ARC Review: Bombshells by Sarina Bowen

Bombshells by Sarina Bowen

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on April 13, 2021

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 280 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

The women’s league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team…

This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals.

Especially that last thing.

So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rink? An amazing female hockey player. I want Sylvie in a way that’s more than just friendly. I crave her. But I have a championship to win, and so does she.

Then she gets her heart broken by my teammate, and I make the foolish mistake of comforting her in the best way I know how. Our night together sets off a string of sins.

Nobody can know about our affair, especially my overprotective teammate. I can’t let anyone see into my greedy little heart. Not even her.

The things I want from her, and the things we’ve already done? If anyone knew, there’d be bombshells.

Contains: a defenseman with dreamy blue eyes, a female goalie with bad ideas, a major battle of the sexes and a swimming pool scene…


The Brooklyn Bruisers are back with Sarina Bowen’s newest Brooklyn Bruisers’ book, Bombshells, but they’re not the only team taking the ice this time around. Women’s hockey has made it’s way to the page and with it comes another talented and attractive squad. This book had the perfect mix of on ice excitement, sweet & sexy romance, and teammate shenanigans during downtime that I’ve come to love the most in Bowen’s work. Anton and Sylvie make for an extremely compelling couple.

While Anton’s made some mistakes during his career, this season is all business and getting back to his winning ways. He tries desperately not to fall head over heels for Sylvie but her passion for the sport and volunteering gets under his skin. He’s constantly thinking he’s not worthy of her due to his past and how a possible relationship would impact his teammate. It’s pretty clear at this point that I’ve totally got a thing for the Bayer boys and Baby Bayer’s story might be my favorite so far.

Sylvie not only has the chance of a lifetime to play professional in Brooklyn, she also gets to reconnect with the man she considers her best friend/the love of her life. There’s the lingering possibility of a love triangle through a good portion of this book but I appreciated how Sylvie experiences how feelings can morph and change. I also thought the exploration of her grief was well done, showcasing how loss can shape lives in a variety of ways. Seeing her find happiness with Anton made my heart soar.

And with the new team in Brooklyn, we’re introduced to not just Sylvie but her teammates as well. Some of which (Fiona & Charli) better be getting their own books down the line. There’s always been a lot of detail on the inner workings of hockey with these books so it was refreshing to see Bowen delve into the differences and disparities between men and women’s sports especially when it comes to money, sponsorships, and so much more. Hopefully we’ll see more of this in future installments.

Overall Bombshells has currently taken up residence as one of my favorite Bruisers stories. Sylvie and Anton made such an endearing couple and each moment on their way to happily every after was so well done. I also loved the return to a lot of on ice action as well as having all of the previous MCs getting little moments to shine. If you haven’t had a chance to read any of Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn novels, I highly recommend jumping right in.


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