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Hard Hitter

Hard Hitter

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by Sarina Bowen

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From the USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move comes the second novel in the series that’s hot enough to melt the ice.
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


From the USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move comes the second novel in the series that’s hot enough to melt the ice.
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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Praise for Hard Hitter

“The perfect concoction of rough and tumble mixed with a sensual love story. Ideal for all romance readers. Five star read.”—Audrey Carlan, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

Hard Hitter is flush with action, suspense, heart-pounding chemistry, delicious dialogue and Bowen’s trademark humor.”—Romantic Times

"Reading Sarina Bowen's Brooklyn Bruisers series is akin to entering the very glitzy world of sports, sponsorship and high-profile celebrity management."
—The Romance Reviews

Praise for USA Today Bestselling Author Sarina Bowen
“A fantastically gifted storyteller. She bolsters every story with emotional power, humor and heart. I’m a huge fan and she’s at the top of my auto-buy list. Everyone should be reading her books!”—Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author
“A master at drawing you in from page one and leaving you aching for more.”—Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author
“Bowen writes great dialogue and wonderfully realistic characters.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel Series , #2
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4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Brooklyn Bruisers series, the Ivy Years series, and the Gravity series.

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Hard Hitter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Nicola_1202 15 days ago
4 "We practically burned down your bed together." Stars Sarina Bowen is an author I discovered for the first time in 2016 and I'm so glad I did as she has brought some memorable reads with wonderful characters: Hard Hitter is another to add to that list. “We have a bit of chemistry. And hockey has a bit of violence. We practically burned down your bed together.” This time around we're properly introduced to the Brooklyn Bruisers captain, Patrick O'Doul and the teams massage therapist/yoga instructor, Ariana Bettini. Following the first book, I was expecting Patrick to be a bit of a grump--not a problem as I do love me a grumpy man--but he was actually more on the vulnerable end of the scale: a loner off the ice, he's a little guarded and keeps himself to himself, and that worked hugely for me because I loved him. "...when you walk into this room, you don’t just bring your muscles and your bones. You bring your whole history as a human being. You bring your soul. And when someone touches you, they’re touching all of that, too." With his years on the ice taking their toll on him physically, it's down to Ari to help and it soon becomes clear that Patrick isn't only one who needs some healing. Because Ari comes with a fair amount of baggage of her own thanks to a bad break-up. Patrick however is nothing but persistent and in the most endearing way. “I don’t know what I have to do to win you over. But I’m gonna keep trying. You hear me?” Together Ari and Patrick were perfect for one another; sweet is balanced with incredibly sexy, and whilst the story holds some angst and drama, it fits the story well with humour injected when it's needed and plenty of banter courtesy of the team and staff. This series is shaping up to be entertaining, engaging and I'm looking forward to seeing how Beacon and Lauren's story plays out when Pipe Dreams releases in May.
2kasmom 2 days ago
This is the 2nd book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. This can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order. Patrick has been hot for Ariana AKA Ari for a while. Every time she is near, he feels the heat turn up to scalding. The problem is she has not seemed to notice him in return. Ari loves her job, and does not want to have to choose Patrick over the terrific position she has now. She is worried her boss would not approve of the employees connection. With all that she is still facing from past problems, she is afraid to try again. This series is full of hot men! I found myself laughing and crying right along with the characters. I love how hockey can be hot and fun at the same time.
BookWorm221 5 days ago
There’s really something magical about Sarina’s books, it always happens to me, I get lost in her stories and in her well developed characters and every single time im torn between the main characters and in the others as well, always wondering who’s next and if the one couple that I think would be great is getting their own book. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about this one first. Hard Hitter is the love story between Ari and Patrick, they are both so different, Ari likes to touch it’s actually part of her job within the Brooklyn Bruisers, and Patrick doesn’t like to be touched at all, but when he is forced to get massages from Ari he starts to relax and enjoy, with his guards down he starts to develop strong feeling for Ari, only Ari’s life is kind of a mess at the moment. I like the fact that Patrick was always into the relationship, he wants to be with her and is willing to wait for her, and I also really liked that Ari is a strong female characters, she doesn’t play the damsel in distress, she is strong and know when to ask for help and when not to. Their relationship progressed beautifully and Sarina gives us some really hot scenes involving a massage table that will prevent you from ever looking at it without blushing (at least that’ll be true for me).
