Sledgehammer by P. Dangelico
Series: Hard to Love #2
Also in this series: Wrecking Ball
Published by Self-published on September 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Amber Jones is in a pickle. And when I say pickle, I mean deep do-do. She knew she shouldn’t have gone to her ex’s New Year’s Eve party. And she reeeaally didn’t mean to almost burn down his house. It was the chafing dish’s fault, dang it! Now she needs a good lawyer, stat. But where to find one?
All work and no play make Ethan Vaughn a very sad and lonely lawyer. Not to mention horny. He really shouldn’t have agreed to help his best friend’s wife’s bestie with her imbroglio. Now she’s remanded on bail––and living in his house. The woman is a walking, talking category five hurricane. And considering his track record with women, he needs to stay as far away from this one as possible. Problem is, he just can't seem to make himself.
Heads up folks, this little heroine has a propensity for prolific profanity. Our girl's got a potty mouth and strong opinions. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you. If you have delicate nerves, this book is not for you. If you are under 18, this book is definitely not for you. Consider yourself warned.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I was so excited to finally see Sledgehammer appear on my Kindle, I put my current book on hold (which I was enjoying) to begin reading this book. It has a great beginning where we meet Amber in the midst of her worst nightmare.
When Amber reaches out to Camilla, her best friend, to get her out of jail she does so with the confidence her friend will do her best. Amber is mortified when the help Camilla organises is none other than her husband’s good friend. She discovers this when she is told her lawyer has arrived. Ethan Vaughan or Mr. Perfect as Amber calls him foots the bond for her with the added addition he is to supervise her until the court hearing.
Amber and Ethan are both characters I took to in an instant, equally witty and likable. Together their chemistry played havoc with the reality it would be unprofessional of Ethan to have any sort of a relationship with Amber. Whether it would have been a breach of client/lawyer protocol I have no idea. What I do know is it provided the platform for the beginning of an angsty story!
Sledgehammer is told from Amber’s point of view. I enjoyed the consistency and flow of reading from one perspective but I often yearned to have more access to Ethan’s thoughts which would have gone some way to adding what I was missing in the story.
With the catalyst for the plot being Amber is charged with a crime worthy of having her locked up, I was surprised that other than brief references to the progress of her case we don’t get to hear a lot about the battle of clearing her name. This to me felt like I was missing a big part of the story because so much was hanging on the verdict.
Sledgehammer is a story about a woman who pins a lot of her self-worth on making something of herself. Amber is a caring, sensitive person who has put off opportunities while she oversees the care of her grandmother. She knows that the difference she makes to her grandmother means her dreams to become an actor have been shackled by not being able to move outside the city she lives in.
I mentioned earlier I put my current book on hold to read Sledgehammer and spent every spare moment I had reading this. As luck would have it, I was in the midst of a busy week and only able to read for short periods at a time. Often it felt like the story jumped ahead and mostly I put that down to being forced to read it in snippets. When I was able to sit down on the weekend and read the remainder of the book without interruption, that feeling of sudden scene changes was still there. It was a minor niggle, but it did make me stop and reread what I had just read to double check I hadn’t missed something.
Amber and Ethan were fun characters to read about and while I did want more from the story, I would be keen to try other books by P. Diangelo. The epilogue left me with a smile on my face and content feeling in my heart.
3.5 Entertaining Stars
Wrecking Ball (Hard to Love, #1) by P. Dangelico
Cam DeSantis’ life is a hot, steaming pile. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable a-hole, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted NY Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do is find a safe place in her mind to hide whenever she feels the need to throat punch him into tomorrow…which is often.
Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. Wait, wait––let me rephrase that. He loves women, he just doesn’t want anything to do with ‘um. Not since his wife, presently ex-wife, got knocked up by the guy she was cheating on him with. Problem is––there’s one living in his house. And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.
About P. Dangelico
P. Dangelico loves romance in all forms, shapes, and sizes, cuddly creatures (four legged and two), really bloody sexy pulp, the
NY Jets (although she’s reconsidering after this season), and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse crap). What she’s not enamored with is referring to herself in the third person and social media so don’t expect her to get on Twitter anytime soon. Oh, and although she was born in Italy, she’s been Jersey Strong since she turned six.
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