Hard to Handle, book one in the Play
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At first, the request seemed simple—sign a new athlete to
Then I found out the new athlete was none other than the most wanted man in hockey
today: Hunter Maddox
Gifted. Sexy. At the top of his game. And the only man
who has ever broken my heart.
If signing him will help save our family business, I’ll swallow my pride and do what’s
But when it becomes clear his uncharacteristic antics off
the ice are a hint of something deeper, keeping things strictly professional between us
becomes more than complicated.
But I know better than to cross that line.
I’ll never date a client. Not even for him.
Win the Stanley Cup and do it before time runs out.
Not a small feat, but it’s what’s motivated me since the
start of my career.
And time is running out.
Enter Dekker Kincade.
Feisty. Dogged. Damn gorgeous. The one I let get
I have no idea why she’s traveling with the team, but hell
if resisting her is going to be easy.
But I have a job to do, and I refuse to lose sight of that
end game. Even if she confuses me. Even if she sees parts of me I’ve hidden from the
I can’t lose focus. Not even for her.
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I stare at Hunter. At his shirt plastered with sweat and
how it clings to his body, despite the chill of the ice his skates are standing on. He has
his warm-up pants on and is without a helmet, his hair curling at the ends from the
And all I see in his eyes is anger I didn’t put there. Or maybe I did. Rejection can do that
to a man . . . but there’s something more here. Something I walked in on that doesn’t
“Don’t give me that look, Kincade,” Hunter mutters as he skates over to the penalty box
where his electrolyte drink sits.
“What look?” I ask.
He half laughs, half snorts and meets my gaze across the distance. “Disappointment.
Disproval. Disdain. I’m the king of all of them, so save your breath—or in this case—your
glare, because it’s not going to work with me.”
“Are we working on emotions that start with the letter D today?” I ask. A hint of my
embarrassment and anger over how I acted last night creeps into my voice, but I mask it
with sarcasm. “If that’s the case, I’m more than impressed with your answers thus far.”
He clenches his jaw in response and then skates back over to line up more pucks so he
can shoot them. And he does, one after another, each shot taken with laser precision and
a healthy dose of fury behind it.
He goes through the first ten lined up and then stops to catch his breath.
His talent and skill are undeniable, but so is the beer bottle in my hand.
“Just because you’re the captain and star of this team, doesn’t mean management won’t
frown upon this,” I say, unable to let this go.
“Screw the management.”
“No one likes a player who’s hard to handle and honestly, Hunter, you’re becoming hard
“No one likes unsolicited advice from someone who has no bearing on his career,
either,” he counters, the rebuke stinging but deserved.
The problem is, I do care about him. Doesn’t he get that’s where my hostility stems
And only a crazy person would say that, Dekker.
I put my hands up in surrender to both him and my own thoughts. “You know I only
want the best for you.” I take a few steps in his direction in the first row of the stands.
I’m close enough to catch the hitch of his movement and to see uncertainty flicker in his
eyes. It’s almost as if he needs to talk but doesn’t see me as someone he can trust. I hate
that. “What is it, Hunter?”
“Nothing. It’s . . . never mind.”
But I see it, and he knows I see it. The question is what do I see, though?
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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes
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A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school
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Hard to Handle by K. Bromberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Outstandingly Good!!! This book was everything that I’ve come to expect from this amazing author. I don’t even like sports romances unless it’s a racing sport, but I have to say this book might have just changed that. I loved everything about this book. K. Bromberg not only made me fall in love with a sports romance, but with the characters and their whole story. Hunter and Dekker’s story is full of feels and I mean FULL. It is a breathtaking, emotional journey with lots of sizzle between the pages. Oh the hotness between these two was super hot and super sexy. Their story captivated me from the very beginning and I loved them both from the start. I connected immediately with both of them and fell into their story before I knew what had happened. Every string to my heart was pulled during this read. Have a box of tissues close by because you’ll need them. I laughed, cried(omg, did I cry), and swoon hard over this story. This is just the start to a new series and I’m just totally excited to see what K. Bromberg has in store for us readers with the rest of the books in this series.
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