Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#REVIEW: Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers #5) by Sarina Bowen #hockeyromance

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Overnight Sensation By Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing
Release Date: January 22nd, 2019
Format: kindle book
My Rating: ★1/2
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Everyone knows the girl is off limits. But it's so good to be bad.

There's this girl...Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don't do girlfriends, and I certainly can't get involved with the league commissioner's daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo.Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido. 

There's this guy...Jason wants me, but he won't admit it. That man looks at me the way a hockey player eyes the lunch buffet after practice--and I love it. But when victory is finally within my grasp, I blow it and humiliate myself. Even then I can't even avoid him--as the team intern, I'm in constant view of his hard body and cocky smile. I need another chance. Jason Castro is about to learn the true meaning of an overnight sensation. 
Overnight Sensation is definitely my second favorite of Sarina Bowen's books set in the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey world. I LOVED Jason Castro's appearances in the other books, so I was glad to finally read his book. I just love a forbidden romance, especially with men who are closed off. I think I am revealing a little too much about myself here, but oh well.

HOWEVER, I have MAJOR beef with this cover. From the other books Jason mentions being the only "brown" guy on the team, and in this book we find out his dad is Brazilian, Cuban-American and his mom is a white lady from Canada. YAY for non-white hockey players, but the dude on this cover IS NOT how I pictured him AT ALL. I feel like it's just a teeny bit white-washed and that bothers me.

Despite my issues with the cover, it doesn't affect my overall view of the actual book. I loved reading about Jason and Heidi's somewhat forbidden love. We first meet Heidi in Brooklynaire and she does come off as a little bit of an airhead, but like Becca we learn she is surprising competent. In this book, we see how that is kind of an understatement. Heidi is a straight BAMF that does everything to perfection. The crux of the story is that her dad is the League Commissioner and she doesn't want to go back to college so he makes her do every job under the sun at the arena, but she takes it all in stride. Heidi also starts her own side delivery business to help out the players on the team. It was such a cool thing!

Heidi and Jason are super attracted to each other, but he holds her at a distance for awhile because one, she's the commissioner's daughter and the dude has already threatened him, and two, Jason is a one and done guy. We find out later why he is and oh, honey, it broke my heart for him. Poor guy is still grieving over something that happened to him in high school and he doesn't know how to let in the light from his dark thoughts. He really gets into his head a lot, and pushes Heidi away, which annoyed me! But I could understand why he was so closed off.

Once they did finally get together, oh it was so good. There are a lot of steamy parts in this book, and Jason seems to be a little more bossier than Bowen's other heroes. I definitely like that it's an agreement between the two of them that it's only when they don't have clothes on. When they do have clothes on Heidi is 100% in charge and I loved that about her.

Silas (who gets his own book in Superfan, and was Leo's roommate in Rookie Move) shows up a lot in here, as he is Jason's roommate. Silas is such a sweetheart, and I do love the friendship he has with both Jason and Heidi.

The ending did feel slightly rushed and the stuff with Heidi's dad seemed to come out of nowhere. I was willing to forgive it though, because I was happy Heidi and Jason were finally getting their happy ending. I know some readers felt like Jason's mood swings with Heidi from perfect boyfriend to icing her out to then expressing his love for her was odd, but I thought in the context of where his head was at it all made sense.

If you like this series, I highly recommend this one!

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