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Hard Place

(Hard to Love #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  413 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Cold. Callous. Cocky.

A total playboy with abs for days, a panty-melting smirk, and a face the gods themselves would be jealous of.

And he’s my new boss.

None of that matters, because as a single mom, men like Alexander Harding are the last thing I need. What I do need is this job, so I’m going to keep my head down, work hard, and avoid that asshole as much as humanly
Published (first published September 10th 2019)
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Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new series from Emily Goodwin, erm yes please give me them all now!

Harper is a single mum of twins. She is struggling to get by and when a new job with more money lands in her lap. She can’t turn down the opportunity. Her new boss is known as a playboy. Harper can admit he’s attractive but she never expected to have such good chemistry with him.

This is an office romance. Rich guy and a single mum. This is the start of a continuous series.

Harper and Alex were such good characters. Both have
Melanie (mells_view)
Yeah, I’m in a bit of a hard place right now, but I’ll figure it out.

Woah. I was not expecting that. Emily Goodwin, I think you may have given me an emotional heart attack. So basically Harper is a single mom of sweet twin girls. She’s struggling, but getting by with making lemons into lemonade. A promotion at work is just what she needs, but she ends up with a jerk boss. Alex is said jerk. He’s maybe mean and jerky for a reason. There’s also way more to him than meets the eye. This story is a
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4,5 / 5 stars

It's pretty clear to y'all by now how much I'm a sucker for the office / enemies to lovers combo, and this one had the single parent mixed in and OMG I adored it.

I really liked her Harper and I loved her litle girls and how much she loved them. I didn't like Alex in my first glimpse of him but once we got inside his head, little by little he completely won me over. I adore him and gosh I can't wait to see what will happen in Hard Truth, what he'll say, what he'll do. Gosh he
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I say I need more Office Romances in my life and behold my furry friends, Emily Goodwin delivers to me this gem, whew, I am beyond excited for this new Hard to Love series and Hard Place set the bar pretty high for me. As a huge fan of the Love is Messy series and the Dawson Family Series, it is definitely Emily's contemporary romances that tug at my heart every darn time, she is my top auto-buy author. So here we are, want to know what I loved?

I was beyond obsessed with Harper. For starters, I
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at 60%

All the wrong triggers. Don’t know why I pushed myself to try it anyways. Harper is a young mom of twins. Still no reveal at 60% on who/where of the baby daddy. She works to make ends meet and one fine day a promotion lands her to work for a different boss. The one with the big guns.

Alex is almost CEO to his dad’s company. Alex and his dad have serious beef cuz his dad slept around at work with his secretaries breaking his marriage to Alex’s mom. He was also an alcoholic and
Valerie Martin
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book! I fell in love with Harper immediately. I think any mom can easily relate to her parenting struggles and the REALNESS of motherhood. It's not always pretty. I set myself up to not like Alex, but he really is a good guy who happens to be dealing with personal "stuff." This just makes his character more relatable. I got so caught up in this book, I didn't realize I was at the end until it ended. Luckily book two isn't far away, I can't wait to see where that twist takes them. ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book but I wish there wasn't a cliffhanger or else I would've waited for the next book to be out already! I am the most impatient person ever.
Alexander Harding is Harper's new boss and I think Emily Goodwin has a good take on the "faking a relationship" trope with these two. She doesn't keep it simple with just that one factor. There's private school moms, twins with an unknown baby daddy as well as family drama.
I loved Alexander Harding but Harper wasn't as
Colleen  (The Book Lover Blog)
4.5 Stars
Hard Place was flirty, humorous, and just the slightest bit angsty.
It featured some of the following popular romance tropes:

Office Romance
Strong single Mom
Fake relationship

If you enjoy any or all of those tropes, you do not want to miss this charming read.

Emily really brought her characters to life. She gave them strengths, weaknesses, fears, flaws, and clear personalities. Harper was a lovable and relatable heroine. She was quirky, kind and caring in nature, and was
Vanessa (nessreads)
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

The start of this new series by Emily Goodwin is definitely just the beginning of what will become every bit addicting.

