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The women's league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team… This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals. Especially that last thing. So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rin The women's league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team… This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals. Especially that last thing. So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rink? An amazing female hockey player. I want Sylvie in a way that’s more than just friendly. I crave her. But I have a championship to win, and so does she. Then she gets her heart broken by my teammate, and I make the foolish mistake of comforting her in the best way I know how. Our night together sets off a string of sins. Nobody can know about our affair, especially my overprotective teammate. I can’t let anyone see into my greedy little heart. Not even her. The things I want from her, and the things we’ve already done? If anyone knew, there’d be bombshells. Contains: a defenseman with dreamy blue eyes, a female goalie with bad ideas, a major battle of the sexes and a swimming pool scene...


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The women's league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team… This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals. Especially that last thing. So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rin The women's league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team… This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals. Especially that last thing. So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rink? An amazing female hockey player. I want Sylvie in a way that’s more than just friendly. I crave her. But I have a championship to win, and so does she. Then she gets her heart broken by my teammate, and I make the foolish mistake of comforting her in the best way I know how. Our night together sets off a string of sins. Nobody can know about our affair, especially my overprotective teammate. I can’t let anyone see into my greedy little heart. Not even her. The things I want from her, and the things we’ve already done? If anyone knew, there’d be bombshells. Contains: a defenseman with dreamy blue eyes, a female goalie with bad ideas, a major battle of the sexes and a swimming pool scene...

30 review for Bombshells

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leticia (jerseygirl)

    "'But if you’re awake, I’d like to be, too. Wherever you are, that’s where I’d like to be.'" YES! Sarina Bowen does it again for me! This is sweet, kind of slow-burn, with a hot, sometimes cheesy hockey defenseman and an awesome, strong hockey goalie. The fact that Anton and Sylvie are both players just added to the story for me. "I’m ready for him to take me completely apart. And I doubt I’ll ever want to be put back together again." Seriously, what's not to like about Anton? I love that he's chee "'But if you’re awake, I’d like to be, too. Wherever you are, that’s where I’d like to be.'" YES! Sarina Bowen does it again for me! This is sweet, kind of slow-burn, with a hot, sometimes cheesy hockey defenseman and an awesome, strong hockey goalie. The fact that Anton and Sylvie are both players just added to the story for me. "I’m ready for him to take me completely apart. And I doubt I’ll ever want to be put back together again." Seriously, what's not to like about Anton? I love that he's cheesy and funny, I love his Frankenwords so much. I love how focused he is and how determined he is to turn his reputation around and show everyone he's serious about what he wants in life, moving away from some past bad decisions. He's not looking to get sidetracked, but Sylvie manages to distract him nonetheless. "Breathless, she parks her forehead against mine, and I stare into those brown eyes. And at least for this moment I have everything I ever dreamed of." Sylvie is one of those heroines I love. She's a total badass, she's confident, she's so sweet and loving. She is chasing her dreams, coming from Canada to play for the Brooklyn Bombshells. And while she is also coming to Brooklyn for other reasons, maybe fate had something in store for her all along. I have to confess I did have some trouble connecting with Sylvie at times, but she got through to me eventually. Let me start by saying I don't think this is a love triangle at all. Sylvie has been into someone else for a while, someone who's never given her a real chance, just enough to keep her pining for him simply because he can. Jerk. But the fact that he's an asshole is not the reason this is NOT a love triangle. The truth is, once Anton's in the picture, it's like... there's really no one else there. Even though they're both overthinking it, and somehow fighting it, that's plain to see. Anton and Sylvie are meant to be, Caribbean Sea eyes and all. "No other man has ever made me feel this way—like I’d walk through fire for just one more kiss. Their story was sweet, easygoing, and freaking steamy, of course. I love how they become friends while trying to ignore the attraction that's so obviously there, and how it slowly progresses. I was aware of every single thing happening, every moment, and I just wanted to push them together already! "'You’re it for me. And I wouldn’t let a little thing like fate stand in the way.'" This was a 5 star book for me because I'm all about what it makes me feel. This was a "feel good" book for me. I had a smile on my face for most of it, and I definitely had a happy face on at the end. It takes them a while to finally get there, but it's so worth it. Don't believe what people say: sometimes it's really not about the road, but about the destination.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4.25 stars “No other man has ever made me feel this way– like I'd walk through fire for just one more kiss.” I always love reading Sarina Bowen's books and I especially love her hockey books. I was excited to get to this one because I couldn't wait to get to Anton's story, but also because I thought it was so cool that Sarina was adding in a professional female team as well. Bring on the Bombshells! I can't wait to read more about these ladies! Sylive is a goalie for the new Brooklyn B 4.25 stars “No other man has ever made me feel this way– like I'd walk through fire for just one more kiss.” I always love reading Sarina Bowen's books and I especially love her hockey books. I was excited to get to this one because I couldn't wait to get to Anton's story, but also because I thought it was so cool that Sarina was adding in a professional female team as well. Bring on the Bombshells! I can't wait to read more about these ladies! Sylive is a goalie for the new Brooklyn Bombshells team and she has a bit of a history with one of the players. Who happens to not be Anton. When Anton and Sylive meet, there is a definite spark, but Anton isn't sure about going there. He's trying to be on his best behavior this season, so getting serious with a woman isn't something he's looking to do. Plus, with a tie to another player, this could get complicated. Even with all this, they can't seem to stay away from each other. These two have so much chemistry, and a really strong friendship to boot. I loved them together. Seeing Anton grow up and mature was great. I loved Sylvie too. This was all around such a fun and steamy romance. I also loved how Sarina put in the difference between male and female professional sports teams. I knew there was a huge gap, but this really put it in perspective. It was great to see some of the other Brooklyn guys and I can't wait to read more. Now with the female players added in, there is so many more characters Bowen can write about! Audio book source: Audible (purchased) Story Rating: 4.25 stars Narrators: Patrick Zeller and Desiree Ketchum Narration Rating: 4 stars Genre: Contemporary Romance (Sports) Length: 8 hours and 13 minutes

