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Title: Pipe Dreams
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 2 May 2017
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

REVIEW 

Pipe Dreams literally tore my heart apart before slowly piecing it back together. I think I spent most of the time sniffling while reading it, surprising because prior to Pipe Dreams Lauren hasn’t been a very likeable character.

There have been hints as to Lauren’s dislike for Hockey players scattered through the previous books especially Hard Hitter, and the passing reference to a relationship with the Brooklyn Bruisers top goalie, Mike Beacon.

There was an intense connection and attraction between Lauren and Mike from their first interaction, however, Mike was a married man so they settled for a comfortable friendship. Until Mike’s wife cheated on him, opening up a path straight to Lauren. Lauren and Mike’s relationship was utterly blissful for over a year, even though Lauren had to endure rumours and gossip as to the cause of Mike’s marital problems. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and Mike makes the decision to forgo his own happiness in order to help his ex-wife and young daughter. Instead of discussing his predicament with Lauren, Mike ghosts on her, leaving her with no explanation or closure to their relationship and ripping her heart apart in the process. To the outside world and gossip mongers it looks as if the rumours were true and Lauren was the cause of the split between mike and his wife (poor Lauren),

Mike is an extremely nice person, although his treatment of Lauren at the end of their relationship would negate this assessment. He was a product of circumstance and didn’t know how to handle the change very well. The selfless decision Mike made broke his own heart along with Lauren’s, although I have to say the devastation he left in his wake was all on him.

Skip to present day and Mike’s circumstances have once again altered, with Lauren having to fill Becca’s role with the team while Becca recovers from her head injury allows Mike the chance to smooth over things with Lauren, even if they are unable to resurrect their previous relationship due to the hurt inflicted.

Quite simply Mike and Lauren belong together, there is no denying the chemistry between them. Although Lauren is understandably reluctant to fully trust Mike again with her heart.

Lauren has here own plans in the works having finished her degree she has worked so hard for and embarking on her dream of motherhood that she had planned with Mike, only on her own. Mike has other ideas when he unearths her plans.

I loved the relationship between Mike and Lauren, but also the relationship both have with Mike’s daughter. The path isn’t smooth for Mike and Lauren but the way in which they deal with the barriers before them only aids to strengthen the relationship between them. Mike and Lauren are an example of a relationship that was destined to last ♥

Pipe Dreams was completely unputdownable – it hits all the feels – bring tissues ♥