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Hard to Love (Hard to Love #1)

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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 di
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Published January 8th 2013
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Taking Risks
Taking care of a younger sibling at 22yrs old can be a handful especially if said child has special needs like Lily does. This is the dilemma Cade faces... He is doing everything from cage fighting to construction work in order to make ends meet. However its his latest earn quick cash idea that has him at the ER sporting an erection that has no plans of going down. After taking the pill the director gave him he never ima
Aestas Book Blog
Jan 09, 2013 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it

Almost 4 stars.

Opening line: “Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.”

Lol. Ok, can you see why I wanted to read it?

This was another of those books that grabbed me as soon as I read the blurb. I mean, c’mon! This was a book about a cage fighting bad boy who turned to porn to bring in money to pay the medical bills for his little sister left in his custody by his dead beat druggie parents. I was sold right there!

Oh, and then, to make things even better, in the opening scene he meet
Jenny Levine
Jan 10, 2013 Jenny Levine rated it really liked it

Okay, so the blurb got me interested.
The first line got me hooked. --> "Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal."
And then overall, I fell in love with the story.


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She is rich.
He is poor.

She leads a decent life.
He works a rather indecent job to support her sister.

She has a fantastic life.
He has a lot on his plate.

She is a virgin.
He is experienced.

She wants him.
He wants her, but he is out of her
Jan 11, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it


Seriously peeps, who would not love a book that begins with said hero encountering said heroine, who is a nursing student, in an emergency room due to a an erection that has lasted longer than 4 hours!

“Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.”

No, sure isn’t!

Cade meets Alexa under very embarrassing circumstances (see above). He definitely notices the cute and shy nursing student who is looking after him an
Kellie Maddox-Ward

The opening line contained 9 words.
That's all it took for me to be hooked.
“Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.”


'nuff said.
Isabella Francesca
Jan 17, 2013 Isabella Francesca rated it it was amazing

Clearly, I devoured the book! It was just AHHHH-MAZING.

So here's my thoughts:
Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.

It was funny.
I felt like a real asshole, sitting here sporting wood and staring at the nurse’s tits. Classy. It was as if my dick thought we were here to pick up a willing participant to ease his discomfort. Sadly, no, little man. I felt his pain. I cleared my throat and looked down.

Then it got hot.
It was just sex. I could do this. It was the one th
~ Becs ~
Feb 03, 2013 ~ Becs ~ rated it really liked it
Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.

Is that possibly one of the greatest first lines ever? Had me giggling right from the beginning!

Poor od Cade – he needs to make a fast buck to pay for his little sister’s medical bills. She has spina bifida and they are struggling on the breadline. He decides that porn is a quick way to make some serious bucks but finds that his heart and, more importantly, his dick is not up for it. 2 little blue pills later and Cade has the erection to end al
Sep 28, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it
4.5 Sizzling Stars!

Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.
Yes.. .this is the opening line :D Love it.

Cade and Alexa meet in the ER in the middle of the night. Alexa is a nursing student, and the reason Cade is there... well, you can see from the quote above.

Cade- Hard to love
Cade is a construction worker/MMA fighter, who is supporting his six year old special needs sister. Cade decides to do a porn gig to make some extra cash to help pay his sisters medical bills. When the director gives Cade a
It was like an episode of Days of Our Lives.

It started good. I liked Cade from the get go. I don't condone his choices, but at least he did it for the good reasons. Even though she, Lex, didn't like what he did for a living, she understood why he did what he did. I though it's going to be an interesting story, but it fell apart halfway through.

I would like to not to give too much away, for those who are considering reading this book, but there is so much I want to get off my chest, so... there m
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Jan 09, 2013 Akanksha❤ Søren♰ rated it really liked it
A Very Very interesting start! LOL
“Dammit.. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.”

Seems like Cade's 4hour erection wasn't willing to part with him after he took 2 tiny lil blue pills :O
So He goes to the ER, Meets our pretty little nurse Alexa!