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4.5 Bombbruiser For The Win Stars * * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review I was overjoyed to know another Brooklyn Series was coming and we had an inkling it was going to be about the Women's Hockey team. How terrific and current is that. I would expect nothing less from Sarina Bowen and her ability to educate readers about all types of hockey and their players. Side Note: Sarina Bowen never fails to use these types of tales to explain rules, salary caps, regulations, and the way the game is playe 4.5 Bombbruiser For The Win Stars * * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review I was overjoyed to know another Brooklyn Series was coming and we had an inkling it was going to be about the Women's Hockey team. How terrific and current is that. I would expect nothing less from Sarina Bowen and her ability to educate readers about all types of hockey and their players. Side Note: Sarina Bowen never fails to use these types of tales to explain rules, salary caps, regulations, and the way the game is played. In this story, we get an inside look at how women's sport needs to be fixed and become more equal in treatment, salaries, and respect. We got a sincere love story that revolved around two people devoted to hockey in a healthy way. It was a straightforward tale in the way we understood who the people were and what the overall goal was, to play hockey for the Bruisers and the Bombshells. That Sophie and Anton have "A Moment, A Recognition" when they first come in contact with each other only added to they how they were meant to be. The joke was Sophie thought her heart belonged to another, someone she had been pining for years. Her coming to Brooklyn to skate for the Bombshells was bringing her front and center to the man she thought was her future. Anton, known as a player, had a "Come To Jesus Moment" this summer when he thought he would not be playing professional hockey if he didn't get his personal life together. He had experienced too many embarrassing incidents causing the concern of the coach and team management. He dedicated his summer to working out and getting his act together. No distractions, no women to ruin his focus on saving his position with the team. What I love about this story was how both characters were strong and capable on the ice. Both worked to be that way and stayed focus on that. Both stayed true to who they were and in the end, everything fell into the place they needed it to. I really liked both characters. If you love hockey, sport, and really strong storytelling then this is so for you. Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Brooklynaire (Brooklyn, #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn, #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Superfan (Brooklyn, #6) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Moonlighter (Brooklyn#7/Company #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Sure Shot (Brooklyn, #8) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Bombshells (Brooklyn, #9) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ February 16, 2021 Psst, I Have It On Great Authority... Another Brooklyn Bruiser Book Is Coming April 13, 2021 !!!!!!!!!! Yes, Squealing With Delight, With More To Come Soon :DDD For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    Baby’s all grown up… ***4.5 stars*** It was an absolute pleasure reading Bombshells. There are not too many times that I finish a sports romance where I admire the hero for his maturity. In this case, Anton ‘Baby’ Bayer had made some bad decisions that left him red-faced and put his career in jeopardy. Anton decided to take a step back from his partying ways and get his life and career back on track. How cool is that? A hero who recognises his good fortune and decides to work hard to earn the exor Baby’s all grown up… ***4.5 stars*** It was an absolute pleasure reading Bombshells. There are not too many times that I finish a sports romance where I admire the hero for his maturity. In this case, Anton ‘Baby’ Bayer had made some bad decisions that left him red-faced and put his career in jeopardy. Anton decided to take a step back from his partying ways and get his life and career back on track. How cool is that? A hero who recognises his good fortune and decides to work hard to earn the exorbitant amount he makes. Anton sets himself some rules at the beginning of the season to make sure that he stays on track, no boozing, no women, and no scandals. But, some rules are meant to be broken. Sylvie is a Bombshell and proud of it. When the opportunity to play for the Boston Bombshells ice hockey team arose, she has more than a couple of reasons to be excited. Firstly, she gets the chance to play her beloved sport. Secondly, this opportunity will hopefully lift her spirits a little after her mother’s sudden death. Thirdly, moving to Boston will bring her closer to the love of her life. Funny thing is, it’s not the love of her life who makes her heart flutter but his teammate with the Caribbean blue eyes. The love story between Anton and Sylvie was perfectly paced, sweet and HOT. While readers may find themselves hesitating because of the potential love triangle, it was never an issue for me. I was convinced pretty early in the story that there was only one man for Sylvie. Unfortunately, it took Sylvie a wee bit longer to work it out though. 😉 I really enjoyed reading Bombshells and loved that it wasn’t just about his sports career. In this story, Sylvie’s sports career plays just as important a part as Anton’s. It blows my mind how much sports stars make but it’s even more shocking the gender pay gap. Sarina Bowen manages to highlight the injustice while also promoting ways that could have men’s teams helping to bridge the gap. Wishful thinking, but wouldn’t it be nice if gender equality were the norm, with skills, talent and effort by the players getting the reward, irrespective of gender. The storyline was interesting, the characters were lovable, and the love story was believable. It was fantastic getting a chance to catch up with the Brooklyn gang again, and I feel a deep need to revisit Brooklynaire (my favourite) AGAIN. I absolutely love the Brooklyn Bruisers/Brooklyn series and Bombshells was an excellent addition to this collection. Fingers crossed Sarina Bowen has plans to treat us to a few more Bombshells finding love. A story where one very fiery Bombshell helps a Bruiser get his foot out of his mouth might be all right … pretty please. Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    TITLE: BOMBSHELLS AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen SERIES: Brooklyn Bruisers #8 RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2021 GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance TROPES: Friends to Lovers NARRATORS: Patrick Zeller, Desiree Ketchum LENGTH: 8 hrs and 13 mins RATING: 4.5 STARS CLIFFHANGER: No Sarina Bowen delivers reliably without failure. Pick any of her books and you'll have a good time. BOMBSHELLS, the next in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, introduces Rebecca Kattenberger's female team. The first of the Bombshells who gets TITLE: BOMBSHELLS AUTHOR: Sarina Bowen SERIES: Brooklyn Bruisers #8 RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2021 GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance TROPES: Friends to Lovers NARRATORS: Patrick Zeller, Desiree Ketchum LENGTH: 8 hrs and 13 mins RATING: 4.5 STARS CLIFFHANGER: No Sarina Bowen delivers reliably without failure. Pick any of her books and you'll have a good time. BOMBSHELLS, the next in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, introduces Rebecca Kattenberger's female team. The first of the Bombshells who gets a happy ending is the team's goalie, Sylvie. Her match? Baby Bayer! Ahhhh they were perfection! Everything about them just worked. Anton Bayer needs to clean up his act, he's set on being a good teammate and determined to stay out of trouble. That's hard when you fall head over heels in lust with a gorgeous female hockey player though. Sylvie being hired into the Bombshells feels like she's won the lottery. Her childhood friend and teenage crush plays on the Bruisers' team and she hopes that they can take their friendship to the next level. But then Baby Bayer, the trouble maker, slides into her life. This installment introduces a whole bunch of new characters. I can see some HEAs already on the horizon. Especially Drake has caught my eager eye and I was happy to see that his book will be next! There is a a hint of supernatural in this story that I found adorable. I had the chance to listen to the audiobook of BOMBSHELLS and was introduced to Patrick Zeller's narration. What can I say, I'm super impressed and hope more authors start booking him. He snuck right into my favorite narrators list. Together with Desiree Ketchum they make this one easy to listen to and engaging. This is another winner by Sarina Bowen. It is cute, low-drama, sexy and irresistible friends to lovers story with humor to boot and two easy-going characters you can't help but root for. Can't wait for the next book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    I’ve read this book too quickly because it was amazing. I loved to see a professional women hockey team take form, and even if the unequal treatment between the women league and the men league is appalling I’m so proud of these women who keep their dreams and still enjoy to play this sport. Anton Bayer decided that this is his season to shine. He won’t do anything to jeopardize his career once again, he will stay away from alcohol, women and scandals, but he couldn’t imagine to be bewitched by a I’ve read this book too quickly because it was amazing. I loved to see a professional women hockey team take form, and even if the unequal treatment between the women league and the men league is appalling I’m so proud of these women who keep their dreams and still enjoy to play this sport. Anton Bayer decided that this is his season to shine. He won’t do anything to jeopardize his career once again, he will stay away from alcohol, women and scandals, but he couldn’t imagine to be bewitched by a beautiful woman on skates on his first day back at work with the Bruisers. When Sylvie Hansen got a call from the Bombshells asking her to become the second goalie of the team, she thought that was fate and maybe her late mother had a hand in it too. So she transferred from Canada to Brooklyn to play hockey and to finally live near her first love who plays for the Brooklyn Bruisers, but Bryce is still focused on his career, he is closed off with his personal life and he gives her mixed signals. Sylvie feels deluded and confused but fortunately she meets some great people in the new city and she easily becomes Anton’s friend. Will Anton keep his focus on his game or will he act on his attraction for the only woman he should stay away? Will Sylvie get over her love for Bryce or will she make him change his mind? I liked Anton and Sylvie, they are funny, their friendship is so easy and comfortable, and they take care of each other really well. I appreciated how this story never felt like a love triangle because I can’t stand those. I didn’t like Bryce and all his confusing actions too much, I really wished Sylvie slapped him sometimes. Thank you Sarina Bowen for bringing back my Love Bridger and other well known characters from previous books. What are you doing still here? Please go get this book as soon as possible. Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    I will admit that I was a little nervous when I started Bombshells after reading the blurb and thinking there might be a possible love triangle. I'm happy to report that it's not like that at all. In fact, I have to hand it to Sarina Bowen for putting a great spin on the reformed manwhore/friends to lovers trope. Anton was a giant puppy dog and I appreciated all his efforts to stay true to himself and his dreams. He doesn't always make the best decisions, but I felt his heart was always in the ri I will admit that I was a little nervous when I started Bombshells after reading the blurb and thinking there might be a possible love triangle. I'm happy to report that it's not like that at all. In fact, I have to hand it to Sarina Bowen for putting a great spin on the reformed manwhore/friends to lovers trope. Anton was a giant puppy dog and I appreciated all his efforts to stay true to himself and his dreams. He doesn't always make the best decisions, but I felt his heart was always in the right place. He was so lovable and he had such great chemistry with Sylvie. I liked that though they found each other attractive right away, they took time to become friends and get to know each other. The slow burn friends to lovers is always a favorite for me. Plus, the wait was definitely worth it! Sylvie (and all the Bombshells) were the highlight of the book though. I don't want to spoil anything, but there's a minor point in Sylvie's history that often plays a huge role/is a plot point in many other romances, but I love, love, love how Sarina Bowen made it a non-issue. I also loved the women's team and how they supported each other on and off the ice. I really appreciated how the challenges and prejudices surrounding women's sports (versus men's) was addressed as well. I'm hoping we'll see more novels featuring the Bombshells, and I'm especially intrigued by Charli and the heat I'm feeling between her and Drake ;) I was fortunate to be able to both read and listen to this one, and I was beyond impressed by Patrick Zeller and Desiree Ketchum's performances. Both handled the accents and different characters easily and I really enjoyed their voices together. Patrick Zeller is a new to me narrator, but he gave such an emotional performance. I loved him as Anton and wow was he "enthusiastic" during those sexy times!;) I definitely recommend the audiobook! Audiobook Review Overall 4.5 stars Performance 5 stars Story 4 stars CW: toxic parental relationship, death of parent, brain aneurysm *I voluntarily read and listened to an advance review copy of this book*

