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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
  • 20-06-20

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 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 18-06-20

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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  • hooper123
  • 05-08-20

I can’t do it

The female narrator’s voice is an upturned cadence that sounds unnatural and I couldn’t even get past the first chapter. 😭😭 I wish they would have sampled her voice as well in the preview. Sorry!

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  • K. Caudill
  • 14-07-20

Couldn’t get past chapter 4

I’ve only listened to Emma wilder once and she was best fit for the awkward role she was reading. Her voice is too whiney and I couldn’t get into the book because it was her mostly reading.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 04-07-20

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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  • Avid Reader
  • 29-07-20

Ended strong

I found this story to be slow paced and too long. It could have been a better book if it was half the length, imo. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the female narrator either. Her tone was too whiney and breathy. I would have stopped listening but I normally like K Bromberg and thought it would get way better. The last 2 hours were better, but I was just worn out by the previous 8+.

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  • Jennifer Hinson
  • 08-12-20

Why did I wait so freaking long??

This story was absolutely phenomenal....I laughed, I cried, and I raged....I didn’t expect it to be so amazing and yet it was just that. It will go down as one of my overall favorite books of ALL TIME and such an impactful one.

As for the narration, Jacob Morgan did a flawless job at Hunter....he truly brought him to life, he brought out every aspect of what made Hunter, Hunter.
Emma Wilder, I’m not a fan of hers anyways so it’s hard for me to listen to her narrate but this story was so good I dealt with it. She will always be the queen of male voices, I mean I still feel like it can’t be her lol. But I just feel like she’s “too extra” when it comes to her performance, it turns what could be an extraordinary performance into one that felt force and fake. If she toned it down just a little I wouldn’t find myself so turned off....but bc I refuse to allow Jacob to be part of a lower rating I am giving them 4 stars (alone she would be a 3 max, he should’ve gotten 5+++).

Overall this is an audible/book you NEED to experience....it’s incredible!

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  • Cpmn
  • 13-08-20

Kept waiting for something to happen

Even Jacob Morgan couldn’t save this book!! I kept waiting for something to happen!! Omg. Boring!! I almost never DNF but I DNF. I just couldn’t take anymore. It just went on and ON and NOTHING!!! Someone tell me the point of this book!! NOTHING HAPPENS!!!!

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  • Victoria Kaszian
  • 03-07-20

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
  • 02-07-20

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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  • A. Holiday
  • 04-07-20

Lackluster Cup..

The story was streched way too long for this kind of plot line. It was sweet and ok but didn’t have the character depth that would have made their love believable for me.
I picked this book because I love hockey and listening to swoony Jacob Morgan but even he couldn’t really save this story for me. I know it has nothing to do with the actual plot, but one of my personal pet peeves in books is that if you write about something, for instance hockey, please do actual research on the subject and get your facts straight e.g. there is no coin toss in hockey! Also the names of the teams bugged me since some of them were real, like the Kings and Red Wings and some were NFL teams and some just made up. But again that’s just me..
If you are looking for a sweet and long listen with a few emotional moments, then this is definitely for you.

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  • mazaraza
  • 05-08-20

Hot Hockey Player with a big heart

Loved this story, dont follow Hockey, fancy its something I'd like to get into. Dekker and Hunter are so sweet. #no spoilers would love to hear more about them. K Bromberg does do hotty men well. The ending had me in tears.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 26-02-21

Hate to love second chance romance

This is my favourite K Bromberg book. This is a second chance, love to hate to love sports romance between Dekker, who works for the family sports agency with her dad and 4 sisters and her ex Hunter, a hot headed NHL star who's attitude is getting him into trouble on and off the ice.

The push and pull between Dek and Hunter was so on point and they both had demon of their own to battle through together and apart. I just wanted to wrap them both up in a massive hug while also banging their heads together.

This was an emotional rollercoaster. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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  • BookLover
  • 04-07-20

Love Jacob Morgan!!!!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

The story was great. Jacob Morgan my all time favourite was 5 stars all the way however I’ve given a 3 star performance rating as the female narration was grating! Listening to the whiny voice made me wince through most of the book. And this is bad because most of the book is written from Dekker’s POV.
K Bromberg proved again she is a talented writer.

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  • dizzzlizzz
  • 06-07-20

Did not finish due to female narration

I am a huge K Bromberg fan and unfortunately I only got 1 hour or so into the book before I had to call it quits due to the female narration. It just didnt suit the book at all and just kept grating on me. Male narration was on point. I couldn't finish the audio version and instead purchased the ebook to read myself. From what I listened to the story was great so looking forward to the ebook.

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