Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen: Review

Posted January 2, 2017 in review Tags:

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen: ReviewHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Pages: 336

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Genres: Sports Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Rookie Move, Pipe Dreams, Brooklynaire, Overnight Sensation, Superfan, Sure Shot, Bombshells, Shenanigans , Love Lessons
Also by this author: Us, Bittersweet, Rookie Move, Pipe Dreams, Brooklynaire, Speakeasy, Fireworks, Overnight Sensation, Superfan, Moonlighter, Man Cuffed, Heartland, Sure Shot, Lies and Lullabies, Loverboy, Roommate, Bombshells, Boyfriend , The Best Men, Shenanigans , Love Lessons , A Little Too Late, The New Guy , Good as Gold, I'm Your Guy
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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 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 ADORED book 1 in this series so I was super excited to snag book 2, Hard Hitter. O’doul was such a wonderful character in book 1-kind, welcoming, and supportive. I loved getting to know him better. Plus, you get some insight into Ari, who you also meet in book 1!

So, I was interested in why Patrick hated being touched so much. He obviously was not a virgin, so he did allow some touching! But, he is really uncomfortable with getting a massage. Ari is determined to help him overcome this because she really feels she can help him. She is a bit of a hippy type (massage, meditation, visualization, yoga, etc). I liked getting to know both of them. Ari and Patrick are complex characters and that isn’t always something you see in sports romance. Patrick isn’t a manwhore!

The build up between the two is some what slower, then they dance around their feelings for a while. Ari is afraid that a relationship with a player would get her fired, but Patrick is willing to do whatever it takes to win her over. The scene where he enlists the help of the team for ways to woo a woman is hysterical!

What I love about all of Sarina Bowen’s books is that they are realistic. The characters are flawed in various, unique ways that add depth to the story. Its about so much more than a professional hockey player. Hockey is his job, and thats it. Its not his existence or anything. It was that way for Patrick in this story, and for Leo in the previous story. I love that about both of them. Ari’s ex provided more suspense than I anticipated which was really a pleasant surprise. The storyline with Vince was compelling and believable.

I am DYING to get my hands on book 3 because I have got to figure out Queen Lauren! What the heck is her problem? And please tell me there will be a book about Becca and Nate?!? Please!!!


Pucked Over by Helena Hunting, Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo, Ryker by Sawyer Bennett…then you will probably like Hard Hitter!

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US.

NEW IN 2016: Two New Series!

Sarina has begun a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She's also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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4 responses to “Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen: Review

  1. oh I definitely need to pick up this author soon. I do love it when you find realistic romances, they just have more depth to them and you can relate with them so much better. Great review.

  2. I NEED a Becca & Nate book so badly! I liked this one though I had some issues connecting with the couple. I kept comparing them to Georgie and Leo and I LOVED those two. I do love Sarina’s writing though and I can’t wait for more from her!

    • YES! I am dying for Becca and Nate! I really enjoyed this book so I was glad. I too LOVED Leo and Georgie so I was hesitant. But, it was wonderful! She has become one of my favorite authors!

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