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Hard to Handle

The Play Hard Series, Book 1
Written by: K. Bromberg
Narrated by: Emma Wilder, Jacob Morgan
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author K. Bromberg is back with an all new second-chance, standalone hockey romance.

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.

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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.

©2020 K. Bromberg (P)2020 K. Bromberg
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  • Paula
  • 2020-06-20

Absolutely stunning! Just one click it!

OMG this book is exceptional!! Jacob Morgan and Emma Wilder nailed this one! The emotions written by Kristy and brought to life by Jacob and Emma are so touching.

You won’t be sorry getting this one! I highly recommend the audiobook.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2020-06-18

A 5 ⭐️ FRICTION-FILLED 2ND-CHANCE SPORTS ROMANCE

What a great start to Ms Bromberg’s new Play Hard series about four sisters who are each tasked with saving the family’s Sports Agency business by swaying and signing a successful sportsman. And first up is sassy Dekker Kincade, on the explicit orders of her Dad, she walks back into Hunter Maddox’s life with instructions to sign him to Kincade Sports Management.. however Dekker’s sceptical and realistic because she’s sure she’s got zero chance. Why?.. well, it was her that walked away three years earlier from their six month’s ‘no strings’ sexcapades with a flippant excuse to hide the fact that she’d actually crossed the line by falling in love with the sexy alpha. Coupled with that, is Hunter’s current uncharacteristic flare ups, mood swings and growing aggressions with everyone.. it could be down to the pressure to win.. or it could be something else entirely. And when they meet again, the sparks, attraction and chemistry are still sizzling.. but, as their flirty banter flares and fuels desire, Dekker can see there’s something dark lurking beneath Hunter’s layers that’s eating him alive.

Gifted dedicated focussed NHL player/Captain extraordinaire Hunter Maddox secretly battles heartbreaking guilt, inner demons, family friction and loss.. plus tensions are high with his teammates and his push n pull attraction to Dekker is getting out of control. Couple those layers with an unparalleled need to win the Stanley Cup - and it’s a powder keg of epic proportions waiting to blow. Oil vs water.. principles vs passion.. love vs lust.. pain vs pleasure.. letting go vs grabbing on.. him vs her.. living for someone else vs living for yourself.. saying goodbye and saying hello.. and love and love and love.. and the winner will have it all.

Worth a credit? Wow yes, this was an emotional rollercoaster.. an angst-ridden ride that held grief, sadness, frustration and tragedy as well as fun, friction and the heartwarming heady anticipation that a woman’s love will eventually break through walls fortified by misguided guilt. There’s smouldering tension in this well-balanced enjoyable second-chance game which deliciously builds with passion, pleasures, pushes and promises. Emma and Jacob did a fantastic job with each dual POV chapter and brought the feels, the fire and the friction to life.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 2020-07-04

Hard to Handle without crying!

This is the first book in The Play Hard Series, a Sports Romance. I love the cover! Hard to Handle was effectively Hard to Handle without crying! OMG! I wasn't prepared for this story. Hunter and Dekker's story is emotionally intense, heartbreaking, and beautiful. The characters are wonderful. Hunter wasn't my favorite hero at first... but OMG! I was wrong! He is a wonderful broken soul. Dekker is beautiful, strong, independent, caring and supportive. They are perfect together. They share a strong and beautiful chemistry. The storyline is slow paced, and captivating. The back and forth, past to present, is emotionally heartbreaking, at least to me. By the end, while listening to the first epilogue, I was a crying mess. What a beautiful and emotional story! I started by reading it, and I Immediately decided to switch to the audiobook version. I didn't regret it, not a minute. Jacob Morgan and Emma Wilder did an outstanding job with the narration. They were perfect as Hunter and Dekker. This is a great author/narrators team! I LOVED it, and I HIGHLY recommend it! Looking forward to listen to the next installment in the Series.

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  • Victoria Kaszian
  • 2020-07-03

Wow!

What a wonderful story that moved me and touched my heart. Hunter and Decker were such great characters.

Emma Wilder and Jacob Morgan were the perfect storytellers for this and did a fantastic job. It was a treat to hear both of them do this audio.

Great job everyone!

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  • Amazing person
  • 2020-07-02

Skating the rink with the Stanley Cup worthy

As always K. Bromberg leaves us wanting more, feeling like we have just skated the full 60min game. Her characters engage, keep us moving and always wanting more! Definitely a skating around the rink with the Stanley Cup above your head worthy....

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  • cdorsey76
  • 2020-07-06

K. Bromberg does it again!

Absolutely GREAT story with amazing narrators that are perfect for their characters. How can you go wrong with Emma Wilder and Jason Morgan? The story was funny, smart, emotional, and the angst and chemistry was off the charts. I laughed, I cried. My heart ached. Alllllll the makings of a fantastic performance. Favorite narrators meets favorite author.. I was in heaven! Highly recommended.

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  • Ap2514
  • 2020-07-06

Wow!

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This book is much more than just a sports romance. I was not prepared for the emotional side of Hunter’s story. And while some parts of the book had me very close to tears it all tied together perfectly at the end.

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  • KaHa
  • 2020-07-06

This listen was absolutely worth a credit!

Great book, with stellar narration! Both male and female main characters showed vulnerability without being made week as human beings. I really enjoyed the listen.