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Hard Pass - Sara Ney


“Hard pass.”

That’s what the last girl I slept with said when she got her first sober glimpse of me. She laughed, walked out of my penthouse—and I never saw her again. It doesn’t matter that I’m a rich, professional athlete; what mattered was my face. Beauty might only be skin deep for some—but I know better.

“Pay up.”

That’s what the last girl I spoke to said over the phone when I made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Desperate to sell a set of rare baseball cards, she’s clever and entertaining. I’m instantly smitten, but nowhere ready to reveal myself. Thank god she has no idea who I am—or what I look like.

I’m a professional athlete--how hard can playing the love game be?


I haven't found a lot of books by Sara Ney that I've liked, but the blurb of this one seemed interesting enough to pick up. I mean a nice shy jock who's been burned before? Yes please!

I like them bad boy romances like every other person, but there's something charming and soothing about reading a 'nice guy' romance.

This book is about Noah who's a major league professional baseball player. Miranda is looking to accrue capital to start her business. She has these legendary baseball cards that cost a fortune left by her grandfather. She proceeds to sell them to earn cash for her business. This is how our leads meet. A couple of fake identities later they find themselves falling for each other.

To be honest, I didn't love this book as I'd hoped. I was anticipating something else from the story. It starts off great, the banter and humor was good.

What I didn't enjoy reading about was Noah's repeated insecurities. And considering this was the main issue dealt with in this book, basically what the whole plot revolves around - I was dumbfounded to see it not be addressed or mentioned at all in the ending.

Like towards the end the leads split because of it and get back together soon after - and his issues are automatically resolved?! We don't see them talking about it or anything!

Aside from that, this book was a one time read that isn't one of my favorites but still a good one. Pick it up if you're into sports romance and nice guys who deal with insecurities.

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