Hard Luck by Sara Ney is the latest installment in her Trophy Boyfriends series. The much anticipated addition begs the question: do you like romance in your comedy or do you like comedy in your romance? If you chose the latter than this story is for you, as its heavy on the comedy and super light on the romance.
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 25th 2021
SOME GIRLS HAVE ALL THE LUCK
Unfortunately, I am not one of those girls. Not when I lost my apartment because my roommate let the lease lapse while I was traveling for work. Not when my brothers keep finding love and my mother keeps reminding me I’m still single. Not after a one-night stand during my older brother’s wedding has me waking up pregnant.
I have to keep it a secret—from him, and my family. I sure can’t tell my brother his teammate, Mateo Jose Espinoza, is the man I slept with. Confident, funny, Mateo…
A GUY CAN’T CATCH A BREAK
Just when I thought I’d found the girl of my dreams, she ghosts me. Worse? Her brother refuses to give me her number, and my calls to her office go straight to voicemail. I thought I was a catch; professional athlete, charming, raised with six sisters—I’m a guy who knows his way to a woman’s heart! What reason could she possibly have for avoiding me?
When I finally catch up to True Wallace, I’m going to get the answer.
HARD LUCK Releases in Spring, 2021
ARC provided by Author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“I will do right by you in all the ways that matter.
I promise, True Wallace, I will not let you down.”
Well this one was a time and a half. Sara Ney, strike back with her next installment in the Trophy Boyfriends series, but this time with True’s story–and what a story it is. Not normally dating athletes, True Wallace makes an exception during her brothers wedding and has a one night stand with one of his teammates–Mateo–and finds herself in a pickle when the test in her hands shows positive.
As always, Ney delivers comedic gold in this quick and fun romantic comedy. Mateo literally is the most sweetest hero I’ve seen from Ney and could not stop laughing as I related heavily to his family dynamics. I loved how committed he was to True and the baby, which was super refreshing to see in a sports romance.
Not gonna lie, I did have some problems with the story. The ending felt a bit rushed and almost unfinished with the sense of an HEA but not an obvious HEA like we usually have with romances. I craved to see them fall in love more and that chemistry we had from the flashbacks to be there in the present. It takes a hot minute for our couple to even be in the same room together and for a short romance it felt like an eternity to get to that point.
I also struggled with the constant translation of every Spanish sentence said– I found it a little annoying and awkward as it drew me completely out of the story and made it feel like we were forcing the idea of Mateo being Hispanic rather than letting him simply…be.
All in all though, not my favorite from the series if I’m being honest, but a really nice quick romantic comedy that I can guarantee will have you snorting wine into your nose from laughing so hard. Ney’s signature wit and comedic writing is on full display in Hard Luck, and if you are into secret pregnancy in a sport romance–this one is for you!
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Huge thank you to Sara Ney for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.