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Hard Time

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  50 reviews
A man's need for revenge. A woman's career ambition. Will their love change everything?

Ex-con Jeff Torres trusted the wrong guy, and now he wants revenge. After five years in prison, he knows he can't pull off his scheme alone. But who can he trust?

L.A. publicist Ariana Carlson is an ambitious career woman. Working seven days a week has led to cold sheets at night. When sh
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Published September 4th 2017
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Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars!
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second book I have read by Kristen Luciani and I'm starting to see a theme with her characters so far. They all seem to be career driven which is a good thing and then there's the hot men that make you...well we wont go there LOL With Hard Time we have so much suspense going on, and some juicy scenes between Arianna and Jeff. And just when things weren't complicated enough, they find out theyre connected in more ways than one. I really loved Jeff and Arianna's characters, both of them seem to be ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard Time by Kristen Luciani – 5 Hard Stars

Full disclosure – Kristen Luciani is one of my “one click” authors. I would probably “one click” her kids back to school supply list if she published it.

I first “met” Jeff and Ari when I read the short story “Sex, Lies, and Wedding Bells” in the anthology “Drunk In Love”. I immediately wanted more and searched all of the authors backlist to see what book it had been published in. Turns out I had to wait for it to actually be turned into a full length no
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before I even knew the plot, I could tell Hard Time by Kristen Luciani was going to be a hot, steamy, and very sexual book. As I read more, and met the characters, I found it was also a complex, multi-layered story that drew me in through twists and turns and did not disappoint me!!

Jeff Torres has found himself on both sides of the law - all in the name of justice. One last score to settle was all he needed.... until he met Ariana Carlson. He needed her to complete his plan, but he soon found he
Tina Morgan
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is so unlike anything Kristen has written but also the I know it's weird. I'm so going to struggle with this review because this book is just so Kristen with a touch of Janet Evanovich and a dash of Nora Roberts. That's the only way I know to explain it. I loved this book and it's mystery and how you didn't know what was going on and what was going to happen and then all the surprises that was thrown in from left field that you had no clue that was coming. Then you had all the ho ...more
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
Recently out of prison with a score to settle Jeff immediately acts upon his need for revenge but he hadn't factored in Ariana. Not easy to make submit to his whims he finds himself strangely drawn to this woman who could make or break his plans. Ariana is a career woman with an end goal in sight but when the attractive older man plants himself directly in her path she has to choose whether to re route or just roll with it! With a family wedding thrown in Hard Times is a drama filled intense rea ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jeff was an FBI agent and his goal was to take out the bad guys. However, when things go horribly wrong Jeff is sent to prison for 5 years. When he gets out his goal still is to go after the same man he was after before prison. He must be more careful this time because someone set him up and not only did he lose his job, but got time in jail also. He comes up with a plan to take out his enemy and decides that Ariana Carlson (a Hollywood publicist) is going to be the one to help him achieve his g ...more
Crystal Spieker
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is it! This is my top read this year! There was just so much to the plot! To say there were twists just doesn't do it justice. I loved that there was mystery I couldn't figure out. And, just when I thought I had it figured out, Bam! Another plot twist I did not see coming! Jeff is the perfect anti-hero/hero. I loved the good guy gone bad, gone good or is he really either mystery? His character was complex, but not even close to as complex as Ariana's. The way the characters developed throug ...more
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I have a feeling like I may be in the minority with this one. I really wanted to love Hard Time, I loved the premise, I was intrigued by the blurb but sadly I just didn’t like it as much as I had hoped. At times I felt bored and at others I didn’t think I could handle Ariana any longer. I am not going to sit here and bash the book because for one thing that isn’t something I do, what doesn’t work for me works for
Jessica Tarrats
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun story. It was sexy, suspenseful, had a nice mix of action and drama.

Jeff and Ariana have a chemistry that is off the charts. Both have secrets and ambition is motivating their actions in different ways.
Ariana didn't stand for anyone's bs until Jeff threw her off her game.
Jeff came out looking for revenge and has the means to move forward with his plans...but at what cost?
The playing field they were used to have changed to a whole new challenge level.
Ari was my favorite. A strong a
Jessica Cox
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story was a bit of a mystery to me, It was very intriguing and keep me guessing as to who was who and what was what. Jeff Torres just got released from prison and he is going after dead set on paying back the guy that sent him there. He recruits publicist Ariana Carlson unbeknownst to her for help, as soon as these two meet the flames and sexual tension is crazy. They both feel something and come together but what if its more. Ariana can't do relationships her job is always number 1 , and J ...more
Meghan Murphy
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Hard Time by Kristen Luciani is a fast paced standalone romantic suspense novel. It has everything you'd come to expect from a Luciani book! Filled with twists and turns, I could not put it down!

Just released from prison, Jeff Torres is out for revenge. He doesn't care who gets in his way he will make sure the people responsible for taking away 5 years of his life pays. He wasn't expecting to fall in love in the process. When he meets Ariana sparks fly. And the tension is palpable. But w
Cindy Fong
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nothing in life is easy. Just ask Jeff Torres, ex FBI who was set up and is now free as an ex-con. Jeff is hell bent on exacting revenge and wasting 5 years of his life in jail, but he needs an “in” and he sets his sights on Ariana Carlson. Ariana is a shrewd Hollywood publicist but Jeff never expected her to light him up. Fate is funny and now they are thrown together because of a mutual wedding. What either of them know is that they are both fighting the same fight but they don’t trust each ot ...more
Denise Van plew
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't too sure at first about this one when we first meet Jeff. I keep going on with him and his story then it begins to unravel what is going on. Then along comes Ariana with her dilemma that kinda has me going ok humm. When I also see another part of the two of these have connections thanks to a wedding it get interesting. Now she does not seem the kind of woman you get a picture of at first because of the change in character around her sister. Then there is some heat that is so hot you get b ...more
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Like in her previous books, Kristen gives us an interesting story with many twists. The writing continues to be fantastic and her characters are smart, witty, and entertaining.

