BY: P. Dangelico
SERIES: Hard to Love #2 (can be read as standalone)
GENRE: Contemporary, Romance
PUBLICATION: September 11th, 2017
RATING: 4 Blissful Pages with Lili
After being disappointed by the first book’s ending, I lowered my expectation for this one. And oh God, it turned out I didn’t have to. Sledgehammer is a perfect slow-burn romance my heart is longing for after rereading every Mariana Zapata’s books I own.
Amber Jones is a struggling actress who just want a big break but that became even harder to find when she accidentally put her ex’s parents’ house on fire on New Years’ Eve. She ended up in prison and she admits it’s because of her foolishness. Despite that, I really like Amber. She doesn’t take sh*t from others. I met her first in the book 1 and I knew I’d love her. She’s snarky and a little abrasive but I swear, she’s very likeable and really funny. With her in prison, enters Ethan Vaughn. I also met him in the first book and loved him too. He’s a lawyer and he’s perfect. Amber even calls him “Fancy McButterpants” or simply “Fancy Pants.” I think Ethan is one of the most perfect guys I’ve ever read about. He’s the perfect embodiment of an ideal man. And I swear, if I didn’t know REALITY, I’d ask for an Ethan Vaughn.
I freakin’ love their banters. They rarely call each other’s first names because according to Amber, calling him Ethan seems too intimate, but somehow, their silly namecallings are even more intimate and sweet. They have plenty of jokes that are equally funny and romantic, that I couldn’t stop grinning while reading. They have this one particular joke that started when Ethan called Amber. He started with “What are you wearing?” It’s cliché, of course but the more they do it, the more fun it is. Here’s a paraphrased example of their conversations:
ETHAN: What are you wearing?
AMBER: A frown.
ETHAN: What are you wearing?
I swear they’re hilarious. I didn’t get tired of these two. Aside from their silly banters and amazing personalities, I also like the whole plot in general. It’s cliché, yes but I think the characters and the amazing dialogues made up for it. The conflicts throughout the book are also okay and not unrealistic. They’re not too dramatic, just enough for the whole mood of the novel. The sex scenes are also well-written. I love them.
The only reason why I didn’t give this a perfect five-star because the similarities between this book and book 1 are so obvious. Starting from the “living-together” to the “fake-dating/relationship”. And there are plenty other similarities and that is why I encourage you all to read my review of the next book where I will enumerate everything that the 3 books in the series have in similar. As of writing this review, I’m already done reading with book 3.
So that’s all I can say. If you want to read this series, they’re somehow worth reading, IN MY OPINION, but if you want to read just one, I highly recommend this particular one. Sledgehammer is the best in the series.
Have you read this book? Do we share the same opinion? Or are you planning to read this? Let’s chat.