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Hard To Handle by Jessica Lemmon

cover34426-mediumTitle:  Hard To Handle

Series:  Love In The Balance Book #2

Author:  Jessica Lemmon

Rating:  B-

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?

Review:  I had a hard time really connecting with these characters – especially in the beginning.  Part of it was their reactions in the past, and part was also their reactions now.  From Aiden’s viewpoint, I really didn’t understand why he felt the need to handle things the way he did.  However, Sadie takes things a bit too far – regardless of how Aiden handled things.  While I understood her pain, her anger is a bit unwarranted.  Their reactions in the present day are equally odd.  While Aiden still has feelings for her, he is perfectly content to just sit there and not make any effort to win her over or get her back.  He should be throwing everything in there to get her back.  And Sadie persists in wallowing in past experiences instead of moving on.  Their reactions as a whole just didn’t gel with me, or seem very authentic.

However, about halfway through the story it really started coming together for me. The latter half of the book was really sweet – I enjoyed seeing Sadie become more vulnerable as she begun to accept her continuing attraction for Aiden.  I even begun to enjoy Aiden’s subtle encouragement whenever Sadie gave in to her attraction for him – though I still wish he had been a bit more aggressive.  When they really just gave in to each other, the story worked.  For the most part though, hey each took turns dragging their heels – and about the time one of them got their act together, the other one would start.  It was just an okay read for me.


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