Jeff is a man you don’t mess with, he knows what he wants, and he knows Ari will be a challenge.

Ari is used to being in charge and when she meets Jeff, she lets him know she’s not one to lay down and take orders. They are explosive together and their relationship is as hot as can be, even when the lack of trust has them
Linda Rea
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Jeff got out of prison all he could think of was getting the guy he was after in the first place and seeing his son. When he contacts an old buddy of his Ollie he also gets Ariana the PR rep for movie stars so he uses an excuse to get Ollie to set up surveillance on Trey Conlin the guy who ripped off his father and so many others. When Jeff and Ariana meet the sparks fly but Jeff is supposed to be keeping his head on straight and getting this done but Ariana has got his thinking all messed ...more
Lorie Glowania
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. There is so many twist and turns which keeps you guessing. I couldn't put it down. Jeff wants revenge from something that happens in the past. We are left not knowing who's side each of the engaging characters are on. Jeff relationship with Ariana is hot. I love when they are together and couldn't get enough. This is a great read
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No stranger to the works of Kristen Luciani, I was first introduced to her characters Jeff and Ariana in her short that was published as part of an anthology, Drunk in Love, which benefited St Judes Hospital for Children. I was not satisfied with just that taste. I wanted so much more of Jeff and Ariana and now I have it. Jeff, a mature but extremely hot ex-con, out of prison and out to right the wrong that put him there in the first place. Ariana, a cool, tough as nails PR rep but with secrets ...more
Melissa Ann
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was intense and had quite a few shocking moments! I loved Jeff! Ariana and Jeff's story was quite different and very interesting. Kristen writes so fantastic and her stories keep you guessing until the very end! I sure didn't expect some of these twists and turns in this book! But WOW! what a ride!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The set up of this story had me curious right from the start. Jeff is out for revenge and Ariana somehow plays into it, but there's an air of suspense and mystery when it comes to Jeff, which kept me quickly flipping pages, eager to figure this all out! Just when I thought I knew what was happening, nope, I didn't. Kristen Luciani's mind must be a very interesting place! A whole lot of intrigue, twists and turns, hot sex and wtf moments! A smartly written story that'll keep you on your toes.
Janice Kidd
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story from the beginning. Ariana and Jeff's story was filled with suspense. There were twists and turns that kept you wondering until the very end what was going to happen.

It was very well written and I look forward to reading another book by this author.

A must read for sure!!
Carol Seymour
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No stranger to the works of Kristen Luciani, I was first introduced to her characters Jeff and Ariana in her short that was published as part of an anthology, Drunk in Love, which benefited St Judes Hospital for Children. I was not satisfied with just that taste. I wanted so much more of Jeff and Ariana and now I have it. Jeff, a mature but extremely hot ex-con, out of prison and out to right the wrong that put him there in the first place. Ariana, a cool, tough as nails PR rep but with secrets ...more
Dayna R
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jeff just spent 5 years in prison... now he wants revenge! Ariana just wants to do her job and love isn't in the cards. What do you get when a man hell bent on revenge and a woman who has no time for anything but her career come together? Hard Time was explosively hot and filled with secrets and betrayal. The author knocked this one out of the jail cell... and I now cannot say the name Bobbie without reading it Boobie!!
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Starts off slow but then you will find yourself immerse in lots of intrigue, twists and turns. Add steamy romance and you will find this a book you don't want to miss reading. Great plot and well developed characters.
Veronica LaRoche
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was full of surprises. I love books that have twists that you don't see coming. Aria & Jeff are amazing together, but will the secrets destroy what they could have? Mystery, love, lust and betrayal this book will have you wanting to read in one sitting.

I voluntarily reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy of this book
Suzette Salinas
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Michelle "Chelle" Thompson
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Want a book that has it all??? THIS IS IT!!! This book had me guessing from the very beginning and had me completely captivated. The suspense, mystery, characters, flow, all of it kept me turning the pages. Kristen definitely knows how to write a story that is truly one of a kind and keeps you interested from beginning to end. Once you read one of this author's books you will have to read every one of them.
Stacy Jo
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy sex on a stick. This book is hawt! Jeff and Ari are freaking combustible. I had to take breaks to soak it all in at times!! Best book to count for Kristen! And that's says a lot cause her books are sizzling.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two words, raw and gritty. This book packed a punch in so many ways that I found it really hard to put down.There was the passion but there were these twists that kept you guessing then when you thought you had it down, BOOM, another twist. I really loved the suspense in this story as it kept me on my toes!
I really love this authors style of writing so if you are a fan of her books, you will not be disappointed with this one what so ever. Jeff and Ariana are absolutely amazing and scorching! Sna
Ashley Stevenson
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. Love this story amazing and unique characters. Never take the ones matter the most for granted and always accept love before all.
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Kristen Luciani is a USA Today bestselling romance author, momtrepreneur, and beauty product junkies with a penchant for stilettos, Silicon Valley, plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis. As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncovering her true passi ...more
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