Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan

Falling Hard

Former actress Emma Rothschild is partying in Vegas in disguise. But I’m not fooled. Five years ago, I knew that body better than my own, and I haven’t forgotten a single detail—not the curve of her hip beneath my hand or the hitch in her breath when I kiss her neck. When Emma’s unexpectedly left alone in Sin City, I agree to spend the weekend with her. As friends. Why not...

Title:Falling Hard
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ISBN:1546497889
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:376 pages

Falling Hard Reviews

  • Kim

    The Blackhawk boys are spread out now with some of them playing for different NFL teams. But a weekend in Vegas for Arrow's bachelor party will be a great way to spend some time together with friends, especially when their girl crew tags along. But Keegan never expected to run into Emma Rothschild...his first real love and the girl who broke his heart. She was America's Sweetheart...the child star who could never escape the media attention or run from her issues. When he was younger, Ke

    The Blackhawk boys are spread out now with some of them playing for different NFL teams. But a weekend in Vegas for Arrow's bachelor party will be a great way to spend some time together with friends, especially when their girl crew tags along. But Keegan never expected to run into Emma Rothschild...his first real love and the girl who broke his heart. She was America's Sweetheart...the child star who could never escape the media attention or run from her issues. When he was younger, Keegan was a different person than he is today and he is determined to leave that behind. He has worked hard to graduate, own a business, play in the NFL, and make a good life for his toddler daughter.

    They were two people with dark hidden pasts who made each other whole for awhile five years ago, but were left heartbroken. And now that they are back in each other's presence, all the feelings, anger, regret, and questions return. They find themselves in Sin City making impulsive decisions that will have new implications on their current lives. Just how five years ago their lives were irrevocably changed.

    There were a lot of layers to their pasts and their lives that neither knew the full extent of. Their history was twisted. There were so many secrets, lies, omissions, assumptions, and mistakes. Their communication of important topics was terrible. She was a runner. He was an avoider. They both had insecurities and never felt good enough, accepted, and truly loved. They were terrified that the truth would cause them to lose each other, but ultimately they did anyway. Their chemistry and attraction was intense. Their feelings were strong, and continued to affect them and never really waned with time. But trust and sharing were huge issues for this couple that cost them so much in the past and still affect them in the present.

    There were plenty of challenges, misconceptions, and pain to navigate. Their lives were complicated. They had people that were not supportive or willing to cause issues and stir up fears. But there were also those friends that have become their family and support system. I enjoyed more with the Blackhawk crew and seeing some changes with them. I am even more excited to finally get Mason and Bailey's story now.

    This was an intriguing, emotional passionate, second-chance love story with some twists. It was told in dual points of view past and present and their pasts were gradually revealed along the way. I loved the intricate layers and surprises. I liked seeing Keegan grow into a mature young Dad and adult. He was so closed off and a player before, but we can see his good heart and sense of responsibility and protectiveness not only with Emma, but also with Olivia, the mother of his daughter (that girl is another story and I still just want to shake her). I liked Emma and could understand her issues and insecurities. They were catalysts for change for each other in different times and in different ways. But the road towards honesty, trust, hope, and belief in true love was not an easy one.

    I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

    From the beginning of the Blackhawk Boys series, Spinning Out has been my absolute favorite, not because all of Lexi Ryan's couples aren't as great as Mia and Arrow, but because the suspense had me tied in knots. Now after reading Falling Hard, I have a new favorite. Lexi Ryan brings out all the stops with Keegan and Emma's story filling the pages full of secrets, lies, deceit, and a love that blooms despite all of that. There was so much intrig

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

    From the beginning of the Blackhawk Boys series, Spinning Out has been my absolute favorite, not because all of Lexi Ryan's couples aren't as great as Mia and Arrow, but because the suspense had me tied in knots. Now after reading Falling Hard, I have a new favorite. Lexi Ryan brings out all the stops with Keegan and Emma's story filling the pages full of secrets, lies, deceit, and a love that blooms despite all of that. There was so much intrigue and desire that it was impossible to get this fine Blackhawk boy and his red headed temptress out of my mind.

