Rookie MoveXOXOAD is delighted to welcome author Sarina Bowen to the blog today! Sarina is the author of the Brooklyn Bruisers series of hockey romances, starting with ROOKIE MOVE, which is now on sale. She’s one of the many women who have discovered the joys of hockey–and hockey players–and she’s here to convince you, too!

For a little extra help, we’re including some pictures of the hottest hockey players we could find. And if you prefer your hockey guys a little more roughed up, don’t miss the upcoming nonfiction book HOCKEY STRONG by Todd Smith, featuring some of the greatest, messiest, bloodiest photos ever taken on ice!

So take it away, Sarina!

I’m so excited to introduce the Brooklyn Bruisers to readers. Rookie Move is the story of Leo Trevi as he struggles with his rookie year in the NHL as well as his broken heart. (Readers may remember Leo from three of my Ivy Years novels.) In this spin-off, Leo has grown up and made it to the big leagues.

That’s right. I’m not done writing hockey. Who could stop when hockey is the most exciting sport, and hockey players make the sexiest heroes? I can prove it, too.

  1. Hockey players are the original tough guys. This isn’t soccer, where the medics run onto the field every twenty minutes and carry someone off on a stretcher. An injured hockey player gets up and skates off the ice, no matter what. And, in the immortal words of Evel Knievel, “Bones heal. And chicks dig scars.” After a game, Leo will likely be bruised all over his six-pack abs. But he will not complain. (Still—a girlfriend can kiss it to make it better.)

    Ryan Kesler
    Ryan Kesler (via Sports Illustrated’s Body issue)
  2. Hockey players go fast. As Bode Miller once said, “in tennis, only the ball goes fast.” In hockey, it’s the players. Our man Trevi will exceed 20 mph on his skates when he needs to cover the ice. How can he do that? A great skater has an intuitive understanding of gliding and friction. And shouldn’t all men understand the finer points of (*cough*) gliding and friction?
  3. Hockey players don’t need a break. In hockey — as in life — there are very few time-outs. This is not a slow moving game. Leo is always ready for anything, be it a party, a climbing wall competition or a heated tennis match against the love of his life, Georgia. Sleep is for the weak, and time-outs are for sissy men. All that stamina he’s honed on the ice? It’s useful in many, many situations!
  4. Hockey players are always ready to receive the pass. When Leo first gets to Brooklyn, he finds that the coach hates him and his ex-girlfriend doesn’t want to spend time with him. But a hockey god has many skills: stick handling, stamina, and patience. And the drive to do whatever it takes to win her heart.
  5. Marcus Foglino

    Hockey players understand First Touch. In hockey, “first touch” refers to the way a player always knows immediately whether to try to pass or score. In Rookie Move, Leo learns that “first touch” can last a lifetime. Even after six years apart, his connection to Georgia is as strong as ever. He knows they belong together, but old wounds mean that she’s not quite ready to believe it. Will he pass… or score?

Has Sarina convinced you yet? If so, read on for a taste of ROOKIE MOVE.

Rookie Move is the first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

via ESPN's Body Issue
Tyler Seguin (via ESPN’S Body Issue)