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Becoming a sports reporter isn't just my dream job--it's my calling. I've been sketching the blueprint for my future since I was an overly ambitious ten-year-old: Get accepted into Windhaven University's journalism program? Check.  Score the sports section of the campus paper? Easy as pie.  Snag a once-in-a-lifetime internship? Currently in progress.  Everythi Becoming a sports reporter isn't just my dream job--it's my calling. I've been sketching the blueprint for my future since I was an overly ambitious ten-year-old: Get accepted into Windhaven University's journalism program? Check.  Score the sports section of the campus paper? Easy as pie.  Snag a once-in-a-lifetime internship? Currently in progress.  Everything's going according to plan... Until a wrench in the form of a blue-eyed bad boy is thrown into the mix. Vaughn Steel's the last athlete on Earth I want to interview for the most important article of my college career. He's unreliable. Impulsive. Has arrogance levels that have me ready to pull out my hair. Oh...and did I mention he's gorgeous as sin? A wet dream in the flesh. But so what? So what if the guy's a total stud? So what if he's got a body sculpted by the gods? So freakin' what if those electric eyes and lush lips have my insides doing backflips? All I've got to do is make it through one semester with this cocky soccer player. End the year with a kickass article in one hand and my sanity intact in the other. Then I'm done with him. For good. Easier said than done.


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Becoming a sports reporter isn't just my dream job--it's my calling. I've been sketching the blueprint for my future since I was an overly ambitious ten-year-old: Get accepted into Windhaven University's journalism program? Check.  Score the sports section of the campus paper? Easy as pie.  Snag a once-in-a-lifetime internship? Currently in progress.  Everythi Becoming a sports reporter isn't just my dream job--it's my calling. I've been sketching the blueprint for my future since I was an overly ambitious ten-year-old: Get accepted into Windhaven University's journalism program? Check.  Score the sports section of the campus paper? Easy as pie.  Snag a once-in-a-lifetime internship? Currently in progress.  Everything's going according to plan... Until a wrench in the form of a blue-eyed bad boy is thrown into the mix. Vaughn Steel's the last athlete on Earth I want to interview for the most important article of my college career. He's unreliable. Impulsive. Has arrogance levels that have me ready to pull out my hair. Oh...and did I mention he's gorgeous as sin? A wet dream in the flesh. But so what? So what if the guy's a total stud? So what if he's got a body sculpted by the gods? So freakin' what if those electric eyes and lush lips have my insides doing backflips? All I've got to do is make it through one semester with this cocky soccer player. End the year with a kickass article in one hand and my sanity intact in the other. Then I'm done with him. For good. Easier said than done.

30 review for Hard As Steel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arena♡

    DNF @40% As amazing as this book is, I’m sadly gonna have to dnf it. Reasons for dnf’ing it: ○ too slow burn for my liking ○ too long like why isn’t this book over already? ○ I think there is more than enough development between them to finally get on with the relationship but the book obviously doesn’t agree with me ○ the so called “problem” that every book has? Well I’m pretty sure I know what its gonna be ○ I’m not patient enough to read another 100 pages for their relationship to progress DNF @40% As amazing as this book is, I’m sadly gonna have to dnf it. Reasons for dnf’ing it: ○ too slow burn for my liking ○ too long like why isn’t this book over already? ○ I think there is more than enough development between them to finally get on with the relationship but the book obviously doesn’t agree with me ○ the so called “problem” that every book has? Well I’m pretty sure I know what its gonna be ○ I’m not patient enough to read another 100 pages for their relationship to progress and then read another 100 pages of them fighting and then the epilogue obviously patience is not one of my virtues ○ It's me not the book. I think I don't like reading college romances unless it has dark aspects Anyway, I’m sure this book is amazing as I really enjoyed the second book in this series yes, I know, I’m stupid, I always mess up the order but like I said, it was too much of a slow burn for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Pleszewski

