Hard Hitter

A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel

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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...
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A blind date. A nervous sorority girl. A mean-spirited fraternity prank. What could go wrong?

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.

Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he'll be.

Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.

Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.

The Ivy Years is:

#0 Blonde Date

#1 The Year We Fell Down

#2 The Year We Hid Away

#3 The Understatement of the Year

#4 The Shameless Hour

#5 The Fifteenth Minute

#6 Extra Credit

“Blonde Date is nothing short of brilliant.” — Kimberly Faye Reads

“I loved the preceding Ivy Series books but this novella has just become my favorite.” — Booknerdian World

For fans of: Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lex Martin, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, LJ Shen, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Colleen Hoover, Sara Ney, Toni Aleo, Catherine Gayle, Jami Davenport, Cambria Herbert, Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, Alice Clayton, Sabrina Bowen.

Keywords: free romance, free sports romance, free new adult, romance, college romance, sports romance, college, basketball, free novella, sororities, fraternities, humorous romance, New Adult, short reads, adorkable, nerd hero, nerd culture, fraternity prank, protective hero, free read, holiday romance, free new adult romance, free read, free sports, free college romance, free rom com.

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Penguin
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Jan 3, 2017
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336
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9780399583469
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Sports
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BREAKING THE ICE
A Reader-Generated Love Story

Zachary McAllister's entire life revolves around hockey and sex, in that order.
When a career-ending injury changes everything, he’s left mourning the life that could have been. Now the owner of a rundown local pub, the ex-NHL star finds himself grappling with his "ordinary" existence, trying to come to terms with a very uncertain future.

His former team is on track to win the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship without him, and preparations are being made for a victory party at the bar.

Enter Avery Brooks.
She’s the straitlaced event planner hired to arrange the party, thanks to her father's connections.
Her father who just happens to be the General Manager for the NJ Devils…
and the guy who handed Zac his walking papers four years ago.

Suddenly, Avery finds herself face-to-face with her teenage crush.
The two had a minor flirtation going on back in the day, when Zac was just an arrogant, womanizing rookie and Avery was a naive, starry-eyed fan.

Their chemistry is undeniable, but both are completely different people than they were all those years ago.

In order for this fiery Devil to melt the heart of an ice princess, Zac will need to up his game.
All he needs to do is relearn everything he ever thought he knew about how to play.


Breaking the Ice was written based on the input and suggestions from readers.
From the characters’ names to their occupations to the years this story takes place, the entirety of this narrative has been created by (and for) readers like you.


***This book is intended for readers 18+ due to some offensive language, underage drinking, and graphic sex/sexual situations***


READ WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR:
Sweet, inspiring, a little funny, a little angsty, a little sexy

Just because she's famous doesn't mean she's happy...

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. 

Too bad that's harder than it looks. She's never lived a normal life. She hasn't been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky -- the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid. 

But she can't resist trying to get close to Daniel "DJ" Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something's haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more. 

DJ's genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans. Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. 

He can't get close to Lianne, and he can't tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

For fans of: Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels, Meghan March, Lex Martin, Lauren Blakely, Julia Kent, Elle Kennedy, Tijan, CD Reiss, Kendall Ryan, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Jana Aston, K Bromberg, Katy Evans, Jessica Hawkins, Kristen Proby, Penny Reid, Helena Hunting, Sally Thorne, Kristen Ashley, Helen Hoang, Kylie Scott, Christina Lauren, Jana Aston, Sawyer Bennett, Lexi Ryan, Karina Halle, Skye Warren, Kennedy Ryan, Jodi Ellen Mapas, Zoe York, LJ Shen, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Colleen Hoover, Sara Ney, Toni Aleo, Catherine Gayle, Jami Davenport, Cambria Herbert, Tammara Webber, Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, Alice Clayton, Sabrina Bowen.

Everyone knows the girl is off limits. But it's so good to be bad.

There’s this girl... 

Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don't do girlfriends, and I certainly can't get involved with the league commissioner's daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo.

Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido. 

There’s this guy…

Jason wants me, but he won’t admit it. That man looks at me the way a hockey player eyes the lunch buffet after practice—and I love it. 

But when victory is finally within my grasp, I blow it and humiliate myself. Even then I can’t even avoid him—as the team intern, I’m in constant view of his hard body and cocky smile. 

