REVIEW: SURE SHOT by Sarina Bowen

A new stand-alone hockey romance from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.

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On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, successful sports agent Bess Beringer is ready to make some changes. Armed with a five-year plan—indexed and color coded—she’ll tackle a few goals in her personal life.

A big, tall, ripped hunk of hockey player who’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers is not a part of that five year plan. Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz has a lot of baggage. He’s a ride-or-die loner. 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.

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My Review

Bess Beringer is a cross-over character from Bowen’s True North series; she’s the sister of Bountiful’s hero, Dave Beringer, and her Sports Agent career is a perfect fit for the Brooklyn Bruisers series, and even more so, since she has history with newest Bruiser, Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz.

While Bess and Tank’s past is definitely significant for handling their present, it’s their unshared time that is the bigger concern. Because, despite the fact that there is still a strong connection and interest between them, they seem to be at much different phases of their lives; plus, Bess’ firm stance on not dating hockey players is quite an obstacle to their second chance.

But, it’s clear, fairly early on in Bess and Tank’s reunion that their chemistry is so much more than physical and that way that plays out in the story line is how they help each other move forward – Bess when it comes to focusing on more than just her career and her game plan and Tank when it comes to getting along and meshing with his new teammates and working through the negative thoughts and feelings he has since his divorce. And it’s during those conversations and interactions that it becomes clear to both of them that what they have is something worth building on, even if it requires them to form new plans. 

I’m a sports romance junkie as well as a huge fan of Sarina Bowen’s storytelling and characters, and when you add my affinity for second chance romances, this story is a trifecta of reading goodness, and the fact that readers get to see past Bowen characters and catch up with them is quite the bonus as well.

4 Poison Apples


Tank: Did you SEE that beautiful goal???

Bess: Yes baby. That’s why I sent you a text last night that said NICE GOAL BABY in shouty caps. Didn’t it come through?

Tank: It came through. But I just wanted to talk about it some more. Because did you SEE that beautiful goal? When Castro accidentally passed to nowhere but I got my stick on it anyway? And before you could say TANK IS A STUD, I put it in?

Bess: Gorgeous goal, hot stuff! I may have spilled my beer I was so excited.

Tank: Where did you spill it?

Bess: All over my naked breasts.

Tank: Really?

Bess: No. But the purpose of this conversation is stroking your ego, right? So I thought I’d just roll with it.

Tank: LOL! I’ll take it.

Bess: 🙂

Tank: You were right, by the way. After the game, Castro told me I had to get the Brooklyn Bridge tattooed across my ass.

About Sarina Bowen


Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See for updates.

HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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