Review: Hard Lovin’ by Desiree Holt

Hard Lovin’ by Desiree Holt
Release Date: May 11th, 2011
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Source: eBook provided by publisher for review

Erin Braddock, daughter of wealthy and powerful rancher Rance Braddock, has been to hell and back. So has wandering cowboy minstrel Grady Sinclair. But the moment they meet, chemistry ignites, erasing everything else. The sex is scorching, explosive, addictive. They can’t get enough of each other. The same talented fingers that coax seductive music from Grady’s guitar coax powerful orgasms from Erin’s body.Seduced by his music as well as the sinfully sexy man himself, Erin runs away with Grady. Each night she sits in the bar listening as his come-to-me voice promises erotic delights he more than delivers on when they’re back in their room. But one day soon the past will catch up with them.

Warning: Explicit sexual content

Review: The blurb for this book pretty much says it all. Erin’s on the run and enlists the help of Grady to get away from her father (although he’s in the dark about that little fact). And while he’s curious as to what is driving Erin, he doesn’t push because of the incredible sex he’s getting… and the fact that he seems to be falling for her. And Erin knows there’s something from Grady’s past that he hasn’t dealt with, but she’s a little too self-involved to really care

OK, perhaps saying Erin is self-centered is a little harsh. She’s been through a lot and after months of therapy is finally starting to stand on her own two feet… if she can get out from under her father’s controlling thumb. The first step is getting out of an unwanted engagement. But to do that, she runs off with a clueless stranger she met at a bar (where he was the musical entertainment).

Now Grady really is a stranger, both to Erin and the reader, until the last quarter of the book. We know he’s a wandering musician, a nice guy, and someone that Erin seems to instinctively trust. Erin can see that something is haunting him, but she doesn’t press the issue until Grady asks about her past. Since the reader doesn’t ever really hop into Grady’s head, we don’t get as close to him as I would’ve liked.

The plot is pretty straight forward, no huge twists or surprised popping up. Considering it’s a novella, it’s got a lot packed into the 80 or so pages (by my nook’s count). I enjoyed the book and was left only wishing that the character of Grady was fleshed out a little more. But all-in-all, I recommend this book.

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