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Hard To Stay

(Hard #2)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Leaving the past behind should be easy.

For Lexi Manning, escaping her past shouldn't be so hard, but like objects in the rear view mirror, things end up being much closer than they appear.

Brad Morgan is no stranger to heartbreak. He gave his heart away once only to have it returned. This time around he's not taking no for an answer.

His friendship with Lexi might have st
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Published 2017
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Amy
I enjoy a good story about a woman in a bad relationship who is working to find her way to a better one. But, they can be tricky to make work. I really enjoyed this story of Lexi and Brad – how they meet, come to care for one another and ultimately make their way together. The controlling ex who won’t leave her alone and how Brad’s protective instinct is to take care of her was really strong in this novel. It didn’t feel superficial or even fake. It felt very real and honest. Lexi’s strength and ...more
Dana
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the blurb I had read and knew that I need read this.

I admired Lexi’s strength and what she had to deal with and what she was running from. I loved Brad, because hello.....COP!!!!

This was a good, quick read, I wish it had been a little longer with more character development but the plot twists were pretty good.
A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
I was intrigued by the blurb I had read and knew that I need read this.

I admired Lexi’s strength and what she had to deal with and what she was running from. I loved Brad, because hello.....COP!!!!

This was a good, quick read, I wish it had been a little longer with more character development but the plot twists were pretty good.

Reviewed by: Dana D.
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I Voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book

I love stories like this.. Just makes you want to read and read.

Lexi has finally escaped the hell that she has been living. Her fiancé, Colton has controlled, bullied and abused her and then to top it all off she finds him in bed with someone else. Nobody believes her because he has friends all over and people in high places not even her own family believes her. So she escapes and moves to New York. And that is where she meets Brad. And even though she f
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Diane plourde
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it



This is my first read by this author and I was impressed by the level of maturity from her writing. This was a romantic suspense that gets a 4 star for being entertaining and so much more.

Lexi is hiding from her ex fiancé who has hurt her emotionally and physically. Brad is a member of the law who has vowed to protect. When he sets eyes on her, he knows he needs to protect her. He’s been through a relationship that he’s not gotten over from, so he’s ambivalent from wanting Lexi for more than to
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Kate (beautifulbookland)
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley, 1-star
I finished this book today and I already can’t remember a great deal about it, which really just tells you how I feel about it. It was cheesy and insta-lovey and it had me checking the percentage on my kindle repeatedly because I was just a bit sick of it, really.

If you like reading stories where the heroine is running from her abusive ex (the abusive ex comes complete with long, bad guy speeches and calling the heroine by the full name that nobody else calls her) and then runs into an alpha mal
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Tami
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am thankful for my kindle title book hoarding problem. I had #1 of this series hidden in the masses. I got to read #1 right before #2. There was some cameo mention of characters from #1, but it wasn't necessary to read it in order to follow along. In fact, the hero of this book was honestly one of my favorite characters of book #1 , and I am glad he got a book of his own.

This review is based on the ARC received from the author and/ or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opini
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Hannah
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is one of the many books I got free on my kindle. That and the rating is why I read it. But it fell flat for me. The insta-love was bad and I had to skim some of it otherwise I wasn't going to finish. I definitely checked out the percentage a lot on this book.

A big problem throughout the book was telling the reader what is happening or has happened in the past instead of showing the reader. This play a big role in why I did not enjoy the characters or plot. We are told so much that
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Elizabeth Horbaczek
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This is the first time reading this author and with that being said, I really enjoyed the book. There was a lot of action, suspense, just enough romance, and tension in this book to keep you wanting more. I enjoyed Brad as a character. His life was a roller coaster. it seemed one move and it kept tumbling down, because of the people within his life. Brad so much to do the right thing,but when he thought that he knew what was going on and was manipulated, he seemed to hit a downward spiral
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Sarah Goulding
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing on behalf of Amo's Book Corner.

Hard to Stay is such an amazing book - it was so hard to put down! I loved every minute of reading it! Lexi has run away from her fiance, her family, her life and her hometown; she needed to get away. Her life has been ruined by her fiance, Colton. Colton has controlled her, bullied her and abused her and she just couldn't take it anymore. Colton has friends in high places and so he believes that he can get away with anything; not even her parents believe
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Cathy
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book to me is about moving forward and being able to really move from your past. Lexi left her fiancée and his controlling ways and soon after she meets Brad. Brad also has his own issues when it comes to being open to a relationship. But he feels the need to protect her NO MATTER WHAT. He claims it is because he is a cop, but it runs deeper then that, he just doesn't realize it at first.

Lexi and Brad as a couple are so cute and great together and yet with her past Lexi can't always quite t
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Amy  Crull
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This maybe more like a 4.5 star rating. Anyway, this was a great book. Sure both characters have issues they have to overcome in order to find love again. Lexi, is running from a controlling and abusive ex fiance who can't take a hint. She wants to start over and live again. Find her happiness. She meets Brad and everything changes. While she's cautious, she still can't hide the feelings she has. He protects her with everything he has, which includes the NYPD and PI's. He makes her feel loved ev ...more
Ria -  Reading Is Our Satisfaction
Sweet romance with a delectable cop!!

HARD TO STAY is the second in the Hard Series and cen most definitely be read as a standalone. This is S Jones' second novel and I must say she certainly got my attention. I found it extremely difficult to put this book down. Mainly because the writing just flowed so beautifully and the two main characters had me intrigued.

