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Hard to Handle

(Love in the Balance #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  895 ratings  ·  197 reviews
ONCE BURNED Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she's bumping into him at every turn, driven to distraction by his wicked grin and rock-hard body. Now she can't resist finishing what they started-as long as she doesn' ...more
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Published October 1st 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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★★★★! Hard To Handle (stand-alone), book 2 of 3. A feel-good, sweet & sexy story about two hurt souls’ journey of forgiveness & letting go to give love a 2nd chance!

“I’ll make love to you until your toes are permanently curled.”

These are stand-alones, but most enjoyed when read in order:
Book 1: Tempting the Billionaire
Book 1.5: Can’t Let Go
Book 2: Hard To Handle
Book 3: The Millionaire Affair

In Hard To Handle (stand-alone, book 2) bike shop manager, Aiden Downey an
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Pleasant Surprise Stars

This wasn't just lust. There was more. There'd always been more.

Let me start out by saying I am not usually a reader of "sweet" romances. I like my romances with a kick, preferably a dirty one. But every now and then, a girl needs some sweet, and I got the perfect dose of it with this book.

I went into this with zero expectations, having never read a book by Jessica Lemmon before. After finishing, I can definitely say I will not hesitate in picking up any of her futu
Leticia (jerseygirl)
"Do you love her? "
"I don’t think I ever stopped."

After having read "Can't Let Go", the prequel novella to this book, I knew what I was getting myself into. I loved Aiden so much that I couldn't wait for his happily ever after, even if I already knew it was going to take its time.

"Or maybe (...) when she was with Aiden she was more herself than when she was without him."
So yeah, I was already a sucker for Aiden, and then I read Jessica's letter and realized Aiden was Charlie Hunnam (please look
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2 out of 5.

Sadie Howard is a serial dater who never goes out with a guy on more than one date, but then sometimes she breaks her rules... Aiden Downey found out that his mother was dying and even though he was in a relationship with Sadie, he decided to act as if he was still married to his ex-wife so that his mother wouldn't worry.

This just wasn't the book for me.

I found the hero and heroine a bit childish. For example, if the heroine did something the hero would be amused. Firstly, I d
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I prefer writing from first-person POV. The writing is so confusing!
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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ONCE BURNED Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she's bumping into him at every turn, driven to distraction by his wicked grin and rock-hard body. Now she can't resist finishing what they started-as long as she doesn't let herself fall in love...
TWICE AS TEMPTING Aiden Downey threw away the best thing he ever had when he
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!
This was my very first Jessica Lemmon book and I have to say, I am impressed. I really loved this book. I loved Sadie. She was cute, witty, smart, and everything I love in a heroine. She fell for the super sexy biker Aiden once and was burned and she was bound and determined to not go there again.

Aiden is hot. Smoking hot. All broody, tatted up biker. He burned Sadie, but he totally regrets doing it. And he burned her for good reason. He's been through a lot and he is on the road to re
Monica Cardoza
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
No one knows how long you will have the person you love, one day they are with you the next day they might be gone. So enjoy them while you have them, show them that you love them and don’t let one action keep you from telling them how much you love them. Tell them I Love You as often as you can.

I really liked this book! I loved Aiden and his way of being. I loved what he did for his mom and even though his sibling’s didn’t support what he did, he did what his mother wanted. He truly was the str
Carolyn  Storer
Hard to Handle is the second book in the Love in the Balance series, I hadn't read book one before picking this up, but I honestly didn't notice. The author did a great job keeping this a self-contained romance.

The story is about Aidan and Sadie, their struggle to let go of the past, to move on in the present towards their future. It is a sweet romance, with some really lovely moments, but there are also sections that were slightly jarring, knocking me out of the scene.

Sadie and Aidan have a pas
Katarina Silva
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Hard to Handle is so CUTE and HOT and AMAZING! And I freaking loved it to pieces.... I mean how could you not? Look at this cover, it's to die for! I confess that I didn't read the book "Tempting the Billionaire" but I am on my way to, because if that book is even a third of this one than it will be spectacular. Jessica Lemmon is officially my go-to author for a rainy day when you want to curl up with a book and laugh your ass off.


I loved every single character in here
Sadie may be strong, confident and may have, on occasion suffered from tunnel vision, which cost her a trip down the aisle, but she was willing to break her “one date” rule for Aiden. When a family crisis took Aiden hundreds of miles away, he dropped Sadie with a phone call, and crushed her completely. Of course he thought he was doing the right thing, but he has regretted it ever since and he wants her back. Can he convince her to take a chance on him again? Is she ready to see that, just maybe ...more
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I fell for Aiden and Sadie in their novella CAN'T LET GO. Their story picks up a year after the novella with both Aiden and Sadie reeling from the decision Aiden made. Both of them are miserable and all Aiden wants is Sadie back. Sadie fights the attraction she still feels for Aiden and makes him pay each time she sees him for what he destroyed in her. But when they are forced to work together, the can't avoid how much they enjoy being with each other or hide their true feelings for one another. ...more
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When I first read Tempting the Billionaire, I always hoped Aiden and Sadie would get their own story. Trust me I even asked Jessica on Twitter if they were going to get their own story. So, when I heard their story was coming, I super excited; more anxious. Then the news finally came Aiden and Sadie story was on it's way. YAY *Kermit flailing arms*. However, there was the prequel Can't Let Go, which highlighted how Sadie and Aiden relationship fizzled. I knew that they
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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My first book with Jessica Lemmon. It's #2 in the Love in the Balance series. It stands alone, so don't worry if you didn't read the first one. It's not what I call a biker romance, but Aiden does ride and he works in a motorcycle shop.

