and I absolutely loved the comfort level that they shared as well. Unfortunately, tragic news separate the two of them and leave them both heartbroken. I have to say I was quite frustrated at Mike for how he decided to handle the news, and I was hoping for a lot of groveling. Thankfully, we get that. I really really wanted to be mad at Mike for breaking Lauren’s heart, but he was such a sweetheart, and so ridiculously charming. It was hard not to fall for the guy.

    Lauren was a little more guarded, understandably so, and upon their reunion, she was quite cold towards him, but I completely understood where she was coming from. I really did love that she hadn’t let the heartbreak infiltrate every aspect of her life, and that she was quite successful in her career. Honestly, she was badass and I found her to be very admirable. I loved that she didn’t easily give in to Mike’s wooing, but that she made him work for it. And oh my! Mike sure knew how to woo a girl and melt her hurt. The second part of their romance was relatively quiet, slow, but very swoony. They both had to talk out their past, and their emotional connection was undeniable. I love that Sarina Bowen doesn’t have to rely on overly dramatic tropes to make her story flow and shine. There were no stupid misunderstanding between Mike and Lauren the second time around, and I loved that. I was initially a bit worried that Mike’s teenage daughter would cause some trouble, but though she initially wasn’t a fan of Lauren, she wasn’t too much of a detriment to the progression of Mike and Lauren’s relationship.

    Pipe Dreams was a great romance, that perfectly balanced out the sweet, the angst and the sexy. The backdrop of hockey and the camaraderie between the teammates only enhanced the story. I’m still very much desperate for Nate and Becca’s book because holy chemistry, and I hope Sarina will write it! In the mean time, I’ll be thinking about how lovely this series has been so far, and exploring more of her backlist.

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4 sweet stars

    I love this series and I'm always excited for the next book!Pipe Dreams was an intense,emotional and sweet story.It's a second chance romance with a slow burn.Both characters are lovable!Lauren is smart and independent, you can easily connect with her.Mike is one of my favorite so far!I like him a lot, he has everything I wanted in a hero.Lauren and Mike have some really intense and sweet moments.I love that in this book we don't have a lot of drama.I'm sure Mike will captivate you

    4 sweet stars

    I love this series and I'm always excited for the next book!Pipe Dreams was an intense,emotional and sweet story.It's a second chance romance with a slow burn.Both characters are lovable!Lauren is smart and independent, you can easily connect with her.Mike is one of my favorite so far!I like him a lot, he has everything I wanted in a hero.Lauren and Mike have some really intense and sweet moments.I love that in this book we don't have a lot of drama.I'm sure Mike will captivate you with his personality!!

     

  • Christy

    is the third book in Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series and by far my favorite yet! That could very well change if I ever get my highly coveted Nate and Becca book (hehe) but in all seriousness, I love when I’m reading a series and each book gets better and better. Bowen has done that with this series and I couldn’t be happier.

    Mike Beacon is a single dad and the goalie for the Brooklyn Bruisers. Four years ago, Mike was in a relationship with the love of his life, L

    is the third book in Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series and by far my favorite yet! That could very well change if I ever get my highly coveted Nate and Becca book (hehe) but in all seriousness, I love when I’m reading a series and each book gets better and better. Bowen has done that with this series and I couldn’t be happier.

    Mike Beacon is a single dad and the goalie for the Brooklyn Bruisers. Four years ago, Mike was in a relationship with the love of his life, Lauren Williams. Lauren is Nate’s (the owner of the team) office manager and she is now having to help out more on the hockey side, which means being around Mike more than she’s used to.

    Lauren is the type of girl who comes across as hard and not friendly, but there is so much more to her than meets the eye. I loved getting another side of Lauren. I can understand completely why she has been standoffish in the other books and doesn’t want anything to do with hockey. Mike has a lot of making up to do when it comes to Lauren. When they broke up, he was in a really bad spot. You see, Mike has a daughter who is his world and his ex and the mother of his child was terminally ill. He had to be there for his ex and his kid. It’s the type of man he is. But Lauren didn’t know all that.

    I liked Mike so much. I love a good single dad book, and I think Mike was a fabulous dad and a stand up guy. I love how he worked so hard to win back Lauren. They were a great pair. As I mentioned before, please please please give us a Becca and Nate book! I’m dying here!!!!

    is a fabulous addition to the Brooklyn Bruiser’s series but can be read as a standalone. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good second chance romance, sports romance, or single parent story. I loved it!

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  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

    Sooooooo

    Overall it was just so

    *whispers*

    Also can we not use a child as a main obstacle for a love story

    #CanWeNotPleasePleasePlease

    But really overall it was just so

    *whispers*

    Also dead wife because why the fuck not

    Seriously though it was just so

    *whispers*

    Also I must have missed the tension somewhere

    Because there was none

    Sigh. I liked them enough, I guess, but I didn't care whatsoever, alright?

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    OH MY GAWD. I loved this book so hard! Sarina Bowen, you have outdone yourself!!!

    is the third book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series but can easily be read as a standalone novel. This book follows Mike Beacon, goalie for the Bruisers and Lauren, the office manager to the man who owns the team. Four years ago they had been in a relationship, happy and in love, until two years ago when Mike broke up with Lauren and basically disappeared from her life very rapidly. What Lauren

    OH MY GAWD. I loved this book so hard! Sarina Bowen, you have outdone yourself!!!

    is the third book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series but can easily be read as a standalone novel. This book follows Mike Beacon, goalie for the Bruisers and Lauren, the office manager to the man who owns the team. Four years ago they had been in a relationship, happy and in love, until two years ago when Mike broke up with Lauren and basically disappeared from her life very rapidly. What Lauren didn’t know was Mike needed to take care of his young daughter, as his wife who he was in the middle of divorcing became terminally ill.

