Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.
Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.
And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.
As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.
I was beyond excited to start Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh. I love everything Nalini Singh writes and I basically a huge fan girl where her books are concerned. Cherish Hard marks the beginning of a new series in her contemporary romance series. I was so happy to finally see all the Bishop brothers together and I cannot wait for every single one of them to get their happy ever afters.
So this is the story of Sailor and Isa. Let’s start with Sailor. Sailor was the star of the book. He is actually a gardener by profession and he dreams of doing big things. Sailor had a rough childhood with his father leaving them broke and abandoning them. Which makes him even determined to make something of himself. When Sailor meets Isa though he falls head over heels. I have to reiterate that I loved Sailor. He was the perfect alpha male with the right amount of possessiveness and protectiveness. He was a great brother and son.
Then we have Isa. Isa may be one of the sweetest heroines I’ve read till date. Isa is actually a teacher and she enjoys her job. Isa’s mother on the other hand is the CEO of a large craft company and she wants Isa to take over. Isa was such a sweetheart. She was passionate about teaching and all she wanted in life was a steady family to love. She is wildly attracted to Sailor but she doesn’t want to get in the way of his dreams.
Nalini Singh does a great job of not falling for cliches in this book. In fact reading about a curvy redhead heroine who is five years older than the hero was such a refreshing change. Sailor and Isa have amazing chemistry and what makes the book is their willingness to make their relationship work. Sailor and Isa were both very mature and two of my favourite characters.
What I love even more about Nalini Singh is how she writes about supporting characters. I adored Isa’s bestie Nayna. Nayna and Raj’s sub plot was super cute. I loved Sailor’s siblings of course and I cannot wait for Jake and Danny’s story. All in all if you enjoy contemporary romances I would highly recommend you give Cherish Hard a try. They are vastly different from her paranormals but just as amazing.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.