dsubsits 7 days ago
Sarina Bowen Hard Hitter is a smash. Team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul, does not like to be touched. After suffering a hip injury, he has no choice but to seek help from the team’s massage therapist, Ariana (Ari) Bettini. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. When we were introduced to Patrick O'Doul in book one, Rookie Move, I was not a fan of his. However, the more I got to know him; I really began to like him. He had a trying childhood, being raised in a group home in Minnesota. It explains a lot about his personality. Ari is the perfect person to be assigned as Patrick’s message therapist. With Ari’s help, he grows a lot throughout this story. He is a good guy who owns up to his mistakes. I like that he begins to open-up to his team mates because of his relationship with Ari. I really like Ari. She had a difficult breakup with her boyfriend of eight years, Vince. He got himself into some trouble, which unfortunately spills over into her life. Patrick finds himself trying to protect Ari from her Ex, whom he happens to know. It causes some fascinating controversy in the story. I really enjoyed the plot. There were a lot of interesting details and twists. HARD HITTER is fast paced a and kept me focused from start to finish. I like how the chapters stared with the team’s standings. I also like that “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” by the Beastie Boys is the Bruisers’ theme song. Sarina Bowen does an amazing job with her second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I cannot wait to read Mike Beacon’s and Lauren Williams’ story next in book three, PIPE DREAMS. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Maria-Rose 8 days ago
Hard Hitter is the second story in Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series and is a sexy and entertaining hockey romance. Patrick is the captain of the Bruisers, an NHL enforcer but weary of his fighting role on the ice. In the hands of his massage therapist Ari, he finds healing and a worthy partner. Ari is coming off a long term relationship that turned abusive and Patrick gladly takes on the role of protector as they navigate their friendship and newfound feelings for each other. It’s a workplace romance, dealing with the reality of a relationship between hockey player and support staff and all that entails, with the added tension of complications with Ari's ex. I love the hockey scenes, the action on and off the ice and the romance is well played. Definitely worth a reread!
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AboutThatStory 13 days ago
Stellar. Simply stellar. Right from the beginning everything clicked for me and I was all in. I'm am completely in love with this story and these characters. Loved all the details and the build. Seriously entertaining and sexy read! There was such a great start and by 20% I was completely in love with Patrick O'Doul. I loved Ariana, don't get me wrong, she was such a strong woman and I loved her personality and openness but Patrick, oh my! He had such a sweetness and vulnerability to him that made me melt! Who knew he was such a romantic?! They were both great and I adored their connection. There was a fantastic build to Patrick and Ari’s chemistry and I loved watching it grow. There were so many playful moments and it made me smile. They were so sweet and hot all rolled into one. I loved the openness and trust that was happening. I thought there was really great character development as we learn about their past and the timing in which it was presented. In the midst of the entertaining and sexy, there was a really good amount emotion too. I also really liked the conflict that was happening for both of the main characters and how that played into their growing relationship. Patrick and Ariana were just awesome characters that I felt were really rich, dealing with complicated situations and coming together. It all had a really perfect balance. The friendships that are involved were just so freaking entertaining, Ari with the girls and O'Doul with guys from the team. There were some really fun interactions and they were highly entertaining. I also ate up all the Nate and Rebecca foreshadowing, I’m so excited to find out what happens with them. Fantastic story and writing. Loved all the details, friendships, drama, entertaining moments, and heat. So incredibly entertaining! If you’re in the mood for something romantic, swoony, with a nice bit of hotness, this is it! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 15 days ago
