Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Book Review: Hard to Hold (Hard to Play #1) by Katie Rose

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.

When I first got this book from NetGalley, I guess I glossed over the fact that it was about a soccer player. I started playing softball when I was 5 years old and I loved it so much, that I thought I would branch out to other sports when I was around 10. Let's just say that I didn't last a whole season. I was taught to never quit and usually my parents would make me ride out any commitments that I had made but I think they hated it as much as I did, so they let me quit. Quite plainly, it sucked ass. I thought it was boring beyond belief. So back to softball it was for me. Anyway, unfortunately, soccer hasn't gotten any more interesting for me since then. I practically raced over the parts that were about soccer because my eyes started glossing over. Not a good sign.

The characters were okay ... I didn't really feel any connection to them. Actually, the emotion that I felt the most was irritation at the name Cinnamon ... people were just walking around, acting like this was a perfectly normal name. Yeah. It's not. I think that I would have liked Paprika as a name better than Cinnamon. Every time I read that name, I just became irrationally irritated for some reason. Anyway ... I liked Logan and Isabella but they weren't memorable to me. I couldn't tell you what either of them looked like if my life depended on it. Again, not good. Their relationship was interesting ... the dynamic between Logan and Isabella was a nice push and pull but again, it just wasn't memorable. The characters needed just a little more umph, you know? Not that I know how to fix them but something was definitely missing. 

The plot of the book was just ... okay. It moved along at a sluggish pace for me. There were times when nothing was really going on but it felt like chapters were dedicated to that nothingness. It wasn't really chapters ... just pages ... but it felt really long. It just dragged the book out. And I don't want to talk about the soccer stuff again. It just did nothing for me. Except distract me from the name Cinnamon. That was one good thing that soccer has done for me. I gave it three stars, so something must have been good about it, right? Well, yes. There were parts that were entertaining for me but they were just so few and far between and coupled with the character issues I had, I couldn't rate it higher than a three.

This just wasn't the book for me. Next time, I'll pay closer attention to the dude's job before I pick up a book. Not the book for me, so I'll pass on the rest of this series.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Available: September 13th, 2016

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