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Hard to Handle

The Play Hard Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Emma Wilder, Jacob Morgan
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mary Dean
  • 10-08-20

New favorite sports romance!

Holy sports romance! The queen of romance gives us another amazing story. And this is the start to a series. I am so excited! This is the story about hockey star Hunter and sports agent Dekker. Hunter is focused on winning the Stanley Cup for his disabled twin. Dekker has been given the assignment to sign Hunter to her father's sports agency she works for. The issue? Hunter has an agent and Dekker and Hunter have a history. A steamy one. One where Dekker felt too much and walked away. Now she is showing up "checking on other clients" but also being just what Hunter needs. Of course these two are too stubborn to admit true feelings and the unfair events in life get in the way. This story is full of so much raw emotion, passion, and moments that gripped my heart so tight. I found myself in tears of sadness and tears of joy a few times. This is a must read. Romance fans, get ready for your favorite new book. I can't wait for more in this series! These narrators brought these characters to life. They did an amazing job representing them. I thought they were Dekker and Hunter!

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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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  • Katie M of BBKA
  • 05-08-20

A must listen if you love second chance romance

This was my first audio by Emma Wilder and I was blown away with her talent. She is definitely being added to my always listen to list!! It's a great way to find new to me authors.

Jacob Morgan is always a favorite and I can't one click his work fast enough!!

If there was ever a fictional character I wanted to wrap up in a warm hug it would be Hunter. My heart just wept for him with all his personal struggles, the life long guilt and feelings of not being good enough. Bromberg knows how to write a broken hero so that you want to piece him all back together to make him whole again.

One of the reasons why I love the female characters K. Bromberg writes is because they are strong, independent, courageous, feisty but also a little vulnerable. You won't find a doormat here. She doesn't need to have a man take care of her, coddle her or be her sugar daddy. She has strong morals, a good heart amd witty comebacks.

I can't wait for the other 3 sisters stories!! My copies will be pre-ordered as soon as they are available.

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  • Chris_and_Esther
  • 04-08-20

Fantastic story!

K. Bromberg has another hit with Hard to Handle! It is the first book in her new Play Hard series and if you are a fan of hockey romance than this is the perfect book for you to check out! It is well written with memorable characters and an engaging storyline. I had the added enjoyment of listening to the audio version and the narrators did a fantastic job of bringing these already amazing characters to life.

The story does have its heartbreaking moments as Hunter deals with his past that is putting pressure squarely on his shoulders. He is taking responsibility for something that was not his fault and it is now affecting his play on the ice and his life off the ice. When a fiesty spitfire from his past in the form of Dekker Kincaid shows back up in his life he finally finds that she is the one person who understands him and is trying to help him both personally as professionally. These two are both battling demons from their past so who better to help, but each other? And with that healing they can both finally open their hearts to love.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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+.