Hard to Handle (Play Hard #1) – K. Bromberg

three stars black
Genre: Romance 
Publisher: JKB Publishing, LLC
Pages: 360
Relese Date: June 30, 2020

New York Times bestselling 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.


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.

Hard to Handle is the first in a sports romance series. This is the first K. Bromberg book I’ve ever read, though I’m not sure if I’ll read another.

Hard to Handle focuses on Dekker as she’s tasked with stealing Hunter’s contract from another agent. The catch is that Dekker and Hunter have steamy history that got too real too quickly with both walking away rather than dealing with their feelings.

Hard to Handle is an incredibly moody novel full of sexual tension. Hunter carries a lot of heavy baggage. He’s riddled with guilt, shame, and anger over the events of his past that he’s been unable to overcome.

Dekker has her own baggage, though no where near as heavy as Hunter. Dekker gives as good as she gets. She’s feisty and intelligent making her one of my favourite aspects of the novel.

Hard to Handle is a sports romance with a heavy focus on hockey. If you’re not a fan of hockey talk or interested in an in-depth analysis of the game, Hard to Handle is not the sports romance for you.

Overall, Hard to Handle was an okay sports romance that was a lot heavier than I thought it would be. If you’re looking for a sport romance that’s more than just fluff, look no further than Hard to Handle.

Have you read Hard to Handle? What did you think?


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