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"Hard Fall" That's what my mom is always saying: "The bigger you are, the harder you fall." She's talking about love—I've never been in it myself, but that doesn't stop me from secretly matchmaking for my friends. Who would suspect me, a world class athlete, of meddling in other people's love lives? I love Love, especially when it’s not me who’s doing the falling… "No Thanks "Hard Fall" That's what my mom is always saying: "The bigger you are, the harder you fall." She's talking about love—I've never been in it myself, but that doesn't stop me from secretly matchmaking for my friends. Who would suspect me, a world class athlete, of meddling in other people's love lives? I love Love, especially when it’s not me who’s doing the falling… "No Thanks." That's what Hollis Westbrooke said when I asked her on a date. Well, propositioned her, actually—but it was all a big joke; one she doesn't think is funny. My stomach is in knots since I might actually like this girl so the joke is on me. Hollis’s father is my boss—and she doesn't date players. The bigger they are, the harder they fall—especially when biggest player is me.


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"Hard Fall" That's what my mom is always saying: "The bigger you are, the harder you fall." She's talking about love—I've never been in it myself, but that doesn't stop me from secretly matchmaking for my friends. Who would suspect me, a world class athlete, of meddling in other people's love lives? I love Love, especially when it’s not me who’s doing the falling… "No Thanks "Hard Fall" That's what my mom is always saying: "The bigger you are, the harder you fall." She's talking about love—I've never been in it myself, but that doesn't stop me from secretly matchmaking for my friends. Who would suspect me, a world class athlete, of meddling in other people's love lives? I love Love, especially when it’s not me who’s doing the falling… "No Thanks." That's what Hollis Westbrooke said when I asked her on a date. Well, propositioned her, actually—but it was all a big joke; one she doesn't think is funny. My stomach is in knots since I might actually like this girl so the joke is on me. Hollis’s father is my boss—and she doesn't date players. The bigger they are, the harder they fall—especially when biggest player is me.

30 review for Hard Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars I need a girl I can bring home to my mother, and Hollis Westbrooke is perfect in every way. Other than the fact that she hates me… 
Reading Hard Fall was such a blast. Seriously, this one was so much fun to read. I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot, but I think I liked this one even more. Buzz was such a hilarious hero and I loved getting his perspective. 
 Trace ‘Buzz’ Wallace meets Hollis Westbrooke at the stadium he plays ball and naturally, he hits on her. He 4 stars I need a girl I can bring home to my mother, and Hollis Westbrooke is perfect in every way. Other than the fact that she hates me… 
Reading Hard Fall was such a blast. Seriously, this one was so much fun to read. I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot, but I think I liked this one even more. Buzz was such a hilarious hero and I loved getting his perspective. 
 Trace ‘Buzz’ Wallace meets Hollis Westbrooke at the stadium he plays ball and naturally, he hits on her. He has no idea she’s his team managers daughter but once he finds out it doesn’t stop him. She needs to get her ex off her back and he needs to bring a girl home to make his mom happy. They are exactly what each other needs. Oh my goodness Buzz Wallace might be the funniest and sweetest hero I’ve read about. He’s such an oddball but I loved him so much. Hollis couldn’t resist his crazy charm as much as she tried. My favorite parts of this book were when they were around Buzz’s family and when Hollis started to see him for the kind of man he really is, not the guy he appears to be at first. Honestly, the only thing I would change about this book would be to make it longer. I wanted more from Buzz and Hollis, especially once they got together. This was an odd combo of slow burn/friends to lovers and a bit of insta love once they realized their feelings but it really worked for me. The first two books of this series have been wins for me and I’m looking forward to seeing where Sara Ney goes with the next. I kind of hope it’s about Buzz’s brother, even though he’s not a baseball player (he plays football) because I want more of the Wallace family. If you’re looking for a sports romance that will make you laugh out loud and that’s sweet and steamy, pick up Hard Fall.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Halle Reads

