Friday, June 16, 2017

Hard Stick by L.P. Dover

Title: Hard Stick
Author: L.P. Dover
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Breakaway #1
Main Characters: Kellan and Kristen
Release Date: June 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
He carries a big stick. And he’s not afraid to use it.

On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of groupies who are only after me for my fame and money. My ideal woman knows how to enjoy a little good, clean fun—and maybe some not-so-clean fun too. That’s the kind of girl I’d never let go.

When Kristen Robinson, the gorgeous, down-to-earth bartender I’ve been crushing on, agrees to let me take her out, I’m thrilled. We have an amazing night together, culminating in the most electrifying kiss of my life—and that’s it. Kristen tells me we can’t see each other again, but I know that kiss meant as much to her as it did to me. What I don’t know is that Kristen has a dangerous secret. . . .

I’ve proved to Kristen that she can trust me with her body and her heart. But when her past comes back to haunt her, I need to prove that she can trust me with her life. And I might have to get my hands dirty after all.
My Review:
This book had its ups and downs for me. Those first couple of chapters were riveting...and more than a little heartbreaking. I enjoy romantic suspense so that aspect of the story line worked for me. 

There were a few other things that worked for me...
* the book was easy to read. I didn't have any problem sticking with the book or the book dragging at all. 
*I liked the bits of hockey that were on the page. There wasn't much, but what there was worked for me. I especially liked the scenes where Kristen and Kellan were both just at the ice rink playing

But for some reason the connection between Kristen and Kellan just never really worked for me. There was a LOT going on in this book and I think that just kind of overrode the actual story for me. There's a lot of things happening. A lot of drama and surface stuff that kept the book from going deeper. 

Although the ex/mafia story line was a touch unbelievable, to me that was the best part of the story...not knowing where and when the ex was going to show up...although I did figure out the twist about 25% before it was revealed in the book. That was just a little too coincidental, so it was easy to see coming. 

A lot of the things in this book were just too easy. Kristen has an insane, murderous ex...well, coincidentally, all her very good friends work for the FBI or are in law enforcement and can help her hide. Kristen has to rebuild her career...well, lookie there, her new boyfriend just calls all his friends to hire her and a few weeks later she's getting hired at her dream firm. I don't mind one or two things happening like that, but when it's over half the book, I tend to start rolling my eyes. 

So, yeah...a mixed review. There was never a point when I was reading the book that I thought about not finishing it. It was entertaining enough to read, but this probably isn't a series or an author that I'll stick with. I think she's just really not my cup of tea. But that's fine...there are tons of readers who love her.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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