Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Hard Love – Sara Ney (Trophy Boyfriends #3)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.



Hard head. Bad attitude. Terrible boyfriend. That’s what my exes have said about me—but I wasn’t serious about any of them, so what do I care what rumors they spread? What I need is to be left alone; by the press, by the paparazzi, and by women.

Too bad I’m about to be surrounded by them for the weekend. My obnoxious, matchmaking brother is getting married, and he’s doing his damnedest to find me a wedding date…


That’s what they say about good men—they’re hard to find. Not that when I find one, I’ll be the type he’s looking for; too nice, too ordinary, too boring.

My cousin is getting married, and her fiancé insists on throwing me at his brother. Cold, uncaring professional football player Tripp Wallace would never look twice at a woman like me. Too bad for both of us, I was wrong…


Hard Love was everything I needed and more! Hard Love is the third installment in the Trophy Boyfriends series and focuses on Tripp Wallace (the older brother of Buzz from book 2) and Chandler Westbrooke (the cousin of Hollis from book 2). Tripp is a not-so-lean, oh-so-mean, football playing machine (haha) and avoids people as much as he can. If anyone was voted least likely to fall in love… it’d be him. But as fate would have it, this antisocial hunk gets pulled into wedding party duties and there he meets Chandler.

If you’ve read Hard Fall, you’ll know the type of family Chandler comes from. If you haven’t yet read book 2, the Westbrookes’ are the wealthy owners of various sports teams and expect their progeny to follow in their footsteps. Just like Hollis (from Hard Fall), Chandler wants nothing more than to break away from this tradition and do something that she loves, but unlike Hollis, she lacks the self-confidence to do so from the start. That isn’t to say she doesn’t have self-confidence (she definitely does) but she does need a little nudge when it comes to family and her career.

What I really loved about these two characters throughout the entire book was their inability to just fall in love. There is no insta-love in this book. They are both incredibly stubborn and independent, and the title is fitting: Hard Love. There are lots of back-and-forths with their acquaintanceship that then builds into friendship and love. There are just as many sweet moments as there are bang-your-head-against-the-wall moments and ‘what are you doing, fool?’ moments. Basically the development of their love felt realistic which I loved; they also got schooled by a secondary character several times and I loved that even more!

Overall, this was well worth the wait. Hard Love was such a fun, entertaining story and full of the heart and well-timed wit you’d expect from any of Sara Ney’s books. There were so many moments that had me laughing out loud and feeling like I never wanted the book to end. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, sports romance, romcoms or the ultimate trifecta combination of all of the above.

Disclaimer: Thank you to the author and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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