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by Nalini Singh
Released: November 14, 2017
Series: Hard Play #1
Published by Self Published
“Nalini Singh knows how to write heroes that will melt your heart.”
~ Under the Covers
CHERISH HARD is the first book in a spin off of the Rock Kiss series and Ms. Singh is such an auto-buy author for me that I didn’t even bother reading the blurb for this. Once I cracked it open, imagine my surprise that this book features the brother of my favorite hero from the original series and I believe we may even see the rest of the Bishop siblings find their HEAs in this new series! Beyond ecstatic! FYI this is set back in time a bit because Gabriel Bishop is not the successful entrepreneur (or even rugby player) that we know him to be in the Rock Kiss series. All that being said, you don’t have to read that series to enjoy this so, jump right in if you want.
This starts out with Sailor Bishop at sixteen, sneaking into a college party and being mesmerized by the beautiful redhead dating one of the rugby players. And while he’s salivating for the older chick, her boyfriend breaks up with her quite publicly and she flees not giving him much of a chance to even get her name. Now years later, he’s running his own landscaping business and has no time for women. Except when he runs into said redhead who’s working at a school he has a contract with.
Nalini Singh knows how to write heroes that will melt your heart. Whether they’re of the uber-alpha variety or the guy next door. In this one, she writes the perfect real guy in the perfect real romance. While this wasn’t a cookie-cutter relationship and there’s many things about them that stand out, the relationship and the progression between Sailor and Isa felt real. He’s just an everyday kinda guy trying to make his business a success to give his family a better life. Isa is a woman that has had to overcome a lot of personal issues. Body image, family acceptance and love, wanting to make something of her life on her own and following her own path. I think there are admirable things about both of them and it was nice to see them let go with each other and have the others’ support.
I’m also a sucker for a good younger man story and while the age difference between them isn’t huge, I still loved that it was addressed and how Sailor’s confidence blasted right through it. Because while there are many things I loved about Sailor, including his sexy thigh tattoo and his romantic cactus presents, his confidence was drawing me in like a beacon.
This book will make you smile and will make you swoon. You won’t be able to resist its calling! And I, for one, I’m anxious to get more in this new series.
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