Hard to Handle by Nicole Edwards Release Date: July 11, 2017 Publisher: Nicole Edwards Limited Contemporary Romance M/F* Book #2 of the Cain Cousins series Number of Pages: 284 Kindle Edition Source: purchased from Amazon Rating: XXX Read 7/11/17 to 7/12/17
The dreaded day has come. I have officially read all the works of Nicole Edwards with no new release in sight for about three months! It may be time for a re-read. Especially since the author had a bunch of her books for 99 cents (side note: how the heck do you make the cent symbol and why isn’t it one of the characters on a keyboard?) I got my son’s fiancée Inked on Paper to introduce her to the wonderful world of Ms. Edwards. I told her if she likes it I’ll loan her the others and she should read them in order of publication. Sounds like a perfect time for a re-read to me!
Now onto this particular book. Of course, I was already in love with both Reagan and Lynx from the first book, Hard to Hold. I loved reading about them finishing their 10-year journey to find love. I got plenty of warm-fuzzies throughout this story and that can only be a good thing.
That being said, I was not as enthralled with this story as a while as I was the first story in the series. I don’t know if it’s because I already knew all of the characters and knew most of their back story. Or maybe I just didn’t find the pairing as exciting as the ménage of the first book? Don’t misunderstand…Reagan and Lynx are HOT. But really, how can that compete with a steamy ménage love? (*Note: there is a Wolfe/Rhys/Amy scene so, although the main story is a M/F story, there is a M/M/F scene included.) I don’t know what it was, but I did find the first book better. I still absolutely loved this book…just not as much.
The tie-in with the Southern Boy Mafia series in this book made so much sense. It helped things have a satisfying ending without compromising the morals and values of the core characters in this series. In a way it was a bit too tidy after all the Caine Cousins and their significant others had been through, but after finishing the story I feel it was the best way to draw that chapter of their lives to a close.
So now the countdown begins to October, when I’ll finally get my hands on Bad Reputation. How will I get through?!?