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Review: Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey

Written by Jennifer Porter
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TooHardToForgetToo Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey (contemporary, Forever, April 2017)

 

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Series: Romancing the Clarksons, book 3

 

Summary:
This time, she's calling the shots.

 

 

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he's been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy's determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she'll finally be able to move on.

 

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.

 

Review:
Peggy Clarkson has been engaged several times since having graduated from college, searching for something she left behind there - or someone. When her brothers and sister set out on a cross-country road trip to honor their deceased mother, Peggy decides to attend her college reunion, along the way, and confront the ghost of her past relationship with Elliott Brooks, the very grumpy and straightlaced football coach at her alma mater. Sparks fly immediately in this reunited-lovers romance by Tessa Bailey, setting the stage for a red-hot romance that in itself is Too Hard to Forget.

 

While in college, Peggy was a cheerleader who got involved in a torrid and taboo affair with Coach Brooks. Coach Brooks was a widower with a young daughter, and he ate, slept and breathed football. There was little room in his life for anything else, until Peggy teased and pushed her way into Elliott’s life. However, he knew the relationship was wrong and eventually ended it, leaving Peggy devastated and full of unresolved emotional issues. When she plans her trip to her reunion, she decides to get revenge on Elliott, hoping that she will finally be able to move on with her romantic life. Of course, things don’t go quite the way she expects them to.

 

Elliott is quite the character. He’s very closed off, especially emotionally. He doesn’t connect well with anyone, except for maybe his football players. He has had great success as a coach and is revered in the local community. Yet his relationship with his daughter is distant and he is rather lonely. He lives with serious guilt about many things, but especially his not-so-great marriage with his now deceased wife (she had passed away before his earlier affair with Peggy). He also has even more guilt about the fact that he was not able to resist Peggy when she was a student.

 

But when Peggy arrives back on campus, the two find that the chemistry between them runs hotter than it did previously. This is good for Peggy’s plans for revenge, but not good for her plans to stay emotionally removed from Elliott. It doesn’t take these two long to indulge their desires and give into their lust. Sex between them is hot, naughty and rough. Elliott has a bit of a dominant streak and often has an angry edge during sex, as if he is angry with himself for indulging his sexual desires. He is also very religious, and there is a religious thread in their sexual encounters (this may be an issue for some readers). He spends hours at mass and carries rosary beads which make appearances at odd times.

 

This romance is hot and dirty and held me in its grip hard. Elliott is such an fiercely contained hero who desperately needs Peggy’s inner light and impulsiveness. They are explosive together and spend lots of time getting down and dirty. At one point, the two have rather angry sex in his office (with the aforementioned rosary beads on his desk next to Peggy). Elliott ends up spanking Peggy and then after they have each achieved that special moment, he does the following:

 

His stomach constricting with the need to claim her, he snatched a Sharpie out of the pen holder on the desk and signed his name across her right ass cheek, before letting the marker drop to the ground.

 

SharpieApprovedA Sharpie! He signs his name on her red ass with a Sharpie! I can tell you that this scene made it onto my WTF Sex Moments spreadsheet.

 

As per usual, Tessa Bailey delivers the heat and the Sharpie in her latest release, Too Hard to Forget, the third book in her Romancing the Clarksons series. While this one can be read as a stand alone, there are some series’ threads that readers may not understand if they haven’t read the books in order. But Peggy and Elliott’s romance is fantastic and is filled with so many dirty moments and so many powerfully emotional ones as well. I highly recommend.

 

Tessa Bailey: https://www.tessabailey.com/

 

Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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