Too Hard to Resist is a wonderfully sweet friends to lovers story that introduces us to Elliot and Madison.
TOO HARD TO RESIST by Robin Bielman
Publication Date: April 16, 2018
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Entangled (Embrace)
Source: Pure Textuality PR
Length: 335 pages
Story Rating: 5/ 5
Romance Rating: 4/5
One rookie assistant + one demanding executive = flirting that is too hot to handle.
Have you ever wished for the perfect job? Me, too. So when I land a temporary gig with a worthwhile and exemplary startup, I’m determined to make it permanent. That my boss is the gorgeous, clever Elliot Sax is nothing I can’t handle. We may steal glances at each other and straddle the line of playing it safe, but our partnership is too important for complications. Not to mention workplace hookups are against the rules.
But when our attraction flames hotter, our best efforts are put to the test. I never imagined having to fight my feelings for him on a daily basis and keeping my hands to myself is absolutely killing me.
Until I can’t. Until we can’t. And what’s at stake becomes more than our jobs. What’s at risk is our hearts.
Let’s start like we always do, with the cover – or why I picked the book. I liked the model, he looks a bit like my hubby, if I have a couple drinks and squint really hard.
Actually, the real reason I picked the book was the title. Too Hard to Resist as soon as I read it I thought there had to be a dirty joke somewhere. I mean, we all know at least a couple things that are hard and well hard to resist…
I guess we should talk about the book today, shouldn’t we? I liked it a lot. It was engaging and easy to read. There was witty banter and undeniable chemistry between our main characters. The relationship also felt a bit forbidden which made it oh-so-exciting. I highlighted so many amusing quotes, I have no idea what to do with them.
I’m sure I had a goofy grin on my face for half the book. It took me back to the years of dating before I found my prince charming. You have to kiss a lot of frogs, right? But, as bad as some of those dates were, no one ever offered me a glitter sex capsule. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m relieved or disappointed by that.
We also get to know a bit about Elliot’s kitten, Socks (my favorite part of the book). What is it about good-looking guys and kittens? It’s so… so, I don’t know, intoxicating? Maybe swoon-worthy? I guess it doesn’t really matter, I like it and I liked Elliot. He’s probably the best book boyfriend I’ve had all week! That’s saying something, I go through a lot of those.
I’m sure you’re noticing a pattern here. I’ll admit it, I really like orange cats!
If anyone’s wondering “good looking guys and cats” is a very fun Google Image search…
Want to hear about the sex? Yeah, I know you do. We just talked about sexy men and kittens, I’m sure everyone is a bit hot and bothered. It’s fine, we’re all friends here. The sex is steamy, more so than I was expecting for a new adult book. Consent was very clearly established, which I absolutely loved. The dirty talk was lovely to read and it was very sweet how he embraced things he knew turned her own, like playing up the potential of being caught.
I only have one little complaint, and it’s not really a complaint mostly just an annoyance. But I think it needs to be addressed. You see when people experience arousal, they tend to lose the ability to exercise rational thought and sound judgment. They get caught up in the moment and don’t think about the consequences of forgoing a condom, for example. Maybe I’m old fashioned but the STI and protection talk seems pretty risky to have in the middle of the act. Who’s thinking clearly then? That hardly seems like the time to have the you-might-want-to-get-tested-after-this conversation.
Overall, Too Hard to Resist, was a wonderfully engaging book that put a goofy grin on my face. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a light-hearted read to keep you company on the beach.