I'll be honest...I was hesitant to read this book considering her last book that was released (Tiebreaker) was an absolute mess of a story and the author had written a character in a way she said she would never do. So I'd lost all interest in this author for that. But after a couple of friends had read this and recommended it, I decided to give her another chance. And I'm glad I did. When it comes to romance, everyone has their own definition of what they think it means. For me, the hero needs to be loyal. I don't think it's too much to ask, but these days you'd be surprised how hard these heroes are to find. Needless to say, the hero in this book was all that and more. Amanda is the sister of the hero in the first book in this series. And while she hasn't been what one would expect in a heroine, she was someone I definitely wanted to know more about. From the first moment Amanda and the hero, Grant, met, it was like fireworks...but not necessarily in a good way. I loved how it wasn't instalove (that gets boring for me) and that the focus was on the two of them actually building a relationship. And Grant was such a great hero! I loved how he never made her second-guess him, and immediately set her mind at ease when her jealousy radar would be up. There was no manipulating or going out of their way to make the other jealous. They acted like adults, and it was a great read I would recommend.
Bulldozer is book 3 in the Hard to Love series, however it can still be read as a standalone. In saying that - I was thrilled when I started to read and realised that Mandy and Sam were familiar to me as they were Cal's sister/nephew from Wrecking Ball, the first book in the series. I noticed this author had a new release and one clicked without paying much attention to the synopsis. I really enjoyed the previous 2 books in this series, so knew that the probability was high that this would also be a great read.
Mandy has worked really hard to get her life together, and the next step in that process was the opening of another yoga studio near the beach. Luckily for her and her son Sam her brother Cal has a beach house she can temporarily live in.
Mandy and Grant's introduction to each other in this book is hilarious - poor Mandy, neither she nor Grant realised they were going to be getting a housemate. Grant Hendricks is definitely an interesting guy. His initial attitude towards Mandy has her giving him the nickname of " angry dude ", and he does kinda deserve it. To start with anyway.
Sam adds lots of humour to the story - he's so literal, and some of the things he said made me LOL. This book had all the things I love - humour, slow burn romance, lots of chemistry, and a really awkward beginning for the 2 main characters.
I almost exclusively read mm books but I make an exception for this author cause she is so damn great. To say I was excited for this books release would be an understatement. With that said I am sorry to say it just a tad bit dissapointed. I did like this book but not as much as the others in the series. I think what I struggled with in this book, is the slight departure from the tone of the other books in the series. The only way I can describe it is that it felt less. The heroine wasn't as fiery or strong. The hero felt a bit absent in the beginning.The slow burn didn't burn as long. The content was a bit heavier. I also felt it was a bit more sappy, which is not a bad thing, it was just different. It seemed to lack the constant lol moments too. It was still good don't get me wrong, just not a knock out of the park. 3.5-4 stars.
Another entertaining and enjoyable narrative by Paola Dangelico. And I'm sorry but that's about all the bigger descriptive words I've got, perhaps I need a notebook! I have really enjoyed all of the books in this series, and this one is no exception P. Dangelico is a favourite author and automatic purchase now.
“I’ve made mistakes, more than my share. But Grant? He’s the right to all my wrongs.”
Bulldozer is my second book by P. Dangelico and I am absolutely loving her writing and the characters she creates. I have to go back and read some of her back catalogue because if they are half as good as Bulldozer, then I know I am in for a treat. This story was just the perfect amount of fun, sexy feels and slow burning romance to keep me captivated throughout.
The first meeting between Amanda and Grant was probably one of the most memorable and hilarious first meetings I can recall reading in recent times. It was just written impeccably with the perfect combination of awkwardness and laugh out loud humor.
Amanda is such a sweetheart and cares a lot for her son Sam. She has made some mistakes in her life, but she owned up to them and is making an effort to better her life for her son. She has no idea what is install for her when she meets grumpy NFL star Grant Hendricks.
A career ending injury has wounded Grant deeper than anything else in his life. The thought of not playing football again scares him to death and as a result, has become super grumpy and has built up a massive metaphorical fortress to shield himself from the world. Little does he know Amanda is the one woman who can break down those walls he’s built up and reveal the beautiful man inside.
One of the things I loved most about Bulldozer was the slow build up and development of Amanda and Grant and the anticipation of their fiery relationship turning into something quite remarkable and intense.
I tend to love my enemies to lovers stories to be jam packed full of angst which adds to the anticipation and I love nothing more than the push and pull that comes along with this trope. Even though Bulldozer was low on the angst, I still enjoyed it all the same and highly recommend.
Bulldozer by P. Dangelico is the third book in her Hard To Love series. A contemporary romance told in single POV, a standalone and a happily ever after this book was awesome-sauce and then some.
Amanda Shaw is a single mom, successful in her Yoga business partnership with her best friend and ready to open their satellite studio in the Hamptons. Thank goodness her brother, retired NFL footballer Calvin Shaw, has a home here where she and her son can stay while she oversees the renovations and grand opening. What she does NOT expect is the entirely fully naked gloriousness of one Grant Hendricks in the kitchen when she thought the place was empty. One 911 call later and he is still naked and now not overly pleased with the situation.
Grant Decker is taking a break for the summer. From Practice while he is recovering from spinal surgery, from his home in the Hamptons to avoid the paparazzi, and he thought, from people in general until his teammate's sister and son arrive and interrupt his lazy beer drinking, wandering around naked days.
Powerful emotions, funny situations, strong emotional characters with honest flaws that you can still love. This story was well-paced and well-written and this author is definitely holding a spot on my fave authors list! Enjoy!
I have loved reading books by this author, this one didn’t quite get me hooked like the others have unfortunately. It was still a good read and was really funny in some parts.
Mandy turns up at her brother’s beach house and gets the surprise of her life. She is a strong heroine and is recovering from a vice that not many can shake. She has a son, that in my opinion, was a little rude at the start of the book, but I guess it’s understandable after what has happened between them.
Grant is an NFL player, and a friend of Mandy’s brothers. He is recovering and has secrets. He is such a grumpy man at the start of this book, but I warmed up to him. He was actually quite sweet by the end, and a good man. He was really good with Mandy’s son as well.
I read the book rather quickly, in just a couple of hours. Even though some parts of the story I didn’t quite connect with, there were a lot of parts in the book that held my interest and made the book hard to put down. I laughed a lot and the secondary characters were also fun to read. Can’t wait for more from this author.