Also by this author: Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2) by Sarina Bowen
Published by Berkley on January 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sport
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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...
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and I can’t wait to get more of the player’s stories. Hard Hitter can absolutely be read as a standalone. However, I think you’d be missing out if you don’t read Rookie Move as well. Just for the simple fact that both books have been a joy to read.
Patrick O’Doul is not only the Captain of the Brooklyn Bruisers but he is also the enforcer for the team, which means a lot of hard hits. When his recent hip injury lands himself in the hands of Ari Bettini, the team’s message therapist, O’Doul has to face a lot things he’s been pushing to the side for years.
Ari’s work has been going fantastically but her personal life is the complete opposite. She is dead set on focusing on her work and not her dating life. That is until O’Doul ends up on her table. There’s something about him beyond his looks that attracts him to her. He seems to have a problem with allowing her to touch him and that only sparks a deep desire for her to help him overcome whatever it is that could cause him to react that way.
As the two work together to make O’Doul healthy again, tension and emotion flies. They start to become attracted to each other. Will they strictly remain professional or will their attraction be too much for them to deny?
I don’t think I could have pulled for two people from the start any more than I did O’Doul and Ari. He’s the team captain with a lot of weight on his shoulders. You know he’s a good guy and just overall likable. Ari is the sweet girl who you just want to be friends with. She has a big heart and just has a natural caring instinct about her.
When O’Doul decides that he really wants to pursue a relationship with Ari, he makes it known and doesn’t give up. I loved how patient he was and at times how clueless he was. It makes him more personable and relatable. It also gave me some great laughs when he has to use the team to get information. The way he went out it was absolutely hilarious.
The thing about Sarina Bowen books is that her writing is so fluid and each character is developed enough that no matter what, I’m always wanting more. This book is exactly that. If you are looking for some hot hockey players, humor, sweet girls and supporting characters that make up a never-ending list of “must get their” story, then this book and this series is for you! I’ve really enjoyed it so far and can’t wait for more.