#ReleaseBlitz, #MBreview, & #MCM “Hard Hitter” by Sarina Bowen

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)

by Sarina Bowen

Release Date: January 3, 2017

My musings…

5 Hard Hitting Crowns

Sarina Bowen delivers another hockey romance that will sweep readers right off their feet!  With her beautiful writing, suspense filled plot, and endearing characters, Hard Hitter is guaranteed to be a reader favorite.

Patrick O’Doul will steal everyone’s heart.  The brusque and often rude captain of the Brooklyn Bruisers is so much more than meets the eye.  With a troubled past, he has lived most of his life in isolation, until one yoga instructions starts to break down his walls.  Watching him fall for Ari makes the reader enamored with O’Doul.  Being able to witness his walls crumble and his protective nature come out showcases the heart he has been hiding behind his churlish demeanor.  With the secondary conflict that arises for Patrick, readers also get to see that he is honorable and truly cares for his teammates and the organization.  Watching his development as a character, going from closed off to open to relationships of all types is completely endearing and wonderful.

Ari, she was more than I expected.  Dealing with her past boyfriend and resulting issues is the impetus that pushes Patrick and her together, and even though her past won’t leave her alone, readers will admire her for her courage to walk away and for her refusal to continue down a dangerous path. She is in war for most the book between what her heart wants and what her head says she should want, but her hesitation based on her past is completely understandable.  Even with her past, her heart remains incredibly open, showcasing her kindness and compassion.  She is very much considerate of Patrick and how he feels physically and emotionally, making her the perfect fit for this grumpy yet lovable man. 

The plot of this story will engage readers from page one.  There is the expected romance plot line, but Sarina Bowen adds this parallel story line that not only serves to help develop the relationship between Patrick and Ari but it also serves to develop Patrick’s character, making him that much more appealing to the readers.  This secondary plot line also serves to add some intensity to the story.  With the added element of danger, readers will be anxious to see how it is all going to play out.  And, let me tell you, Sarina Bowen delivers in all aspects, especially with the conclusion of the story and the epilogue. Swoon!

Sarina Bowen’s words are pure magic.  I fell in love with her writing during the Ivy Years series, and with each passing book, my adoration of her writing only increases.   She has this uncanny ability to lace her words with emotion and passion, and I can’t help but to become enamored with every story she creates. Hard Hitter is just another phenomenal example of this writer’s incredible talent.

Side note: The cameos are fantastic! I loved seeing my Ivy Years favorites! That excerpt from Pipe Dreams has me all sorts of excited.  I need it!!  I am also desperately hoping for a Nate and Becca’s story.  I need them, too!  This series is completely addicting, just like her others.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

hard hitterSynopsis:

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…

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About the Author: 

sarinabowenSarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.

HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com.

Happy reading,



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