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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh brings you the next sizzling story in her Hard Play contemporary romance series.

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his 6-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter's birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a thorn in his side.

As a lonely teenager, Juliet embraced her bad-girl reputation as a shield against rejection. Years later, having kicked a cheating sports-star ex to the curb, she has a prestigious job and loyal friends - and wants nothing to do with sportsmen. The last thing she expects is the fire that ignites between her and the stuffed-shirt golden boy who once loved her best friend.

Straitlaced Jacob Esera versus wild-at-heart Juliet Nelisi? Place your bets.

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Nalini Singh (P)2020 Tantor

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Horrible NZ accents

I loved the story but the truly awful attempts at Kiwi accents spoilt the performance completely. A neutral American accent wouldn't have had as much local flavour but it wouldn't have grated like the fake accents did.

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Touches the heart

This sweet story of finding love after loss touches the heart in numerous small ways. Nalini has a remarkable ability to make her characters real and to show both the good and bad sides of human life.

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  • ladybug
  • 16-03-2020

The voices in this story🤦🏽‍♀️

I love Nalini - plan to read the print version of the book - the audible version - voices are godawful - just can get past it.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 10-03-2020

So very satisfying

This can definitely be read as a stand-alone but it’s oh so much richer if you’ve read the Rock Kiss series and the first two books in this series;-))
A big highlight is, of course, Charlotte and Gabriel’s wedding and cameos by Molly and Fox, Nayna and Raj, and the savvy publicist Thea Arsana.
Ms Singh has done such a great job of writing Jake’s story of how he came to be a young single parent, the incredible support of his family, and the surprise of finding love where he least expected it - with a woman who once was his girlfriend’s best friend and has come back into his life as a friend of Charlotte.
I’ve enjoyed Keef’s narration of Singh’s books, but voicing all the characters here might have stretched her a bit thin.

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  • ANGELA
  • 07-12-2020

loved it

Nalini Singh is a wonderful author and every time I read her I think this has got to be my favorite then I get the next one. I also adore the Narrator Justine is wonderful I'm searching out more of her narratives. I can't wait for Danny's story.

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  • Jennycita
  • 19-09-2020

Tooth-rotting fluff...in the best way!

I’m a big fan of the Rock Kiss and Hard Play series and it was wonderful to catch up with old friends. Charlotte and Gabriel’s wedding was adorable, and I loved Juliet for Jake and Esme! ❤️
Don’t worry: there’s plenty of steaminess to go along with the fluff.

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  • Franci Neill
  • 21-03-2020

5 When the past weaves with the future Stars

I love this series and Jacob and Juliette’s story was moving and redemptive and beautiful. This is a great second chance book that shows it’s okay to love again!!

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  • Tammy
  • 12-03-2020

Pure Fun

Once again, a pure joy to get swept up in this Rugby family. Love the way Nalini puts strong minded females with these beautiful , athletic, smart, fun loving men. This story did not disappoint. Jacob and Juliette (Jules) are a beautiful match, and from the beginning you are rooting them along to that solid happy ever after.

My favorite moments in this story, is at the beginning at Gabriel & Charlotte's wedding, especially during the reception and the main dance reveal. Ther other moment that was a hoot , was in New York during photo shoot when Juliette kindly but direct put Ad Exec in her place. Nice!😉 Don't want to give nothing away for those who haven't read book yet.

Now can't wait for Danny's story. Although, I don't think I can wait another year for it....

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  • Book addict
  • 31-03-2020

Ok story

This was an ok story, but didn’t blow me away, hence the 3 star rating.

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