ARC Review: Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen

MoonlighterMoonlighter by Sarina Bowen

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on October 22, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages:  Format: eARC Source: Publisher

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.

Ever since Sarina Bowen introduced readers to Eric Bayer, hotshot hockey player for the Brooklyn Bruisers, I’ve been dying to delve into his story. Now that the first book in The Company spin-off series is nearly out and I’ve had a chance to read Moonlighter I can assure all those fans that it’s well worth the wait. Prepare for familiar faces, family dynamics, and one hell of a ride.

Right from the start, the reader takes a deep dive into Eric’s background. His father and brother own a prestigious security company and they want him on board. What sucks him in though is an old childhood friend in deep shit. Alex is the CEO of a booming tech company, pregnant, and fears for her safety. He agrees to accompany her to Hawaii and play fake boyfriend for a bit. What’s the worse that could happen?

It’s clear early on these two have exquisite chemistry and they quickly take the plunge. It’s what happens after that’s so compelling and endearing. Eric would do anything for her despite his bachelor lifestyle and Alex struggles to let him get too close. The two of them have excellent banter but also a smile inducing goodwill that shows the depth of their feeling.

What takes this book to the next level though is the added element of mystery and threats occurring. Alex’s safety is at risk from the start but it quickly turns from violent ex-boyfriend to high tech spy craft in a matter of pages. There are murky powers at work and everything from breaking and entering, chase scenes, and eliminating the competition comes up. Honestly it was a cool change of pace in my romance reading.

Overall Moonlighter was another excellent story from Sarina Bowen and I could not put it down. This offshoot from her Brooklyn Bruisers boys takes on an air of mystery and intrigue while still delivering the hot and heavy romance I’ve come to adore. Eric is quite the bad ass with a heart of gold and Alex pulls no punches in both business and life. I absolutely loved this one and totally recommend anything Bowen writes!

Are you excited for Moonlighter? Enjoy Sarina Bowen’s books?

Let me know in the comments below!

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