Alexa.. sweet, innocent, petit little pretty virgin.

Caden, Hot hot hot loving caring protective hottie! A bit of a porn star and a fighter and a construction worker.
He was undeniably attractive, and that was even before I saw the python he was packing
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
Another great book by Kendall Ryan. Love it!!!
Jan 13, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-story, 4, got-kids
4 stars
”If you want to make love, you go see your country-club boy, if you want to be properly fucked, you come to me.”

I love LOVED loved Cade, ”two-ten”…”six-one”
, yummy construction worker / cage fighter / porn star. He was nothing like I was expecting and I completely fell in love with him when I saw how he cared for Lily, ”the little girl who owned his heart.”

Alexa comes into his, after a four-hour erection and a drunken proposition, and doesn't quite want to leave. ”If by some miracle t
Kim Person
Jan 12, 2013 Kim Person rated it it was amazing
Yes, another one from Kendall that I loved!!! Review to come

Feb 12, 2013 Steph rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
When I read the synopsis of this book, I went and bought it immediately. It had such huge potential, so I really hate to say that I was a little bit disapointed.
This book is a perfect example of why I prefer to read books that are a minimum of three hundred pages. Anything less tends to leave me dissatisfied, like this book did. So maybe that's just my fault.

I loved how the book started, with poor Cade in the ER with an erection from hell. It was hilarious. I loved that Cade was trying so ha
Jan 14, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

How should I start this review?

"Kendall Ryan does it AGAIN!"

"Another ah-maze-balls novel by Kendall Ryan."

"Hard to Love is hilarious and sexy and everything you could ever want in a novel."

Well...duh! Come on people. What did you expect? Kendall Ryan is one of my favorite adult authors for a reason. She is amazing! Her stories are fresh, unique, and exciting. Every single one of her stories has an original, d
Ash Wednesday
This book had me at "... starring in adult movies". Who could resist THAT?! I've always been curious how such a story would go in a romantic setting without being hampered by depressing issues of infidelity, drugs, HIV, EMOTIONS... Sometimes, I just want to see some fluffilicious McLovin for the porn star with the heart of gold (in this case, with a cute sickly sister). This one has that in spades.

I loved Caden's character. Admittedly the cage-fighter slash adult entertainer slash CONSTRUCTION W
Jan 05, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Good girl from a privileged family meets and falls for the bad boy. Classic story, right? Umm...yeah, except when the so-called "bad boy" has taken to fu-- er, starring in adult films. So when Alexa and Cade meet, while he's packing an extra special package and she's the nurse who helps treat him, it turns out that while they won't have the easiest of relationships, neither one is hard to love.

Alexa, as you may have picked up from the synopsis, is a good girl, a twenty-one year old who hasn't h
Lise *friends don't flag*
Jan 10, 2013 Lise *friends don't flag* rated it really liked it
3.5 starry cupcakes for that 'Oh so yummy, Cade'


What a sweet fast hot read this was. I love the way Kendall Ryan writes her male characters; they are always so damn yummy.

Ms. Ryan, you are three for three, baby! Sitting on the edge of my iPad waiting to meet another!
Oct 10, 2014 AJ rated it liked it
This is a short, sweet and sexy read that all begins with a small (or possibly large?) problem…

“Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal.”

Cade comes into the Emergency Room after taking two little blue pills. It’s his first day on the job as an adult film star, and things haven’t gone exactly to plan, but at least he caught the eye of his sweet, innocent looking student nurse, Alexa.

Alexa is looking to break out of her ‘good girl’ mould and live a little, and who better to do that wi
Monica Murphy
Apr 26, 2013 Monica Murphy rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. The fact that Kendall Ryan could make me fall for a porn star (fine a part time porn star with a heart of gold) is major. Cade is awesome.

Buy it. Read it.
How can you make a relationship work when you come from diffrerent sides of the track..........

A trainee nurse (lexi) working in the er encounters a hot man (cade) with a problem 'his had an erection for 4 hours' he needs help and is in pain. To make it worse his a porn star, and it's obvious to see why.