    4.5 Stars 🌟 Hard Fall is the 2nd book in the Trophy Boyfriends Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a laugh out loud romantic comedy between a professional baseball player and the daughter of his Boss with a fake dating element to it. When it comes to rom coms and any sort of sports romance I have a very specific type of hero I'm always drawn to and Trace 'Buzz' Wallace checks all the boxes. He is loud, obnoxiously funny, a little dorky, he has no boundaries but is a sweetheart, sup 4.5 Stars 🌟 Hard Fall is the 2nd book in the Trophy Boyfriends Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a laugh out loud romantic comedy between a professional baseball player and the daughter of his Boss with a fake dating element to it. When it comes to rom coms and any sort of sports romance I have a very specific type of hero I'm always drawn to and Trace 'Buzz' Wallace checks all the boxes. He is loud, obnoxiously funny, a little dorky, he has no boundaries but is a sweetheart, super supportive and a total hopeless romantic. He is basically part labrador, part man child with a heart of gold. He reminds me a lot of my fave man child Blake Riley and I. Am. Here. For. It. I don't know what it is about this type of hero but I can't help but love them. I pretty much spent the entire book smiling and laughing at every single thing he said or thought. I must've highlighted the entire book with all things Buzz Wallace. And we can't forget our main girl Hollis Westbrooke as I also loved her a lot. She is sassy, independent, kind and so very loveable. She is somewhat guarded and cautious when letting new people in having been used before due to her families connections and money and doesn't always know if people's interest in her is genuine. The first time she meets Buzz he can't help but hit on her and she is not into it at all. She doesn't date baseball players especially ones on the team run by her father. Having trouble with an ex who doesn't know when to back off she is swiftly rescued by Buzz which then leads them into sort of fake dating and shenanigans ensue, many many shenanigans. Also can we take a second to appreciate the brillance that is Hollis Wallace 😅💕 I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was highly entertaining and very reminiscent of Sara Ney's earlier work. I only wish the book's in this new series were longer as I'm sure I could read about these couples all day and I'm looking forward to the 3rd book. 《book aesthetic made by me. I do not own the pictures, all found via pinterest》

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    I was super excited to see that the second book in the Trophy Boyfriends series was Trace “Buzz” Wallace. I loved him so much in the previous book and I was hoping he would meet his match and cop a heap of trouble from Noah and Miranda as payback for all the Buzzness he put them through because man is he a character and a half. Even in his own story he was larger than life. In a way that felt like it would be painful if you didn’t know how absolutely caring and sincere he could be. Everything abo I was super excited to see that the second book in the Trophy Boyfriends series was Trace “Buzz” Wallace. I loved him so much in the previous book and I was hoping he would meet his match and cop a heap of trouble from Noah and Miranda as payback for all the Buzzness he put them through because man is he a character and a half. Even in his own story he was larger than life. In a way that felt like it would be painful if you didn’t know how absolutely caring and sincere he could be. Everything about Trace has you either wanting to smack him in the head or tear his clothes off and climb on. And his relationship with Hollis was on point. Hollis was utterly unique in her world. She had spent so much time being on the outside but close enough to know how it all worked and to know that she wanted more. And Trace was so much more. I could honestly wax poetic about how much I loved this couple. Although I do have to admit I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get more of Mirada and Noah. And I was really hoping for a little more drama from his craziness but then again what I got was pretty perfect so I am not complaining just wanting more. Of course, getting Trace 2.0 in his brother Tripp’s story next should be just as entertaining. And we can only hope that his family will be slightly more hilarious especially since I am sure Trace will give him a hard time for coming second. I really can’t wait.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Wilson

    Hard Fall is the second book in the Trophy Boyfriends series by Sara Ney. Told in dual perspectives, this is Trace 'Buzz' Wallace and Hollis Westbrooke's story. Now while I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot, I liked this one even more. It was a barrel full of laughs and so much fun to read. Buzz was such a sweet and hilarious hero. His antics in trying to win over the team's general manager's daughter were highly entertaining. The adorableness of these two slayed me, and I can't see an Hard Fall is the second book in the Trophy Boyfriends series by Sara Ney. Told in dual perspectives, this is Trace 'Buzz' Wallace and Hollis Westbrooke's story. Now while I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot, I liked this one even more. It was a barrel full of laughs and so much fun to read. Buzz was such a sweet and hilarious hero. His antics in trying to win over the team's general manager's daughter were highly entertaining. The adorableness of these two slayed me, and I can't see anyone not absolutely loving their story. Hollis meets Buzz when she goes to the stadium to visit her father. She accidentally gets off on the wrong floor, and this is where the two cross paths. He has no clue that she's his team's general manager's daughter, but once he finds out, that doesn't scare him off. His mom has been on his back about his love life and wanting grandbabies, and Hollis, being the girl next door type, is exactly who he needs to bring home to mom. Not to mention, he's exactly what she needs to get rid of her pesky ex. Their mutually beneficial fake relationship was a hoot, and in time, turned into something so much more. I absolutely loved each and every second spent with these two - the banter, the sass, the laughs, the swoons. I recommend this to anyone who loves a slow burn, friends-to-lovers, sports romance that will win over your heart. Five stars for Hollis, Buzz and Hard Fall!

