Hard to Hold: A Hard to Play Novel

Hard to Hold: A Hard to Play Novel

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by Katie Rose
     
 
“Katie Rose writes sexy, skilled sports heroes who know how to treat a woman right!” raves Wendy S. Marcus. Now the award-winning author of the Bad Boys of Baseball series introduces a team of soccer stars who score on and off the pitch.
 
New Jersey Hurricanes striker Logan Hart lives for the grind of training, the adrenaline of

Overview

“Katie Rose writes sexy, skilled sports heroes who know how to treat a woman right!” raves Wendy S. Marcus. Now the award-winning author of the Bad Boys of Baseball series introduces a team of soccer stars who score on and off the pitch.
 
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.

Advance praise for Hard to Hold

“Fast-paced and scintillating with plenty of romantic angst, this novel is an ideal read for anyone who likes their romance on the steamy side.”Publishers Weekly

Praise for Katie Rose’s Bad Boys of Baseball series
 
“Charming, sexy, and smart, Katie Rose’s Bad Boys of Baseball series will make you wish it went into extra innings!”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
 
“Katie Rose’s story had me cheering from the stands as a sexy baseball player and his college sweetheart get a second chance at love.”USA Today bestselling author Alexis Morgan, on The Heat Is On

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/25/2016
Rose’s first installment in her contemporary Hard to Play series features a romance between a sexy professional soccer player and a beautiful nanny in Cherry Hill, N.J. Isabella Bennett is stunned when the nanny agency she works for places her at the home of gorgeous soccer player and single dad Logan Hart. Isabella is determined to keep her professional demeanor despite her intense attraction to Logan. As she starts to care for his baby daughter, Isabella becomes convinced that there is more to Logan than his appearance or his athletic celebrity. As Logan and Isabella spend more time in each other’s company, the mutual attraction between them sizzles, and they have to decide whether or not to act on that attraction, mindful of the complications it could bring. Fast-paced and scintillating with plenty of romantic angst, this novel is an ideal read for anyone who likes their romance on the steamy side. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101968772
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Series:
Hard to Play , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
225
Sales rank:
1,462
File size:
971 KB

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Meet the Author

Katie Rose is the award-winning author of twelve historical, three novellas, and five contemporary romances published under the names Katie Rose and Colleen Quinn. Katie made her contemporary debut in 2014 with a Loveswept baseball romance series entitled Bad Boys of Summer and is now debuting a new series, Hard to Play. Hard to Hold, the first book of the series, will release in September 2016 and features a soccer player and his beautiful nanny. A graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in journalism, Katie is the recipient of the J. Douglas Perry Award, and the Romantic Times Achievement Award. Katie lives on a lake in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

