A new stand-alone hockey romance from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, sports agent Bess Beringer is ready to make some changes. Armed with a five-year plan—indexed and color coded—she’ll tackle her personal life with the same zeal that she brings to her successful agency.

A big, tall, ripped hunk of hockey player who’s just been traded to the Brooklyn Bruisers is not a part of that plan. Mark “Tank” Tankiewicz has a lot of baggage. He’s a ride-or-die loner with a bad reputation. He’s on the rebound. He’s also the sexiest thing on two legs, and for some crazy reason it’s Bess that he wants.

She knows better. But then she falls stupid in love with him anyway. And for a while it seems like maybe he’ll do the same.

Until she asks him for the one thing he can never give her…

I’m a sucker for a romance between a grumpy hero, not looking for love falling for the heroine, with a 5-year life plan. And Sure Shot delivered on this promise in the most delightful and heartwarming way.

It was so easy to fall in love with Tank and Bess because Sarina Bowen wrote them so well, it’s impossible not to like them. I enjoyed their dance, from being FWB to having some serious feelings for each other. They had great chemistry and I loved how their connection deepened throughout the book.

The conflict, in my opinion, was the highlight. Tank came into the team bringing a lot of baggage, including a bitter divorce and some really ugly rumors that did not endear him to his new teammates at the very beginning. He struggled and Bess was his one bright spot in a new city where he felt unwelcomed. At first, I thought he was eh, shallow but as the story moved along, I found myself rooting for him. Kudos to Sarina for not resorting to the “evil ex” stereotype when it came to Jordanna, Tank’s ex.

Bess has some baggage, too. Her bad experiences during childhood explained a lot of her motivations. And it explained why those experiences made her long to have a family of her own, something that Tank couldn’t give her.

It was a tautly written conflict and the resolution, while others might say is too neat, fits and was satisfying to me.

CW: Infertility, divorce.