Hard Crush

Hard Crush

by Mira Lyn Kelly

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BN ID: 2940161900871
Publisher: Mira Lyn Kelly
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Back To You , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,239
File size: 697 KB

About the Author

Hard core romantic, stress baker, and housekeeper non-extraordinaire, Mira Lyn Kelly is the USA TODAY bestselling author of more than a dozen sizzly love stories with over a million readers worldwide. Growing up in the Chicago area, she earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University and met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy… only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four amazing children and two ridiculous dogs provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running the kids around, she loves watching action/adventure movies and the Chicago Blackhawks, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her family and friends.

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Hard Crush 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Great second chance story. Well defined characters. Recommend
Hnobbs825 More than 1 year ago
Such a great second chance romance. Hank & Abby dated all through high school and only broke up when Hank had a chance at college and do great things with his life. Abby had just gotten settled in her life after being in a revolving door of foster homes and wanted to stay in the one place she called home. Ten years later and they meet back up at their high school reunion. They pick right up, kinda, where they left off. Abby is still hesitant because she knows Hank will leave again. I loved how when they finally got back to each other they realized they had moved on in their lives but that they were only really existing. They were better together and made each other happy and full. Abby’s neighbor Helen was a hoot and just what Abby needed in her life. Hank has great friend’s in Jack and Greg and I can’t wait for them to get their own stories. I loved this book and would definitely recommend it.
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
Hard Crush was my first ever book by author Mira Lyn Kelly. It’s a second chance romance which is seriously hot but also wrung my heart in places. I liked it a lot. A lot, but I didn’t love it. Not completely and I don’t really know why. There was a good storyline, it was very well written and the characters were well fleshed and thought out. It’s just… I don’t know. Hank and Abby were highschool sweethearts. They were crazy in love, but Abby held something back and when Hank got a scholarship to his top college, she pushed him away and they broke up. They never spoke again, never saw each other, or called or texted. It was just a total caught off. Ten years later, now with a high tech company of his own, this super hot geek billionaire is back in his hometown to visit his old school where he has donated a much needed science wing. But, during a walk through the school he hears a laugh from his past. His very intimate past. Abby wasn’t expecting to ever see Hank again after letting him go to pursue his life goals, leaving her behind in Chicago. She certainly wasn’t expecting to find him standing outside her classroom door with a smug grin on his face. The chemistry between these two was burning off the pages from the second they got together. But, Abby kept Hank at arms length for a while. She has some issues from her childhood, and is scared of being left. She can’t trust enough to believe fully and it’s this lack of belief that gets in the way of their relationship. She lacks close female friends her own age as well for some reason, or they weren’t introduced anyway. She has her mom and an older female neighbor whom she confides in. And she has one male colleague that she’s friend’s with. The attraction they held for each other hadn’t died in the intervening years and once Abby succumbed to Hank’s charm, things got hot and heavy. Until Hank’s job called him away from Chicago and once again, Abby was ready to bail on their relationship. Can Hank make her see things are different now or will Abby’s past scar their present and future once again.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Hard Crush is a sweet second chance at love story between a high school English teacher and the science geek she broke up with before college. Hank and Abby were absolutely adorable together, and I loved how he was so determined not to take no for an answer the second time around, no matter how equally determined Abby was to resist his charms. And resist him she did...for as long as she could, anyway. But then she continued to resist an HEA with him for far longer than she really should have, considering the kind of guy Hank kept proving his was, time and time again. I'll admit that I got more than a little exasperated with her, because she kept it going way longer than it seemed it was justified. She explains why, and everything turns out well in the end (more than well--it's a great ending!) but still, it was frustrating to read at times. Great ending, though--did I mention that? :) Rating: 4 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fun, sexy, and completely entertaining! I enjoyed the these characters so much, especially the sexy geek Hank! The story is very well done and while slightly predictable it was fresh enough to keep my attention. Abby made a decision ten years ago that affected both their lives. Now they have a chance to reconnect and get things right. Problem is Hank doesn't plan on staying and Abby has issues she needs to resolve. Is it once again not the right time for them or will they fight to find a way to make it work? This was a truly wonderful read and one I highly recommend.
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Hard Crush and this will definitely not be the last Mira Lyn Kelly book I read. Told from alternating first person point of view I was unsure how things would go because it's also written in the present tense and this can be hard to do. But once I got into the swing of things I barely even noticed it because Kelly does such a great job of keeping you in the moment and moving quickly through the story. At the core of this book it's all about the romance and relationship between Hank and Abby. I really enjoyed watching them fall in love and find what they've been missing for the past 10 years. Though they had both moved on from their high school romance, once they were around each other again they realized they've never really found that ultimate happiness. But they're not the same people they once were and this presents new challenges. Hank was absolutely wonderful as a hero and I loved his super smart techie self. One of the small bits of characterization that I love in romance is characters that wear glasses; I'm surrounded by people with glasses, yet you hardly ever see it in romance novels. I was very happy that Hank wears glasses and I even loved the attention to detail in how many times Hank pushed them back up his nose. Other than his looks Hank was also charming, sweet, and just the right amount of cocky in his pursuit to win Abby back. I liked that he refused to give up on their second chance and with the exception of a few missteps, he seems to really understand what Abby was looking for. I also enjoyed Abby and how fun and easygoing she was as a character I'm glad that even though she stayed behind when Hank left she didn't spend 10 years pining for him and never living the life she wanted. Abby is clearly an emotionally strong woman who isn't afraid to make hard decisions, accept them, and move on. There was only one thing that bothered me about Abby and it had to do with the way she viewed their relationship. Throughout the entire book Abby talks about how Hank is always leaving and she can't stand waiting around for him. But to me it's actually not that Hank is leaving but then Abby is the one always pushing him away. She's the one that breaks up with him senior year, she insists he never contact her, she won't go out on a date with him when he comes back, she won't compromise, she's the one keeping things casual when it's clear to everyone Hank is trying to win her back for good, and she pushes him away again when his job will relocate him. There was a small acknowledgement of Abby's mistakes right at the very end of the book but other than that all of the problems are (unfairly) placed on Hanks shoulders.