Okay, there is definitely a quality of suspension of belief in Hard Pass. Noah Harding is a twenty-four year old pro baseball player for the Chicago Steam. He is a millionaire, owns a gigantic house, and loves his job. He loves baseball, period. The only thing he has to contend with… women find him ugly. Oh they will sleep with him but it is obvious it is for his money and name recognition. Unfortunately he has had a few cruel comments directed his way. (Now, again, let’s be honest, this happens way worse for women but let’s just go with what Sara Ney has laid out.)
Miranda is anxious to start up her own design business but she needs money to do so. Enter her grandfather’s collection of baseball cards, many of which are worth a lot of money. She is selling them herself in order to get the funds she needs for her business. She knows she won’t get the amount they are truly worth since she isn’t going through an auction site but she needs the money now, not in three months. When she puts out an ad, Noah answers. And they strike up an odd friendship.
Only Noah doesn’t believe a woman as beautiful as Miranda could ever like him for who he is. He genuinely believes his looks are a hindrance though as he is about to learn, that isn’t what puts Miranda off.
Hard Pass is a fun and frothy Sara Ney story. I really liked Miranda a lot. She does not put up with any crap from men and when she finds out who Noah really is, well let’s just say she isn’t amused with how they really met. But the attraction is there and Noah isn’t afraid to grovel… though he definitely makes some mistakes along the way.
Miranda helps Noah come out of his shell. It is amusing to watch him realize that maybe he is worth a real relationship after all. And it is kind of him to want to fall on his sword at a certain point but that is definitely not what Miranda wants or needs.
You will also meet Noah’s arrogant and cocksure best friend, Buzz, who is being set-up for book two. He definitely is…the stereotype of an assured and wealthy athlete.
Hard Pass is the kind of amusing story I have come to expect from Sara Ney. She keeps the rapid-fire dialog hopping and there is never a dull moment between Miranda and Noah. I cheered on Miranda every step of the way in both the romance and the steps she is taking to be a small-business owner.
Fun start to a new series from Sara Ney!
That’s what the last girl I slept with said when she got her first sober glimpse of me. She laughed, walked out of my penthouse—and I never saw her again. It doesn’t matter that I’m a rich, professional athlete; what mattered was my face.
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