Hard to Handle

Jessica Lemmon
Hard to Handle
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Release Date
October 2013
Book 2 of Love in the Balance
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance


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 . . .


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?

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Sep 30, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
No one knows how long you will have the person you love. One day, they are with you; the next day, they might be gone. So enjoy them while you have them, show them that you love them and don't let one action keep you from telling them how much you love them. Tell them "I love you" as often as you can.

I really liked this book! I loved Aiden and his way of being. I loved what he did for his mom and even though his siblings didn't support what he did, he still did what his mother wanted. He truly was the strong one in his family. As for Sadie, I did like her but it seemed that she could not get over the fact that Aiden had ended their couple of dates, but it's not like he didn't want to be with her. I totally understand that she felt hurt and yes maybe he could have asked for her support rather than break her heart. He could have told his family the truth about his situation and that he was in love with another woman. Only that at that time, he was only thinking about his mother and what she was going through.

This story begins with Shane and Crickett's wedding and both Aiden Downey and Sadie Howard are in attendance. It's been about a year and they now find themselves facing each other for the first time since that dreadful phone call. My heart broke for both of them but I felt worse for Aiden maybe because of his situation and what he gave up for his mom. I felt bad for both of them for what they could have had, the amount of time they could have shared together, loving each other.

A little over a month after the wedding, Aiden and Sadie reconnected when she was trying to get a contract secured in order to be number one in the sales position at Midwest. Aiden is second in command at Axel's and he was trying to find a way to secure the purchase of Axel's and the satellite stores. When Aiden signed the contract, Sadie now has to work at Axel's until the very last part from their former supplier is sold. Now that they find themselves working together day in and day out, it was hard for them to not develop feelings for each other again, but then again the feelings never went away; they were just buried deep.

Sadie and Aiden went out a couple of times, and he finally opens up to Sadie about what he went though during his mom's illness. The financial difficulty he had, how his siblings blamed him for their mom not getting chemo. How he thought he let his mom die. This is where my tears streamed down my face; I felt so bad for him and what he went through and is still going through. Now this is where I stop and tell you that you need to read this book in order to figure out what happens next and find out what Sadie has been hiding about herself.

HARD TO HANDLE is a great read. Ms Lemmon's writing is fabulous and engaging; her writing style is clear and focused. The storyline is heartwarming, heartbreaking and charming; it had me smiling, laughing and crying. The dialogue is great and the characters are splendid. The pace of this story was a little slow in the beginning but in a good way because they were still feeling each other out, they were protecting their heart.

I loved Sadie's personality and how she just seemed to melt when she was with Aiden, just a touch or a kiss from him and she was in heaven. My heart broke for Aiden when he poured his heart out and she could not, but then when she was ready to declare her love, Aiden walked away.

I do have one minor complaint about this book and that is the situation between Aiden and his siblings. It seemed like they were okay in the epilogue but it was not clear. I wanted to know how or if they have resolved the problem. I did love how Aiden's father finally opens up about his wife's death. One last thing, the chemistry between Aiden and Sadie is smokin' hot and they truly deserved to be happy.

I highly recommend that everyone read this book. I certainly know that I plan to read the first book of this series and any other book that Ms Lemmon may write.
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