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Each day dies with night, and every dream fades in the morning.

That’s what Vincent Rossi knows. His life has been one tough break after another. Even when good things happen, they get destroyed because that’s how the universe works. It gives and it takes, but it mostly takes.

No matter how terrible today is, there’s always the promise of tomorrow.

That’s what Annalise Can
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Published September 4th 2018
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Debra Doxer
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelley
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Annalise Cantana just wants to fly under the radar and live a normal life. Being from a major crime family, she understands that her last name is synonymous with fear, shady business dealings, and danger. While she loves her family, she prefers to distance herself from the family business, and has changed her last name in order to be just like any other student at Wexler College. Being a Cantana has not only brought her family enormous wealth, but also a wealth of pain. When a threat is made to ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been excited to read this book as Debra Doxer is one of the authors whom I have read everything by. Annalise Cantana knows what it's like to experience tragedy and how hard it is to have someone love the "real" her. That's why at college, she goes by her mother's maiden name so that no one will know she is, in fact, the daughter of a mob boss. Life has been comfortable for her to blend in and be left to her own accord until her father receives threats against his daughter and learns that ...more
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
“Fighting wasn’t for sport where Vincent came from. It was survival, and he’d been a survivor all his life.”

Right place, right time? Well it’s all about perception really as Vincent finds himself as a bodyguard to the daughter of the Cantana empire, assigned to keep her safe from the wolves circling the underground business as the family readies to retire from their shady dealings. Annalise is living under the radar, under another name, far removed from her crime family and their exploits. Yet s
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Shelby (Book Lovers Have More Fun)
4.5 stars!!!

Harsh was an expected treat from Debra Doxer. I love how all of her books are SO different. She can write just about ANYTHING. This book was filled with suspense, twists, and AMAZING chemistry. Leisi and Vincent MADE the story. I gobbled this book up because of them. Thank you Debra for another thrilling ride!!!
Beyond The Covers Blog
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Annalise is a ray of sunshine. She sees the good in everything and everyone. She's attending college under an alias since she is the daughter of the Cantana organization. 

When evil threatens Annalise's family's life, her father hires her bodyguard. The same man who saved her grandfather's life whilst he was in prison. Will Annalise be able to tolerate this rude, brooding beefcake bob that is now living with her?

Vincent has had a troubled life. He's been surrounded by darkness and suffered one di
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Fran Zoch, LSoR
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This had my heart in my throat I kept rooting for these two to get together and that his secret would not tear them apart .
This is an awesome mob daughter. Bodyguard love story in ways you would never expect.
Vincent has only had bad things and dark days in his life until Annalise now he Hope's for a bright future but the past may just ruin that.
Ashley
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story! If you're a fan of the mob genre, I recommend this one by Doxer. The heroine is able to chip away at our hero's gruff exterior little by little and show him happiness and light. I found the character backgrounds to be well developed and felt very excited reading this one.

I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.
Sassy Southern
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being this is the first book I have read by this author. I went in with an open mind as I have been burned in the past as well as surprised. The author was able to paint such a vivid picture of the characters, of their chemistry and of the world surrounding them. We got a glimpse into their pasts. Making you even more invested in this book. A tale of forbidden love filled with lies, betrayal and so much sexiness. - By Vanessa
David Styles
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On the one hand, our first-person point-of-view protagonist is the same everywoman we see in a lot of romance novels, but on the other hand, the male love interest, Vincent Rossi, is a much richer character than we usually get to enjoy.

By “richer character”, I mean in terms of richness of character; he’s not the vain billionaire control freak we see increasingly often in romance novels—and nor, for that matter, is he prone to the emotional outbursts associated not only with archetype, but also w
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Sunny Shelly Reads
3.5 Stars

Mob romances aren’t my jam, and I did not realize that Harsh was in that genre. So admittedly, I felt a tad disconnected from Vincent and Annalise for that reason. That said, the storytelling is solid and the story is well-written. Just not my personal preference.

Annalise is the daughter of a Mob boss, and Vincent is tapped as her personal bodyguard. Despite the world she lives in, Annalise sees the bright side of everything... and Vincent lives in a world where darkness and disappointm
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Payal Sinha
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harsh is a true romantic story with stress on emotions and feelings rather than on sensuality and hormones. It is a love story of sunshine versus storm where both are attractive and vulnerable but with a terrible truth between them that has the power to wreck havoc between them. The heroine is an underworld don's daughter and the guy is an ex-convict. However, nothing is villainous or criminal in the book while violence is limited and disapproved. The romantic built up is steady and the love is ...more
Julius Blitzy
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A romantic story between two young people, which has its own nuances. The story begins with an explanation of the girl's life: under what conditions she lived and how she was brought up. Loneliness. This is what surrounded the girl after the death of her mother. Earlier Annalise was surrounded by love and care, but after a sunny day comes a gloomy night and it was her stepmother. The house no longer has that atmosphere as it used to be. The house is now for the girl it’s a floor, walls and a tab ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A romantic story that builds and develops

This is a romantic story about Annalise and Vincent. Annalise is the beautiful daughter of a crime boss who only seeks a normal life with college and friends. Vincent is the big quiet guy who has been hired to be her body guard and follow her around. As the story develops, feelings of contempt change to like and then something stronger. Love blooms between these two lovers but secrets buried just below the surface may destroy everything. A well written l
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Charlie Latham
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tale of romance, love, desire, crime and going against the law, this is a real thriller of a book.

I loved this mix of genres the only thing more exciting than a love story is a love story between underworld figures, those that are normally hidden to the rest of us in society.

Annalise and Vincent are in some ways the exact opposite of each other and them coming together is intriguing to watch. Annalise is always super positive while Vincent focuses more on the dark sides of life. It’s interes
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Kristen
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Harsh takes an interesting look at clashing personalities and how our mood and outlook can affect both us and those around us. However, even that description is a bit emotional for how tense this book truly is. It is much more of an action story that combines some equally interesting elements.

While I found these elements to be a large theme, the story is an action drama that evaluates some interesting psychological questions. A great for those that want action, or those that want to get a bit p
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Archie
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Good Book!
An appealing story filled with two characters who are opposite, repelled but attract each other. The story is about Annalise, the daughter of mob boss, but she wants to distant herself away from that crime life and want to lead a normal college student lively life. But due to circumstances she has now Vincent, a body guard assigned who is almost opposite of her. The story revolves around them and the challenges they face as they get close to each other. The story flows quite well and h
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Vanessa
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being this is the first book I have read by this author. I went in with an open mind as I have been burned in the past as well as surprised. The author was able to paint such a vivid picture of the characters, of their chemistry and of the world surrounding them. We got a glimpse into their pasts. Making you even more invested in this book. A tale of forbidden love filled with lies, betrayal and so much sexiness.
Sabrina
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've read books by this author before and ive throughly enjoyed them.
This book though took me out of my usual reading genre. Its a mob/mafia story and i dont really care for that genre.
Putting that aside, i will say that this book is very well written and detailed. It flowed quite easily and it was quite manageable.
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Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When not writing, she’s a chauffeur, cook, maid, therapist, nurse, tutor, and stylist ...more
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