  5. 4 out of 5

    ABookLover73

    Review coming soon

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    I love Sara Ney's stories! They are always banterific and full of sass and swoons. But while I thought Hollis and Trace's story was really cute with funny laugh out loud moments, Hard Fall was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed Hollis' sass, independence and wit and the endearing role reversal in the story where we see the hero's vulnerability and how he wore his heart on his sleeve. I just wish I felt more of a connection between the couple. I never really felt the swoons and butterflies in I love Sara Ney's stories! They are always banterific and full of sass and swoons. But while I thought Hollis and Trace's story was really cute with funny laugh out loud moments, Hard Fall was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed Hollis' sass, independence and wit and the endearing role reversal in the story where we see the hero's vulnerability and how he wore his heart on his sleeve. I just wish I felt more of a connection between the couple. I never really felt the swoons and butterflies in my stomach like I have with Ney's previous stories. Overall, while this story wasn't what I was expecting, I am intrigued by Tripp's story and the reason he is the way he is. 3.5 stars ~Ratula  *** In my review of Hard Pass I said of Buzz: I wasn't sure what to make of Buzz at first but, much like Miranda, I adored him for the lovable buffoon he was in the end. He was like a giant, overly-excitable golden retriever. Obnoxious and slobbery, but pure heart of gold. I can't wait to get my hands on his story. Holy cow, was that description apt. A giant, lovable golden retriever, indeed. This guy. Equal parts perplexing and endearing, he took a bit for me to get used to. In fact, I would imagine that my emotional processing of Buzz was similar to Hollis's emotional processing of Buzz. There wasn't an immediate connection. But over time, he won me over. He was sweet and heartfelt. He was immature and buffoonish, but also steadfast and sincere. And paired with Hollis's own quirks and sassy, down-to-earth personality, it's easy to buy into their happily ever after. That said, I didn't feel this book the way I wanted to. Here we had two likable characters in all their banterific, playful glory. But the chemistry was off for me. I enjoyed their story, but it felt like it stayed on a superficial level for me. No butterflies, no delicious ache in my heart. I think I might have liked a little more depth or complexity to these characters. It all happened so quickly and so neatly - and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't quite the emotional experience I was looking for. Criticism aside, there were still plenty of smiles delivered over the course of this storyline, and a setup for more quirky, offbeat antics to come, and I can't wait to see what's in store! ~ Shelly, 3 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    4.5 stars! Oh, what a fun read! Sweet, sexy and laugh-out-loud funny, this playful sports romance is a great read with a gorgeous love story, and I loved it! Trace “Buzz” Wallace was introduced in the first book of this series as the annoyingly over-familiar best friend to Noah (but note that this book can easily be read as a standalone). Trace is a professional baseball player who is as well known for playing off the field as he is for his skill on the field. He doesn’t have the greatest reputati 4.5 stars! Oh, what a fun read! Sweet, sexy and laugh-out-loud funny, this playful sports romance is a great read with a gorgeous love story, and I loved it! Trace “Buzz” Wallace was introduced in the first book of this series as the annoyingly over-familiar best friend to Noah (but note that this book can easily be read as a standalone). Trace is a professional baseball player who is as well known for playing off the field as he is for his skill on the field. He doesn’t have the greatest reputation, but deep down he’s a sweet guy who has had enough of the sports groupies and is trying to move on from his past, and who wants to find a nice girl to bring home to his mother and build a life with. Hollis Westbrooke is the daughter of the General Manager of Trace’s baseball team. She has a difficult relationship with her father and has removed herself from the family business as much as she can. When she first meets Trace, she is less than impressed, and she rejects him when he hits on her. But later, he comes to her rescue by pretending to be her boyfriend, and she gets sucked into this sort-of fake relationship, sort-of friendship dynamic which is fun and hugely entertaining – especially because she wants nothing to do with ball players, and Trace is about to get all up in her life. Trace is freaking hilarious. An overgrown man-child, he’s immature in so many ways, but he’s also so sweet with the biggest heart, and he totally wears his heart on his sleeve. I laughed over and over at his antics with Hollis, and with his family, but at the heart of him is a man who wants a family, he wants to settle down, and he wants to win Hollis’ heart. These two are a fantastic match. Their dynamic is fun, flirty, and full of teasing, they don’t hide their attraction, they’re open about what they want and what they don’t want, and though Hollis may not necessary want a relationship with Trace, she doesn’t resist too strongly. Things progress naturally and easily between them, watching them navigate their situation and all that they’re feeling is so entertaining, and I loved their dirty/sexy/playful relationship. “I’m very fertile,” Hollis informs me, flipping her hair back. “You should stay as far away from these ovaries as you can unless you want me showing up on your doorstep in nine months.” She rubs her belly in slow circles and I feel myself hardening. I’ll fucking put a baby in that sexy stomach. “Is that supposed to be a turn-off? Because I just came in my pants twice.” Pause. “Congratulations, you’re having twins.” But there is also a lot of emotion there, and those moments where you can see just how deeply they care for each other are just beautiful! It’s a great set-up, and watching it all unfold is so much fun. I laughed so much while reading this book, and I could feel Trace and Hollis gradually falling for each other, which was beautiful to watch. Noah and Miranda from the first book appear, and we get to see lots of Trace’s brother, Tripp, who will be the hero in the next book of the series. Equally immature but way more serious and closed off, I’m really looking forward to his story. This is a great read. Lots of fun with a fantastically funny romance and lots of heart, I loved it. 4.5 stars! An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bec (booktineus)