  8. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Anton + Sylvie We obviously all remember Baby Bayer! Booze, pranks and women. Those were his true loves next to hockey these last couple years. But he has to concentrate on hockey only this season - or else! Enter Sylvie. She's a goalie for the new Brooklyn women's team. And poor Anton is smitten at first sight. But Sylvie has kinda been in love with one of his teammates since she was 15. She's not available and he's not doing anything other than hockey this year. Should be easy, right? LET THE FUN TIME Anton + Sylvie We obviously all remember Baby Bayer! Booze, pranks and women. Those were his true loves next to hockey these last couple years. But he has to concentrate on hockey only this season - or else! Enter Sylvie. She's a goalie for the new Brooklyn women's team. And poor Anton is smitten at first sight. But Sylvie has kinda been in love with one of his teammates since she was 15. She's not available and he's not doing anything other than hockey this year. Should be easy, right? LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN! 😂 ═════════════════ Such an adorable story! I'm not really a hockey fan at all and this is double the hockey - but I just adore everything Sarina writes! And just like all the other books in the Brooklyn world, this one was so sweet and fun and Brooklyn-ish and hockey-ish! I loved reading it. I LOVED Anton and Sylvie. She's so adorable and sweet. And she always dreamed of her happy end with Bryce. But now here's Anton and he's so nice and fun and hot and grr. Just adorable! What I didn't like ... the religious part. And the parts where Sylvie's dead mother 'leaves' her hairpins everywhere. There was just too much of that for me. I hate religion. And I cannot have it in my books. But I tried ignoring it because it's a Sarina book and it was so cute and funny. And I really did love the story! It was a great hockey romance! Why hasn't Netflix knocked on Sarina's door yet?? Does it already have an amazingly funny and sexy Hockey Romance series? NO, it does not! There are only two ice-y things on Netflix and neither comes anywhere close to the Brooklyn amazingness! The cover. Super hot guy. But ... Anton is a young blond cutie and not a 40-something almost-silver fox! 🤔 BOMBSHELLS was a super adorable + fun + sexy Hockey Romance! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Anton - this one is MINE! ...and now hurry March 2022 - I need Charli & Drake's book Shenanigans! 💜 💜

