Book Review: Hard to Hold (Hard to Play: Book 1) by Katie Rose

Before I start this review, I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept for allowing me to review this book:

**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone.  I received Hard to Hold from NetGalley via Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**

Now, onto my review:

Format read in: Kindle

Author: Kate Rose

Part of a series: Yes

What series: Hard to Play, Book 1

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept

Date of publication: September 13, 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis:

New Jersey Hurricanes striker Logan Hart lives for the grind of training, the adrenaline of competition, and all the perks of the road—until his ex hands him a baby and tells Logan to raise her on his own. He’s eager to pass this bundle of joy into more capable hands and get back to his hard-playing, hard-partying ways. But when a beautiful, blond drill sergeant of a nanny turns Logan’s life upside down, he sets a new goal: winning her heart.

Isabella Bennett takes pride in teaching the rich and famous how to become loving families. Her no-nonsense style is just what Logan and his crying, copper-haired cutie need. So why can’t she get the image of Logan’s tanned, muscular body out of her head? Isabella’s here to whip a new father into shape, not fall for a sexy ladies’ man. But their chemistry is too tantalizing to ignore, much like the temptation to trust someone with her deepest secrets—and embrace a loving family all her own.

My review:

Ever start off reading a book, read the first chapter and think to yourself ” I don’t know how I am going to get through this book” because of the first impression you get from one of the main characters? Then make yourself continue reading the book (because you love romance) and end up getting pleasantly surprised?

Yeah, this happened to me with this book. I so wanted to put it down and mark it as a DNF on my shelf. But, as I continued reading, I saw glimmers of a promising storyline and kept reading.

I really started off the book not liking Logan. Listen, I know he is a professional soccer player and had no time for a baby. And the way he found out that he had one (birth mom dumped the baby on him at a restaurant and just left) was a shock. A big shock. But, here is what got me, wouldn’t you immediately get a DNA test done to prove that the baby was yours instead of just procrastinating?? I mean, I know I would and that is the main thing I didn’t like about this book. But he did redeem himself, I gradually started to like him and then loved him by the end of the book.

I was iffy with Isabella too. She went from an uptight, stuffy nanny to banging her boss within a couple of weeks. Totally didn’t fly with me….mainly because she made such a big deal about it at the beginning of the book. Like a whole chapter dedicated to it. Then bam, the next chapter she slept with him. Made me scratch my head and go…”WTH”.

The only reason I kept reading the book was because of the plot. Take what I said about the characters and forget about it. The book had a good solid story about a man who was told he was a father, had the baby dumped on him and rose to the occasion. The characters really cared about baby Cinnamon (and btw….yuck on the name. BK said it sounded like a stripper name), her well being and her welfare. That is what kept me reading. Isabella and Logan genuinely loved that baby and were willing to do anything to keep her safe.

I didn’t think the romance between Logan and Isabella was believable, though. They had nothing in common….except for Cinnamon. Plus, Isabella was being all sorts of shady about her big secret with Logan. I am not going to give away her secret (which is pretty sad) but do not let yourself get into relationships because of it isn’t cool. All I am going to say on that….lol.

The ending was perfect for the book, in my opinion, and I loved the very last pages of the book. All I had to say was “You rock, Logan!!!”.

How many stars will I give Hard to Hold? 3

Why? As stated above, the first impressions of this book weren’t really good. Plus the relationship between Logan and Isabella wasn’t believable. The only saving grace was that it did have a good, solid story.

Will I read again? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Adult

Why? Sex, sex, and more sex

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