    4.5/5 This book made me laugh so much

  9. 4 out of 5

    Giorgia ~ Reads

    3.5 stars Better than the first book. I liked the male lead, he was such a ... i have no idea what word would describe him. But unique is one. He was childish but mature when it mattered. It was a short, sweet read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I really enjoyed Hard Fall Hollis and Trace are funny and cute and I'm excited for 3th book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maud

    Buzz is the book boyfriend I hadn’t expected… But now he is my soulmate *swoon* When I was reading Hard Pass, I liked Buzz, I thought he was funny and cutely annoying, but I couldn’t imagine an epic love story for him, I was seeing him as too much of a goof or a flirt. How wrong was I…. Trace (aka Buzz) is the ultimate romantic! He is so darn cute and sensitive while being HILARIOUS, you could make a joke book with only the nicknames he gives to Hollis, but the funniest thing is not what he says, Buzz is the book boyfriend I hadn’t expected… But now he is my soulmate *swoon* When I was reading Hard Pass, I liked Buzz, I thought he was funny and cutely annoying, but I couldn’t imagine an epic love story for him, I was seeing him as too much of a goof or a flirt. How wrong was I…. Trace (aka Buzz) is the ultimate romantic! He is so darn cute and sensitive while being HILARIOUS, you could make a joke book with only the nicknames he gives to Hollis, but the funniest thing is not what he says, but what he does (read the book and you’ll get it). Hollis… She is so sassy but so sweet at the same time, she is a book lover and Trace knows exactly what to do to win the heart of this junior publisher. When I first read their “meet-cute” (that was sarcastic FYI), I had no idea that their story was actually going to be pretty darn cute! I think that what I love the most in Sara Ney’s books is how naturally the love story develops. There is no big revelation or the characters do not magically change for the best, they are just who they are and they fall in love (and let me tell you, Trace does not change one bit from the first page of the book to the last, you just learn so much about this big goof). For people who adore drama in romance, you might be disappointed. For the others who are OBSESSED with Sara Ney’s low drama books? You’ve just found your next favourite read. I absolutely hate drama, I believe some books would be so much better without it, so you can only imagine how much I love all of Sara Ney’s romance stories. For a tiny bit of criticism, as for Hard Pass, it was way too short! Sara?! How can you do this to us? I needed at least 200 more pages of Trace and Hollis! Therefore, if you are looking for a story that will melt your heart and your panties… Hard Fall and Trace Wallace are made for you! *ARC reveived in exchange for an honest review*

