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.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Finally we get to see behind the ice queen’s walls, and understand why Lauren is so standoffish when it comes to these hockey players. Turns out, once upon a time she was rather close with them, one in particular.
Mike and Lauren, it seemed meant to be. Until Mike screwed it all up. I can understand, for the most part, why he did what he did. Though I do not agree with the way he did it. Now that these two are running into each other a lot more, Mike sees it as his chance for redemption.
I love how Lauren makes him grovel. Mike needs to put in the work, to get back into Lauren’s good graces. Honestly he’s good at that. He truly wants things to work out between them, and isn’t afraid to do go for it. It’s not an easy road, as the emotions still run high, not the mention a tween daughter to consider.
Pipe Dreams was a great addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I’m glad we got to know Lauren, and Mike better. A nice sports romance novel, that was funny, sweet, sexy, and low on drama llamas (except for the tween, tween drama doesn’t count.)
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*All books can be read as a standalone*