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Love Hard

(Hard Play #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,701 ratings  ·  452 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh brings you the next sizzling story in her Hard Play contemporary romance series…

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by TKA Distribution
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Isabella. R
4 Ruination Stars ⭐

Jacob Esera and Juliet Nelisi are adamant that they dislike each other.  Knowing each other since High School, it’s been years since they’ve seen one another.  Back then they had a buffer in a mutual friend Callie who they both loved dearly. With Callie’s passing, their animosity from their past continues to run rampant…

As a Rugby player, Jacob knows that his career is fleeting.  With the responsibility of a young daughter to care for, he leads a conservative and respectable l
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
A RUGBY ROMANCE FROM NALINI SINGH 😍 Jake and Juliet are so wholesome and soft and sweet. I just adored them! Review to come.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First, Jake was awesome, but the real star in Love Hard was Juliet. Man did Juliet win me over. Learning her story firmly placed me in her corner and I wanted her to have Jake so badly. She deserved a guy like him after everything she has been through. Add in an adorable little girl and I was a goner.

Jake really was an incredible hero. He is such a good dad and they way he protected Esme was incredibly sweet. When he turned that same protection on Juliet, I wanted to shout with joy for her. Seei
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

This is the first non-paranormal book I read by Nalini Singh. I just really got excited after reading the blurb. I absolutely love single parent romances, and I looked forward to this book. I will just get straight to the point and say that I enjoyed Love Hard. Jake is a great dad to his six-year-old daughter Esme. Juliet (Jules) is a strong and independent woman that has a lot of spunk. I loved her banter with Jake and I thought they made a great
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Juliet and Jacob knew each other in highschool but only tolerated each other for the sake of Calypso, Juliet's bestfriend and Jacob's girlfriend. When mutual friends bring them back together, Jacob is a now a single father and Juliet has managed to become vice president of a lingerie company. They get thrown even more together when Jacob's celebrity as
NAT.orious reads ☾
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 STARS ★★★✩✩
This book is for you if… you’re not letting your grand experience with the psy-changeling books tempt you to have high expectations for Nalini’s other worlds (I feel like an utter traitor even thinking it).

I am very sad to report that I have indeed come to the conclusion that Nalini's work outside the psy-changeling universe will probably never satisfy me in the ways I hoped, given how great and familiar this world is.

To explain what I do not like about this book,
Love Hard is a deliciously sweet and sexy romance about family and second chances.

Teenage Juliet Nelisi used her loner and bad-girl fame as a barrier. The Juliet the woman has a successful career, good friends and knows to stay away from men who one minute treat her like a queen and the next cheat on her. Especially famous men in the sports world. She never expect the sparks that ignited between her and the goodie two shoes who had been in love with her best friend years before.

After grievi
Sentranced Jem
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-2020
This was actually my first book by Nalini Singh. I know she's uber popular in the fantasy/PNR genre..A genre I LOVE so I don't know why I decided to start with a sports romance of all books....maybe because that is another trope I love?
Anyway, Love Hard wasn't my favourite sports romance to be honest but I like the way Singh write so I will definitely be checking out her PNR books for sure.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
I'm somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars for this one. Is this the best Nalini Singh out there? No, it's not, but honestly... I've pretty much never read a book from her where I didn't have a good time, and this is no exception. It's simply that when an author's body of work is so strong, it's hard to stand out in the crowd! That said, I absolutely loved opening the book with Charlie & Gabe's wedding (it was like seeing an extended extra epilogue & I swooned), and I quickly got on board with Jules ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
AHH!! I have loved reading about the Esera brothers and could not wait to read Jake's story. His connection with Juliet was so fiery. I loved their "frenemies" to lovers romance and how sexy it was. It was high in snappy banter, explosive chemistry and very low in angst. This was just an emotionally sweet story full of swoons. I could not get enough. 

Jacob “Golden Boy” Esera and Juliet “Bad Influence” Nelisi have always had a complicated relationship. They were neither friends nor enemies in hig
Lover of Romance
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Tka Distribution in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Love Hard is the third installment in the latest contemporary series by the talented Nalini Singh and I honestly adored this book. I was pretty on the shelf about it beforehand however, it really gobbled my attention up very quickly which I wasn't expecting as much as it did. I do get
Amy Imogene Reads
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

My sister begged me to nab an early copy of Nalini Singh's latest romance featuring her cast of rugby stars in New Zeeland, and I found myself pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this family sports romance.

Pacing: ★★★
Romance: ★★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★

Love Hard comes out on March 10, 2020!

Now, I know I just said my sister begged me to request this and read it on her behalf, but I was also a bit intrigued myself. Nalini Singh is the author of one of my favorite paranormal romance series
Love Hard is a friends to lovers romance. The main characters Jake and Juliet have known each other since high school and because Jake dated Juliet’s best friend Calypso. Their relationship resulted in an unplanned pregnancy. Flash forward to Jake being a single father but a very amazing father to his daughter Esme.
When Jake and Juliet meet again at his brother’s wedding they still push each other’s buttons just as they did when they were kids.

I liked Jake and Juliet but it took me a long time t
The title of this review is Squee Hard. 😛

Unlike most, I became a fan of Nalini Singh through her Rock Kiss series and Rock Hard, Charlie and Gabriel’s story, was my absolute favorite of the 4.5 books (and 4 short stories). So, when I started reading Love Hard, I was giddy with delight at finding the first part to be set during the mouse and her T-Rex’s wedding.

