Review: Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

Reviewed by Joanna

As a long-term Sarina Bowen fan, I look forward to the author collaborations she does, and this story, co-written with Tanya Eby, featuring a sex tape, a TV Mr Fixit and a larger lady, is another winner. It’s heavy on the comedy to make you giggle-snort, alongside a sexy angst free romance that I’ve come to expect from this author. I needed the light relief this week, and it delivered.

Brynn is an unhappy divorcee. She’s glad to have left her passionless ex behind, but she lost her job in the process and feels like a failure. What better to do than go to a fancy party with your friends, and run and jump (literally) on the first handsome guy you see?

Tom is on a lady-hiatus after an unpleasant ending to his last relationship. He’s a big, tall, TV celebrity, with nine seasons of a house renovation show under his (tool) belt, and he’s very good with his sizeable hands. Helpful for when a woman flies through the air at him, and super useful for helping her take off her wrap dress when a kiss leads to explosive passion and a quickie in the boat house. [Read more…]

Review: Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

Back to beautiful Vermont we go, with a new couple ready to apple-pick their way to a gentle HEA. Zara Rossi tends the bar at the Mountain Goat, and in previous books she was the ex-lover of Griff and new bestie of Audrey (book one hero and heroine). While this couple was off finding its way to happiness, rejected Zara was enjoying a hot, hot, hot affair of her own, with a handsome red headed stranger who came to her bar. Hurting from Griff Shipley’s rejection, Zara rebounds right onto this new guy, making a rule that it’s all physical, with no personal details shared. He is tall and gorgeous, only in town for a month and up for her game. Perfect.

And boy do they make the most of it. [Read more…]

Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry

Reviewed by Joanna

Don’t you just love a book where you’re cross when the story ends ‘cause you have to give the love up? Well I fell for Callan and Grace hard, and I’m sure you will too. Come with me to NYC, if you will.

Grace Kerrington needs to turn her temp job into a permanent one. She’s employed by an Australian company at their Manhattan base, but is late the one morning she’s given an opportunity to show her skills. Luckily they take a chance on her anyway, probably as no one else is available for the somewhat unusual job. [Read more…]

Review: Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

Axel and Caxton were best friends from the age of eight, when they met at church camp. At age sixteen, their friendship took a turn, and they were caught kissing by a pastor.

Theirs was not a progressive church.

The boys’ parents were called, and Cax’s father came down on him like a ton of bricks. The man is a nasty ‘phobe, and it was the last time Cax got to see his friend. For the sake of staying with his family, he gave up all contact with Axel, leaving them both heartbroken. [Read more…]

Review: Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

Hailey Taylor Emery owns a successful virtual assistant business, providing services to her busy and wealthy clients. One client in particular—anonymous, as that’s an option her company offers—is intriguing. She’s almost certain the guy she flirts with, alongside fulfilling his requests, is hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Hailey is a huge hockey fan, and gets a buzz of excitement with every message she receives from Sniper87. Over the course of eighteen months, she buys his post-divorce furniture, sorts him out with a last minute tux, and dashes over the gluten free waffle mix he needs for his twin daughters. But when his pet pooch needs walking, and the company she hires turn out to be creepy snoopers, Hailey has to step in. [Read more…]

Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

In this series of more mature hockey romances, Sarina Bowen shows us how love isn’t always enough. Sometimes it doesn’t save the day, and more building blocks are needed to fix some relationships. Trust, honesty and commitment are as big issues. These are grown up thoughts happening right here in this second chance romance.

Lauren, office manager and support staff for the Brooklyn Bruisers, has been in love with Mike Beacon, goalie, for years. They were a loving couple until he broke up with her out of the blue, returning to the wife he’d been separated from, who was sick. Lauren didn’t know his reasons as he rather cruelly left her in the lurch.
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Review: Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a rerelease, as Sarina Bowen originally published this story under a different author name. I’d never heard of it so jumped right on the ARC when the email came through.

It’s the tale of Joshua and Caleb, two young men raised in a remote cult in Wyoming. The sort of place where the elders, the men who run the place and have all the power, take lots of wives, picking the prettiest teenagers as they become grown. And the kind of place where young men are of no use if they can’t keep up with the harsh field work. Which Joshua can’t. [Read more…]

Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

Jessie is organizing her brother Jamie’s wedding to hockey super-star Wes. She’s stressed, more so as she’s trying to impress her family in the face of being a screw-up with frequently shifting careers. She certainly doesn’t need the unhelpful advice of Wes’s best man, Blake.

Blake’s also a hockey player, dark haired, green eyed and with a mean case of hyperactive puppy syndrome. Seriously – he’s all over the place though it’s actually pretty charming and he is universally loved. [Read more…]

Review: Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Reviewed by Joanna

O’Doul is the captain and enforcer of his ice hockey team, the Brooklyn Bruisers, which means he gets paid $2 million a year to brawl on the ice. He’s 32, so nearing the end of his career, and has a few recurring aches and pains that need treating. This is somewhat of a problem as O’Doul doesn’t like to be touched.

After a shaky start, he finds he can make an exception for Ari. Ariana is the club’s massage therapist and yoga leader. She’s zen and chill and super professional, but the captain with the cut eight pack gets her hot under the collar. [Read more…]

Review: Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

The sequel to Him sees Jamie and Wes several months into their relationship. Their secret relationship, I should say, as Wes’s rookie NFL career is underway, and he doesn’t want it overshadowed by him being outed as the first openly gay ice hockey player in the league.

Jamie has given up his own playing career and taken up a coaching post, teaching elite kids how to be goalies. It’s his calling and he loves it, but it doesn’t go easily. He’s also having to navigate the new world where he’s suddenly bisexual and in a gay relationship. Whereas his family and friends are happy and supportive, it’s a lot for him to deal with, and he hates not being able to be with Wes publicly. Plus he’s in a new city and the isolation adds to his woes. [Read more…]