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Love You So Hard

(Love You So Stories #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,537 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressi ...more
ebook, 3rd edition, 77 pages
Published April 6th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 2nd 2013)
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Lorraine Lesar
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Craig is "Mr. Invisible" he's there, but nobody sees him! He meets Jessie, who does see him as the person he really is - sexy, caring and very, very talented. The author takes us on a journey of self discovery, development, trust and love between two very different men. This book had a real "good feel" factor about it and at 77p on Amazon UK, worth every penny!
3 1/2 Stars for a sweet (freebie) novella about topping and change you life to the better - I enjoyed!

Love You So Hard is a fast read short amusing story (around 100 pages). It's about doing what you longed for and never thought possible.

Craig Elson is a pretty invisible guy just over 30, who doesn't know his own worth. Neither at work, where others stealing his ideas, or private where he never takes courage and follow his own desires. He gets squashed down and is a bottom guy who really yearn
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I liked this LHNB story but didn't love it. I think there was something awkward about the depiction of their relationship. I don't know if it is because I kind of felt like Craig was being taken advantage a little bit by Jessie (financially) or the speed of their relationship at the end (view spoiler). Still, a nice story and FAB prompt! ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*

Craig is smart, good looking (at least Jessie thinks he is) and a genuinely nice guy, but his low to no self-esteem has him think he doesn't deserve the good things in life.
It takes having a promotion literally stolen from him and having an asshat insult him at a bar for him to decide he needs to do something about it.
Now he doesn't exactly do it, he has Jessie this young guy he's been lusting after at the coffee shop 'tutor' him.
Jessie has a lot of self-esteem and slowly but surely helps C
4.25 STARS--I am so happy with the story that came from this prompt!! One of the more funnier stories about anal I've read so far this year.

Craig is 32, never topped, always is looked over and doesn't believe in himself. And it takes a delicious graduate student who loves to bottom hard to help him find his self worth. There's a couple of giggles, MANTEARS (brief bouts), instalove (I mean it's not a novel, people) and Cinderella HEA.

Well if Cinderella was MM contemporary. Craig would be Cinderel

I loved this story and the prompt picture is fantastic.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet feel good read.

I love the whole insecure overlooked shy guy finally gets recognised for the great guy he is.

While this was a little corny in places, and the sex wasn’t really to my liking, the overall feel to this fic was enough to counter act my negatives.

A 3.5 but pushed to a 4 just for the joy of it lol.
Serena Yates
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This is a very cute, very sweet story about a wonderful guy who has no idea how great he is. With its uplifting tone, simple but touching storyline, and some interesting secondary characters, it had me interested from the very start.

Craig, with all his insecurities and hidden talents just tore at my heartstrings, and the fact that he was so willing to try, rather than wallow in self-pity made him all the more likeable. He really just needed a little nudge to go out and try new things. Not recogn
Irina Elena
It was so sweet and uplifting to see Craig finally grow up and get some balls confidence. (On the topic of balls, from the descriptions of sex acrobatics I gathered that his must be pretty long - reaching around mid-thigh. They're more like pendulums.) The romance was cute and pretty hot, but Jessie just didn't convince me as a character and as a love interest. What would you think of a guy who gets on all fours on an armchair, places his hands on his "lower cheeks" and starts wiggling his ass o ...more

Offered for FREE from the M/M Romance Group's Love Has No Boundaries Anthology: Volume 6. Thank you too all the amazing authors who participated!

I thought this was sweet and I enjoyed reading it. Yes, Craig's insecurity and self-pity was annoying at times. Yes, Jessie's bedroom talk was occassionally cheesy and porn-tastic. Yes, they jumped the gun at the end (view spoiler) but ove
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Its great and its free!!
Short, sweet, free and its from Tara. I loved it. A great addition to the LHNB stories that are turning out to be really great. This is sexy, cute and feel good. Don't need to waffle on any more! I'm smiling and feeling the love! Thanks Tara... I've decided, I want to live in Laguna Beach. :))

Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable addition to the LHNB collection, but not as fabulous as many I've already read. But I think it says a lot that these free reads are better than 75% of the drivel we are paying for now-a-days.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
An amusing, smexy and cute was HARD not to love this book!!

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Love You So Hard written by Tara Lain was submitted for the MM Romance Group’s Love Has No Boundaries 2013 Prompt Event. The prompt for this story was a young man in a black t-shirt with the words ‘I Would Bottom You So Hard’ written across it.

