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Publisher's Summary

Q: What’s the opposite of a “meet cute?”

A: Meeting a handsome guy at the very moment you’re breaking out in hives all over your body.

The mysterious allergic reaction I have at the hockey game is terrifying. But it’s just a little less terrifying when a big, strong equipment manager for the Brooklyn Bruisers saves the day.

That’s how I meet James “Jimbo” Carozza. When I’m alone and frightened, he gets me the help I need and delivers me safely to the emergency room.

Too bad I don’t even get his number....

©2021 Sarina Bowen (P)2022 Tuxbury Publishing LLC

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Nice short story

This is a sweet short story; the characters are so likable. This is short and left me wanting more, I'm a fan of Sarina Bowen's hockey books, this is a small taste. I didn't really care for the male reader, not bad, just not my taste and Lena Lee was very good, no need for a second reader.

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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Must Love Sarina Bowen!

I have the biggest smile on my face after listening tl Must Love Hockey. It’s such a wonderful audiobook. This is the first time I listened to Lena Lee, and she’s amazing. I loved her voice and her performance as Emily was outstanding. Stephen Dexter is always great, and he was wonderful as James. I highly recommend listening to this jewel.

It is no secret that I love everything Sarina Bowen writes. I especially love her Brooklyn Bruisers series despite the fact that I have never even seen a hockey game in my life. Every single one of the books in this series is a wonderful soul hug and I highly recommend it.

I loved everything about this story. I just couldn’t get enough of Emily and James. They are so wonderful together. The hockey action is pretty cool, and there’s Bruisers shenanigans to enjoy. It’s hilarious, sweet, and there’s also ice melting heat to enjoy. It’s a wonderful read.

Must Love Hockey is a novella for one of the most beloved characters in the series and is just wonderful. Jimbo is the team’s equipment manager. He’s sweet, smooth, and super swoony. He’s also a bit wicked. One hundred percent book boyfriend material.

It is a novella, but it can be read as a complete standalone. It’s a great way to get to know the wonderful characters in this fantastic hockey world, or to get a taste of the awesomeness that is Sarina Bowen’s writing. However you look at it is a win-win.

This novella was previously published as a newsletter serial, so some people might have already read it. In any case, it’s so good it’s worth having it at hand to reread. And it’s also now available in audio.

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Sweet novella

Cute story but at first I thought she liked him because of hockey.

It’s a cute one if you are between books, if grab it.

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Short and sweet (but not completely sweet!)

I love that Sarina Bowen gave us the sweet story of the equipment manager of the Brooklyn Bruisers, the hockey team from her series. He’s not the typical hero - the star athlete, the team owner, etc. - but just an average Jim who happens to be gorgeous. Emily is also not a typical h, a student with a boyfriend who takes her for granted, and she meets Jimbo while having an unexpected allergic reaction. I would love to have seen more of their relationship going forward, but for a novella it was just right. Stephen Dexter and Lena Lee were fantastic and brought a really good Brooklyn accent. Great easy quick listen for a lazy afternoon.

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Smiling for days

Oh, my heart!!! I read Must Love Hockey when it was released in serial form and couldn't WAIT to get my hands on this novella so I could have it all in one place. This novella is sweet, funny and full of heart. This is something I will come back to again when I need a smile..and a sigh.

If you've read any of Sarina Bowen's Brooklyn Bruisers books then you've met Jimbo. If you haven't, it's ok. You can absolutely follow this just fine-but I guarantee you that you'll want to read more. But I digress. I adore Jimbo. Strong, smart and sexy-and did I mention he's sweet?? He has one of the BEST lines ever in a romance, I swear. I couldn't stop smiling!

Emily is so much fun. Smart and spunky and just the kind of girl I'd love to hang out with. I loved getting to know her throughout this novella!

I loved everything about this-from the meet cute to the very end. I was completely smitten. And can we talk about the audio of this for a moment? PERFECTION. Stephen Dexter just killed it and I loved Lena Lee!! She was new to me but I thought she did a great job bringing Emily to life.

I've now read this twice and listened once...because it's just that good. I absolutely enjoyed every moment of this novella and can't recommend it enough!

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Where is the rest of this book?

I feel like this book abruptly ends half way through the story. 3 hours instead of 10!
I usually love her books and this series, but this was a huge disappointment… especially given that I loved the meet cue and thought there was a lot of missed opportunity in the plot.

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Delightful short

I first read the story when it was released serially through Sarina’s newsletter and I was hooked on Emily and Jimbo’s story immediately. The MCs are delightful and the meet cute is so original! All the bruisers players had a cameo in this book which is so much fun! It’s amazing how much details are in the story and I love every minute of it. Thank you for the wonderful casting too! It’s nice to hear an Asian narrating Emily. :)

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  • 03-20-22

Not the best

I wanted to enjoy this book, but she was with her boyfriend for wayyy too long. Then, I got to the end and felt underwhelmed. Other Sarina Bowen books are way better.

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  • 04-21-22

Beautiful ❤️‍🩹🏒

I definitely loved this short story . Jimbo and Emily are gorgeous together . I definitely wanted more . I loved listening to Stephen and Lena who did a fabulous job bring this story to life . ❤️‍🔥🏒❤️‍🔥🏒❤️‍🔥🏒❤️‍🔥🏒❤️‍🔥

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  • 03-15-22

Wow

This was a wonderful quick read of a great love story. Loved how he cared for her and followed up. Even though he knew she was taken. He was just that in love with her. Loved that his teammates rallied round and helped him get the girl. Sense of non blood family. Love theses stories of the family you find.
Narration was awesome too.