  12. 5 out of 5

    M

    4.5 ⭐ I wasn't very fond of Trace (aka Buzz) in Hard Pass. He came across cocky and a jerk. A player that every woman would want and if you didn't something was obviously wrong with you and not him. Man OH MAN did he make me fall for him in this book though. He was a swoony and funny baseball player. He wanted to earn the love of his perfect lady. His family was so fun and meddled in everything in his life. (view spoiler)[Like when his mom pretty much forced them to stay the night at her home and 4.5 ⭐ I wasn't very fond of Trace (aka Buzz) in Hard Pass. He came across cocky and a jerk. A player that every woman would want and if you didn't something was obviously wrong with you and not him. Man OH MAN did he make me fall for him in this book though. He was a swoony and funny baseball player. He wanted to earn the love of his perfect lady. His family was so fun and meddled in everything in his life. (view spoiler)[Like when his mom pretty much forced them to stay the night at her home and in the same room/bed. Wouldn't take no for answer. She saw something in them and wanted to help it grow. (hide spoiler)] The banter between him and his brother was awesome! Hollis was just that for him... Perfect! They fit together like a a baseball mitt and ball. It took her a bit to realize that Trace was different from all the athletic players she knew, like her ex boyfriend... but once she understood that was in it for the long haul and not just the easy play, it was on. (view spoiler)[ She also had meddling family members, but in the opposite way. Her father was the GM of the team and he felt like she would be a major distraction to his player. Glad she didn't listen to him. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ I loved Trace from the start, but he won my heart when he left his major league game to go to the police station to check on her after her attempted mugging. He left and her own father didn't. Right there Trace showed his true colors and they were shining so bright. Swoon!! (hide spoiler)] I do feel like the end was a bit rushed though. I wanted to see a bit more relationship development. I think both characters deserved that. There chemistry was great, but I wanted a bit more depth. They were worth it my opinion. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this sassy rom-com and can't wait until book 3!

  13. 4 out of 5

    ❃**✿【Yasmine】✿**❃

    Definitely a grower! Really enjoyed the silly humoured hero.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Hard Fall is the second book in Ney's Trophy Boyfriends. It's Trace "Buzz" Wallace's story and can easily be read as a standalone. I truly enjoyed reading this story. Literally laughed and smiled my whole way through this one. It is chocked full of humor with a perfect blend of romance and baseball. The humor was never over the top and fit these characters so well and rounded out the plot perfectly. Buzz and Hollis meet at the stadium unexpectedly. They don't exactly have the best run-in but it's Hard Fall is the second book in Ney's Trophy Boyfriends. It's Trace "Buzz" Wallace's story and can easily be read as a standalone. I truly enjoyed reading this story. Literally laughed and smiled my whole way through this one. It is chocked full of humor with a perfect blend of romance and baseball. The humor was never over the top and fit these characters so well and rounded out the plot perfectly. Buzz and Hollis meet at the stadium unexpectedly. They don't exactly have the best run-in but it's hilarious to watch play out. This whole book was chocked full of hilarious moments and really getting to see there is more than surface level to people. Buzz is not your typical baseball player and readers will see that when they read this story. Hollis is a bit abrasive but it's not off-putting. These two are truly one of my favorite couples to read. If you have read any of my reviews before, you already know this but I am not a fan of insta-love. But Hard Fall – it's impossible to not see it and believe it. Hard Fall is fast paced read but it's so authentic and comes across so real. I loved Buzz and Hollis and their interactions so much. There isn't a thing that I would change about this book. I love how Sara ends all her stories – we get an epilogue but it's not too far off in the future and keeps it real.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5 The Best Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review What makes a book feel like the best, one that causes you to have a smile on your face the entire time you are reading it. The one that makes you laugh out loud and want to text someone about how terrific this book is. Sarah Ney hits this out of the park on every level for me. It had heart, humor, enough depth, and steam. I really was so taken by it from the start. Trace and his entire family was over the top but worked with the type of cray c 5 The Best Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review What makes a book feel like the best, one that causes you to have a smile on your face the entire time you are reading it. The one that makes you laugh out loud and want to text someone about how terrific this book is. Sarah Ney hits this out of the park on every level for me. It had heart, humor, enough depth, and steam. I really was so taken by it from the start. Trace and his entire family was over the top but worked with the type of cray cray they were. Hollis' family issues made sense and worked to provide a contrast to Trace's. If you love rom/com and sports, then this is your series. Hard Pass (Trophy Boyfriends, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Hard Fall (Trophy Boyfriends, #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Hard Love (Trophy Boyfriends, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

