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The Hardest Hit

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  657 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Melanie Holstein is the woman I let slip right through my fingertips.

One night in Vegas with the fiery woman that gave as good as she got was enough for me to know that she’s the one.

Except for a few small problems.
I’m Aiden Shaw, the star quarterback for a team that’s nine hundred miles away from her home in Atlanta.
She doesn’t want kids and I have three rowdy boys that t
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published September 5th 2019 (first published 2019)
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Aly Martinez
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Mel and Aiden together. This one pulled at all the right heartstrings. Loved it.
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Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
If you have read The Hardest Route, you may remember meeting both Melissa and Aiden. This story overlaps parts of the previous one and it was really cool now to realise what was happening between them was playing out in the background in front of my eyes without me realising so.

Aiden and Melissa met at the same time Griffin and Brooke did. They shared a fun night together, promised to stay in touch and kind of did off and on over about seven years. After the first time Aiden met Mel, his life be
Sentranced Jem
well I'll be damned. The Hardest Hit wasn't at all what I expected.
I have a confession to make, I don't like reading romance novels with age-gaps where the heroine is older than the hero but A.S. Teague may have converted me. I never thought I would see the day where I would change my mind about it but here I am.

This is the second book from the series, my second book by this author and I have loved both.


Mel and Aiden's story is one I will revisit again. Their story is one of missed opportuniti
I loved book 1 but I just KNOW Aiden and his immaturity is going to piss me off royally.... Somebody help me with safety please? Was he a manwhore? I got a giant whiff of manwhoring and snide disrespectful comments that'd bring out my inner shemon! Somebody help me out please? ...more
Zilpha Owens
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Melanie Holstein could have been a real doormat, but she was a strong self-assured woman with a heart of gold. I liked her maturity and approach. It took me considerably longer to warm up to Aiden Shaw, but his bits of vulnerability convinced me he was worth giving another try.

I really liked the premise for this story - age gap, sports, missed connection. My luck with books lately hasn’t been the greatest and this one started out no differently. The excuses and lack of communication was just ir
L.K. Farlow
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fall in love with single father, Aiden Shaw and the one woman that slipped through his fingers.

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But the chemistry between Mel and Aiden could never be forgotten.

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A.S. Teague brings the feels with this one, y'all. The Hardest Hit is the kind of book that sinks its claws into your heart and doesn't let go. Five well-earned stars from me.
Stacie R.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To say that Mel and Aiden were always just one missed connection away would be an understatement. The two met in Vegas, but the saying ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ was something that Aiden just couldn’t stick with. However, life got in the way for both Aiden and Mel, until Aiden is dealt a devastating blow. Mel is the first person there to help him work through this, and she is determined to help him. Will luck finally be on their side, or will another hit derail them for good?

I am so
Thuy Taylor
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aiden and Mel met one night in Vegas. One connection, few hours spent laughing and getting to know each other pretty much sealed their fate together without them saying it out loud. But, they live in opposite directions, and both have busy lives so keeping in touch becomes hard. Aiden is a famous football player, pressures of football and being a wonderful single father. But, he never ever forgets Mel. He's always kept her in the forefront of his mind. She is the one that got away. Their timing ...more
Vanessa (nessreads)
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 “Tell me a secret” Stars

I’m so in my feels. I had no idea I’d be feeling so much. I obviously didn’t know what to expect, but oh my gosh this story definitely evoked all kinds of emotions.

Mel and Aiden met in Vegas, but the saying ‘What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas’ isn’t something Aiden could sit with. It was evident from the moment Mel and Aiden’s eyes caught from across the room the attraction was undeniable. And maybe that one night was all that was meant to be, because the timing wa
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
The Hardest Hit did hit me hard! The story felt real to me, the emotion and challenges were well written by author A.S Teague. The notion that love conquers all isn't always true, life is more complicated than that. The Hardest Hit explores how loving someone can require hard work

This story is about a guy and a girl who are never able to be in the right place at the right time. It is a love story which spans almost a decade, giving it a feel of reality, rather than the fiction of an insta-love.
2OCC Reviews
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marie
The Hardest Hit evokes all kinds of emotions while reading this excellent story from A.S. Teague. The author has given us a story of love found, that keeps getting lost in the complexities of life. Aiden and Mel’s story is difficult to read at times, fun and exciting with anticipation at others and downright heartbreaking at one point.

I think the thing that drew me into this book the most was the expectation of the growing relationship between Aiden and Mel. I was so charmed by their story that
We Like them Dark Book Blog
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-x1f5a4
Ahhhh Mel and Aiden we’re seriously AWESOME. I absolutely adored Mel-she was hurt so many times over and over yet she still picked herself back up each and every time and became even fiercer and independent than before. Aiden was definitely tortured-he wanted what was never right at the time for him, and you could really feel it in your bones how hurt he was from the whole situation. I wanted to truly shake him at times, but everything flowed together so great, and this author perfected their lo ...more
Cassidy (cassidyreads)
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The angst is so REAL in this story but I was eating up every moment of this story! I absolutely loved Mel and Aiden since their first interaction in Vegas. This story had everything, single dad✔️ football✔️ angst✔️ chemistry ✔️ and drama✔️ This story was a huge page turner and I never wanted to put it down. I couldn’t wait for things to work out in Mel and Aiden’s favor, but all the turn of events definitely kept me reading more! Their connection and chemistry was off the charts even after years ...more
Anne OK
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A direct arrow to the heart! Mel and Aiden -- whew! It took a loooooooong time before they finally got it right . . . and at times I really wanted to give up on both of them. But there was always that little voice saying these two were a match made in heaven. Older woman, younger man -- but the age wasn't a problem for them or me. I loved the addition of kiddos and Sandy, the maid!

