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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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  • 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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  • RipleyandRue
  • 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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  • 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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  • Lady M
  • 10-03-21

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dual narration is not my favorite (most of the time I much prefer one narator over the other), but this wasn't bad. I liked the male narator better, the female was a little soft and almost whispery most of the time. I've only read this author once before and I really enjoyed the story. I teared up a couple of times. definitely worth listening to.

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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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  • 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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  • Pollypc
  • 07-04-21

First of a new series.

Sports romance is one of my favourite romance sub genre and K Bromberg has managed to cement that even more.

Of course, the agents that represent athletes at the top of their games, are needed to negotiate the best deals as well as the best from, their clients.

In the audio version, Jacob Morgan and Emma Wilder bring the beautifully penned words of Ms. Bromberg to glorious technicolour and make the 'reading' experience so much more!

Hard to Handle is the first in this particular series and I can't wait to delve into the others.

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  • Rina's Reads
  • 06-04-21

Hard NOT to love

Wow, wow, Wow.

Jacob and Emma did a stellar job with this narration.
I was close to tears several time from the poignant and heartfelt delivery alone.
The hurt, the pressure, and the blame placed on Hunter’s shoulders had my eyes welling up - I couldn’t help the tug on my heartstrings the words caused.

Hunter and Dekker definitely had enemies to lovers vibes, they fought hard but loved harder. Their chemistry was inescapable, their banter hilarious, the attraction and pull - almost magnetic.
Despite their reluctance and resistance to sharing their feelings with each other, they were there, in plain view for all to see.

Gah, SO MANY FEELS.

The epilogues were the icing on an already sumptuous cake.
And the tennis balls? Perfection.

I hope I can listen to more of this series, this book was amazing. One of my top reads for the year.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 03-04-21

Great start to the series.

I have read/ listened to several books by Ms Bromberg and enjoyed them, but Hard To Handle is definitely my favourite. The plot is thoughtful and well paced, with highs and lows that perfectly balance the story.
The characters have depth and are interesting, I found myself really rooting for Dekker and Hunter. Both characters are flawed and damaged but it didn't stop me from really liking them.
There are plenty of other characters that I want to learn more about and I look forward to experiencing more of this series.
Emma Wilder and Jacob Morgan both delivered consistently good performances. Their voices compliment each other and their voice acting gave life to the story. I listened to the whole story in one day. As the audiobook is 10 hours and 23 minutes long, I think that this highlights just how much I enjoyed it.

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  • K. Ramjohn
  • 30-03-21

Emotional

Hard To Handle is the 1st book in The Play Hard series. This was a second chance, sports romance focused on hockey and it was angsty, emotional and tension filled with some family issues included. This story had two complex characters, both dealing with their own issues but the chemistry between them sizzling hott and their steamy scenes were intense and scorching. This was a story about love, loss, forgiving oneself and second chances. I would recommend it to lovers of contemporary romance.
The audiobook was narrated by Emma Wilder and Jacob Morgan. These two did a good job bringing out the emotions of the characters and while I did love Jacob's voice, there were certain times I felt that the female narrator's voice was a bit whiney and it was annoying. However I was able to listen out to the entire audiobook.

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  • Nina
  • 19-03-21

Emotional, heartbreaking and beautiful

Oooh, it’s been a while since my list K. Bromberg book, and HARD TO HANDLE was just perfect to remind me while I love her stories so much. Emotional, heartbreaking, beautiful.

Dekker and Hunter take you along on their bumpy roller coaster ride to happiness. I swooned, I cried, I laughed, then swooned some more, before tearing up once more. Hunter is going through the motions, to an extend that it’s jeopardizing his career. That’s when Dekker steps back into his life, the one who got away …

Constant back and forth, all while Hunter’s heartbreak slowing being revealed (boy, I wasn’t prepared. At. All. My eyes get misty even now), makes for one tension-filled, dramatic second chance romance that had me wanting to shake some sense into each of them a time or two throughout. Sheesh, seriously!

Sweet and sexy, yet heavy on emotion, and full of angst and explosive chemistry. An enemies to lovers (kinda), second chance, hockey romance about healing, forgiveness and self-discovery. While it could have been cut shorter here or there, I was never once bored. It’s the first in a series of standalones about the Kincade sisters, and I can’t wait to dive into the next one.

So, Emma Wilder and Jacob Morgan. They’re both a force on their own, but together they make this audio experience straight perfection. The intonations, the emotions they each convey … more, please!

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  • Gillek2
  • 19-03-21

Hunter and Dekker!

Hunter is the star captain of the Lumberjacks hockey team who is struggling due to the burdens he carries both personally and professionally. He knows that people are counting on him, but the stress and pressure are taking its toll and resulting in actions that is out of character for him.

With the family’s sports agency business in trouble Dekker needs to sign a high-profile client and the person her Dad wants her to pursue is Hunter. Now she must put their failed personal relationship to the side and keep their relationship strictly professional for the sake of her family however that is easier said than done.

As they spend time together Dekker realizes that there is much more to Hunter than she ever expected and the image he presents to the world is nothing like the man he truly is. The chemistry and connection between them is stronger than ever but will it be enough to help him heal from his past?

Hunter and Dekker couldn’t be more perfect for each other and are both wounded in their own ways. This is an emotion filled story about love, family and healing that will captivate you until the last page. The narrators were a perfect choice for the characters as they made you feel the same emotions that they were feeling.

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  • Sara
  • 19-03-21

I couldn't get enough!

I really love K. Bromberg books. She writes such fully rounded books that encompass the entire story for characters. Yes, it may come off too long but it isn’t. The story is just full. I think too often we get used to those shorter books that leave some stuff out. With Bromberg, I feel as though I get a bit of it all… a well-thought-out story with tons of sex appeal, some fun and friendship, some family time with sibling squabbles. I love it all and it’s what keeps me coming back to her books time and time again.

Hard to Handle was no different. Hunter and Dekker's story kept me fully enchanted. I’m not usually big into sports romances, least of all hockey, but again, I didn’t feel like it was too much sports for me. The sports that was added was brilliant and added to the story. Emma Wilder and Jacob Morgan are the best narrators. They brought so much heart to this emotionally charged story that was riddled with humor and love. I couldn’t get enough!

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 17-03-21

Emotional sport romance hockey

Hunter and Dekker's story was simply fantastic, astonishing, phenomenal, Ok you get the picture, I enjoyed each page of this book, it hooked me up from the very start and I couldn't put it down even if I had to, sleep was overrated. Each character in the story is amazing, the emotional turmoil this book had me on edge, this is not just another hockey second chance story, is about finding what you lost along the way, the guilt and sorrow they face and how wanting the love and respect from the one you need is more important than anything. Can't wait to find out the story of Dekker's sisters. The Jumbotron is displaying 5 brilliant stars!

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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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