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Hard to Hold

Book 1, Hard to Play - A Hard to Play Novel

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“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.

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

“An entertaining read and I’m looking forward to more in this series. Bring on the hot soccer guys, please! Preferably shirtless, when possible.”—Becky on Books . . . and Quilts

“I would recommend Hard to Hold by Katie Rose—TOP PICK”—Harlequin Junkie

Hard to Hold, overall, is a classic contemporary romance that will give you everything you want from a good book: swoony moments, cute babies, sexual tension, and a happy ending!”—The Book Disciple

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.”—Always YA at Heart

“A sexy trek into the world of major league soccer with Katie Rose!  I really enjoyed this story and the characters.”—Thoughts of a Blonde

“Five stars—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’m looking forward to reading more in this series.”—Xtreme Delusions

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 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.

Customer Reviews

3.5 Stars!

3.5 Stars!

Single fatherhood is thrust upon professional soccer star Logan Hart with a 3 month old baby. The mother claims the child is his and she can no longer take care of her, leaving the baby with him and walking away. Isabella is a certifies nanny called in to help Logan while he sorts the situation out. He's sure there's a mistake and the baby isn't his, yet he refuses to pawn her off on social services.

While this was a good story line and likeable characters, I struggled a bit connecting with this story. It may seem minor but the reaction to Isabella taking the baby to one of Logan's games was unrealistic to me as well as the reaction from the coach. What I did like was how the author ended the story.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Great read with wonderful characters

Logan Hart, is the brother of Jessica Hart, that we met in The Heat of the Moment by Katie Rose. Logan has been in Europe playing soccer and is finally back in the U.S. now playing for the New Jersey Hurricanes. Logan is tall, sexy and ripped with bulging muscles. Throw in crystal blue eyes and a perfect smile and he has lady killer written all over him. Enjoying his single life, the last thing Logan expected was to have a baby girl, Cinnamon, dumped on him by a one-night stand named Desiree. Desiree explains that she can't handle her and that it is his turn and turns and walks out.

OMG...I loved that scene! Just what is a single jock to do with a 3 month old baby? First Logan calls his sister, Jessica. She comes over and helps him with a few basics but then gives him the number of a nanny agency. Calling the agency, Logan finds out that they can send Isabella Bennett to help and he feels a little relief. Isabella's not too happy having to deal with another spoiled athlete but she takes the job anyways.

Wished I had an Isabella as a nanny! She was wonderful! To Logan she was a lifesaver. It didn't hurt that she was really beautiful too! Knowing that Bella is the nanny, Logan knows he should keep his hands off, but is having a really hard time with that! It doesn't help that Bella is drawn to Logan too! The scenes in the beginning when they were trying to get things settled was great. Such emotions and chemistry just waiting to explode.

I just loved the way Logan's mom was! That was such a fun part to the story line!

When things have finally heated up, Bella starts to feel guilty because of something from her past. She knows she needs to tell Logan but just can't. Logan is trying to find Desiree because she has just disappeared. As each day passes, Logan is starting to have real feelings for Cinnamon and Bella. Just when it looks like things are going to end up happy for everyone....BOOM! It all blows up. This was sure an emotional part of the story! My heart ached for everyone. The way everything finally came back together was great, even though it was a tough road to get there.

Overall, this was a great read with wonderful characters and I would highly recommend it!

contemporary sports romance gem

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.

Hard to Hold
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Sep 13, 2016
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 225 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Hard to Play
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