Book Review: Hard Crush by Mira Lyn Kelly

Title: Hard Crush
Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2018


HARD CRUSH is a sizzling standalone romance from USA TODAY Bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly.

A jaded billionaire.
The girl who got away.
A second chance has never been so sexy.

Technology has it out for me. And I’m not talking about my ever-ailing phone or the temperamental Smart Board in my classroom. I’m talking about the internationally hailed “Tech Genius” formerly known as the boy I used to love.

It was bad enough seeing that cocky smile staring back at me from my newsfeeds, the gossip sites, and—fine—the scorchingly hot men’s fitness magazine I bought in a moment of weakness. But now he’s back home, teasing me with the memories I’ve tried to leave behind, crowding into my space and taunting me with the kiss I can’t resist. I know it’s only a matter of time before I lose him again. He’s already told me he isn’t staying, warned me he’s changed. I know better than to let him get too close, so why can’t I push him away?

They call me a visionary. An innovator. Hell, last week a headline touted me as the billion-dollar geek keeping Silicon Valley’s panties wet. Try living that down. Strip away the media BS, and I’m just a tech-minded guy with my eyes on the future and no time for a past I can't change. So what am I doing following the sweet sound of its laugh back to the woman who passed on our chance at forever?

I tell myself all I want is to say hello. To see her smile. Just a few minutes to pretend we’re still the “us” I thought would never end. But once I've had a taste of the too tempting woman she's become, a few minutes isn’t enough.

The man I am today is used to getting what he wants, and I want her.
The problem? She wants the guy I used to be.

Ten years later, all that’s changed is… everything.

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My Thoughts

Hard Crush is a great second chance romance.

Hank Wagner and Abby Mitchel, agreed to part ways after high school when opportunities put Hank on a path where he could make the most of his technical genius. Abby chose to stay closer to home and is happy with her job and life in the town she calls home. There were no misunderstandings that led to the split. I don’t blame Abby for staying and I don’t blame Hank for leaving. It sounds trite to say they needed this time apart, but I believe it.

Ten years later, Hank is back in town for their high school reunion. In the interim years he’s scaled professional mountains and is somewhat of a romance book cliché; the tech genius billionaire with a great body who indulges in motorcycles, expensive sports cars and dates supermodels. But, heavens, he makes such a good hero. I loved him. His love, appreciation, attraction and delight in Abby is apparent from the start. He respected Abby’s decisions ten years ago but now he’s back to get the one woman that he has never forgotten about.

Abby’s life may not be as exciting but it’s what she needs after a less than stable childhood. Her feelings for Hank have lain dormant but when Hank returns, well, it’s a struggle to contain those feelings. The attraction is sizzling and the sexy times are hot.

I was on a high after finishing this book and what more can you ask for at the end of romance book?

Author Bio

Hard core romantic, stress baker, and housekeeper non-extraordinaire, Mira Lyn Kelly is the USA TODAY bestselling author of more than a dozen sizzly love stories with over a million readers worldwide. Growing up in the Chicago area, she earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University and met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy… only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. 

Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four amazing children and two ridiculous dogs provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running the kids around, she loves watching the Chicago Blackhawks and action/adventure movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her family and friends.

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