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Rookie Move

(Brooklyn Bruisers #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  11,189 ratings  ·  1,340 reviews
The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

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 gir
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Berkley
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Sarina Bowen's novels are my newest addiction. When it comes to her stories I can't get enough. She writes with a passion, with an intensity and sweetness, a purity, that just resonates within me. Her books have heart. They're not over the top, crazy, overly dramatic, they're real, easy to get lost in and utterly addicting.

Rookie Move was just that--all heart and soul with a hardy dose of swoon and charm. The characters were relatable, downright lovable, and the plot line was easy to follow, in
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

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Rookie Move is the first book in Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series, but if you’ve read her Ivy Years series, you know the leading man in this book- Leo Trevi. Leo is DJ’s older brother and was the captain of Harkness’ hockey team. Now he’s graduated and finally his dream has come true. He’s in the NHL. The Brooklyn Bruiser’s picked him up and he couldn’t be more excited. He’s starting fresh in Brooklyn, or so he thinks.

When Leo meets the team, he is greeted by not only the te
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read
“I loved you when I was sixteen, and I told you when I was seventeen. When I was eighteen, you cut me loose. But I never stopped.”

Such a winner this one. I was dying to read Leo and Georgia's story the moment I finished The Fifteenth Minute.

When high school sweethearts meet again after few years, Leo knows exactly what he wants and is determined to get Georgia back. And don't you just love when the hero is so determined that you have no choice (not that it was hard) but cheer them on.

Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Rookie Move starts Sarina Bowen's new series, Brooklyn Bruisers, off with a bang. The story follows Leo Trevi as he finally gets his big break and gets his foot in the door of the NHL. His move to the big leagues may be one giant failure, though, since his new coach seems to hate his guts and the teams no-nonsense publicist just so happens to be his ex-girlfriend. The one that broke his heart after High School graduation and whom he's never gotten over.

I loved how
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
3.75 Stars

You and I don't have one-night stands. We have forever night stands."

If you love second chance romance with a hero that's so sweet and devoted it will make even the most cynical heart swoon, then you've just found your next read! It seems the romance genre is well saturated with a good share of alpha-holes lately, and I have to say that Leo Trevi was a breath of fresh air. Don't get me wrong, alpha-holes happen to be my crack of choice. But every now and then it's also gre
Alex ♈
I rarely rate the books I DNFed.
But this one wounded me and made me really MAD!
Very angry!

MCs dated in high school and h was (view spoiler).
She suffered a lot and he tried to help her, but on the day of their graduation she broke up with him.
“So I told him that after such a sad, scary year, I needed a clean break, that I wanted to start fresh in college. And that there was no reason to drag it out. That it was just going to hurt more later.”
Becca cringed. “What did he do?
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 second chance stars!

"If you want to keep breathing, don't ever call the love of my life a bitch."

Rookie Move is the story of Leo Trevi and Georgia Worthington. Back in the day they were high school sweethearts very much in love, until a tragic event rocked Georgia's world and she broke up with Leo on graduation day.

Now six years later Leo has been drafted into the NHL, and to the very team that Georgia works as the PR representative, the Brooklyn Bruisers. After six years of not even sp
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fans, Hockey, Romance
4.5 It's Leo's Time to Shine Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-ONLY 99 CENTS!!!!
My title is a Huge Hint about one of the many reasons I appreciated this book. This series is strong with a solid team, characters to care about and future players to love.

We have the engaging characterizations Sarina Bowen is known for, as well, as the heart. She takes the idea of seeing the one you had loved, the one you always had thought was the one...but for some reason never explained why...let you go. What makes
Stacey is Sassy
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

The Rookie has my favourite type of moves.

