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Cherish Hard

(Hard Play #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,989 ratings  ·  788 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pu
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by TKA Distribution
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Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017, cr, 3-stars
2.5 stars

Have you ever come home from a long day, and instead of just simply throwing your usual nuke food into the microwave, you decided to eat something really nice? So, you cook your dinner, nothing fancy, but you’re really, really hungry. Finally, it’s finished, you’re famished, the anticipation of the first bite; and then you have your first bite and……you forgot a very important ingredient, e.g. a certain spice or a herb, something you can’t add now that your dinner is cooked, because it w
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The Burning Rose (Jess)
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars.
We all need a Sailor in our lives. Review to come.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet, older-woman
Perfectly executed sweet, light hearted and delightful.

I really enjoyed Cherish Hard. It was a wonderfully sweet, approachable and relatable novel.

For me what really stood out was Sailor Bishop. He shone like a beacon - OMG, he was sooooo amazing!!! Swoony, and just a real fantastic guy. I loved him. The way that he treated Ísa was wonderful.

Even so they met for such a short time years ago at a college party, the moment was imprinted on him. Sailor couldn't forget her, the red head that ran away
***IT'S ALIVE***

Haven’t we met before…?

My reading mind (The Book Zone) feels like a Rolodex sometimes. Every book I start, I’m looking through my catalogue for similarities, triggers and a comfy place for my romantic heart to bloom. As soon as I started reading Cherish Hard my Rolodex was activated. This is kind of how it played out…

Nalini Singh, OK, what’s she got for me this time…
I’m expecting a strong, determined and loving hero…check
The heroine will have faced heartache and devastation…check
“I’m no poet, Ísa. I can’t give you fancy words. But I know what we have is special. It’s worth a fight.”


Cherish Hard made my heart swoon!! The queen of PNR and contemporary romance has shown again why she’s my favorite author – this book was all I had hoped it would be and so much more!!!

“How old are you?” she said through a bone-dry throat.
A wicked grin. “Younger than you. You be my cougar, I’ll be your boy toy.”

All Ísa Rain has ever wanted was to have a loving family of h

Mar 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: library-3
This was my first foray into contemporary romance by Nalini Singh! Isa was burned by her fiancé, who like a dog, calls to rub it in that he’s getting married (and makes fun of her weight—jerk.) She works as a teacher, but has a controlling mother who wants her to take over the family company. I liked Isa, and liked Sailor, a landscaper hired to work for the company, as well. This was more of a sweet story, without a lot of drama. Nice if you’re looking for something uncomplicated and light.

NAT.orious reads ☾
2.5 STARS ★★✬✩✩
This book is for you if… you have low standards for romance novels.

Hm. There could be a logical explanation for how hard I'm being on romance novels these days. Either, me being single for 3 years has slowly been ruining me for romance, or, I dunno, the bar for what qualifies as decent romance is set so low, not even ants could limbo it.

I also feel like Nalini is the perfect example of publishers' bad habit of just printing everything an author writes once they'v
Geri Reads
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Cherish Hard is an insanely sweet but very sexy romance between an older heroine and younger hero, which I loved!

Nalini Singh has always excelled in writing great heroes-in-pursuit tropes, and in this book, Sailor is a great example of a hero in pursuit of a woman who caught his eye. He is easily the best part of this book for me.

He's determined to not only prove that he can get his business off the ground but to prove that his love for Isa isn't just a passing fancy.

Sailor Bishop i
This book was just kind of slow and boring for me, no real passion or excitement though I did find the characters kind of cute. So far I much prefer Nalini’s Psy/Changling and Guild Hunter books to her contemporaries.
⭐ Emerson ⭐
Jul 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-not-read

Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's not a surprise now when I say that Nalini Singh is my top favourite author because I say it every chance I get. I had been waiting on the edge of my seat for this book/series as soon as I read about Bishop's siblings in Rock Hard(you can find its review here). Sailor and Isa are introduced in Rock Hard and I instantly wanted to read their story, so I was very grateful to hear that Nalini Singh announced that there were going to be more books for the siblings as well!

Isa is an heiress to he
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Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like eating fluffy bunnies playing in the woods and you are just waiting for the fox to jump out and eat one. But there is no fox. This is just a fluffy bunny story. And sometimes that is all we need.

So it is light, low angst, fairly mature, sweet and easy read. The hero is dreamy and Isa never did anything to disappoint me, even though I expected her to.

If you are looking for a sweet, albeit a little slow at times, romance, this will for the bill.

Lacey (laceybooklovers)
So, so sweet! I enjoy Nalini Singh's contemporary romances so much. I can't wait for the rest of the Bishop boys' books! Review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

I am expecting fun, sexy story. I am expecting sassy characters who bring the story into life. But I got flat story, boring writing style and... unbelievable insta lust/ love. Nothing on this book clicks with me.

2 stars
Nalini Singh writes contemporary romance.

Yes, I’ve known the other series of hers but I wasn’t sure and here I thought why the hell the not.

And. I. AM. TORN. I think that it is 3-3.5* though.

It’s not bad per se quite the opposite really. The story is engaging, well written with great characters and an interesting plot. I just…

I just don’t know. Maybe as this unfamiliar territory for me. Ms. Singh for me is known to me as my go to PNR author. I’m finding my thoughts being difficult on this one.
Marta Cox
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
If like me you've already read Rock Hard then you will be well aware that the men of the Bishop clan are pretty awesome. If you haven't yet discovered just how yummy they are then allow me to introduce Sailor Bishop! He might not be the roughest guy in town but this quietly determined gardener knows exactly what he wants from life . So what will he do when he finally catches up with the girl of his dreams? A girl that seems to just want to keep running away !
Isa is the lynchpin that keeps her so
‘Cherish Hard’ is my first venture into Nalini Singh contemporary romance and I hadn’t known at all what to expect, being familiar as I am only with her psy-changeling series. Having also not read ‘Rock Hard’, of which ‘Cherish Hard’ is an off-shoot or spin-off or at least a prequel to Gabriel Bishop’s story, Sailor’s and Ísa’s story is nevertheless a standalone, which takes place a few years prior Gabe’s book.

