Hard to Hold (Hard to Play #1)

Author: Katie Rose 

Publisher: Loveswept 

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series

Provided by Publisher 


Blurb: 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: Katie Rose knows how to take a good thing and make it better. Professional athletes? Gorgeous eye candy but what kind of men are they? In Ms. Rose’s world, their lonely and fallible. They make mistakes. But they also know a good thing when it hits them.

Logan Hart’s just returned from playing soccer for a season in the European leagues, so it’s quite a surprise to see the blonde he’d hooked up with before he left. She’s happy to see him too, and especially happy to hand over their three month old surprise. Oops! He was sure he’d worn protection, but little Cinnamon looks a lot like his sister. Desiree isn’t into motherhood so she’s leaving him with the baby and the paperwork for a paternity suit. WTF?

Isabella loves working as a nanny and Cinnamon is a cutie. However, she’s been down this road many times and knows the pitfalls. She wants to make this hot soccer player learn to be a real dad, not just breezing into his child’s life whenever he wants.

Bonding over a baby plus sexual chemistry puts these two unlikely characters together. As they grow to love the baby they also give in and start learning to care for each other. But Isabella’s got a secret and she’s afraid that it will tank her growing relationship with Logan. What if he never wants her again?

Usual romantic trope made sweet and spicy with characters that you’ll grow to love. Like salt, a littLe TSTL goes a long way, but Katie Rose knows how to cut to the chase and give us the HEA we’re all looking for. Thanks, looking forward to the next one in this new series!

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