I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hard and Fast by Mari Carr
Published by Carried Away Publishing on June 15, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Billionaires, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Erotic, Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction / Romance / Workplace
Format: ARC, eBook, Paperback
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Penny is tired of being seen as the gamer, the crazy cat lady, the mom-jeans-wearing, YouTube-bingeing, quirky IT girl. She’s barreling toward 29 and ready to make some changes…in her appearance and her nonexistent love life. But she’s smart enough to know she needs help—and who she needs it from. Her billionaire playboy boss, Gage Russo.
Bachelor Gage’s life is typically full of excitement, on the work front and in the bedroom. He’s never lacking for female company and he rarely sleeps alone. Regardless, lately, he can’t shake feeling bored. That is, until Penny challenges him to a friendly wager…one he promptly loses. Her prize? Lessons in seduction—from him.
Lines get blurred as Gage pushes harder…moves faster…teaching Penny things she’s only ever fantasized about. But the playboy with all the smooth moves makes one big mistake when he fails to tell his sexy student that the lessons are no longer fake, and what he wants from her is very, very real.
I loved the banter, the nerdiness and the overall concept of the 2nd Italian Stallions book. Hard and Fast was a joy to read. ~ Kitty – Simply Love Books
I really had a good time reading Penny and Gage’s story. I loved the banter, the nerdiness and the overall concept of the 2nd Italian Stallions book. Was I expecting a Russo to crash a Moretti party? No, not at all. But what a fun time it was watching the crash and no burn.
Who would have thought that an alpha male like Gage Russo would be such a nerd! A hot and sexy nerd but a nerd just the same. And, believe me, there is nothing derogatory about that word. It is just what it is. He was fun, sexy, handsome, self-assured but … a nerd at heart. Yes, he had his problems, his past to contend with and 2 brothers that are so different from him, yet alike. They were all dealing with the same past but he never felt that they understood or could possibly have the same guilt or feelings he had. It was time to come to terms with that and go after the one woman who truly complimented him and completed him in a way no other ever did. Penny was content with her life but knew there was something missing. Her life couldn’t keep consisting of Toby and Rich and watching her family love and grow with their significant others. Yes, she’s different. Introverted and a gamer … one of the nerd circle. But she wants to change that. It’s time to get out of her own way and start living. Who better than than Gage to show her the way. One bet … one win … one broken heart. But, the best time of her life.
I loved all the little twists and turns. The surprises that you didn’t see coming were such a complement to this book. Gage fighting his true feelings for Penny was expected but the reason was totally unexpected. If you didn’t love him before that, you totally fell head-over-heels for him after understanding. Penny was such an understanding and open person. What you saw was what you got. She didn’t mince words. She didn’t stand for lies. She was perfect for Gage and Gage knew that Penny could be the one if he would only get out of way of himself.
Mari Carr always makes her stories interesting and fun. Her character development and story lines are always complete. You know what makes her characters laugh, cry and and love. She knows how to bring out the best and worst in each of them. As for her story lines, I know that it will be something fresh and new. Like I said, I never would have pictured someone like Gage being a nerd at heart. She always throws in a little twist to make everything a little more interest. So, If you love a love story or are in to D&D and Cosplay, do yourself a favor and pick up Hard and Fast. You won’t be disappointed.