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Hard Core

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He takes lives. She saves them.

A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade's new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.

Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O'Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses h
ebook, 233 pages
Published October 8th 2012 by Lyrical Press (first published July 7th 2012)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter

Grit your teeth and get to it…I tried and it didn't work. DNF when I hit the
50 % mark.

Hard Core is another case of “The story and characters did not live up to the really great cover." The story/plot could have been good. However, what was really putting me off is the author’s voice and I had to sustain belief too often. The writing is so stilted, awkward at times and too corny. It feels saccharine to the point where my teeth will start to hurt. And I couldn't bond with the characters either. W
Oct 25, 2012 Catherine rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, kindle
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 11, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was ok
Shelves: rom-suspense
I’m always in the mood for a romantic suspense book that features a hero who is a mercenary stuck in the jungle somewhere ready to kill some bad guys. I love a sweaty, bug-bitten hero. And by all accounts, Cristian is pretty hot and gruff. He has been assigned to kill Gavin Ross on an island somewhere in the Caribbean Ocean, he doesn’t know much about him except he is the target, and that is his job. As he inches up closer and closer, all of a sudden he hears the click of a dozen guns close to h ...more
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Hard Core is Jennifer's debut novel, and she didn't disappoint. The story begins with a bang, literally. Cristian is badly wounded while he claws his way through the jungle. Enter the good Doctor, Alana. Even though she suspects him to be a henchman of her enemy, Gavin Ross, her stubborn moral compass won't let her leave him to die. Within the first few pages we get a very clear picture of the type of woman she is. She's kind-hearted, gifted, dedicated, a
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He takes lives. She saves them.

A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade’s new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.

Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O’Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native American tribe, using her talents for g
May 08, 2014 Kerry rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, it is full of bad luck, surprises, chance encounters and non-stop action.

Seriously could a trained mercenary have so much bad luck when taking on a contract, Cristian just can't get a break, that is until he stumbles upon Alana who skillfully nurse's a severely injured Cristian back to full health. Together they must fight an evil threatening both their worlds and only together can they eliminate the evil who's only goal is to separate them and keep the lovely Alana
Daryl Devore
May 06, 2013 Daryl Devore rated it really liked it
"No needles."

That's not the opening line to Jennifer Lowery's romance, HARD CORE, but it is the sentiment. Mercenary Cristian Slade has been shot and beaten. Racked with pain and fever, he stumbles through an escape and collapses at the feet of Alana O'Grady, a doctor.

Desperately trying to save Slade, Alana has to deal with her patient's stubborn refusal to be sedated or be given an injection of penicillin to combat the infection threatening his life. But as strong willed as Slade, Alana refuse
Jennifer Lowery spins a tale that will keep you up all night. Hard Core was non-stop, guns-blazing, pulling-out-all-the-stops, breathless tailspin of a story right from page one. She picks you up and forces you to face strife, natural disasters, evil, duality of man, and ethical dilemna after ethical dilemna. It's unstoppable, and un-put-down-able and sexy and absolutely delicious.
I loved this plot. I loved these characters. I loved these other men that I'm praying she ends up writing their own
Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Dec 20, 2012 Tracey Cramer-Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical-drama
I read the first half of this book while in the airport. I was so engrossed I nearly missed my flight call!

I am a total sucker for tough-guy heroes who are hurt...who we get to see a vulnerable side of. And the situation that Cristian was in couldn’t have been more so. I LOVED that his injuries/fever lead to him sharing a lot more of himself than we would otherwise have ever seen. (Great way to get backstory in too.) Little things like the fact that he’s afraid of needles and does not want to be
Romancing the Book
Apr 07, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Stacey
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Not all debut novels are created the same. As authors grow and write more books, you can see how they’ve grown and their writing style changes. Jennifer Lowery’s Hard Core does not come off as a debut novel.

While I usually don’t go for the mercenary as a leading man, Ms. Lowery had me changing my mind. Injured and at the mercy of a small village surgeon, Christian’s injuries have his defenses down and dur
Nov 08, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing

For this being a debut book by this author, she nailed it! I enjoyed this book & cannot wait for the next book. This book had suspense, a bad guy, a hero & heroine & romance. It was a well written story of two people who's work are total opposites. Cristian tries to keep to himself because of his occupation & not let anyone get close to him. He also didn't have the best childhood memories, but Alana brings out his caring, protective side & makes him think twice about them ha
Oct 19, 2012 Jessi rated it it was amazing
Every girl deserves an ex-military mercenary on her bookshelf.