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    AHHHH!! Anyone that knows me knows that Sarina Bowen and her Brooklyn Bruisers hockey series is probably the only sports romance series that I am consumed by. The Bruisers frankly are my heart's true love where sports romance is concerned. I am absolutely OBSESSED with the banter, locker room bromances and just the butterfly-inducing swoonfests that are her love stories!! Sylvie and Anton were no exception! I loved their story so so much! That's it folks! Anton Bayer may be the Brooklyn Bruiser t AHHHH!! Anyone that knows me knows that Sarina Bowen and her Brooklyn Bruisers hockey series is probably the only sports romance series that I am consumed by. The Bruisers frankly are my heart's true love where sports romance is concerned. I am absolutely OBSESSED with the banter, locker room bromances and just the butterfly-inducing swoonfests that are her love stories!! Sylvie and Anton were no exception! I loved their story so so much! That's it folks! Anton Bayer may be the Brooklyn Bruiser that has stolen my heart. I absolutely loved him and Sylvie together! He was just so delicious for words! I loved how vulnerable Bowen wrote him as he was on a quest to crush his third season with the Bruisers. But with one look at Sylvie and he was DONE. GAH!! His friendship and inevitable love story with Sylvie felt real and authentic and I for one was completely swept away by how raw and emotional this story was! Sylvie was just fantastic. The new Brooklyn Bombshells goalie was strong, assertive and perfect for Anton. I loved the connection she shared with him and how their chemistry sizzled right off the pages. Overall, this was another fantastic Bruisers story to add to an altogether fabulous series!! I can't wait for more! 5 stars! ~Ratula  *** In a twist I wasn't expecting, it seems the only person I might love more than Anton Bayer? Sylvie Hansen. Guh, you guys. Anton was this earnest, sweet, undeniably sexy hero. My favorite kind actually - the guy brought to his knees and knocked on his bumper by his feelings for the girl. He was a little bit goofy, fun, playful and sizzling hot. But in many ways, for me, it was Sylvie who stole the show. I loved her perfect balance of strength, hope, and heart. I loved the fearless way she put herself out there, assertive and bold without ever crossing the line into desperation or making me feel embarrassed for her. I adored her. And I adored the way that Anton cared for her, rooted for her, and lifted her up. They were all spicy sweetness and I was insatiable for it. Despite the fact that both Anton and Sylvie have some darkness/sadness in their past, the tone of this book was decidedly light-hearted. It's pretty low angst and low drama. The conflict mostly revolved around Anton getting his head straight, but there was nothing unnecessary about it. If you're worried about love triangle vibes (like I was, a little bit, at first) - the worry is unfounded. This was essentially a story of two wonderful people learning how to get out of their own way and accept the love that was being offered to them. And it was...lovely. I felt like Bombshells was a little lighter on the bromance than the other Brooklyn Bruisers books. I missed my time spent watching the lovable lunks trade barbs. However in its place we got some pretty sweet sisterhood among Sylvie's Bombshells teammates. I loved getting to know their fiery personalities and fierce way they supported each other. I'm a big Bombshells fan and I can't wait to get more from both teams in the future! ~ Shelly, 4.5 Stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time with this book! I admit that I am a huge fan of Sarina Bowen's work so I couldn't wait to dive into this book. There is just something about the way that this author tells a story that leaves me feeling all warm and gooey inside. This book was no exception. I was totally hooked by this romance and couldn't get enough of Anton and Sylvie. Anton Bayer decides to clean up his act after having a rough season the previou This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I had a great time with this book! I admit that I am a huge fan of Sarina Bowen's work so I couldn't wait to dive into this book. There is just something about the way that this author tells a story that leaves me feeling all warm and gooey inside. This book was no exception. I was totally hooked by this romance and couldn't get enough of Anton and Sylvie. Anton Bayer decides to clean up his act after having a rough season the previous year. He wants to focus on hockey and does not expect to meet anyone like Sylvie. Sylvie is playing on the women's hockey team, the Bombshells, which shares the same facility as the men's team. Sylvie always thought that she would end up with one of Anton's friends and teammates but they don't seem to be in sync for some reason. Before long, Anton is the one that she turns to when she needs a friend. I liked Anton and Sylvie a lot. These two had fantastic chemistry with each other. I loved that they were both very dedicated to hockey and had that in common. They didn't jump into a relationship immediately although they were attracted to each other. I liked that they spent time with each other before jumping into anything else. I really felt like they were a perfect fit for each other and loved getting a chance to see them fall for each other. Patrick Zeller and Desirée Ketchum did a fantastic job with the narration of this book. I did have a bit of a hiccup with the male narrator since I recently listened to another book where he voices a very unlikable character but once I realized what was going on, I was able to really settle into the story. I think that they both did a great job in bringing the characters to life and I loved the emotion that came through in their narration. I found myself listening to this book every free moment that I had and believe that their narration added to my overall enjoyment. I would highly recommend this book to others. I really enjoyed going along with Sylvie and Anton as they found what they were looking for in each other. I cannot wait to read more of this talented author's work. I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from the author/publicist. Initial Thoughts 4.5 stars - rounding up for now! So the moment this audiobook made its way to me, I had to start listening. Never mind the fact that I was already listening to something else. This book could not be ignored! Anton and Sylvie were both great characters and I loved the chemistry that they had with each other. I loved the fact that Sylvie played for the women's hockey team, the Bombshells, and that they had hockey in common. It was fun to see this pair figure out what they really wanted. I liked the narrators and thought that they only added to my enjoyment of the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)

    Audiobook Review Sarina Bowen delivers another hit in her long-running Brooklyn Bruisers/Brooklyn series. Bombshells spins something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue into a delightful sports romance. Something old: Eight or so standalone stories into the series and I’m still in love with my Brooklyn Bruisers pro hockey team. What a colorful cast of characters. Their significant others are just as wonderful—if not more—and I was happy to steal another moment with them. We Audiobook Review Sarina Bowen delivers another hit in her long-running Brooklyn Bruisers/Brooklyn series. Bombshells spins something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue into a delightful sports romance. Something old: Eight or so standalone stories into the series and I’m still in love with my Brooklyn Bruisers pro hockey team. What a colorful cast of characters. Their significant others are just as wonderful—if not more—and I was happy to steal another moment with them. We met Anton Bayer aka “Baby Bayer” in Sure Shot, and I respect the mature man he has become. Something new: The women are in the clubhouse! Rebecca Kattenberger is the proud new owner of the Brooklyn Bombshells, a professional women’s hockey team. The changes it brings to the Bruisers organization are eye-opening and humorous—from the pay disparity between the men’s and women’s leagues to the men’s reactions to boutique shower gel in their locker room. Sylvie is a goalie for the Bombshells and an all-around gem. Something borrowed: There are echoes of the well-known best friend’s sister trope used here, but leave it to Sarina Bowen to put a spin on it. Anton has vowed to make hockey his sole focus this season after earning a reputation the previous year for partying and womanizing. His attraction to Sylvie is an unexpected complication, especially since she is like a sister to Anton’s teammate, Bryce Campo, and therefore off limits. Or does Bryce have romantic feelings for Sylvie himself? Whether it’s a love triangle or a forbidden romance or both, I’ll let you figure out. Something blue: Sylvie is still mourning the loss of her mother. I enjoyed the creative way her mom’s presence is felt throughout the story. The progression of the romance between Anton and Sylvie is sweet, hot, and simply wonderful. I also appreciated the Bombshells side of the story. I liked getting to know the women, seeing them bond as a new team, and the way Sylvie fights to keep her position. This book is highly entertaining, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the Bombshells. About the audiobook: The Bombshells audiobook is phenomenal. I'm unfamiliar with Patrick Zeller's previous work, but I haven't been this impressed by a vocal performance in a long time. He gives a distinct voice to each character, and the words are delivered with great emotion. I’m no expert in accents, but my one complaint is that his French accent sounds Russian/Spanish to me at times. Desireé Ketchum is a new-to-me narrator as well, and she is flawlessly expressive. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. Recommended for fans of: Hockey Sports romance Girl power Hairpins *I received an Advance Listener Copy of the audiobook to voluntarily review.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    I loved this from the first word. I love that the title is referring to a women's ice hockey team. I was all in for this book. I love Anton and Sylvie's first meeting. I guess it's a meet cute. Their inner monologues reveal strong attraction. Sylvie has been around hockey her whole life. She's had a crush on a family friend who happens to be Anton's teammate, Bryce. This is no love triangle. Anton is determined to change his womanizing ways. He vows to take his hockey career seriously. I loved th I loved this from the first word. I love that the title is referring to a women's ice hockey team. I was all in for this book. I love Anton and Sylvie's first meeting. I guess it's a meet cute. Their inner monologues reveal strong attraction. Sylvie has been around hockey her whole life. She's had a crush on a family friend who happens to be Anton's teammate, Bryce. This is no love triangle. Anton is determined to change his womanizing ways. He vows to take his hockey career seriously. I loved the narration: perfectly cast: Desiree Ketcham and Patrick Zeller. This one that I will be rereading and listening to over and over again. There are cameos by characters from other books, but this can be a standalone. I received an ALC arc but I would have found a way to get my hands and ears on this RELEASE DAY: APRIL 13TH ~~ Amazon: https://geni.us/Amazon-bombshells Apple: https://geni.us/Apple-bombshells Kobo: https://geni.us/Kobo-bombshells Nook: https://geni.us/Nook-bombshells Google: Coming Soon! Audio: Coming Soon! ** update: Releasing tonight all over! Don't miss this. Amazon | Apple | Kobo | Nook |Google | Audio