    Keegan Keller had all my senses buzzing from the moment his story was starting to emerge in the beginning of the series. I couldn't wait for him to meet someone that would treat him right instead of his “baby mama” Olivia. Lexi gave readers what we wanted when she created Emma just for him. She weaved us back and forth between their past and their present so we could experience all of their secrecy and heartache that led them to this point in their lives. I looked like an obsessed viewer of a horror flick watching the kindle screen flip from page to page with crazy eyes wondering what was going to happen next between these two. It didn't hurt that Keegan is the sexiest NFL playing, single father with the best moves to win Emma's heart and body over both in and out of the bedroom.

    Emma Rothschild might have spent her childhood being “America's chubby sweetheart” on screen, but now she is spending her life living a lie and being someone that she is not. Little did she know that a weekend away in Vegas and running into an old flame would send her heart and body in a tailspin. Emma pulled so hard on my heartstrings that I was for sure this “emotionally taxing” heroine was going to rip my heart from my chest. I couldn't help but become attached to Emma and want to see her vindicated and find happy ever after with a man that would appreciate her for her beautiful heart and killer curves.

    Lexi Ryan delivers another soul gripping, heart pounding read in the Blackhawk series that will leave you panting and ready for a taste of Mason in the upcoming book. I highly recommend Falling Hard for another chiseled, good looking football player that knows all the right plays to make. Lexi has not once disappointed me with her writing, story telling, and amazing characters that have kept me addicted since I have started reading her books. I cannot wait to be drawn back into this world and am always left greedy for more. So bring on Mason and Bailey's story, because I am In Too Deep with these Blackhawk boys to ever let them go!

  • Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    Falling Hard is a second chance romance between a former child star and an NFL football player. I'm not sure I'd call this story angsty in the same way I typically use the word, but this book is tumultuous, with layers upon layers up

    Falling Hard is a second chance romance between a former child star and an NFL football player. I'm not sure I'd call this story angsty in the same way I typically use the word, but this book is tumultuous, with layers upon layers upon layers of difficulty and secrets and lies and mistakes and heartache. Lexi Ryan has brought all of the Blackhawk boys through their own personal versions of hell, through some serious drama and out the other side to their happily ever afters, tugging the heartstrings of the reader the whole way through. Keegan's story is no different. Rife with heartbreak and longing, Falling Hard is an intricately woven romance full of complicated secrets, gut wrenching truths, and blissfully romantic second chances.

    Every time I close a Lexi Ryan book, I'm convinced her writing and storytelling can't get any better. I'm repeatedly proven wrong. The writing in this book is simply stunning and the manner in which this story was so meticulously crafted is truly on another level. I've loved every book in this series, but there's something about Falling Hard that felt more layered, more complex, more intense. I'll say it again, I've loved every one of the Blackhawk boys and their stories, but this book showcased Lexi Ryan's writing talents in a whole new light for me.

    Falling Hard pulled me in IMMEDIATELY. A surprise reunion in Vegas between Keegan and Emma, whose brief romance was cut short before it really ever had a chance to begin, spirals into something no one could've seen coming. In fact, with each turn of the page, I was kicked in the gut with more of the unexpected... more heartache, more information about the past, more side characters threatening what might be. As the story unfolds, as this messy dynamic evolves, I found myself turning the pages at rapid fire speed, ravenous for this puzzle to piece itself together for me. Keegan's life is messy. Emma's life is messy. Their brief romance was messy, full of secrets and deception. When they see each other again for the first time after five years, so much has changed, but the secrets keep coming, the emotional hits relentless. What was once messy grows exponentially more so with each omission, with their renewed attraction, with all that was done in the dark starting to come into the light. When I say this story is complicated, it's an understatement. This story is devastating in many ways, infuriating in others, but always hopeful. Always romantic. Always riveting.

    I love this series because of how very different every single book is. I love this series because I never know what I'm going to get when I open the newest book, but I'm always swept away in another gripping storyline. I love this series because of how heavy each book is. These characters are pushed to the brink, facing devastating situations that kick the reader right in the gut. And Lexi Ryan nails it every time, delivering stories that are as romantic as they are emotionally torturous. Falling Hard is another winner in one of my top favorite series, a story of hope and forgiveness, acceptance and love. It's riddled with pain and drama and steam and lush romance, all woven seamlessly together by polished writing. I can't get enough of this series and I'm already sad I read this book so quickly. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. And I can't wait for the next!

