By Sarina Bowen
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Series: Brooklyn #6
Publication Date: March 15,2022
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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What I meant to do in Vegas: Let my hair down for once and celebrate winning a medal at my first women’s hockey all-stars competition.
What I actually did: Got senior prom drunk and woke up married to Brooklyn’s star winger, the great Neil Drake.
He’s the heir to a billion dollars, and I barely survived my childhood. Our friendship is based strictly only on hockey, takeout food, and smack talk.
And now holy matrimony. Although we both know it can’t last, especially once his evil family gets wind of our Vegas shenanigans…
Contains: Meddling teammates, meddling parents, ugly jewelry, and a pretend-kiss that nearly sets the world on fire.
There was a lot to love in this book. I’ve been a fan of Sarina Bowen’s hockey books for a while and I love that she expanded to include a female hockey team. Both Charli and Neil were interesting characters but something didn’t click for me like it usually does with this series. Maybe it was Neil’s family fortune and the attempt to make it relatable by showing his guilt over it. Sport stars and their money work for me but maybe I’m finally moving passed the billionaire fantasy. Or it could be the whole Charli pretending not be interested in guys in the beginning as a way to avoid messy relationships. Something just rubbed me wrong about that and how sexuality was handled. I did like the wake-up in Vegas married plot and the reasons for them to try to stay together for a while. It could also by how hard Charli fought every time Neil tried to support her. At some point, I just wanted her to give in and let the handsome billionaire make your hard life a little easier. I did like the move from friends to lovers as Charli and Neil’s relationship progressed. However, something about this storyline didn’t click in a way that would make me give it 4 stars. It was a solid 3.5 read but I probably wouldn’t do a reread like I would for some of the other books in this series.