Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh

Cherish Hard

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pu...

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    Perfectly executed sweet, light hearted and delightful.

    I really enjoyed Cherish Hard. It was a wonderfully sweet, approachable and relatable novel.

    For me what really stood out was Sailor Bishop. He shone like a beacon - OMG, he was sooooo amazing!!! Swoony, and just a real fantastic guy. I loved him. The way that he treated Ísa was wonderful.

    Even so they met for such a short time years ago at a college party, the moment was imprinted on him. Sailor couldn't forget her, the red head that ran away

    Perfectly executed sweet, light hearted and delightful.

    I really enjoyed Cherish Hard. It was a wonderfully sweet, approachable and relatable novel.

    For me what really stood out was Sailor Bishop. He shone like a beacon - OMG, he was sooooo amazing!!! Swoony, and just a real fantastic guy. I loved him. The way that he treated Ísa was wonderful.

    Even so they met for such a short time years ago at a college party, the moment was imprinted on him. Sailor couldn't forget her, the red head that ran away from him. Now years later, he promised himself she would not run away again and that he would go to any length to ensure it.

    Sailor was surprisingly possessive, not too overwhelming, just the right amount to call her his more often than not. I think my heart swooned every single time he called her HIS. Sailor's dedication towards his goals, family and now Ísa was admirable and something I personally love in a man.

    The story on its own was very well plotted. I enjoyed the execution of the arc, but especially the resolving of the biggest looming arc. I was sooooo proud of them. That particular storyline could have easily turned cliche. Both characters were incredibly mature in dealing with the situation. It was a pleasure to see their trust in each other, and going after what they wanted the most.

    This book was a wonderful respite. Sweet, light-hearted and heart-warming. Everything I needed in a book.

    So if you like something delightfully charming, enchanting and a book that made me happy, don't hesitate in picking up this book. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.

  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

    So, so sweet! I enjoy Nalini Singh's contemporary romances so much. I can't wait for the rest of the Bishop boys' books! Review to come!

  • Bubu

    Have you ever come home from a long day, and instead of just simply throwing your usual nuke food into the microwave, you decided to eat something really nice? So, you cook your dinner, nothing fancy, but you’re really,

    hungry. Finally, it’s finished, you’re famished, the anticipation of the first bite; and then you have your first bite and……you forgot a very important ingredient, e.g. a certain spice or a herb, something you can’t add now that your dinner is cooked, because it w

    Have you ever come home from a long day, and instead of just simply throwing your usual nuke food into the microwave, you decided to eat something really nice? So, you cook your dinner, nothing fancy, but you’re really,

    hungry. Finally, it’s finished, you’re famished, the anticipation of the first bite; and then you have your first bite and……you forgot a very important ingredient, e.g. a certain spice or a herb, something you can’t add now that your dinner is cooked, because it would go from bland to tasting downright strange. Your dinner is ruined and all that comes out of your mouth, at least my mouth anyway, is a muttered ‘For fuck’s sake!’

    Well, obviously I haven’t written

    , but the anticipation was there. I even reread

    a few days ago, which features one of those to-die-for heroes, Gabriel. I wanted to love

    as much as I loved and still love

    . I really did. But that was never going to happen, was it?

    This is Sailor’s story, Gabriel’s brother, whom we had met in

    , already married to Ísa.

    tells Sailor and Ísa’s story, and when Nalini Singh announced she would write a spin-off featuring Gabriel’s brothers, I did a little happy dance.

    My guess is that a lot of people will love this book. It has almost no drama, a hero who – at 23 – has already set his goals in life and whose perfect body we’re constantly reminded of. A perfect heroine who is not only a perfect teacher, but also a perfect interim CFO, sister-turned mother figure, friend, lover, etc, etc

    It’s a sweet story, no doubt about that, but like the countless dinners that I messed up because I once again forgot something, it was bland.

    is a whole different story with a completely different exposition, but the story and character development, the slight shifts in behaviours and the banter were utterly delightful. And though it was Charlotte’s story for most of the time, Gabriel almost outshone Charlotte.

