*I received a free copy of Hard to Hold from Loveswept via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Hard to Hold by Katie Rose
Series: Hard to Play #1
Published by Loveswept on 13 September 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
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.
Hard to Hold is a sweet contemporary romance in the spin-off to The Boys of Summer series, with solid characters and a good plot.
Contemporary romances that include sports heroes are among my favorites, and Hard to Hold is well done, with complex characters that I wanted to spend even more time with! The romance was swoony, and Logan was toe-curling! I can’t imagine what Logan went through – out with some friends for a few beers, a woman he’d spent one night with a year before dumped a three-month old baby in his lap and told him he was the father and it was his turn to take care of Cinnamon… At least, women have 9 months to get used to becoming a parent, no such luck for Logan.
Because Logan wasn’t home all that much – being a professional soccer-player kept him on the road more often than not – he knew he needed help in a big way to take care of the baby until he could find her mother again and persuade her to take the baby back… In came Isabella, nanny extraordinaire, and totally immune to hunky athletes. At least that’s what she kept telling herself. Hard to Hold dealt with some gender problems turned upside-down, and I enjoyed seeing Logan getting used to caring for Cinnamon, having to learn to get to know her, and how to deal with crying, diapers and the middle-of-the night feedings, even if Isabella did take care of most of that when she was working.
Between becoming a father at no notice and still working hard to be a good soccer-player Logan definitely had his work cut out for him in Hard to Hold. He still had time to fall really hard for Isabella, though, and while she was a bit reluctant, she also really wanted true love, a family and everything that comes with that. As Hard to Hold is a spin-off, there were some side characters I had already met, and I was very happy to spend a little time with them as well. Rose has managed to create another sports team I can’t wait to get to know better, and I look forward to the next instalment.
Written in third person point of view, past tense, we get parts both from Logan’s and Isabella’s perspective. There are also dialogues throughout, which makes getting to know the characters very easy.
To go from that to becoming a single parent of a little girl was a huge leap. She wondered if he would be able to make it.
All she was certain of were her own feelings for Logan, which were growing by the day. She knew she should pull back, protect her heart, but she couldn’t stop anything at this point.★★★☆☆ Review Hard to Hold is a sweet contemporary romance with solid characters Click To Tweet