Review: Too Hard to Resist by Robin Bielman (Wherever You Go #3)
Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Love found me by accident. I wasn't looking for it when Madison showed up at my office, eager, innocent, and so beautiful. I think back on all the times I saw her before that morning but never really looked at her. She belong to someone else, so I never ventured beyond a brief "hello."
Now she belongs with me.
I hope I'm not too late.
If Wherever You Go had a placeholder on my all-time favorite series list last year after I had read the first and second novels, it's cemented a spot on said list after I fell in love with Too Hard to Resist, the third and what I'm presuming is (gulp!) the final title in the series. My expectations have been consistently high, thanks to the fact that both Talk British to Me and Lips Close to Mine were such amazing reads for me. With twenty-four-year-olds Elliot Sax and Madison Hastings finally getting their shot at the happily-ever-after their best friends now have, I knew I was in for a bittersweet read, but these two had a love story that was complicated from the get-go and they certainly had to make some painful decisions, but goodness, the rewards that they--and I!--reaped were worth it.
After leaving her cheating fiancé at the altar, Madison Hastings has struggled to regain her footing. She wants to be more independent, especially if it would mean being able to move out of her parents' place, so making sure her latest temp job will lead to a more permanent position is a must. Fortunately, working at ZipMeds feels like a great fit for Madison. She gets on well with her co-workers, the pay is great, and her immediate boss has offered to make her position as his personal assistant permanent. The one hiccup? Her boss is none other than Elliot Sax. The same Elliot who's best friends and roommates with Mateo Gallagher and Levi Pierce. The same Mateo and Levi who are madly in love with Madison's best friends, Teague Watters and Harper McKinney, respectively. Separating their professional and personal relationships shouldn't be too difficult...but that was before they started falling in love.
It would be easy to classify this as an office romance, but it's also much more than that. Elliot and Madison's love story should have been inevitable because they're basically the two single people left in their circle of friends, but as expected as it is that they would be paired together, it's also a romance that's fraught with complexities and possible issues. After all, Elliot is Madison's boss, and there's a no-fraternization clause in both their contracts. These two are career-driven, and getting together would lead to dire consequences and have their jobs--which they actually both like--at risk. So, what hope is there for them, especially given how drawn they are to each other, no thanks to their constant contact with one another at work? Well, that's what you're going to have to find out when you read their story. Suffice it to say that choices will need to be made by both, as well as possible sacrifices.
The back and forth--should they or shouldn't they--was something that I had already expected, but I appreciated that there was a heck of a lot of thought that both main characters put into it. I've lost count of the number of books I've read where two people who work together get it on within the first chapter or have already done it only to realize that they'll be working together. See, what I love best about this book in particular and the series in general is the creative spin Robin Bielman's put into the well-loved tropes she's employed. Not a single one in this trio of love stories reads or feels the same. I've relished my time with these three couples, but I'm also sad because this is the end of the series. Dare I hope that there may be a spin-off involving three particular guys featured here? Or maybe even just one with bachelor number three? Please, Robin Bielman?I know I'm sounding cryptic but I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so go peruse this book already! Too Hard to Resist is, indeed, irresistibly fab. Five-plus stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Wherever You Go series:
Talk British to Me (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Lips Close to Mine (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review
Too Hard to Resist (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 16 April 2018
Date Read: 15 April 2018
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