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    Steamy temporary holiday fling romance turned more

    Hard to Regret is a steamy temporary holiday fling between two opposites, rich vs poor family backgrounds, who couldn’t be more perfect for each other. The book is set just before the Christmas period but not it’s not really Christmas themed so can be enjoyed at any time of year. Overall, this is a well written, fairly light-hearted romance that most contemporary romance fans will enjoy. Jason and Annaliese (Anna) have such a sizzling chemistry from the very beginning, despite them sparking together in frustration initially. Both characters are immediately likeable to the reader and as the book evolves, the relationship and characters are continued to be developed well. While Jason and Anna may be opposites in terms of family wealth, they have similar interests, including careers they respect with him being a builder and she being a designer (think interior and inventor, not fashion). Both characters also had traumatic events in their teens that still impact on them today, something that is continually shown, and in Anna’s case, eventually fully revealed. Their relationship is mostly light-hearted with just an edge of tension throughout and some drama later on. Hard to Regret is well written with a good plot. The book majority of the book is fast paced in terms of time frame, although at times it felt bit slow moving; I actually forgot how little time they’d known each other and had passed (e.g. over 60% of the book takes place over only two days). There were lots of steamy scenes, and while I liked the scenes (they are definitely well written where they leave you feeling flush), and the characters’ relationship, it felt dragged out a bit too much at first before anything really happened with the plot. I love Kris Pearson’s books but while I enjoyed this one, I wouldn’t say it’s my absolute favourite (The Boat Builder’s Bed still holds that one). That being said, it’s not a bad read in any way, just would have liked maybe a few less steamy scenes and a little more action sooner. However, what I did love about this book (and probably my favourite thing) was the descriptions of the art work, in particular the scenes towards the end of the book; they were so vividly described that I could just imagine how beautiful those pictures were and really wanted to actually see them in real life! The book can be read as a standalone as there is a sweet, slightly into the future, epilogue that rounded off for a HEA ending for Jason and Anna. Overall, I would recommend this book to any contemporary romance fans looking for a relatively light-hearted opposites attract temporary romance that turns into so much more. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
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    New Zealand Contemporary Romance

    My, my, my…what a wonderfully delightful romance this proved to be! Jason Jones is perhaps one of my favorite book boyfriends to date – talk about having a way with words, confidence, swagger, capabilities and creativity (in and out of bed) and well…he’s gorgeous to boot…what’s not to fall in love with? And Annaliese Wynn – she was perfect for him. I loved the fact that she was a strong independent woman willing to state what she wanted and needed and willing to go after it, too. The fact is that the two of them together became “more” and through one another realized a love and a future that neither might ever have expected nor dreamed of before they met and dared to spend time together. I loved this book and look forward to reading the next as soon as it is ready. Thank you to the author for the ARC. This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars
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    Love, love, LOVE this book!

    A fantastic start to Kris Pearson's new series..... not a huge surprise as I have not read a bad one yet! I fell completely for both Anna and Jason, they are quirky, defensive, traumatised, both carrying far more baggage than any one person should and are completely perfect for each other, if only they could avoid the judgement and censure of their parents. They both grow in confidence with support of the other and quickly realise they are far stronger and happier together.....but are they strong enough to stand together and fight against everything their parents and society throw at them? Can they work together to bury some of that baggage and plan a future, together? I cannot wait for the next in this series.......I am expecting lots of fireworks!
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