    5 Stars! BUZZ IS UP FOR BAT! Sara Ney is back with the second standalone in the Trophy Boyfriends series and y'all, I was here for it all. We met our hero, the infamous, hilarious, slightly (LOL!!) intrusive Trace "Buzz" in the first book in this series and I was positively buzzing for his story and guess what? EPIC in every single way that is Sara Ney magic. Hard Fall was just that... a hard fall for the guy who falls for the one girl who wanted nothing to do with him... at first. From the moment 5 Stars! BUZZ IS UP FOR BAT! Sara Ney is back with the second standalone in the Trophy Boyfriends series and y'all, I was here for it all. We met our hero, the infamous, hilarious, slightly (LOL!!) intrusive Trace "Buzz" in the first book in this series and I was positively buzzing for his story and guess what? EPIC in every single way that is Sara Ney magic. Hard Fall was just that... a hard fall for the guy who falls for the one girl who wanted nothing to do with him... at first. From the moment she said no thanks, nothing would ever be the same for them going forward. This book was packed with so much to the brims. A budding friendship turning into so much more. Unforgettable stolen moments they'll never forget. Bigger feelings than neither expected but here they are. Charming swoon that'll give you all the heart eyes. Combustible chemistry that'll have you begging for them to slip between the sheets NOW! This is one hero that doesn't give up, period. He's trying for a home run with this girl and he won't let anyone or anything get in his way... not her, himself, his old player ways or more specifically... her dad. Steamy. Swoony. Sweet. Laugh out loud. Fun. All of the VERY best feels in the VERY best ways. The perfect afternoon read that'll have you smiling, from start to finish. Buzz and Hollis lit up my kindle from the FIRST moment they stepped onto the page and I couldn't put their journey down until long after the pages quit turning. Sara Ney is a master with her words and she knows how to do it up BIG with every single new release. The Trophy Boyfriends series started brilliantly in book one and kept the momentum for book two and I can't wait for more with these characters. I highly recommend this book. Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JudyAnnLovesBooks

    OMG! I just can’t. I love Trace “Buzz” Wallace so much! I want to fold him up and keep him in my back pocket for a rainy day! Is there anything hotter than a sexy, silly, man with a body to die for who also happens to be a professional athlete? The answer is No! Trace is a mamma’s boy and he’s such a sweetheart. You will adore his dorkiness and snort laugh at the things that fly out of his mouth. His relationship with his brother Tripp is hilarious and his family in general is certifiable in the m OMG! I just can’t. I love Trace “Buzz” Wallace so much! I want to fold him up and keep him in my back pocket for a rainy day! Is there anything hotter than a sexy, silly, man with a body to die for who also happens to be a professional athlete? The answer is No! Trace is a mamma’s boy and he’s such a sweetheart. You will adore his dorkiness and snort laugh at the things that fly out of his mouth. His relationship with his brother Tripp is hilarious and his family in general is certifiable in the most loving way possible. Hollis is Trace’s boss’s daughter. They meet at the stadium and she is not the least bit impressed by him. Hollis is far from the spoiled rich girl. She’s independent and strong willed and doing her best at avoiding her father’s machinations. Trace and Hollis have stupid hot chemistry that can’t be ignored, although, Hollis tries desperately to do just that. The girl is in serious denial and doesn’t stand a snowflake’s chance in hell of resisting the silly, sexy, man. In a series of hilarious events, they end up pretending to be dating and one thing leads to another and things get real, quick. The good girl and the (not) bad boy end up together and their sweet happily ever after will leave you chuckling and looking forward to the next book in the series. Do yourself a favor and make sure to TBR Hard Pass, the first book, so you get the full Buzz effect (*wink wink*)!!!! Enjoy!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Trace is a professional baseball player who is close to his family, is a loyal friend and has a way with women. He is quite happy to help his friends find their true loves, but he is quite content to remain single until Hollis walks into his life. The only problem is that he already has two strikes against him being she isn’t interested in his charm and her father is his boss. Will his endgame be a strikeout or a homerun? Hollis is feisty, fiery and determined to forge her own path. She has been Trace is a professional baseball player who is close to his family, is a loyal friend and has a way with women. He is quite happy to help his friends find their true loves, but he is quite content to remain single until Hollis walks into his life. The only problem is that he already has two strikes against him being she isn’t interested in his charm and her father is his boss. Will his endgame be a strikeout or a homerun? Hollis is feisty, fiery and determined to forge her own path. She has been burnt by love in the past and she wants to be liked for who she is and not because of her family . She believes that Trace is just another guy looking for a good time but resisting his charm is getting more difficult with every passing day. Let the game begin! Fun and flirty I really enjoyed these two together. She has a way of challenging him and between his easy going persona and swoon factor they couldn’t make a better team. Their interactions are both humorous and hot and I enjoyed getting to know this fabulous duo.

