Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Going Hard by Kelsey Browning

Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.

After an impetuous one-night stand with Grif Steele fifteen years ago, hardworking blacksmith Carlie Beth has tried to make a living and raise her daughter in the hometown she loves. Then, too-sexy-for-his-Rolex Grif blows back into town like the perfect storm, making Carlie feel less like a thirty-something mom and more like an infatuated teenager.

When a stalker targets Carlie Beth, Grif can’t help but step in to protect her. But once he discovers the fourteen-year-old secret she’s been keeping from him, will he embrace the truth or will he turn his back on Steele Ridge and Carlie Beth forever?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance
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I did not read book #1 in this series, but didn't think that I missed too much.

I really liked Carlie Beth. She was spunky, independent, a great mom, and despite some set-backs in her own life, took full charge and plowed ahead. She loves her job and her daughter fiercely and will protect her from anything and anyone.

Steele Ridge is a new name, bought by an older family. Grif is kind of a hot head, with an attitude that he's too good for his small town. He wears fancy suits, drives fancy cars, and simply wants to get back to his fancy life. However, Grif knows that his life is hollow. When his brother ropes him in to a large city project, he notices Carlie Beth again. He gets a huge shock when the truth comes out and he's a right prick about it. I wanted to smack him – and then, since I loved his mom so much, I wanted her to smack him.

Despite starting back off on the wrong foot, Carlie Beth gives Grif a new lease on life and he finds something he didn't know he was looking for. I thought that the twist in the story was predictable, but when it played out, it was okay that it was so predictable.

I hope his other brothers get their own stories.

USA Today bestselling author Kelsey Browning writes sassy, sexy romance and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She's also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she's either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Going Hard (Steele Ridge #1) by Kelsey Browning to read and review.

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