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Going Hard
     

Going Hard

4.7 14
by Kelsey Browning
 

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Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.

Overview

Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.

After an impetuous one-night stand with Grif Steele fifteen years ago, hardworking blacksmith Carlie Beth has tried to make a living and raise her daughter in the hometown she loves. Then, too-sexy-for-his-Rolex Grif blows back into town like the perfect storm, making Carlie feel less like a thirty-something mom and more like an infatuated teenager.

When a stalker targets Carlie Beth, Grif can't help but step in to protect her. But once he discovers the fourteen-year-old secret she's been keeping from him, will he embrace the truth or will he turn his back on Steele Ridge and Carlie Beth forever?

Couldn't put it down!
"This was my first book by Kelsey Browning, but it definitely won't be the last. I truly couldn't put this down, and no matter which brother gets the next story, I'm definitely reading it. Steele Ridge is going on my automatic buy list!"

"It's the type of book that keeps you turning its pages even though it's time to cook dinner or go to sleep."

"This is definitely a book that is built around suspense and a serious mystery. There is also a lot of humor, smoldering heat and heart - all things Kelsey Browning does exceptionally well."

"If you only read one book this month, make it Going Hard by Kelsey Browning!"

"One of the things [Browning] does so well is develop the interactions between family members based on love and humor. We all know you don't get to pick your family. If it were possible, however, I want one that Kelsey has written."

"This book is an absolute gem! I wasn't expecting the turn this story just took; it has quite an unexpected surprise that is jaw-dropping good! Murder, mystery, thrills, and passion continue to keep you glued to the pages..."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156784936
Publisher:
Kicksass Creations
Publication date:
10/09/2016
Series:
Steele Ridge , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
48,228
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin' love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She's also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she's either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.

She's currently at work on more stories in The Granny Series, the Prophecy of Love series, and the Steele Ridge series. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin' News or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com.

