Narrator: Justine O. Keef
Title: Love Hard
(Hard Play #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Published: March 10th 2020
Where I got It: Library
Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a thorn in his side.
As a lonely teenager, Juliet embraced her bad-girl reputation as a shield against loneliness and rejection. Years later, having kicked a cheating sports-star ex to the curb, she has a prestigious job and loyal friends—and wants nothing to do with sportsmen. The last thing she expects is the fire that ignites between her and the stuffed-shirt golden boy who once loved her best friend.
Straitlaced Jacob Esera versus wild-at-heart Juliet Nelisi? Place your bets.
Yayy Jacob's story!!!!
So yes, we follow Jacob Esera who is a rugby star and player. He is a young, single father who has worked hard to create a good life for his daughter. After the death of his sweetheart soon after their daughter's birth, all he wanted to do was have safety and stability. No risks. No wild changes. That includes Juliet Nelisi. Juliet had been his former classmate, scandal magnet, and a childhood friend to Jacob's late wife. She had always been a wild child and now he can't get her out of his mind. Juliet was a lonely teenager, so she embraced her bad-girl reputation throughout her childhood and young adult life. After finally kicking her cheating hubbie to the curb, she is ready to flourish. She has a prestigious job and loyal friends. She is done with dating sportsmen...until the stuffed-shirt golden boy comes back into her life.
This was simply ADORA-FREAKEN-BLE. I loved Jacob and I loved Juliet. He is too stuffy and she is a wild card. They simply mesh perfectly together!
Even with the complete opposite thing going on and the fun banter, they really didn't have any drama and I was okay with that! There was enough external drama to deal with because of Juliet's stupid ex. Grrrr. I loved it.
I do wish they had spent more time dealing with the weirdness....I mean....Jacob was in love with AND had a baby with Juliet's bestie. I feel like it would be awkward. Maybe because the girl died so young and it has been many years that they were able to grow and mourn? IDK. Seems like it needed more of a conversation between the two. They talked about it a tiny bit...but not enough for me I guess.
Other than that. I loved it. The characters are fun. I love his fam and friends. I love her. I loved that kid. It was fun. CAN I MOVE TO NEW ZEALAND ALREADY???? Gah. I watched a movie and now this....please let me go there. I still want an Inn by darnit.
The narrator was fantastic. The accents were flawless. I'm so glad I decided to shake it up a bit and try the audio. I adore this narrator and she sounded like what I envisioned. Fun!
Overall, I enjoyed this. The characters and the story were fun. I do wish we spent more time on a certain issue BUT there was a lot of external stuff going on so I can see why it wasn't a main concern. The narration is fun. I wonder if she did the other two??? MMM. I cannot wait for the next book! Hopefully soon! 4 stars from me.
- #47 for Audiobook challenge
- #47 for Audiobook challenge