Hard to Hold (Hard to Play #1)
by Katie Rose
“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.
As a professional soccer player Logan’s life was perfect. He loved what he did which included traveling to games and being away for days at a time. In one day all that changed. One day an ex lover shows up with a baby claiming that it is his and that she is leaving the baby with him to raise on his own. In shock, Logan calls on the help of his sister, who sets him up with the necessities for a baby and a contact at a local nanny service.
Isabella is not at all excited about working for a professional athlete but knows she is the most qualified to look after this young baby. Cinnamon is her main concern and she doesn’t let the fact that Logan is a soccer star get in the way of taking care of her. While she tries to include Logan in the care of the child and teach him things about being a father, the chemistry between them gets more intense. These feeling get too strong to deny and even though they both try to stay professional they do not succeed.
** Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. ***