HARD HITTER is the second installment in Sarina Bowen’s contemporary, adult BROOKLYN BRUISERS erotic, hockey romance series focusing on the men and women of the Brooklyn Bruisers professional hockey team. This is team captain and enforcer Patrick O’Doul, and Bruisers’s massage therapist and yoga instructor Ariana (Ari) Bettini’s story line. HARD HITTER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Patrick and Ari) HARD HITTER follows the building relationship between the Brooklyn Bruisers’s hard-hitting captain Patrick O’Doul, and the team’s massage therapist Ari Bettini. Years of hard hits including his earlier life in the foster care system have caught up with Patrick O’Doul. Fight after fight our hero struggles with the pain and the emotional drain of the never-ending one on one of professional hockey. No longer able to hide the injuries and recurring hip injury Patrick is ordered to the team’s massage therapist Ari Bettini wherein our hero will fall in love with a woman who is unable to promise much more than the present. What ensues is the push and pull of attraction between Ari and Patrick, and the revelation of a secreted past that will catch up with our story line couple. Patrick O’Doul is a fighter who struggles with the guilt and on-going grind of the team’s leading enforcer. Falling in love with Ariana Bettini was never in the cards. Patrick has always been a loaner whose recent battle with his demons has finally caught up and threatens his career and the team’s reputation. Ari Bettini’s long term relationship with her last boyfriend has ended and our heroine is in need of some time alone without worrying about a man in her life. But a threat from her past finds Patrick her guardian and protector, and the man with whom she will fall in love. The $ex scenes are intimate and steamy; provocative and seductive. We are re-introduced to a number of the Brooklyn Bruisers’s players, as well as Georgia Worthington and Leo Trevi (Rookie Move #1), and team owner Nate Kattenberger who may or may not have a thing for Georgia’s best friend Rebecca. Nate’s Manhattan assistant Lauren Williams and goalie Mike Beacon’s story will be told next in Pipe Dreams. The world building continues to look at the game of hockey: on the ice and behind the scenes, and the battle for playoff positions. Patrick’s years as an enforcer have finally caught up as he struggles with the pain and guilt; and Ari’s past finds our heroine face to face with a dangerous outcome. Trust is an issue for our leading couple and Patrick’s secret will place a wedge between himself and the woman he loves. HARD HITTER is an emotional storyline; a tale about romance and love; the struggles to stay on top; and leaving behind a past that shaped a future. The premise is moving; the characters are dynamic and colorful; the romance is dramatic, fun and sensual. HARD HITTER is a passionate look at hockey, romance and falling in love.
KrissysBookNook 15 days ago
Hard Hitter delivers a perfect pair with O’Doul and Ari. I’ve come to expect the unexpected when it comes to author Sarina Bowen and this second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series is no exception. The story line is much deeper than your average steamy romance, though there’s plenty of that too. I’m loving these Brooklyn Bruisers and the ladies that surround them. I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series! I give Hard Hitter 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars! Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
tradermare 15 days ago
In this second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series from Sarina Bowen, team captain Patrick O'Doul has the usual aches and pains of a pro athlete. He's the team enforcer -- which means he's usually involved in any on-ice brawling. It's all taking its toll on him and when the team doctor lines him up for a massage, he's not exactly eager to spend time with the team's yoga instructor and massage therapist. Ari has worked hard at her job with the Bruisers, and she's got a lot of patience with Patrick, which he really needs. As Patrick spends more time with Ari, he starts falling for her. She likes him too, but she's worried about keeping her job. I really liked Patrick and the way he was sensitive to Ari's needs. He wasn't pushy but there's only so much sexiness a girl can resist, and it isn't long before Ari and Patrick are trying to make it work under the radar. But when an ex starts giving them both trouble, there's no way to keep their relationship a secret anymore. Other secrets are spilled that could not only damage Ari and Patrick's budding relationship, but could have an impact on the entire team. There's plenty of good "team" scenes in Hard Hitter that I loved and also appearances from Georgia and Leo from the first book in the series. I'm also eager to see whether the owner will get his own happily-ever-after! I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish Hard Hitter. It's got a great romance, a suspenseful plot that kept me turning the pages, and realistic hockey (and yoga!) details that I've come to expect from Sarina Bowen. Hard Hitter is another winner in this series and I can't wait for Pipe Dreams!
AmyBosica 15 days ago
Hard Hitter is the second book in an exciting new series by Sarina Bowen. Even though this is the second book in the series, it can totally be read as a stand-alone novel. Hard Hitter is one of those books that I think is going to be hit for some and miss for others. For me, I thought it was an overall ok read. I thought the story was well written and the characters were entertaining. I liked the slow build of the relationship between Ari and Patrick. I enjoyed watching the two of them get to know one another and navigate their way through their new relationship. Ari and Patrick’s story was not without drama. Ari’s ex-boyfriend stirred up a lot of trouble for Ari and certainly tried to make everyones life miserable. And Patrick had some personal drama of his own that helped stir things up and keep the story-line interesting. Overall, I think Hard Hitter was an ok read and that this series has a ton of potential. I look forward to checking out more from this series in the future.
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