Sadie must grin and bear being the bride's maid at her best friends wedding. Her duties include being paired with the man who broke her heart not long ago. Aiden's life had taken a few tragic turns with loosing h
Heather andrews
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh Aiden I do love your sneaky little ways, "I'll sign it." Sadie's shoulders dropped an inch. He told himself to stop there, not to say another word. But in the end he couldn't help but add, "under one condition." Sadie tensed. Aiden smiled. "Go out on a date with me." And well the boy just has the sweetest suggestions, "you're free to go." He backed away from her an inch, giving her room to breathe. Room she didn't want. An easy smile decorated his face. "Unless you want me to drive you home," ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aiden broke things off with Sadie, one year ago, when he had to take care of his terminal ill mother, and now he´s second guessing himself. Feeling bad over how he acted a year ago, he tries to apologize, but Sadie wants nothing to do with him. Hurt feelings and not able to forget him, Sadie´s tried to get her life together, but destiny seems to have other ideas.
Her new account at work turns out to be with Aiden and soon they see each other each day. Feelings that can´t be ignored makes for an i
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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Cute romance about two broken people, for me I am getting a little tired of the same plot but the author did a good job, I felt for the characters but I thought she could be a little more realistic and sometimes Sadie was getting on my nerves, but I did like Aiden! I am not a big fan of perfect characters so that's why I gave this book 3 stars.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jessica Lemmon
Nov 16, 2012 marked it as my-books  ·  (Review from the author)
Hard to Handle is book 2 in the Love in the Balance series. Just a note: some readers believe the prequel novella Can't Let Go is a NECESSITY, others think this book reads a-okay without it. Either way, I wish you happy reading! ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Jessica Lemmon I've read but it won't be the last. Love a man who can say "I love you" first. Now I've got to go find the previous book and I hope the next book is Evan. Job well done Ms. Lemmon. ...more
Edina Memić
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book..
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jessica Lemmon’s HARD TO HANDLE is the second book in her Love in the Balance series. If you read CAN'T LET GO, the companion novella (that’s how I refer it) to TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE, then you know what happens between Sadie and Aiden. If you haven’t read it or TEMPTING, never fear-Lemmon provides enough background information and you won’t feel lost. It’s not necessary to read these prior to HARD TO HANDLE, but you’ll have a better understanding of the events and situations if you do.

Hard to Handle is a short, sweet romance in which nothing really happens and everything is wrong.

You know, I initially wrote out this review with detailed descriptions of every single problem I had with this book, but I wasn't even half done and the review was practically a full-length novel, so I decided maybe bullet points are better. I will be happy to provide more examples (and more things I didn't like) if necessary.

THE TIMELINE DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. First and foremost, I cannot for the lif
Book Info
ebook, 260 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Forever
ISBN 1455573795 (ISBN13: 9781455573790)
edition language English
series Love in the Balance #2
Source:Netgalley EARC

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ONCE BURNED Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she's bumping into him at every tu

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So... once in a while I decide to tempt fate (or should I say my patience) and stray a little from my usual/favorites reading genres.
Sometimes it works, and I'm pleasantly surprised... unfortunately, most of the times I get a few more lines on my face, due to the amount of:
"Oh no, you didn't say that!"
"Really, that's supposed to be sexy??"
"You're an Idiot, for crissakes!!"
"Correction: Both of you are idiots!"
"Could you two, be possibly more cliched?"
"How old are you
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hottie biker Aiden Downey knows a few things. He knows betrayal, loss and regret.  You see Aiden's wife betrayed him with his best friend. He lost his wife, best friend and business due to her betrayal. Loss, he lost his mother from a battle with cancer. Regret. His biggest regret is not telling his mother about his divorce and letting the woman that was made for him go......

My Aiden

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Sadie Howard knows a few things too. After her fiance leaves her for her sister, yes sister, Sadie has los
Petra Grayson
Dec 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Hard To Handle
by Jessica Lemmon
Rating: Did Not Finish, 1 of 5 stars

My Review:
It's really hard for me to give reviews this low, but I've tried to get through this one, three times now and somehow I just can't force myself to do it. I didn't care for the writing style and then on top of that the characters just bugged me a lot. They're whiny, irritating and totally unable to make me care about them except for the desire to slap them. Eventually I skipped to the end and read the last 20 pages just
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I love second chance books, let's face it we all make mistakes, and most people don't ever get the chance to push the reset button. So I love when books let two people get a second chance at romance and overcoming their past mistakes and pain. This was a true second chance story for me, these two people had gotten together and things went great, and then it was over and they were more broken then they were to begin
Jennifer Zorko
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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What can I way about Hard to Handle by Jessica Lemmon, or maybe a better question is what not to say about this book. I loved everything about this amazing story. I have been waiting for Aiden and Sadie's Story since I read about them in Tempting the Billionaire and trust me I am not disappointed. Please let me tell you about this amazing story.

"'I loved you', Sadie said, her eyes wide and ernest. 'And you blew it.'

One year, it has been one year since Sadie Howard's heart was torn apart by Aiden
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've had bad luck with romance as I've gotten older. When I was younger just about any romance did it for me, but that changed as I started wanting more of a plot, more depth than just 'brooding dark hero' and 'hard to get heroine', etc. Of course any genre is filled with tropes, but they have to be well written to be enjoyable and there's a lot of romance out there that just didn't do it for me.

So I went into Hard to Handle hoping that I'd find that changing, and I wasn't disappointed! This is
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book focuses on two lead characters, Sadie and Aiden, who have both had a lot of heartache in their lives. Sadie lost her father when she was a young child, and more recently lost her fiancée - to her own half-sister. Aiden was formerly married to a woman with a wandering eye who really jerked him around. And a year ago he got the news that his mother was dying of cancer. This news came after Sadie and Aiden had met and instantly hit it off. And it caused Aiden to reassess things with
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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), or eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create a l ...more

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