“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.
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.
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Fantastic! Sweet & Sexy!
Fantastic start to this new series! Loved this well written sexy and sweet story that had a really good build and pace. Well developed and likable characters with a ton of chemistry and heat. I couldn't put this down and enjoyed it from start to finish. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.
Logan Hart was sexy as hell, a major league soccer player for the New Jersey Hurricanes, who had just returned home from a year in Italy. But when a one night stand finds him at a local bar and gives him a baby that is supposed to be his and then leaves without a backward glance, he does the only thing he can do. He mans up and takes the baby home. Contacting a Nanny service on the advice of his sister, he is taken by surprise when his daughter's nanny arrives.
Isabella Bennett has a masters in child education and specializes in infant care, she knows she can make a difference in this child's life and that was worth everything. Isabella makes quite an impression on Logan. She is a no nonsense, ballsy, confident woman, who is gorgeous in a uptight classy way. She is also bossy, stubborn and opinionated and that combination is sexy as hell in Logan's book. Their sexual chemistry is immediate and electric. She was all too aware of how he was looking at her. But what he didn't know, was whether he liked it or not Logan Hart would learn to be a father.
This story was super enticing and really really sexy. Such a great connection from the get go between the two. Logan was sexy as hell, but there is much more to him than that, he is sweet, caring and the whole package and I loved his more vulnerable moments. There is a nice bit of drama and emotion to round it all out. Definitely a fantastic five star read for me. Highly recommended!
Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Stay with me
Logan hires Isabella to be his no nonsense nanny. He had an ex drop the baby on him in a bar. He needs someone to help him learn the ropes of temporary fatherhood.
Isabella knows that this arrangement will never be temporary. She has seen this too often. She must teach Logan how to care for an infant, so he can enjoy his child.
Logan is so grateful to have the amazing Isabella with his child. He must go out of town a lot for work. He honestly knows nothing about how to care for an infant. Now if only he could control the attraction to the nanny.
Such a sweet and sexy book. I loved the banter, the heat, and the angst. Truly this story has it all - even a baby! These two are so meant to be together.
***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Fell a littl flat for me
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I liked her writing style, but for the life of me I can’t put my finger on what I didn’t love about the book. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great. It was just meh. There seemed to be a disconnect somewhere. I have been hashing it over in my mind and I can’t tell you what it is.
The story has some sweet and touching moments, as well as funny and sexy moments, but at times fell flat. The characters were developed and at times they would frustrate me, but the thing that really distracted me was that the sweet copper haired baby was named Cinnamon.
I truly believe that we all read the same book differently and the opinions here are my own. If you like a sports romance with a single dad as the star, then give this book a try.