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Hard Love

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  128 reviews
He was football royalty. Legendary quarterback. A champion.

Reiner Strickland had led his team to three national championships and playing a knight in shining armor was all in a days work for the NFL star quarterback. Only his damsel in distress had no idea who he was, and it threw him off his game. He was the face of his organization and was used to everyone recognizing
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Bass House Publishing
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Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be-read-again
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Rosie J.
Would a famous athlete really have sex without a condom with a woman he just met? I don't think so.

Can a famous athlete really have any woman he wants? No.

Here's why:
Not every woman is ...

-a groupie or gold-digger interested in separating famous and/or rich men from their money.
-interested in living her life in the spotlight and being scrutinized and torn apart by the media and strangers.
-a yes woman or a man-pleaser to the detriment of who she is as a person.
-wants to worry about what her
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

Please don't laugh - but I had to google BWWM because I didn't know what it meant. I'm not really sure why this needs to be acknowledged, but that's besides the point.

Jada Dalton's car breaks down on a rainy evening, and she is rescued by a beautiful, large man named Reiner. Reiner stays with Jada until the tow truck comes for her, which is a few hours later. Unfortunately, they don't exchange numbers and both regret it.

Fast forward one week and Jada is asked by her best friend Trissa to attend
Dee's Reading Zone
Enjoyable Goodread!

Loved this couple:Reiner and Jada! So glad Reiner's mother, Erna Strickland came around and accepted Jada because Reiner was so right the way he handled his mother!

Reiner's mother story about losing her best friend during the civil rights movement was heartbreaking!

5 Beautiful stars *****!
Jenny Prose
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review for Hard Love

By Peyton Banks

A love from 2 different racial and financial backgrounds. A love that happens by a chance meeting not once but twice. A love that will stand the test of family.

Review by Jen M.
Tania's Book Blog
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interracial love story that captivates you from the beginning. Reiner is wealthy, handsome, single and NFL royalty. He’s the best quarterback in the league. Jada is beautiful, hard working owner of her own hair salon that is determined to put her business on the map. They meet in the weirdest way and Reiner knew he just had to have this woman. He knew that she was different from all the other women who approaches him because she had no idea who he was and was rather shy. Jada thinks he’s ...more
Unquenchable Book
***ARC Review***

Reiner “The General” Strickland is a Texas rancher’s son turned star quarterback. He’s in his thirties, which makes him a veteran in the sport. He lives for his family, friends, love of football and the want to fill his house with a wife and kids.

Jada Dalton is beauty salon owner, who is hoping soon that her salon will become the IT place to get your hair done. She battles with her insecurities as being a curvy woman who finds herself lacking when it comes to being attractive to
Laverne Brewster
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
2.50 Stars. Insta lust/ love and tingling body parts. The virginal heroine, Jada Dalton, is a 22 or 23-year-old owner of a beauty salon. The hero, Reiner Strickland, is a 32-year-old aging star quarterback who has won three NFL Championships. The chemistry-free unromantic love story of this couple is as follows: 1. introduction, Jada's car breaks down during a rainstorm and Reiner stops and they spend 2 hours in his truck waiting for a tow truck and Uber to take her home. 2. 2 weeks later, they ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet story with easily resolved issues. Jada and Reiner have a chance meeting when her car decided to play cupid and break down late at night. Reiner stopped to offer assistance. After spending two hours in the cab of Reiner’s truck while she waited for roadside assistance they talked about family and their many shared similarities. Since Jada is not a big football buff she did not recognize Reiner as the football legend he is. The two didn’t exchange numbers and both regretted ...more
Samantha || Fictionally Sam
Well this was super cute.

You guys already know I am a sucker for sports romances, so when I found out that this release was a sports romance AND involved a biracial couple? I just had to read it, and boy did I fly through this book.