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JWright57 11 days ago
I love sports romance books and this book did not disappoint. Logan Heart is a pro soccer player who has just come back to the States after playing in Europe but he has a surprise waiting for him. A girl he had a one night stand with on his last visit homes tracks him down and leaves a sweet 3 month old baby girl with him. Logan knows he needs to stand up and take responsibility so he hires a nanny whilst waiting for the court date to determine paternity. What happens when the nanny is hot and the player is hotter..... You get sizzling chemistry This book has it all some sex but also a plot and a few twists and turns. Loved it and looking forward to more in this series
D-B1 12 days ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the amazing and outstanding romantic story by the wonderfully talented Katie Rose. I received an ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Loveswept through NetGalley for an honest review. Logan, a pro-athlete, is given a baby girl, Cinnamon, with some instructions and supplies by his one night stand, Desiree. Logan's sister comes over and helps him get more supplies for the baby and gives him a number for a nanny agency. The nanny agency sends Isabella to care for Cinnamon. Isabella makes sure Logan is involved with his baby. Logan and Isabella's attraction for each other ignites and passion fuses. Logan doesn't know what will happen in court and can't help falling for both Cinnamon and Isabella. Read the charming novel with captivating characters, beautifully written, highly recommended, a must read love story of Logan and Isabella.
belllla 5 days ago
Hard to hold is when famous soccer player fell in love in his nanny. The Story has interesting plot but I was not so much impressed with the characters. They were interesting but I just didn’t fell in love with them, especially Isabella and her character. I liked Logan more and some of his actions were a surprised and that’s way he was more likable. I was also shocked with the way the upbringing was described I have my own child and trust me it is not such a fairytale like it was described in the book. Also bringing so young baby on a trip and on the stadium… I was also not impressed with their love making and the end the “twist” I didn’t like it at all. *ARC provided by Netgalley and author in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous 7 days ago
The story had a good story line but it dragged at times. I was surprised how Isabella could make such a childish move towards the end when throughout thhe story she was so stong.
gigiluvsbooks 8 days ago
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. Review: Logan, he is wonderful. The man gets a daughter he didn't know he had left on his table while sitting in a bar. What does he do? He figures it out. I think he handles the whole situation with grace. He is a good dad which should melt any readers heart. The whole story is filled with heart. From getting his daughter Cinnamon, to finding his soul mate, Isabella. I have not read this Author before, but I will totally read more by her. I loved this well-written and was engaged with Logan and his new reality from page one. It is sexy and smart. This is the first in this new series so there is no getting confused or lost. I am not sure where the series will go next, there is a whole team and a lot of siblings t make stories for. 4Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Linda_RochesterNY 8 days ago
Hard to Hold is a good story with a lot of heart and likable characters, including an adorable baby girl. I like that even though there is a physical attraction from the start, soccer star Logan and nanny Isabella don't immediately jump into bed or fall in insta-love (although that works for me in certain types of stories.) The plot is pretty straightforward romance but it's well-written, with a sweet HEA. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and I really enjoyed it.
2kasmom 8 days ago
Logan hires Isabella to be his no nonsense nanny. He had an ex drop the baby on him in a bar. He needs someone to help him learn the ropes of temporary fatherhood. Isabella knows that this arrangement will never be temporary. She has seen this too often. She must teach Logan how to care for an infant, so he can enjoy his child. Logan is so grateful to have the amazing Isabella with his child. He must go out of town a lot for work. He honestly knows nothing about how to care for an infant. Now if only he could control the attraction to the nanny. Such a sweet and sexy book. I loved the banter, the heat, and the angst. Truly this story has it all - even a baby! These two are so meant to be together. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 9 days ago
I really enjoy Katie Rose's books. She writes the kind of contemporary romance that you can just sit back and lose yourself in....enjoyable, fun, and romantic, and Hard to Hold is just that kind of book. Logan is the on so swoon-worthy soccer player whose status is changed to that of new dad in the blink of an eye. Isabella is the new Nanny, who is the best at what she does, but also beautiful, which does not go unnoticed by Logan. They try to keep things professional, but that proves to be quite difficult, despite both their best efforts. The one wonderful thing to come out of his one-night-stand is Cinnamon, the beautiful little red-headed bundle of joy that Logan and everyone else who meets her can't help falling in love with. Logan and Isabella do, of course, have their share of obstacles to overcome as their relationship progresses and issues with the permanency of Cinnamon's custody status comes into play, and I love the way Logan's character develops into a stand-up and standout dad in this process. Hard to Hold is a wonderful beginning to Katie Rose's new Hard to Play series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next installment.
Dalitza 11 days ago
