Review: HARD HITTER by Sarina Bowen @sarinabowen

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Review: HARD HITTER by Sarina Bowen @sarinabowenHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Published by: Berkley
on January 3, 2017
Genres: Sports Romance
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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...

my thoughts

I think it’s safe to say that I FREAKING LOVE this series! Sexy, emotional, and just downright ADORABLE, Patrick and Ari were a match made in heaven! Complete opposites that fed off of each other in every single way. 

“We obviously have a bit of chemistry…” She rubbed a bit of tile onto her fingers and then started in on the muscles just above his knee.

He snorted. “We have a bit of chemistry.. And hockey has a bit of violence. We practically burned down your bed together.”

Did we ever.

A hesitant man with a troubled past. A woman searching for peace and solace in her work. These two meet and there is an INSTANT connection. They both can fight it all they want, coming up with every excuse in the book, but the more they fight it, the quicker their walls come crashing down. 

Patrick’s past is heartbreaking and Ari is determined to not only heal is body, but his heart and mind as well. For some reason, Patrick doesn’t mind Ari’s touch. The anxious felling in the pit of his stomach never comes when Ari’s hands are on his body. Quick to explore this new development, Patrick quickly finds himself yearning for the beautiful massage therapist’s touch. But they won’t stop at each other’s bodies. Their hearts are up for grabs as well.

“Fuck. I’ll never get enough of you.”

This slow burning, beautiful romance will have you bursting at the seams with each turn of the page. Sarina Bowen crushes the sports romance/hockey romance genre so easily, gifting us with characters that we adore and storylines that touch are mind, body, and soul. There’s no going back once you experience Ms. Bowen’s incredible writing!

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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont’s Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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