    With

    , I had to grit my teeth a little through the first 30-35%. Not only was it difficult to follow Ísa’s train of thoughts with her endless insecurities, I had to endure also the tried and trusted portrayal of ‘bimbos’, just in case the reader isn’t aware of just how angelic and overall sweet our heroine is.

    See, Ísa is a bit of an oxymoron. She’s supposed to be this super intelligent woman who manages not only her own life admirably, but also the lives of her sister, brother, father, mother, friend, plus two jobs. Just about everything. Yet, she can’t get over the fact that she was once cruelly and publicly dumped by her then idiot of a boyfriend in favour of the aforementioned bimbo. In the first third part of the book, there is so much pettiness in Ísa about these two

    people that I wondered how she was able to achieve all the things later. She was 21 when it happened, and I can easily imagine and believe that an experience such as this may linger for a while. But seven years later and still being hung up on it? Really?

    Fortunately, this part was dropped, because – hey – Sailor finally settles into Ísa’s life. And Ísa finally finds her alter ego ‘Devil Ísa’ who tells her to live a little, and a little dangerous, be daring, be sexy. And, oh look, all the past hurt about one man conveniently vanishes. A rather questionable message, if you ask me. Ladies, all we need is a hunk of a man who could easily pass as a billboards filling model to make us feel sexy and

    . I don’t think I would have minded it as much, if not for the petty thoughts Ísa still kept festering at the start of the book.

    I think I’ve made it clear that I wasn’t Ísa’s biggest fan.

    Sailor is equally perfect. Yeah, he has this growling ‘she is mine’ thing going which all Nalini Singh heroes seem to have, but people love it. And I didn’t mind it in

    . But where Gabriel’s closed off character to certain topics gave room to conflict and criticism, Sailor is just plain perfect in every way. And those who know me, also know that the perfection of a book doesn’t come for me in form of the perfection of its characters, but rather in the imperfection of them and the journey they take.

    All that said though, the book isn’t a total mess. I may not have felt the chemistry between Sailor and Ísa but I understood the worries and pressures both were under. They were dealt with maturely, without drama; discussed rather than kept on as prolonged misunderstandings. The secondary characters gave the story and the main characters a well-rounded background, even if they were a little chlichéd, but enough of my whinging. In fact, my rating would have been lower if not for the secondary characters.

    I neither particularly liked, nor disliked

    ; the banter mediocre and the repartees predictable. I will remember it as ‘Gabriel’s brother’s story’.

    One last thing I need to get off my chest. I mentioned the portrayal of the cartoonishly malicious woman earlier. They may exist, and I won’t dispute it, though I have yet to meet a woman like that in my life. I wish, hope, pray, dear authors, that one day some of you will stop making your heroines look better by making other women, who are not your heroines best friends or nice acquaintances, look like brainless bimbos. I may easily come to the conclusion that it says a lot about your ability, or the lack thereof, to give your main female character a personality in her own right.

  • Marta Cox

    If like me you've already read Rock Hard then you will be well aware that the men of the Bishop clan are pretty awesome. If you haven't yet discovered just how yummy they are then allow me to introduce Sailor Bishop! He might not be the roughest guy in town but this quietly determined gardener knows exactly what he wants from life . So what will he do when he finally catches up with the girl of his dreams? A girl that seems to just want to keep running away !

    Isa is the lynchpin that keeps her so

    If like me you've already read Rock Hard then you will be well aware that the men of the Bishop clan are pretty awesome. If you haven't yet discovered just how yummy they are then allow me to introduce Sailor Bishop! He might not be the roughest guy in town but this quietly determined gardener knows exactly what he wants from life . So what will he do when he finally catches up with the girl of his dreams? A girl that seems to just want to keep running away !

    Isa is the lynchpin that keeps her somewhat muddled family together. She knows all about careers and ambition sometimes getting put first and is absolutely convinced that she could only be happy with a guy who like her wants above all a family and that elusive white picket fence. So what on earth is she doing spending time with hunky Sailor who is obviously going places and about to leave Isa far behind? He's impossible to resist but Isa knows only too well that heartbreak isn't too far away.

