Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons Series #3)

Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons Series #3)

by Tessa Bailey

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Fix Her Up comes a forbidden, second chance romance between a widowed football coach and the woman he never forgot.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he's been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy's determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she'll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.


The Romancing the Clarksons series
Book 1 - Too Hot to Handle (Rita and Jasper)
Book 2 - Too Wild to Tame (Aaron and Grace)
Book 3 - Too Hard to Forget (Peggy and Elliott)
Book 4 - Too Beautiful to Break (Belmont and Sage)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455594191
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Romancing the Clarksons Series , #3
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,126
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @mstessabailey

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Too Hard to Forget 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4 Peggy is the youngest sister: bold, thoughtful, brash, brave and often impulsive: there’s something or someone who hurt her badly – and while she plays with her former bubbly self, it’s apparent to her mother, however distant, that there’s more to her story and issues than their more than dysfunctional family. And Peggy is determined to get something of her own back – so an alumni weekend is the perfect time. She’ll be sure to face off with Elliott, and lay those ghosts to rest. Elliott – ugh. He was self-serving, stuck in his own guilt circle about his now dead wife and his attachment to the very alive Peggy. His guilt over his behavior isn’t particularly difficult to see – it’s just the inability he shows to change his attitude: his superiority, his judgment and his ability to focus on his work and maintain that cold manner no matter what. He’s an ass, with little ability to see just how much damage his words and his constant fobbing off Peggy have done to her…and he’s not good at staying away from all of the emotions, chemistry and pain that her return has brought back. The chemistry here between them was intense, but it was hard to reconcile Peggy so wanting a man who was so dismissive and hurtful, with his retreat into schoolboy Catholicism and guilt – not for how badly he acted but his constant belief that somehow he wronged his wife and daughter with new affections for another. Constantly I felt myself wanting Peggy to see that she was worth more than someone who was half in at the best of times, and usually willing to toss her to the wolves when he was particularly guilty. I was happy to see him finally come to his senses, and grovel, but I wanted Peggy to work out just why she wanted someone so decidedly unformed and wishy-washy when it comes to her feelings and needs before that point. He did – sort of….. but Dare played these two from totally toxic to working it all out for them both to be better with flair. Narration for this story is provided by Greyson Ash, and she managed to provide that almost frenetic energy that was Peggy in her ‘youngest’ role that was often aggressively apparent in times when she was most unsure. Elliott was exactly as I expected: a slightly dismissive and pompous ‘I know best’ attitude that only Peggy derailed. From his sorrow to coldness, to his recognition of the hurt he caused (at least superficially) with his retreat and pushing her aside, he was solidly present as well, and the layers and depths added to these characters from the performance did add to the story in ways I didn’t expect. An interesting, if not my favorite installment to the series, with unexpected issues handled in ways that felt natural and human, and often in conflict. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little hard to get into at first. As the synopsis points out, Peggy returns to her old college for an alumni reunion and for the chance to flaunt herself in front of her old lover. While I’m all for that line of thinking, the story started off a little rocky for me. We get both past and present scenes between these two characters and they were less than savory. The hero is very religious and knows that having a relationship with a student (he’s in his thirties and she’s on her last year of college) is wrong. So while they are doing the deed, homeboy is praying! PRAYING!! He goes full-blown “Hail Mary” during it, and I just couldn’t. I almost put the book down because of that. If he’s not praying, he’s pulling out his rosary, verbally damning himself, and/or calling her his “sin”. I just couldn’t handle the way he treated her. So, I was really hoping that when these two catch back up, that she was able to slam it all in his face and walk away. Instead, we got to watch history repeat itself all over again, and I was not really on board for that. While I hated the way Peggy allowed herself to be treated, I couldn’t help but admire her. She was such a strong character. She carried so much on her shoulders. She had