- Release Date
- November 2017
- Book 1 of Hard Play Series
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that'll leave you smiling…
Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.
Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.
And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.
As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn't destroy her heart.
Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Oct 30, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
67 people found the following review helpful
CHERISH HARD is my first venture into Nalini Singh's contemporary romance and I hadn't known at all what to expect, being familiar as I am only with her Psy-Changeling series. Having also not read Rock Hard, of which CHERISH HARD is an off-shoot or spin-off or at least a prequel to Gabriel Bishop's story, Sailor's and Ísa's story is nevertheless a standalone, which takes place a few years prior Gabe's book.
What I hadn't expected was a quirky style that's unlike Nalini Singh's driven, more epic world-building style found in the Psy-Changeling series, set in a cozy corner of Auckland as a ambitious landscaper pursues the woman he has in mind to the very end, with a whole lot of charm and sweetness. That younger man/older woman dynamic (or at least the stigma associated with it) is thankfully not drawn out too much; what the author chooses to expand upon is that their ages put them at different points in their life—Sailor is busy building on his ambitions and his business and presumably has no time for anything else, while Ísa is looking for stability and a family.
But while this is the main conflict that the whole narrative seems to be moving towards, the inevitability of a large blow-up and a temporary break-up as found in too many romances is actually staved off by 'adulting' behaviour: Sailor and Ísa confide their fears in each other, talk it out and stick together to the road ahead of them.
CHERISH HARD has made me want to check out Ms. Singh's other contemporary romances but this spin-off that she is doing of the Bishop brothers is one that I know I want more of already.
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