By Toni Aleo
Kirby Litman has been abandoned by everyone in his life at one time or another since childhood. And when his cheating ex drops their baby girl in his lap and leaves the country, he vows he won’t abandon his daughter, Celeste, like he was. Between parenting, hockey, and mentoring three brand-new young players, he doesn’t have much time for himself. Though, when Jaylin Raventorn crosses his path again, he wants to stop the clock for her.
Jaylin has had her eye on Kirby from the first moment they met over a year ago, but his surprise fatherhood threw their plans into the penalty box. Now that he’s back in play—and with a cute new teammate to boot—Jaylin is as eager as Kirby to pick up where they left off.
But will the love-’em-and-leave-’em lawyer be able to let go of her fears to build a future with the man who’s always been left behind? Or will the hard hit from their pasts be too much for them to overcome?
I love a good single dad romance and Hard Hit is exactly that. Jaylin and Kirby were flirting around each other in the past but nothing more happened when his ex returned, pregnant. Now, it’s a year later, his ex is gone and Kirby is a single dad to an adorable baby girl and reconnecting with Jaylin. Jaylin especially has some trauma in her past and while she quickly falls for both Kirby and his daughter, she is afraid of commitment. Kirby is a professional hockey player while Jaylin is a high powered lawyer and it’s nice to see her career as important as his. The attraction between Jaylin and Kirby is really steamy and heats up the pages. In contrast, Celeste, Kirby’s daughter, is adorable and so this book checks both elements. Overall, I enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it if you like either sports/hockey romance or single dad stories.
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.