Saturday, 25 June 2016

Review: Hard Core by Tess Oliver

*****5 Stars*****

Well wasn't this another fine example of what Tess Oliver can do with her writing.
When 2 people come together to try find a new future we generally get the typical boy meets girl, falls in love blah blah but this isn't how Ledger and Jacy's story goes, it's a bit more complicated than that. Ledger has a troubled past and Jacy has a tragic past and both of them are still running from it. When Ledger moves into a rented run down beach house in a small beach town, naturally Jace wants to know who her new sexy tattooed neighbour is? So Jacy decides to introduce herself with some lovely muffins her friend baked and she even admits that to him! Ledger is ecstatic that Jacy has made introductions easy since he has been admiring Jacy from afar daily when she takes her dog a walk on the beach daily. Jacy doesn't know if she is ready to give her heart away again and is initially hesitant to take things further once they become acquainted. However there's a lot more to this story than you think and there is a bit of a large twist where slight hints are dropped along the way, but it still keeps you guessing as to what the heck is going on so you will just have to read to find out.
I love Tess Oliver's books. Tess has the ability to write a unique story subject every time she puts words on the page. This one is no different and flows really well where everything just slots in as it should be. The main characters are well developed with enough information to feel a connection to them. The side characters always have that little bit of story to tell as well which keeps the story from getting repetitive on the same subjects. Another job well done from the author.

Reviewed by Claire Lamb

A new standalone romance from NYT bestselling author Tess Oliver.

Sometimes one good dose of trouble could turn your life around, put you on the right path. But I'd taken the opposite side of the forked road and headed off looking for even more trouble, like a junkie constantly searching for the next high. Never would I have guessed that turn would lead me to her.
I couldn't stop thinking about her. She was an angel, a hard core, bone-fide angel and in her short life, she'd already had a taste of hell.

Despair. Heartbreak. Silence. That was all I'd grown to know, until he showed up next door.
The handsome, tattooed stranger had the kind of eyes that were hard to look away from, and he gazed at me as if we'd been friends or even lovers in a different life. He looked at me as if he knew me, and suddenly I had this flash of feeling as if I was right where I was supposed to be.

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