ARC Review: Hard to Hold by Katie Rose


Hard to Hold (Hard to Play #1)
Author: Katie Rose
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Published By: Loveswept
ISBN: 110196877X

WHR Synopsis

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.




Hard to Hold is one of the many novels I’ve read by Katie Rose. It is a start for a new series and also a crossover from her Boys of Summer series. It is a stand alone, has an HEA, and is told from dual POVs between the main characters.

What would you do if your one night stand randomly walked into a place you were eating and plopped a baby carrier on the table amidst the food, then proceeds to walk out as if it’s nothing? Me? I’m not so sure. I think I boggled right along with our hero, Logan, on that one. That entrance, however, caught my attention with the book. This man needs help, and he needs help fast.

This is where Isabella steps in. Nanny extraordinaire but also one who won’t take crap from Logan and won’t be steamed rolled. I liked that she was extremely maternal. I liked that she laid it out for Logan that he was the parent, not her and she expected him to be present in the child’s life.

I liked these characters. I liked the plot. Honestly, it’s pretty straight forward. There really isn’t any angst, and you just have two people trying to figure things out when there is a lot of chemistry between them. The best way I can describe it is sweet. Logan basically melts my heart with that baby, too.

That leads me to why I rated the book a 4 instead of a 5. While reading the book, you know there is this overwhelming attraction between Logan and Isabella from the get-go. My problem was it seemed like most of the book Logan was gone, or just not present. He was always playing soccer, working out, or just out with friends. He has obligations, yes, but it seems like he is always gone.

I, sometimes, call that “foggy”. When you know it but it’s like your seeing it through a steamed shower glass. You know the connection is there, the attraction. It’s just not clear, or you wonder how it can happen when it seems like one character isn’t all in like you’re reading they should be. Then it seemed like there was more of a connection. By the end, you definitely know it’s there, though. It also could have just been me.

I’d still recommend Hard to Hold. It was a sweet, light story, that made for an easy read.


4 star

NetGalley ARC post


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