Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Hard Love by Joanne Schwehm

Title: Hard Love
Author: Joanne Schwehm
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Book Description:

Noah Winston’s life was perfect. He had it all: striking looks, more money than he could ever spend, good friends, and any woman he wanted. 

Margo Perry’s life wasn’t perfect, but it was her own. She didn’t need a man to make her happy or feel better about herself. 

Then he saw her – a gorgeous, rain-soaked stranger – but she wasn’t a stranger at all. They’d known each other a lifetime ago, when she was just a girl. Now, she was all woman.

Then it happened. The man she had spent her teenage years lusting over rescued her on a bleak yet fateful day. There he was, straight out of her dreams, looking better now than he had years ago.

The more time he spent with her, the more he questioned everything he knew.

The more time she spent with him, the more those old feelings resurfaced and grew stronger.

Too bad it only took one night, a few words, and a terrible decision, to ruin it all.

Too bad it was too good to be true.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“…love isn’t perfect. It isn’t always easy; it’s hard.”

Joanne Schwehm has never failed to deliver a book that I have inhaled from start to finish. This author has the knack of enveloping me in her stories and her characters from the get go and not letting me go until the end, and Hard Love was no different. Unrequited love is a bitch and when you are a teenager, crushing on your big brother’s best friend, it feels like your life is ending. That first love, that unforgettable first love, that all-consuming first love. Now all grown up and an independent woman, what happens when big brothers best friend, meets best friend’s little sister? An insanely hot, passionate, all-consuming love story that had me turning pages quicker than was humanly possible. I adored this book.

“…because to break something, it needs to be whole, and we never really were. I was living a fantasy, a great one, but one that I allowed myself to get wrapped up in. You…gave me what you could, for which I’ll always be grateful. And right now, it’s enough, it truly is. But the reason people are in a relationship is for it to grow into a life spent loving each other, and that’s what I want.”

Margo Perry is stepping out on her own, away from the family business and doing what she has always believed in, fashion. Having travelled the fashion capitals of the world she is now back in New York setting up her own business as a fashion consultant to the rich and famous. It is baby steps, but Margo has passion and determination and I loved this about her. Margo’s Hard Love was Noah Winston and since that “crush” no-one has come close or filled the void that he left. Now with a hectic work schedule, romance was the last thing on Margo’s mind.

Noah Winston is a billionaire and New York’s most eligible bachelor. Noah is insanely hot, yet he is grounded, his wealth has not affected his morals or his scruples and he was an all-round good guy. Noah’s Hard Love was the effect that his parent’s broken marriage had had on him and also the notorious gold diggers. Noah had shied away from relationships never knowing any woman’s true intentions, did they love him, or his money?

A reunion in the rain is where these two cross paths once and again and now that their six-year age gap means very little it seems Margo’s unrequited love may not have been all that unrequited as she thought. Margo is hesitant and reticent, the hurt of Noah’s rejection all those years ago still painfully raw, but Noah has perseverance and it is the thrill of this chase that made this book for me.

“We’re not going to fuck. Instead, I plan to savor every inch of your body. I’m falling for you, Margo, and tonight, I’m going to show you just how much.”

This was all about second chances, loving someone for who they are, not what they can do for you. Finding that one person that understands you, that loves you and just wants to be with you, just to be near. That intense connection, both in and out of the sheets and being with that one person that makes you want to fight for it, no matter how hard the ride.

“If you love the man you were just chanting about, don’t let him go. True love doesn’t come along every day, and just because it isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it isn’t right. Life isn’t flawless, but it’s what we make of it…”

Hard Love was an honest romance, one that draws you in and slowly fills you up, no cliché alpha billionaires, just a beautiful second chance romance that went against the stereotypes that I seem to consistently read about. It was refreshing. With fantastic character connection, great dialogue, some hilarious banter, this book had a little of everything that made it a fantastic all-round fabulous read. Loved it.

What Others are Saying:

"True to the title,love is hard. It's fragile and delicate, and how you come through in the end is what makes the journey worth it. Hard Love takes you on just that kind of journey. A must read."A.M.Madden, USA Today Bestselling Author

"I love conflict and stomach plummeting moments. This one checks off all my boxes!" - Lisa Kane, Three Chicks and Their Books

"It's been awhile since I read a book in one sitting, but once I started Hard Love, I couldn't put it down. Margo and Noah's story was sweet, hot, romantic, heart-breaking and absolute perfection." Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling Author.

"The author took me on a journey from past to present, from lust to love, and from want to need." - Rosa Sharon, iScream Book Blog

"I found myself thinking about this book when I had to put it down. I was consumed immediately with this story. I love the storyline. I love these two together." - Karie Puskas, Panty Dropping Book Blog

"I just couldn't put it down. And that's the magic of a good book, it will wrap you up in the story and the characters and it will hypnotize you until the point you become one with them." - Janett,The Pleasure of Reading Book Blog
About the Author:

Joanne is a mother and wife and loves spending time with her family. She’s an avid sports watcher and enjoys the occasional round of golf.

She loves to write and read romance. Joanne believes everyone should have romance in their lives and hopes her books bring joy and happiness to readers who enjoy modern day fairy tales and breathless moments.

She is an independent romance author and has written several contemporary romance novels, including The Prescott Series, Ryker, A Heart’s Forgiveness, The Critic and The Chance Series. Joanne is a published author with EverAfter Romance and is represented by Brower Literary Agency. 

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