her own demons, and yet she was the first one there to help someone out. The fact that she’s emotionally broken because of the way Elliot treated her three years ago, made me love her even more. She’s so screwed up from him that she can’t wrap her head around who she even is. Even though I had a hard time with this one, I stuck with it… and I’m glad that I did. It took a long time, a very long time, for Elliot to get his head out of his butt. When he finally does, that’s when the story took off for me. Once he realizes how wrong he’s been, and how he’s treated everyone around him for years, that’s when he started to gain some weight with me. What made me really enjoy this story was the fact that in the end I was actually rooting for him. I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy this story but I did. Maybe it was because these two characters had such a huge struggle to overcome. They both had to reflect upon themselves and their lives in order to move forward. Elliot does not win any awards, but I appreciate that the author gave him a real roadblock. He’s not standoffish because of some sort of abuse or relationship problem from his past. Instead, he has a hard time coming to terms with his feelings when they go against his morals and religious beliefs. So for that, I can’t overly fault him. However, this isn’t my favorite novel by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite so far of the Romancing The Clarkson's series!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Tessa Bailey is a fantastic author but this book did not grab my attention and it is a little creepy. Elliot's behavior is strange and so wrong. What he's done and continues to do to Peggy is terribly disturbing. He has shaped this young woman's mind into believing she's nothing but bad and she doesn't deserve anything good. She's nothing but a sin to be ashamed of and at the same time can't stay away from her. The religious aspect of his guilt and especially praying out loud while having sex was very unpleasant to read. It wasn't until halfway through the book that he realizes what his behavior has been like and what he's done to her. The single word I can use to describe the first half of the book would be disturbing. The word I would use to describe the second half of the book would be fabulous. It was almost like reading two completely different books with different male leads. I honestly don't know which rating to give this book. Do I rate it on the disturbing first half or the fantastic second half? Maybe an average of both. Even so, I still look forward to reading this author's many fabulous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I love how she broke through to him. It was well thought out and surprising.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## This was a fabulous read. With the exception of one book, I have adored all of Tessa's books. I find her writing simply brilliant. Peggy and Elliot have terrific chemistry for sure. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was the religious aspect. The hero blaming the heroine for being a sin in the eyes of God was too much for me and the praying during sex was just bizzarre. Won't keep me from reading again though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish this book had been better. Not even half way in it and it is so awful I wonder if I can finish it. Don't bother buying it!!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This is the third book in a four-part series about the Clarksons, adult siblings who began a road trip from San Diego to NYC at the behest of their late mother. They were meant to bond with each other--because this is a rather dysfunctional family--and all jump into the ocean on January 1st. While you can read this one on its own, I know I enjoyed it more for having read the first and second books already. As the books progress, one of the Clarksons find his/her soulmate and stops traveling with the promise of reuniting for the Big Plunge. This book is about the youngest Clarkson, Peggy, finding her true love. Peggy's twenty-five and broken four engagements at the altar. She came back from college a shattered person, despite her bubbly facade. Her mother suspected she'd had her heart broken, and it was true. Approaching Cincinnati, Peggy wants to stop in at her alma mater and shake loose the dust of the man who smashed her heart: head football coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats, Elliott Brooks. Elliott Brooks is a superstitious man, but not a sentimental one. He knows football and church, and if he veers even a little the consequences could be devastating. Case in point, he barely knew his wife of fifteen years. When she injured herself and called for help, he didn't answer, because he'd veered. And, she languished int eh cold, eventually falling into a coma and later dying. Peggy Clarkson is a distraction to Elliott's ordered world. She's the sun shining on his un-pious mind. He never should have taken up with her when she was a senior in college, no matter how lonely and dejected he felt for failing his wife--a good woman he believes wasted her life with