Light, sweet and endearing Logan Hart has lived and breathed soccer for as long as he can remember loving everything that comes with it including the attention from the ladies that constantly surround him. What he never would have expected and certainly didn’t want was little bundle of joy wrapped up in pink diapers to be left on his lap by one of his dalliances. DNA match or not, Logan is aware of the fact that if he didn’t step up the ginger haired cutie would most likely end up in foster care, Logan hires the best nanny money could buy. Will he give them up after the two inch their way into his heart? Isabella Bennett adores taking care of children and enjoys teaching their rich parents how to become good at it. But when it comes to the sexy soccer player and his little girl it’s hard for her to concentrate on anything other than the incredible chemistry between them. As Logan grows accustomed to fatherhood his affection and care for the baby tips the scale and Isabella gives into him, but can she trust him with her secret and let him into her life? I really can’t blame Bella for falling for Logan, I don’t think anyone can resist an alpha male taking care of a baby. Not only was Logan sexy and successful, he has a wonderful heart I just adored the way he embraced his daughter. “Logan was done. For the first time in his life, he understood the term ‘unconditional love.’ Swallowing hard, he held the baby, feeling as if she had always belonged there, in his embrace.” Isabella was a strong straight shooter, she didn’t mess around and didn’t give Logan an inch. Even though she assumed too much too soon and sometimes exasperated me which hindered my ability to fully connect with their relationship, but together they did make me laugh and fan myself. Logan’s family was also a wonderful layer and I liked the slight crossover with The Boys of Summer, a wonderful baseball series by Katie. Hard to Hold is book #1 in the Hard to Play series by Katie Rose. It is a sweet and light standalone contemporary soccer romance told from both point of view with a happy ending.
SW57 12 days ago
I am not usually a fan of the secret baby trope, but this was a good one! Soccer star Logan is blindsided when a one-night stand finds him, hands him a baby, says it's his and disappears. Isabella is a professional nanny, beautiful, but lacking confidence for a long term relationship due to physical issues. When she comes to take care of baby Cinnamon, there is an instant attraction between the daddy & the nanny, a no-no! Logan is clueless about babies, but is reluctant to let this one go, even not knowing whether she is actually his. Love the whole story & eventual resolution & HEA!
MsChris1161 12 days ago
Fantastic book! Katie Rose has written a great start to her new series with HARD TO HOLD. I loved this one and am eagerly looking forward to more of her Hard to Play series! Logan Hart, a professional soccer player for the New Jersey Hurricanes shines as the typical professional athlete enjoying the good life. He's not a total player, but has no thoughts of settling down. And then an one night stand from his past shows up with baby Cinnamon declaring him not only the father, but the immediate custodial parent. In an instant his life is completely changed. Deep down he's a good guy that steps right up to care for this innocent baby even when he doesn't believe she's really his. Of course he needs help since he's on the road all the time, so he hires a nanny. Isabella is the vanguard of professional, certified Nanny's and she's also stunningly beautiful. She turns up her nose a bit at first to Logan, not expecting much from the gorgeous professional athlete, but then his sincere concern for the well-being of his infant daughter begins to win her over. This story touched a lot of emotions. I mean, I couldn't help but be a bit riled over just the thought of how any mother could so callously abandon her child. Or happy to see the Love and respect develop between Logan and Isabella... and for baby Cinnamon. Or amused when Logan was trying to handle the baby on his own. And then there were the steamy scenes, because when your irresistibly attracted to someone you're in such close quarters with its next to impossible to not give in to the temptation. And the scenes that were so sweet I had tears running down my cheeks. But what impressed me most was Logan. Ms. Rose does a spectacular job of portraying his transition from "She's not my daughter. I don't have time for this."... that guy... to "She's mine. I'll do whatever it takes to protect her." Essentially his daughter steals his heart and he does an about face. Combined with the lovely romance this is a great read! 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
IreneC 12 days ago
4 stars Hard to Hold was a sweet and heartwarming read. From the first meeting between Logan and Isabella I knew I was going to enjoy watching these two connect and fall in love. They made me laugh, at times they frustrated me and at other times they made me swoon. These two were perfect for each other, then add Logan's cute baby girl and I was in a very happy place. Logan connecting with his little girl Cinnamon, melted my heart. With the help/guidance from Isabella he turned from a clueless man into a loving and doting father. Hard to Hold is the first book in the new series Hard to Play by Katie Rose and I highly recommend it. Looking forward to the next book :)
beckymmoe 12 days ago