  19. 5 out of 5

    nikki

    After meeting Trace Wallace in HARD PASS I couldn’t wait to get to his book, and I have to telly you that it was everything I’d hoped it to be and more. Trace is a funny one...he come across as a bit of an airhead and a lot slutty, but once you really get to know him you can’t help but fall in love with the person that he really is. HARD FALL had me laughing so hard and I adore the banter between Trace & Hollis. I’m a huge fan of Sara Ney’s “How to Date...” series, but honestly, I think this has After meeting Trace Wallace in HARD PASS I couldn’t wait to get to his book, and I have to telly you that it was everything I’d hoped it to be and more. Trace is a funny one...he come across as a bit of an airhead and a lot slutty, but once you really get to know him you can’t help but fall in love with the person that he really is. HARD FALL had me laughing so hard and I adore the banter between Trace & Hollis. I’m a huge fan of Sara Ney’s “How to Date...” series, but honestly, I think this has become my new favourite.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julia's Book Haven

    *3.5 Stars* Hollis drove me nuts, Trace spent the whole book telling her he wanted a real relationship and that he was ready to settle down and she just ignored him and continued to be super judgey towards him. I really liked Trace though, I just thought he deserved better. This series has been a rare miss for me with this author but the next one is about Trip, Trace’s brother so I’m going to give it one more try.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Ziglar

    5 HARD FALL STARS!! Wow, this was perfection. I absolutely loved this story and it gave me all the feels. Buzz and Hollis put a smile on my face all the way through and I know they will for you too. Sara Ney's writing is phenomenal and I can't wait to read more by her.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    This was hilarious, oh man, I was cackling like an idiot the entire time. Buzz is adorable and a sweetheart and must be protected at all cost. Hollis isn't my favorite, she seemed quite self-centered. Generally, I'm loving this series and I'm very excited for the next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Izzy ♡ boom, boom, fucking boom

    A hero who loves love?!?! I'm so here for that!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy [Book Addict Reviews]

