In Review: Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen

Posted January 3, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina BowenHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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...

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


In Review My Thoughts

I’m not the only one who is totally in love with everything Sarina Bowen writes, right? I read, no devoured, this one a couple months ago while I was recovering from surgery and it was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered.

Y’all know I love me a good grumpy hero. Patrick O’Doul was exactly that. But as gruff and hard as he was on the outside, he was gentle and sweet underneath. But he was still alllll man. I loved how he stepped up for Ari, giving her exactly the support she needed to get through the issues with her (scumbag) ex. Don’t get me wrong, Ari was strong as hell and totally able to fight her own battles. It still didn’t hurt that Patrick was totally protective of her and gave her additional support. It’s all part of what made them work as a couple and made them easy for me to root for.

I loved the way their relationship progressed throughout this book. Following along as they moved from colleagues to friends to more just made me happy. They had tons of chemistry and their sexy times were scorching hot. (Tantric sex, what?!) But more than all the physical stuff, they pushed each other to do better and be better. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

It should be no surprise that I’m loving the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I’m enjoying the characters so much. I’ve loved seeing how each of them grow and develop over the course of their book. The pairings are perfection.  I can’t wait for the third book!


“Center your awareness on your breathing. If you find your mind wandering to other thoughts, simply acknowledge that all is fucking horseshit. Let it go. Listen to your inner stillness. Breathe in calm. Exhale bullshit.” 


About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.


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3 responses to “In Review: Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen

  1. Haha. No, you are not the only one who loves everything Sarina Bowen writes! Her NA blows me away.

    I loved this one, too. Patrick was so melty-sweet on the inside. Great review. 🙂

    • Kim

      I discovered her NA what seems like FOREVER ago and I absolutely loved her writing. The Ivy Years is still one of my all-time favorite NA series. And I really enjoy her adult now, too. So, so good.