A sports-romance with a great cast of characters and a little drama and angst to keep readers turning the pages.
Ty Morgan
***4 stars***

A story about missed connection and finding each other after many years apart.

It took a bit of time for me to get into the story and the feel for the characters, but eventually I did start warming up to them. It was a sweet, slowburn romance book. I do have a special love for sports romance books and this did not disappoint.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I’ve been on my knees for you since the first time I saw you”

4 stars!

This is a great read. A sweet, dramatic, heartfelt and slow-burning love story between an NFL superstar and single father, and the one who got away.

Although it’s not flagged as being part of a series, please note that this book is a follow on from The Hardest Route, featuring previously introduced characters and focussing on the same group of friends with quite a bit of crossover.

Eight years ago, Aiden and Mel met in Las Vega
Reads & Reviews
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was by pure luck that I stumbled upon A.S. Teague and this book. Thanks to an offer to read and review The Hardest Hit, I've now added a new author to my favorites list. After binging both books in this series over the holiday weekend, I'm eager to read all of Teague's books.

Why? Because she just gets it. Mel and Aiden are fantastic characters. Teague brought them to life in The Hardest Route (which is a companion novel, not necessary to read first-but reading both of these books in order re
Eileen Robinson
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-reads
They meet in Vegas, he’s a young quarterback superstar, she’s an older women, secure and established in her career. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas right? I was really intrigued by this book and was totally looking forward to the fireworks. After their amazing connection, the next 7, 8, 9 years this couple spend time either failing to meet for arranged dates or seeing each other socially with other friends and always missing their chance to be together because of other life commitments. I r ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) The Hardest Hit by A S Teague was a sports romance that took me a couple of chapters to get into but once I did I had to know how it ended. Melanie and Aiden meet one night in Vegas and the sparks are instant. Their 8 year age gap and the fact that they live across the country from each other isn’t the thing that keeps them apart though. With a series of ill-timed moments throughout their years connected they just can’t seem to get it together but once they do I couldn’t stop turning ...more
Curtis E Evans
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do we ever know when our next surprise is going to spring up? Of course not, because surprises are as much a part of life as breathing, eating and being alive. No matter what life hits us with, we are bound and destined to address and resolve each issue in one way or another. Emotional, physical, mental, does not matter the hits will keep on coming. But what is The Hardest Hit? AS Teague, you have spun a web of interest and challenge that left me speechless. I could not turn the pages fast enoug ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Mel and Aiden won me over early in the book. Even though I could feel Mel's frustration with Aiden, I still felt their connection and their desire to be together was strong enough I never doubted how the book would end. Their journey was rough, but their love was stronger. I felt the emotions of both characters so strongly. I wanted to be their best friend and confidante. I wanted to strangle them and I wanted to hug them. I really bought into this book and enjoyed it from pa
Jessica Cox
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really fantastic sports romance that has a single dad that loves his boys so much and always puts them first even ahead of his own needs.
Aiden Shaw is the quarterback for Green Bay he has everything he needs he is on top of his game, he has his boys, and he has the confidence to make everything to go his way.
What he doesn't have is the one women he always wanted Melanie Holstein, Mel has been just out of reach for 7 years. They met one night in Vegas and have texted or met up but some
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. This book was everything I had hoped and more. I had been dying to find out what happened to Aiden and Mel since I finished The Hardest Route, and it did not disappoint.
Aiden cracks me up, but a couple of times he had me screaming inside with frustration.
Mel might be one of my favorite characters of all time. She is the perfect amount of sweet, sassy, and taking no crap from anyone.
I really want to know if Allie got her Christmas wish... 😂🤣
There were several parts in this story th
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Hardest Hit by A.S. Teague is a full length, standalone novel. A heart- warming slow burn. The story spans years and Melanie and Aiden bothntake theri sweet time. The time seems never right for them and some things are simply don't meant to be, it seems.
But when tragedy strikes all bets are off and both come to their senses.
The Hardest Hit is a book that I read in one sitting. I had to know what happens to the characters and I was on the edge of my seat, I was so rooting for A and M.
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Heather M. Orgeron
Fall in love with single father, Aiden Shaw and the one woman that slipped through his fingers.

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But the chemistry between Mel and Aiden could never be forgotten.

Read for FREE in KU!
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been waiting anxiously for Mel and Aiden’s story since they were introduced in The Hardest Route. You knew right off the bat that these two belonged together but circumstances kept them apart for too long. It was so frustrating but I’m glad they finally got their HEA.
Emma Johnston
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story. I laughed and cried, but Aiden and Mel were the perfect couple!

Definitely going to check out .more by AS Teague
Anne Milne
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The storyline and characters felt so relatable with realistic situations. An amazing single dad and the cutest little boys.
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“We’ve always had this cosmic pull between us. We’ve swapped secrets for years. I’ve told him stuff that no one else knows.”
Her browns shot up.
“Even you. I’ve told him things even you don’t know. I dunno. He’s always just felt… God, I don’t know the word to describe it.”
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