Caro’s Review: Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Posted January 3, 2017 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books, Release day / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: Hard Hitter by Sarina BowenHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Published by Berkley on January 3rd 2017
Genres: 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...

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Book Review: 3 stars


This is the second book in this standalone-Hockey-series by Sarina Bowen I read this year 2016. And I have to say that it will probably be my last.

Her writing is amazing, it’s funny and witty and sexy – the all-round package, so to say. And although you can say that Sarina obviously did her homework regarding hockey, I must say that it was a tad bit too much with all the sports-talk. I think I didn’t even make it to the 20% mark until I started skimming all the hockey details. And it really pains me to say this, but I think that the romance is second place in this series. In the first book, I thought that maybe it’s just this first installment and the introduction with all the hockey-players and all. But the detailed description of every little hockey related information was the same in this second book. And it may be different from person to person, but I’m not interested too much in Hockey per se, seen as it’s not a popular thing here and so all those details were too much for me, bored me and I lost interest. That’s really a shame because I wanted to be interested so badly.

Plus, the heroine was a bit wishy-washy for my taste. She almost seemed invisible at times, or maybe it was just the hero being a really dominant person. Whatever it was, I just couldn’t really get a hundred percent into the book and it’s never a good thing when you start skimming and wait for something to happen all through the book but it never does.

So, my overall rating is 3 stars and I can recommend “Hard Hitter” despite. I guess this book is a great example for “it’s probably only my own hang-ups and you may totally love it”. This will however be my last installment in this series, God knows I love Sarina Bowen and will definitely read other books by her, just nothing hockey-related. And now I feel bad for criticizing someone for showing their passion for something… Yikes.


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