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Falling Hard

(The Blackhawk Boys #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,557 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Former actress Emma Rothschild is partying in Vegas in disguise. But I’m not fooled. Five years ago, I knew that body better than my own, and I haven’t forgotten a single detail—not the curve of her hip beneath my hand or the hitch in her breath when I kiss her neck.

When Emma’s unexpectedly left alone in Sin City, I agree to spend the weekend with her. As friends. Why no
Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Going Under before Falling Hard. In Going Under, I do not have a good impression or that tingle feeling that makes the story memorable. To my surprise, I do like Falling Hard more than the previous book.

Emma has a traumatic childhood being manipulated, abused, assault and used by someone who suppose to protect her. Trigger warning for the faint heart even though those situation never been blow up in descriptive detail. What I like about this book is the layers and twists that author put
Pick a Book
4,5 stars

In the first book I wasn't really sure about Keegan. In the second book I thought maybe he was just a player, and in book 3 I thought I knew how he story would be (I didn't read the blurb of this book). Oh boy was I wrong. For me, this was the best book of the series so far. I'm completely in love with Keegan.
What I'm enjoying most in this series is how the author can truly show was how much this boys love their girls. Each book has a beautiful and heart melting story. Its just an amaz
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars
The Blackhawk boys are spread out now with some of them playing for different NFL teams. But a weekend in Vegas for Arrow's bachelor party will be a great way to spend some time together with friends, especially when their girl crew tags along. But Keegan never expected to run into Emma Rothschild...his first real love and the girl who broke his heart. She was America's Sweetheart...the child star who could never escape the media attention or run from her issues. When he was younger, Ke
Jessica Alcazar
So here’s what happened …. I read book two of the series, Rushing in, last year for a blog tour. If you read the review you will know that I FUCKING LOVED IT. And I meant to go back to book one, Spinning Out, and then life happened or something and out of nowhere, book three, Going Under is happening and I’m like whaaaaaaaaaaat … but wait, life again and book FOUR, Falling Hard is coming up for promo and #anxiety And then the best thing happened … I met Lexi Ryan in person a couple of weeks ...more
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

"Tonight, Emma isn’t the woman who once broke my heart. She isn’t the girl who wrote me off with a simple goodbye note and apologies I didn’t want. Tonight, she’s a dream, my fantasy in the flesh, my reward for surviving the hardest year of my whole life."

Falling Hard is a second chance romance between a former child star and an NFL football player. I'm not sure I'd call this story angsty in the same way I typically use the word, but this book is tumultuous, with layers upon layers
Quinn's Quippy Quotes
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, own

My gosh, this thing was a total rollercoaster. There were times that I was so annoyed with the layers of drama, but then something else would come out and would all make sense. I loved that each character has had to work their tail off to be together and that couldn't be more true with Keegan and Emma. But dang, that cliffhanger for Bailey and Mason's book!?!? HELL YEAH, diving in right now!
Cocktails and Books
Not my favorite book of the series.
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Give Me Books***

Emma and Keegan have a history that ended in a messy way 5 years ago when they were 18. It's been 5 years and they run into one another in Vegas, and the attraction is still there for both of them.

The story is told in a series of present and flashbacks. And, I liked Emma and Keegan in the present. They were compelling and interesting characters I could relate to. I was not as fond of 18 year old Emma and Keegan.

I had issues with the 18 year old c
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keegan once loved a girl and lost the girl via a Dear John letter. Five years later, while attending a joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Vegas, that girl is across the dance floor from him. A weekend of fun turns into a night of passion and the morning after, Emma and Keegan are still basking in the glow of their rekindled love until Emma's fiance shows up at the hotel. Don't judge...yet. O.K. judge, but there is so much more to this story. Finding their way back to each other seems all but i ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017reads, arcs
3.5 stars

I'm new to this series and jumped in late. While this works as standalone I'm sure there are little things a long the way that could influence the reading experience. I'm not the biggest fan of secrets in a blurb they don't always turn out well but you know sucker for single dads I had to see. So being minority is probably norm.

It started a tad slow for me having to catch up to names and various info. You get an intro to the other previous couple and some backstory. I wanted to know w
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Keegan has built his present life the best he could, rolling with the punches as they came. A single father, he juggles his daughter’s needs with his busy NFL schedule. His friends love him, but don’t know much about him prior to his arrival as a freshman at Blackhawk Hills University.

Emma Rothschild is known as America’s sweetheart. A weekend away with her best friend seemed a good idea, until she came face to face with her past in a Vegas nightclub. But five years is a long time, and
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2017

I’ve been a lover of this series since it released, and I was so looking forward to Keegan’s story, but where the three previous books were five star reads for me, this one fell a bit short. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it, but Falling Hard just didn’t make me “fall hard” for Keegan and Emma as much as I wanted too.

Emma and Keegan have a history, and five years ago both of their hearts were broken. When they see each other again in Vegas, the chemistry an
Cheryl O'Harney
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This book was reviewed for Summer's Eve Reads*

Title: Falling Hard (The Blackhawk Boys, Book 4)
Author: Lexi Ryan
Genre: Second Chance Sports Romance
Rating: 4/5

Hot ✔ Sexy ✔ NFL Player✔ Single Dad ♡swoon♡ That's what we get in this book.

Keegan and Emma see each other again after a chance meeting in Vegas the chemistry's still there but past issues are needing to be dealt with and there's heartache, lies and hurt to overcome, drama including interfering parents a babies mommy and so much more makin
Belly (Books 4 Girls)
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

My review:

First of all, I would like to thank Lexi Ryan and the Give Me Books team for this ARC.

The Blackhawk boys are a bunch of hot football players with intense lifes. After the books about Arrow, Christopher and Sebastian, we can learn more about Keegan.

