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Hard Stick

A Breakaway Novel

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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.

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Praise for Hard Stick

Hard Stick is a sexy hockey romance that heats up the ice, and the bedroom!”—Sarah Robinson, bestselling author of the Kavanagh Legends series

Hard Stick is the action-packed hockey romance you’ll never forget.”—Addicted2Books

“Loved the storyline, the plot was very developed with some suspense, drama and of course romance, the exact amount to make this book good and interesting.”—Collectors of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends

“I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who loves a story that has a little bit of everything in it. If you’re looking for a storyline that will suck you in and characters you will fall in love with and want more of, then this is the book to read! . . . Hard Stick is truly a book that is a case of ‘Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,’ but in the best way possible.”—Book Bitches Blog

“I loved everything about this book. I highly recommend this author.”—Jack of All Trades, Master of None Book Reviews

“You’ll be sucked in from the start and will feel the book hangover before you’re done.”—Seraphim Book Reviews (five stars)

“L. P. Dover did a great job with this book and if you know going into that it has more of a suspenseful love story, you might not be so surprised. I recommend this book. I couldn’t put it down.”—Wicked Love of Books

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Customer Reviews


Kristen has a sudden life changing incident occur. She ends up living in another location with a new name. She has had so much upheaval lately that nothing feels right. Not until she meets someone who makes her feel safe and whole again.

Kellan has wanted Kristen to give him the time of day for some time. He wants to show her he is no longer the type of guy she thinks he is. He wants someone forever, not just a one night stand.

This story is sweet and sexy. I found myself eagerly turning the pages! I loved how charming and protective the leading man is. The hot men that are in this series make me eager for the next installment to come.

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

Enjoyable read

I enjoyed this one! I'm not sure the cover or title really do the story justice. Don't get me wrong that's what grabbed my attention first but this isn't really a hockey story. The MC Kellan is a hockey player but the story centers more around the struggles Kristen is dealing with and the romance that blossoms between Kellan and Kristen. He just happens to be a hockey player. The story does have a nice element of suspense with a couple of twists to the story that keeps things interesting. The resolution to the issues was slightly anticlimactic but not bad enough to turn me off the story. Overall the story is good, the writing is well done, and I really enjoyed these characters so it was a pleasurable read for me. I would definitely recommend it.

Amazing start to a new series

An amazing start to another awesome series by LP Dover!

Kellan, the star of the Carolina Strikers, has been asking Kristen out only to be turned down every time. Kristen moved back to North Carolina after running from her past. When the decision is made to finally move on, she decides to finally say yes to Kellan. What follows is an amazing relationship and tons of twists. There were so many surprises in this story and I don't want to give anything away. This book sucked me in and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. Kellan was so much more than what he seemed at the beginning. He's protective, loyal, and supportive. Once Kristen let him in, their relationship was near perfection. Kristen has been through a lot but was able to remain positive and happy. I loved the cameos by some of my favorite characters from other series. There were so many emotions felt in this book that was light on the sports and heavy on the drama. I can't wait to see what's next for this series!!

*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*

Hard Stick
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jun 13, 2017
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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