    I am OBSESSED with this sports romance. I’ve been on a kick (so punny) lately with these types of stories and McKinley May did NOT disappoint. The only sad thing is I have to try to patiently wait for the new one. The story is told from alternating perspectives of Vaughn and Rayne. Vaughn is a collegiate soccer player with a past that many make assumptions on without knowing the truth. Rayne is a sports journalism student trying to make her name while, in the process unexpectedly winning the star I am OBSESSED with this sports romance. I’ve been on a kick (so punny) lately with these types of stories and McKinley May did NOT disappoint. The only sad thing is I have to try to patiently wait for the new one. The story is told from alternating perspectives of Vaughn and Rayne. Vaughn is a collegiate soccer player with a past that many make assumptions on without knowing the truth. Rayne is a sports journalism student trying to make her name while, in the process unexpectedly winning the star forwards heart. Sometimes in these types of stories I feel like the plot is rushed. McKinley May took her time to get readers into the relationship between these two. I almost felt like a third wheel at times, the silent observer which is what I want as a reader. I just can’t say enough about her writing. I also am secretly jealous of Rayne and would have LOVED to have had a Vaughn in my life. 5/5 stars was an easy decision for me. If you want a sports romance that with make your heart smile, this is it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ilaria reads too much :)

    Nice really nice soccer star and journalism major haters to lovers story 🇮🇪⚽️🇮🇪⚽️🇮🇪

  4. 4 out of 5

    Faith89

    copy received for honest review Young adult sports romance. this was pretty good for a debut story. I enjoyed reading Rayne and Vaughn's story. Rayne is a college junior working with the school paper. Her dream is to be a sport reporter. She has a chance to win an coveted internship and needs to make sure that she has a great year. Her editor wants her to get the scoop on Vaughn Steel better known as Steel Blue the soccer star. His past is messy and his story is something he does not like to tal copy received for honest review Young adult sports romance. this was pretty good for a debut story. I enjoyed reading Rayne and Vaughn's story. Rayne is a college junior working with the school paper. Her dream is to be a sport reporter. She has a chance to win an coveted internship and needs to make sure that she has a great year. Her editor wants her to get the scoop on Vaughn Steel better known as Steel Blue the soccer star. His past is messy and his story is something he does not like to talk about. Rayne knows what was previously reported and has formed a negative opinion about Vaughan. After meeting him and hanging out with him. her feelings change. Vaughn is a great character that you will fall in love with. Rayne is strong, independent and holds her own against Vaughn and his peers. He is arrogant, egotistical, yet sweet and lovable. The story is fast paced and fun. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Quick Info Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone Part of a Series?: Yes ---------------------------------- Meeting the Characters Vaughn Steel Rayne Everett Sydney Steel ---------------------------------- What happens? Rayne is a sports reporter, shes on the college paper looking at getting a big intern position for a big news station. Her editor at the paper makes her do a big article on super football star Vaughn Steel, while emphasising the need to find out the big secret in Steel's past and expose it in Quick Info Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone Part of a Series?: Yes ---------------------------------- Meeting the Characters Vaughn Steel Rayne Everett Sydney Steel ---------------------------------- What happens? Rayne is a sports reporter, shes on the college paper looking at getting a big intern position for a big news station. Her editor at the paper makes her do a big article on super football star Vaughn Steel, while emphasising the need to find out the big secret in Steel's past and expose it in the article. Vaughn is made to cooperate with the reporter known as Rayne by his coach who wants the good publicity for Steel and for the football team. As he gets to know Rayne he realises she is more than the up tight reporter girl who is following him around. Final thoughts I really liked this romance. I found him and her a good match but I didn't enjoy the whole her finding out dirt on him. I could tell this was where the drop was going to be. I thought the side story of his past was also interesting but its never really resolved. No justice almost apart from his sister reconciling with him thanks to Rayne. Would I read again?: Yes Would I read this author again?: Yes