    Currently, Lauren has been brought in by the team owner to cover the Bruiser’s while they are in the playoffs. Mike and Lauren find themselves together more often and old feelings resurface. Mike wants to pursue Lauren again, but after he left her Lauren has issues with trust and doesn’t want to risk getting hurt again.

    This is a book that every single time I put it down, I found myself craving to pick it back up. I gobbled this one up and wanted to hug it to my chest after reading it! Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors, and this book just reaffirmed why I always come back to her books every single time. I was even hesitant to pick this one up, because I just kind of liked the first book, and dnf’d the second. But I wanted to see what else was happening in the Bruiser’s world and I am so glad I did!

    Second chance romance is my favorite subgenre of romance, I love seeing two people who belong to each other, make their way back to one another. Mike made a mistake two years before, but in my opinion he made it for all the right reasons. Does that mean he still didn’t mess up big time? No. But my heart bled for the man and the tough choices he had to make, and the one he chose ultimately for the better for his daughter.

    Surprisingly for a second chance romance, there was zero to no drama. I kept waiting for it to happen at the 70% point on and when it didn’t, I was impressed! There was a little bit of angst, mostly because Lauren had to learn to trust again, but I completely understand that and so did Mike. And for having a 13 year old daughter in the book, delivering no drama is quite the achievement! What we did get as readers is emotional moments, ones that squeezed your heart but not too hard that it hurt. I found myself rooting for this couple for all that they had been through and was pulling for them so hard!

    Anyways, this is a single parent, second chance, hockey sports romance that I think many readers will love and enjoy. After what felt like a rough start to the series (for me) it’s good to know that it just keeps getting better.

    Follow me on ♥

  • .Under the pages

    Mike Beacon is a thirty-two years old hockey player in New York with a life story no one deserved. When he was eighteen years old he got his girlfriend pregnant by accident. In order to be the man everyone expected him to be, he married his pregnant girlfriend which only led them to a loveless marriage until she finally cheated on him. When he finally found the love of his life, Lauren, he had to let her go so he, again, could be the man everyone expected him to be when he ex-wife was facing dea

    Mike Beacon is a thirty-two years old hockey player in New York with a life story no one deserved. When he was eighteen years old he got his girlfriend pregnant by accident. In order to be the man everyone expected him to be, he married his pregnant girlfriend which only led them to a loveless marriage until she finally cheated on him. When he finally found the love of his life, Lauren, he had to let her go so he, again, could be the man everyone expected him to be when he ex-wife was facing dead and their daughter was going trough she scariest thing of her life: losing her mother.

    Hockey has been Lauren’s life for as long as she can remember. Her father had been the general manager of a hockey team and she managed the team’s office. But that love ended when the love of her life, who was also a hockey player, left her to go back to his ex-wife without any kind of explanation.

    Now, after two years of not even hearing each other’s names, they’re forced to work together since Lauren is back as the manager of the team’s office. And there’s one more thing: Mike’s daughter is now twelve years old and her hate for Lauren is almost palpable.

    Although there’s a lot of angst involved, this is such a sweet story. I loved Mike because I honestly can’t blame him for any of his decisions. Life put him in tough positions and he always tried to make the best he could for everyone. But Lauren didn’t know the reasons which led him to leave her so it was kind of funny to witness her struggle to not fall for his reasons when she had been mad at him for two long years.

    Their sexual tension didn’t reduce while they were apart so you can guess how hot this book is. Instant hunger, constant need and endless hotness. Which helps Lauren in her attempts to be a mother, even though she’s certain she doesn’t need a man to do it!

    Mike’s relationship with his daughter is also a plus one for me! When they’re not talking about Lauren she’s the sweetest thing.

    All in all, the book is really good. Although I wished we could see more moments of them as a family towards the end.

  • Nicola

    Of the three books in Sarina Bowen's

    series,

    struck the jackpot for me. Sometimes a read works for you simply based how you're feeling and right now a lighter, sexy romance with wonderful characters was exactly what I needed.

    When the single dad trope is done right, I'm as happy as a clam and I can't fault Sarina here: I loved the Bruisers' goalie, Mike, a man doing a sterling job of balancing his career and raising his teenage daughter, Elsa. And when he's reacquai

    Of the three books in Sarina Bowen's

    series,

    struck the jackpot for me. Sometimes a read works for you simply based how you're feeling and right now a lighter, sexy romance with wonderful characters was exactly what I needed.

    When the single dad trope is done right, I'm as happy as a clam and I can't fault Sarina here: I loved the Bruisers' goalie, Mike, a man doing a sterling job of balancing his career and raising his teenage daughter, Elsa. And when he's reacquainted with Lauren--the love of his life who he let go, he's 100% focussed on winning her heart and righting his wrongs--wrongs which no one could blame him for deciding on.

    This really did tick all my boxes, Lauren and Mike were perfect together and from the intimacy to the sports action, the fantastic secondary characters to the sprinkling of drama that comes from wrangling with the emotions of a teenage daughter,

    was an engaging, character-driven story which I devoured in pretty much one sitting and left me with a happy heart. Without a doubt, my favourite of the series.


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