Title: Hard Stick
Series: A Breakaway Novel
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Random House/Loveswept
He carries a big stick. And he’s not afraid to use it.

On the ice, I’m Kellan Carter, powerhouse enforcer for the Charlotte Strikers. Off the ice, I’m just a regular guy. The last thing I want is to get mobbed by a bunch of groupies who are only after me for my fame and money. My ideal woman knows how to enjoy a little good, clean fun—and maybe some not-so-clean fun too. That’s the kind of girl I’d never let go.
When Kristen Robinson, the gorgeous, down-to-earth bartender I’ve been crushing on, agrees to let me take her out, I’m thrilled. We have an amazing night together, culminating in the most electrifying kiss of my life—and that’s it. Kristen tells me we can’t see each other again, but I know that kiss meant as much to her as it did to me. What I don’t know is that Kristen has a dangerous secret. . . .
I’ve proved to Kristen that she can trust me with her body and her heart. But when her past comes back to haunt her, I need to prove that she can trust me with her life. And I might have to get my hands dirty after all.
** Hard Stick is an action-packed romantic suspense. Just to warn you, the story line does NOT center around hockey. The main character plays but a lot of the book is set outside of the rink. **

“L. P. Dover did a great job with this book and if you know going into that it has more of a suspenseful love story, you might not be so surprised. I recommend this book. I couldn’t put it down.”—Wicked Love of Books


“I loved this book! A great romantic/suspenseful story with a HEA (and it also involved sports which is always a plus with me). I really liked the author’s style of writing.”—Rebel Spinster (five stars)


Hard Stick may have been my first L. P. Dover novel, but it won’t be my last. I am so excited to see what’s next in the Breakaway series.”—A Novel Glimpse

* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

~ 5 Not What You Expect Stars ~

Hard Stick is truly a book that is a case of Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover, but in the BEST way possible.

This is my first L.P. Dover book and I am extremely happy I took a chance on a new author to me. After reading this book it just means I now have to go back and read all of her books.

This was an AMAZING book!!!! I will warn you if you go into this book hoping for a hockey romance story, you will be slightly disappointed. Yes Hockey does play a small part in this book, since Kellan is a NHL player, but the story doesn’t really focus on the hockey aspect. This is more of a story based off Kristen learning how to survive and learning to trust and love again.

This story has a little bit of everything in it. There were some laughs, some sex, some romance, , great friendships, suspense and even some heartache. This book had everything I look for in a 5 star read. I was completely engrossed in this story from the very beginning. I honestly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I loved how this story all unfolded. Some of it was predictable, but there were enough surprises along the way to keep me guessing. I thought the flow and pace of this story was very well written. I also loved the storyline and characters we met along the way. Kellan truly stole my heart in this book.

In Hard Stick we follow the journey of Kellan and Kristen. I really can’t tell you a lot about the story because you need to experience everything for yourself. Plus I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Kristen is a woman, who due to circumstances and tragedy, needs to escape and start a new life for herself. And that’s exactly what she does. Now she is a keep to herself bartender in a small pub. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t caught the eye of the local HOTTIE Kellan, the famous NHL player who lives in the area. Over the last year she has turned down every attempt he has made for a date. but now she is ready to give it a try. What can 1 date do?? Little does she know, Kellan doesn’t give up so easily 🙂 I truly loved their love story. Kellan will have all the readers swooning and wishing for a man like him.

I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who loves a story that has a little bit of everything in it. If you’re looking for a storyline that will suck you in and characters you will fall in love with and want more of, then this is the book to read!!!


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 Christmas carols.

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 Fae.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.


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