him. And, Peggy surely shouldn't go near his thirteen year old daughter, who quite seriously dislikes him. But, Peggy does all these things, in her very Peggy way. Rescuing Elliott's daughter from socially-lethal stage fright and breathing life into Elliott again. Their previous relationship was way-dysfunctional, and Peggy thinks she's only happy if Elliott is demeaning her--not realizing that Elliott's loathing was only for himself, and his perceived failings. Truly, I didn't like Elliott much. I'm glad his a far different man at the end of the book, because I mighta left him in the desert with a bottle filled with salt, if he didn't get better, and treat the people in his life like a compassionate human. Peggy is a woman who gives her all to a situation, or a man, and I'm glad she and Elliott were able to reach out and fix their dynamic. No person should be subject to the mind games she suffered. This wasn't my fave book in the series, but it's definitely sexy and worth a try. The ending is good, with a solid HEA and our favorite mostly-mute couple, Belmont and Sage, on the road (alone) to NYC. This is the love story I've been WAITING to read. Looking forward to it! A review copy was provided by NetGalley.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I've heard a lot of good things about Tessa Bailey and I was intrigued, so I requested this on a whim. Even though it sounded a bit angstier than I would normally read. I liked Peggy. She's smart and friendly and just a lovely person. Elliott is gruff and standoffish and sort of a jerk. So of course their chemistry is off the charts. Plot wise, there was a bit of drama. Honestly, it wasn't too bad, but there was a lot a lot a lot of push and pull. And the religion aspect of the story really threw me. Once Elliott figured things out and stopped acting like a robot, there were some sweet words. Overall, I did enjoy the story, but it sort of felt like there was something missing for me. I'm intrigued at the other books in the series and will be looking into the previous books. **Huge thanks for Forever and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
Teewee125 More than 1 year ago
Elliott send Peggy away 3 years ago and hasn't been the same since. He felt he was undeserving of her love. Peggy was devastated and in order for her to move on she needs closure from him. She decides to go back to alumni weekend and get that closure. What she doesn't anticipate is that once Elliott sees her again he can no longer hide in himself and just exist. Peggy made him feel alive when then were together. Something he never experienced with anyone else. His wife, daughter and family included. Three years ago she came to him after he lost his wife but he refused to accept her love. He was a man who thought that he had to atone for his sins by shutting out the world and only concentrate on football and his coaching. When Peggy comes back feelings could not just go away. Everything he kept hidden inside now came to the surface. He could no longer deny those feelings. But was he too late. Peggy thought she was coming back to get closure but what she found was that Elliott did indeed love her and always did. Elliott and Peggy were such a great couple. So much emotion between them. He felt he was never deserving of that love but she made him see differently. A love story of patience and fate. Elliott and Peggy were made for each other.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Too Hard to Forget,  Tessa Bailey Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, I’ve loved some of Tessa's books and thought this sounded perfect. My bad though, I knew it was third in a series and thought they were that stand alone but connected by characters and events sort, where they can be read individually. This one though is too interconnected, there’s too much the reader really needs to know about what happened in other books to enjoy properly without having read them. My fault, I made an assumption and should have looked further. Peggy, I just didn’t really understand her. Pining over Elliot OK, I understood that, but to have been engaged four times in three years?? That’s pretty harsh on those guys, and makes me think of her as shallow and uncaring of their feelings, rather than someone so in love or hankering for someone from her past. She’s fun, bright and breezy but almost too much so, she feels quite shallow. Even when she does intervene, as with Alice, she gets the right result but by default, not intention. I just didn't really understand her, but wanted to. Elliot, if ever a guy to the cake for Mr Grumpy its him. He’s sour, rude, selfish (after all he was the adult and she a pupil/student even though she was 22), and seems to blame her for his feelings. There’s certainly incredible lust between them still, sensuality that sears, but for me that didn’t really translate to any deeper feelings. I couldn’t see what connection other than lust they could have, they were really total opposites. I didn’t like either how he was so happy to leave his 12 year old daughter home alone all the while. She’s a kid, you’re her dad, act like it. As for his religious feelings, and the praying, rosary caressing, well he just didn’t feel that kind of guy, that just felt plain strange, odd. Wouldn’t most 22/25 years olds get weirded out by a guy who starts praying aloud when having sex? Which brings me to background, and the fact that maybe if I’d read the first two books I’d understand much more of this one, and that what feels weird to me would have a proper explanation that made it fit better. Don’t know, but after some of the great reads I’ve enjoyed of hers this one was a fail :-( Sorry. Stars: Two, perfectly well written but I really need to read books one and two first to understand the characters. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
