ARC Book Review: Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Superfan is an adult contemporary romance set in the Brooklyn Bruisers/Brooklyn series by Sarina Bowen. Each book can be read as a stand-alone (but you’ll miss out on character cameos!) and features different members of the fictional Brooklyn Bruisers NHL hockey team.  I’ve read two of the Brooklyn Bruiser books so far and knew I had to get my hands on this latest one. And you should totally check out Bowen’s website because she has her titles organized by trope!

Thank you so much Sarina for providing me with an advanced copy in return for an honest review! Superfan releases 6/25/19!

45836452Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.
But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.
She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.

This is a second chance romance at its finest. This was just such a fun and enjoyable romance. I could easily picture this as an adorable rom com movie. It wasn’t too cheesy, or too over the top dramatic. The pacing and flow was just right without anything being tedious.  The setting was often on or by the beach which helped create a fun easy breezy feel to the story. And although it’s within the Brooklyn Bruiser’s hockey universe, the story doesn’t focus on any real hockey action as it mostly takes place during the off season.

Silas and Delilah are both very likable characters.  Silas is the goalie for the Brooklyn Bruisers. He is very straight to the point about who he is and what he likes and wants, especially when it comes to his feelings for Delilah. Delilah is a famous singer/songwriter and is spunky and humble, but has some trauma in her life she’s working through (trigger warning: date rape drug but no rape). Silas and Delilah live privileged lives due to their careers and it’s fun to read and imagine being them. I love their story about how they meet and how they reunite; I felt like one of their friends being so excited for them and rooting them on. There is a love letter situation involved that is super swoon worthy.

There were a few things that I didn’t love. The beginning of the book was a little awkward and cringe-y for me.  There is all this banter between the male pro hockey players and roommates that just did not seem realistic in the least. Silas kept saying “just you wait” several times when discussing a hockey game they were watching and reminded me of the above book description saying “her jerkface ex”.  I don’t know what kind of adult men talk like this. It just felt really weird and seemed pretty obvious that the dialogue was written by a woman and someone specifically trying to avoid swearing. Which is fair if that’s the case, but sometimes you can avoid actually writing swear words but still say something to indicate that they aren’t talking like PG children.  Especially since this is a romance with explicit sex scenes! I think we can amp up the language and dialogue a little bit. And speaking of, the first sexual encounter seemed way off base for Silas’s character and it was very fast. Like “hi, I haven’t seen you in three years and we really don’t know each other and I really want this to work out but let’s go straight to the bedroom”. But overall, I really adored this book and thought it was a really sweet summer read.

Recommend to fans of second chance romance and lifestyles of the humble rich and the famous.

4 stars!

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