Love Hard (Hard Play #3) by Nalini Singh

Love Hard by Nalini Singh
Pages: 320
Series: Hard Play #3
on March 10, 2020
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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.

4 Ruination Stars ⭐

Jacob Esera and Juliet Nelisi are adamant that they dislike each other.  Knowing each other since High School, it’s been years since they’ve seen one another.  Back then they had a buffer in a mutual friend Callie who they both loved dearly. With Callie’s passing, their animosity from their past continues to run rampant…

As a Rugby player, Jacob knows that his career is fleeting.  With the responsibility of a young daughter to care for, he leads a conservative and respectable life.  Some might claim as repressed. What he doesn’t need is a flamboyant woman from the past making him feel uneasy.  Even if a part of himself seems somewhat intrigued by the way she makes him feel.

Jake clenched his gut, because the woman Juliet had become drew him like nobody’s business. Tempting as it was to fight the attraction by focusing on her past, people weren’t their pasts.”

Juliet is used to being misunderstood and regarded as troublesome.  It’s easier to embrace that persona after so many years of owning it.  Recently divorced, running into Jacob is bittersweet if only he’d remove that pole from his ass.  The newfound attraction, not so much.

It was a good thing he never smiled at Juliet that way. Because if he did, she might forget that they were sworn nonfriends.

But how sweet is it when two people finally have an opportunity to realise how wrong their assumptions have been? And extremely delightful when the chemistry is too intoxicating to resist. Jacob and Juliet are amazing together, because when they peel back the layers of their armour, it exposes two people who are vulnerable. In fact, they compliment each other.

That laugh wrapped around him, as soft and sexy as her thighs.

Nalini Singh does a fantastic job in the contemporary genre and has a knack for writing sexy times worthy of hot flushes. Love Hard can be read as a standalone BUT it’s so worth grabbing the other books in this series to get to know the many characters that appear in most these books.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.