Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
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?
I received an e-arc of Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book.
I loved this book. I loved this book so damn much! I’ve nearly read all of Sarina Bowen’s books now and this has to be one of my favourites. It’s fun, beautiful and put a smile on my face. It’s friends to lovers, and it’s done so well.
Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen follows Nate and Rebecca, two colleagues turned friends as they try and navigate their lives after they share a moment together. It’s a romance that the readers have seen a glimpse of from the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina. Nate and Rebecca have known each other for about 7 years when the book starts off and it was great to see their relationship move from friends to something much more.
Nate is basically the best human ever! He was adorable and took my heart away. The reader was able to see his feelings for Rebecca grow and it just so nice to see. It was also nice to see a somewhat manly man care and adore Rebecca so much – and he didn’t care. I loved how his friends teased and while he tried to act chill, the reader is able to see that Nate doesn’t care that people can see that he likes Rebecca.
I loved that Nate took care of Rebecca after her accident, it was great to see that he was aware and paid attention to what was going on in her life. And while it did seem like her hovered a little, it was because he cared. He wanted Rebecca to have the best care that she needed. It was nice to see someone with money use it for good.
I enjoyed Rebecca as a protagonist just as much Nate. She is sassy, strong and just made me smile. After Rebecca’s accident on the ice, she feels lost. She can’t work, she can’t stand without feeling dizzy, she just wants things to go back to normal. It was hard to see Rebecca struggle with this. She wants to go back to work and do things with her life – but her health stops her. While it’s only temporary for Rebecca, I could totally connect with her.
The romance in Brooklynaire was totally adorable, I couldn’t deal with it. I loved how it turned from friendship to romance slowly – like 7 years slowly. I liked how they were both hesitate, but when it came to it, they both gave it. One of the great things that the reader gets to enjoy is the flashbacks to some of the key moments in Nate’s and Rebecca’s relationship. I loved seeing how much they cared for one another but didn’t admit it to one another, but then it slowly come together.
The only problem that I really had with Brooklynaire was that I really wanted more interaction between Rebecca, her family and friends. At the start, we get a good glimpse of Rebecca and her sister, but from then on – there isn’t much interaction. I wanted to get to know their relationship more, but I didn’t get that. The same goes for Rebecca and Georgia. They are supposedly really close and there was some girl talk – but I just wanted to see them together not for ‘big news’ talk, but more. However, this was only a little nick in a fantastic story.
Overall, I loved Brooklynaire. It’s got the classic Sarina Bowen steam with a beautiful romance to go along with it. Nate and Rebecca were adorable and I loved seeing their friendship turn to love. Brooklynaire explores love, friendship and finding your ground. It’s fun, heartbreaking and loving at the same time. Brooklynaire is a novel that will appeal to all romance lovers.
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