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  • I loved it!

    Hard Sell is the first book I’ve read by Hudson Lin even though I have several others in my digital library; I really need to make time to read some of them. Hard Sell is a great love story but it’s also about family and how family doesn’t have to mean blood relatives. Danny and Wei are best friends and Wei’s younger brother, Tobin, tagged along with them a lot. Danny and Tobin had a one-night stand after Wei’s bachelor party. Tobin has had a thing for Danny forever and when they run into each other several years after their night together he wants Danny again. I love the setting for this book. I’ve visited both Toronto and Vancouver and they are both beautiful places I’d love to visit again. Danny moved to Vancouver to get away from his wealthy, overprotective family and to prove he could make it on his own. Danny still lives in Toronto and is a hot-shot in the financial industry. He’s always felt a bit inadequate because he doesn’t come from a wealthy family like Wei and Tobin. He’s clawed his way to the top but it’s no longer satisfying to him; he’s getting burned out. Danny and Tobin are keeping their relationship a secret from Wei so it wasn’t hard to figure out that one of the big conflict moments in the story was when Wei found out about it and it resulted in Danny and Tobin breaking up. I liked that both Danny and Tobin showed their emotional side at various places in the story. There were several tender moments that had me tearing up and I love that in a book. I seem to be struggling again when I try to write a meaningful review. I’ll just stop and say I thought this was a good story and it took me away from real life while I read it and that’s one of the big reasons I read romance. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • A steamy, angsty and dramatic read

    The writing is well done and the story kept me engaged. Danny and Tobin were somewhat likable (Yeah, I can't lie, I had a some big issues here) and I felt they worked as a couple. I did enjoy their attraction, chemistry and the connection they shared. Overall, it was a steamy, angsty and dramatic read that had a lot of potential but fell just a bit short of the mark for me. This is my freely posted frank review.

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  • Well polished and original story

    I always look forward to this author’s releases as they tend to be great, well-developed stories with original characters who stand apart from other books. That was certainly true for Hard Sell. I liked the premise of a financial deal overlapping a romance with the best-friend’s brother. The business dealings of the three companies were somewhat intricate, but interesting, explained in an accessible way, and made for an original read. I also loved that the two leads were Asian men (a fact made better by the characters being represented on the cover). Danny and Tobin were an interesting and complex couple from the start. Danny’s close relationship with Tobin’s family made for a romance ripe with conflict and the men’s intersecting business interests only added to those complexities. In a way it felt perfect- Danny and Tobin fit well together, had a deep bond from years of knowing one another, and appreciated one another greatly, but there were logical speed bumps that prevented them securing a future together. Unfortunately, I think navigating the complications took away from the relationship development. As a result, though I liked the characters and story in Hard Sell, I was never completely enamored with Danny and Tobin’s love story. Overall, Hard Sell is a good, well-written and polished read. I think I was just anticipating to be more caught up with the couple rather than the financial deal. *eARC received via Netgalley. The publisher and author had no influence over this review*

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