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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Sure Shot (Brooklyn #4) by Sarina Bowen

A Review by Wendy 
4.5 Always More to The Story Stars
* * * * 1/2  
Spoiler Free
I always know when Sarina Bowen decides to write a story, there will be more than what is teased in the blurb. Sure Shot is so much more than a romance novel about a couple who meets has chemistry, may have a minor hiccup, and then miraculously have their hea. If this was just that, handled by Bowen, it would have heart, humor, sexy times, and readers would be totally satisfied.

But Bowen doesn't settle. She looks at plots, personal relationships, today's worries, and other cultural issues and weaves them into a story that will make the readers see and experience more than surface emotions. Her focus and the ways of expressing real-life situations make us take a moment and truly feel what we are experiencing.

This ability is SPECIAL. It takes sports romance and takes it to another level. It explains why Bowen has had such an impact on this genre. But to be clear, it not just this genre where Ms. Bowen excels, it is whatever she attempts.

So with all of that said, Sure Shot is about two people who have had a past many years ago. Their time together was one of those experiences that make an impact, the kind that is ingrained, and will be remembered over the years.

Ten years later, Bess Beringer is now a very successful sports agency owner.
She worked as a young woman with the groundbreaking sports agent in NYC and he took her under his wing. She learned from the best and when she had a little personal time with an up and coming athlete, she was warned off, as being a woman in a man's world means appearance is everything. Bess decided she needed to let go of a possible real relationship in order to be believed as capable.

This changed her ideas about relationships, whether she could even have one and with who. As the years went by, Bess was devoted to her career, and there never was anyone who measured up to the man she had cut loose so many years ago.

Now Bess is at the stage where her career is set, she has figured out what is personally important and has come up with her five-year plan. Her brother is part of the Brooklyn Bruisers and with Mark "Tank" Tankiewick being traded to the team, Bess will be crossing paths with the one man she has never forgotten.

This cannot be happening.

Mark sees Bess and is hit with every memory he has ever had of her. The good, their incredible time together, the smell of her, the way her lips were so soft, all of the things he has thought about over the years. He also remembers the horrific pain...of being cut out of what could have been something. To be tossed aside almost ghosted before there even was ghosting. Seeing her in front of him makes all of these thoughts come rushing back.

Now the story has these two Trying to stay away...of course, they can't. And the times they do spend together are something I would like to experience personally, please...

But there is so much more than that in this love story...and it tackles serious issues that people have and from a very different perspective. Something I haven't seen before. Was I surprised...nope, because you see, that is the Sarina Bowen way. She will take a standard concept and digs deep, flips it, turns it, dissects it, and make you look at it with new eyes.

Bess and Mark are amazing people. Both have gone through things that would bring others to their knees. There is no doubt they belong together but the deep dark demons Mark has will make him think he hasn't any right to be with Bess. Bess's strength and ability to keep bouncing back is commendable. You rooted for her and wanted him to be able to break through the obstacles they had put up.

This book had so much going for it. I liked the people I spent time with, got to see those I already knew, and wanted to be right there in Brooklyn with them. I always do...

So take a moment and let Sarina Bowen take you to a place where you will love all the characters, feel the chemistry between two people that jumps off the page, and have life lessons that are worth holding on to. 

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

About Sarina Bowen

 Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of 30+ books, including the True North series, and the Brooklyn Bruisers. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
Are you looking for a friends-to-lovers story or maybe even a secret baby book? You can read a list of Sarina's books broken out by trope and style.


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