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The Harder We Fall

(Spotlight New Adult #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  31 reviews
She knows it won't last...

Nicholas is unlike anyone Daria has ever dated, and yet he hasn't left her mind since she got her hands on the 23-year-old rugby player when he took a tumble during a game.

But they aren't even really dating; a fast fling is all they have time for. He's heading to Japan to play pro and is only in town to tie loose ends. She's graduating in three we
ebook, 126 pages
Published 2014
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Yna Nicole ❤
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: filipino-author
I don't know why but I did not like this. I went in expecting how much I would love this, like the last book I've read from this author.. but i just didn't.

I felt zero connection to both of the leads. I was not a fan of how the story was written. It all seemed too rushed for me.

I don't know if because I read Never Just Friends before this and I liked that more. Or I just didn't like the MCs of this one. Maybe because this was Ms. Mina's first attempt so she "still had her training wheels" here?
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
One of the highlights of my February – March period was binging Addison Hill. It easily become one of my favorite series. It’s simple, and it would hit your romance spot perfectly to the bone. I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

Falling Hard follows the story of Daria Kramer, a journalism intern aiming to bag the most coveted position. But, in order for that to happen, she must step out of her comfort zone. Her plan is to explore the rugby team of the Addison University. There, she met Nicholas
Kristel Villar
Something new -- literally and figuratively -- from our #romanceclass guru, Mina Esguerra (although not the first story from her featuring non-Pinoy characters). I love the balance it gave me while I was reading it: it is a light read with some serious issues. It is sexy and hot, but I did not connect with the characters the same way that I connected with her past works. Although her characters are not Filipinos, the narrator's tone is still similar to some of her female Pinay leads and it took ...more
Chrissie Peria
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Mina says she's trying something different, she means it. This is so apparent with The Harder We Fall. I had difficulty adjusting at first, not just because of the overt sexual tension, but mostly because of the cultural jump. These aren't the usual Filipino characters I've gotten used to from her, but Americans through and through. I had to reset my brain and put it on the right track, but it was well worth it.

Because despite the differences between her old work and this new series, we fa
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Literally the only issue I have with this book (and all the books in the series tbh) IS THAT THEY AREN'T LONGER I NEED SO MUCH MORE CUTE PLS MINA GIVE ME MORE CUTE
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
Having read some of Mina V. Esguerra’s romances in the past (the first and dearest to my heart being Fairy Tale Fail), I’ll admit to some doubts when I picked up a copy of The Harder We Fall. I knew the author had written the book as part of her #FlirtSteamyReads class, and I knew that the book was included in Flirt Publishing’s eight-story bundle Players: A Sports Romance Anthology (which also features Marian Tee’s Play with Me). Now, most of Esguerra’s novels are sweet and light, and sex scene ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Review originally posted on my blog.**

The plot description already suggests that this book is not the usual Mina V. Esguerra story we’ve read before. I’m both intrigued and excited to read something that’s a bit outside my comfort read. I’ve read some steamy stories, but coming from a Filipino author whose chick lit stories I’m more accustomed to, and then suddenly being introduced to The Harder We Fall, a whole new different, daring story, that separates it from the other Mina books I’ve read
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
The Harder We Fall is about one graduating college student named Daria Kramer and one Nicholas Cevasco. Daria had it all planned right from the start. She worked hard and achieved high grades. Without her father’s help. Graduation was near and success was unquestionable. She was so sure she’d get that internship in Europe. Nicholas, was the former Captain of the college rugby team. He was accepted to a rugby team in Japan. But before he leaves, he wanted to help the school’s ailing rugby team.

Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
A week ago, I decided to go book hunting on Amazon and when I saw some contemporary romances by Pinoy authors, I knew I had to get one from Mina V. Esguerra because I have heard & read lots of positive reviews about her novels. And after reading this, I became a believer!

Daria needed to do a video project about the Rugby club in Addison Hill in order to get an internship spot and be on her way to Europe and Asia after graduation. Then she met The Monk, Nicholas Cevasco. Well, it was more lik
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series review originally posted at Chachic's Book Nook.

I had an ARC of Falling Hard for months. I have no idea why I kept putting it off, I think I just wasn't in the mood to pick it up. I felt like reading something light and fun just as my new Kindle Paperwhite arrived so this title had the honor of being the first book I read on it. I literally finished this book in one sitting. I think I started reading it while having dinner and finished it before going to bed. Aside from being set in the U
Rachelle Ayala
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This campy story centers around a media-arts contest and the trials of an alumni rugby player. The story is told as a vignette, a slice of life, during the last two weeks of Daria Kramer's college career where she submits her final video project to compete for an internship.

Her instructor made sure to pick topics outside of the students' comfort zones and Daria got the Addison Hill Rugby team. She meets a few of the players, finds out about how underfunded the team is, and then comes to an under
C. Erani Kole
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
*received a gifted copy from BINIBINI in exchange for an honest review for Filipino Friday*

This was a cute read. :) The characters had their own stories going on, but it was interesting getting little hints of Nicholas' thoughts and real feelings through Daria's inquisitive nature. The whole thing was really hot, but aside from the hot scenes, the rest of it all felt like I was enjoying something amazing with a very thing wall between us. I've read a few books by this author and her stories have
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a complementary copy for an honest review by author Mina V. Esguerra. This is book 1 of the Addison Hill series by the author.

