21 March 2013

Book Review: Hard to Love by Kendall Ryan

Title: Hard to Love
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: January 18th 2013

Cade’s always taken risks…

Cade takes cares of his sick younger sister by doing what he does best--cage fighting and starring in adult movies, his newest harebrained moneymaking scheme designed to pay for his sister’s growing medical bills. But when his latest gig finds him admitted to the ER sporting an erection from hell, thanks to the little pill given to him by the director, he can’t get the pretty little nurse who treated him out of his head, even though he knows she’s so far out of his league it should be illegal. 

Alexa’s always played it safe…

Tired of being pigeonholed as the sweet, innocent one, hardworking nursing student Alexa has been looking for ways to break out of her Goody Two-shoes image. When her friend suggests the outlandish idea of losing her virginity to the sexy and sure-to-be-skilled porn star, Alexa is mortified. But then when Cade refuses her proposition, she finds herself pissed off and embarrassed. When she tracks him down to give him a piece of her mind, she isn’t prepared for what she finds. Watching him care for his little sister tugs at her heart, and suddenly it’s no longer just about losing her virginity, but about helping Cade. Because Lord help her, she might actually be falling for a porn star…

I'm not even going to sugarcoat this but I read this because of the first 9 words of the book - every single review on Goodreads quoted that! I was curious, sue me. I know you're getting all judge-y on me right now but believe me, I've read far more, um, descriptive books. I was actually curious how the whole he's-a-pornstar plot would play out.

This is a fairly short read with alternating POVs and it didn't take me too long to finish it (read it in a day).  The story was engaging because of Cade. You know how there's this thing called stripper/hooker with a heart of gold? Well that's Cade. Only he's a pornstar. And he's actually very sweet. And he loves his six year old sister very much he'd do anything (literally) to get money to pay for her medical bills. Quite frankly I was more interested in reading his chapters. I wanted to know how his mind works because his life is pretty screwed up. I wasn't disappointed though because I got exactly what I wanted. He's such a lovable character that I kind of hate he ends up with Alexa.

Oh yes. I didn't like Alexa quite as much. She annoyed me most of the time. She's like the Diet Coke of the Ms. Goody Two Shoes stereotype. I get that she's a virgin and that she's shy and stuff like that but then she goes off watching Cade's videos and she actually has a toy hidden at the back of her underwear drawer....? I mean if you're gonna make a complete opposite of someone, stick with it. And their romance? It was too fast, too weird. She just kept coming back to his house; the first time she did was questionable too. She wanted to tell Cade that she won't do it with him by going to his house. It. Doesn't. Make. Sense. Oh Lex. *rolls eyes* And what's up with her taking Cade to meet her parents when they weren't even anything yet. Sure, they fooled around but it was more like "business" if you get my drift. The meeting was really awkward and highly uncomfortable for Cade. I felt really bad for him, really. But not to worry... Alexa had redeeming qualities too. I loved scenes wherein she'd take care of Lily, Cade's sister, and when she had chicken wings and beer with Cade one night. It was cute! But then she freaks out towards the end and turns the crazy on and... would you please calm down!

I liked the story for the most part, especially the beginning. How they met was hilarious and I actually liked Alexa then, she seemed more natural. Or maybe it was her professionalism.

Meh. Whatever. 3 stars. I liked it because of Cade, the weird pornstar angle thrown into it, and the light sweet moments. Everything else? No. A lot of people on Goodreads are raving about it though so it could just be me.

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About the author
Kendall Ryan

Romance author. Shamelessly addicted to bad boys, kissing and steamy romance novels brimming with dark, angsty tension.


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