Synopsis from Goodreads
The contract with Major League Soccer was supposed to help repair my damaged reputation.
Then I discovered that I’d made a deal with the devil: the player I’m supposed to recruit is none other than the bad boy, star Premier League footballer, Rush McKenzie.
British. Tattooed. Sexy. A man currently at the center of a huge scandal.
The goal? To convince him to stay in the States.
But what’s wrong with a little fun in the meantime? No strings. No sweet nothings. Just a way to pass the time while we’re both struggling to prove our true selves to the world.
If someone found out our relationship was anything more than professional, it would only serve to prove all our critics right.
I never should have agreed to take the fall.
But I did and I’m a man of my word.
Even if it means risking everything I’ve worked for.
The only bright side is Lennox Kincade.
Gorgeous. Defiant. Rumor-tainted. Totally off-limits.
Sharing a house with the gorgeous sports agent should have been a fun distraction from the turmoil. Someone to help pass the time while the tensions back home die down.
But what started as nothing, ends up as something I never saw coming.
The second of the Kincaid sisters to fall and fall hard; Lennox struck me as the quintessential middle child. Always trying to prove herself in her own way to the rest of her family, although she is impulsive and hot-headed at times which causes problems not only for herself but also for her family. Which is how she finds herself in LA sharing a house with a disgraced English soccer player.
Rush is in the middle of a very juicy scandal and at the advice of his agent has retreated to the US in order to do some damage control. However, there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye where Rush is concerned. I absolutely loved him, especially how he never forgot his roots and was loyal to the core even if it worked against him.
The passion between Lennox and Rush was electrifying but more than that it was as if they instinctively ‘saw’ the true heart of each other. This was only re-enforced as they got to know each other better.
The plot is complex and touches on misogyny in sports as well as objectifying both sexes. Alongside showing the unscrupulous and self-serving aspects of some people. Lennox and Rush have a lot of obstacles to face, together and separately in order to move forward with their lives.
Emotional and angsty with a side of sassy banter, Hard to Hold is a whirlwind in the Play Hard series.