  • Mari

    3.5 stars

    I'm new to this series and jumped in late. While this works as standalone I'm sure there are little things a long the way that could influence the reading experience. I'm not the biggest fan of secrets in a blurb they don't always turn out well but you know sucker for single dads I had to see. So being minority is probably norm.

    It started a tad slow for me having to catch up to names and various info. You get an intro to the other previous couple and some backstory. I wanted to know w

    3.5 stars

    I'm new to this series and jumped in late. While this works as standalone I'm sure there are little things a long the way that could influence the reading experience. I'm not the biggest fan of secrets in a blurb they don't always turn out well but you know sucker for single dads I had to see. So being minority is probably norm.

    It started a tad slow for me having to catch up to names and various info. You get an intro to the other previous couple and some backstory. I wanted to know what is it happened to Emma and Keegan and we get little glimpses of it. Honestly it took me while to get into their story, it was so awkward and tension filled. Keegan seemed like he had so much in his past that affects his present. Same as Emma, she has her fair share of issues.

    I don't know whether the other books contained more of what happened between the baby momma and Keegan. We get a brief run down and tidbits but it seemed there was lot more there. Aside from that crazy ass secrets. There was a lot of drama going down, I had an idea going in there would be . I had a hard time appreciating the actual story with everything else going on. It does seem interesting though I'll say nothing boring.

    With so much going on in the start and till the end it wraps up pretty fast. It's entertaining and intriguing though. I'm The series running theme seem to be characters with secrets and overcoming them. Lexi Ryan sure knows how to write a well conceived story chock full of everything in between.

    *** ARC kindly provided for an honest review ***

  • Jessica Alcazar

    So here’s what happened …. I read book two of the series,

    , last year for a blog tour. If you read the review you will know that I

    . And I meant to go back to book one,

    , and then life happened or something and out of nowhere, book three,

    is happening and I’m like whaaaaaaaaaaat … but wait, life again and book FOUR,

    is coming up for promo and #anxiety And then

    … I met

    in person a couple of weeks ag

    So here’s what happened …. I read book two of the series,

    , last year for a blog tour. If you read the review you will know that I

    . And I meant to go back to book one,

    , and then life happened or something and out of nowhere, book three,

    is happening and I’m like whaaaaaaaaaaat … but wait, life again and book FOUR,

    is coming up for promo and #anxiety And then

    … I met

    in person a couple of weeks ago at the

    and got to spend some time with her chatting about books and life! *happy sigh* (

    ) SO, I get back from the convention and #bingereading began! :)

    So I’m gonna roll these last four books out for you in one review by saying

    is

    Lol

    So I’m not going back and doing an individual review of the stories I haven’t reviewed but I will say that ….

    Okay, so this turned out a little longer than I expected but I mean every word. These are NOT just sports romance stories and these are NOT just

    stories. You just have to trust me on the power that

    has with a pen!

  • Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Give Me Books***

    Emma and Keegan have a history that ended in a messy way 5 years ago when they were 18. It's been 5 years and they run into one another in Vegas, and the attraction is still there for both of them.

    The story is told in a series of present and flashbacks. And, I liked Emma and Keegan in the present. They were compelling and interesting characters I could relate to. I was not as fond of 18 year old Emma and Keegan.

    I had issues with the 18 year old c

    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Give Me Books***

    Emma and Keegan have a history that ended in a messy way 5 years ago when they were 18. It's been 5 years and they run into one another in Vegas, and the attraction is still there for both of them.

    The story is told in a series of present and flashbacks. And, I liked Emma and Keegan in the present. They were compelling and interesting characters I could relate to. I was not as fond of 18 year old Emma and Keegan.

    I had issues with the 18 year old characters for a couple of reasons. First, they seemed the same. The older, more adult, Keegan and Emma seemed exactly the same as the younger versions. They worked as 23 year olds, but not really as 18 year olds. Second, too much time was spent with them, with the rehashing of a story that ended badly. You need the backstory in a second chance romance, but you don't need the entire story.

