Hard To Handle by R.C. Boldt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Laney and Foster grew up without a father. One day, he just decided that family life wasn’t for him, and he left. Hearing their mother cry herself to sleep each night, set in motion Laney’s rule to live by; don’t allow a man to get inside your heart - they only bring heartache.
Zachariah Mayson knew from the first moment he laid eyes on Laney, that she was the one for him, but when he tried to talk to her, his words got jumbled and he ended up insulting her. From then onwards, Laney wouldn’t give him the time of day. They had the same group of friends, though, so they developed a love/hate relationship - mainly hate. They would sling insults at each other all the time.
Watching Raine and Mac get married brought up some emotions that Laney had pushed down. She wanted someone to look at her the way Mac looked at Raine. But that was silly, right? Laney doesn’t do relationships.
I loved getting to see both Laney and Zach’s perspectives, and see what was going on through their heads as they flirted with the idea of something more than hate. I loved seeing Laney’s walls slowly come down, and soften her. I loved seeing how much Zach adored her.
This is the second in the Teach Me series, and I thought it would be hard to top Wildest Dream, but I actually think Hard to Handle is my new favourite! I love that this series focuses on a different couple each time and I can’t wait to see what happens with Lawson - he is by far my favourite character! He has all the best lines, a true smartass.
R.C. Boldt is definitely becoming one of my go-to authors!
RC Boldt’s Teach Me series gives us a closer look at just how thin the line is between love and hate…
Fifth grade social studies teacher, Laney Kavanaugh, is no stranger to being left behind – her father taught her that at a young age. That’s why she always has her eyes wide open when it comes to men. She’s determined she will never again be the one left behind. She doesn’t let sex blur what they’re really doing; it’s always just sex.
Zachariah Mayson, fifth grade writing and English teacher, has been the bane of Laney’s existence from the moment they met at their shared elementary school. She can’t stand him. He gets under her skin like no other and is always utterly obnoxious in his attempts –and successes–in getting a rise out of her.
Until the wedding.
The night of their friends’ wedding, Laney gives in to a moment of melancholy, knowing she’ll never be able to let her guard down enough to let a guy close, let alone someday get married. She and Zach end up having the hottest night she’d ever experienced, showing her another side of him, a softer, sweeter one he’d hidden from her until now. Because now, he hoped she was finally ready to “see” him.
But when you’ve always guarded yourself against falling in love, can you let go of the past in order to embrace the future?
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