Hard Love is a super quick, swoon worthy story about a determined entrepreneur, Jada, and a famous quarterback, Reiner, who have a unforgettable chance encounter when Jada's car breaks down on the side of the road. Told in dual POV, the story surrounds the couple and
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you meet the right person, you know it immediately. This is the case for Reiner and Jada. Reiner helped out Jada when her car broke down, and he offered to let her sit in his truck til help arrived. They did not exchange phone numbers, but another unexpected meeting brings them together. And their fun begins. Peyton Banks has fashioned a romance between these two that will make your heart sing. Reiner is a wonderful man, almost too good to be true, especially with his fame and fortune. Jada ...more
Jennifer Pierson
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard Love was a quick & sexy read with a side of angst & football thrown in for good measure by the talented Peyton Banks that I wished had been longer. See, Reiner Strickland is the best QB out there in the NFL, when he spots Jada Dalton stranded on the side of the road, in the rain one night. He stops to help her, and quickly figures out that she doesn't recognize him. Neither gets the others digits for whatever reason, but fate has other plans, so they meet again at a charity event. ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a little gem to be blessed to get have the opportunity to read. I loved the synopsis of the book and it instantaneously made me want to grab it and review it. There is something about sports romance novels that does it for me, and Reiner Strickland was one of those characters who did not disappoint. I loved the fact that he meets Jada when she is most vulnerable and I also loved the fact that she had no clue who he was .... which could totally be me ... I would not know that somebody is ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jada is just living her life, trying to do her best in life when her car breaks down in the middle of a downpour.

Reiner is a famous quarterback who grew up in Texas and knows better than to leave a woman stranded on the side of the road in the pouring rain. When he stops to help Jada he realizes she has no idea who he is and loves it! They wait together for the tow truck to arrive and then part ways. Kicking himself he wishes he asked for her phone number. Jada feels the same way but was too
Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)
This is my first book by Peyton Banks and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reiner is a hot shot quarterback who has a chance encounter with Jada, the owner of a salon. At their first encounter, both are very attracted to each other and Reiner is thrilled that she doesn't recognize him. That means she is into him and not after his money or fame. Then they have a 2nd encounter and the two decide to see where things lead. In this book, Reiner is white and Jada is African American. While neither one of them ...more
Misty Goan
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is told in dual POV’s. It is a well written interracial love story. Reiner is a wealthy, handsome, single and NFL royalty being the best quarterback in the league. Jada is an independent beautiful strong business owner. The meet on a deserted highway when Jadas scrappy car finally gives out in the middle of the highway on a dark rainy night. Reiner comes by and helps out letting her use her phone and wait for a tow and uber, that happens to take a couple hours. He is enamored by her ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A dominant alpha NFL legend and the young innocent woman that captures his attention and highlights some of the nightmare that goes along with dating a superstar! Reiner is a football legend, a superstar who comes to a young womans rescue when Jada's car breaks down and he stops and waits with her for her tow to come. As they wait they talk and he realizes that she has no clue who is and finds her very interesting and their chemistry is mutual but they go their separate ways. Jada has opened her ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jada met Reiner on the side of the road on a rainy night. She had no clue he was which made him very surprised. He stayed with her like a true Texas gentleman and waited until the tow truck came to take her car away. After she left they both realize I did not exchange numbers fast forward about maybe two weeks and he meet up again with her at a charity auction. From there things just get absolutely spontaneous. He makes plans for their date. And from there on the reality impossibly realistic ...more
Dec 25, 2019 added it
“Hard Love” is passionate and emotional. Reiner and Jada meet once, regret not getting each other’s contact info, meet again and the sparks continue to fly. This relationship builds over long phone calls and Reiner’s determination to make Jada his. They show love and respect for each other long before the words are spoken. They are willing to make sacrifices for the well-being of the other. This is a sweet story with city girl/country boy vibes but Reiner and Jada are also multi-layered ...more
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hard Love shows us that love doesn't have a price tag and love cares not for color. I'm swooning over Reiner and Jada's story. They are both so perfect for each other. After meeting when Jada's car breaks down, they start a whirlwind romance that has you wanting to soak up the love pouring from the two of them.

