Hey! Bet you already knew this, but just in case… this is not a sports romance. The male MC just happens to be a hockey player.
Now that that is cleared up…
I loved Kristen. Look, we all make bad choices in guys at some point in our lives. Kristen just happened to make a stellarly bad choice and had to pay for it. Everything changed and she and her best friend had to pay quite a price. In the end, she ends up with the very right guy–Kellan.
L P Dover always amazes me with her ability to write an lovely romance and add in a good dose of suspense and a dash of danger. It’s one of the reasons I love her books. The other reason – her characters. She writes amazing characters with flaws and issues and enough good to make you root for them. Hard Stick is no different. I wanted Kristen and Kellan to find their way to an epic romance.
Great writing and a good story plus great MCs make this one a great read!
“So what happened to Maddox? I couldn’t help but notice his
Dallas and Braeden glanced at each other and chuckled.
“Kellan fucked him up in practice,” Dallas replied.
I gasped. “Why?”
He finished off his beer, and I could tell he was feeling it
by the lazy smile. “It’s what he does. Maddox was being a dick and Kellan put a
stop to it. It’s why he’s our captain.”
“Wow, that’s craziness.”
I ran his card and held it out to him, but he grabbed on to
my hand. “You haven’t agreed to go out with him, have you?”
“Who? Kellan?” I asked. The girls gawked at me and snorted.
He nodded. “Yeah.”
“Just asking,” he said with a shrug. He put his arm around
the blonde and they started for the door. “It’d be nice to get the five hundred
dollars.” They stopped and he smiled at me over his shoulder.
“What are you talking about?” I demanded.
Braeden sighed and smacked Dallas on the back of the head.
“Stop fucking with the girl.” Then he turned to me. “It was just a stupid bet.”
“Stupid?” Dallas laughed. “You put three hundred on it, so I
don’t want hear that shit.” In a drunken haze, he smiled over at me. “Just do
us a favor and don’t go out with him until after the weekend. We made a bet
that he couldn’t get you by the end of the week.”
Braeden hit him again. “What the fuck? Shut the hell up.” He
pushed Dallas out the door and they all followed him. So Kellan agreed to the
bet? That was mighty bold of him.
I could hear steps on the hardwood floor behind me. “You all
right?” Chris asked.
Turning on my heel, I smiled. “Yep.” If Kellan was trying to
win the bet, he wasn’t trying very hard. But then again, maybe five hundred
dollars was nothing compared to the money he earned. I used to make a good
living, but at least I was able to retrieve the money I had in the bank before
my supposed death. Having that money helped, especially since I didn’t make
nearly as much working at the pub. Hopefully soon I’d be back to doing what I
“Why don’t you go home? I can finish up here,” Chris
“You sure? I don’t mind staying.”
He shook his head. “Go. You do enough here as it is.”
I hurried behind the bar and grabbed my purse. “Thanks,
Chris. After all the training Aylee puts me through, I’m exhausted by nine
“I can imagine.” He laughed. “I know not to mess with you
Aylee taught me many self-defense techniques and how to
fight. Before, I had no clue what to do if someone attacked me. After
everything that happened with Mitchell and Cole, I had to make sure I was ready
for anything. At least now, I wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore.
I waved goodbye to Chris and then walked out the door. The
night was cool and I breathed in the clean air; the smell of rain was near. We
needed it after the long, dry summer we had. Looking over at my car, I didn’t
realize there was a truck parked next to me with someone leaning against it. It
wasn’t just any someone, either.
“Where were you tonight?” I asked, looking straight at
Kellan’s smiling face. He had on a pair of jeans that hung low on his hips with
a snug green T-shirt that showed off his perfectly sculpted arms. Why did he have
to be so sexy? Not to mention, he had perfectly straight, white teeth, which I
thought would be a rarity among hockey players.
“So you missed me, huh?”
His smile was infectious and I caught myself smiling back.
“I wouldn’t say missed, but I was curious where you were. I saw what you did to
He shrugged. “It had to be done. Maddox has a large fucking
head and needed to be brought down.”
I held up my hands. “You don’t have to explain. I, of all,
people know what kind of head he has.” It was the size of the entire country.
Chuckling, he stepped forward, his gaze roaming over my
body. “You seem different tonight. It’s not very often you smile.”
I hadn’t had a reason to, but I couldn’t tell him that.
“Maybe it’s because I know something you don’t.”
“Oh yeah? What’s that?”
“Uh, I don’t know, perhaps something about a bet?”
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
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
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of
Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo
Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.