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Hard Compromise

(Compromise Me #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.

Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he w
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Published November 21st 2016 by Entangled Publishing
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Hard Compromise is book two in the Compromise Me series by Samanthe Beck. I loved the first book of this series so was so excited to get Chelsea’s best friend, Laurie’s story, and the man who wanted her heart, Ethan Booker.


Laurie Peterson was raised by a woman whose best friend was alcohol. Having a daughter was merely an inconvenience. Laurie grew up in Montenido, California with Chelsea being her only real friend. At age sixteen, Laurie would have done just about anything to ga
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

He could already picture her, breathless and ready as he braced her against the nearest surface and unleashed half a decade’s worth of repressed longings. Fuck her so thoroughly she’d have no standing to dismiss the event as a heat-of-the-moment hookup. He was coming for her. Her, dammit, and he hadn’t waited this long only to be shown the door after one energetic encounter.

Bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
Good boy from the town's richest family.
Ten years of repressed longin
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own-but-not-read
What a great book Hard Compromise turned out to be ! This is my first story by Samanthe Beck and I can easily say it won't be my last. Her writing is hot, stimulating, emotion evoking and provocative and I enjoyed this trope a lot ! This story truly grabbed me from page one and held on until the very end.

Ten years prior on New Year's Eve sixteen-years-old Lauralie Peterson alias Laurie is having fun at a beach party trown by vacationing frat brothers, when she’s busted underage drinking among ot
4 Babycakes Stars

“Booker, don’t confuse me with one of your well-bred, easily -shocked, country-club girls. I’m not well-bred and nothing shocks me. My only rules are fast, hard, and so filthy dirty it leaves a stain on your soul.”

Well then.

Laurie and Ethan both grew up in the wealthy beach community of Montenido, but that's where the similarities end. While Ethan was born into privilege and wealth, Laurie was taught early on to fend for and take care of herself. Though not in each other's orbit
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review to come soon :)
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck
Book Two of the Compromise Me series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: November 21, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Do you know how hard it is to give a book a great review when you can't stand one of its main characters. It's hard. Very, very hard. Laurie aggravated me. No, I was beyond just aggravated. I wanted to shoot her in the face. Badly. Smack her upside the head at the very least. She needed a lesson in freaking manners. There's a difference between being saucy... or spicy... or sassy... and being a bitch. It may be subtle, but it's there. Most woman are able to identify the nuances. Guess which cate ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Samanthe Beck has whipped up a sweet, sexy and emotionally charged romance that was an absolute treat. Hard Compromise was the perfect kind of romantic read to keep you warm this Holiday Season.

It’s no secret that I am a big sucker and fan when it comes to Brazen novels. And so when I read the blurb of Hard Compromise, I was sold. Emotionally flawed heroine that was sassy. Check! Sweet and sexy alpha hero. Check! A beautiful love stor
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Ethan Booker makes this story 5 stars all on his own! I adored the fact that he protected and watched out for Laurie for ten years. When he realized his feelings were more, he bided his time for the right moment. I have to say, his way of telling her her one night stands were over was hot! Laurie took a little longer to love but she had a pretty big chip on her shoulder put there by her mom, but Booker tore those walls right down. I loved how the author didn't linger too long on issues and kept ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I loved this book! I read the first in the series and enjoyed it. But let me tell you, Samanthe Beck stepped it up a huge notch with this smoking hot read.

From page one, you are hooked. Hot and super sexy, you will not want to put this down. OMG. I need Booker in my life! Dreamy and very alpha! Yummmm

This is a complete stand-alone so grab it and enjoy!
Laurie Peterson’s first brush with Deputy Ethan Booker at sixteen had already marked her for his, or so he thought. But that only comes into play a decade later, when Laurie has finally long grown up and holds everyone else at arm’s length as Ethan finds ways and means to punch through those walls through any manipulative scheme he can find, be it through sex-with-no-strings or a fake-girlfriend deal. Of course, her livelihood going up in smoke, tragically helps his case.