I loved Jada! She was sweet, caring, and just a everyday type person. She could be your neighbor or best friend, she's that much relatable and likable. Reiner is a hot shot football
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

When pro football player, Reiner Strickland, passes a stranded woman, Jada, he just can't help but stop and help her out. When they go their separate ways, they both have left definite impressions, but it was an opportunity missed on both their parts. When they have a chance meeting a week later, Reiner makes sure that this time the opportunity doesn't pass him by. But can Jada handle being in the spotlight? What happens when its more than boy meets girl, but rich vs
Wendy Livingstone
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet and captivating romance, which had me hooked and intrigued throughout. Reiner is wealthy, sexy, and an NFL star quarterback, and when he comes to Jada’s rescue one night, she has no idea who he is. When fate intervenes, and these two meet again, the chemistry is intense, and this time Reiner is determined not to let go. Jada is hard working, and the owner of her own hair salon, and when she discovery who Reiner is, she is hesitant to start a relationship. No spoilers though; this ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is a sweet romance with just the right amount of angst. Love how genuine the relationship was, not insta love but insta attraction. The hero was a true gentleman and a good old country boy, the heroine was strong while being vulnerable, i just love this combination. No cheating, no ex dramas.. I love the realistic portrayal of the family. Often times I feel like the portrayal of black people is over the top and not just regular people with regular families and normal relationships.
M Hurford
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interracial romantic story about a chance encounter between a football player, Reiner and Salon owner, Jada. They meet, separate then meet again, this time stick around to see where the relationship goes and who those around them is affected by it. This is well-written with good character development. The storyline engages and remains intriguing until the end.
I'm recommending this book for your reading enjoyment.
(Note: I was provided an Advanced Review Copy of this book in exchange for an
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
First things first! The story is very good. It has a good storyline and the characters are really well written and balanced. But as this was an ARC copy that I got and the story was just about to be published there should be very few typos and other errors. That sadly was not the case. There were just sooooooo many of them that I have no option but to take it down a star and am giving it nice three stars.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet and Sexy story

I liked how random Reiner and Jada met. The whole idea of fate and circumstances bringing people together is wonderful. They saw each other with their hearts and them their eyes. Love sees no color. I understood his mother's apprehensions about them but am glad she opened her heart to see how pure and real Reiner and Jadas love was for one another. I would have preferred the marriage come before the baby but this way is more truthful in this time and age.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is my first book from this author and I will be reading more! Reiner and Jada were a cute couple. The story's pacing was good and there were no editing errors and the overall plot of the story flowed well and made sense. The complementary characters were not very well developed but that really didn't matter the May's romance story was enough to keep me entertained. I gave it a four stars it wasn't the best story I've ever read in the genre but it was very good and I would recommend
Sassha Martin
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Love

I like how Reiner and Jada met with him helping her while she was stranded on the side of the road. They got to actually talk and get to know one another without her knowing who he actually was. She got to know the real Reiner and not Mr.NFL. Them running back into each other at the auction was fate and Reiner went at her full force. She gave him two precious gifts that solidified her position in his life...her virginity and a daughter. I'm glad that they didn't let the press opinion
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

Reiner Strickland is an NFL quarterback who is know through out the league for his greatness on the field. In his heart he is just a cowboy from Texas, who can throw a ball. Jada Dalton is a women making a name for herself at Dalton Design salon. Reiner and Jada meet in a damsel in distress way, that is a meet cute. As they start to date the world of NFL comes down on Jada for being a curvy black woman dating a white man. The racial issue is seen through out the book as they as a
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Famous football star and sports ignorant woman meet on the side of the road. He's intrigued because she has no idea who he is and she doesn't believe he could be interested in her, but when they meet again it's obvious the interest is mutual. I really like that this story is about a couple and not only on the fact that it's an interracial relationship. It is a part of the story but really shows how the are together.
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Peyton Banks is the alter ego of a city girl who is a romantic at heart. Her mornings consist of coffee and daydreaming up the next steamy romance book ideas. She loves spinning romantic tales of hot alpha males and the women they love. She currently resides with her husband and children in Cleveland, Ohio.
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