Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Also in this series: Rookie Move, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Rookie Move, Pipe Dreams, Pipe Dreams, Pipe Dreams, Brooklynaire, Bountiful, Rookie Move, Overnight Sensation
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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..."
Rowena: Hard Hitter is the second book in Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series and it features Captain Patrick O’Doul. We first met Patrick O’Doul in Rookie Move. He was one of Leo’s new teammates and he hit on Georgia, Leo’s girl. I don’t remember much else about Patrick, aside from he helped make Leo feel more comfortable transitioning to a new team.
Patrick is the team enforcer and over the years, his body has taken some beatings. He’s coming off a wrist injury and his hip is acting up but every night, he goes out on that rink and he fights whoever needs fighting.
I’ll admit that when I first heard that Patrick was getting his story told next, I wasn’t all that excited. I’m not sure why that was since I didn’t hate Patrick, I just didn’t really think much about him.
Well…I love him now. Ha!
What about you? What did you think of Patrick and the rest of his book?
Holly: I really liked Patrick. He was quiet and intense and private. I kind of expected some deep dark secret or tortured past after the way he acted about being touched.
Rowena: Something more than the deep, dark secret about his parents? I liked the way that Bowen handled Patrick’s issues in this book. He’s had a pretty rough childhood and he had some hangups about them but he wasn’t saddled with those issues. He was an adult. He wasn’t this angsty hot head who lashed out at every turn or anything like that. He ignored them for as long as he can and then he fixed them. I dug it.
Holly: No, I just meant that I expected there to be something, and I was right. I dug the way his issues were handled, too. I thought there might be more angst over it, but he just handled his business.
I’m kind of on the fence about the heroine.I didn’t dislike her, but she isn’t my favorite Bowen heroine.
Rowena: Ari isn’t my favorite heroine either and she got on my nerves throughout the book but not nearly as much as Georgia did in Rookie Move. My thing with Ari was that she taught all not judging and how to listen with your heart in her yoga classes but holy cow did she turn into the biggest judger of all judges when Patrick lands himself in trouble. That annoyed the snot out of me…even if she did buy him a coffee maker.
Holly: I didn’t like how she turned her back on him either. I get being angry, but her reaction was over the top.
Rowena: What did you think about all of the crap that Ari went through with her ex-boyfriend?
Holly: I don’t know how I felt about Ari’s boyfriend troubles. It didn’t seem like she made very good choices when it came to him. Not calling the cops on him, agreeing to meet him alone, etc. I wasn’t impressed.
Rowena: I think that was part of my gripe with Ari. How dumb she was where Vince was. Why did she wait so long to tell the Security guys at the Bruisers about everything that was going on? For someone so smart, she sure was dumb a lot.
View Spoiler »Holly: Spoilers: You know what’s been bugging the crap out of me? There was video of Patrick buying. Yet that was never addressed. As we all know, once a video or picture exists it doesn’t go away. So how can he deny the charges and that never be a concern to anyone?
Rowena: Yeah, but the video was never released, right? So it didn’t really need to be addressed. At least that’s what I remember. There was the picture of Patrick buying but the photo was too grainy to tell if it was really Patrick or not and Vince only threatened to release the video so maybe that’s why it wasn’t a big deal or maybe the Bruisers made it go away?
Holly: Even if the video was never released, it was there. There was no guarantee it wouldn’t be released in the future…it was never addressed. I think that’s careless on the part of Patrick, Ari and the team. I would think they, at least, would want to be sure it wouldn’t come out at some point in the future. « Hide Spoiler
Rowena: I’m not all that into yoga so I didn’t think that I would care much about Ari and what she did for a living but damn…can you imagine working as a masseuse to all of those hot guys? Getting paid to rub down all of those yummy hockey players every day? I’m low key jealous. Ha!
Holly: Omg, girl. I need some of that in my life.
Rowena: I would have married all of them if they asked me…and I would start every appointment with a foot rub so those marriage proposals would keep rolling in.
Are you looking forward to Beacon and Lauren’s story?
Holly: I am looking forward to Beacon and Lauren’s story. I like this world and I’m definitely glad we’ll see more.
Rowena: Overall, I enjoyed the story and the romance between Patrick and Ari. At least, when Ari wasn’t being a dumbass and I really liked Patrick. He was a complete dreamboat.
My grade for this one is 4 out of 5.
Holly: I liked the romance, too, as well as the additional time with the team. I didn’t love Ari on her own, but I did like her with Patrick.
I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 as well.