Author: Jessica Lemmon
Published: March 25th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
ONCE BURNED 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...
TWICE AS TEMPTING 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?
Okay, so I'm going to admit that when I read the first couple chapters, I might have wanted to throw in the towel. I can't even remember why now, all I remember was I wasn't into it. Then, not long after that, it started to pull me in and I needed to know what happened. And I'm glad too because it was a great story.
Sadie and Aiden aren't the type you expect them to be. Sadie wants Aiden, and Aiden wants Sadie, but not in the same ways. This time, the guy wants more from the relationship than the girl, and I really, really liked seeing that. Aiden has this amazing heart, and he was definitely one of those guys that you just want to wrap your arms around and hold forever. While Sadie still had a lot to learn and I may have wanted to smack her, she did grow, a lot. The two of them together? I pretty much adored it. They have gone through so much and they pull through, side by side.
Even though Hard to Handle is the second book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone in my opinion. I still want to read the first, Tempting the Billionaire, but I'm not sure if I would have if I hadn't read this one first. Go figure. I'm looking forward to more swooning and love connections in Jessica Lemmon's other books.