“Hard Hitter” is the second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. This one features the teams captain, Patrick O'Doul and yoga instructor Ariana Bettini. I enjoyed this well written sports romance because it was filled with tension, chemistry and great characters. Patrick and Ari grabbed my attention from beginning to end.
I loved Patrick and Ari. They were both more complicated than I remembered from the first book. Patrick was still a quiet, brooding, sometimes vicious team enforcer, who turned out to actually be a sweetheart. He had some serious baggage and didn't like to ever be touched, except by Ari. So they had a few things to overcome. Ari was much better with Patrick. She wasn't as carefree as it seemed in the first book. She showed her strength by standing up to her shady ex-boyfriend, but she had some moments of vulnerability that made her question herself. Once Patrick stepped into the picture it made the story much sweeter. These characters had great personality and chemistry together and I felt like they had a friendship first. It made the romance even more believable to me. This story also had a darker edge than the first one. Patrick and Ari both had some troubles to sort out before they could move on in their relationship. Patrick flirted with some drug use, while Ari was a victim of domestic abuse. The author did a great job with the issues without letting them dominate the story.
“Hard Hitter” is a great sports romance novel. I loved it. Now I am looking forward to Pipe Dreams, the next book in the series. It will feature Lauren and Beacon, both characters who have been more or less on the peripheral until now. It promises to be another second chance at love story and I can't wait for it.
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...