Hard Fall (St. Louis Mavericks #1)
Kat Mizera & Brenda Rothert
Publication date : September 14, 2021
The St. Louis Mavericks are having the best season in team history. On pace for a pro hockey record, the unexpected death of their captain and star player knocks them off course in ways they never expected.
My world was turned upside down the day Ben Whitmer died. Best friends since junior hockey, Ben was like a brother to me. My voice of reason and a grounding force on and off the ice. But as heartbroken as I am, I don’t have the luxury of grieving his loss.
Not only do I have to hold our team together, I was named guardian of the two young children Ben and his wife left behind. Well, not just me—me and his wife’s best friend, Hadley. We’ve been left with the impossible task of deciding which of us will raise the kids, but there’s no way I’m letting that uptight ball buster have them.
Lines are drawn, but they begin to blur as I find out there’s more to Hadley than I thought. A lot more.
I can’t take the place of my beautiful best friend in her children’s lives. But I love them so fiercely that I’ll do whatever it takes to raise them the way their parents wanted.
Wes Kirby is an obnoxious womanizer, and I won’t let him take Ben and Lauren’s children from me. Deciding to temporarily live together in our friends’ home, we attempt to provide the kids stability while we figure out which of us is better suited to raising them.
As we learn parenthood together, my enemy Wes slowly becomes something different. Something more. And I’m left wondering not only if I’m enough for the kids, but if Wes and I are enough to last.
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These two ladies are magic! #truth
This is one of those storylines that can go off the rails quick if the wrong choices are made and if I could scream into a bullhorn right now how ridiculously on-point every choice these ladies made for this story were, I’d do it in a heartbeat. They are magic, both as individual authors and a team. I am seriously blown away by this story. Not so much because I don’t expect greatness from these ladies, but because they had me on an emotional roller-coaster that never once went to far this way or that way. It’s a perfectly balanced story and I mean I don’t even know what to say about it…
There are so many hidden lessons in this story that I don’t know where to begin. That’s a lie, yes I do. Children … they are one of the things in life you will sacrifice more than you even knew you had for, even when you think you wouldn’t. #betme And it is they that made this storyline so hopeful and full of heart.
This story isn’t really fiction. Not only does it happen, it happens often. And it is heartbreaking to know that because what doesn’t happen (maybe) that of ten or always is the outcome. I love how these ladies intertwined the struggles of the children with the struggles of the romance journey and made it flow as one. There is not one without the other and it was real to me. I felt it. It was happening and I was right there to witness it. GAH, you guys really have to read this book.
I’ve read both these authors individually, but this is my first time as a team, and they are a powerhouse. I enjoy their work as individual authors, but this was more. I can’t quite come up with the words, but magic is as good as any to describe this story. I hope this series runs the course of most of the series these two ladies have written because I do not see myself ever tiring of reading their magic!!
Go do the thing now. I’m gonna be upset if this book doesn’t get over a thousand reviews in the near future!
Meet The Authors
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.
A typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max), Kat can usually be found scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible.
Kat’s been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.
As you can guess from her Las Vegas Sidewinders series, Kat loves hockey and occasionally writes articles about her favorite team, the Florida Panthers. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…
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