"Too Hard to Forget" is fun, sexy, and romantic but also a thought-provoking addition to the Romancing the Clarksons series. Tessa Bailey constructed two rich characters in Peggy Clarkson and Elliott Brooks, who appear one-dimensional at first glance. However if one is to look below the surface they are riddled with insecurity, guilt, and self-loathing. The way in which the Hero and Heroine deal with their "baggage", individually is what creates their "persona". "Too Hard to Forget" straddles a few time-lines, Peggy's mother's journal, Peggy's senior year in college and the present. Elliott's an older man dealing with self-blame and guilt over an life-altering event. Peggy's a balm and a torment; she's too good to abandon but too wrong to be right. He harshly sends Peggy home after graduation. Elliott's still the winning college football coach now more stoic, gruffer, and unapproachable. Peggy thinks she needs closure, she needs forgiveness. Tessa Bailey puts so much controversy and weight behind Elliott's guilt and self-flagellation and the repercussions it produces. Throughout the previous Romancing the Clarksons books you see bits and pieces of Peggy's depths and strengths. In "To Hard to Forget" she's shocked by the actual driving force behind her failed relationships. It isn't as easy as "Elliott broke her heart and she needs to get over him". There's so much more to that story that both of them are shaken as it comes to light. Elliott sees his part in it and opens his eyes to what his life's become since pushing Peggy away. The pace builds slowly as it unfurls a complex storyline. Elliott's a dirty-talking sexy beast! Humor's sprinkled throughout, as are unexpected characters to whom you'll grow attached. Belmont and Sage are still by Peggy's side and Aaron has a couple of cameo phone-calls. Tessa Bailey creates a "Love PTSD" for Peggy in "Too Hard to Forget". Initially I was skeptical about a few of Elliott's "quirks" but in the telling of the tale it made sense. Elliott focuses on his feelings not realizing how bleeds onto someone he loves. He believes Peggy's a temptation, a heaven he doesn't deserve. Elliott thinks he's saving Peggy by sending her away; in reality he doesn't see she's his salvation. As Belmont says to Elliott "You're still not really seeing her, so you'll get no sympathy from me. It's going to happen too late and you'll be nowhere. A goner." Peggy underestimates her emotional depths and misjudges how much she can offer others. She realizes that she may not end up with Elliott but she sees that she has true fundraising skills. Peggy has hope. I can't wait for the next installment of Romancing the Clarksons! To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey Book Three of the Romancing the Clarksons series Publisher: Forever Publication Date: April 25, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): This time, she's calling the shots. Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he's been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy's determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she'll finally be able to move on. In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist. What I Liked: I hate to say it, but I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed this book! I had pretty low expectations, because there are several tropes in this novel that I absolutely hate (and I'll get to them). Don't get me wrong, I adore Tessa Bailey and the vast majority of her books that I've read. But I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this one. If you'll recall, I was fairly certain I wasn't even going to read this book, after reading Too Wild to Tame. I'm happy to report that I liked this book much more than I expected! Peggy and her siblings started their road-trip from California to New York, the four of them, and now it's just Belmont and Peggy (and Sage, Peggy's best friend). Aaron is in Indiana with his new girlfriend, and Rita is in New Mexico with her new boyfriend. Peggy knew the trip would take them through Cincinnati, where she went to university, and where she met a man that would change - and ruin - her life. Coach Elliott Brooks is known around the nation as the "Kingmaker", a legendary college football coach who has sent many football players to the NFL. He has always been focused on football and his religion, and so many Peggy came into his life three years ago, he isn't prepared for the temptation. Even three years after she left