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This is a great short story. It's so sweet and a real uplifting piece. I'm not a fan of whiny low self-esteem main characters. While Craig does have low self-esteem, he wasn't whiny. He was lost in a haze of grey fog. He was cruising through life in the slow lane, letting things pass him by. With a shift kick in his ass by a a credit stealing co-worker, Craig comes to what I call, a little mid-life crisis. This is wonderful because he's hit rock bottom and now he can only go up from there. He de ...more
Emily Seelye
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Craig realizes he needs to make some changes when he doesn’t get a promotion he expected and asks Jesse, a cutie who regularly frequents the same coffee shop, to help him.

He ends up overhauling his life, from upgrading to a nicer apartment to getting a better job at a rival company. He also ends up with Jesse as a permanent fixture in his life and bed.

This was sweet and hot, I loved how Jesse was supportive and encouraged Craig to go after what he wanted. Since Craig approaches Jesse for help,
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This was my prompt and I adored what the author did with it. I loved Jessie. He was so fun and light and breezy and was a nice counter for Craig's more Gloomy Gus personality and I loved how he was able to pull Craig out of that and get him to see his own worth. Craig's relationship with his mom was sweet too and a bit sad.

And hey, I love the baby endearment. ;-) To each his own.
For all my MM friends, you really miss out if you miss this free, short story in the Love Has No Boundaries, line up from the MM Group. Tara kicked butt with it. It was written for the t-shirt a guy is wearing that says, 'I Will Bottom You So Hard." Loved her story and loved her main characters.

Highly Recommended,
Dec 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like the magic peen, the magic bum cures all.

Makes you faster, stronger, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Oh, wait...not really.

This story just ticked me off, another case of magic sex makes everything better. Fuck therapy to help you with years of issues trapping you in, and holding you back. A week of hawt toppy sex cures all!


Amy Lane
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, short, and enjoyable, the MC was well meaning--and anything but invisible.
3.5 stars
Nice short read. Insta-love at its best.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio_owned
3.5 Stars overall

This book is on the shorter side, super light and cute, with no angst. It’s also pretty funny and interesting. The storyline and character personalities are a little over the top ridiculous at times, but I think that makes this book worth the time to read and/or listen to, since it will get you out of your head and keep you amused for a few hours.

Craig is a dork - I mean he’s smart and awesome in his own way, but he’s just not confident in anything he does and tends to let peopl
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, lhnb
Is it me or does their sex sound an awful lot like staged porn?? Ha! I could almost cue to the music in my head.

"Oh baby, oh God, that’s so great. Please don’t stop. Please.”
“That’s good but hurry, baby. Need you in there. Go fast.”
“Oh baby, oh baby. You turn me inside out. I never want you to stop fucking me.”
“I’m so done. I’m going to explode into a million pieces because you are the bessssst.”

So. This story was okay.

I kept waiting for someone to say Jessie was a set up. Their coming toget
Madison Parker
Awesome prompt! When I saw Tara Lain had claimed it, I knew it was going to be something special. Who better to write about a "first-time-top" than the author of Fire Balls. :-) #TeamRodney

I loved the way Craig's sex life and his attitudes about sex mirrored other areas of his life. With Jamie's help, Craig's confidence grew both in and out of the bedroom. Craig was such a sweetheart and made an adorable top! What a sweet couple. <3
A really cute short story and another wonderful free read from LHNB, great job Tara! Plus I really love that T-shirt ;)
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great read! Enjoyed it very much and left me with a smile :)
3.5 stars- Cute story, but a little cheesy. Rounding up because of a narrator who's new to me

Love You So Hard was a short story full of the smexy times I’ve come to expect from this author coupled with an adorable plotline. I loved the lighthearted feel of the story and dialogue, but also appreciated that we got to see a couple who was clearly made for each other.

The pace of this short is pretty brisk with Jesse and Craig’s relationship moving forward quickly and feelings being declared relativ
Joyfully Jay
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

This is a sweet and sexy story. It’s rather short—a novella that takes just under three hours in audio—but packs a good deal of emotional punch. I really enjoyed the narrator’s smooth and playful voice, and he does Jesse especially well. Craig’s parts really transmit a sense of desperation and borderline depression. He’s a good guy who strikes out, for no fathomable reason. Perhaps, it’s his lack of assertiveness, or perhaps he’s just surrounded by jerks. The second
3.80 / 5 Stars

I didn't read the previous editions but I'm glad I finally decided to read it.

It is a short, cute story with tons of funny moments and even funnier situations. Two loveable characters with some sass and super sexy times. Even when they are, you cannot stop laguing at some of Jessie's antics while Craig remains more stoic.

I wish it were longer as everything happens too fast even though it was enjoyable. But the next one is a full length novel, I'm excited about that one.
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