tl;dr: Exactly what I’ve come to expect from Sarina Bowen!
Fans of Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series have been waiting for this one since book one. Nate and Becca are well drawn characters from the beginning, and we get just enough of their story starting at the beginning to make it a tantalizing treat when we finally get to their story. In fact, the events of Brooklynaire and Pipe Dreams pretty much are concurrent.
Brooklynaire does go back in time a little bit, to when Nate’s company first starts, and gives a little backstory on why exactly he chooses to buy a hockey team. Of course, there’s a jilted ex-lover who hooks up with a hockey player, and of course there’s a showdown between his team and the team that guy plays for.
Overall, I loved this book. It was great seeing exactly what happened between Nate and Becca is the glimpses we got from the other books, and how exactly their relationship started. I felt like there had been slightly too much of a break in between when I read Pipe Dreams and this one, and so I kept wondering what connections I was missing since I’d forgotten some of that. Also, the conflict is a little shaky, and seems like Becca just doesn’t want to pursue a relationship for reasons, and Nate is unsure for other reasons.
This book has the same amount of spice and humor that all the others of the Brooklyn Bruisers series have. I felt like the build up to the book made for a bit of let down, but that’s probably due to my inflated expectations. It was still a great book, and I recommend it highly.