Hard Stick (Breakaway #1) by L.P. Dover

Title: Hard Stick
Series: A Breakaway Novel
Author: L.P. Dover
Genres: Sports Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Random House/Loveswept

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.
** Hard Stick is an action-packed romantic suspense. Just to warn you, the story line does NOT center around hockey. The main character plays but a lot of the book is set outside of the rink. **



5 of 5 iScream Cones

Hard Stick (Breakaway, #1)Hard Stick by L.P. Dover
Chantal's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones

When LP put out a new series, she definitely doesn't disappoint. The Breakaway series is amazing so far. I did go into this thinking it would be about hockey, but it was more to it than that. This first book is filled with suspense, new beginnings, and learning to trust all over again.

Kristen is an accomplished worker. She had strived to get where she was, until everything in her life went the complete opposite of what she wanted. With these unforeseen circumstances, she is forced to change her life around.

Kellan is the captain and a forward for the Charlotte Strikers. He is amazing at playing hockey, loyal to his team, and would drop anything and everything for his dad. Kellan is an all around good guy, just has that pre-notion that because he's a hockey player, he's a ladies man.

Kristen and best friend, Cole moved from North Carolina to Boston, to attend college. After landing great jobs, they each started to build their lives there. That was until everything changed. Kristen is forced to go on the run, change her life. She finds herself back in North Carolina, working as a waitress. Kellan frequently visits the bar she works at after practice or game. He has had eyes for her, since they first met. He is determined to get her to at least go on one date with him. She eventually is run down by him that she agrees. But with her past and her present catching up to her, she decides she can't be with him, to protect him.

Will Kristen share her secrets with Kellan? Does he help her or run away? Can Kellan protect her?

This book was incredible! I couldn't put it down, especially with everything Kristen had going on. I can't wait for the next one to come out, because I have a feeling it's going be just as great as this one!


“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

 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.

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