Natalie walks in on Bryson cheating on her. One month after catching him in the act, she finally decides to make an escape by leaving for Florida.
She wants to start over, have fun, and be free while also finding a way to mend her broken heart but when she meets Nolan Young, her single-life escapade doesn’t last for very long. She tries to stay clear of Nolan and his desires but it’s impossible for her. Nolan will do everything that he can to have her as his own, but will Natalie accept Nolan along with the problems of his past? Will she let someone else into her heart that may be even worse than Bryson?
For Natalie, Nolan will be something completely new to her. And for them both, their desires will be completely hard to resist.
After walking in on her boyfriend of four years doing the nasty with her archenemy, Natalie Carmichael’s heart is smashed to smithereens. Bryson was supposed to be THE ONE. He was the guy she planned a future with. In the blink of an eye or really the opening of a door, everything changed.
Moving to Miami to escape her past seemed ideal. Never in her wildest dreams did Natalie think she would meet someone like Nolan Young. He’s gorgeous, persistent and made of everything that could potentially destroy what’s left of her heart. Nolan has a past riddled with pain. Some has been inflicted upon him and some he’s inflicted on others. Will Natalie be able to resist his charms or will Nolan be exactly what she needs to mend her heart?
Hard to Resist was a steamy read. Nolan and Natalie went at it like rabbits, which is pretty ironic since Nolan nicknamed his new love interest, bunny. Ha! I have to give it up to Shanora Williams. She can write some scorching sex scenes. It’s almost as though they can’t keep their hands off one another!
I spent a good portion of the book extremely frustrated with Natalie. Finding your man in bed with someone you hate is horrible. I can’t even imagine having to go through something so vile, and I hope I never do! With that said, her lack of self-esteem made me want to scream. It was as though she thought Bryson could do no wrong and that she HAD to have been the problem. Um, sometimes guys are just jerks! It got to the point where I wanted to make her repeat daily affirmations in the mirror! She even let it control her relationship with Nolan. She was so focused on keeping him and fearful that he would grow bored of her. There comes a point where you have to realize that you are worth the love that’s being given to you. I’m not sure if Natalie ever really reaches that point. The only area she seems to be even semi confident in is her poetry.
After meeting Natalie, Nolan realizes it’s time to grow up. It’s time to settle down and really try to make a relationship work. He seems like a genuinely good guy who has made some poor choices in the past. He’s ready to change and feels Natalie is worth changing for. Now if only she could realize it too … I wish we were given more information about Nolan. I walked away from the book feeling like I don’t really know his character well. We’re given the bare minimum relating to his past. I wish there was more character development done there. I’m sure he’s more than a pretty face.
This was my first encounter with Shanora Williams. While I enjoyed Hard to Resist, I can’t say it was everything I had hoped it would be. There was a lot less conflict/drama than I had anticipated. The other shoe just never seemed to really drop. This is only the first book in the series and based on the name of the next book, Hard to Hold On, I’ll probably be getting all the drama I craved later on.
Would I recommend this book? Sure. Am I looking forward to the next one? You betcha! I have high hopes for this series and I honestly like where the story is headed. I want Natalie and Nolan to have a fighting chance. They’re good for one another. This series has a lot of potential.