Harper is a single mom of twins. She’s struggling to get by and is trying her hardest to provide for her daughters. When a new job with better pay becomes available, she can’t turn down the opportunity to better her financial situation. Harper is such an amazing mom and will do everything she can for her daughters. She’s selfless, caring, quirky, kind and lovable. A
Lissanne Jones
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one (this ends in a cliffhanger). Harper Watson is a single mother to twin daughters and all she wants is to be able to give them the best life possible. When she's given an opportunity to get a pay rise by working as assistant to one of her company's bosses, she takes it - only to find Alex Harding is cold and unnerving to be around.

That is, until he starts to relax around her. Harper Watson is unlike any woman Alex has ever met. Most people
Rhonda Ziglar
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 HARD PLACE STARS!! OMG....what a way to start a new series. I read this book in one sitting. Alex is Harper's boss and a rich playboy that is not looking to settle down. These two have a tense relationship, but their chemistry is off the charts. Their story has all the feels and has you pulling for these two. That ending is killing me.....I need the next book Hard now.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hard Place is right, wow that ending. How Emily could leave us like that is not surprising but it has be just as excited for book 2. Alex and Harper had chemistry from the beginning and continuously fought on it, because of their work positions. This book spoke to me on so many levels because come from a single mom, so I've seen the struggle Harper goes through to make sure her twins have everything. It made me love her more as a character.

A slow, chemistry off the charts book. I can not wait
Wendy *cr8zysockbookblock*
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Oh My Gosh!! This book Y’all! Freakin Fantastic! It is the most magical inner- office/enemies to lovers/fake relationship of a single parent romance ever!! The office part added a forbidden aspect to it. Yum! So Flippin Awesome!! Harper and Alex’s story will turn even the most cynical of hearts into a gooey mess.

Let’s start with Harper. This amazing Gal, Y’all! She is spunky and beautiful and although she unexpectedly became pregnant with her twins at twenty years old and had to drop out of
Teralyn Mitchell
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received this ARC from the author and Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.*

I think by now it's no secret that I am a huge fan of almost everything Emily Goodwin writes. So when I learned she was writing a new romance series that was an office romance, I had to make sure I got an early copy and I read this book. I have to say I was not disappointed. I loved everything about Hard Place and the angst and slow-burn was everything. I loved Harper so much. She was so down to earth,
Skye Yanovsky
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hard Place (Book One in the Hard To Love Series) is a fast-paced enemies to lovers workplace romance. I always enjoy Emily and her amazing contemporary romances and I could not put this one down and devoured it in a few hours.
Harper is amazing. A young struggling single mother who is barely getting by financially but who loves her 5 year old twins more than life. You cannot help loving her, sympathizing for her and cheering her on. She’s strong, determined and always has a smile. When she gets
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harper is a single mother to twin girls, living paycheck to paycheck. So when she's offered a chance to move up, even just temporarily with a pay raise she jumps at the chance. Now personal assistant to Alexander Harper- cold, callous playboy. He doesn't like her- but the feeling is mutual. So what happens when Alex offers her an offer she can't refuse- despite the many warning signs she should? Spend a weekend pretending to be his girlfriend to give investors the illusion that Alex isn't the ...more
Dani /BBNT Blog
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To date, this may be one of my very favorite Emily Goodwin series. I rank it right up there with Luke and Lexi in Hot Mess and Twice Burned--as those have yet to be dethroned as my favorite by her.

Hard Place was an incredible story about a hardworking single mom who would do absolutely anything, literally anything, for her children. And a hard-a--, cold, rude, outwardly impenetrable businessman who believes in nothing more than work and a good time. Now, admittedly, single parents are my jam. I
Ga Books LoverX
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book by Emily Goodwin! I have read her dystopian romance series, but not one of her contemporary romances, and was pleasantly surprised with how good this book was-- I give it a 4.5 outta 5 stars!

Harper is a single mother of twin girls and it is hard. She gives everything for them, but living paycheck to paycheck is always a struggle, but she does it and does a freaking amazing job with it. When she gets a promotion to work under Alex, she believes he is a jerk and has a stick up his butt
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard Place is the first book of a new series. It has so many tropes that I love (single mom, enemies to lovers, office romance and a fake relationship).

