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Publisher's Summary

From the USA Today best-selling 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.

©2017 Sarina Bowen (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Enjoyable 2nd book of a hockey romance series!

I loved this story by Sarina Bowen, she has an amazing way to write incredibly really characters dealing with very serious problems in an endearing and real way. The narration was good - I thought Rock Engle did a great job! Nicol Zanzarella is a wonderful narrator though I didn't really think her voice suited this character as well as other narrators could have, though it did not detract from my enjoyment of the audio version of the book.

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You can always find love in unlikely places.

The issue that I had in Rookie Move was the fact that the narrators did not fit the characters. In this book however the narration was ten times better. I don't know if it's because of the fact the hero and the heroine are both older so the voices match with the character profiles or if I am overlooking the voices. Either way everything about this book was close to perfect.

I loved Patrick and Ariana's relationship. It didn't start with instant love or instead of lust it just started off with two people trying to navigate this weird crazy world that we live in. Patrick has a lot of issues and all of it is understandable. Ariana has a lot of issues which is also understandable and the fact that they could overcome their issues together was great for me. There was a lot of drama within this book but it wasn't unrealistic drama. Sometimes an author will put drama for drama sake in a book but yet I didn't feel that way about this.

I love the fact that Patrick knew what he wanted and he went for it. Ariana on the other hand had a lot of convincing in order for her to know that Patrick is the one that she wants. I am glad that Sarina Bowen did not leave loose ends with in this book. There was a question that needed to be answered throughout this entire book and I almost thought that she would not answer it. I do believe that is one of the main reasons why she did not want to get into a relationship with Patrick because of his feelings pertaining to that subject.

I really love this story and I cannot wait to read Pipe Dreams. I really hope the narration in this book was not a fluke. Because if it is I'm going to be really disappointed and annoyed.

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Hot hockey hunks, sexy swoony romance

I loved Hard Hitter!! Team captain and ‘enforcer’ Patrick O’Doul fights on the ice in games and fights his chronic pain. He fights against allowing team massage therapist, Ari Bettini from getting under his skin and exposing his well hidden weaknesses.

Hot hockey hunks, sexy swoony romance, humor and emotion... everything I could want in my romance book and all read to me by amazing narrators! I’m extra glad that I went with the audiobook for this story. I’d be very happy if these narrators could read all my books to me!
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Enjoyable.

Loved this story. Such well written characters and narration. Loved the bit of angst and the friendships.

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Swooning!!

Every girl needs a Patrick in their life! He checks all the boxes. What a great story- loved it!

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Nice story. Great chemistry. Boys will be boys.

I absolutely loved when guys were man-splaining. Made me laugh. Do guys even have these conversations about how to get the girl and keep her? would love to be the fly on that wall.

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Great book

such a good book! narration was better than book 1. can't wait for more Bruisers!!!

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Another great hockey romance from Sarina Bowen

What about Nicol Zanzarella and Rock Engle ’s performance did you like?

I loved both the performances. I really thought they both brought the story to life. I usually favor listening to male narrators and Rock Engle is now a new favorite! I will be looking for more titles that he's narrated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A bit too long for that, but I did my best to find excuses to keep listening!!!

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Sarina Bowen is one of my newer favorite authors. She has never disappointed me and her hockey stories and characters are among my all-time favorite romances ever. If she writes it, I read it.

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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One of my favorites of the series!

Since I started this story out with Brooklynaire, I knew Patrick and Ari got together but let me just say, they might be my favorite couple. Or maybe they tie with Castro and Heidi. In any case, their story was sweet and I loved the different but related storylines that comprised the plot. I really liked Patrick’s protective nature when Ari needed it, but I equally loved Ari’s kindness and care for Patrick’s injury and her handling of his touch aversion. They were just so sweet to each other.

Patrick, the captain of the Bruiser’s hockey team, is sent to Ari for massage for chronic muscle pain that he tried to keep under wraps too long. After a little bit of a rough start, these two become fast friends. Underlying attraction has long simmered between them, but Ari has just gotten out of a bad relationship and Patrick has never been in one. However, Patrick decides to pursue Ari when he can’t get her out of his head, and gets some advice on the sly from his teammates, which turns out to be quite amusing. Things with her Ex heat up and he threatens both their careers.

This was such a good read on many levels. You can’t help but like both characters. They both have so many admirable qualities and are just really cute together. The plot has many layers and keeps the story moving along at the perfect pace. You get the love story, but also a really interesting separate storyline too. Let’s just say that Ari’s Ex is a jerk. I love how the characters slowly got to know each other and Patrick’s background is revealed in pieces so we get to understand the bigger picture that makes him the guy he is. I really loved this book which is an amazing start to a fantastic series. I’m a little sad that I’m almost done with the whole thing!