HARD TO GET
HAVEN’S COVE SERIES, BOOK 2
RELEASE DATE: 04.19.18
COVER DESIGN by Cate Ashwood Designs
Gabe D’Angelo has it all. Designer clothes, luxury cars, a cool confidence most would envy, and a never-ending supply of money—and men. When he arrived in Haven’s Cove to be there for his best friend, he never imagined he’d end up extending his stay indefinitely. Small town living isn’t so bad after all, and the views are magnificent—especially the view of a sexy, rugged blond. But when that mysterious, brooding man refuses all Gabe’s advances, he is forced to take a step back and truly look at the person he’s become.
Nate Black moved from Boston to Haven’s Cove for his family. He’s missed small town living and the simple, tranquil life that comes with it. What he doesn’t bargain for is the pushy, spoiled playboy who’s set his eyes on Nate as his next conquest. Knowing this man has the potential to crack the foundation of his quiet life, Nate will do everything he can to protect his safe, closed-off world.
Is one man worth loving? Is the other worth the sacrifice? Or is the love they’re searching for not just hard to get but completely out of reach?
Jonah smirked and shrugged his shoulders. “I can try. Look, I think you need a distraction. Maybe even step away from the whole Nate situation a little.”
“Why, Jonah, you sly fox. Are you offering yourself as the commercial break from my regularly scheduled program?” Gabe said seductively, laughing as Jonah turned the color of a ripe tomato.
“Gabe…” Jonah squirmed in his chair, and Gabe couldn’t keep up the teasing.
Gabe patted Jonah’s hand and laughed. “I’m kidding, Jonah. Besides, I prefer devil’s food cake for dessert.” Gabe winked at him.
Jonah shook his head and chuckled, looking offended. “What are you trying to say? I’m vanilla?”
Gabe let his eyes roam over Jonah’s muscular body as he sat in the chair, making sure to take in every bulge. “Oh…no, sir. Not vanilla. Let’s just say, I enjoy something a little more sinful, and you definitely have angel’s food written all over you.”
Jonah’s skin was flushed from Gabe’s roaming eyes as he squirmed in his chair a little. “I’ll try to take that as a compliment.”
“Absolutely. You should.” Gabe smiled.
Jonah returned the smile, relaxing again, and said, “Why don’t you come to the gym with me? I can get you a pass. I know it’s not the fun you had in mind,” Jonah laughed, “but it could be a good distraction. Not to mention, the scenery isn’t all that bad.” Jonah wiggled his eyebrows up and down.
Gabe suddenly had visions of hot, sweaty bodies, muscles straining with exertion, grunts of men as they lifted. Why hadn’t he thought of it himself?
Jonah smirked. “By the look on your face, I’d say you’re interested.”
Gabe narrowed his eyes then grinned. “I have to say, Jonah, for someone who doesn’t know me all that well you seem to have read me correctly.”
“Remember you said that,” Jonah said. “Pretty sure it applies to everything I’ve said to you just now.”
Gabe hung his head and laughed. “Walked into that one, I suppose.”
“So, you’ll come?” Jonah asked.
“Maybe a little later. Right now, I think I’ll go to the gym with you,” Gabe said and watched as Jonah blushed once again.
“And I walked into that one.” Jonah chuckled.
Gabe stood up and walked Jonah to the door. “Shall I follow you, or do you want to just give me the address?”
Jonah reached his hand in his pocket and pulled out his car keys. “I’m on my way there now. If it won’t take you long to get ready, I’ll wait in my car.”
“I’ll only be five minutes. I may be high-maintenance, but believe it or not, I don’t wear my Armani suits to the gym.”
Jonah chuckled again and nodded his head. “Okay, I’ll be in my car. The gym’s in Maple Grove, the next town over, but still only takes ten minutes to get there. You can follow me.” Jonah opened the door then turned back around with a wicked smile. “Oh, and by the way, even angels fall every now and then, and it’s twice the ride. Scorching on the way down, but the best f*cking ecstasy you’ve ever felt on the way back up.” It was Jonah who winked that time, and Gabe found himself with a sh*tload more respect for the guy.
After meeting Gabe in Hard to Let Go as Brody’s best friend, I was excited to read his story next. Hard to Get definitely lived up to my expectations, and I loved getting to know beyond the surface with both Gabe and Nate.
While the fronts the two men present are pretty much opposite of each other, they actually have events in their past in common (not the same event, but the same type each). Gabe is outwardly the quintessential playboy, brash and overflowing with innuendos—not just around Nate, but with everyone. He may show this naughty exterior, but he’s really just protecting his heart. Nate is more reserved, keeping to himself and valuing family above all else. He’s been hurt before just like Gabe, though Nate’s hurt also resulted in a lot more responsibility on his shoulders.
Once Gabe is able to make it past Nate’s barriers—first as a friend, and later as more—the two of them slowly build a friendship, eventually turning that into some crazy hot physical intimacy once Nate realizes Gabe’s interactions with Nate’s family are truly heartfelt and have touched both men emotionally.
We get to see returning characters from the first book of the series—it was so good to see them again, and they do play important roles in this story, and do an excellent job of supporting Nate and Gabe. My interest is already piqued for Jonah and Cameron’s story, I really hope that one comes soon! Nate’s parents are great, and his mom is a sneaky one (and thankfully so!). Gabe’s father—not so much. He’s one of those characters that I’m breaking out the word “hate” to describe my feelings.
Another smashing 5 stars for Hard to Get…if you haven’t started reading this author, don’t put it off! Jaclyn Quinn has already landed on my author watch list even though this is just her second book. Though this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I personally would recommend reading them in order so you can get Brody and Owen’s story along with your first glimpse at Gabe and Nate since it’s a good setup for this book. Hard to Get is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have been an artist from a very young age. From drawing cartoon characters and evolving into portraits, making jewelry, photography, and now writing. I have an amazing support system in my family and friends and couldn’t be more grateful.
I live in central New Jersey, love summers at the Jersey Shore, rock music, wine, sexy men, and laughing a lot with my amazing friends and family. Sunday dinners at my parents’ house are crazy, hysterical and you can count on a movie quote…or ten…being thrown out. Insults between siblings is how we show our love for each other!
When I’m not creating, you can find me reading books from my favorite authors. I’m a hopeless romantic, starving for passionate characters and always craving that happy ending, whether in reading or in writing my own books.