Harper is an amazing heroine. She is a single mom to two twin girls, she is hard working and it is so easy to love her, to root for her. No matter what she always has a good attitude and will make lemonade with lemons. Alex is like an onion, there are many layers to him. He is a CEO, a great brother and uncle, but has a complicated relationship
Kari Hansen
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harper is a single mother whose five year old twin daughters are her world so although she struggles financially she wouldn’t change a thing. She would do anything for them and that includes accepting a promotion at work even if it means working for a man she would rather avoid.

There was never any question about Alex’s business skills, but it is reputation when it comes to his personal life that is causing waves. He may come across as arrogant but there is so much more to this man than first
Tania's Book Blog
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved Alex and Harper. Beautiful Harper was the single mom of adorable identical 5 year old girls. She’s dedicated her entire life to them. She hardly has any friends, social life etc. Her life revolves around those girls. Alex is a rich but broken. When him and Harper meet the first time it wasn’t the best impression. But joke was in high because the following day she finds out he’s her new boss and he finds out she’s his new assistant. It starts out rocky but then it has its moments. She ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story of a struggling single woman and her Cocky a-hole boss

Harper is a single mother of twins. She works hard to provide for her daughters, so when shes offered a massive promotion she cant say yes fast enough. What she didnt realize was what a jerk her boss was
Alex is broken. Growing up in a broken abusive home has made him jaded. He doesnt believe love is possible, he sure never had any growing up. Then he meets Harper. She starts to awaken feelings he didnt know he had.

This book is so
Jan Cassi
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard Place by Emily Goodwin was such a funny, sweet, and romantic read.
That sexual tension between Harper and Alex was off the charts. I loved how Alex tries to avoid his feelings for Harper, but they’re so strong that he can’t. I also loved how Alex once he decided to go for it, he went for it. He is the type of guy who would fight until he wins, and I love that.

I loved seeing Harper work so hard to give her daughters everything!!! Harper was so strong, she never gave up and kept going. I
Reva Dawn
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 stars in my books

The romance was a slow and delicious burn! Omg did the story deliver! I was near the end going omg theres going to be a book two because there we’re some bread crumbs i was like she hasn’t touched on this or this ....

I might be sad to wait for the next book but Im also so happy with this book. I love a different story and a different setting. It wasn’t just receptionist falls her bose it was so much more. ... I don’t even know if my ramblings make sense other then this id an
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Hard Place by Emily Goodwin is the First book in the Hard to Love Series. This starts the story of Alexander and Harper.
Harper is a struggling mom of two twin 5 year old daughters. So when a new job comes up but she will be having to work closely to Alexander a playboy boss who is sometimes hard to work with she goes for it. Harper's plan is to keep her head down and focused on her job with no plans to fall for him. But then Alexander has a plan to improve his image to seal a deal which
Messy Bun Book Blog
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So first of all I really enjoyed this book! I loved the slow burn between Harper & Alex more than I expected to! Their chemistry was off the charts, and I loved seeing them slowly open up to each other. With that said, I about DIED at the ending! I didn’t realize it was going to end on a cliffhanger!! GAHHHHHHHHH.
So I’ll just be over here and impatiently waiting to see what happens next for these two!
Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***
Hard Place is book one of Harper and Alex's story by Emily Goodwin. Its wonderfully written and has great character growth. I was immediately pulled into their story.

Harper is a single mum to two adorable little girls and she's a struggling financially. When a new job opportunity drops in her lap she grabs on with both hands. Alex is Harpers rich and sexy new boss hes also the love me and leave me type but when he meets Harper he begins to think that could have so much more.

A fantastic read and
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Didn’t realize it was a duet, not a fan of them
Paula Genereau
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. Emily has done it again. I fell in love with another great book of hers. I absolutely loved this story
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
It should clarify that it has A CLIFFHANGER ENDING. I wouldn't have read it if I had known.
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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

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