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1.5 “The Goal Girls are a “group of enthusiastic young women devoted to supporting Windhaven Warrior’s Men’s Soccer Team”, according to their website. Here’s a more accurate description: They’re cleat-chasers. And fucking dedicated ones at that. These girls show up everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Practices? Wouldn’t miss ‘em. Conditioning? Always there bright and early, ready to watch us suffer. Away games? I’m convinced they have some sort of sponsor with the amount of dough they must spend on tra 1.5 “The Goal Girls are a “group of enthusiastic young women devoted to supporting Windhaven Warrior’s Men’s Soccer Team”, according to their website. Here’s a more accurate description: They’re cleat-chasers. And fucking dedicated ones at that. These girls show up everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Practices? Wouldn’t miss ‘em. Conditioning? Always there bright and early, ready to watch us suffer. Away games? I’m convinced they have some sort of sponsor with the amount of dough they must spend on travel expenses. Don’t get me wrong, there are a small handful of them who are truly fans of the game, involved with the organization solely because they love soccer.  But the majority of the girls are here because they want to snag a future pro player and the luxurious lifestyle that comes with a professional paycheck” HELP WHAT IS THIS IM SORRY “And do I really care about spilling his stupid secret?  Nope. I really don’t. I don’t know why I didn’t come up with this plan myself, honestly. I type out a quick reply and hit send.  I’ll do whatever it takes to get his story.” This is gonna end badly. Also she’s like “he’s an asshole” but like doesn’t know him at all. Oml okay when they first meet up she’s just like he’s an asshole and yeah he is kinda one but she’s just one of those characters who’s annoyed just to be annoyed like idk it reads as whiny. “I’m not dealing with anymore of your crap. No bars. No rowdy friends. Just you and me getting down to business.” “Getting down to business? I like the sound of that.”  She lets out a little groan after realizing her innuendo. “Shit. You know what I mean, Steel.” “We’ll see. See you Saturday” This writing is so bad I’m sorry just like it’s so elementary, “Believe me, Lex. He’s so freaking arrogant and inconsiderate it lowers his 'hot-or-not' score significantly. I'm talking like five entire points off.” Like it’s just so...... “Are you fucking kidding me? Where did you go?” I hiss. I hear him laughing on the other side of the phone.  Laughing. Oh, hell no.  “Does this amuse you, Steel? Is this funny to you? You have absolutely no sense of the socially acceptable way to interact with other people, no sense of manners, responsibility, or—” “Whoa, Hurricane Rayne. Chill. You’re like a damn thunderstorm right now. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Relax.”  His stupid commands do nothing to calm me, and I continue my tirade. “I need you to cooperate with me! This is getting ridiculous. You can’t just forget our plans.” I let out a deep exhale before uttering my next sentence. “You are making this so much harder than it needs to be, and I’m starting to get really frustrated with you.”  His tone immediately changes when he hears the seriousness in my voice. “I didn’t forget about you, I swear. I don’t want you to be upset with me.” He actually sounds sincere for the first time ever, so I give him the benefit of the doubt and hear him out. “I want you to meet me at the Treehouse in fifteen minutes.” This is so poorly written and the characters r awful so far wow. “Before I can stop myself, I’m sprawled out on top of the dark gray comforter, not even taking up a fourth of it. It’s soft and cozy and feels like I’ve just sunk into a big, bouncy marshmallow.   When I take a breath, I notice his pillowcase is dosed in the musky, alpine scent and—holy moly—it smells heavenly. I could definitely sleep in this bed. Hell, I could live in this bed.  Andddd now I’m officially feeling like a creeper.  