Going Hard

Going Hard

By Kelsey Browning

  • Release Date: 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4.5
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Description

Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.

After an impetuous one-night stand with Grif Steele fifteen years ago, hardworking blacksmith Carlie Beth has tried to make a living and raise her daughter in the hometown she loves. Then, too-sexy-for-his-Rolex Grif blows back into town like the perfect storm, making Carlie feel less like a thirty-something mom and more like an infatuated teenager. 

When a stalker targets Carlie Beth, Grif can’t help but step in to protect her. But once he discovers the fourteen-year-old secret she’s been keeping from him, will he embrace the truth or will he turn his back on Steele Ridge and Carlie Beth forever?

Reviews

  • Sexy, Mysterious, Sweet

    5
    By Amy - So Many Reads
    Kelsey Browning is an auto-read author for me and while I have my favorites of hers, Going Hard might just top them all. Maybe. Grif and Carlie Beth are great characters that pulled me into their story from the start. Grif is back in Canyon, er, Steele Ridge to help his brother Jonah out. He runs into Carlie Beth, someone he shared a pretty special night with almost 15 years before. Grif doesn’t want to stay in Steele Ridge. He wants to get back to his LA life. That is the life that made him millions of dollars and made him feel like he did something with his life. Carlie Beth is an independent mother who is doing all she can to make ends meet and raise her daughter the best way she knows how in her home town of Steele Ridge. She doesn’t expect to see Grif Steele again, but now he is here. And isn’t leaving soon enough. The chemistry between Grif and Carlie Beth is electric and hot and something neither of them can ignore. It’t quite fun to watch them explore this attraction. Browning’s romance stories always have great dialogue, some sass, and characters you fall in love with. Going Hard has an additional edge to it that we don’t usually see in her other stories which is touch of mystery and suspense. People in town are turning up dead and all things point towards Carlie Beth. Grif and his brothers will stop at nothing to figure out who is behind this. I could not put Going Hard down while reading it. It moved at a pace that had me flipping pages to find out what would happen next. In addition to the romance between Grif and Carlie Beth, as well as the mystery plot, there was the relationship between Carlie Beth’s daughter Aubrey and Grif. It was so sweet and I loved watching it unfold. There is so much going on in this story! Going Hard has it all – love, romance, family, friends, and a little mystery. Give it a read. You will love it!
  • sexy, sweet and a little suspenseful

    4
    By jensreadingo
    I recommend reading the prequel, Steele Ridge: The Beginning, before starting out the series to get a glimpse of the relationship between the Steele siblings and hint about their past as well as their possible futures. Griff and Carlie Beth's story is sexy, sweet and a little bit suspenseful. I found it refreshing that he quick to forgive being lied to for 14 years about having a daughter. This made it easier for me to believe their relationship and feelings progressed so quickly. Griff's relationship with their daughter Aubrey is sweet, he took to being a dad pretty easily. I love the way the Steele siblings get along and are always there for each other. Can't wait to see how the other authors continue their stories. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
  • Great read!!

    4
    By Cheryl33610
    Griffin Steele is the first of four brothers we meet in the Steele Ridge series. He's the slick sports manager who's brought home by his family to help save their town of Canyon Ridge. He doesn't plan on sticking around but between some disturbing vandalism and reconnecting with the girl he hasn't forgotten in 15 years, he's torn between staying and leaving. Carlie Beth is a single mom and artist who makes ends meet as a blacksmith. She's going through a bit of a dry spell where men are concerned, but she'd rather keep her distance from former lover Griff. After all, she's never told him that he's the father of her daughter, Aubrey. Now, I don't agree with Carlie Beth keeping this information from Griff. There was no good reason for it, especially when his family lived in town and he came home at least once a year. Her excuse made her look like a martyr...and I hate people who make themselves out to be selfless when they are actually being selfish. But I can still like a character who's actions I dislike and I credit the writing by Ms. Browning for that. I also feel like the underlying mystery and danger around Carlie Beth helped to make her more sympathetic to the reader. I loved Griff, thought he was funny, super hot and totally adorable with his daughter. Might he have forgiven Carlie Beth a little too fast for the secret? Maybe. But I think he did that for Aubrey, and that's a "dad" thing to do. I loved the suspenseful aspect of the book as well as all the supporting characters. I'm especially intrigued by the other Steele brothers and look forward to their stories, too. A solid 4 star read for me from a favorite author! I received a complimentary copy of this book which I am voluntarily reviewing.
  • Going Hard

    5
    By DaneWeimMama
    Wow! This book is just plain good. Its the type of book that keeps you turning its pages even though its time to cook dinner or go to sleep. Kelsey Browning wrote such a great story, I love how vivid & interesting her characters are. They are exciting but also feel real. The story focuses on Carlie Beth & Grif, one time lovers who get a real chance at love. Inside that story there is a mystery of who is vandalizing Steele Ridge properties & hurting its people. I loved this book so much I bought the next one before I even finished this one & pre-ordered the final book in the series. Steele Ridge is a 4 series book (1 novella & 3 full length books) written by 3 authors. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
  • Going Hard

    5
    By Victoria Salcedo
    This story has some suspense and hot steamy romance. I was hooked from the beginning. Grif is sexy and hot. Grif comes to his hometown to help his brother out. Carlie Beth is feisty and stubborn and protective of her daughter. When Grit and Carlie Beth reconnect the attraction it's still there. Grif is surprised to learn his night of passion with Carlie Beth fifteen years ago resulted in his becoming a father. Can Grif forgive Carlie Beth for keeping his daughter a secret? Can Grif keep them safe? I enjoyed this story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
  • Loved it

    5
    By bh313@hotmail
    Loved this one and I can't wait to really get to know the other Steele brothers! This is the first full book in the series and it's a great one. In an attempt to save their failing home town the Steele brothers have returned to North Carolina. Griff knows he can take a little time away from his sports agency to help but he can't wait to get out of there and back to LA. That is until he reunites with Carlie Beth and discovers that their one night of passion 15 years ago resulted in the birth of his daughter. A daughter he was never told about. As angry as Griff is about not being told he was a father, he can't help but come to Carlie Beth's aid when it appears she has a stalker and maybe just a bit because he can't seem to resist her! Put this one on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
  • Grif’s story!

    5
    By Lynn B888
    4 1/2 STARS! We previously met the Steele family in the prequel STEELE RIDGE: THE BEGINNING. With this first full-length novel in the new series, Kelsey Browning brings us Griffin Steele's story which is filled with happenings around town, family drama, lots of intrigue, and a generous dose of steamy romance! Great characters make for a fun, attention grabbing book! Grif enjoys living the high life out in LA as a high end sports agent. He's making a quick dash home to North Carolina to help his brother Jonah with a project for their hometown, but finds out that the plan is to snooker him into helping him on a longer term basis. While in town, he runs into Carlie Beth Parrish who he had one night of passion with just before he headed to Los Angeles all those years ago. He wouldn't mind picking up where they left off, but she's a bit stand-offish. He soon realizes it has to do with a little secret she failed to let him in on ... namely a 14 year old daughter! When it becomes evident that a stalker is targeting Carlie Beth, Grif steps in to keep her and their daughter safe. Will he decide he's found the place he belongs or will he soon be hightailing it back to California?

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