***4.5 Stars***

Do you remember your first love? I remember in Grade 1 a boy was sitting next to me on the floor while the teacher read us a story. This little boy bent forward, kissed my knee, looked up at me and told me he loved me. At the time, I wasn’t ready for love. It also didn’t help that he had a wart on his knee and that was ALL I saw. Scary, that I still remember the first boy who told me he loved me. Scarier still, is that I feel guilty for wr
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Sarina Bowen...if you are reading this review, you have me uncontrollably gushing over your new sports romance, Rookie Move. Sarina is somewhat a new author for me since it has only been earlier this year that I have started reading and devouring her books. I love the way Bowen can magically transport readers to feel the depth and connection of her characters and in her latest book, she finds a way to skate her way into my heart and y

RATING: 3.75 "You're mine" Hearts!

Rookie Move is a sweet start to this series, a sports oriented theme wonderfully paired with a second chance romance drawing us in albeit with a slow start.

Leo is both alpha and beta hero wrapped up in one swoon-worthy package. He’s boldly honest with Georgia about his intentions—both emotional and sexual—right from the beginning, but also shows a great deal of patience, recognizing the signs of past damage and respecting them while still pushing her to see tha
Sarina Bowen
Feb 08, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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I'm a fan of sports romance and lately I read many great books.Glately Rookie Move is one of them!


The storyline was good and it was fast paced.Leo was such a sweetheart he was protective,sweet and in some way so innocent that I loved him.Things wasn't easy for him.He has to deal with the fact that he is in a new team and he is the new guy.But also that his coach is the father of his school girlfriend. And been back seeing Georgia wasn't easy.There was angst and steamy moments between th

Title: Rookie Move
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Author: Sarina Bowen
Release date: September 6, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

I think I could write this entire review just simply listing all of the reasons why I loved Leo. He was one of those characters that endeared himself to me so perfectly. I found it very hard to find fault with him at all throughout the story. By the end of the book, I was thinking back to all of my favorite moments and realizing that "hero worship"
4,5 stars! Beautiful written, awesome characters and great story. My FIRST book from Sarina Bowen is a big success!

About the plot: Leo Trevi always dreamed to play in a professional league NHL. Now his hard work was going to pay off when he was recruited to Brooklyn Bruisers. It was supposed to be a new beginning, but he unexpectedly met there with the ghosts of the past. New team’s coach, who wears grudges to him, and team’s publicist, also known as his big love and ex-girlfriend.

Georgia Wort
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Wow, I hated this book.

I'm a Sarina Bowen fan-girl, honestly, and while I get a lot of ARCs, I paid for this one out of my own pocket and actually own the next few in the series. I'm regretting that now.

Everyone else seems to love this one, so maybe it was just me? However, I loathed Georgia and I thought that Leo was this perfect, perfect man on a pedestal. None of it felt real to me.

One of my biggest pet peeves is fake drama. I hate it in real life and I hate it in romance. I HATED how all
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "There's a real spark between us..." Stars!

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The first book in Sarina Bowen's’ new Brooklyn Bruisers series, opened with a bang, and kept up a steady story pace until its end.

The author gave a great introduction to Georgia Worthington and Leo Trevi with an unfortunate microphone incident, and the story kept me entertained up until it
Wil Loves Books!
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, on-kindle
“4.5 I Love Leo Trevi Stars!!!.

“She tasted like the happiest years of his life. She tasted like his.”

Ahhh Trevi! How much do I love you, Leo Trevi! So, here’s the deal, I love Sarina Bowen’s books and I live second chance romances and this book is both. So, I totally loved this book. If you’ve read The Ivy Years, then you’re somewhat familiar with Leo Trevi. He played college hockey at Harkness and his brother DJ was the hero in The Fifteenth Minute, which btw is one of my favorite books
4 Sweet Stars.

Georgia and Leo were completely in love when they were younger, until a terrible event happens and eventually drives them apart. Fast forward about 5 years, Georgia is now working as a PR for the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey team and Leo is the new player in the team. Despite their unexpected reunion it’s clear that neither of them moved on and that becomes clear when in a team interview Leo accidentally calls Georgia “the love of his life”. Neither of them over each other, they need
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Very sweet, incredibly sweet, maybe a little TOO sweet.

