Hard by Cheryl McIntyre

Hard

Title: Hard

Author: Cheryl McIntyre

Publication Date: March 20, 2015

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Synopsis

I have been staring at her for three months. Watching her. Memorizing her.For ninety-two days, I’ve looked into those lifeless green eyes.

And for ninety-two days she has inspired me in ways I never knew possible. A muse, unbeknownst to her. Motivating me. Encouraging my darkest desires.

I’m a man who knows what he wants. And what I want is the beautiful and broken Holland Howard.

My name is Jensen Payne—photographer, autocrat, lecher, Scopophiliac. I am who I am and I will not—cannot—change.

*This is an Erotic Romance. Recommended for readers 18+ ONLY.
WARNING: This book contains possible emotional triggers.

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Meagan’s 4 Star Review

Cheryl McIntyre is one of my favorite authors, especially her New Adult novels (Let It Be is one of my all-time favorite ugly cry books), but I have to admit I was a little leery of reading her first erotic romance. I didn’t want to lose the emotion she does so well in her other novels. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about. Hard is one of the rare erotic romances that also has a fantastic storyline. The story is absolutely gorgeous with elements of mystery, deep emotion and even a dash of laughter.

Women typically have one of three reactions to my fervent perusal. They either want to slap me, fuck me, or run from me.

The book flips between Holland and Jensen’s point of view. Holland had everything she ever wanted and then she lost it all. After suffering debilitating loss after loss she has become a shell. She goes through the motions of her life but feels nothing. Jensen loves beautiful things; sunsets, moonlight, women. His fascination with what he finds beautiful is reinforced by his love of photography. The two play into each other in his art as well as his sex life.

It’s all part of the Scopophilia. I’m not sure which came first, my love of looking at beatify of my love of taking pictures. I’ve lumped the two together for so long now. Both feeding off each other.

The intimate moments in Hard were lavishly erotic. In fact, I dare you to read this book and not get aroused. Jensen and Holland are both suffering so when they have a chance to escape what’s going on in their heads by using their bodies they do it with gusto. There are many, many sexual scenes in this book but I never once felt that the sex was boring or repetitive. Each act was well written and unique. I do wish there would have been a little more material between Jensen and Holland’s sometimes frantic coupling, but at the same time I understand that the only way they knew how to connect in the beginning was with sex. So it’s understandable that a lot of the book takes place during their sexcapades. As the novel goes on and their connection becomes stronger we get more time with them outside the bedroom. It was a gradual move from strangers using each other to intimate lovers that was beautiful to watch.

“Jensen,” she murmurs. “Please.”
“Please what?” I skim her cheek with the backs of my fingers.
“I need you.”
I know she’s referring to my cock. She needs my length and my girth, filling her, stretching her, pounding her. But my lungs constrict and my jaw tenses, her breathy words replaying in my head. I need you. And all I can think is . . . I need you too.

Besides the storyline and emotion, there are a few more things that make Hard stand out from other erotica. Getting to see inside Holland and Jensen’s mind when they included BDSM in the bedroom was fascinating. Holland is enthralled by the idea of Jensen tying her up but still having power over him. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t conflicted. She liked the way she felt “empowerment and liberation” but she struggled with why she felt that way. Jensen is hands down one of my favorite characters in an erotic romance. Even when he was trying to use Holland he was never unkind. His thoughts on women’s bodies and beauty were fantastic. He was a beautiful soul with camera and a pair of handcuffs. I would love to see more hero’s like him.

Some men prefer thick women, some like a tight, lithe body. Some guys are into big fake tits, some like them small and firm. Some men like an ass you can bounce a quarter from, some want one that jiggles and shakes as they thrust inside. Some focus on the face or the eyes or the mouth or the hair. Some guys are leg men. Some have a hard-on for feet or toes or knobby knees. There are no rules when it comes to women and attraction. No rights. No wrongs. Just preference. One man’s trash is another man’s hot, wet treasure.

If you’re in the mood for an erotic romance I definitely recommend Hard. It has all the emotion of McIntyre’s previous novels with an insanely erotic story to go with it.

meagan

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About the Authors

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Cheryl McIntyre

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Cheryl McIntyre is the author of the bestselling Sometimes Never series, as well as the Dirty series, Infinitely, and Dark Calling. She calls Ohio home, though she secretly dreams of living somewhere much warmer–preferably near a beach.

You can follow her author page on Facebook where she lives part time. On Goodreads. On Twitter, though she has still not yet mastered the art of tweeting. Or on her website.

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