REVIEW : Hard Place by Emily Goodwin

Cold. Callous. Cocky.

A total playboy with abs for days, a panty-melting smirk, and a face the gods themselves would be jealous of.

And he’s my new boss.

None of that matters, because as a single mom, men like Alexander Harding are the last thing I need. What I do need is this job, so I’m going to keep my head down, work hard, and avoid that asshole as much as humanly possible.

But then he gives me an offer I can’t refuse, even though everything inside of me is warning me to run away and never look back.

It’s just one weekend.

One weekend to convince a potential client that Alexander has changed from the player who spent more time in the bedroom than the boardroom into a family man they’d be happy to go into business with.

But the more time I spend with him, the more I realize that there might be a beating heart buried under his designer shirts and spectacular pecs after all…which is bad news for me.

Because the only thing worse than hating your boss is falling in love with him. 

“Because as much as I’m trying not to, I know one thing is for certain. I hate Alexander Harding.”


Hard Place is the first book of a new series. It has so many tropes that I love (single mom, enemies to lovers, office romance and a fake relationship).

Harper is an amazing heroine. She is a single mom to two twin girls, she is hard working and it is so easy to love her, to root for her. No matter what she always has a good attitude and will make lemonade with lemons. Alex is like an onion, there are many layers to him. He is a CEO, a great brother and uncle, but has a complicated relationship with his father. I feel like there is still more to his character that we don’t know yet and maybe, Alex himself hasn’t discovered.

I love the chemistry between Alex and Harper. There is an instant attraction between them. Harper wants to hate Alex, but the more she gets to know him that becomes difficult. Alex wants more to life, he wants to different from his father, but Harper is his employee and he doesn’t want to risk anything. I love that Alex is willing to help Harper, he would probably do anything for her and even her sweet baby girls.

I devoured this book. I couldn’t put it down. I love the depth of the characters and the story. This is the first book and does end on a cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next one and to see where Harper and Alex’s story goes.  


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