I love the author, her writing and stories, but not every book is as good as the next.

There was nothing wrong about it, it just didn't grab me as some of her other books did.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
4.5 Stars

Georgia and Leo had a forever kind of first love in high school only to have things ruined when Georgia is a victim of a violent crime. She cut Leo loose after graduation day, and her heart was never the same. Six years later, Georgia has a her dream job as publicist for the Brooklyn Bruisers, an underdog sort of hockey team, when she finds out Leo has been traded into the team, and all the old hurt of letting go comes rushing back.

Leo’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruiser’s and r
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
2.5 stars

I love Sarina Bowen’s work and was super excited to learn she was releasing a new sports romance series. I had high expectations for Rookie Move. Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a letdown for me.

The outline of the plot is intriguing, but there’s just not enough meat to the story. You realize early on that the heartache the main characters experience as adults is a result of their immaturity as teenagers. It’s completely understandable. Most young adults lack the skills needed to pr
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
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4.5 Stars!
❝You and I don't have one-night stands. We have forever night stands.❞

Rookie Move was so good! I couldn't help the smile that kept spreading on my face as I read. I love Sarina's voice. Her writing is spell-binding, her characters are exquisite and her stories are engaging.

Georgia "Gigi" Worthington and Leonardo "Leo" Trevi were high school sweethearts. They were completely and wholly in love. Their relationship was full of passion and tenderness. They were inseparable.

Bex |
I have dubbed the summer of 2016 “The Summer of Sarina”. I read (ok, devoured) and immediately fell in love with Griffin and Jude from the True North series earlier this summer. Then I read Rookie Move and the trend continued. I can safely add Leo Trevi to that 'love list'. He’s just so sweet and swoony, and not to mention, hot!

Leo is a hockey player for a farm team when he is called up to the ‘big leagues’. It’s been his lifelong dream to play in the NHL, so it’s a big deal as well as a lot of
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Sarina Bowen is an author who I’ve read enough from to trust she will create an enjoyable romance, and the first in her Brooklyn Bruisers series, Rookie Move brings us a second-chance story between a lovely couple which is low on drama and angst.


What lowered my rating here was the pacing, because I found the first 50% of the story fairly steady going. With no spoilers, Georgia and Leo parted when they were younger but never stopped loving one another, yet the key moments between them
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

This is my first book by Sarina Bowen and I was a little apprehensive but a lot of my friends enjoy her books and the ol' sports theme hasn't gotten old yet. I decided to give it a chance and I'm so glad I these second chance romances just get to me.

Georgia Worthington is a publicist for the Brooklyn Bruisers, a hockey team that's trying to find it's feet skates so to speak. Things get off to a rocky start when her high school sweetheart and new player goes head to head over he
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Rookie Move is the first book in the new Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen. All books will focus around a professional hockey conglomerate. This was a nice lead in to the series as we got a nice feel of several characters I see the potential for having their stories told. I'd especially like to see one for the billionaire team owner but time will tell!

Leo and Georgia dated for several years back in high school until bad things happened and things fell apart. Six years later, she's a PR gu
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My pre-reading comment was pretty funny (in my opinion) so I'm keeping it.

The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players----


This was so much better than I expected! Admittedly, I do not have the best track record with Sarina Bowen's solo works, so I was quite hesitant about reading this. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be really good. It absolutely knocked my socks off!

Some characters' decisions made me roll my eyes more than once b
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hm ok I’m not too sure where to start with this one.

First and foremost, I read this IMMEDIATELY after having finished the first two books in the Sugar Bowl Series. The common denominator between this book and that series? Both have a heroine who is a rape survivor. Granted, the stories do differ. But in all my ignorance, I did not go into this book expecting that trope, it was pretty obvious around the 30% mark that that was the direction the story was going to take. So, while I wasn’t thrilled
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Sarina Bowen is the sixteen-time USA Today bestselling author of three dozen books, including: the True North series, and the Brooklyn Bruisers. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
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