As the girl from the wr
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received from publisher via Netgalley*

Outside of this Samanthe book, I've only read Compromising Her Position, the first stand-alone book in this series. With that book, I knew she will be one of those authors I can return to for my Brazen reads. So here I am again, and yup, Samanthe is definitely a repeater for me☺

Not that this has to do with anything, but I just thought I’d mention it. If you’ve read the first book, you’d have met Laurie briefly. Call me slow, I actually didn’t put 2 and
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Hard Compromise was a well written and very entertaining heartfelt read.
The storyline captured my attention from the get go, I found myself turning the pages late into the night as I didn't want to put it down!

Laurie and Ethan/Booker were great characters, I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold.
They had a strong connection/attraction that you could feel through their words and actions.
They made me laugh with their banter and stubbornness, they also frustrated me with said stubbornn
Ehh, not bad but not that great either. I am just sick of reading about these heroines who can't fucking commit cause of a shitty childhood/parenting, it's way too overdone. I also wish they had both stayed celibate during the separation but that's asking quite a lot these days. I'm just glad the h had a healthy sex life and wasn't a nun while the H was out playing the field. I also didn't really like how they both stayed in the same town and the H was just biding his time and wanted her all alo ...more
Jaime Arkin
I really love Samanthe Beck and was so excited to see another in the Compromise Me Series arrive!
Laurie Peterson is finally making something of herself. Her bakery is finally making a name for itself and she is working hard to keep her past behind her… including her mother. She and Sheriff Ethan Booker have floated around each other for the last ten years, him always keeping her out of the trouble that seems to surround her and she denying any kind of attraction she might have for him.

But afte
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

This one starts off hot and stays scorching through the entire story. Ethan's first meeting, in the "now" with Laurie is amazing, hot, and gives you an idea exactly how the story is going to go. And, it works because the author gives you the connection between them, and the attraction, and lets you know that...for Ethan at least...this is him keeping a promise from 10 years ago.

The pacing was strong and it allowed the characters and their emotions
I loved the hero in this one, he was bossy without being overbearing. I've lost a bit of love for Entangled novels, but this one was good. I'm interested in checking out the other books in the series, the secondary characters were very likable.

3.75 Stars
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Hard Compromise sounded so promising, sexy as sin sheriff not willing to back away from a challenge. Bakery owner is helpless as her bakery goes up in flames while she’s having a one-night stand with before mentioned sheriff. So promising…I feel so disappointed! The characters feel so flat; I never felt any type of emotional charge between them. Laurie was unlikable, very wishy-washy, and hard to imagine the amount of drama she created for herself in this story. Booker was an ok m
Robin Bielman
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with this book. I adore all of Samanthe's books, but this one especially hit the mark for me for one main reason: Booker. Oh, how I loved him. He's the whole package, people, from the second he's on the page. Add in a fiesty, relatable heroine who I want to be friends with, awesome secondary characters (love Booker's mom!) and a storyline that kept me turning the pages, and I wish I could give this story more than five stars. I'd like to request a follow-up novella from Ms. Beck bec ...more
Maria Rose
This second story in the Compromise Me series delivers a sassy, sexy romance about a woman who's beat the odds and a man who has been watching from the sidelines and is ready to make his move.

Laurie's first meeting with Ethan Booker is definitely one she'd rather forget. As a sixteen year old rebelling at a New Year's Eve party, she's picked up by the newly minted young cop for under age drinking and given a warning. He's concerned about her, especially with her very unfavorable home life, and
Jessica Alcazar
It should come as no surprise that this book ooooooooozes sexy. Like ridiculously so. LOOK AT THAT COVER PEOPLE!!! And I will admit, that's what drew me to it. I just knew Ethan was gonna turn my girlie parts inside out and BOY did he turn them! **swoon** I am SO glad I read this with not a soul around because seriously, holy filthy mouth and fingers and tongue and just .... everything :)

Samanthe Beck hit everything out of the park with this one. Laurie and Booker were very well developed in t
Ginny Rose
Cuffs and Cakes is a Hard Compromise...