Lexi Manning is a strong woman who has escaped a relationship that saw her abused both physically (there is no scene in this book that ma
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Smashlybookalicousreviewingchicks
I love that this was told from dual POV as we were able to experience both sides of the characters and the dilemma they faced separately and together. Your past may be behind you, but at times it is never far away and likes to throw a curveball at you. Just ask Lexi, she is trying to escape her past and escaping she definitely needed when it came to what transpired in her past. She may be trying to move on and protecting Brad, but she has to decide one of the hardest decisions of her life yet ag ...more
Sassy Southern
Lexi yearns to escape her past, but can't. Brad has experienced heartbreak before refuses to go through it again. Brad, a cop, and Lexi begin a friendship both cherish, but something changes when neither expect it. However, that doesn't mean they aren't interested in exploring it. But when Lexi's past returns, and impacts her future, she must decide whether to let Brad go, breaking her heart and his, to protect him, or fight for the life she wants.

What if the only way to protect him is to return
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Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Hard to Stay is sexy and intense. Lexi meets Brad one night while she's trying to get away from her controlling, abusive jerk of an ex-fiancé. Brad's a cop, so protectiveness is written in his DNA, but it seems as if Lexi calls something even more intense from him. As Brad endeavors to keep Lexi safe, they fall fast and hard. But, there are obstacles in the form of not just Lexi's ex, but Brad's own past.

I liked Hard to Stay. Both Brad and Lexi are interesting, likable characters, especially Lex
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Leeann Rend
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This book blew me away. I met Brad in the first book and prayed that he would get his own book. Man, this author didn't disappoint. He was so freaking awesome in this book. He was hot, charming, funny and everything I love in a male character. Him and Lexi were perfect together. I could go on and on about this book. They chemistry between these two was off the charts. I also loved his cop friends. They were awesome. I will say, I never saw that twist in the end. There were so many scenes wi ...more
Ree
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lexi is running from a past no woman should ever have. Brad is struggling to move on from a love he desperately thought was true. When they meet, the spark between them is too obvious to ignore. But, as it happens, the past has a way of reinserting itself. Will things work out between them, or will Lexi truly find it hard to stay in Brad's arms?

This book sucked me in from the very beginning and didn't let me go til it was done. I finished it in a few hours. The intrigue and action throughout mad
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Amanda
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received the ARC in exchange for a honest review.

Well this book had so many twists and turns! The beginning dragged just a bit for me but as soon as I got into it, I couldn’t put it down! Lexi’s past catches up to her and so many things go wrong which makes for a very interesting plot. The characters are so relatable and I really enjoyed reading from Brad’s point of view. I would love to see this become a series! Laney needs to have a book and Brad’s friends should each have one too. Definite
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Emma bramley
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the second book in this series by this author. This is an amazing story with lots of twists and turns. The story is told in dual POV which I love, so that you can get both sides of the story. The characters are really well written. The story flows at just the right pace. I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.
Highly recommended
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book

Ashley
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is certainly a very interesting story filled with characters that will make you go crazy! I loved the romance and the suspense/mystery in the story. There is a big plot twist right at the end that totally destroyed me. I honestly think this is an excellent read for those who enjoy suspense and bombs dropped on them while reading. Jones does a great job with characters in making them realistic and relatable.

I received an arc of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it


Well this book had so many twists and turns! The beginning dragged just a bit for me but as soon as I got into it, I couldn’t put it down! Lexi’s past catches up to her and so many things go wrong which makes for a very interesting plot. The characters are so relatable and I really enjoyed reading from Brad’s point of view. I would love to see this become a series! Laney needs to have a book and Brad’s friends should each have one too. Definitely a great story here.
poppy
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read in the series or by this author but it won't be the last I cannot wait to go get the first book. Soon after leaving her abusive ex Lexi meets Brad who is a police officer and also had some issues of his own ex. These two were cute together but I understood why Lexi was so cautious but I did feel sorry for Brad at times.While it did start a little slow once it picked up this was a wonderful read
Tonya Peterson
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Controlling

When the past 10 years have been physically and emotional abuse and you try to run away only to find someone that is determind to fight for you the trust factor is high yet the trust is there. When Brad thought he was done with relationships since his last relationship was over and she had moved on really fast but cant stop thinking of the woman he is trying to protect love to sneak his way through
Sandra Loves Reading
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.
I found this story well written and the characters were great. There was so much happening that I couldn't put the book down.
Brad is an absolute gem and helps Lexi out with her bullying ex.
Colton, the ex, is just NASTY and will stop at nothing...
And Lexi? She's a sweetie who tries to protect everyone from Colton and his wicked ways!
Madamoiselle Moi
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
First book by this author and I liked it! I didn't read the first book of the series, but didn't feel like I missed too much. I do feel as if I need to go back and read the other, now that I have read this one. Great story line and loved the characters.
J Christopher
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I loved the suspense and the characters were very likable. This is a great read. One you won't want to put down
Jeune
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable well-written story and has good characters, quick and plot twisting read and Lexi and Brad are all so very sexy.
Kayla
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had me up all night. I could not put this down. You can't help but fall in love with brad and Lexi. The supporting characters were awesome. I can twist to see what the author has next.
Spunky N Sassy
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Romance is a genre of books that I can't stay away from. This book made me cry! Other readers will too!
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