Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4)
by Sarina Bowen
You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.
For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.
When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.
Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?
Here sits a big cliché, ladies. I’m just another lonely nerd who’s hopelessly in lust with his assistant. Oldest story in the world.
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I haven’t read any of the other Brooklyn Bruiser books yet, they’ve been on my TBR for a while but just haven’t gotten around to reading them. My only experience with the series is the True North/Brooklyn Bruiser crossover in Bountiful but now I wish I had read the other books first! And it’s not because I was lost at all while reading this, don’t get me wrong, this book can totally standalone. No, I wish I had read the other books first because I loved Nate and Becca so much that I’m a little sad I didn’t get to experience the buildup and anticipation of waiting for their story!! But you can bet that I am going to find time to go back to the beginning and catch up because even if it’s out of order, I’ll take whatever extra time I can get with these characters. I’m a big fan of the other Sarina Bowen books I’ve read, so it’s not surprising that I thoroughly enjoyed this one, but there was something so addicting about Nate and Becca and I thought their story was the sweetest, sexiest, and most adorable thing!
Nate Kattenberger used his big brain and passion for technology to build a billion-dollar empire and his successes in his business ventures have allowed him to indulge his other passion – hockey. Having bought the Brooklyn Bruiser franchise a few years earlier, he’s put all his extra energy into turning the franchise around and building a winning team. For all his wealth and success, though, his love life hasn’t been quite as successful. The biggest reason being that he’s harboring a crush on his assistant, Rebecca Rowley, who’s been there beside him since the early days when he was just a computer nerd with big ideas. For various reasons, he hasn’t acted on his attraction toward her and has been content just being friends. But when Rebecca suffers an injury, he jumps into action to help her out. One thing leads to another and they end up spending one amazing night together. Nate’s convinced that she’s the one, and while Rebecca totally wants Nate, she’s a little more hesitant. He is her boss after all and despite their intense chemistry, she’s certain that he’s way out of her league. Will Nate be able to convince Rebecca what a catch he is and that what they have together can actually work if she’s only willing to give it a chance?
I love it when the hero is the one to pursue the heroine and Nate was freaking adorable in his (sometimes awkward) pursuit of Rebecca! He may be a billionaire tech mogul but he was the most down to earth guy and he valued his friends and family above most everything else, especially those who have been around since his company’s humble beginning, such as Becca. There were only 3 brief flashbacks to key moments during the early days between Nate and Becca but those little glimpses were enough to paint the picture of what these two meant to one another and how their relationship evolved and grew over the years. They had a really special friendship and Nate was so sweet to her in his concern over her injury. He always treated her so well and it was clear to pretty much everyone how much he liked her, as more than just a friend. If you’re looking for a hero to make you swoon, look no further than Nate Kattenberger! I have a major soft spot for nerds (I happen to be married to one) so that only made me love Nate all the more.
Rebecca was also a pretty terrific heroine, she’s the kind of girl you wish you were friends with. She was a hard worker and, like Nate, dedicated to her friends and family. She was also strong, independent, and spunky. I felt so bad for her having to deal with her injury and seeing how off-kilter it made her. There was definitely angst in this story, but no silly drama. All of Becca’s reactions, doubts, and worries about pursuing a relationship with Nate were warranted and believable. The thing I loved, though, was that, for the most part, they actually communicated with one another. It may not have always been what Nate wanted to hear, but he was always reasonable and considerate of Becca’s hang-ups and I loved how patient he was with her. These two also had amazing chemistry and they were steaming up the pages time and again. I really loved this story and loved these characters. If you’re a fan of office and/or sports romances (because there’s a pretty exciting playoff run going on at the same time) with strong heroines and swoony, endearing heroes then you definitely need to grab a copy of this one!!
“How did we get so complicated?”
“Everything worthwhile is complicated.”