I need another chance. Jason Castro is about to learn the true meaning of an overnight sensation. 


"Sarina Bowen's hockey heroes feed my heart and soul! Delicious, emotional and wildly sexy!"  New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely

"Sarina scores big with this undeniably swoony romance."  New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan


Sarina Bowen’s hockey romances books can be read together or separately:

BROOKLYNAIRE

OVERNIGHT SENSATION

ROOKIE MOVE

HARD HITTER

PIPE DREAMS

BOUNTIFUL

THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN

THE YEAR WE HID AWAY

THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE

GOOD BOY

STAY


Don’t miss Sarina’s other romances, including the USA Today bestselling True North series:

BITTERSWEET

STEADFAST

KEEPSAKE

BOUNTIFUL

SPEAKEASY

FIREWORKS


Praise for Sarina Bowen


Fantastic. USA Today


I love Sarina Bowen's deliciously sexy heroes! Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author


A fantastically gifted storyteller. She bolsters every story with emotional power, humor and heart. I'm a huge fan and she's at the top of my auto-buy list. Everyone should be reading her books! Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author


A master at drawing you in from page one and leaving you aching for more. Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author


Brooklynaire hooked me on the first page, and I couldn't put it down! I loved this smart, funny, and sexy friends-to-lovers romance! NY Times bestselling author Meghan March

Fun, flirty and totally satisfying. Get ready because Nate is the hockey-loving geek billionaire you need in your life! USA Today bestselling Author Avery Flynn 


For fans of: Helena Hunting, Elle Kennedy, Catherine Gayle, Avon Gale, Toni Aleo, Kristen Callihan, LJ Shen, Mona Kasten, Corinne Michaels, Jana Aston, Karina Halle, Meghan March, Jay Crownover, Anna Todd, Geneva Lee, Audrey Carlan, Jill Shalvis, Suzanne Brockmann, Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, Kristan Higgins, Sally Thorne, Penelope Sky, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Maisey Yates, Elle Kennedy, Lauren Blakely, Susan Mallery, Penny Reid, Julia Kent, Kelly Jamieson, Melanie Harlow, Carrie Ann Ryan, Kendall Ryan, Kennedy Ryan, Helen Hardt, Lauren Blakely, Skye Warren, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Claire Contreras, Lexi Ryan, Jen Frederick, Sara New, Nana Malone.

Keywords: hockey, hockey romance, sports romance, erotic romance, sexy romance, steamy romance, New York romance, Brooklyn romance, Brooklyn Bruisers, billionaire romance, alpha males, alpha romance, bad boy romance, one night stand, friends to lovers, workplace romance, office romance, forbidden romance.

For one night she had everything.

Pro snowboarder Stella Lazarus has always loved her brother's best friend. But the one time she tried to show him, she was shot down faster than you can say "competitor disqualified."

Until one blissful night in Tahoe, when Stella finally gets her man.

Or does she? In the morning, Stella and Bear wake up to horrible news. The sort that sends them racing back to Vermont, and straight into the arms of guilt and family obligations.

For all of Bryan “Bear” Barry’s life, three natural laws held true: his best friend Hank was destined for greatness, Hank’s sister Stella was off-limits, and Bear would always manage to negotiate the rocky paths that life threw his way. In the space of two days, that’s all shattered.

Bear can't believe he slipped up so badly with Stella. Even if his best friend wasn't lying broken in a hospital bed, it would still be unforgivable. Determined to do better, he devotes himself to his friend's recovery, denying himself the very person he loves. And the very thing he needs.

Praise for Sarina Bowen

"The perfect concoction of rough and tumble mixed with a sensual love story. Five star read."--Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times bestselling Author

"Everyone should be reading her books!"--Lorelei James, New York Times betselling author

"Bowen writes great dialogue and wonderfully realistic characters." --Kirkus Reviews

"Bowen is a master at drawing you in from page one and leaving you aching for more." --Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author

Keywords: snowboarding, snowboarders, sports romance, Vermont, contemporary romance, big brother's best friend, one night stand, forbidden romance, older brother's best friend, best friend's little sister, winter sports, Olympic sports, alpine sports, extreme sports, bad boy romance.

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