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Fosca Stahl

    Bombshells is hockey romance at its finest. It has everything you want in a sports romance, and nobody writes hockey romance the way Sarina Bowen does. It’s her super power. And with the introduction of Bombshells, Brooklyn’s women’s pro hockey team, she took her game to another level. Bombshells is simply unputdownable. ‘I really hadn’t anticipated that my brain could be stolen by the goalie on day one.’ Bombshells is Anton Bayer’s story. He’s a charming, fun-loving guy who’s determined to make s Bombshells is hockey romance at its finest. It has everything you want in a sports romance, and nobody writes hockey romance the way Sarina Bowen does. It’s her super power. And with the introduction of Bombshells, Brooklyn’s women’s pro hockey team, she took her game to another level. Bombshells is simply unputdownable. ‘I really hadn’t anticipated that my brain could be stolen by the goalie on day one.’ Bombshells is Anton Bayer’s story. He’s a charming, fun-loving guy who’s determined to make some changes in his life to focus on his hockey career. His only goal is to prove to his coach, and himself, that he can fulfill his potential. But he wasn’t counting on the Bombshells’ goalie to detonate his plan. ‘No other man has ever made me feel this way—like I’d walk through fire for just one more kiss.’ Sylvie’s dream of playing hockey professionally came true out of the blue. She packed her things and moved to Brooklyn from Toronto with little time to make any plans. But living in Brooklyn would give her the chance to finally be with the guy she had always thought was “the one”, Bryce Campeau, Anton’s friend and teammate. Except things didn’t go the way she expected. There’s a lot to love about Bombshells. The writing is fantastic—as always, the story flows and progresses perfectly, and the characters are lovable, three dimensional and relatable. Both Anton and Sylvie are the kind of people you want to be friends with. All the Bruisers are. There is a small town vibe in the way the Bruisers are like a close-knit family. You also get to meet a few of the Bombshells players to make things interesting for the future. The potential is endless and really exciting. I really loved the way the story evolves. It works perfectly as a standalone, and the progression is exactly right. The way Anton and Sylvie’s friendship grows and becomes something else is delicious. Their banter, the tension, the emotional turmoil, the longing... it is extremely well done and so addictive. There is very little angst but there are emotional aspects that give the story,and the characters, depth and intensity. And there is nothing to worry if you don’t like love triangles because this one is definitely not that kind of triangle. It’s actually extremely well done and very original in my opinion. ‘In my whole life I’ve never gotten turned on by somebody’s hockey skills. But I guess there’s a first time for everything.’ Bombshells is intensely hockey-y. I know nothing about hockey, but the way Sarina Bowen describes it brings it to life in my mind. The action on the ice gives the story an edge that complements the action off the ice. It’s perfectly balanced. Then there’s the whole women’s sports aspect that is discussed in the book, and it makes the point of how insanely difficult it is for women to be professional athletes in a very organic way. I loved seeing a woman shine in this book as an athlete, specially as a hockey player. It’s simply outstanding.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    To say that I enjoyed this story would be an understatement of epic proportions. I can’t say that it was perfect because if I’m being honest, Sylvie could have figured out what we all figured out waaaaay early in the story, a bit faster lol, but a story is more than just its plot points. It’s an overall feeling you get when you read it. This story made me happy. Anton made me happy. Sylvie made me happy. The story had a mature tone to it from beginning to end. It was focused and well plotted. Th To say that I enjoyed this story would be an understatement of epic proportions. I can’t say that it was perfect because if I’m being honest, Sylvie could have figured out what we all figured out waaaaay early in the story, a bit faster lol, but a story is more than just its plot points. It’s an overall feeling you get when you read it. This story made me happy. Anton made me happy. Sylvie made me happy. The story had a mature tone to it from beginning to end. It was focused and well plotted. The story sparked in all the right places and the delicious chemistry between Sylvie and Anton was fantastic and ridiculously well written! GAH … I have to tell you guys this thing that I thought I wasn’t going to mention but now that I’ve sat on it, I can’t not. I am obsessed with wishing Sylvie was the one on this cover! There, I said it. I know, it’s a Bruiser book, not a Bombshells book but daaaaaaaaammit, after reading the book and reading Sarina’s fantastic incorporation and blending of Sylvie’s hockey career and the ridiculous pay gap and everything else female athletes have to face that their male counterparts do not, I really want to see Sylvie on the cover of my book! #sorrynotsorry BTW, this is the only fault I have on this book and it’s not even a story fault! So, you know what to do ➡➡ Amazon: https://geni.us/Amazon-bombshells Apple: https://geni.us/Apple-bombshells Kobo: https://geni.us/Kobo-bombshells Nook: https://geni.us/Nook-bombshells Google: https://geni.us/Google-Bombshells Audio: https://geni.us/Audible-Bombshells

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    Hold the phone—this goalie is a girl. No—a woman. With rich brown hair and luck olive skin. She shakes out her hair, which seems to be in the process of escaping whatever braid or ponytail that had confined it. Then she smiles, giving the little girl a wave. And I can’t fucking breathe. Her smile lights up her eyes, which are a warm brown. She is like the living, breathing picture of female perfection. Reading about the same kinds of tropes over and over in romance, as long as I love them, rarely Hold the phone—this goalie is a girl. No—a woman. With rich brown hair and luck olive skin. She shakes out her hair, which seems to be in the process of escaping whatever braid or ponytail that had confined it. Then she smiles, giving the little girl a wave. And I can’t fucking breathe. Her smile lights up her eyes, which are a warm brown. She is like the living, breathing picture of female perfection. Reading about the same kinds of tropes over and over in romance, as long as I love them, rarely ever gets old to me. Authors come up new ways to spin things and unique and loveable characters to get attached to but all is well. That’s not to say though, that a lot of those book are just okay. Like I read them, they make me happy, and then they’re over with. THEN, there are books that you read and something strikes you like a bolt of lightning while reading a certain line and you just…can’t breathe. I felt that way when I read the quote found above. “And I can’t fucking breathe.” Like who wouldn’t want someone to look at them and literally lose the ability to breathe because they are so stunned by what they are seeing in front of them. That line for me was the very moment that I knew Anton and Sylvie’s story was going to be something extraordinary. Sylvie stares right back at me. And then her hand finds the back of my neck, where her fingers sift through the short hair at my nape. Maybe she’s trying to make Campeau jealous. But my body doesn’t know that. Every nerve I possess sits up straight and sings hallelujah. “Any man could lose his heart to you,” I whisper. “So easily.” “Just dance with me,” she whispers back. “I’m don’t talking about him.” I will never not feel comforted by Bowen’s writing and the familiarity that her characters and even just their world bring. When one of her books has that some extra though I feel like I’ve won the lottery. Baby Bayer, excuse me, Anton is freakin hilarious. I loved that even though he was trying to take things more seriously this season, he still was the funny guy without even trying. Sylvie was great. She was strong and kind, and so amazing. The chemistry that she and Anton had, even while just friends, was off the charts. Also, can I just say that I am so excited for more books with the Bombshells alongside the Bruisers? I know nothing about hockey other than what I’ve learned from romance books (LOLOL) but the thought of this woman’s team rising up like a phoenix from the ashes has me real excited for future books. If you’ve enjoyed any of Bowen’s previous books, I will personally guarantee you will love this one. And the soundtrack running through my head is mine mine mine. And finally. I’ve never been so turned on, because I’ve never wanted anyone as badly as I want her. Huge thanks to Sarina Bowen and Tuxbury Publishing LLC for the chance to read this eARC in exchange for my honest opinion. ♥ For more of my reviews, please visit:

