Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Going Hard (Boys of Fall #3) by Cari Quinn

He lives on the straight and narrow, but she’s determined to take the curves way too fast…

Librarian Hollie Bennett is used to being overshadowed by her older brothers. One’s a country star, one’s a former football star…and she’s just a sedate librarian with a secret thing for high-end lingerie and fast sports cars.

One person she doesn’t have a thing for? Obstinate, rule-abiding, stupidly hot Rafe Martinez—her older brother’s best friend.

Until the night he saves her from herself, after she decides to go a little wild at a party. And the guy she ends up going wild with is the one she hates during the day—Rafe.

Architect. Suit. Man with an amazing skill with his tongue that can’t be un-known no matter how hard she tries.

And he’s not ready to give up his wild-woman-in-librarian’s-clothing…even if he has to dig out every trick in his arsenal to prove she’s not the only one with a hidden naughty side.

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What I thought about Going Hard

 Hollie Bennett is looking for some action. She's tired of being a good girl and she wants to experience something more exciting, particularly when it comes to men and having a good time sexually.  But when she gets herself involved with some handcuffs, her family gets worried and steps in to help her.

Rafe is a long time family friend of Hollie's and former lover.  Unfortunately, their first time together wasn't all that great in Hollie's mind, so she is reluctant to start up anything with him again, fearful that she's the dud when it comes to sex.  Rafe is attractive and can kiss like there's no tomorrow, but he's also somewhat reserved.  Hollie just can't picture him cutting loose like she wants to.

When Rafe's sister asks him to look out for Hollie, he is reluctant to take the assignment, mostly because he knows he wants her. Hollie is the younger sister of his (former) best friend, too, which complicates matters. But Hollie is tenacious, and the true path of love won't be denied and eventually they both give into their attraction for each other. That's when everything takes a turn for the better for them.

There's a boatload of heat between these two, but  they still have some issues to resolve before they can sail off into the sunset. 

This was a nicely sized story for a one-day read, and it works well as a standalone.  I did think the first half was a little slow and a little repetitious, but once Hollie and Rafe got together, the book sailed into its HEA conclusion quite nicely.  Now I want to go back and read the first two installments in this series from Cari Quinn.

Overall, a quick, fun read with lots of heat.

ARC provided for review. 


About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn grew up wanting to be a singer more than anything else. When she realized she probably wouldn’t be hired as the opening act for the Foo Fighters, she stopped singing and started writing. Now she happily writes about rock stars, MMA fighters, suited heroes, bodyguards and everything in between. And she blasts her music as loud as the neighbors can stand, because hey, she’ll always be a rock star in her own head.


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