Before I proceed, let me say this. You CAN read Love Hard as a stand-alone. DON'T. You’ll say there are too many characters. You’ll com
If you’ve been following my reviews, you know I’m more of an escapism reader so I am a big fan of Nalini Singh’s past works. Reading a contemporary romance isn’t beyond my comfort zone so when I saw Love Hard, I jumped at the chance to read Singh’s take on the contemporary sports romance genre … and I was not disappointed.

Love Hard has relatable, likable characters with an absolutely swoon worth romance. It was a delight watching Jake fall for Juliet. Did I mention, Swoon Worth, it is worth rep
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3 to 3.5 stars. Quite a nice story, particularly the first half or so. There was a long opening scene at the wedding of Charlie and Gabriel from Rock Hard, which was nice. This book is about Jake, one of Gabriel's younger brothers, and he's another rugby star.

The heroine was quite feisty and full of personality. Sadly in the later part of the book she seemed to morph into a fairly bland same-old-same-old character. Similarly for the hero. He was stern and humourless and nicely grumpy, but he to
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I've been itching to read a Nalini Singh contemporary romance for quite a while now. She's one of those authors whose books I always hear other readers rave about, but I've not made the effort to really explore for myself. Well, no more! I'm ready to explore. Especially if the others are anything like Love Hard.

There isn't much that can make walking in the summer heat and humidity enjoyable, but the Love Hard audiobook did just that. I actu
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of Love Hard. That has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*

Oh my goodness! Jake and Jules took my heart by surprise, and they took it hard. Love Hard was an amazing story.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nalini Singh's contemporaries (though is it only those, idk) have always been very hit-and-miss for me, so there's no surprises here. Everything is so neatly arranged that there's no interesting conflict or surprises here. I don't really understand why this wasn't a novella, to be honest. Eh. I guess it was an okay background to home cleaning. ...more
Lana لانا  (Bibliomedico)
Unfortunately , this book didn't work for me ..
I couldn't finish it

The author's writing style was actually pretty good , but I couldn't connect with the Story ..
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hate-to-love romances are a fave of mine, all that heightened tension and conflict as the characters struggle to stay emotionally distant while physically craving each other makes for an unputdownable read in my book, and few authors know how to create off-the-charts chemistry like Nalini Singh does. Set in New Zealand, the hero is a star rugby player and single dad to an adorable toddler, while the heroine is his late wife's best friend. Their paths cross at his brother's wedding, but fate then ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Love Hard is another enjoyable, entertaining contemporary romance from one of my favorite authors. I love getting back to the Esera-Bishop clan and that story opens with the wedding of Gabe and Charlotte, bringing back several past characters, including the pair that kicked off the Rock Kiss / Hard Play series, Molly and Fox. It is a great “reintroduction” to the clan and series after the previous book was about a couple outside the family.

Juliet, aka Jules, and Jacob, aka Jake, went to school
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
I adored Rock Hard, Gabriel Esera and Charlotte Baird’s story, and was delighted to find the opening scene to Love Hard was their wedding day. By the time I tapped the final page, I realized it was the novel’s best, most vibrant one, with droll moments and full of affection, fun, and family high-jinks. The Eseras are QUITE the clan. We are introduced to hero and heroine as they take their places as groomsman and one of many maidens of honour. They are Jacob Esera, Gabriel’s rugby-star younger br ...more
Lynsey A
Very enjoyable read. Very sweet too. Nalini does such a good job with sweet. Jake was protective and I loved that. Loved seeing Charlie and Gabe. Their wedding was absolutely beautiful! Definitely recommend.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh this was such a lovely book in a wonderful series. I am not a fan of rugby (although I am a rugby widow at various parts of the year, since my husband loves the game so much!), but I am a huge fan of the big, warm, inclusive family at the heart of most of these books. I love the way that the spiky, strong, fabulous heroine gets embraced by all of them in this story - at one point, she realizes that she's falling in love with Jake's family as well as with him, and I loved the whole experie ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

If you've been reading romance for a while, then you know the legend that is Nalini Singh. While everyone is head over heels in love with her urban fantasy/paranormal series, I have a softer spot for her contemporary romances. They are all about the characters and the achingly swoony romances that develop between them. Reading Love Hard was the perfect way to spend a relaxing day for me and no, I'm not just saying that because the male love interest of this book is a single father a.k.a my roman
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Hard
Hard Play Series #3
Nalini Singh
Release date 03/10/2020
Publisher TKD Distribution

Blurb :

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a t
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nalini Singh is my go-to author for paranormal romance but it seems that I love her contemporary romance writing style too. Love Hard is an enemies/friends to lovers story with a feisty heroine and a serious single dad that explode together in and out of the bedroom.

Jake has a loving family, a great athletic career as a rugby player and an adorable little daughter. He might have lost his mom's kid but he is content with his li
He's a star on the rugby field but Jacob Esera's main focus has always been his family, especially his six-year-old daughter Esme. Jake has been a single father since his childhood sweetheart Callie died not long after Esme was born and it hasn't been easy but with the help of his family he's made it work and become a wonderful father. He's been so focused on Esme that he's forgotten how to unwind and have fun as an adult so when Juliet comes barrelling back into his life she's like a breath of ...more
Leena Aluru
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I never thought I would be reading a ripoff an iconic Bollywood teen love story -KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI starring Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee. So,Raj,Anjali and Tina are now Co, Juliet and Calypso .

It's a good book, strong mcs, with equally strong support characters. The strong family bond runs through without it being overt or nauseous.

I truly loved :

❣the gear shift in the story bringing in a very plausible twist.
❣Jake and Jules make a lovely supportive 💕 couple .
❣the importance to ed
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