    I didn't like that so much of the story took place in the past. It made the pacing tough to follow. I finally got to know them in the present, and I was pulled into the past. And, there was too much of it. I felt like I was reading 2 different stories about a couple of characters who were the same people, but different, if that makes any sense.

    I didn't hate this book, I actually did enjoy a lot of it. But I was not really able to fully relate to the characters as I didn't feel I ever got to know them in the present.

  • Kathleen R.

    Falling Hard

    Lexi Ryan

    All of a sudden, I wish I had found out about Lexi Ryan before getting my hands on Falling Hard. It was the type of book that made me curious about the rest of her NFL players and how they can deal with the obstacles they face. I'm not a football fan- heck, every other second I'm wondering why an 80 minute game is lasting hours upon hours before it ends. But I will say that those players have the most enviable rears I've ever seen. So, whe

    Falling Hard

    Lexi Ryan

    All of a sudden, I wish I had found out about Lexi Ryan before getting my hands on Falling Hard. It was the type of book that made me curious about the rest of her NFL players and how they can deal with the obstacles they face. I'm not a football fan- heck, every other second I'm wondering why an 80 minute game is lasting hours upon hours before it ends. But I will say that those players have the most enviable rears I've ever seen. So, when I picked up Lexi Ryan's novel, I went in expecting nothing and everything, somewhere hoping that just maybe I'll understand the game a little better, but instead getting to know the men behind the game.

    I did enjoy this book, making me more than a little curious about what else Lexi Ryan has to offer and how the other books in the series stack up to Keegan and Emma's story as we get caught up in the second chances romance of these two. It was interesting, captivating and it was a surprise when I've read so many sports romances since I've begun my blogger/reader journey almost three years ago. Now I'm left with another dilemma: do I wait until the next instalment to continue the Blackhawk Boys series or do I simp,y start from the beginning now and hope that the next novel will be ready by the time I'm done!!

    *ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from

  • Chrissy

    I’ve been a lover of this series since it released, and I was so looking forward to Keegan’s story, but where the three previous books were five star reads for me, this one fell a bit short. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it, but Falling Hard just didn’t make me “fall hard” for Keegan and Emma as much as I wanted too.

    Emma and Keegan have a history, and five years ago both of their hearts were broken. When they see each other again in Vegas, the chemistry an

    I’ve been a lover of this series since it released, and I was so looking forward to Keegan’s story, but where the three previous books were five star reads for me, this one fell a bit short. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it, but Falling Hard just didn’t make me “fall hard” for Keegan and Emma as much as I wanted too.

    Emma and Keegan have a history, and five years ago both of their hearts were broken. When they see each other again in Vegas, the chemistry and feelings reignite and as much as Keegan wants to hate Emma he can’t and as much as Emma wants to be with Keegan, she can’t. These two have a very complicated story, that plays out through this entire book, and I wanted to strangle them throughout most of it. If one or both of them would have come clean about ALL of their truths earlier in the book I think I would have enjoyed this more, because then they would have had more time to work on moving forward, but instead it was a bunch of dancing around the past and their feelings for one another.

    One thing I did really enjoy about this book was when things were good between these two. I loved the banter and the back and forth between Emma and Keegan and seeing glimpses of their past and the summer they spent together. Watching the love they had for one another before everything went wrong, and watching them try to reconnect again. You can tell they belong together, but both of them are too stubborn, but just reading their thoughts you can feel how scared they are to let the other one in, and how much they still care for one another even throughout all the hurt.

    Seeing the characters from previous books was also a plus, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you’ll love them even if you don’t know their full stories, Lexi Ryan does a great job of catching you up! Like I said, I really did enjoy Falling Hard, but compared to the other books in the Blackhawk Boys Series, it fell short for me. Emma and Keegan are amazing, but I wish that the entire book wasn’t them fighting to repair things, or fighting their feelings, and we had a little more of them actually accepting that they belong together. The epilogue was amazing though and I can’t wait to read Mason’s story now!


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