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paige Nicole

    3.5 stars rounded up. Not my favorite Sarina Bowen book, but not bad by any stretch of the imagination. There was a brief section where Anton talked about how he felt like his dad’s second choice and his team’s second choice, so he didn’t want to be a girl’s second choice. That section worked really well, and provided so much insight into his character. But then that is completely disregarded for the rest of the book and he ends up as her second choice regardless. I think that’s the biggest probl 3.5 stars rounded up. Not my favorite Sarina Bowen book, but not bad by any stretch of the imagination. There was a brief section where Anton talked about how he felt like his dad’s second choice and his team’s second choice, so he didn’t want to be a girl’s second choice. That section worked really well, and provided so much insight into his character. But then that is completely disregarded for the rest of the book and he ends up as her second choice regardless. I think that’s the biggest problem with this book. It was painfully obvious to me, the reader, that Sylvie and Anton are the right pairing. But it takes her like 90% of the book to actually accept and admit it. Because of her holdout, her hang ups on this other guy, we never got to see her properly fall in love with Anton. I bought his side of the love. I didn’t buy hers. Even disregarding the connections to The Ivy Years, this Brooklyn universe is getting damn big and I can’t remember who’s who anymore. Lots of characters and kids get name dropped and they just go over my head, even though I’ve read all their books. Steam: 🔥🔥

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I’ve been in a little bit of a book funk lately and let me tell you, Bombshells was the perfect book to blast that funk right out!! I have been a fan of Sarina Bowen’s books for years, but this is one of my favorite of all her hockey books. Bombshells introduces the female hockey team in Brooklyn. I can already tell we are going to have some great stories from these ladies. But in this one Sylvie, the backup goalie takes center stage. I enjoyed Sylvie a lot. Now let’s talk about Anton “Baby Baye I’ve been in a little bit of a book funk lately and let me tell you, Bombshells was the perfect book to blast that funk right out!! I have been a fan of Sarina Bowen’s books for years, but this is one of my favorite of all her hockey books. Bombshells introduces the female hockey team in Brooklyn. I can already tell we are going to have some great stories from these ladies. But in this one Sylvie, the backup goalie takes center stage. I enjoyed Sylvie a lot. Now let’s talk about Anton “Baby Bayer”. Hooo wee. Talk about fire. But he’s not just a pretty face. He’s turning his life around trying to get serious so he doesn’t throw his career away with his partying ways. There’s a lot more depth and vulnerability to Anton than I expected. And he’s totally gone for Sylvie and super sweet. I loved them together! This is a great read with a nice balance of hockey and their relationship. I highly recommend!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    4.5 stars Anton Bayer, also nicknamed Baby Bayer, is back on the Bruisers lineup after sending a summer down in the minors. He has learned his lesson that alcohol, women, and partying do not help your hockey career flourish, so he is determined to stay focused and avoid vices, scandals, and distractions. Of course the first practice, he says a goalie that turns his head. A new bombshell, Sylvie. The goalie of the new pro woman's team, The Bombshells. She comes to Brooklyn from Canada and is excit 4.5 stars Anton Bayer, also nicknamed Baby Bayer, is back on the Bruisers lineup after sending a summer down in the minors. He has learned his lesson that alcohol, women, and partying do not help your hockey career flourish, so he is determined to stay focused and avoid vices, scandals, and distractions. Of course the first practice, he says a goalie that turns his head. A new bombshell, Sylvie. The goalie of the new pro woman's team, The Bombshells. She comes to Brooklyn from Canada and is excited for her big break and also to be near the guy she has crushed on for years who is also a hockey player. Both really should be focusing on practicing and proving themselves. But there is an attraction and chemistry they just cannot deny. He thinks he is not boyfriend material and her life is a bit complicated. They just seem to click, but also tend to overthink. A girl who thought she wanted one thing but now may be wanting another, a commitment-phobe player with a bad rep, sneaking around, breaking the bro-code, and friends-with-benefits. What could go wrong? Eventually, something is bound to. This is a fun, sweet, sexy, heartfelt love story between two professional hockey players. I really liked Anton and Sylvie. They were just so adorable and hot together, even if they were a bit clueless at times. It brings back our Brooklyn Bruisers friends and introduces us to the women's team. I love the fun dynamics of the group. There are also some fun cameos from other Sarina stories. And the teens in one of the charity events just add fun and depth to the story. This is another enjoyable one in this series and I am ready for more. Follow Me: Blog: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Baby Bayer is adorable and I want one for myself. But I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I can't really recall Anton from the previous books! Don't let him hear that though, I wouldn't want him getting a complex or anything. Not only were Anton and Sylvie really cute together, their chemistry was hot. But I appreciated how concerned Anton was with stepping on Bryce's toes, and that he was willing to move himself into the friend zone because he didn't want to get in the middle of whatever Bryce Baby Bayer is adorable and I want one for myself. But I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I can't really recall Anton from the previous books! Don't let him hear that though, I wouldn't want him getting a complex or anything. Not only were Anton and Sylvie really cute together, their chemistry was hot. But I appreciated how concerned Anton was with stepping on Bryce's toes, and that he was willing to move himself into the friend zone because he didn't want to get in the middle of whatever Bryce and Sylvie had going on. I liked how, once Sylvie set her mind to things, she just went for it with Anton. After some slight hesitation on his part, and reflecting on what he wanted from his season, Anton was fully on board. I was initially worried there might be a bit of a love triangle feel to the story, considering Sylvie's history with Bryce, but that was never the case. Bombshells was another entertaining read from Sarina Bowen. I love the addition of the women's hockey team and how the seasons are going to run parallel. I'm excited to read stories for the other Bombshell players, and to see the interactions between both teams.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Books I Flove

    I LOVE ANTON!!! Anton Bayer, Baby Bayer as he’s called, needs to clean up his act to stay on the team, and let party and women be 😏 So this is his goal this season. Staying focused. No distraction needed! But here comes Sylvie! New member of the Bombshells, the professional women’s hockey team and the Bruiser’s organization! And it turns out, Sylvie has a history with one of Anton’s teammates! Omg, I absolutely love how Sylvie and Anton become friends! Slowly, but steadily. And how they try to igno I LOVE ANTON!!! Anton Bayer, Baby Bayer as he’s called, needs to clean up his act to stay on the team, and let party and women be 😏 So this is his goal this season. Staying focused. No distraction needed! But here comes Sylvie! New member of the Bombshells, the professional women’s hockey team and the Bruiser’s organization! And it turns out, Sylvie has a history with one of Anton’s teammates! Omg, I absolutely love how Sylvie and Anton become friends! Slowly, but steadily. And how they try to ignore their attraction to each other. And Anton! He really is so much more than a ‘baby’ and a player. He’s so swoony! I adore him. Sarina Bowen presents us a fantastic installment in the well loved Brooklyn Bruiser’s series! This book is funny, sporty, lovely, swoony, sexy. Simply everything I want in a book. We see some of the ‘older’ couples as well. It feels like coming home into a great big family! I love it! I kindly received an arc from the author and voluntarily left a review