Just as I’m about to hop off, a door in the back corner of the room opens and out steps Vaughn in a cloud of shower steam.” This girl is geuniley so weird wtf. Like imagine knocking on someone’s door they don’t answer, so you barge in⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️and then u creep around and then YOU LAY IN THEIR BED⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️AND SMELL THEIR PILLOW⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️ “I tap my foot on the ground impatiently. “I’ve had my fill, Steel, believe me. I had my fill of you the moment we met, and I don’t want any more.” I wave him off. “Go put on some damn clothes so we can get started.” “If you insist.”  I let out a sigh of relief as he walks over to his dresser and yanks out a t-shirt and sweatpants.  I think I’m in the clear until he suddenly reaches down to undo his towel right then and there, and I get the feeling I’m about to see way more than I want to.  I squeal in protest before his ass is on full display.  “What the hell are you doing?! Get dressed in your bathroom!” I cover my eyes with my hands.  The man is crazy.” I cannot WHY RU YELLING AT HIM U BARGED INTO HIS ROOM THEN LAYED ON HIS BED UR THE WEIRDO “He is driving me up a damn wall. What is it going to take to get him to just sit the heck down and answer some questions?  I go over and sit in his desk chair, placing myself as far away as possible from his bed. Maybe this is his way of letting me know he doesn’t want to be involved with the feature. Maybe it’s his plan to annoy and tease me so much that I just refuse to do it and leave. A new tactic in his long line of media snubbings.” I’m I can’t YOU BARGED INTO HIS ROOM HOW IS HE AN ASSHOLE FOR THIX OMG “But for some odd reason, I want to make sure she has everything she needs for the piece. And it’s not only because Coach will kill me if I screw up, but also because I can tell this means a lot to her.” Insta love 😀 “Rayne scratches her chin. “Any chance I could join the team? Pull a She’s the Man?”  Before I can tell her she’s way too hot to disguise herself as a dude” This book is getting written number one on my suicide note “No...beat’s not the right word. Completely smash, absolutely annihilate, stomp me into the dirt are far better ways to describe what just happened.  This girl is a FIFA aficionado. I wouldn’t even think twice if she told me she moonlights as a professional gamer.  “Damn, baby. I’m ready to propose right here and now. Would you like to be Mrs. Rayne Paine?” Weston cracks as he eyeballs her in astonishment. “Seriously though, nobody ever beats Steel.” There’s so many grammatical issues in this and just the writing in general. The author uses excessive exclamation points and I like don’t see why at all. Like I’m not super big on grammar or anything but like it’s just gets to the point where it’s noticeable “Whatchu got, Steel Blue?” He jogs up, leaving a small amount of space between us as I trap the ball and dribble forward. “You got nothing, that’s what!”  I crack a smile as the ball travels between my bright white cleats. “Your trash talk game is weak, bro. Please tell me you have more in store for the SMU game tomorrow. Or is your plan to spit such lame shit they fall over laughing and can’t get up?” His nickname is Steel Blue...... He has bright white cleats yet practices everyday....okay “Mondayish?” She nods. “Yep. Mondayish. Definition: a way to describe something that really freaking sucks. Synonyms include, but are not limited to, horrible, shitty, borderline unbearable.” I think they’re trying to make her quirky but wtf is this.... Also bestie the reason u hate Monday’s is capitalism “watching a masterpiece be painted when done right. Two words, baby: Lionel Messi.”  She rolls her eyes as I begin heading the ball. “Four words for you, baby: Tom Brady. Peyton Manning. You’re gonna have to come up with something better than examples of good players to convince me.” She puts her hand to ear, egging me on. “I’m listening.” The way they say baby is so frat boy and so 🙁 “I squint at her. “You’re really serious about this piece, huh? Look, don’t take this the wrong way, but isn’t it just for a shitty school newspaper?” She lets out a small laugh. “I get that it seems weird how crazy I’m going over this, because you’re right, it is for a shitty school paper. But it’s also going to make up the bulk of my application for a StadiumScore internship, so it’s extremely important for my future career. Crucial, really.” And now I'm feeling like a total dick for causing her so much stress last week. I had no clue she was banking on this to get her an internship. “Damn, why didn’t you tell me before?”  She shrugs while I snatch her voice recorder. I bring it up to my mouth, speaking directly into it with my best newscaster impersonation.  “I hereby declare that I, Steel Blue, will personally see to it that Rayne gets the lusted after StadiumScore internship.” She laughs and yanks it out of my hand. “Jeez, dude! Okay, Voice Recorder Rule One: No speaking that loudly and that close to the microphone. That’s going to scare the shit out of me when I[…]” The fact he calls himself steel blue, and the fact “Jeez, dude!” exists is a crime. Also him being like ugh I was an ass when he rlly did one shitty thing and she was the weirdo. “Fun?! What is wrong with you?” She grimaces. “I’m taking Calculus right now for my math credit, and it’s already killing me. Derivatives, integrals, it’s like I’m learning another language.”  I nod knowingly. “Yeah, it can be difficult, but to me that’s part of the appeal. I don’t like things that come easily to me. I want to work for the results. I want a challenge.”  “Spoken like a true athlete,” she remarks before her expression sours. “But I don’t think Calculus is just a challenge for me. It’s more like the world’s most strenuous obstacle course.” “You know, I could help you out. If you’re having trouble, text me a picture of your work and I’ll help you see where you went wrong,” I offer. “Really?” Her mouth's gaping as if I just offered her my winning lottery ticket. I raise my shoulders. “It's not a problem.” “That would be great. Thank you.” The writing 😁🙌 “Weston: When you gonna be back? FIFA tourney going on. Weston: I’m tired of kicking Collin’s ass. Get over here. Weston: Bring beer. Running low.  Rayne's eyes flick between me and my phone, intrigued. “Another lady fan?”  “Worse. It’s Weston.”  I quickly type back a response. Me: Dude you text like a chick. A stage 5 clinger chick. I’m w/ Rayne. Be back soon. Weston: I can’t help it. I just love you so much Steel Blue <3 <3 <3 Ur the One 4 Me. Me: Fuck you Weston: Bring Rayne. She’s more than welcome to join us. She can be on my team ;)” The texts🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 “I look at her quizzically. “No drink for you?” “No, I’m not twenty-one.”  “Okay…” I slant my head at her in confusion. “And?” She lets out an annoyed exhale before snapping at me. “And what? I’m not going to apologize for being a law-abiding citizen.”  I relax into the booth and let out a chuckle. “Ah, okay. So you’re one of those girls.” “What are you saying?” she questions, eyes narrowed over the rim of her glass as she takes a sip.  “You know the kind. Goody-goody. Stick-up-the-ass type,” I tease as she turns red as a damn tomato.  “There’s nothing wrong with being a rule-follower. And I do drink, Steel. Just not where an ID is required. You’re such a jerk!”  “No,” I argue, “I’m just telling it like it is. Más Mantequilla has the best strawberry margaritas in the entire state, and you’ve been missing out.”  “Oh, gee. How am I ever going to survive knowing I’ve been missing out on the state’s greatest margarita?” She sticks her tongue out. “I think I’ll live.” I hope she gets shot at the stake “I wasn’t planning on elaborating, but his interested expression encourages me to go on.  “My dad was all set to go play minor league baseball, but he gave that up to get a job and support the family. They struggled a lot, financially. Emotionally, too. Having a baby at eighteen is difficult, and neither of their parents were very supportive. I remember us living in this tiny, rundown studio apartment in a bad part of town when I was young. It was all they could afford at the time, but they worked their asses off to get us out of there. The year I turned nine, we moved to Hillcrest and life was a lot easier. They were finally stable enough to grow our family, and Stone was born soon after that.” Girl giving her life story when he literally didn’t ask 😭 “She said no, dude. Either you leave her alone or you and I can go have a little chat outside. Choice is yours, buddy.” Ofc we had to have random dude like lowkey sexually harass heroine so our hero could come save the day ! “What? Is it that hard for you to believe a girl wouldn’t be attracted to you?” I joke.  He musses his dark hair. “Nah, I’d believe that.” A cocky grin slips out. “I mean, I’d have to assume they’re blind or lesbian or something that physically prevents them from finding me attractive, though.” ......ok The Hispanic character is a walking stereotype bc ofc “And what I mean by that is it looks like the 1960’s threw up all over our house. Trust me, it’s not for the faint of heart.” This seems racist somehow “My question seems to achieve its purpose as she thinks about if for a moment. “I don’t know. Ever since I met you, I just feel like letting my girly side out. You make me feel like a woman, like I can express my feminine side.” She quirks her head and gives me a funny grin. “If that makes sense.” “Totally does. It’s a natural reaction to my alpha-male masculinity.” I flex my biceps as she rolls her eyes.” 