Title: Hard to Hold
Author: Katie Rose
My Rating: B
Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Hard to Play #1
Main Characters: Logan and Isabella
Release Date: September 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This is a book that mostly worked for me. I loved the beginning of it and the end was fantastic. BUT the book did kind of drag for me a bit through the center.
I really liked the set-up of the story, because I could see a scenario like what Logan finds himself in actually happening. And I like how it's a very slow build for Logan to accept Cinnamon into his life. All of that felt very realistic.
And it was sweet. This is a book where two people are falling in love because of the joint caring of a sweet, little, baby girl. There are lots of bonding scenes done over the cooing or sleeping baby. Lots of "aww" moments.
I also like how completely efficient Avery is, but Logan discombobulates her and throws her completely off-balance. She comes across as perfect and unflappable, but that's really an act. She even screws up sometimes which added a level of vulnerability to her that made her more likable.
These are two people who are used to being the best at what they do. That brings a certain level of confidence to their characters, but this situation is so new to both of them that they aren't quite on solid ground anymore. I enjoyed watching that aspect of their stories. Both of their mothers brought an element of heartmelting to the story, too...can we say grandmothers? You have to love how much they all love this little baby girl.
I played soccer growing up, so it's a sport I know well, but I'm not sure about a pro soccer hero. I got where I was skimming all the parts of the book that had to do with the sport and that isn't normal for me with sports themed books. Usually, I like the added details with the sport, but I'm thinking that doesn't apply to me and soccer...which is completely a "me-only" thing.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.