A new sports romance series from Katie Rose! Yay! (And soccer this time--bonus :)) I loved Logan. I'm sure I met him in his sister Jessica's book ( The Heat of the Moment ), but quite frankly, that poor girl has so many brothers that I don't specifically remember him...or maybe I just read to much. (But no, that can't be it, surely? I'm going with the "too many brothers" reasoning here.) Regardless, Logan's a great hero. He's dedicated to his sport, loves his family, and even though he doesn't believe for a second in the beginning that the baby who is thrust upon him in the bar is his (or what the heck to do with her, whether she's his or not), he takes little Cinnamon in and doesn't hesitate to give her what she needs to thrive while he tries to figure out what to do about her absentee mother. And yeah, you gotta love a guy with a baby. Especially a baby girl--there's just something about a big strong man holding a tiny pink bundle of baby, you know? It was a lot of fun watching him grow from confirmed bachelor to a caring parent. All those descriptions of him leaning over the crib, talking and smiling at her? Watch out, ovaries! ;) (And I loved, loved, loved what he did at the end. Fictional dad of the year!) I liked Isabella too, though she was a bit more challenging at times--as a nanny, she's pretty darn perfect (it's kind of intimidating for us lesser parents) and she does have a tendency to be a little sanctimonious and preachy. Though in the beginning, that's what Logan needed--the guy was pretty clueless, and she definitely did her job with him. She capitulated much quicker than I thought she would to Logan's charms, though--I know he's a hot single dad and soccer player and all, but I thought her nanny sensibilities would have made her hold out a little longer. Still, I can't deny that she was a lot more likable when she was with Logan. Her relationship wig-out, though? Made me a little crazy. When characters unilaterally decide what's best for the people they supposedly love without ever having a single conversation with them about it is a major pet peeve of mine. They can make up for it somewhat in how they realize the error of their ways and what they do to fix things--and in both of these, I do like how Bella responded. So in the end I was back in her corner--however, for a while there I just wanted to shake some sense into her. Though Cinnamon was described absolutely adorably, she did feel pretty plot moppet-ish for a lot of the book. She was just so darn cooperative most of the time, except when she was needed to cry and interrupt and almost-make out session or something similar. Naturally her existence is the whole reason the hero and heroine even meet, but she needs to be more than that. She was cute, but I wanted her to feel more real. Still, this was an entertaining read and I'm looking forward to more in this series. Bring on the hot soccer guys, please! Preferably shirtless, when possible. ;) Rating: 4 stars / B I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
LittleMissBookmark 13 days ago
When I first got this book from NetGalley, I guess I glossed over the fact that it was about a soccer player. I started playing softball when I was 5 years old and I loved it so much, that I thought I would branch out to other sports when I was around 10. Let's just say that I didn't last a whole season. I was taught to never quit and usually my parents would make me ride out any commitments that I had made but I think they hated it as much as I did, so they let me quit. Quite plainly, it sucked. I thought it was boring beyond belief. So back to softball it was for me. Anyway, unfortunately, soccer hasn't gotten any more interesting for me since then. I practically raced over the parts that were about soccer because my eyes started glossing over. Not a good sign. The characters were okay ... I didn't really feel any connection to them. Actually, the emotion that I felt the most was irritation at the name Cinnamon ... people were just walking around, acting like this was a perfectly normal name. Yeah. It's not. I think that I would have liked Paprika as a name better than Cinnamon. Every time I read that name, I just became irrationally irritated for some reason. Anyway ... I liked Logan and Isabella but they weren't memorable to me. I couldn't tell you what either of them looked like if my life depended on it. Again, not good. Their relationship was interesting ... the dynamic between Logan and Isabella was a nice push and pull but again, it just wasn't memorable. The characters needed just a little more umph, you know? Not that I know how to fix them but something was definitely missing. The plot of the book was just ... okay. It moved along at a sluggish pace for me. There were times when nothing was really going on but it felt like chapters were dedicated to that nothingness. It wasn't really chapters ... just pages ... but it felt really long. It just dragged the book out. And I don't want to talk about the soccer stuff again. It just did nothing for me. Except distract me from the name Cinnamon. That was one good thing that soccer has done for me. I gave it three stars, so something must have been good about it, right? Well, yes. There were parts that were entertaining for me but they were just so few and far between and coupled with the character issues I had, I couldn't rate it higher than a three. This just wasn't the book for me. Next time, I'll pay closer attention to the dude's job before I pick up a book. Not the book for me, so I'll pass on the rest of this series. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Lorizen 13 days ago
This book was just okay for me. That said I realize it's the first of the series and only when you get into the story do you see a few characters from the previous series. There was no link formed in the storyline. I did like Logan and Bella. Their dialogue was funny, Logan the typical man and Bella the take no b.s. woman. She expects full participation from Logan!! And by golly she's going to get it. I am not a fan of insta love, (I hate the expression) I thought these two fell a little too quickly and certainly not wasn't because of the baby. She's the hired nanny, he's the unsuspecting Dad. Logan is visited by a ONS he had months ago, where he is handed not only his daughter but custody papers and a paternity suit. To say he is shocked is an understatement. His sister swoops in and calls a nanny service and we meet Isabella. Bella takes no nonsense... she wants hands on Dad with this man. This story I felt was a little predictable, the sex was middle of the road, as was the book. That's my sum total of it. Wasn't great but wasn't bad. Katie has written some great stories, this one just didn't do it for me. But I suggest you try it. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for an honest review**