When she encounters super sexy hot Cade again in a bar by accident while very drunk, her friend suggests he pops her cherry, he very gentlemanly declines giving her an address suggesting she call
Annie Brewer
Dec 16, 2012 Annie Brewer marked it as to-read
Okay this book sounds H*O* it out yet? I totally wanna sink my teeth into this shit. Just sayin.....
Kenya Wright
Feb 14, 2013 Kenya Wright rated it really liked it
His finger stilled inside me. "No, I mean fuck. If you want to make love, you go see your country-club boy, if you want to be properly fucked, you come to me." His voice was rough. "But not until you're ready. Not until you ask me."

The only problem with this line is that Cade isn't talking to me!!

Why not Cade?

Do you not like black women or something?


*shakes head back into reality

I really enjoyed this book. I mean it starts off with a porn star wielding a hard huge penis in the emergency room
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Jan 12, 2013 Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* rated it really liked it
Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn't normal

Hard to Love was a funny and very sexy read, just what I needed after reading a very hard book... I needed something funny, fresh and sexy as hell and I just got it!

Lex is a nurse and Cade is her patient because he had a problem with some pills... yeah, penis pills!

Ok, let's be honest, how many of you saw the penis of your boyfriend before kissing him? I mean kissing his mouth, not his penis! Pervs!!!

And Cade's penis is... let's say it's not smal
Sweet Sweet Cade....DAMN!


I loved this much that I wish it had been longer. I will admit right now, I burst into tears when the book first showed the relationship between Cade and Lily. That completely squeezed my heart...and then to show Alexa and the way she handled her, took her out, spent time with her, it was the sweetest EVER!!

And the dirty talk and sex scenes....Hellooooo Porn Star :).

“I didn’t explain it was the romantic, softer stuff… because frankly, none of that mattered. It
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
"Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn't normal."

Way to suck a reader in- pun intended. This is the cute love story of Cade, 22-year old son of incarcerated Meth dealers raising special needs sister Lilly. After taking two little blue pills for "performance anxiety" during his first taping of a porn flick, his woody painfully would not go down. Finally deciding to hit the after hours clinic, he's unfortunately the patient of a cute little virginal nursing student Alexa. Are ya kidding me? Why
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
This was an enjoyable little book. I couldn't help but to picture Channing Tatum as Cade. I like that he was taking care of his little sister with spina bifida, doing whatever he needed to survive. I liked the heroine too. She was sensual, virginal and plucky.
Feb 03, 2014 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. When I read "porn star" for some reason I thought "manwhore" but in this case it couldn't be farther from the truth. Cade is a very sweet hero. (view spoiler).


Cade and Alexa are great together even though they come from different worlds. She is everything he wants and they fall in love gradually even though the attraction is there from the st
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Feb 07, 2013 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it really liked it
Jointly review for

Gitte: 3.5 stars
Jenny: 4.0 Stars

Gitte: I couldn’t wait to read this book about an ex-cage fighting hero turned porn star bad boy. It was a short sexyand sweet read and yeah I did think it was pure indulgence at times.

Jenny: Me too! This one caught my eye as soon as I saw the synopsis. It sounded like a fun read and it certainly was that, but it also had quite a bit of heart too. I really enjoyed it. This book really was a read you could quickly es
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Enjoyable contemporary romance except: a stupid fight, some things underdeveloped, and jarring POV changes.

I liked the character definitions. I liked their interactions. This was a good 4 star read up until the big fight. If you can muddle through that, the book is good. Why can’t authors either have no fight or do a better job with them? I also felt more should have been done with the characters and story. This book was shorter than the average novel.

Cade is caring for his 6-year-old-
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“You may not have been who I picture myself with, but you're exactly what I need- someone I can let loose and be myself with.” 41 likes
“You said you wanted to know how to please me? Consider this lesson number one. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. Hearing you say it is a major turn on.” 22 likes
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