Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.
Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.
And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.
As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.
*ARC provided by TRSOR in exchange for an honest review*
Cherish Hard is the first book in a new series by Nalini Singh. However, if you are fan of her contemporary books, you’ll soon figure out that this series is a spin off of her Rock Kiss series where you’ll see some returning characters such as Gabriel Bishop from Rock Hard (Yay!).
Nalini Singh nailed it again with her characters. Sailor is that perfect combination of alpha, sweet, romantic, determined hero who knows what he wants and is willing to beguile Isa with kisses and loving to get her on his side. I never thought I could love one of Nalini’s characters more than Gabriel, but Sailor has learned from the best and has his own moves. Oh my, I simply adored him. Isa is a strong heroine who looks out for her siblings, who tries to make up for the fact that their parents didn’t really have a clue on how to raise kids or how to love them. This makes Isa wary when it comes to following her heart. She wants someone who will love her and not be a workaholic like her parents were. And while these two characters have different goals in life, they are drawn to one another and unable to fight their attraction.
“Sailor wanted Ísa to be his, the need a bone-deep one. Some things a man knew. And Sailor knew Ísa was meant to be his.”
I loved the many aspects of this book! Sailor is younger than Isa by a few years and I loved that fact. I think it’s still a rare aspect in romance novels for some reason so I liked that inclusion. I wanted to know more about Isa’s and Sailor’s friends and their own behind the scenes romance that was going on. Isa is essentially mother, father, and sister to her siblings. Sailor has this strong admiration of his step-father and wants his family to be proud of him while trying to succeed on his own. I loved that a lot of cliches that usually bog down so many books with miscommunication between the two main characters doesn’t happen here and that alone would have this made a five star book but the characters themselves do that. These characters actually talk! Thank you! The author gave me two relatable, likable characters that I was delighted to read about and I am hoping for more from this series soon.