Friday, December 30, 2016

[Pat's ARC Review]: "Hard Hitter"

romance novel cover, contemporary romance, Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Berkley (January 3, 2017)
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score... 

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...

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Reviews of Bowen's Previous Novels:

Rookie Move (#1) -- Pat

Pat's Review:

Not only is this series romantic, sexy, and fun to read, I learn a little more about pro-hockey with each story!

Patrick O'Doul is Brooklyn's "enforcer", which at thirty-two is starting to wear on his body. A wrist injury, lots of stitches and now some difficulty with his hip flexors is affecting his playing. The coach, trainer, and owner all want him full throttle, and to do that he has to attend mandatory yoga and massage therapy with their new instructor, Arianna (Ari) Bettini. Problem: he hates being touched.

Ari loves her new job and the players. Flirting, teasing, and laughing are part of her day, and seeing the guys more comfortable when they leave make it all worthwhile. That is except for Patrick. She is attracted to him, but he makes it clear he's a no-strings kind of guy. Ari just had a nasty break up with her ex after he got too physical. She doesn't want any strings either, at least that's what she thinks. Each visit, Patrick lets a little more of his guard down and she works with it. The play-offs are coming up, Ari is having some disturbing texts from her ex, and falling into bed with Patrick was the last thing on her agenda. But, "He knows that each time he tries to remove my clothing, I always shed it like a long hair cat on a pair of black velvet pants." Ari and Patrick both have secrets that can ruin their careers and tear them apart. Those strings don't seem very important anymore.

It was great to catch up with the characters from book 1, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quote used belongs to Sarina Bowen; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim it. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) I still need to read book 1. Love these covers though!


Until Next Time,


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