Cincinnati, Elliott has never gotten over, and Peggy has never gotten over him. Peggy was out to make him suffer, during alumni weekend, but it isn't Elliott alone who will suffer, and it isn't suffering along that they'll share. I didn't even think I liked Peggy, after reading Too Hot to Handle and Too Wild to Tame. Sure, she's young fun and bubbly, but she seemed a little too much for me. And it was painfully clear that she was in some sort of denial, with four engagements broken (by her). But I liked Peggy a lot more in this book. It was clear to me that she has a lot of depth, she's friendly and kind, and she goes after what she wants. Yes, she wanted to make Elliott miss her like she missed him, and she wasn't planning on sticking around, but I liked how Peggy went after him again and again. She's relentless, even if she was totally clueless as to if she wanted more with him. Elliott is an extremely successful college football coach and definitely not the type of guy that would bang a cheerleader. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
RandysGal69 More than 1 year ago
Peggy Clarkson is a force to be reckon with. We got introduced to her in the other books in this series but she totally redeemed herself for me in this book about her & the hottie Elliott Brooks. I wasn't sure about Peggy but she totally redeemed my faith in her in this book. I was a hot mess once I started reading this book. Peggy wants to make Elliot remember their past when they reunite but what she doesn't realize is that the past is about to catch up with her. Elliot is not the only one feeling this way. I loved how this story brought up soo many emotions between the two main characters. Yes I was balling and didn't expect the nice little twist that made this story come together. Also, as always: the sexiness from Author Tessa Bailey was super cherry red hot! You will need a fan to cool yourself as you read. Overall this story was amazing & I am ready for the next book in this series. Go One click this book!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
peggy clarkson has commitment issues. she's been engaged four times and not married once. there's this guy she can't seem to get out of her head. only he's not just some guy. he's elliott brooks. the very catholic, super hot, ridiculously talented football coach of her alma mater. their story sounds like such a cliché. she was a cheerleader. he was grieving the loss of his wife. she caught his glances during practice. he couldn't stop thinking about her. she followed him to the locker rooms. they had the hottest sex of their lives. it was illicit. it was thrilling. he felt like such a sinner. she felt like his dirty little secret. he ruined her for all others. he was ruined without her. they both have so much pain between them. she's only come back to alumni weekend because it's been three years and she keeps running away from decent guys. she knows it has everything to do with elliott. she needs closure. she hasn't been able to move on for three years and she just needs this to stop. she needs to feel whole again. if only just being around elliott didn't feel so right. and so wrong. he's had her all turned around inside that she can't get off without feeling guilt and pain and unworthy. the thing is, elliott never meant for peggy to feel unworthy. the truth is all that guilt and pain and unworthiness is his, and his alone. and when he realizes how he's made her feel. well, it's more guilt and pain and unworthiness, but at least he thinks he can make it right. for three years he's been dreading seeing her again. when he got the invitation to her first wedding, he assumed that she had moved on. seeing her again, realizing that there was so much fire and hurt and love and anguish still living and breathing between them. it's still almost too much for him to bear. he's got a football team to manage. he's got a daughter he's raising. he failed his first wife in so many ways, if he failed peggy like that he'd be devastated. too hard to forget is so emotional and passionate and is my favorite kind of love story. i can't explain why i love angst so much in my romance. and this story, oh, it has just the perfect amount. elliott and peggy's love isn't easy. it's complicated and fragile and heart-stoppingly beautiful. with every story tessa bailey has told in this series, she's upped the ante on the emotional depth and anguish. these clarkson siblings are something special. i love that we get some updates on aaron and grace. and we see the bond between belmont and sage continue to grow and develop. they're up next in too beautiful to break and i can only imagine the emotional rollercoaster that story will be. i can't wait! **too hard to forget will publish on april 25, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Wow! And I do mean wow! This is now my favorite book in this series and Peggy is my absolute favorite of the Clarkson's!! These characters are so well written and developed! Tessa Bailey continues to impress me with this unusual series. This storyline is just so good. Peggy going back for closure with a man she has never been able to get over sets the stage for an