I was looking forward to it because Keegan was intriguing me. A lot. I really liked to discover his story, his trouble past and family issues. Emma’s c
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Jeffe Kennedy
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I totally get why this one won a RITA - sexy, tense, exciting, complex and fun! Great characters and a compelling, emotional backstory made this a terrific read. Definitely recommend!
The Book Bee
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW: 4.5 Stars
"I'd forgotten the little flutter I get in my belly every time he puts his eyes on me."

Ahhhh!!!!! I have loved Keegan since we met him, and if you have been following me for any amount of time, you will know that Lexi Ryan is one of my favorite go-to authors for sweet and sexy, guaranteed good reads. Add this one to the list. I seriously LOVE this series!!! Keegan was everything. Oh my goodness, everything. Just an FYI: if you haven't read any of the books in THIS SERIES, it
Wow! The level of deceit in this story was up in the strastophere. Every man in Emma's life betrayed her-even Keegan. At what point do you scream, "Enough", at these self-centered vultures? Awesome series!
Izzie d
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance, sports
Angsty read.
Full of miscommunication, omition. Bit frustrating, "just talk it through".
Bit of ex/ triangle drama, sort of, as he has a daughter with another woman.
No intimate scenes with anyone else.
I skim read bits.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-na, 5-star
Falling Hard is book 4 in the Blackhawk Boys series, but each book can be read as a standalone. This book does heavily feature the marriage of characters from book 1, however, so if following along with the side character's story you may want to begin with book 1.

Keegan and Emma both have secrets, and these secrets tore them apart five years ago. Neither of them have great role models for parents, so being apart meant trying to find a way to live a normal life without the other and create a fam
Emily McGee
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lexi Ryan knows just how to screw with my head and bring me to my very emotionally distraught readers knees. Falling Hard is just the latest book in the Blackhawk Boys series which has without a doubt been one of my favorites series. It's packed with hot guys (turned SUPER hot men in Falling Hard), strong women, sexual tension, and emotions. ALLL the emotions.

Falling Hard is Keegan's story. Oh this boy held my heart from the get-go in this series. I needed for him to have his happily ever after
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Second chance love stories are one of my favorite tropes. Throw in a single dad and I am one happy camper. But sadly this didn’t work for me as much as I had hoped it would.

The story of Emma and Keegan is told with flashbacks between present and past. Emma is a former child actress who is partying in Sin City and trying to stay incognito. While there runs into her past love Keegan. They agree to hang with each other for the weekend. I struggled in the beginning to get to know Emma and
Diane Lynch
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Lexi Ryan is on a winning streak with FALLING HARD, the fourth book in the Blackhawk Boys series. The boys and their significant others have graduated and head to Las Vegas to celebrate Arrow’s and Mia’s bachelor/bachelorette party. While there Keegan Keller runs into the girl who broke his heart, former actress Emma Rothschild. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.

Once again, Lexi Ryan does a fantastic job with her character development. I like Keegan.
Kate Avery
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I liked…

The chemistry between Emma and Keegan, oh goodness, it was definitely sizzling. You could feel the tension between them from the start.

The…complications…wow what a history between these two, it unfolded oh so slowly but not in a bad way, in a way that kept you guessing and kept that tension sky high. You always expect there to be some kind of obstacles in this kind of book but these weren’t like anything I’ve read before.

What I didn’t like…

Whilst I loved the hurdles that these guys
"I've been hoping for a family since I was a little boy, and I've only recently realized that family isn't how it looks on TV. It's not the people we were born related to or the ones we live with. Family is who you choose along the way. I spent two years hoping Jazzy and Olivia and I could be family without realizing we already were. My friends are part of my family too. They picked up where you left off in making me a better man, and they do what family should- being there for me even when I ...more
Renee Entress
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Spinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys, #1)
Rushing In (The Blackhawk Boys, #2)
Going Under (The Blackhawk Boys, #3)

This is Emma and Keegan’s story. Keegan is a single father to a daughter. His whole world revolves around her. Emma is a woman from his past. When she comes back into his life after 5 years’ sparks fly. When they try and
Diane Peterson
4.5 stars. I truly enjoyed this story of a low-end NFL player and an ex-child TV star. Boy, did these two have some baggage. Unfortunately, each of them kept their baggage to themselves, adding to the difficulties. Keegan and Emma fell in love five years earlier, but she abandoned him, causing a great deal of hurt and misunderstanding. When they reunite in Vegas sparks are flying everywhere, bu there are some major obstacles. She is engaged to marry another guy. He has had a little girl and the ...more
Lana-White Hot Reads
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Falling hard is the second chance redemption love story of Keegan and Emma. Its the fourth book in the Blackhawk Boys series and can be read as a standalone.

Keegan Keller and Emma Rothschild are former lovers who happen to be in the same Vegas bar during a weekend away for Arrow's bachelor party. The whole gang decided to go to Vegas, including the girls, for a meet up since everyone has now graduated and playing in the NFL.

While Keegan and Emma are shocked and happy to see each other in Vegas,
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have not read the first three books in this series but based on Falling Hard I'm so going back for them!!
Who doesn't love a dependable single father who's world revolves around his daughter?
Keegan wormed his way under my skin immediately. His patience, confidence and the love for his daughter sealed the deal.
Emma is hiding from the world and ends up taking a trip back in time, back to the man she walked away from 5years before.
When you think sparks are gonna fly an all will be right with the w
B.A. Wilson
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a good change of pace. I enjoyed it as I read, but when I stepped back and really thought about it, there's a lot of stuff that happens that is just too easy or convenient, rather than being truly believable.

I still enjoyed the journey and unexpected trope (actress meets con artist), but again there are some surface level moments that could have been deeper or truer to character.

Book 302 read in 2018

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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