    I loved stepping back in time and catching up with the Bishop boys. Set before the glorious T-Rex was introduced to readers this story charts the romance of Sailor and Isa. This passionate couple both have abandonment issues which means they have a lot to work out before they can achieve their dreams. You will fall hard for Sailor with his sweet words and love of catching Isa unaware . You will also relish that Isa stands up for those she loves.

    Yet you will want to bang certain characters over the head and that's were this story really comes to life. Yes it's a romance but the supporting characters enrich the journey so much. I adored seeing the family interact, applaud the author for giving us a character that isn't perhaps physically perfect ( but then who is ?) and most of all the emotion that brought home exactly what is important. Plus not only are there more brothers to entertain us in the future but a romance brewing in the wings that surely will come bursting into print soon !

    This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

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  • Stacey is Sassy

    My reading mind (

    ) feels like a Rolodex sometimes. Every book I start, I’m looking through my catalogue for similarities, triggers and a comfy place for my romantic heart to bloom. As soon as I started reading

    my Rolodex was activated. This is kind of how it played out…

    , OK, what’s she got for me this time…

    I’m expecting a strong, determined and loving hero…

    The heroine will have faced heartache and devastation…

    My reading mind (

    ) feels like a Rolodex sometimes. Every book I start, I’m looking through my catalogue for similarities, triggers and a comfy place for my romantic heart to bloom. As soon as I started reading

    my Rolodex was activated. This is kind of how it played out…

    , OK, what’s she got for me this time…

    I’m expecting a strong, determined and loving hero…

    The heroine will have faced heartache and devastation…

    Ooh, we have Rugby again…

    Strong family values…

    Doesn’t make decisions solely on where his junk is pointing…

    Hero

    heroine have brains…

    Work is important, but family comes first…

    Yep, Sassy went in blind. Sassy has a bad habit of being utterly oblivious to stuff. Sassy had a very *DOH!!* moment at the end of the book when it was confirmed by the author that it was connected (siblings) to

    . Guess what Sassy couldn’t help but re-read after finishing

    (You would think that Sassy would have got that HARD connection…bloody idiot)

    Anyways, I loved

    . The storyline captured my attention from the very start. The characters are lovable and perfect for each other. It’s one of those stories where certain things or parts would normally have me squinting or scowling, but in this case, it WORKED. I loved that it was set at my next door neighbours place (New Zealand) and I recognised places and names I’ve visited and heard of.

    So, I really loved it but the shining light and biggest heart shiver moment happened at the end when our hero put his priorities right without having to be told to. Quite refreshing not to have to witness screaming matches between the hero and heroine when he “does her wrong” or neglects her. I loved that quite a few of the men in this story were manly men who could love and show devotion to the special women in their life. It wasn’t wussy or weak, it was an exhilarating delight from a muscly and gorgeous man with a big heart.

    I’m a fan and I will definitely be back for more. Now, I’m going back to visit Gabe and Charlie as they

    .

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦

    November 14,

    Contemporary Romance

    I struggled with this one simply because I could not for the life of me connect with the heroine, Isa. I tried so hard to like her. She comes off really sweet and sort of bashful, but her actions are completely different. I think her inner thoughts got to me a little bit too. Perhaps it's just me and I wasn't in to mood to read it at this particular time (sometimes I get romanced out), so I may consider re-reading it in the future. But fo

    November 14,

    Contemporary Romance

    I struggled with this one simply because I could not for the life of me connect with the heroine, Isa. I tried so hard to like her. She comes off really sweet and sort of bashful, but her actions are completely different. I think her inner thoughts got to me a little bit too. Perhaps it's just me and I wasn't in to mood to read it at this particular time (sometimes I get romanced out), so I may consider re-reading it in the future. But for now, this was an okay book.

  • Priyanka

    It's not a surprise now when I say that Nalini Singh is my top favourite author because I say it every chance I get. I had been waiting on the edge of my seat for this book/series as soon as I read about Bishop's siblings in Rock Hard(you can find its review

    ). Sailor and Isa are introduced in Rock Hard and I instantly wanted to read their story, so I was very grateful to hear that Nalini Singh announced that there were going to be more books for the siblings as well!