amazing and emotionally raw journey that I will not soon forget! It allows us that deeper look into her character to show us why she has been the way she is in the previous book. Elliott has never forgotten Peggy, he just doesn't know how to make the time in his busy life for anyone else. Being a successful college football coach takes all his time. He barely makes time for his own daughter. Elliott and Peggy together are and have been in the past filled with extremely intense raw need for each other. They are seriously hot -and between Peggy going after exactly what she wants from him and Elliott's sexy dirty talking, phew!! Watching this story unfold, and these two with a little help, finally come to the realization that it would be way too hard to forget the other because they are meant to be together and so far in love is a really beautiful thing. A wonderful 5 star read!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
TOO HARD TO FORGET is the third installment in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary adult ROMANCING THE CLARSONS erotic, romance series focusing on the Clarkson siblings. This is youngest sibling Peggy Clarkson, and college football coach Elliott Brooks’s story line. TOO HARD TO FORGET can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion. SOME BACKGROUND: One year earlier Miriam Clarkson passed away but not before leaving her now four grown adult children (Rita, Aaron, Peggy and Belmont) a journal of her most intimate thoughts and dreams. Miriam’s final wishes were for her children to seek out what is important in their lives and thusly a cross country trek began wherein each sibling will find his or her own happily ever after as they venture their way from California to New York City ending with a New Year’s Eve celebration. Rita found the love of her life in book one –Too Hot To Handle/ Aaron found love in book two-Too Wild to Tame. Told from dual third person points of view (Peggy and Elliott) using present day and memories from the past, TOO HARD TO FORGET is a second chance story line focusing on college football coach Elliott Brooks, and one time cheerleader Peggy Clarkson. Three years earlier Elliott and Peggy ended a torrid but forbidden affair between coach and student-an affair that ended when Elliott pushed Peggy out of his life. Fast forward to present day, Alumni Week is in full swing at the University of Cincinnati, and the Clarkson cross-country tour pulls Peggy into the vortex of her of alma mater. Prepared to give Elliott a piece of her mind Peggy comes face to face with the man that ruined her for everyone else, never expecting to pick up where everything went wrong. Enter Elliott Brooks, widowed father of one pre-tween daughter, and the man that broke our heroine’s heart and soul. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Elliott and Peggy, Elliott’s struggle to forgive himself for sins of the past, and the scramble to save one player’s home from bankruptcy and loss. The relationship between Elliott and Peggy is one of second chances for two people destroyed by one man’s guilt. Elliott is a practicing Catholic who has difficulty forgiving himself for the loss of his wife (a woman he considered more of a friend than soul mate) and for falling in love with the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Peggy was a senior at University of Cincinnati but catching the eye of the school’s infamous football coach placed Peggy on the fast track to lust, love and a potential happily ever after until her world came crashing down when Elliott pushed her out of his life. The $ex scenes are erotic, intense and seductive. Elliott likes to talk dirty in the bedroom; Peggy likes it a little rough. The world building continues to focus on the Clarkson’s journey towards love and a happily ever after. Told through present day, as well as memories from the past, the reader goes along for the ride as each sibling finds their purpose and role in life. The story line advances the series but a few days. TOO HARD TO FORGET is a story of heartbreak and sorrow; love and pain; emotional guilt and loss. The premise is realistic, emotional and energetic; the romance is passionate, palpable and compelling; the characters are colorful, intelligent and spirited. TOO HARD TO FORGET is a sultry story line of second chances for two people caught in a tidal wave of one man’s guilt.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
