Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Hard Luck – Sara Ney (Trophy Boyfriends #4)

Rating: 4 out of 5.



Unfortunately, I am not one of those girls. Not when I lost my apartment because my roommate let the lease lapse while I was traveling for work. Not when my brothers keep finding love and my mother keeps reminding me I’m still single. Not after a one-night stand during my older brother’s wedding has me waking up pregnant.

I have to keep it a secret—from him, and my family. I sure can’t tell my brother his teammate, Mateo Jose Espinoza, is the man I slept with. Confident, funny, Mateo…


Just when I thought I’d found the girl of my dreams, she ghosts me. Worse? Her brother refuses to give me her number, and my calls to her office go straight to voicemail. I thought I was a catch; professional athlete, charming, raised with six sisters—I’m a guy who knows his way to a woman’s heart! What reason could she possibly have for avoiding me?

When I finally catch up to True Wallace, I’m going to get the answer.

Pic via Wildfire Marketing Solutions


Hard Luck is the fourth installment in the hilarious, super steamy Trophy Boyfriends series and focuses on True Wallace and Matteo Espinoza. For those new to the series or needing a refresher, True is the younger sister of Buzz (hero from book 2) and Tripp (hero of book 3) and Matteo is one of Buzz’s team members (they play professional baseball together).

This book is a delight.

At the end of book 3, Hard Love, the POV switches to True and reveals a huge surprise: she’s pregnant. Hard Luck picks up from there meaning from the get-go, this book throws you into the ‘action’ of the storyline. That all being said, this book still isn’t focused on action per se and is heavily delves more into the personalities and relationships amongst all of the characters which I loved. I’m a sucker for a good character-driven book and that’s exactly what Sara Ney delivers every. time.

Since Hard Luck is mainly about the characters, I also really enjoyed getting to revisit the friends and family from the previous books. Buzz and Hollis are just as quirky as always and have their own big reveal, while Tripp and Chandler are still settling into their own fantastic relationship.

I definitely would have loved to revisit Noah and Miranda (from book 1) but can definitely understand why they didn’t feature in this book (i.e. Noah is Buzz’s best friend and doesn’t really have anything to do with Buzz’s family). But no worries, I will happily get my Noah and Miranda fix by re-reading Hard Pass!

In addition to seeing these previous characters, we also get to meet a whole slew of new characters in the form of Matteo’s family. His six sisters are WILD and basically female versions of Buzz and Tripp so you know every family gathering is going to be entertaining!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot. Sara Ney is a fantastic writer and really balances well the comedic gold with the seriousness of the ‘accidental pregnancy’ subject. Her writing is witty, entertaining and refreshing, and the plotline was well-executed. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know True and Matteo, and watch how they were able to develop a one-night encounter into a meaningful relationship without it ever feeling like a circumstance-forced duty.

I highly recommend this book to fans of Sara Ney’s other work, or lovers of sports romance, romantic comedies, or the accidental pregnancy trope.

One word of caution though: this book discusses food in delicious, minute detail and WILL make you hungry afterwards!

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

Releasing 25 March!

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Hard Pass – Sara Ney
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