What I hadn’t expected was a quirky style that’s unlike Singh’s driving, more epic wor
Mindy Lou's Book Review
3.5 Stars!

This was a really sweet story. I enjoyed it and the characters involved but I will say there isn't anything too exciting in the storyline. This would be a great read if you are coming off of an angsty book and need something to off balance that.

The hero is a fit, and hot male starting up his own landscaping business. He's a sweet and caring guy with no womanizing tendencies. The heroine is a curvy woman with a small amount of body shyness due to past treatment, and yet she has a spine
Simply Love Book Reviews
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I have a confession to make, I tried reading a book a couple of years back by Nalini Singh because so many of my friends loved her work, but the book had way too much angst for me and so I never picked up another book by her. When I read the synopsis for Cherish Hard, I decided it was time to give this author so many hold in high esteem another chance and I’m glad I did. Cherish Hard was a beautifully crafted love story and I loved that despite the contrast in the two main character’s lives they
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
“When I catch up with you, spitfire, it’s going to be all about revenge.” Sweet, slow, erotic revenge.

It could also be the sugar rush from all the chocolate I find myself eating while reading her books, but whenever I finish one of Nalini Singh’s soul-stirring romances, my heart is so full, it feels like it could burst. Her stories are so warm and romantic, they soothe and reenergise the hopeless romantic in me—moving me, seducing me, making me devour every single word like a lusciou
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 25, 2020 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: romance, steamy, audiobook
I'm abandoning this "without prejudice" (aka rating). I've read a Singh paranormal romance so I knew there was a high probability there'd be lots of steam. And there was. I liked the main couple. Sailor is exactly my type of guy so I forgive him the instalust-becomes-love. And Ísa is my type of woman, too, so that's a thing.

But there are antagonists who are mainly cartoons and the plot is a scaffold to hang the sex on and they got to the part where I knew they'd fallen for each other and I didn'
Kate Douglas
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I know Nalini well enough to beg her for her next book without any shame whatsoever, and damn it all but this one is well worth the groveling. Nalini has a voice that is so unique, so totally hers, that I get lost in the cadence and the rhythm and the characters as she brings them to life, peoples their world with beautifully developed friends, and draws the reader into a sweet and sexy romance that just leaves you smiling.

Nalini also introduces new characters that you just kno
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this! It’s a sweet story and Sailor is the best!!!
***5 ‘Spitfire and Demon’ Stars***

Ever since meeting the Bishop/Esera clan in Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2 ~ which is my absolute fav of the series) I adored them and wanted to spend more time with them. I didn’t care if it was through the shorts that Ms. Singh generously sends out in her newsletters or a novella, I just wanted MORE. So when she announced that they would get their own series I squeed (in my head), did a happy dance (also in my head), and waited patiently (well...impatiently but p
Apr 12, 2021 marked it as dnf
got about half way through & couldn't stay interested ...more
Jacqueline J
Good solid read. I liked how the hero was so solid and sure of himself. The heroine was pleasant. The relationship was believable with very little conflict between the hero and heroine. Just a nice pleasant read with plenty of others in this spinoff series and the original series..
A Klue
This reviewer is trying to cherish her romantic reading time a whole lot more lately. For that reason, I consider it more valuable and am trying not to waste it. So I’ll get right to it and be blunt to save us both time. The writing here was not as good as I expected. I also didn’t find the characters rationale at times all that sound, nor their actions particularly credible. (I.e., the heroine is shy but she is going to go skinny dipping at a party in an effort to become “unshy”.) I wanted to t ...more
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“Never, not in her wildest dreams, had she dared to imagine that she'd be that important to someone. As if she was air and without her, he couldn't breathe.

"I love you too," she whispered. "And I forgive future Sailor for being a dumbass." Linking her arms around his neck, she spoke through the storm inside her. "In fact, I think future Sailor is going to be an incredible man I'll adore more with each and every day."

"Yeah?" His lips kicked up in that familiar smile, but there was a question in his eyes, a quiet hunger. "What's he going to do?"

Ísa knew what he was asking her, what he needed her to tell him. "He's going to be a man who works hard but who has time for the people he loves. And he definitely has time to get up to wicked things with a certain redhead."

"I like this guy's priorities already."

"He's also the kind of father who takes a turn doing the school run because he enjoys spending time with his child." It was scary doing this, laying out her dreams, but Sailor had given her everything.

Ísa would be brave enough to give him the same back. "He has time to play with his baby, and to kiss his wife, and even if he forgets things now and then, or if he gets a little busy for a while, it's all right because his wife and child and all the members of his family know they're loved beyond measure." Perfection had never been what Ísa wanted. "Because when it matters, he's there. He sees the people who love him."

Demon-blue eyes solemn, Sailor said, "I can do that." It was a vow. "I can be that guy."

"You already are." Ísa whispered. "You're my dream, Sailor."

But Sailor shook his head. "You ain't seen nothing yet, spitfire. I'm going to court the hell out of you." After a meditative pause, he added, "Nakedness during said courting is optional but highly encouraged."

He was wonderful. And he was hers.”
“Tell me you got back at him."

"Are you kidding? I smiled like the perfect Indian princess, asked hi one sugar or two and put in seven. You should've seen his face when he had to choke it down or risk insulting my entire family." Total evil satisfaction in her tone.”
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