Jul 03

Hard to Handle by K. Bromberg Review



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At first, the request seemed simple—sign a new athlete to the agency.
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 asked.

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 away.

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 world.

I can’t lose focus. Not even for her.

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Bromberg delivers a truly emotional and passionate second-chance romance in Hard to Handle, the first book in the Play Hard series of sports romances. Centered on four sports agent sisters, this first book dives into the world of professional hockey with the eldest sister, Dekker Kincade, and NHL bad-boy, Hunter Maddox. This story pulled me in from the first page and was the kind of story I didn’t want to stop reading—and get mad when you have to put it down. Bromberg did an amazing job pacing this story to build the emotion and lay the groundwork of Dekker and Hunter’s complicated history.

This story was intense in every sense of the word, and Bromberg sets that stage from the start. Hunter, a gifted and talented hockey player, is overwhelmed with guilt, anger and exhaustion, a combination that manifests itself as the angry, hostile, volatile player he’s become. His story is devastating, and it seems that nearly every person in his life wants, needs or demands something from him. Years of burying his fury and remorse have left him guarded and perpetually on the defensive. My heart broke for this man and the constant pain that a regular part of his day-to-day existence.

Dekker had her own difficult history that has left her emotionally jaded and closed off—especially when it comes to matters of the heart. She learned her lesson about heartbreak the first go-round with Hunter, and there was no way she was going to allow herself to go down that road again. The problem was the chemistry between them was just as fiery now as it was then, the attraction is still there, and like it or not, the heart wants what the heart wants. But more than that, Dekker knows this man, and she can see his pain, and while she doesn’t understand it, she wants to and more than that, she wants to alleviate it. The problem is that she also wants something from Hunter, too.

Full of heart, burning with heat and passion, and I simply couldn’t put Hard to Handle down. I felt all the feels and sobbed so many tears while I devoured it. I loved these characters, I loved their story, and Kristy gutted me with the depth of emotion in Dekker and Hunter’s love story. Five stars from me for Hard to Handle by K. Bromberg!

~Danielle Palumbo




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