Hard To Love by Kendall Ryan

Hard to LoveCade’s always taken risks…

Cade takes cares of his sick younger sister by doing what he does best–cage fighting and starring in adult movies, his newest harebrained moneymaking scheme designed to pay for his sister’s growing medical bills. But when his latest gig finds him admitted to the ER sporting an erection from hell, thanks to the little pill given to him by the director, he can’t get the pretty little nurse who treated him out of his head, even though he knows she’s so far out of his league it should be illegal.

Alexa’s always played it safe…

Tired of being pigeonholed as the sweet, innocent one, hardworking nursing student Alexa has been looking for ways to break out of her Goody Two-shoes image. When her friend suggests the outlandish idea of losing her virginity to the sexy and sure-to-be-skilled porn star, Alexa is mortified. But then when Cade refuses her proposition, she finds herself pissed off and embarrassed. When she tracks him down to give him a piece of her mind, she isn’t prepared for what she finds. Watching him care for his little sister tugs at her heart, and suddenly it’s no longer just about losing her virginity, but about helping Cade. Because Lord help her, she might actually be falling for a porn star…

Review :

3.5 stars/5 stars

Found this book when I was reading the reviews at friend’s blog . It was intriguing, a nurse who attracted guy with not so common job. Whew… But it seems not too overly erotic but more like sweet romance. So I decided to get it go. And when I looking the review in GR, some friends had read it not they got positive response.

The first sentence totally capture the audience:

Dammit. I knew a four-hour erection wasn’t normal

Well well… what a great opening J. It started when the hero, Caden, got problem after take some pills because he got himself getting trouble to made himself “ready” for his first shoot. Yup, he was a new actor in the adult entertainment industry (somehow didn’t like to used the term p-o-r-n).  In the hospital (yeah, after 4 hours it was totally need medical attention for sure) she met with this beautiful nurse student,  Alexa. She quite captivated by the handsome patient and he also taken interest with her, but Cade knew the girl was way out of his league. Nothing happen after the first meeting but Alexa got curious and googl-ed him and just simply said that she was kind of stalked him. She was looking for his information and pictures which made her more and more intrigued.  Their different world – she was a rich girl, came from high class family, though she wasn’t a snob – heighten the curiosity.  She didn’t used with Cade type of man.

On Alexa birthday, she and her friends went to the bar and she met again with Cade. In her drunk state she was blabbing about her V status, yup an innocent heroine ladies. She wants to pop the cherry and her girl suggested to do the deed with him. Cade surprisingly felt quite protective and possessive for her, but he also knew their situation. He gave Alexa his address and said to her if she still interested, she could came.

The next day after struggling with mother hangover, Alexa came to Cade to rant out to him about the proposition. She felt little angry when realize Cade just being cynic and it was just only to challenged her. With a mind to turn down the offer he went to his home. How surprised Alexa was when she found a little girl with walker just came from school in Cade home. The little girl, Lily, was his sister who had spine problem so she couldn’t walk without help. And she was the reason why Cade doing his current profession. He was her sole guardian since few years before. With no parents and huge medical bill, Cade had to take care of both of them. This event was kind of open eyes moment for Alexa. Since that day their so called relationship begun.

How Cade job affect their relationship? Will they got their HEA despite the huge different world their live in?

I loved Cade. He was great hero. His love for Lily was sweet and so adorable. He sacrificed everything for her, even doing a job which he didn’t like. The adult entertainment industry was heavy burden to him, but he needed it for it’s huge payment. I didn’t felt to bother with his profession. Who I am to judge? Thankfully the author not reveal the darkness of those environment, basically she was just reveal the fun stuff – though there’s some scenes about the degraded of the world. And also Cade always express his distasteful of his own job, so in the end I felt like to rub his back and said “It’s going to be okay”. I mean, if people had a choices surely they wouldn’t got themself in the situation. Everyone want to be respected.

Alexa was loveable person, though she seems lack of backbone. But then I realize their age, 22 for Cade and 21 for Alexa, and  honestly I was surprised to realize this was new adult genre. Some emotional stuff the characters felt seem justified, it show when Alexa was totally  wrecked when they were broke up. Cade maturity was understandably, because since young age he had tons of responsibility.

The other characters was also likeable, especially Lily. She was cheerful and happy little girl despite her disability. Too perfect in my opinion, scratch that, all the characters seems to perfect, Alexa parents for example. Her mother described as a little snob – but it was little unrealistic how easy her parents acceptance toward Alexa and Caden relationship. Also about one of Alexa best friend who had feeling for her just lost the background and never created any problem whatsoever.

The romance between Caden and Alexa was sweet. I love the scene when three of them – Cade, Alexa and Lily – fall into domestic routine.  The bedroom scene – or couch scene, LOL – was totally hot but not overly explicit. The author  still keep up the romantic side and it made the scenes just wonderful.  I loved how open Cade with his feeling, how he admit to herself that he loved Alexa and she was worth all the effort. Nice to got the hero who didn’t made himself a martyr. I also love his nickname for Lex, cupcake. Ahhh so sweet…..

The story basically was great. It was very smooth, too good if I could said. The perfect characters made the story didn’t showed real conflict. Mostly the problem was about Cade and Alexa feeling and his job – though I must said that was huge problem for sure. But Alexa with her big heart basically was okay with it – yeah there’s tears and heartache along the way, but it still okay.

Overall the book was a nice and quick read. Enjoyable without any overload irritation moments for the reader. But again I guess not everyone was fine with the hero profession. Well, if you are a tolerant reader, gave yourself  time to read a sweet romance between Cade and his cupcake.

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