Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#REVIEW: Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) By Sarina Bowen

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Hard Hitter By Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January, 3rd, 2017
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
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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
Hard Hitter is the second book in Sarina Bowen's Brooklyn Bruiser's series. You guys, I think I found my next hockey series to blow through. I liked the second book in the series even better than the first. But maybe that's because our hero Patrick is a surly stoic dude that doesn't know how to talk about his feelings. AKA, a dude I love!

Ari our heroine is going through some shit having just broken up with her boyfriend of eight years. He straight up sucked, so when Patrick is forced to go to her for massage therapy it's clear they are very attracted to each other. Both characters are a bit broken, but I feel like Patrick more than her. He is so afraid to get close to anyone, so afraid to let anyone inside, and it's really sad. Dude had a really messed up childhood. It did make me happy to see him letting Ari inside and him realizing that he doesn't have to live a life of solitude. 

This book is a steamy romance, so be forewarned about that going in. I don't think they were too intense, but I know some people don't like that thing in books. I really liked the scenes between them, and I actually found myself laughing at it, it's kind of a comical role-playing scene. Never thought I would laugh about book sex before. 

I think Patrick is an interesting character, because I think Bowen touches on a lot of the things about hockey and the NHL that are changing. Patrick is an old man in hockey and he was strictly an enforcer. The guy that went out there on the ice to fight more than anything. I mean, I like the Flyers so I'm no stranger to the enforcer era, but in the age of concussions and the league trying to keep guys healthy, that sort of thing is on the way out. Patrick is an old school player, and you really see how it's draining on him. He's also part of the old school "play through the pain" era, so it was cool to see this issue being tackled in a romance book. It's something us hockey fans tend to talk about A LOT. 

I really liked Ari and Patrick together, but again I was frustrated by the woman pulling away from the relationship. Like, girl, why? Just let it happen! There is hope though, because these two do get their happy ending. 

I skipped book three because I didn't like the heroine who you meet in the other books, and read book four already, but it changed my mind about that character, so I can't wait to go back to read Lauren and Beacon's story.

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