Lorizen 13 days ago
This book was just okay for me. That said I realize it's the first of the series and only when you get into the story do you see a few characters from the previous series. There was no link formed in the storyline. I did like Logan and Bella. Their dialogue was funny, Logan the typical man and Bella the take no b.s. woman. She expects full participation from Logan!! And by golly she's going to get it. I am not a fan of insta love, (I hate the expression) I thought these two fell a little too quickly and certainly not wasn't because of the baby. She's the hired nanny, he's the unsuspecting Dad. Logan is visited by a ONS he had months ago, where he is handed not only his daughter but custody papers and a paternity suit. To say he is shocked is an understatement. His sister swoops in and calls a nanny service and we meet Isabella. Bella takes no nonsense... she wants hands on Dad with this man. This story I felt was a little predictable, the sex was middle of the road, as was the book. That's my sum total of it. Wasn't great but wasn't bad. Katie has written some great stories, this one just didn't do it for me. But I suggest you try it. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for an honest review**
Anlenhart1 13 days ago
Logan, a star professional soccer player is surprised when his one night stand of a year ago leaves him with a 4 month old daughter named Cinnamon. He panics and is aided by Isabella, a wonderful nanny. Both Logan and Isabella have a lot of issues to work out as they learn about each other. Will their new family unit be split apart if Logan's ex decides to reclaim her daughter? This is a sweet romance that features complex characters, an adorable baby, and fast paced plot. Overall I liked both main characters and was happy with the ending. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Rhondaz 13 days ago
Hard to Hold by Katie Rose....What a great sweet story, that catches your attention on the first page. Katie has written an amazing book with very likeable characters. Logan is every woman's dream man a jock, rich, hot and really sweet. Isabella is a strong beautiful woman with some issues she is working through. These two a perfect together hopefully they make it work. Looking for a great sports romance this one is for you. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
S_Leca 13 days ago
Logan Hart is a professional Soccer player who knows how to work hard and go after what he wants. Whether in the form of goals or women. But when a one night stand from before he went overseas shows up at the bar he's at and leaves him with a 3 month year old he had no clue what he was doing. Logan is a great man and although he was a little loose with women he always took control of his respobsibilities. And he always knew that if he was to get into some trouble his family would be there to help him out. But adding a baby into the mix was not something he was anticipating. Now it's time to get serious (at least for a couple of weeks) so that the child has stability. Isabella Bennet is what many would call the perfect nanny. She is a drill master but she genuinely cares about her charges and falls for them so often. But she has a rule. No working for the athletes. She refuses to get sucked into their charm. But after being told Cinnamon's story she can't help but to come to her aid. Isabella is a great women with a past and future that holds her in despair. I genuinely liked her because she had a real backbone and was not impervious to making mistakes which makes her a more normal "person". The dynamics of Logan, Cinnamon, and Isabella has left me reeling and wanting more from this author. There was sex but it was sidelined when compared to the amazing plot, backstories, and characters that were so prevalent in this story. From the main characters to the secondary characters this book manages to pull you in from the very start. I would definitely recommend this story to all contemporary romance lovers. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selectio
Momscookingthebooks 13 days ago
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I liked her writing style, but for the life of me I can’t put my finger on what I didn’t love about the book. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great. It was just meh. There seemed to be a disconnect somewhere. I have been hashing it over in my mind and I can’t tell you what it is. The story has some sweet and touching moments, as well as funny and sexy moments, but at times fell flat. The characters were developed and at times they would frustrate me, but the thing that really distracted me was that the sweet copper haired baby was named Cinnamon. I truly believe that we all read the same book differently and the opinions here are my own. If you like a sports romance with a single dad as the star, then give this book a try.
EllenAnderson 13 days ago
Very enjoyable! Different type storyline from the usual. A few different things going on in this one. We have some of Katie Rose's characters from past books, like Jessica & Gavin and Connor & Tracey, as well as her children. Of course, the four children were who helped me remember them. I always love to read books that include characters from other stories I have read in the past. I like the different angle on this player as well as the story. Just a couple of things that I wish had been gone into a bit more. Other than that, Katie Rose has still got it and putting those books out there for us sports romance fans!
cntrygirlzroc 13 days ago
Logan is a pro soccer player. When at a bar, a one night stand comes up to him and hands him a baby. He freaks, understandably. He hires a nanny. Isabella is a beautiful, certified nanny. She tells Logan She will teach him how to take care of his daughter, not raise her herself. Of course they clash, but sparks fly. As Logan searches for the babies mother, he falls in love with the little girl. Great story. Very hot. At times the dialogue seemed a little stilted. The cover shows a guy with a tattoo on his arm but never mentions it in the story. Would still recommend it if you love sport, sexy nanny stories. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*
