Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
I have been there for Noah and Miranda in Sara Ney’s Hard Pass. I was there for Trace “Buzz” Wallace and Hollis in Hard Fall, and I was front and center for Tripp and Chandler in Hard Love. In a word, Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series has been zany… with heroes who act out and heroines who keep them grounded. At the end of Hard Love, <spoiler alert> Ney reveals a surprise pregnancy for Trace and Tripp’s younger sister, True, and I was excited. For one, I like surprise baby romances, and secondly, I was intrigued to find out True’s hero in Ney’s newest book, Hard Luck.
At the beginning of Hard Luck, I found myself invested in the way that Tripp’s next-door neighbor, Molly, managed True. The compassion and maturity of Molly make you fall in love with her, so much so, that this reader would love to see a future Molly story. However, as the story progresses, honestly….and I hate to say it, the story lose steam. I adore Sara Ney. She has this capacity for capturing what I think we know as a male POV in her books. Whether it’s d-bag boyfriends or jocks or billionaires, Sara Ney’s brand of romance feels masculine in a way.
However, Hard Luck falls flat. There are so many inconsistencies in the development of both her hero and heroine that it undermines the progression of the story. Even then, I’m not sure that Hard Luck has a traditional happy ending. It’s really a happy ending for now with ‘maybe’ the promise of a happy ending later. Even more, I thought after Hard Fall that Trace would lose his immaturity. In Hard Luck, Trace’s immaturity is on full display, and it grates on you. Tripp, their oldest brother and the hero of Hard Love, is a stronger character, and True grows stronger as her and Mateo’s story progresses, but I was fairly underwhelmed with this newest book. And, quite frankly, that makes me sad because I wanted more for True and the surprise baby trope.
If you’ve read the first three books of this series, then I do recommend Hard Luck simply so you can stay “in the loop” of the series. However, if you’ve never read this series, I wouldn’t recommend starting here. I’m not sure you’d want to read any of the other books.
In love and romance,