Sarina Bowen has been consistently delivering heartfelt romances with really strong characters, and Hard Hitter is another Bowen book that I enjoyed thoroughly.

Patrick O’Doul is one of NHL’s top enforcer for years. But now age is catching up to him. I have to say that Patrick is probably Sarina’s most self-contained hero. I found it very hard to get a feel for what he’s all about. But I love me some grumpy, taciturn heroes so it came as no surprise that I fell hard for his character, especially his backstory.

Ari is the same thing. I started the book not quite sure what she’s all about. At first, I thought that Ari was very much like the hero which worried me a bit because I like it a lot more when there’s contrast between the hero’s personality and the heroine. Chemistry, opposites attract and all that jazz. But again, Sarina’s writing, the way she crafted these characters made a believer out of me.

I absolutely enjoyed reading how they both started to change their perception about each other and their feelings start to grow. The pace of their romance was just right. And like Rookie Move, there are plenty of interaction between Patrick and his teammates. And more Nick and Becca!! Yay!!

I absolutely adored the Nick and Becca dynamics, so much so that I would be bitterly disappointed if Sarina won’t write their book!!

Anyway, Hard Hitter is another great addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series. And despite my misgivings, I’m looking forward to Pipe Dreams. I’m curious about why Queen Lauren is the way she is. Bring it on!

ARC provided by the publisher