Oh my goodness! This was the first book I have ever read by Mira Lyn Kelly, but I can guarantee you it will not be the last. Hard Crush blew me away! From start to finish, this book was emotional, poignant, and so erotic I am surprised by Kindle didn’t spontaneously combust (because I know my panties sure did)! It’s been ten years since our heroine, Abby, walked away from the love of her life so that all of his dreams could come true. I freaking ADORED Abby! I can’t explain in enough words how highly I thought of her having given up her shot at happily-ever-after with her soul mate so the world could share in his brilliance. Abby is kind, sweet, and determined to live her life on her owns terms and most of all, she craves the family she never had as a child. She is so inspiring and amazing in her own right and she has the perfect blend of sense of humor mixed with compassion and understanding. As for Hank, he is just as perfect as Abby but with a special brand of sexiness only he can pull off. He knows how he has always felt about Abby and once he sees her again after a 10 year absence, he knows that she was the one thing in his life that made him feel complete. Hank is so hot, every single time he opened his mouth, I about fainted. I adore a nerdy but alpha man and Hank fits this description to a “T”. I love how he pursued Abby, not like a wrecking ball demolishing a building, but with a subtle grace that eventually swept her off her feet. The path to happily-ever-after was not easy. Nope, it was honestly gut-wrenching but every second I read, was a cherished second. The chemistry was like nothing I have ever imagined but the sheer emotion between Abby and Hank was what really put this book over the top. Let’s not forget the sex scenes. They were decadent and erotic. Make sure you keep water and a fan nearby, because that’s about the only thing that will cool you down. Overall, from start to finish, this book was sublime with no flaws, very little angst, wonderful secondary characters and a love that was so beautiful, everything else pales in comparison. My advice is to run, walk, skip, fly….whatever your mode of transportation, use it and buy this book. I for one will be getting my copy in print because it’s one of the best I have ever read and has earned it’s spot in my library right along with my other favorites. I can hardly wait to see what Ms. Kelly has in store for us next but I know I will definitely be looking for previous books written by her. 5 stars (but I’m giving it an extra 5 because it’s my blog and I can)!
close, so why can’t I push him away?
just like with hearing my name and holding her hand, the tactile sensation from the soft strands between my fingers stirs up memories I thought safely put to bed. It gives me ideas I shouldn’t be considering.
Abby whispers, quiet and confused. “What are you doing?”
kiss has my heart slamming against my ribs and fire racing through my veins.
our last, and I don’t want it to end.
against my lips.
one that isn’t still trapped in mine, is wrapped around my tie.
it goes too far, and hell, I know she’s right.
in a few months if this deal goes through.” And even if it doesn’t, there will be something else. There’s always something else.
understand until it was too late the first time around, but now I do.
fundamental difference between us hasn’t changed.
mouth and the world around us starts to slow. Because I know that look. I fucking love that look.
ear? Using that hold to tip her head back? Waiting until her heavy-lidded stare finds mine again?
can do much, much better.
line of control.
the old oak outside Abby’s bedroom window… when her parents were home. It’s the
part that swore up and down security wouldn’t notice if I let myself back into the lab at MIT after hours just to finish my experiment. And right now, it’s casually noting the parking lot is empty.
Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four amazing children and two ridiculous dogs provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running the kids around, she loves watching the Chicago Blackhawks and action/adventure movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her family and friends.