Title: Hard Love
Author: Joanne Schwehm
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Noah Winston’s life was perfect. He had it all: striking looks, more money than he could ever spend, good friends, and any woman he wanted.
Margo Perry’s life wasn’t perfect, but it was her own. She didn’t need a man to make her happy or feel better about herself.
Then he saw her – a gorgeous, rain-soaked stranger – but she wasn’t a stranger at all. They’d known each other a lifetime ago, when she was just a girl. Now, she was all woman.
Then it happened. The man she had spent her teenage years lusting over rescued her on a bleak yet fateful day. There he was, straight out of her dreams, looking better now than he had years ago.
The more time he spent with her, the more he questioned everything he knew.
The more time she spent with him, the more those old feelings resurfaced and grew stronger.
Too bad it only took one night, a few words, and a terrible decision, to ruin it all.
Too bad it was too good to be true.
"What I neglected to say was I was afraid. The man could shatter me. I had been down this road before, and I wasn't interested in a second trip."
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
As a teen, Margo was head over heels in love with her brother's best friend, Noah. He was always kind to her and even helped her with her homework. However, with one request, he unknowingly broke her heart.
"She was spectacular. No trace of the awkwardly cute, gawking teenager remained. Nope. Margo was stunning, and now I was the one gawking."
Years later, Noah catches sight of a beautiful woman in a restaurant. He chases after her out into the rain, and imagine his surprise when he realises it's his best friend's younger sister - all grown up.
"When I want something, I go after it. Tonight, that's you."
Even knowing that Margo was off-limits, Noah is drawn to her and he just can't leave her alone. She thinks that one hot night will be enough for him to move on, but she's stunned when he pulls out all the stops in pursuit of her, and completely dazzles her with his charm, his looks, and his obvious interest in her.
"I kissed her like I'd never kissed another woman. She was the promise of what I wanted and needed."
This was a gorgeous read! I loved Noah's persistence with Margo and how much he liked to spoil her. He could have any woman he wanted, but he liked that Margo very obviously wanted him for himself and not for his status or wealth. I just adored how hard he was falling for her. In spite of Margo's perpetual expectation of their relationship ending soon, I loved how feisty she was - especially when it came to protecting Noah.
This novel was really sexy and had a high feel-good factor, with a touch of angst. I adored Margo and Noah together - they were funny, adorable, and hot!
"True to the title, love is hard. It's fragile and delicate, and how you come through in the end is what makes the journey worth it. Hard Love takes you on just that kind of journey. A must read."A.M.Madden, USA Today Bestselling Author
"I love conflict and stomach plummeting moments. This one checks off all my boxes!" - Lisa Kane, Three Chicks and Their Books
"It's been awhile since I read a book in one sitting, but once I started Hard Love, I couldn't put it down. Margo and Noah's story was sweet, hot, romantic, heart-breaking and absolute perfection." Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling Author.
"The author took myon a journey from past to present, from lust to love, and from want to need." - Rosa Sharon, iScream Book Blog
"I found myself thinking about this book when I had to put it down. I was consumed immediately with this story. I love the storyline. I love these two together." - Karie Puskas, Panty Dropping Book Blog
"I just couldn't put it down. And that's the magic of a good book, it will wrap you up in the story and the characters and it will hypnotize you until the point you become one with them." - Janett,The Pleasure of Reading Book Blog
Joanne is a mother and wife and loves spending time with her family. She’s an avid sports watcher and enjoys the occasional round of golf.
She loves to write and read romance. Joanne believes everyone should have romance in their lives and hopes her books bring joy and happiness to readers who enjoy modern day fairy tales and breathless moments.
She is an independent romance author and has written several contemporary romance novels, including The Prescott Series, Ryker, A Heart’s Forgiveness, The Critic and The Chance Series. Joanne is a published author with EverAfter Romance and is represented by Brower Literary Agency.