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Going Hard 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Crickerz 4 months ago
I love this series. This book Going Hard is is the second in the series and is about Griffin Steele a Sports agent. Grif is polished, wealthy and not wanting to live in his small hometown. But brothers have a way of convincing you to do things you don't want to do, so Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between the West coast and the East coast. He sure isn't expecting to run in to a woman he had a one night stand with fifteen years ago, and absolutely was not expecting to find himself attracted to her now. Carlie Beth is not the type of woman Grif usually finds attractive, she isn't sophisticated and isn't a mode,l she is a Blacksmith, rough, tough and about as unsophisticated as you can be. So how is it that Grif can not stop thinking about her and why does he find he so hot? Carlie Beth is trying to avoid Grif Steele, the last thing she wants to do is get tangled up with him again. One night fifteen years ago was enough thank you! But oh it would be so much easier to stay away if he wasn't so good looking and sweet. She doesn't need to be involved she has a teen daughter to raise after all and no time for a man. ( Famous last words.) These two when they get together scorch up the pages. I loved this book, the story line is great, the characters are complex and very well written, the book moves along at a steady pace and will keep you turning pages. This one is not to be missed! Plus there is a big secret that you will find out about so snatch it up and block out some reading time you won't be sorry.
AMR0406 8 months ago
Kelsey Browning is an auto-read author for me and while I have my favorites of hers, Going Hard might just top them all. Maybe. Grif and Carlie Beth are great characters that pulled me into their story from the start. Grif is back in Canyon, er, Steele Ridge to help his brother Jonah out. He runs into Carlie Beth, someone he shared a pretty special night with almost 15 years before. Grif doesn’t want to stay in Steele Ridge. He wants to get back to his LA life. That is the life that made him millions of dollars and made him feel like he did something with his life. Carlie Beth is an independent mother who is doing all she can to make ends meet and raise her daughter the best way she knows how in her home town of Steele Ridge. She doesn’t expect to see Grif Steele again, but now he is here. And isn’t leaving soon enough. The chemistry between Grif and Carlie Beth is electric and hot and something neither of them can ignore. It’t quite fun to watch them explore this attraction. Browning’s romance stories always have great dialogue, some sass, and characters you fall in love with. Going Hard has an additional edge to it that we don’t usually see in her other stories which is touch of mystery and suspense. People in town are turning up dead and all things point towards Carlie Beth. Grif and his brothers will stop at nothing to figure out who is behind this. I could not put Going Hard down while reading it. It moved at a pace that had me flipping pages to find out what would happen next. In addition to the romance between Grif and Carlie Beth, as well as the mystery plot, there was the relationship between Carlie Beth’s daughter Aubrey and Grif. It was so sweet and I loved watching it unfold. There is so much going on in this story! Going Hard has it all – love, romance, family, friends, and a little mystery. Give it a read. You will love it!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I recommend reading the prequel, Steele Ridge: The Beginning, before starting out the series to get a glimpse of the relationship between the Steele siblings and hint about their past as well as their possible futures. Griff and Carlie Beth's story is sexy, sweet and a little bit suspenseful. I found it refreshing that he quick to forgive being lied to for 14 years about having a daughter. This made it easier for me to believe their relationship and feelings progressed so quickly. Griff's relationship with their daughter Aubrey is sweet, he took to being a dad pretty easily. I love the way the Steele siblings get along and are always there for each other. Can't wait to see how the other authors continue their stories. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this one, It had me hooked right away. The story was engaging along with the characters. The suspenseful elements just added to the book. This is a second chance romance. One of my favorite characters is Carlie Beth's daughter. She's wise beyond her years. Grif is in one heck of a surprise when he returns home. As Grif and Carlie Beth find their way again there is a threat looming. I highly recommend this one!
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is just plain good. Its the type of book that keeps you turning its pages even though its time to cook dinner or go to sleep. Kelsey Browning wrote such a great story, I love how vivid & interesting her characters are. They are exciting but also feel real. The story focuses on Carlie Beth & Grif, one time lovers who get a real chance at love. Inside that story there is a mystery of who is vandalizing Steele Ridge properties & hurting its people. I loved this book so much a bought the next one before I even finished this one & pre-ordered the final book in the series. Steele Ridge is a 4 series book (1 novella & 3 full length books) written by 3 authors. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
When Grif is called home to help, he is reluctant to leave behind is sports agent business. When he sees Carlie Beth again, he is reminded of their encounter 15 years ago. As he and Carlie get to know each other again, secrets come out. When she is in danger, Grif is determined to protect her. Can they get past the secrets and the danger and make something new? An amazing story of love and forgiveness. Highly recommend this book.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
Griffen & Charlie have history ...more then Griffen knows but is soon to find out . Grif is a sports manager but thanks to his little brother he now has to try save their home town an put it on the map . Charlie has secret that is about to rock Grif's world ....people are dying and the connection is Charlie , but how and why?! Grif will do anything to keep her safe she wants him to or not . This was a fast paced ride that will have you not wanting to put the book down ! I can not wait to see what the other authors in this series comes up with , be sure I will be getting them all! The rest of the Steele clan is sure to be great too!
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
Griffin Steele is the first of four brothers we meet in the Steele Ridge series. He's the slick sports manager who's brought home by his family to help save their town of Canyon Ridge. He doesn't plan on sticking around but between some disturbing vandalism and reconnecting with the girl he hasn't forgotten in 15 years, he's torn between staying and leaving. Carlie Beth is a single mom and artist who makes ends meet as a blacksmith. She's going through a bit of a dry spell where men are concerned, but she'd rather keep her distance from former lover Griff. After all, she's never told him that he's the father of her daughter, Aubrey. Now, I don't agree with Carlie Beth keeping this information from Griff. There was no good reason for it, especially when his family lived in town and he came home at least once a year. Her excuse made her look like a martyr...and I hate people who make themselves out to be selfless when they are actually being selfish. But I can still like a character who's actions I dislike and I credit the writing by Ms. Browning for that. I also feel like the underlying mystery and danger around Carlie Beth helped to make her more sympathetic to the reader. I loved Griff, thought he was funny, super hot and totally adorable with his daughter. Might he have forgiven Carlie Beth a little too fast for the secret? Maybe. But I think he did that for Aubrey, and that's a "dad" thing to do. I loved the suspenseful aspect of the book as well as all the supporting characters. I'm especially intrigued by the other Steele brothers and look forward to their stories, too. A solid 4 star read for me from a favorite author! I received a complimentary copy of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.