Laurie Peterson is introduced in Compromising Her Position as Chelsea's best friend. There's a glimpse of her wit and charm that is so easy to fall in love with. Ethan Booker is the city's sheriff. While many believe he's had a charmed life, they fail to see that everything he has, he's earned. Primarily, his love interest. Who's had it difficult since day one.

Hard Compromise had plenty of heated sexy scenes. The sexual chemistry between Laurie and Booker
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
This night was one super-hot scorcher to remember. Unfortunately, it was not just for the impulsive one nightery of mindless passion with hot as sin Ethan Booker. On top of the internal glow, she was melting at the fact that the one thing in the world she worked so hard for was taken away from her in one night. Burned to the ground. Now Ethan, might I say again, sexy as sin Sheriff has a proposal for her that she may just want to take him up on.

I had a good time reading this one. I was all read
Heather andrews
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I really liked Booker, I liked he we t that extra mile to make sure his woman got what she needed, “uh-uh. We’re not done. I know it wasn’t easy for you to swallow your pride and come here, but you needed me.” He parted her thighs wider to expose the source of the need. “Now it’s my responsibility to see to your needs—each and every one of them— and I take my responsibility very seriously. But my ***k requires a few minutes of recovery time before it’s of any further use. Luckily, I have other w
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
There was something about this book that tipped it into "just ok" territory. The introduction to the characters was alright, but a little weird. It implies that the hero spent ten years pining for the heroine because she was too young/not mature enough for him and then boom, suddenly she's good enough and "he's tired of waiting". Gross.

The characters were ok. I usually like alpha males as authority figures so I thought this would be up my alley, but Booker wasn't that hunky of a lead. I felt le
I'm a huge fan of Samanthe Beck. She writes an amazing story and this one is no exception. I loved this story. It opens with a 16 year old Laurie, out on her own drinking at the beach party with college students, trying hard to loose her V card on New Years Eve and she hooks a live one. That is until the local Sheriff and his deputy Ethan Booker show up to break up the party and bust the guys chops and Ethan takes Laurie home with a stern lecture about being safe and she's only 16 and of course ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story!! I loved that it was a little opposite of typical, with the heroine being the one who never gets involved, and the Hero being the one who's all in. It was sweet, and sexy, and a complete delight!

In the prologue, we see their first meeting. Lauralie Peterson is 16, and a hot mess. Ethan Booker is a sheriff's deputy, and he's in his early 20s. He helps her out on New Year's Eve, and promises to look after her in the future. She hits on him, and he tells her they can revisit it
Suze Lavender
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laurie doesn't trust anyone with her heart. She prefers to have meaningless hookups, she doesn't have boyfriends and she never goes on a date. Ethan has liked her for years and is biding his time until the right moment comes along to win Laurie's heart. Laurie is a successful baker with a bad reputation because of her mother and Ethan is the local sheriff who comes from a rich and respected family. Ethan has to be smart to get the woman he's always wanted and when Laurie's bakery burns down he k ...more
Jenn Hype
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Where to start...

I always love Samanthe's books. She just has a way of gripping the reader from the very start and sucking you in. I read this book in one sitting. Ask my kids - they had to fend for themselves all day while I stayed glued to my computer.

Booker... sigh... he's the perfect blend of alpha male and sweetheart. I was rooting for him from the start, and only loved him more with each page.

My heart went out to Laurie. I sympathized with her and thought she was easy to love. Yes, she kep
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was just a brilliant book. With amazing characters and story. Saying it was an Amazing story just doesn't do it justice. This is a story that grabs you and holds your attention from chapter one. This is a story that will have you laughing out loud a few times and your heart hurting the next. This Is one of those stories you feel an instant connection to the characters and when they do or say something stupid you want to smack or scream at them because that's how into the book you are. You b ...more
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Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

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