Book Review: The New Guy by Sarina Bowen

The New Guy

Author: Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Independent (February 28, 2023)
Kindle edition, 348 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance


My name is Hudson Newgate, but my teammates call me New Guy.

That was my nickname in Chicago, too. And Vancouver. That’s what happens when you keep getting traded. Brooklyn is my last chance, especially after my poor performance last season.

But I can make this work. The new guy knows to keep his head down and shoot the puck. The new guy puts the game first.

What he doesn’t do is hook up with the other new guy—a hot athletic trainer who lives in my building. Gavin needs this job with my team. He’s a single dad with responsibilities.

We can’t be a couple. My arrogant agent–who’s also my father–will lose his mind if I’m dating a dude. And my team needs me to score goals, not whip up a media circus.

Too bad Gavin and I are terrible at resisting each other…


Rating: 5 out of 5.

GUH, this book. I had high expectations after Sarina Bowen’s previous MM books co-written with Elle Kennedy (HimUsTop Secret) and BOY HOWDY, I was not disappointed!! And like those other books, this is definitely going on my reread-all-the-times list. Gonna have to buy the audio, too, I guess!

The chemistry between Hudson and Gavin is explosive from the moment they first meet, and it only gets better. There’s a little bit mistaken identities trope here, a little bit of forced proximity, a taste of neighbors to lovers, some mutual pining action… Basically all the best tropes. There is SO much tension between Gavin and Hudson, and at the same time they’re so understanding and communicative (well, most of the time, haha) with each other. It’s super hot, but also sort of soft and cozy. And the way Hudson interacts with Gavin’s daughter, Jordyn – *swoon.*

There’s a part where one of them leaves a voicemail for the other (you’ll know when you get there…) and I reread it about three times with tears just pouring down my face. My heart, ugh. I can’t remember if I actually laughed out loud reading this book, but I know I was grinning like a fool several times, and obviously I cried. ALL the emotions, I’m having trouble verbalizing just how amazingly good this book is, so all I can say is GO READ IT. I’m also super looking forward to the next book (in what I’m hoping will be an entire series), I’m Your Guy.

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