Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#ReleaseDayBlitz and #ARCBookReview: Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh



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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…



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CHERISH HARD
A Hard Play Novel by Nalini Singh


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.

ARC Book Review:

Cherish Hard is the latest romance novel from the New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh where she takes us to Sailor Bishop and Isa Rain, both fighting past demons that push them to succeed in fulfilling their dreams and thus, proving themselves better but who also crave true love.


Sailor and Isa met years ago at a college party where no introductions were made but Sailor never forgot the girl with moonlight skin and red hair who had run away and vanished into the night. Now years later, when he meets her again, he is determined to make her his own and will make any number of adjustments to keep her in his life. But what happens when there are more reasons why their love story will not work than why it will work?


We first met Sailor Bishop in Rock Hard which is the story of his elder brother, Gabriel Bishop and I loved him. Eagerly waiting to read his story, I jumped at the chance to read an ARC copy before release. Cherish Hard takes us back in time to narrate Sailor's love story. Intense, gritty and brutally honest, this romance had me sitting up and cheering for the protagonists who inspire us to fight for love even when things get difficult and we have to risk choosing between long worked for things or a life of love that may or may not work out.


Nalini Singh's fluid, vivid and crisp narration had me going places with the characters evolving right in front of eyes. I felt a part of the story throughout and sat glued right till the end totally invested in the developments in the story.


I don't particularly like explicit intimate scenes but often times bear through them if they seem relevant to the story or more times than I care to count, I skip through the said scenes but with Nalini, these scenes don't look artificial or forced. They are emotionally charged that look absolutely natural and leave readers comfortable imagining them because they feel a part of the story, of the characters' lives!


The contrast in the family dynamics of the protagonists effortlessly brings to light the many issues that prevail in families and had me feeling thankful for my own loving one.


Sailor has become my favourite hero. He is responsible, heroic, charming, loyal and just the right amount of possessive. I loved his determination to succeed in his career and also cherish his love for Isa. He proved that anything is possible if we are willing enough to try.


Isa is a strong woman and I loved her loyalty and unconditional love for her family. The chemistry between Sailor and Isa is hot and charged. I loved this pair and am eager to revisit this cool couple when I get to read Isa's friend, Rayna's story (I am hoping I get her story soon).


Despite all the plus points of this book, I felt the ending happened a little too abruptly. I wanted to see the closure to Isa and Sailor's dreams and see them ease into their HEA rather than jump forward to see them all cheery with a vague idea how it all happened.


All in all, Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh is a fun, sexy and very entertaining romance that not only had me swooning, giggling and rooting for this hot pair but also wiping off tears as I followed them on their journey of a happily-ever-after. 4 stars out of 5 to it from me. I am taking away one star just because of the gap I felt towards the end.



Looking forward to reading more books in this series from her, I recommend Cherish Hard to all romance readers above the age of eighteen. I have become a huge fan of Nalini Singh's writing and highly recommend this author to everyone.


I received an ARC from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


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Excerpt from CHERISH HARD by
Nalini Singh


ÍSA WONDERED WHAT THE HELL she was doing.
Being a devil woman, she reminded herself. Having fun for a change. Not being a grandma at twenty-eight years of age.
Still, she couldn’t stop second-guessing herself as Sailor led her out of the house through a side entrance that opened out into a small, manicured garden. “I’ll have to take off my heels,” she whispered when she saw the pebbled path snaking through the garden.
“Want a piggyback ride?” A playful grin. “I promise not to molest your thighs.”
Goose bumps broke out over Ísa’s skin, her nipples tight. Reckless as she was feeling tonight, she might just have taken him up on his offer if she hadn’t been worried her damn dress would split in two. “Maybe when we’re naked,” she said instead, Devil Ísa in full flower.
Groaning, he doubled over as if she’d punched him.
Her lips twitching despite the melting sexual heat liquefying her bones, she leaned down to slip off her heels.
Sailor waited, his hand firm around hers, until she was done. Taking the heels from her, he carried them in his other hand as Ísa padded beside him on the grass that lay on this side of the pebbled path. The path ended at a weathered wooden gate, which, when opened, put them at the top of a narrow walkway that led down onto a beach Ísa couldn’t yet see but could hear.
Her heart crashed in time with the waves as they made their way down to the beach while the mansion behind them pulsed with light and music. But she didn’t turn and run away, she didn’t stop and talk herself out of it, she didn’t attempt to be a sensible adult. She followed a gorgeous, blue-eyed man down a dirt pathway to an effectively private beach.
The sand that had been tracked onto the path was gritty under her feet, the air coming off the sea cool but not cold.
“The water’s going to be icy, isn’t it?” she whispered to his broad back.
“Don’t worry, spitfire. I’ll keep you warm,” was the deep-voiced response. “Stop here.” Jumping down to the beach, he reached up to grab her by the waist, swinging her down as if she were a featherweight.
Something fluffy and mushy came to life inside Ísa. “Here?”
Shaking his head, he said, “Raj told me there’s like a little cove area—not a proper cove, but caused by— There.”
Ísa saw it at once. A huge tree had fallen into the water at some point and smashed up against some rocks where it appeared to be stuck. Between the jutting rocks on either side and the fallen trunk was a naturally created pool. The water within it was pretty calm, and it looked as if they could get to it by clambering over some rocks that didn’t appear too sharp or slippery.
Of course, she’d be walking over those rocks naked.
Ísa looked up at the moon. Imagined it shining on the stark white of her body. Gulped. “Will you close your eyes while I go in the water?” Even Devil Ísa wasn’t up for blinding him with her glow-in-the-dark form.
A glance back. “What’re you going to bribe me with?”
Ísa scowled. “Not pushing you into the water right now.” It was a toothless threat given his muscles and her lack of them.
Rubbing his jaw, he said, “Three tongue kisses. That’s my price, and I’m not budging.”
Ísa wanted to pounce on him all over again. “Two,” she countered.
“Nuh-uh. Three. Or I’m keeping both eyes wide open.” Leaning in, he pressed his nose to hers. “I really want to keep my eyes wide open.”
And Ísa really wanted to kiss him and run her hands all over that sculpted chest. “Three,” she whispered.


Copyright © 2017 by Nalini Singh


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Author Information
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Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.


If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.


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