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Hard Luck by Sara Ney

SOME GIRLS HAVE ALL THE LUCK
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…

A GUY CAN’T CATCH A BREAK
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.

Title:Hard Luck
Author:Sara Ney
Series:Trophy Boyfriends (Book 4)
Pages:305
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):One Night Stand
Surprise Pregnancy
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:25th March, 2021
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Hilarious and hot romance

This is the fourth book in Sara Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series but the first of said series that I’ve read. In fact, it’s the first full-length book of Ms Ney’s that I’ve read at all. This story stands completely alone, however, like me, you’ll probably finish this story then immediately head to put the previous stories on your Wishlist.

This story is about True Wallace – the sister of the heroes from Books 2 and 3 of the series (Hard Fall and Hard Love) – and Mateo Espinoza, the teammate of the hero in Book 3. I mention the connection simply because True’s brothers are in this story quite a lot.

The story is told in first person, present tense, from both True and Mateo’s perspectives. We start off with True and by the end of the first chapter, I feel like I’m her best friend and I know her inside and out, up and down. We get a lot of internal thoughts and feelings and it’s exactly what I imagine I would think and feel if I was in the same situation. Plus, it’s hilarious! Practically everyone, including True, is sassy, sarcastic and the thoughts running through their heads so relatable. The things we think but never dare to say out loud. Except quite often, this lot do dare! But anyway, True is likeable, relatable and I rooted from her from that very first chapter.

“…Sara Ney has definitely made herself one of my go-to authors for a funny, sexy and wildly entertaining story.”

Mateo is that rare hero in a romance novel in that he’s a sappy sweetheart that somehow still manages to come across as a strong and confident man. His thoughts were strangely enlightening. I wonder if we should give this book to young women as some sort of insight into men’s minds! Hmmm. I liked that he liked True from the start and was so delighted with her that he almost couldn’t help himself from being so darn cute! And I’m also a bit of a sucker for a big, boisterous family and as Mateo is the only boy in a family of 7, it’s definitely big, loud and opinionated. They made me laugh so much.

The sex scenes were nicely sexy – although I can’t actually remember if we hear about their first time, now that I think about it. They weren’t very romantic – but I really don’t think that was the vibe that the author was going for. Lots of laughter, lots of chemistry and lots of fruity language made for as fun a time as the rest of the book.

Our pair have obvious chemistry and I loved that even if neither character – okay fine, Mateo does – admits their growing feelings for the other, we readers can see how comfortable they are with each other, how much they like the other and how they can be themselves without worry or fear. Personally, I would have liked some declarations, but I was still very satisfied with the pair’s romance and their story as a whole. In fact, it was very nearly a top read of 2021 for me.

I enjoyed this book so much that Sara Ney has definitely made herself one of my go-to authors for a funny, sexy and wildly entertaining story. I rattled through this book and enjoyed every minute of the ride. If you’re looking for some fun, sometimes silly, sometimes juvenile sibling shenanigans that will make you laugh and smile, I would recommend this book to you. 5 stars.

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Trophy Boyfriends Series:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4

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