Boy and girl meet as teenagers living next door to each other. 10 years later they are grown with feelings for each other, but have kept those feelings to themselves. Then one night of a little too much alcohol for girl to drive and its boy to the rescue. That’s when things change for these two.

Corbin and Izabella have known each other since they were 15 and living next door to each other. Izabella also happens to be Corbin’s twin sister’s best friend. But that doesn’t stop either of them from having feelings for each other.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this work is that it wasn’t “insta-love”. Even though it’s a short novella (only about 70 pages) the back story makes it work that these two want each other and a life together. The characters are well rounded and likeable. I enjoyed their chemistry and the sex scenes were smoking hot.

A couple little things I didn’t like … but didn’t take away from the story. The first was their concern over messing up their friendship. While Izabella and Corbin’s sister were best friends, Corbin and Izabella weren’t all that close as adults. The second was the repetitive use of phrasing. While it wasn’t extreme and didn’t detract from the story, it was something I noticed.

Overall it was a well written story and worth the read.

Book Blurb for Hard

Corbin has been called many things: cocky, dirty, a manwhore. And he never denied any of them. He likes women, all shapes and sizes. But the one girl he wants, the one he's known for a decade, and the most genuine person he knows, is his sister's friend. Being with her would cross a line.

In the past Izabella has watched Corbin go through women like they were flavors of ice cream. And despite that she still wants him, but compared to the women he goes after she's as plain as they come.

But when she's stranded at a bar, she finds herself seeking out Corbin's help. Maybe it's the liquid courage, but she's not going to stop herself from being with him, not when he clearly wants her, as well.

The only problem is what will happen once morning comes?

Reader note: This is a 27,400k word story.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 3.50