green____ More than 1 year ago
Outstanding and Entertaining! Wow! What a read! The characters come to life with personalities that shine! A truly delightfully entertaining story with funny scenes that made me laugh and a touch of suspense that had me turning page after page to see what would happen next! This will be a book I will remember! I loved Grif and Carlie's story! So well written I am definitely looking forward to more from this author! *I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Terri_C More than 1 year ago
I love Kelsey Browning's writing and she certainly lived up to my expectations with this book. One of the things she does so well is develop the interactions between family members based on love and humor . We all know you don't get to pick your family. If it were possible, however, I want one that Kelsey has written. Grif and his brothers don't hesitate to throw out the verbal barbs that are so much fun to read, but the love shines through. Carlie Beth is a very lovable character. She's handled things on her own for years and is tough as nails. She's also so vulnerable that she worries about the flower on her bra (it's her 14 year old daughter's bra) as Grif is undressing her in what can only be described as one of the best sex scenes out there. I loved, loved, loved Going Hard! If you only read one book this month, make it Going Hard by Kelsey Browning! I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Loved the book, the Steele brothers and how they interacted with one another, the strong women in the story, no matter their age, the town, and of course the storyline. Did I say I loved it !?!?! I will let others give you the plot line, I will give you another perspective. Ms Browning writes a fast moving story from start to end. You feel involved in the plot, and as usual , she gives us a plausible story, with characters that are imperfect and true to live. Sometimes they are insecure , feel not worthy or beautiful, and struggle just like we all do. Life is not always black or white , much to the contrary. We make decisions in our lives that can affect not only us, but others , and we sometimes forget that detail. But above all, the author reminds us that there is always hope ,strength in families and that love can conquer many obstacles. So do not hesitate in getting this book. If you are a fan already of Ms. Browning, you will become an even bigger fan , and if this is a new author for you, I promise this is just the beginning of a great experience for you. This copy was gifted to me. Any opinions are solely my own.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
GOING HARD by Kelsey Browning is the first full length (second installment) in the multi authored contemporary, adult STEELE RIDGE erotic, romance series focusing on the Steele brothers (Griffin, Britt, Reid and Jonah) and their sister Evie, of Canyon Ridge (soon to be known as Steele Ridge) North Carolina. This is sports agent Griffin (Grif) Steele, and blacksmith Carlie Beth Parrish’s story line. There is a prequel novella introducing the Steele family on their return to Canyon Ridge to celebrate their mother’s birthday only to realize that Canyon Ridge is bankrupt and fallen into financial ruin. Told from several third person points of view GOING HARD focuses on the purchase of Canyon Ridge, North Carolina by Jonah Steele (aka baby billionaire), and the appointment of his brother Griffin as the new city manager. But Griffin isn’t interested in his brother’s newest acquisition when a lucrative career as a sports agent sits waiting for him back in sunny California. Seeing Carlie Beth Parrish, a one-night stand from fifteen years earlier, stirs up old memories and a new revelation that Carlie has kept secret from Griffin and his family. What ensues is the rebuilding relationship between Griffin and Carlie, and Griffin’s struggle to accept his new fate and direction in life. Meanwhile someone is targeting the people closest to Carlie Beth Parrish and the common denominator is Carly Beth herself. Carly Beth Parrish is a little rough around the edges with issues of low self esteem centering on her less than feminine persona; she is a blacksmith with an artistic flare that has caught the attention of more than one resident of Canyon Ridge. Griffin Steele is a successful sports agent whose clients are rich and in need of personal direction. Griffin’s return to his home town comes with some preconceived notions from both the residents and the man himself. The relationship between Carlie Beth and Griffin is a rekindling friendship that builds into something more. When Carlie Beth’s secret is revealed Griffin’s already fragile ability to trust is once again tested bringing with it too many memories of a dark time in his past-Griffin must choose between his life and career in California, or settle down with his family in North Carolina. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. The sexual chemistry is palpable and hot. The world building focuses on the Steele brother’s relationship, their bonds, and the family dynamic, as well as the rebuilding of a town bordering on financial failure. GOING HARD is an intriguing and suspense filled story line focusing on jealousy and betrayal; second chances; secrets and forgiveness; letting go of the past and moving towards a new future. The premise is enjoyable; the characters are colorful, charismatic and passionate; the romance is seductive and fated. GOING HARD looks at family and friendships, heartbreak and betrayal in the small town, soon to be renamed, Steele Ridge, North Carolina
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! We previously met the Steele family in the prequel STEELE RIDGE: THE BEGINNING. With this first full-length novel in the new series, Kelsey Browning brings us Griffin Steele's story which is filled with happenings around town, family drama, lots of intrigue, and a generous dose of steamy romance! Great characters make for a fun, attention grabbing book! Grif enjoys living the high life out in LA as a high end sports agent. He's making a quick dash home to North Carolina to help his brother Jonah with a project for their hometown, but finds out that the plan is to snooker him into helping him on a longer term basis. While in town, he runs into Carlie Beth Parrish who he had one night of passion with just before he headed to Los Angeles all those years ago. He wouldn't mind picking up where they left off, but she's a bit stand-offish. He soon realizes it has to do with a little secret she failed to let him in on ... namely a 14 year old daughter! When it becomes evident that a stalker is targeting Carlie Beth, Grif steps in to keep her and their daughter safe. Will he decide he's found the place he belongs or will he soon be hightailing it back to California?
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this one and I can't wait to really get to know the other Steele brothers! This is the first full book in the series and it's a great one. In an attempt to save their failing home town the Steele brothers have returned to North Carolina. Griff knows he can take a little time away from his sports agency to help but he can't wait to get out of there and back to LA. That is until he reunites with Carlie Beth and discovers that their one night of passion 15 years ago resulted in the birth of his daughter. A daughter he was never told about. As angry as Griff is about not being told he was a father, he can't help but come to Carlie Beth's aid when it appears she has a stalker and maybe just a bit because he can't seem to resist her! Put this one on the must read list. I highly recommend it.