Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Published by Berkley on 03-01-2017
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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...
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From apple orchards in Vermont to the Ivy League, Sarina Bowen’s words captivate readers and make you want to befriend her characters, no matter how much may get on your nerves. O’Doul & Ari in Hard Hitter are no different. From their humorous interactions to the suspense surrounding Ari’s ex, I felt like I was actually in the world of the Brooklyn Bruisers.
Hard Hitter is the second novel in Sarina’s Brooklyn Bruisers series. Centered around the eponymous hockey team, we as readers get to see the ins and outs of a professional team in ways no one would ever expect. Big, bulky players doing yoga? No one would ever think of that but that’s how O’Doul and Ari meet.
Both characters are introduced in the first novel and awesomely expanded upon in this one. O’Doul is trying to recover from a bruised hip and while he knows he’s getting older, he has a lot more hockey left in him. Ari is just out of a very long-term relationship that turned very sour at the end. She’s not looking for anything new but the more she gets to know Patrick, the more she knows she wants to be around him.
I loved these two so much. Probably more than Leo and Georgia and I loved them a lot. It’s no secret that second novels are usually my favorite so I’m sure that has something to do with it as well. Both Patrick and Ari are these strong characters who in the end aren’t afraid to show a softer, possibly weaker side to them. They might fight it, for sure, but it gives them both such depth you didn’t think you’d be reading. Especially from a burly hockey player.
Hard Hitter is full of amazing chemistry, crazy hockey antics, and just enough suspense to shake a stick at. The Brooklyn Bruisers series gets better with each book and I just cannot wait to see how the series culminates in Pipe Dreams.