Wednesday, November 6, 2013

4 stars! Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance #2) by Jessica Lemmon

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?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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A sexy biker and a strong independent heroine with a messy past together getting a second chance at finding love. Gah. Loved. It. I've been dying to get my hands on Hard to Handle since this summer and it so didn't disappoint. It had me laughing, crying and definitely had me falling and rooting for Aiden and Sadie as they found their happily ever after. Finally.

So, Aiden and Sadie. They had a bad break up a little while back and haven't really had much to do with each other until they find themselves suddenly stuck working together at a local motorcycle shop and, well, despite past hurts the spark and connection is still strong between them.

I really loved their romance and seeing them slowly rebuild the trust and closeness they'd once had. There are some uncomfortable moments, some humorous ones and whew yep it gets nicely heated up too. These two are really perfect for one another and just made me smile. Especially when they'd get all protective over each other.
Aiden sucked in a breath and rolled over, his hand sliding over his flat stomach, then down to the impressive bulge hiding beneath the confines of his underwear. He adjusted himself and Sadie stared, mouth open, hand clutching her throat. She bet that part of him was as glorious as the rest of him. Oh, how she'd like to see it. Just once. She licked her lips and his hand moved away, his slightly amused voice slicing into the air.

"You keep looking at me like that and you may get more for breakfast than you bargained for."

Sadie's face went hot. She stood and wrapped her robe tighter, her movements jerky, and beelined for the sanctuary of the kitchen. "Want some coffee?"

Aiden caught one of the ties on her robe and pulled her onto his lap, where the part she'd been ogling earlier pressed against her hip. Keeping his hand fisted in the slippery material covering her, he watched her for a few agonizing seconds before his lips, rimmed in a sheen of sexy stubble, formed the words, "I'd love some coffee."
There were a lot of fun moments in this book but there were a lot of heartbreaking ones as well. Sadie and Aiden are both really amazing people that have been put through hell the last few years. While it wasn't always easy to read I loved seeing them overcome all of the pain they've gone through as they've lost family members, experienced horrible betrayals--his ex slept with his best friend and her ex-fiance dumped her for her sister (yeah I wanted him deballed and run the hell over. Trey sucked a big one)-- and had to start their lives over again. These are strong people you could really respect and be proud of.

Overall, Hard to Handle was a great little read. I smiled through a lot of it but seeing Aiden and Sadie deal with all of their hurdles was also incredibly moving and had me tearing up more than once as well. If anyone ever deserved a second chance at finding happiness it's these two and I loved getting to watch their journey. I really can't wait to see what Lemmon will bring to the table next.

Have you read Lemmon? What did you think? 

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