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leah of Crazy Reader Chicks

    This has been a hard reading year for me. I’ve been generally unmotivated to start new books, but I requested an arc of Bombshells because duh, it’s Sarina. I told myself to just read the first page and if I didn’t feeling like reading I would try again the next day because reading slumps are real folks. Well I am here to report that one page was not enough! I ended up reading half the book before taking a break! I didn’t want to put it down and was reminded why I love, love, love to read. This This has been a hard reading year for me. I’ve been generally unmotivated to start new books, but I requested an arc of Bombshells because duh, it’s Sarina. I told myself to just read the first page and if I didn’t feeling like reading I would try again the next day because reading slumps are real folks. Well I am here to report that one page was not enough! I ended up reading half the book before taking a break! I didn’t want to put it down and was reminded why I love, love, love to read. This book is why. Bombshells is why. Sarina is why. Bombshells had something extra. It definitely felt like a Sarina book, but somehow it was more. I liked the depth and the details of Sylvie’s personality. I loved hearing about her overcoming her challenges and her relationship with her mom. I loved how fresh it felt. There were a few times I thought I knew what was going to happen but I loved that I was wrong. Sylvie’s character did a remarkable job demonstrating that life doesn’t always go as planned and sometimes that can be the best scenario possible. She teaches the reader that its ok to let go of your plan and change course. I really felt that by the end and I think that is an important and powerful concept in leading a happy life. 5 stars for Bombshells- one of my favorite Sarina Bowen books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    amanda

    “You’re doing it,” she whispers. “Hmm?” I ask, my voice too thick to speak. “You’re looking at me the way a man is supposed to look at a woman.” “She’s exciting to me on so many levels. In my whole life I’ve never gotten turned on by somebody’s hockey skills. But I guess there’s a first time for everything.” I absolutely loved this book!!!! For so long I’ve been wanting to read a hockey romance book where the main female character was a hockey player and this was everything I could’ve hoped fo “You’re doing it,” she whispers. “Hmm?” I ask, my voice too thick to speak. “You’re looking at me the way a man is supposed to look at a woman.” “She’s exciting to me on so many levels. In my whole life I’ve never gotten turned on by somebody’s hockey skills. But I guess there’s a first time for everything.” I absolutely loved this book!!!! For so long I’ve been wanting to read a hockey romance book where the main female character was a hockey player and this was everything I could’ve hoped for. My only wish is that it was longer!! I want more of Anton and Sylvie!!! (also would like to note that the cover annoys me because Anton is blond and therefor the man on the cover is not our Baby Bayer😂) The discussion on gender issues and inequality in professional sports was really great and I like how it was dealt with in the world of this book. There also really wasn’t any casual toxic masculinity that is pretty typical in the male main characters of a lot of NA romances. Anton was a playboy before this book starts, but he was mostly a big dorky puppy who loves to make bets and support his friends. And I loved Sylvie!! It made me happy that she’s Canadian, the way she felt about her virginity was SO great and I’m glad it wasn’t a whole ~thing~ in this book. She was just really cool and my only complaint with her and the book overall would be how she was so hung up on Bryce, but I also get it because of how she felt about her mother and what she might’ve been trying to tell Sylvie. I loved Anton and Sylvie together so much. They first become really good friends who support each other and it’s a little complicated because of Bryce, but they get over that and just work so well together!!!! Anton’s excitement over watching her play was precious, and I just really really love seeing the guy be the supportive one. They had such a fun dynamic with their competitiveness and protectiveness that forms while they fall in love. The side characters were also wonderful!! I haven’t read any of the other books in this series but I’ve already preordered the next one because it sure has a very amusing plot and I enjoyed the bickering between Neil and Charli. The swim class characters and scenes were also a lot of fun!! Overall I completely loved this book and the romance and it made me really really miss playing hockey. This is definitely one of my new favourite sports romance books! Highly recommend!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    I've learnt from my recent rookie school holiday mistakes and waited for the kids to crash before I picked this up. So now I'm just wickedly sleep deprived because no way could I put a Sarina Bowen book down. Especially since it feels like it's been forever since we have caught up with the Brooklyn Bruisers. And now we have the Bombshells, and I am so there for it. I love the fact that we have added a women's team to the franchise. I can't wait until it's mainstream but for now I'll bask in the g I've learnt from my recent rookie school holiday mistakes and waited for the kids to crash before I picked this up. So now I'm just wickedly sleep deprived because no way could I put a Sarina Bowen book down. Especially since it feels like it's been forever since we have caught up with the Brooklyn Bruisers. And now we have the Bombshells, and I am so there for it. I love the fact that we have added a women's team to the franchise. I can't wait until it's mainstream but for now I'll bask in the glow of the Bombshells. We have the same awesome characters we already know and love. Plus, some amazing women that I'm praying will all get their stories told. However, let's focus on Sylvie and Anton. Baby Bayer has grown up and he is all man. From the second he caught sight of Sylvie I could feel the pheromones pouring off him. I loved that he had grown up and learnt from his mistakes and was taking his life seriously and trying to be the best version of himself. Sylvie and her connection to her mum gave me all the feels. I loved every time she got another hairclip. It was such a small thing, but it just made me smile the whole way through. She was so self-aware and despite going into things with her mind set on one thing she wasn't afraid to look at it and reassess. Together they were great, and I couldn't get enough of them. I absolutely love this series and I loved seeing the earlier couple’s relationship progression. And while I would normally be jumping up and down for the next book, I can be slightly chill about it thanks to all of the wonderful true north world books I have on my kindle. Ok nah I really need that next one. Please.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ilaika (Ellie) Elise

    Anton ‘Baby’ Bayer has 3 new rules in order to fulfill his potential as a hockey player and he’ll do just about anything to stay focus. But during his first day back he meets someone who definitely captures his attention. Sylvie gets the opportunity of her life by becoming part of the women’s hockey team, the Bombshells. It also doesn’t hurt that the team is set in Brooklyn, where someone whom she really cares about also lives. Aside from their love for hockey, these two have one thing in common, Anton ‘Baby’ Bayer has 3 new rules in order to fulfill his potential as a hockey player and he’ll do just about anything to stay focus. But during his first day back he meets someone who definitely captures his attention. Sylvie gets the opportunity of her life by becoming part of the women’s hockey team, the Bombshells. It also doesn’t hurt that the team is set in Brooklyn, where someone whom she really cares about also lives. Aside from their love for hockey, these two have one thing in common, prove that they deserve to be in their respective teams. So of course once they meet, they become really good friends and workout buddies. They both felt attracted to each other since they met and you could feel the tension between them. And once they take their friendship to the next level, it’s HOT HOT HOT. I really liked how their friendship started and how it they also became workout buddies. I really fell in love with Anton. His sweetness, determination and the way he conquers (in someway) his fears made me fall in love with him. He has been through some not so nice things, but he never let them determine who he is. I also like Sylvie’s determination for just about anything she wants to conquer. In her case though, it’s something good and bad for her. Her determination has lead her where she is, but it has also caused her some pain. I’ll be 100% though, I wasn’t sure how the whole situation with the teammate was going to play out, but I think Sarina Bowen did a pretty good job to not create a full love triangle vibe in this book. If you’re looking for a fun, light sports romance; I’ll give this one a try! 4-4.5 ⭐️

