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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.

Don’t miss these heartwarming Second Chances romances from New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover:

Praise for Hard Stick

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

“I loved this book! A great romantic/suspenseful story with a HEA (and it also involved sports which is always a plus with me). I really liked the author’s style of writing.”—Rebel Spinster (five stars)

Hard Stick may have been my first L. P. Dover novel, but it won’t be my last. I am so excited to see what’s next in the Breakaway series.”—A Novel Glimpse 

“This is a sweet, fun story with suspense and intrigue thrown into the mix to make it a satisfying read. I enjoy everything L. P. Dover writes and I love stories about hockey players, so I was excited to read this and I wasn’t disappointed.”—Cocktails & 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.

Five star read!!!

Hard stick a five star read written by Lp Dover. I love how Lp connects all over her books and intertwine the characters so you never forget about them.
Must read. An epic twisted love story with loads of passion and many mountains to get over. Kristen suffering the loss of her best friend she is on the run from her crazy ex. The FBI and some local friends on the police force help her but then, She meets Kellen she says she is "not Interested"! While getting plans in motion for her to turn up dead lets her move on with her life. She starts to fall for Kellen and as epic as it is lp throws in another twist and her ex comes back. She finally gets away but with more shocking news. As secrets, lies and passion unfold an epic romance comes to light. Hard stick is a sexy sports romance.

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
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