- File Size: 2926 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: P. Dangelico; 1 edition (September 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073XQDLJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sledgehammer (Hard To Love Book 2) Kindle Edition
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First of all, I loved Amber! Such a great heroine. She was strong, independent and had amazing inner dialogue filled with sarcastic humor. She was HI-Larious!
The chemistry between Amber and Ethan was amazing! Ethan was perceived to me as kind of mysterious and while you could not quite figure out what he was thinking, you knew he was attracted to Amber. I loved the anticipation! They start out as almost as enemies with a lot of fighting/sexual tension till they finally give in to each other.
So let me just say I am a huge fan of slow burn romances. After reading the first book in this series Wrecking Ball, I became a huge fan of this author because the slow burn recipe in that book was perfection. So while this book was also great, this was not as slow a burn. The characters got together by about 70% which for me is not really slow burn. However, that's just my preference. After that there was some conflict that was caused by a really silly decision made by Ethan which was a little out of character based on how we know him during the first part of the book. So that's why I could not quite give this book 5 Stars.
Of course we also get to see more of Cam and Calvin in this book. You don't have to read book 1 to enjoy this book but trust me you don't want to miss out on reading it.
Series: Book 2 (Standalone)
POV: Single (Heroine)
I was going to wait to start this book until next week because I have other ARCs that needed my immediate attention due to their release dates, but all the books I’ve read for the past few days have failed to WOW me. Some I liked more, others less, but nothing stuck with me, even though other people have loved them.
That’s the thing about this reading business: subjectivity rules. Sometimes I have a hard time explaining why a story didn’t work for me. All the elements were there, but nothing did it for me. Other times, a simple story has this extra sparkle and I’m done for. Sledgehammer fits in this last category.
If you haven’t figured it out by now I am absolutely, irrevocably in love with this book.
To be completely honest, I went into this knowing I’d probably enjoy the heck out of it. The blurb is great. The first book was amazing. P. Dangelico has a whole Mariana Zapata vibe with her slow burn romances. So, yeah, it was a recipe for success. But the thing is, I didn’t just like it. I inhaled, breathed, lived and died with it. It gave me all the FEELS, to the point I had to take a break because I was hyperventilating. And I’ll tell you this. Although I loved, loved, looovveeedddd Amber, the guilty party here is Ethan Vaughn.
Ethan Freaking Vaughn.
Book boyfriend Ethan Vaughn was amazing. A-mazing. Everything I needed and a little more. The angst was alive and real and making my chest burn because this dude, the things this dude did, the way he spoke, the dirty talk, the proclamation of love…. Every-freaking-thing was perfection. I don’t care if you disagree. I don’t. He was it for me.
I don’t even care that the whole “I’ll post her bail and let her live with me” thing sounded a little weird. Does that even happen in real life? I’m not sure, but who cares? Because that landed them exactly where I needed them to be. Together. Living under the same roof. Getting to know each other, and OMG the slow burn. The “we don’t like each other” to the “we’re friends” to the “we can’t get enough of each other” gave me life. Slow burn is my thing. The more I read authors like P. Dangelico and Mariana Zapata, the more I’m convinced I want, need and will give all my money for hot, real and well-done slow burn.
Now, Amber… This chick was awesome. I knew I’d love her when I highlighted the first paragraph and wrote: “YES!!! VOIIIICEEE!” I know the concept of voice is a little hard to grasp (at least I have a hard time explaining it), but when it’s there, you just can’t miss it. It sort of hits you in the face and gives you pause. It happened here. I read one paragraph and I knew I’d love Amber because her voice got me. She was funny AF, loyal and smart. She was also surprisingly down to Earth considering everything that she had gone through. I couldn’t have asked for a better narrator for this story.
I don’t even know what to say about the romance without getting a little spoiler-y. I’ll just say that it developed exactly the way I’d hoped it would. There were tons of bantering, tons of heat, and it went through the three stages that will make a romance extra special for me: a little bit of animosity >> friendship >> love. And I also got a little The Hating Game by Sally Thorne vibe when it came to Ethan, so it was real perfection.
Aside from Ethan, Amber and their romance, I also loved the whole NFL vibe (I’m a fan) and all the side characters. I loved seeing Cam and Calvin living their happy ever after, getting a little bit more of Justin and meeting Amber’s little sis. I even teared up with a minor side character: the driver Ethan hired who’d been out of work for two years. Dude, that got me right in the feels.
This entire book got me right in the feels. It was fabulous. It was everything I wanted, and more than I needed. It’s the reason I’m going to be stalking this author until she releases her next book. P. Dangelico, get back to your computer and start writing your next story because I need it. Right now.
Sometimes second books show that the first book was a flash in the pan, not this one it's just as good and I loved it just as much.
Amber Jones is Cam's best friend from the first book. She's a struggling actress working as a bartender in New York. Her ex invites her to his parents' house for their New Years Eve party where she is blind-sided by his announcement of his engagement to another actress. Things get out of control and Amber might have accidentally almost burned the house down. When her ex's parents start shouting that she did it deliberately Amber is arrested and taken to the police station. Imagine her surprise when Fancy McButterpants (aka Ethan Vaughn, Cam's husband Calvin's best friend) turns up to bail her out. Ethan is a sports lawyer and a thorn in Amber's side ever since they met. He's a bit like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way, perfectly coiffed, perfectly dressed, perfect face, perfect body, always perfectly turned out - unlike Amber.
At Amber's bail hearing she is only allowed out on bail if she agrees to stay with a responsible individual, step forward Fancy. When she gets to Ethan's home Amber is shocked to discover that inside the fancy apartment is a building site and Fancy (as she insists on calling him) likes to do a bit of remodelling, using a sledgehammer, in his spare time.
Amber is snarky and funny. She has a scary collection of B.O.Bs (battery-operated boyfriends) and a humorous collection of T-shirts. Ethan eats mainly from Wholefoods and is corporate competence through and through. But as the two of them forge a strange relationship while they wait for Ethan's criminal lawyer colleague to make the charges against Amber go away Amber realises that the real Ethan is even better than she knew.
This is funny, heart-warming and Ethan is my new book boyfriend, although I also want Amber to be my BFF so that could be awkward. Thoroughly recommended.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Most recent customer reviews
I quite liked the first book despite the mixed reviews so I was excited for the next. This book is Amber's story, Camilla's best friend and partner in crime.Read more
Sledgehammer is the second book in the Hard to Love series and let me tell you, there was nothing hard to love about this book!!Read more