mamalovestoread22 13 days ago
Logan Hart thought his life couldn't get much better... he's living out his dreams on the soccer field, has steady stream of beautiful women ready to share his bed for the night, and a healthy paycheck to boot. But then in the blink of an eye his world is completely turned upside down when his ex unexpectedly waltzes back into his life pushing a stroller with a beautiful baby girl that she claims belongs to him. Before he can even digest the news that he's a father, she then hands over the baby and her meager belongings and says she's all yours, I'm out! Now he's left scrambling to pick-up the pieces of his once perfect life, and trying to adjust to being a dad to a little girl he never knew existed, and the first thing he realizes is there's no way he can do it alone! So he enlists the help of a nanny, and before long his once perfect life is taking on a whole new form... one he hopes will include the love of a certain beautiful nanny, he just has to convince her he's worth the risk! The minute Isabella Bennett meets Logan Hart and his beautiful baby girl, she knows she has her work cut out for her, he's a clueless first time father attempting to raise his daughter on his own and hasn't the slightest clue where to begin. So, she does what she does best and starts working her miracles and begins to whip their chaotic little world into shape, but the more time she spends with the two of them the harder she starts to fall. She tries to ignore the sparks that are flying around every time Logan is near, because getting involved with him would be very unprofessional, and guaranteed to lead to a broken heart... but he is determined to change her mind! Once again Ms. Rose has created a touching story that is sure to score a place in the hearts of readers, and lure them a little closer to the sports world!! The instant I started this story I felt an addiction settle over me, one that I knew wouldn't be quenched until I have devoured every last word, and BOY OH BOY did I enjoy every minute of it!! Mr. Logan Hart is a sexy as hell soccer hero that is sure to have you swooning from the second he enters your world, and have you looking at soccer players in a whole new light!! ! I highly recommend you give this read a try, Ms. Rose's captivating story line and endearing characters are sure to win you over and reaffirm your belief in happily ever afters!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Random House Publishing - Loveswept in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
ButtonsMom2003 13 days ago
A good start to a new series. Hard to Hold is the first book in a new series, Hard to Play, by Katie Rose. Characters from books in her previous series (which seems to go by two different names: The Boys of Summer and The Bad Boys of Baseball) make appearances in this story but you do not need to have read any other books to enjoy this one. Logan Hart is enjoying being back in the U.S. after playing professional soccer overseas. He is shocked when a woman from a one-night stand (something he usually didn’t indulge in) drops a baby girl in his lap while he’s out having a beer. There’s no way the baby can be his; he always used a condom. I really enjoyed this story, which for me was a twist on the secret baby romance trope. Instead of the mother and father ending up together something different happens. Logan travels all the time for his job and there is no way that he can care for a baby. He does what any smart, well-off-man would do – he hires a nanny. Isabella Bennett is a professional nanny who loves helping children and their families. She knows that what she does can make a difference in a child’s life and that makes it worth all of the negative things that come with the job. There is a lot of chemistry between Isabella and Logan right from the start but they both know that it’s not appropriate for them to get involved. Even while she is attracted to him, at first Isabella isn’t impressed with Logan’s attitude towards the baby, Cinnamon. It doesn’t take long, however, for her to help Logan to understand how much Cinnamon needs him and for his attitude to make a big adjustment in the right direction and her resolve to resist him slowly crumbles. Unfortunately, Isabella has a secret that she’s reluctant to share with Logan and it threatens to tear them apart. I loved reading this book. The heat between Isabella and Logan is hot but this book doesn’t have an overabundance of explicit sex and the story itself kept me interested enough I didn’t want to put it down. I should note that while the sex is mild (except for one scene) there are a lot of f-bombs. That doesn’t offend me at all but there were times I felt they were a bit over the top. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. ***** Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions *****
Sailon 13 days ago
Sexy sports hero in need of rescue gets an unexpected gem from a modern day Mary Poppins (aka. Nanny with attitude) in this delightfully sweet romance. Logan Hart, professional athlete, has life by the horns until an ex-fling drops off a baby at his door step and walks away. Unsure what to do he calls a nanny service to take control of this unexpected addition to his perfect life. Little did he know that this nanny specializing in teaching the rich and famous to become loving parents…even if she has to drag. Isabella knows she’s got her work cut out for he with the Hart family but she sees beyond the shocked father to the man below who will do what is right. She never mixes business with pleasure but the chemistry between her and Logan is sizzling off the charts. This is a heartwarming tale of love, life and the unexpected treasures that you might find when you least expect it, a contemporary sports romance gem. Taking place in NJ was icing on the cake. I received this ARC copy of Hard to Hold from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.