Hard Core by Jennifer Lowery had my heart pumping with adrenaline and squeezing with sympathy for her captivating characters. Alana is a doctor who never got her license and practices on a remote island off the coast of Nicaragua. Christian is a killer with no heart, or so he'd like everyone to believe. They both have secrets, and neither of them seem inclined to share, even though the heat between them is enough to cause a forest fir
Toni Kelly
Oct 20, 2012 Toni Kelly rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Cristian is drool-worthy mercenary out to fufill a contract. He is a tortured soul who meets his mate in the deserted jungles of an island off the coast of Nicaragua. Alana, is a on surgeon with more than a few secrets. She is a strong and good person which makes her off limits in Cristian's mind. This book had it all, action, a great hero and heroine, romance and an exotic setting. The chemistry between the two stars was great. The only thing I can ask for at this point is mo ...more
Joanne Wadsworth
Jan 16, 2013 Joanne Wadsworth rated it really liked it
A remote island. A skilled doctor with a soft heart, and a mercenary with a hard shield. Jennifer Lowery brings an intriguing mix of suspense, action and romance into play within her debut novel. You'll be wishing for Alana and Cristian to figure each other out, and to beat the odds stacked against them. I would have liked a little more in the romance department as those scenes sped by too quickly. Although this is an author to watch out for. Jennifer's delivered a wonderful debut, and I'm certa ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
3.75-4 Rating

The second part of the book is better than the first half. Stick with it and you'll be glad you did.


Alana is a doctor on a remote Nicaraguan island that is run by Gavin, a horrible criminal. Cristian is a mercenary hired to kill Gavin. Cristian is caught and beaten to try and find out who hired him. He escapes but is shot in the process. He makes his way to the other side of the island where
Jun 26, 2014 ButtonsMom2003 rated it it was amazing
Wow – another great book by Jennifer Lowery

The first book I read by Ms. Lowery was The Maze (before it was published I was given an ARC to review). I thought it was fantastic. After reading it I started reading her other books but I really didn’t expect to find one that I liked as well as The Maze; I was wrong.

Hard Core was every bit as good as The Maze even though they are quite different. Yes, they both have a strong heroine (Alana) and Hero (Cristian) but the stories are quite different. What
Michel Reinhard
Oct 15, 2012 Michel Reinhard rated it it was amazing
Wow...what a great debut for new author Jennifer Lowery. Hard Core keeps the reader on the edge of their seats....rooting for Cristian and Alana to find their happily ever after. The author steps outside of the box on what is the norm for romantic suspense and creates scenes that are unlike other books in this genre. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be released.
Jul 25, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book and hope to read more from jennifer lowery. Very talented author that uses descriptive language in a way that makes me feel as if I'm there
Sep 01, 2013 Elizabeth added it
Shelves: dnf
i need to reed it because I'm from Nicaragua and I love when Books/movies talk about my beautiful little country
Limor Moyal
Loved the characters especially Alana ... Strong woman . All in all good read
Oct 11, 2012 Alisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars :0)
Nov 07, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
as for this book we have an injured mercenary and a beautiful doctor on a remote island so far the characters are ok but alana is just not realistic as a character ok i get it that when you've sworn an oath to protect lives as a doctor you take your job seriously but there's a line between dedication and plain stupidity . she suffers from what i call the superhero syndrom : she's like i want to save everyone and i have to follow up my patients like for ever. through out the book we hear her talk ...more
Jun 18, 2016 Nikki rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 15, 2015 Virna rated it really liked it
The story in this book is very well written and developed and the plot is very fast paced, with great characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
May 30, 2014 Gosia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous read

This book is packed with action, suspense and romance with a happy ending. It's everything you want in one book.
Tara Wyatt
I couldn't decide if I was going to give this book one star or two. But I did finish it, so I thought one star would be too harsh. This book fell flat on just about every level for me. The writing was very clunky and awkward in parts. The characters aren't very well-developed. The first quarter of the book is pretty slow. The sex scenes are a little boring. The villain isn't that scary. Also, there was obviously very little research done. For example, a Kevlar vest does NOT weigh 46 pounds. It w ...more
Glenda Bettin
Jun 30, 2016 Glenda Bettin rated it really liked it
Quite the start to a new series, looking forward to more
nelda munoz
Mar 07, 2013 nelda munoz rated it it was ok
Ok, I give this book 2 1/2 stars only because the ending felt rushed. The suspense and action in the book made me feel like I was watching a movie. But towards the end it felt as though she needed to rush it to end. Cristian is so tramatized from his past, that he feels he is a bad person. Alana is trying to save the world, but ends up paying a high price with her life. There were so many characters from Cristian team, that I can't wait to hear the story line of them. Please!!! Sam, Mercer... ne ...more
May 12, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Patti Ashley

Alana has made a deal with the devil, to save her family on a small island. Gavin Ross is a criminal and he wants Alana.Slade is mercenary hired to kill him. Interesting plot.
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“He was too explosive for her to touch him so intimately. It would lead to the wrong things. And places he'd banned himself from. As her protector, he had to stay away from her. That was how it worked. This, he could not stray from. Not again.
Even if it killed him.”
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