    Hard Fall is EVERYTHING. From the moment Trace “Buzz” Wallace was introduced I was dying for his story and this was everything I could have wanted and so much more. Buzz is hilarious, kind of dorky, awkward and has a great heart underneath everything. Hollis has some walls up, but she is fully of sass, she is independent, and she is smart. Her and Buzz really balance each other out. I loved their first meeting and things only got better from there. Buzz and Hollis have amazing chemistry, I LOVED Hard Fall is EVERYTHING. From the moment Trace “Buzz” Wallace was introduced I was dying for his story and this was everything I could have wanted and so much more. Buzz is hilarious, kind of dorky, awkward and has a great heart underneath everything. Hollis has some walls up, but she is fully of sass, she is independent, and she is smart. Her and Buzz really balance each other out. I loved their first meeting and things only got better from there. Buzz and Hollis have amazing chemistry, I LOVED their banter. Of course, there is some hesitation when it comes to the both of them admitting they are dating, but they both keep up the “just friends” for way too long and I did get somewhat frustrated with them. Hard Fall is a hilariously sweet sports romance that will leave you smiling from start to finish and is a MUST READ!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    My second sports romance in two days....this one is quite fun. Hollis is quite a normal woman whose dad is general manager of a professional baseball team. Trace (nickname, Buzz) meets her in elevator at the stadium after she's had lunch with her dad. Buzz is hilarious and he's attracted to most often crabby, Hollis. He wears her down. We are reminded that he doesn't have to chase but he's intrigued by the stuff they find they have in common. His whole family is hilarious and hers are not. Sweet a My second sports romance in two days....this one is quite fun. Hollis is quite a normal woman whose dad is general manager of a professional baseball team. Trace (nickname, Buzz) meets her in elevator at the stadium after she's had lunch with her dad. Buzz is hilarious and he's attracted to most often crabby, Hollis. He wears her down. We are reminded that he doesn't have to chase but he's intrigued by the stuff they find they have in common. His whole family is hilarious and hers are not. Sweet and worth a read. Next up would be his brother for the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    Imho, this is the first Sara Ney release in a while that lives up to the quality of her earlier Douchebag books. Although I can pretty much guarantee I will enjoy anything Sara writes, recently her releases have been basically long novellas, which led to a lack of character depth and often barely a mention of careers, families, past relationships, etc.. But FINALLY we got all of that depth and development, and it helped so much in getting invested in these characters and their story! Yes this wa Imho, this is the first Sara Ney release in a while that lives up to the quality of her earlier Douchebag books. Although I can pretty much guarantee I will enjoy anything Sara writes, recently her releases have been basically long novellas, which led to a lack of character depth and often barely a mention of careers, families, past relationships, etc.. But FINALLY we got all of that depth and development, and it helped so much in getting invested in these characters and their story! Yes this was still witty and light-hearted with very low angst/drama, but the characters just felt a little more developed than in previous releases and I loved that both Hollis and Trace's families played a role in the plot. I also just really loved how the romance played out. Sometimes I want a book where the characters meet, date and fall for each other without all the tropes and the drama, and that's exactly what we got here. Sara is also great at writing a realistic and occasionally funny but still super hot sex scene. I feel like some readers might not like how fast Hollis and Trace's relationship moved, but I loved everything about it, especially how damn sweet Trace was when he fell hard for Hollis. This isn't an earth shattering or super emotional romance that will have you invested in these characters forever, but it was well written, a lot of fun and had me laughing to myself, which is exactly what I was looking for. This was just so freaking good and I'm honestly smiling to myself as I write this review because I'm so happy that this recaptured the magic of her older releases. Can't wait for the next one!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Crant-oksa

    I just love sports romances and this series by Sara Ney has been so much fun. I just love the characters, her writing and the overall theme of the books. Hard Fall is the next book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. It tells the story of Trace aka Buzz and Hollis. Trace/Buzz plays baseball for the team that Hollis' father owns. They meet by chance, but then its a series of mishaps and awkward encounters that will leave you smiling. Buzz is in your face, and Hollis wants nothing to I just love sports romances and this series by Sara Ney has been so much fun. I just love the characters, her writing and the overall theme of the books. Hard Fall is the next book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. It tells the story of Trace aka Buzz and Hollis. Trace/Buzz plays baseball for the team that Hollis' father owns. They meet by chance, but then its a series of mishaps and awkward encounters that will leave you smiling. Buzz is in your face, and Hollis wants nothing to do with it until she sees the real Buzz. Their pretend relationship turns into a friendship and then much more. They had great chemistry and banter that made for laughs, smiles and fun. There was also the inner side of Hollis and her lack of trust for the men in her life. Trace/Buzz is different and she has a hard time letting him in. But once she did, there was so much love and of course their HEA. I am loving the Trophy Boyfriends series from Sara Ney. They are fun, had great banter and chemistry among the characters and will keep you smiling throughout!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kat's Books & Brews

    Amazing! I love this book!!! Buzz and Hollis are one of my favorite couples. This is by far a better book than the first!!!!!!! I devoured this, and that’s saying so much because 2020 hasn’t been a great reading year for me. I can always count on a Ney novel to give me laughs and smiles. The book was great. The family dynamic with Trace’s family and Tripp, OMG I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    L Cherry

    Sweet and funny! Buzz is so funny! It was such a joy to just relax into this really sweet romance. I do not recall laughing so much at the guy in a romance. It is usually the sassy female that has me laughing out loud when I read. The only thing that bugged me was the way the twins treat each other, fortunately it looks like part 3 might take care of some of that. I can not wait to read it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Lee Zonneveld

    Hard Fall is the second book in the Trophy Boyfriends series by Sara Ney. In the beginning of the book I had some trouble getting into it but after a couple of chapters I was really glad I didn't stop reading because I really liked the story of Trace "Buzz" and Hollis. If you read the first book you already met Buzz. I didn't really like him in the first book but I loved getting to know him.

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