· The Company Book 1 · Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name. 

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job. 

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector. 

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed. 

Sarina Bowen has done it again! Alex and Eric's chemistry is off the charts! USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone


Eric Bayer is Sarina Bowen’s sexiest hero yet! New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy


For fans of: Helena Hunting, Elle Kennedy, Catherine Gayle, Avon Gale, Toni Aleo, Kristen Callihan, LJ Shen, Mona Kasten, Corinne Michaels, Jana Aston, Karina Halle, Meghan March, Jay Crownover, Anna Todd, Geneva Lee, Audrey Carlan, Jill Shalvis, Suzanne Brockmann, Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, Kristan Higgins, Sally Thorne, Penelope Sky, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Maisey Yates, Sarah Mayberry, Elle Kennedy, Lauren Blakely, Susan Mallery, Penny Reid, Julia Kent, Kelly Jamieson, Melanie Harlow, Carrie Ann Ryan, Kendall Ryan, Kennedy Ryan, Helen Hardt, Meghan March, Julia Kent, Meli Raine, Sylvia Day, Chelle Bliss, Brenda Rothert, Natasha Madison, Kylie Scott, Helena Hunting, Sloane Kennedy, Penelope Sky, Elle Kennedy, K.A. Linde, Nana Malone, Jami Davenport, Jaci Burton, Penelope Sky, Helen Hardt, E.L. James, Anna Todd, Chelle Bliss, Kendall Ryan, Kennedy Fox, Julia Kent, Meli Raine, Kristen Callihan, Meghan March, Meghan Quinn, Rebecca Yarros, Devney Perry, Carrie Ann Ryan, JD Robb, Jill Shalvis.

Keywords: Hockey romance, hockey players, female CEO, billionaires, billionaire romance, private security, bodyguards, sports romance, professional hockey, professional hockey players, sports romance novel, hockey romance novel, protective hero, alpha hero, protective alpha male, pregnant, baby, accidental pregnancy, hockey player with baby, fake romance, fake boyfriend, childhood friends, friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, hate to love.

41 reviews
Erin Lewis
October 15, 2019
5 Star Review of Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen Where do I start? From chapter one I was all in with Eric and Alex’s story. Hockey and suspense, what a great combination. Eric and Alex, are two halves of a whole; they are simply meant to be. Eric is a professional hockey player, off for the summer, and now it seems thanks to his brother, he has added security specialist to his list of accomplishments despite his protests. However all that changes when he finds out the woman he is being asked to protect is childhood friend Alex. Alex is feisty, sassy and I really loved her. I fell hard and fast for Eric, he is just so swoon worthy that you cannot help but fall for him. The chemistry between Eric and Alex is sizzling and intense. Not only was it romantic but there was also drama and suspense that had me intrigued. This was a well written, steamy, fast paced story with characters you cannot help but like and relate too. I cannot wait to see who is next in this series.
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Tiffanie Ing Schiller
October 24, 2019
Oh man, I liked Moonlighter WAY MORE than I expected. Ok, here's the thing. I am definitely into grumpy athlete book boyfriends, but I think I kind of overlooked Eric Bayer because he felt so much older than the other dudes in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. Maybe that's because we first meet him in Overnight Sensation, where the main couple is Jason Castro and Heidi Jo Pepper, who are pretty young. Like early 20s. So compared to them, Bayer felt older because he was having a lot of injuries and basically down in the dumps because he had to consider retirement. There's a lot of drama in the book, but it's more external than internal, which is why this is a bit more of a romantic suspense than Sarina's other books. Moonlighter sees Eric Bayer taking on a bodyguard role for Alex Engels, a tech executive and friend to Nate Kattenberger (of Brooklynaire), as she attends a conference in Hawaii and launches her new product. Eric's father and brother run a security company that is so secretive that no one even knows it's name. Between dad Carl Bayer's past work as a police chief and security guard, and brother Max Bayer's former job as a CIA analyst, the two of them have built a multi-billion dollar security and espionage company that keeps executives safe. Eric basically learned the job at the dinner table, and is forced to play Alex's boyfriend for a week as she deals with her ex - the father of her unborn child. During the week, though, Alex and Eric quickly find themselves drawn to each other because of their childhood friendship, and their need for, well, sex. It doesn't hurt that they're sharing a bed. Meanwhile, someone is definitely after Alex - or at least her data and her work. There's a whole hacker/tech industry subplot that heightens the situation and makes it feel scary, cool, and more important than ever that Alex have someone in her life she can trust. I won't go further into the plot because there's a lot of it, and it's worth watching unfold because the pacing in this book is GREAT. Sarina Bowen basically walloped me with Moonlighter. Both Alex and Bayer are older than some of the guys in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, and because of that, their relationship felt more honest and more mature. And I LOVED it. They didn't play games with each other. They were honest about being a fling at the beginning, and realistic about their chances with each other. They're both a bit world-weary, and they have a right to be. But they also can't deny the very real chemistry between them. Moonlighter just builds super well - the connection between Bayer and Alex feels so natural, and I loved how much they just couldn't stop being together. They're both sexy and sassy, and the way Bayer is so attuned and attentive to what Alex needs is...SO attractive. Of course, because Bayer is a hockey player, there are cameos from the other Bruisers in this, and as usual, I loved seeing all my favourites. But I felt like this was a really unique way of looking at the team - different from what we've seen. Eric is a dedicated player, one who absolutely loves his job and is determined to keep playing, but we also see just how much more he can offer besides being a jock. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's a nice look at how an older player moves on. I devoured this book over a few days and I'm super excited to see where The Company series goes next. I definitely need a Max book after this! ---- ARC provided by author's publicist for review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
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Lenore Kosinski
October 22, 2019
5 stars -- I don't know what it is about Ms. Bowen and this world, but I'm seriously loving it... and loving where it's going with this spin off. So many possibilities!! Eric and Alex are both delightful and easy to connect with. Alex is so hardworking and brilliant, it really comes across in the book. I also loved having a female CEO in a tech company to read someone who has worked in that industry, the good ole boys club is real, though it's slowly changing. I loved seeing her take on the sexist executives. And I appreciated her struggle to balance her career with impending motherhood. She was simultaneously fierce and vulnerable. Eric was not what I was expecting, though I'm not sure what I was expecting. But the balance in his personality between grumpy and taciturn with a dry wit and confidence just played out perfectly. I felt for him facing these changes in his life, and not having his family's support with his career choices, and his obviously different goals and dreams. But he was just really solid, with everyone... from teammates, to his family, to Alex. And the real surprise for me was how he doted on Alex... you could really feel how much he cared for her. The two of them together were truly the highlight of the story. From their physical chemistry, to the relationship that built on a long ago friendship, I just loved them together. My favourite part was how often they laughed in steamy just delighted me. Seriously, they balanced one another so well, and had so many fun moments together. Their banter was beyond. The suspense/action elements added a lot to the story, and I think I'm really going to love this new series. And so many great new secondary characters!! I'm sensing a Max and Scout story (definitely the Nate/Becca of this series), and I desperately hope Duff gets a book too!!! So yeah...this book sucked me right in, I LOVED it from start to finish.
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About the author

Sarina Bowen is the sixteen-time USA Today bestselling author of over thirty romance novels. She writes sports romance, billionaire romance, small town romance, contemporary fiction and YA fiction. She loves Vermont, hockey, and fine stationery. Visit for more.

Work by Sarina Bowen includes: Brooklynaire, the Brooklyn Bruisers, the True North Series, Him, Us, Goodboy and Stay in the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. The Man Hands series with Tanya Eby.

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