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Published by: Self Published
on August 31, 2016
Genres: Sports Romance
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Cade Hall has always been the golden boy of the gridiron. Because of his talent at football, coupled with his father’s wealth, he’s always gotten his way. But when a night of drunken debauchery lands him in hot water with the college athletic board, neither his influential father nor his charming grin can save him. He finds it a total buzz kill when he is sentenced to community service with troubled youth at an inner-city shelter. But his nightmare is only beginning when his greatest high school regret is the very one in charge of the program, and she has him by the balls in more ways than one.
For Avery Prescott, senior year was a nightmare of epic proportions, and Cade Hall played the lead villain. After she fled her small town for college in the bright lights of Atlanta, she thought she had escaped the painful memories of her past. She never could have imagined Cade would waltz through the door of the outreach program she presided over. But Avery has news for Cade--she isn’t the same shy, doormat of a girl she was in high school. Since she holds Cade's football future in her hands, she’s more than ready to make payback a real bitch.
Will the two stay in the defensive zone or discover that sometimes life's greatest lessons are learned the hard way?
I always enjoy the mix of sweet and sexy that Katie Ashley brings to the table. This second chance romance brought drama, angst, and heavy emotion to the forefront, leaving me turning the pages faster and faster. In addition to being a second chance at love romance, there is the sports romance aspect of THE HARD WAY. And you know I love me some sports romance! Ms. Ashley took it to a deeper level, and made me flip the switch on liking the hero of this story. Cade Hall was not an easy character to fall in love with. He was an arrogant and privileged asshole, who took everything for granted. If he wasn’t sweet-talking his way out of trouble, he had his daddy do it for him. It didn’t quite work out that way with his latest prank. He is finally being punished for his idiocy. His noteworthy charm will not get him out of working at the local inner-city shelter. There, his is forced to come to terms with his past and face the one he never forgot, Avery Prescott. Turns out, Avery also never forgot was Cade did to her in high school. Her heart was broken, and no amount of charm will be able to put it back together.
Cade and Avery has a hard journey ahead of them. Will they both stop playing defense long enough to get to the truth? Will these opposites attract in AND out of the bedroom? The hard road is a long one, but journey is one that romance readers everywhere will absolutely LOVE!
Katie Ashley will always be an ‘auto-buy’ author for me. No matter the genre, I am first in line to read her work. Her characters are complex, her storylines are always entertaining, and her writing is so amazing. The best part of reading THE HARD WAY was the growth of Cade Hall’s character. There was a moment when all my hatred for his character melted away, and became the hero that Ms. Ashley gives us time and time again.
New Adult and Sports Romance fans will simply fall head over heels in love with this book!