Oh my God. This book was magic. I'm consistently blown away by Tessa Bailey's talent and her amazing stories. This book was EVERYTHING. I wasn't sure how to feel about Peggy in the 2 prior books. She seemed flighty, and superfluous a lot of the time, but with all the Clarksons, there's always more beneath the surface. And when I teared up while reading the prologue, I knew I was in for it! Peggy Clarkson is on a cross-country road trip with her siblings to complete their mother's last wish of jumping into the ocean in NYC on New Year's Eve. They lost her older sister, Rita, in New Mexico to the amazing man she met while their car was broken down, Jasper. They lost her older brother Aaron in Iowa to the gorgeous, unique, daughter of the senator he was trying to work for, Grace. So, now it's just Peggy, who is the baby of the family, and her oldest brother Belmont. Sage, Peggy's best friend, is also traveling with them. Peggy's headed for a pit stop in Cincinnati, Ohio to her Alma Mater, for alumni weekend. But she's actually going to finally try to close the page on the one that got away, the head football coach at her University, Elliott Brooks. Elliott is a hot mess. He's got a 12 year old daughter he barely seems to have a relationship with, though they live in the same house. He's got his deceased wife, who he knows he didn't do right by, and it kills him with guilt every day of his life. And, to try to assuage the guilt, he clings to his Catholic faith. Once upon a time, he also had Peggy. She saw the real him when no one else did, but he felt he couldn't be the right man for her, and at the end of her senior year, after a year of sneaking around together, he broke it off, broke her heart, and forced her to leave and not come back. All he felt after being with her was guilt, because he didn't deserve to have someone like her in his life. But, after she left, he pretty much numbed out to his life and didn't even realize it had happened. Sparks flew immediately the moment Peggy stepped foot back on campus. Though her plan was to make his life hell by seeing exactly what he was missing, nothing ever goes according to plan. They really did a number on each other in the past, and it took being back together again for them to realize just how bad it was. Peggy figured out some not so great things about her self, and her self-image, that needed to change. Elliott realized how much his behavior was hurting everyone, Peggy especially, but his daughter Alice, and himself as well. They both had big hurdles to overcome. And a lot of the time it was painful to watch. You wanted so much for them to figure it out together. There was a side plot that brought them together, that I loved. It involved one of Elliott's players, Kyler Tate (great name!) and his family in Indiana. There's going to be a novella about Kyler, and his high school sweetheart he's never gotten over. I can't wait to read that this summer! I felt so many emotions reading this book. I cried, and I laughed, and I felt brokenhearted, and I cringed, and I smiled, and I felt relief. And LOVE. I felt love for the Clarkson family, as they've always felt so real. I was so gobsmacked by everything I felt for this book, I was afraid I wouldn't have the right words to express how much it affected me. I'm so looking forward to Belmont and Sage. I know it's going to be well worth the wait! 5+ Stars!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
4.5 Forbidden Stars! Talk about an intense book! There were a few times I felt like I shouldn't be reading this book in public. The attraction between Peggy and Elliot was so hot you could feel it burn through the pages. This book had a forbidden feel to it. When they first got together, Peggy was a senior at the college Elliot coaches football at. As much of a connection these two had, the timing was all wrong. Elliot had recently lost his wife. It was a cold marriage and when his connection to Peggy burned bright, he felt such guilt over feeling more for this forbidden fruit than his dead wife. Because of this, he ultimately treated Peggy like the sin he thought she was and then banished her from his life. Three years later and Peggy is still struggling with her life without Elliot. She tried to move on but she felt stuck to the point that she came back for Alumni week at the college to try to get closure. The first half of this book was not an easy read. While Peggy was more or less chasing Elliot to get him out of her system, all you could really see was the pain he had caused her and continued to cause her with his constant need to fight his attraction to her. Just as she starts to get that closure, Elliot wakes up and realizes what he has done to her. The tables have turned and the second half of the book is Elliot fighting for Peggy. Now he just has to prove to her that he truly sees her. Elliot is a devout Catholic. It explains a lot as to why he felt she was forbidden fruit and the guilt he felt over a dead wife he just existed with. This is very strong in the first half of the book but if you hang in there, the second half is what makes it all worth while. Sometimes you need to see alot of bad to truly appreciate all the good when it comes. ARC provided by Netgalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Those Clarksons are a powder keg of personality. It's hard to resist falling for these lost and lonely souls, but sometimes it's hard to decide whether to be tempted by their antics, feel sorry for their pain or lean toward giving them a stern talking to. Either way, Ms. Bailey sets the bookshelves on fire with ever Clarkson novel and Too Hard to Forget is no exception. Elliot and Peggy electrify the senses with their dramatic past. He broke her heart. What better payback than to blow his mind? Too Hard to Forget makes sure a good time will be had by all. Never has a reunion been so much fun and revenge so sexy.