Series: Hard Play #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 8 hours and 18 minutes
Narrator: Justine O. Keef
How I got it: From the library
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Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a thorn in his side.
As a lonely teenager, Juliet embraced her bad-girl reputation as a shield against loneliness and rejection. Years later, having kicked a cheating sports-star ex to the curb, she has a prestigious job and loyal friends—and wants nothing to do with sportsmen. The last thing she expects is the fire that ignites between her and the stuffed-shirt golden boy who once loved her best friend.
Straitlaced Jacob Esera versus wild-at-heart Juliet Nelisi? Place your bets.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I’ve been itching to read a Nalini Singh contemporary romance for quite a while now. She’s one of those authors whose books I always hear other readers rave about, but I’ve not made the effort to really explore for myself. Well, no more! I’m ready to explore. Especially if the others are anything like Love Hard.
There isn’t much that can make walking in the summer heat and humidity enjoyable, but the Love Hard audiobook did just that. I actually looked forward to my daily walks so I could spend more time with Juliet and Jake. I absolutely adored them and this book was flat-out delightful. It could’ve been an angsty and overwhelming story because of their history and the loss of Callie, Juliet’s best friend and Jake’s wife. It wasn’t. It had a series tone at times, but it was also fun, flirty and sexy. Plus it gets all kinds of bonus points for having one of the cutest book kids ever in it. Jake’s daughter Esme was absolutely adorable. The family they formed with each other totally tugged at my heartstrings.
There were a million little things to love about Love Hard. Of course the romance — and smoking hot sexy times — were at the top of my list, but they weren’t the only things I enjoyed. The family dynamic was fantastic. I need to go back and binge the other Eseras’ stories ASAP. Thankfully this book was excellent on audio, so I feel good about bingeing the rest this way.
Have you read any of Nalini’s contemporary romances?
Which should I bump up my TBR?