    Isa is an heiress to he

    It's not a surprise now when I say that Nalini Singh is my top favourite author because I say it every chance I get. I had been waiting on the edge of my seat for this book/series as soon as I read about Bishop's siblings in Rock Hard(you can find its review

    ). Sailor and Isa are introduced in Rock Hard and I instantly wanted to read their story, so I was very grateful to hear that Nalini Singh announced that there were going to be more books for the siblings as well!

    Isa is an heiress to her mother's company. But she doesn' want to be the CEO of the company, all she wants is to do settle down and live a simple life. I loved Isa's character because she was so strong and in spite of being an heiress and rich, she had a heart of an angel. Her character was very relatable. She loves her stepbrother and half-sister deeply. No parents issues involved in her love and dedication to them.

    Sailor wants to turn his landscape services into a proper business and he is ready to work hard for it. He never wants money to be a problem because he was scared in his childhood by his father because of the money. I loved his character because he is so mature and understanding despite being young. He lives a simple life. He loves his family and loves his work.

    Isa and Sailor meet or just pass each other when Isa is at her bottom and that flash of the moment meeting becomes an unforgettable one for Sailor. Years later they see each other again and this time Sailor is not letting her go. Both Isa and Sailor are so dedicated to their families and dedicated to each other. Sailor was the best, he was so good with Isa's sister and his own siblings. He is completely and irrevocably in for Isa. He is ready to do anything for her and Isa for him. Despite the age difference, both characters were very mature and understanding. It was amazing to see them fall in love. The storyline, the writing and the characters everything was perfect.

    I always love it when guys grovel after making a mistake and I am always complaining when they don't grovel enough BUT I discovered that I love it when there is no such situation only to begin with. The guy doesn't have to grovel if he doesn't make any mistake, Sailor realises where he's headed with his desire to work nonstop and just handles a certain situation so well, the U-turn away from the cliche and all the drama was the best scene ever! Communication is the key people! Gabe won my heart in the first chapter itself and so did Sailor! These brothers know the way to a girl's heart!

    I loved reading about Isa and Sailor's families. Meeting all the family members was fun, I want some more of those Bishop camping scenes. I just feel like visiting New Zealand and seeing all the places mentioned in the book myself for real. I can't wait for the next books in this series and I already have some tentative pair in my mind too! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this sweet romance. This book can be read as a standalone.

  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥

    Cherish Hard is an insanely sweet but very sexy romance between an older heroine and younger hero, which I loved!

    Nalini Singh has always excelled in writing great heroes-in-pursuit tropes, and in this book, Sailor is a great example of a hero in pursuit of a woman who caught his eye. He is easily the best part of this book for me.

    He's determined to not only prove that he can get his business off the ground but to prove that his love for Isa isn't just a passing fancy.

    Sailor Bishop i

    Cherish Hard is an insanely sweet but very sexy romance between an older heroine and younger hero, which I loved!

    Nalini Singh has always excelled in writing great heroes-in-pursuit tropes, and in this book, Sailor is a great example of a hero in pursuit of a woman who caught his eye. He is easily the best part of this book for me.

    He's determined to not only prove that he can get his business off the ground but to prove that his love for Isa isn't just a passing fancy.

    Sailor Bishop is Gabe's brother but this story took place before the events of Rock Hard so we see a bit of Gabe during his rugby playing years, which I appreciated. A lot.

    But the star of the book is Sailor. He's an amazingly sweet and considerate alpha hero. And I would recommend this book base on that alone.

    That said if you're looking for a high-conflict, angsty romance, then this book won't be for you. Cherish Hard is light on conflict and drama but it doesn't skimp on the sexy times. The sexy times in this book is A grade, and I was a huge fan of it.

    I would've rated this book higher if not for one huge issue for me. I didn't find Isa particularly interesting. Don't get me wrong. She's very sweet and nice and a really good person. She sacrificed so much for her family. And despite being born rich and privileged, her childhood was lonely which contributed to her insecurities and fears. She is on paper, the perfect heroine but I was personally bored with her character. I found her best friend, Nayna, a lot more interesting.

    I don't dislike Isa, it's just that she didn't really capture my attention. She's okay but her character didn't wow me.

    Despite that, I did enjoy this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. I'm hoping we'd get a Nayna book and maybe another Bishop brother? God, I hope so.


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