Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 12, 2020 by Indie Published
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A new stand-alone hockey romance from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.
On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, sports agent Bess Beringer is ready to make some changes. Armed with a five-year plan—indexed and color coded—she’ll tackle her personal life with the same zeal that she brings to her successful agency.
A big, tall, ripped hunk of hockey player who’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers is not a part of that plan. Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz has a lot of baggage. He’s a ride-or-die loner with a bad reputation. He’s on the rebound. He’s also the sexiest thing on two legs, and for some crazy reason it’s Bess that he wants.
She knows better. But then she falls stupid in love with him anyway. And for a while it seems like maybe he’ll do the same.
Until she asks him for the one thing he can never give her…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I heard Sarina Bowen was writing another book set in the Brooklyn Bruisers world, I was so excited. Her books are so, so bingeable and swoony reads. I freaked out a little when I got an ARC of this, and binge read it as soon as I could. After finishing I gave the book 3.5 stars, but after sitting on it and thinking more about it, this is more of a 3 star read for me.
Heads up: This review will contain spoilers. I didn’t want to include spoilers, but some of the things I had issues with are definitely spoilers, and I feel like I need to mention them in my review.
I mentioned that Sarina Bowen’s books are super bingeable, and that was no different with Sure Shot. This is one of those books that you know you’re going to finish in one sitting because the story is compelling and the writing is super easy to read. I’m usually not a huge fan of second-chance romances, but this one worked for me. I think it’s becuase unlike most second-chance, Bess and Tank didn’t date before, they just had a friends with benefits relationship. In Sure Shot they run into each other for the first time in ten years, and start spending time together and actually getting to know each other.
Bess and Tank were both great characters. Bess doesn’t take shit from anyone. She’s a woman in a male dominated field and she doesn’t let that stop her from putting people in their place and getting what she wants. Tank is a grumpy hero, which is always fun to read.
What made me lower my rating was the ending. There aren’t many storylines about infertility, especially when it’s on the male character’s end, and I was excited to get that in this story. Bess has wanted a child for so long, and after learning about Tank’s infertility has to adapt to the circumstances. I really wanted to see what Bess and Tank would do, how it would affect their relationship, and how they would move forward. What I wasn’t expecting was a “surprise/miracle” pregnancy. I feel like it completely took away from the message being said about infertility earlier in the story.
There was also a comment the characters made that didn’t sit right with me. Before they find out Bess is pregnant, the couple decide to foster children who are seeking asylum with their parent(s). The way this is written sounded super white saviory, and it doesn’t help that one of the characters makes a comment about how they’re doing what they can for the child, and even if the child and their parent(s) are deported, at least they’re deported together. Why?
Overall I don’t think this was Sarina Bowen’s best work. I don’t know if she was trying to incorporate more inclusion and current events in her book, but whatever the reason is, you can’t throw something in a book without doing enough research and giving it enough story time. If you’re trying to be more inclusive, actually do the work.