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Bombshells by Sarina Bowen The Bruisers and the Bombshells meet in this next book of the Brooklyn Bruisers and feature Baby Bayer and Sylvie! The Bombshells is the newly formed female hockey team where Sylvia is the backup goalkeeper. It’s instant attraction for both of them but Anton is on the straight and narrow (no distractions whatsoever!) while Sylvie thinks she’s in love with someone else. Keeping all of this in mind, Anton and Sylvie strike up a friendship first and foremost. I enjoyed ex Bombshells by Sarina Bowen The Bruisers and the Bombshells meet in this next book of the Brooklyn Bruisers and feature Baby Bayer and Sylvie! The Bombshells is the newly formed female hockey team where Sylvia is the backup goalkeeper. It’s instant attraction for both of them but Anton is on the straight and narrow (no distractions whatsoever!) while Sylvie thinks she’s in love with someone else. Keeping all of this in mind, Anton and Sylvie strike up a friendship first and foremost. I enjoyed experiencing all the different relationships in this book and particularly loved revisiting the Bruisers locker room 😆. However, what struck me most was the relationships slowly forming between the Bombshells. Supportive, strong, and overall badassery. The romance between Sylvie and Anton started slowly and I was here for it! There wasn’t much I disliked about the book apart from having to wait foreverrrrr for the next one! I mentioned Sylvie thinking she’s in love with someone else, but there’s no triangle here. Each book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series can absolutely be read as a standalone however, if possible, I’d definitely suggest reading the whole series. *I voluntarily read an early copy of this book. **Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julia Griffis - The Romance Bibliophile

    NO SPOILERS! I loved Bombshells and Anton and Sylvie’s story! It was funny, sexy, swoon-worthy, and I loved the storyline and characters. Sarina Bowen did a wonderful job crafting the fifth standalone in the Brooklyn series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I was very happy with the conclusion and loved the sneak peek of the next standalone in the series at the end. Sarina Bowen definitely has another hit sports romance on her hands with Bombshells, and I’m super excited for Charl NO SPOILERS! I loved Bombshells and Anton and Sylvie’s story! It was funny, sexy, swoon-worthy, and I loved the storyline and characters. Sarina Bowen did a wonderful job crafting the fifth standalone in the Brooklyn series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I was very happy with the conclusion and loved the sneak peek of the next standalone in the series at the end. Sarina Bowen definitely has another hit sports romance on her hands with Bombshells, and I’m super excited for Charli and Drake’s story in Shenanigans in 2022! For more reviews and other book news, please visit: https://theromancebibliophile.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meegz Reads

    *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Yesssss, I really loved getting back into this world! The Bruisers and The Bombshells were so much fun, and I'm really looking forward to more. Anton and Sylvie were both great characters that I found easy to like. Sylvie needed to sort out her past a bit, but for the most part she was great. Anton has his own personal issues which are largely because of a certain family member, who, I really really did not like when they appeared. A *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Yesssss, I really loved getting back into this world! The Bruisers and The Bombshells were so much fun, and I'm really looking forward to more. Anton and Sylvie were both great characters that I found easy to like. Sylvie needed to sort out her past a bit, but for the most part she was great. Anton has his own personal issues which are largely because of a certain family member, who, I really really did not like when they appeared. All the team members in this, of both team, were so much fun. The banter was great and I really liked when they all had these fun times together. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for more. Highly recommend! Review also on my blog - Bombshells by Amy Daws Follow me on: Facebook Twitter Instagram

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)

    Original review: A Novel Glimpse Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion. Bombshells is one of the books I've been looking forward to the most for the spring of 2021. I am happy to report it was everything I could have wanted it to be. This time around it's "Baby Bayer" who meets his match. In case you're trying to remember who "Baby Bayer" is, it's Anton Bayer. He's related to retired player Eric Bayer (Moonlighter).  Anton is a player who has had some ups and downs in his short Original review: A Novel Glimpse Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion. Bombshells is one of the books I've been looking forward to the most for the spring of 2021. I am happy to report it was everything I could have wanted it to be. This time around it's "Baby Bayer" who meets his match. In case you're trying to remember who "Baby Bayer" is, it's Anton Bayer. He's related to retired player Eric Bayer (Moonlighter).  Anton is a player who has had some ups and downs in his short career. This season, he's determined to stay away from the temptations of his career and be the most professional athlete he can be. That plan is thrown off guard by Silvie, one of the goalies for the new Brooklyn Bombshells hockey team. Anton can't help but be attracted to Sylvie -- even if he should avoid her due to her relationship with one of his friends and teammates.  Anton was a funny guy. He could be mature and focused, but he could also be a man-child. I loved his made up words and upbeat personality. What I loved most about his character, though, was the way he supported and built up Sylvie. He knew how to encourage her. Sylvie was a sweet and somewhat naive. She didn't have a lot of experience with relationships and that showed, but it was also perfect for this story. I liked the ups and downs she went through with Bryce and how it prepared her for what was to come with Anton. I also loved how she worked hard to make her goalie dream a reality. Don't let the sweet and naive comment fool you. Sylvie was a strong woman and force to be reckoned with. Anton and Sylvie's relationship was full of a bunch of fun ups and downs. I loved that they got to know each other first through a friendship and hockey camaraderie. The time they spent together as friends made their transition into a relationship feel very natural. There was a fire between them, but also a sweetness. I loved every moment of it.  Bombshells was an enjoyable return to the Brooklyn series. It was everything I've come to expect from Sarina Bowen's books in this hockey romance series. It had a great couple and a bunch of cameos from my favorite Bruisers. I hope Bowen continues this series because I can't get enough of it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victoria’s Bookish Loves

    I am so thankful to have received an advanced listening copy of Bombshells in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of Sarina Bowen’s. I have read all but two of her books and was very highly anticipating the new Brooklyn series book. I was excited to learn that Bombshells was not only Anton Bayer’s book also known as Baby Bayer, cousin of retired player Eric Bayer from Moonlighter but also included the introduction of the women’s hockey team that has been teased since Brooklynaire. Thi I am so thankful to have received an advanced listening copy of Bombshells in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of Sarina Bowen’s. I have read all but two of her books and was very highly anticipating the new Brooklyn series book. I was excited to learn that Bombshells was not only Anton Bayer’s book also known as Baby Bayer, cousin of retired player Eric Bayer from Moonlighter but also included the introduction of the women’s hockey team that has been teased since Brooklynaire. This book follows Anton who had a hard rookie season and is determined to be more focused this season. He promises himself that he will have no distractions this season, no women, no drinking, all his focus on hockey. This plan goes very awry when he meets Sylvie the new goalie for the Bombshells, Brooklyn’s new women’s hockey team. I loved the introduction of the Bombshells. The camaraderie and friendships that are formed between the women’s team members were so sweet. The girl power moments were amazing. I love a strong female friendship in my books. I am already very excited about the possibility of Fiona and Charlie’s books. Anton and Sylvie definitely had great chemistry and I loved the friends to lovers aspect of their story. I was glad about the way their relationship ended up especially because of my initial nervousness with the possibility of a love triangle with another player on the Bruisers who has a history with Sylvie. I was so grateful that there were none of the annoying love triangle aspects. This had the best resolution I’ve seen in a long time. Overall, this book was another win for Sarina for me. I always feel like I’m coming home whenever I return to the Bruisers. I can't wait for the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Lund

    This was such a fun read! Lots of new secondary characters introduced and a whole new world of women’s hockey. Anton and Sylvie had great chemistry from the start and the plot was well paced. This book was light and fun and what I needed right now.

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