Genres: BWWM Sports Romance
Publication Date: March 15th 2018
Source: ARC, Enticing Journey Book Promotions
“He was football royalty. Legendary quarterback. A champion.
Reiner Strickland had led his team to three national championships and playing a knight in shining armor was all in a days work for the NFL star quarterback. Only his damsel in distress had no idea who he was, and it threw him off his game. He was the face of his organization and was used to everyone recognizing him. Her innocence, charm, and beauty captivated him. It wasn’t until after they parted ways that he realized that he never got her number or even her last name.
Jada Dalton had no idea who her sexy knight in shining armor was, but knew that she’d probably never see him again. She was focused on building her business and didn’t have time for love. Just because she was determined to become a successful businesswoman, it didn’t mean she couldn’t dream about her sexy as sin rescuer.
Another chance meeting brings the two together and this time, Jada discovers who exactly Reiner is. She learns quickly what goes along with dating a football legend and is not sure she can handle it. Reiner refuses to let Jada go. He’ll have to dig deep and call out the most important play of his life to ensure that Jada Dalton remains on his team.” — Goodreads Synopsis
Well this was super cute.
You guys already know I am a sucker for sports romances, so when I found out that this release was a sports romance AND involved a biracial couple? I just had to read it, and boy did I fly through this book.
Hard Love is a super quick, swoon worthy story about a determined entrepreneur, Jada, and a famous quarterback, Reiner, who have an unforgettable chance encounter when Jada’s car breaks down on the side of the road. Told in dual POV, the story surrounds the couple and the quick beginning of their relationship as they navigate through paparazzi and racial discrimination.
I really enjoyed the characters and how Banks interweaves racial issues of our current times into the story-line. Jada and her best friend Tessa are probably my favorite out of everyone; from their witty humor to their determination to make things work, I found myself smiling and giggling alongside them throughout my time reading.
However, as always with short books, I really just wished there was more! I felt like we could have gotten so much more character development between Reiner and Jada–get to fall in love with them as they fell in love with each other– as well as more tension between Jada and the Mom if there was just more. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy my time reading this story, but hot damn I’d be lying if I didn’t say I felt like things went by super quickly and super easily throughout the story because of how small the book is.
Yet for how short it is, I did have a really good time reading Jada and Reiner’s story, albeit being super quick, it was also super cute and super romantic. With great romance and a swoon worthy Hero, I give this 3 stars.
(Volunteered for this ARC for my Honest Review)