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 p ...more
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 fo ...more
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 wou ...more
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
Ooh, we have Rugby again…check
Strong family values…check
Doesn’t make decisions solely on where his junk is pointing…check
Hero and heroine have brains…check
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“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 her own. And at twenty-eig...more
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 Bisho ...more
Isa is an heiress to her moth ...more
Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I struggled with this one simply because I could not for the life of me connect with the heroine, Isa. I tried so hard to like her. She comes off really sweet and sort of bashful, but her actions are completely different. I think her inner thoughts got to me a little bit too. Perhaps it's just me and I wasn't in to mood to read it at this particular time (sometimes I get romanced out), so I may consider re-reading it in the fu ...more
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 mclass="gr-hostedUserImg">Yes, ...more
Isa is the lynchpin that keeps ...more
What I hadn’t expected was a quirky style that’s unlike Singh’s driving, m ...more
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.
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.
“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 luscious dessert, and a ...more
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 ...more
Nalini also introduces new characters that ...more
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 patiently a ...more
Ísa and Sailor were great together and I loved that playfulness and flirting between the two. They had this great teasing chemistry that was infectious. I loved learning their histories and thought there was really great character development. Sailor was so sweet. I loved his determination and perseverance in life and in pursuing Ísa. There were so ...more
I found the heroine to be a bit of whiner. I mean, she got hurt once and then she can't trust any man, can't trust one that works hard because he won't put her first, good Lord! Luvvy, most women get treated like cra ...more
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This book made me happy. I mean, I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the writing, but it’s a Nalini Singh book, so that was sort of a given. However, as much as I love her Paranormal books, I really wasn’t sure what to think of a gardener hero.
Guys, this book was so fun.
Once upon a time in college, Isa was at a party when her boyfriend dumped her horrifically, embarrassingly, and publicly. He called her a tub of lard i ...more
I'll be honest, Sailor made this book for me. He was the perfect hero without being 100% perfect. He had his flaws but he the way he treated Isa was amazing! He is definitely going to be one of my favorite book boyfriends! I also liked Isa and how she stood up for herself, was their for her siblings but also was able to get past her fears and give Sai ...more
This is a v ...more
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"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.”
Sailor froze. A second later, he groaned and dropped his head. "I hate myself right now," he said. "My cock hates me even more.”