Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance)
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Date of Publication: October 1, 2013
Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she’s bumping into him at every turn, driven to distraction by his wicked grin and rock-hard body. Now she can’t resist finishing what they started-as long as she doesn’t let herself fall in love . . .
TWICE AS TEMPTING
Aiden Downey threw away the best thing he ever had when he let Sadie go, and now he’s determined to win back the woman he’s always wanted. Sadie agrees to let him into her life-and her bed-as long as there are no strings attached. But Aiden’s not about to make the same mistake again. Can he convince her to take a second chance on a once-in-a-lifetime love?
I really enjoyed this book. Sadie’s in a bit of an unusual line of work (at least in my limited experience) for a woman – she’s a supplier of auto (esp. motorcycle) parts, or at least she sells for a company that supplies motorcycle parts to shops. She’s still all woman, very girly girly at times, but it’s a different career choice. She’s been relationship-shy her entire life, until Aiden the year before, and then, well, he dumped her (for a reason that seemed good at the time to him, but … not so much for her). And then he shows up at the chain of stores she’s trying to land, so she can get top sales-person for the quarter at her job. The sparks fly again.
Aiden is incredibly devoted to his family, having given up everything the year before to take care of his mother when she was diagnosed with cancer, needing end-of-life-type care. He made a not-so-great decision and blames himself for her dying. This angst/guilt was admirably wrapped up over the course of the book.
I fell in love with these guys, as they struggled to overcome the mistakes of the past and find their way back to each other. Aiden is never a typical asshat alpha male, and comes to realize sincerely where he screwed up when it came to Sadie. Sadie learns to trust her heart once again, though it takes a bit to do that. They both show some great growth as people (esp. Aiden as he deals with survivor’s guilt over his mother’s death) and I found nothing unbelievable about anything in this whole book. No eye-rolling moments at all.
I hope to see more by Ms. Lemmon in the future. Thanks to NetGalley and her publisher.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.