Daria Kramer is a college student who is involved in an internship contest where she is to shoot a video of the rugby team players.
Nicholas Cevasco is a professional rugby player and he is taking a trip to start playing in Japan. What started out as a innocent assignment turned into something totally hot for Daria but can she keep her heart from getting broke
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
This was a gift to me by my best friend who went to Mina Esguerra's book signing. I was ecstatic having this signed book that I read it in one go.Which was very weird because I already read the 3rd and latest book in the series before this first. Now where does the first and third book intersect? Apparently this Daria is Steph's roommate. And Grayson was once co-captain with Nicholas. I loved their chemistry, the tension was there and the witty banter was also there. But if I would compare the L ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
The author should have maximized the length of her book, it put her in a disadvantageous state knowing that her book only limits to a rough estimate of 100 pages. I, the reader wasn't able to have that connection with her fictional characters because she had fast forwarded in an incredulous pace. I would have liked a deeper background story than an empty romance filled with only sex lines. This story had a small amount of potential even with it aligning to cliche. This was more like an excerpt I ...more
Katrina Atienza
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yes, I pictured Channing Tatum all throughout this book and I have no regrets!

Though this was a slim book, Mina convincingly took me through Daria and Nicholas' journey from first meeting to sizzle to complication to resolution. Nothing felt forced or contrived and I totally understood both the main characters' motivations.

Also I enjoyed all the descriptions of muscle and grime and workouts and sweat and did I already say muscle? Yeah. Thank you.
Jay Tria
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book coming from MVE's Interim Goddess of Love and My Imaginary Ex. One is YA and one is a sweet romance, so I honestly didn't know what to expect. It was steamy alright, but steamy done right, I think. I related to Daria, and how she planned her life to the letter. I liked that it was not a troublesome boy who she met, but someone who had plans of his own too, for his own reasons. Another stellar read from Mina.
Patricia Maia (The Bookery Review)
This book is GOOD! Very good! This is the kind of book that gives you a lesson, it shows you that you can have it all even if you leave something behind.
I loved Daria and Nicholas, their personality is so strong, their chemistry huge. They have their heads in the right path and they know what they want.
Is great to read a book that have all the insight and not only focus on the romance. This one is a great example!
I would love to know more about them :)
Angela Victoria
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really really loved this book because of the lead characters' chemistry right from the start. They are certainly compatible and sparks were flying! I thought it was just a novel about a steamy fling, but it is much more than that. This will teach you about falling in love fast, sacrifices and valuing things. I really really loved it and Daria is the girl that Mass Communnication students can relate into. ❤
a quick enjoyable read. Alls im saying is that shower scene tho!!! damn *fans self*

Everything happened pretty quickly between Nicholas and Daria but i really enjoyed both characters and like i said steamyyyyy

side note: i'm ready for Grayson and Steph now. i maybe shipped them a bit even though they never even meet in this book lol.
Cyril Valencia
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mina Esguerra is one of the Filipino authors that I look up to. I feel really giddy whenever she releases a new book.

I've read her works and this one is different. Although there's hot scenes and serious issue contents, this story is a winner. This one is steamier than her previous romance stories.

Ms. Mina, you nailed it! xoxo
Cindy T
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Daria is to submit her final video project to compete for an internship. She is doing the video on rugby. Which is something she has never been into, any sport that is. She has been focused on her career path and this internship. She meets Nicholas who helps her form not only a video but, herself as a person.
The Harder We Fall would be a great read for NA readers, especially those who really love NA. And for those who don’t read NA, maybe you should give it a try, when you’re ready. After all, reading has its own time.

Full review on my book blog: https://bibliophilesoprano.wordpress....
Ana Valenzuela
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas <3 Daria


'Air came back into my mouth like a breeze, owing to him softly disengaging.

"I get it," I said. "Not a monk, I totally get it."'

You guys can relate why this makes me so kilig once you read it!

Sami C
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dropbox
Just the right amount of sexual tension, and steamy sex that isn't written awkwardly. The plot is straight to the point, no heavy drama, and quite realistic as far as character interactions go. So far, MVE hasn't let me down with her short stories.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
really cute fun read!
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I got the copy the same day I finally met the author (after months of online communication; thank you interwebzzz) so I basically felt like "OMGGGEEE SQUEEE I GOTTA READ THIS AZAP." And I did. It was a quick read, one that I gobbled all up in one sitting. (Or lying down, so to speak, since I was in bed when I read this.) Here are my thoughts:

-That it wasn't the typical Filipino romance novel. (ARE MINA V. ESGUERRA'S BOOKS EVER???) The story was straight-to-the-point. No bull, no overplay,
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
"There will be some things that you need to do for yourself, so you don't hate yourself..."

I love you, Nicholas. :)
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dear Mina,

Rugby player. In just a towel. :D

Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This campy story centers around a media-arts contest and the trials of an alumni rugby player. The story is told as a vignette, a slice of life, during the last two weeks of Daria Kramer's college career where she submits her final video project to compete for an internship.

Her instructor made sure to pick topics outside of the students' comfort zones and Daria got the Addison Hill Rugby team. She meets a few of the players, finds out about how underfunded the team is, and then comes to an under
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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "I

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