Today we are delighted to be sharing Sarina Bowen’s all-new stand-alone contemporary/sports romance in the
Brooklyn Bruisers world,
Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.
Three years ago I met the most amazing woman. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.
But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.
While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.
But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.
She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart.
Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF
Diving into Bowen’s reads is always a treat. Whatever the offering, her characters are unique, their stories interesting and the lifelike banter is sure to draw you in from the word go. To my surprise, this engaging stand-alone in the Brooklyn Bruisers world doesn’t just revolve around sport, but also music. Rock star sub-genre isn’t really my cuppa; however, Superfan has been written in such a way that my opinion quickly changed. The detail is without a doubt, well-researched and as I had no idea to what extent a musician’s representative/record company has over their artists, I was quite taken aback.
“I need you to be less trusting. Don’t trust anyone on your payroll. Don’t trust strangers who offer you candy. Don’t trust men who want to get in your pants. Or women, if you swing that way.”
This second chance romance was right up my alley! I have to admit that the angst in the last quarter of the story wound me up so much that I found myself rereading certain passages which I’d read too quickly. I loved the hockey team camaraderie, the ribbing and encouragement Silas Kelly’s friends gave him. You see, from the moment he’d set his eyes on Delilah Spark, he was smitten but as luck would have it, they’d lost contact. When the occasion arose, all he needed was a nudge in the right direction. Mind you, there’s nothing subtle about how his mates played him but laugh-out-loud, I did.
‘I’m used to taking a lot of flak for my obsession with Delilah Spark, even if my interest in her is slightly less pathetic than everyone assumes.’
Kind eyes, a good friend to his friends and a heart of gold, Sillas is a smashing person. He doesn’t have a bad bone in his body; however, something he’s not at all proud of happened years back and he’s kept it to himself ever since. Funnily enough, it involved a certain individual who’s out to make his and Delilah’s life difficult. Blinkin’ heck…there are quite a few serious moments when I even considered doing some Kindle bashing! But I love my Kindle, so I called him all the names under the sun instead! It wasn’t enough that tight schedules or the long-distance between them hindered their growing relationship, they also had to contend with this moron.
‘And this ordinary girl does not have the courage to up and move thousands of miles across the country to ask a man to love her. Even a man as great as Silas.’
There’s nothing pretentious about Delilah. She’s a really lovely gal trying to move past bad decisions, and coming to terms with her weasel of an ex-boyfriend’s actions isn’t easy. She’d trusted the wrong person and that’s made her very wary of everyone except her personal assistant. For someone who’s a rising star, one would think her lack of self-confidence a tad strange but I found her stance regarding stardom totally understandable. All she wants to do is write songs and sing them.
‘It’s been way too easy to find our rhythm. And I don’t ever want the song to end.’
Delilah’s personal problems are handled by Silas with so much consideration that my heart melted. Together they are sweet, loving and in one exotic scenario…goodness me, I was left smiling from ear to ear. Not only was it great catching up with all the guys and gals from previous books in this series, but a new character literally bowled me over. Kickass, dry wit and totally professional, their solid advice to Delilah was more than spot on. Having sussed out who was behind cruel deeds before the ending didn’t spoil my reading enjoyment in the slightest, and I can’t recommend Superfan enough. Bravo Ms Bowen!
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Also available in the Brooklyn Bruisers world:
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn #1)
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?
Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn #2)
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
Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
The Ivy Years is her bestselling series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. Click here for The Ivy Years updates.
For lovers of angsty snowboarding heroes, Sarina also writes the Gravity series! Coming in From the Cold features a downhill ski racer and one of the most unique plot conflicts in contemporary romance today. Falling From the Sky is book #2, about a freestyle snowboarder who nearly loses his life in the halfpipe.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.