Title: Love You So, Book 1: Love You So Hard
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Craig Elson, Jesse Randall
POV: 3rd Limited
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Craig Elson’s life has hit rock bottom. Even though he’s one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer’s, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car… and a plain, depressing life.
Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads “I Would Bottom You So Hard.” The message seeps into Craig’s soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top.
Jesse’s had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he’s more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it’s unrecognizable. The problem is, Craig loves his lessons—and his teacher—too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?
Tara Lain writes romances with sexy, unique characters. I’ve read several of Ms. Lain’s books and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. She seems to have a real knack for writing romantic tales filled with sensual and likable men. I was in the mood for a light, romantic read and Love You So Hard filled that need for me perfectly.
Love You So Hard is told from Craig’s perspective. Since he is a good storyteller and an interesting character, I found myself quickly becoming intrigued by the story he had to tell. Craig is a quiet, shy and thoughtful man who gets overlooked by others. He’s a good son who takes care of his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and he is a good worker who never gets the recognition he deserves. The one bright light in Craig’s life is the sexy man he sees at the coffee shop every morning. The younger man’s zest for life and sexy disposition makes Craig wish he was more bold, more confident and more comfortable within his own skin.
One day when Craig is at the shop he is surprised when the young man, Jesse, approaches him and begins talking to him. Soon, Craig is almost overwhelmed by Jesse’s interest in him and is almost unsure of how to handle himself around the sexy man. When Craig blurts out that he needs Jesse’s help *You’ll have to read what he wants help with* and Jesse seems more than a little excited and interested in helping him, Craig is determined to enjoy every moment he has with Jesse…no matter how long or short it is.
I really loved this book. Not only is it a fast-paced story, I found myself really getting into Craig and Jesse’s romance and the story Craig had to tell. I loved both characters and though it seems like they are polar opposites from one another, together they fit perfectly and easily became a couple with a solid, loving foundation. Though I Iiked both men, I have to say that Jesse’s sweetness and zest for life made me easily see why Craig adored him so much, because I did too!
Love You So Hard is an easy book to recommend. If you are in the mood for a fun and flirty romance with two heroes that you’ll easily adore, then Love You So Hard is the book for you!
Reviewed By: Gabbi