Friday 3 July 2020

✪ K. Bromberg ✪ HARD TO HANDLE ✪ #PlayHard1 ✪ #BlogTour #Excerpt ✪

©   Bianca  ✰  Janeane  ✰ 

 • 30 June 2020
• Book #1 in the #PlayHard series 
• can be read as a standalone
4.5 Stars
Hard to Handle, book one in the Play Hard series, an all new series of standalone books by New York Times bestselling author, K, Bromberg.

When four sisters set out to save their family business, each one sets their sights on a different client to help them succeed.

At first, the request seemed simplesign 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.

Kincade Sports Managment.
That's widowed dad-boss Kenyon Kincade and his four daughters.
And daddy needs his girls to save the company - or something. ☺
First up is Dekker.
She's sent off to sign hockey legend Hunter Maddox.
Little problem?! They used to have a thing a few years back ...
Let the fun times begin ...



Well, that was cute.
I really enjoyed reading this.

Poor Hunter is going through something. We don't yet know what is wrong with him and his family. But something is happening or happened and it's not good for his career. And his current agent is not really helping. Let's hope Dekker will be able to find out what's wrong.
And of course we finally want that HEA for them too.
Really adorable. And heartbreaking.
Lots of hockey. Lots of family drama. Lots of fighting and making up.
It was maybe a bit too much of that back and forth. The book could've been a hundred pages shorter and nothing would be missing.
But it was a really fun and sexy and emotional sports romance!
Can't wait to read the other books!  

ARC received for an honest review

Oooy it has been a while since we have had a new K Bromberg story, and man oh man I have missed hockey this year so, so much.

And Ms Bromberg has killed two birds with one stone with Hard To Handle. Hunter is just adorable.  There is stuff going on in his life that he doesn't share but it is noticed.

Dekker is the one that got away, who is back in his life, and making his life hell.  Or heaven. Or a bit of both.

I love a second chance story, and I read, wanting our lovelies to get together.  But sheesh Dekker, I wanted to slap some sense into that head of yours.

There was a lot of back and forth between Hunter and Dekker - maybe a bit too much for my liking.  Some of it could have been cut out and it would have been just as good - to me anyway.

Hard to Handle was sweet and sexy, with a dose of heavier emotion thrown in too.

There are three more Kincade sisters, so I am looking forward to learning more about this family in the future.


I stare at Hunter. At his shirt plastered with sweat and how it clings to his body, despite the chill of the ice his skates are standing on. He has his warm-up pants on and is without a helmet, his hair curling at the ends from the sweat.
And all I see in his eyes is anger I didn’t put there. Or maybe I did. Rejection can do that to a man . . . but there’s something more here. Something I walked in on that doesn’t make sense.
“Don’t give me that look, Kincade,” Hunter mutters as he skates over to the penalty box where his electrolyte drink sits.
“What look?” I ask.
He half laughs, half snorts and meets my gaze across the distance. “Disappointment. Disproval. Disdain. I’m the king of all of them, so save your breath—or in this case—your glare, because it’s not going to work with me.”
“Are we working on emotions that start with the letter D today?” I ask. A hint of my embarrassment and anger over how I acted last night creeps into my voice, but I mask it with sarcasm. “If that’s the case, I’m more than impressed with your answers thus far.”
He clenches his jaw in response and then skates back over to line up more pucks so he can shoot them. And he does, one after another, each shot taken with laser precision and a healthy dose of fury behind it.
He goes through the first ten lined up and then stops to catch his breath.
His talent and skill are undeniable, but so is the beer bottle in my hand.
“Just because you’re the captain and star of this team, doesn’t mean management won’t frown upon this,” I say, unable to let this go.
“Screw the management.”
“No one likes a player who’s hard to handle and honestly, Hunter, you’re becoming hard to handle.”
“No one likes unsolicited advice from someone who has no bearing on his career, either,” he counters, the rebuke stinging but deserved.
The problem is, I do care about him. Doesn’t he get that’s where my hostility stems from?
And only a crazy person would say that, Dekker.
I put my hands up in surrender to both him and my own thoughts. “You know I only want the best for you.” I take a few steps in his direction in the first row of the stands. I’m close enough to catch the hitch of his movement and to see uncertainty flicker in his eyes. It’s almost as if he needs to talk but doesn’t see me as someone he can trust. I hate that. “What is it, Hunter?”
“Nothing. It’s . . . never mind.”
But I see it, and he knows I see it. The question is what do I see, though?


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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.
She’s a mixture of most of her female characters: sassy, intelligent, stubborn, reserved, outgoing, driven, emotional, strong, and wears her heart on her sleeve. All of which she displays daily with her husband and three children where they live in Southern California.
On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Since then she has written The Driven Series (Driven, Fueled, Crashed, Raced, Aced), the standalone Driven Novels (Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, Hard Beat, and Down Shift (Releasing 10/4/16)), and a short story titled UnRaveled. She is currently finishing up Sweet Cheeks a standalone novel out at the end of 2016.
Her plans for 2017 include a sports romance duet (The Player (#1) and The Catch (#2)) and the Everyday Heroes series (Cuffed (#1), Combust (#2), and Cockpit (#3). She also published a novella for the 1,001 Dark Night series.
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