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁 We learn that Weston doesn’t like talking abt his fam, idrc “I’m Steel Fucking Blue. Pretty sure that makes me special.” The name ———random interlude okay so I wanted to see who the next book was abt and I read spoilers and I’m sorry it looks so fucking dumb so I’m not gonna be reading🧍🏾‍♀️ “She finishes and shakes her head. “You're making a huge mistake. Throwing away an opportunity of a lifetime for a guy? I thought you were better than that, but I guess not.” Dani spitting facts like girl ru dumb. Cuz mf was like yeah I wanna be a sport journalist and went to college for that and now u date one guy for like a month and ur like da,n journalists r actually mean to players no more career LIKE TF⁉️ “This is fucking weird, Syd. You can't just show up here out of the blue and act like everything's cool, like we're kids again.”  She sighs, picking at the hem of her shirt. “I know, I know. This is really weird.” “So what are you doing here?” “The thing is, I finally realized how incredibly immature it was to ignore you for all these years. It's not an excuse, but I was only fifteen when everything went down, and I was furious things weren't going to work out like I wanted. I was a selfish, self-absorbed little brat—” I nod in agreement and she gives me a shove. “—and blaming you for 'ruining' my Cali dreams seemed like the only option at the time.” “Gee, thanks, sis.” I frown. “You know that was never my intention, right? I would never choose Dad over you, Sydney.” Ghen the sister shows up and randomly forgives him bc the book refuses to have any sort of lasting conflict ever Umm so I just found out this is her debut novel so I’ll say it wasn’t awful, it definitely wasn’t my cup of tea and I found the writing to be childish and very elementary however I’ll say that the romance was decent. Overall I didn’t enjoy the book tho, I thought the plot was weak and there wasn’t any challenges for anything like any major challenge was basically like resolved in 20 pages. The characters lacked any depth and were very very surface level and I also didn’t give a fuck abt them. Obviously it’s a romance novel but still it was Highly predictable I was sitting there reading and was like to my friend “waiting for them to break up for a dumb miscommunication reason and then like 20 pages later I was like they broke up” like it was so boring.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Violeta

    This was wonderful. I totally loved this book, it was exactly down my alley and everything I was looking for. My favourite genre ever are college sports romance and friends-to-lovers so this was exactly what I love the most. Also, my favourite sport ever is soccer (which I hate to refer to as "soccer" since this is the true football, and American football should be referred to as "AMERICAN football", but this is beside the point). I loved Vaughn, I loved his nickname "Blue Steel", it was really This was wonderful. I totally loved this book, it was exactly down my alley and everything I was looking for. My favourite genre ever are college sports romance and friends-to-lovers so this was exactly what I love the most. Also, my favourite sport ever is soccer (which I hate to refer to as "soccer" since this is the true football, and American football should be referred to as "AMERICAN football", but this is beside the point). I loved Vaughn, I loved his nickname "Blue Steel", it was really hot and I don't even know why. The story was the best, I had a blast. The characters, all of them, were awesome. The plot was beautiful. I can't believe this was a debut novel, considering how good it was. The only thing that can be said in my opinion that showed the inexperience or whatever of the author was the fact that there was a latino character, Diego, and his was of talking was overly exaggerated latin. All his lines were like too much of the Spanish words and that stuff, which made me laugh really, since I'm a Spanish speaker. Same with Liam, the British guy, in the way he talked it was like the author was trying to convey he was English, but it was a bit over the top with all the typical British words thrown together, it also made me laugh a bit. The last thing that had me laughing a bit was a moment at the beginning when Rayne said some basic soccer shit, something like "if you are playing FIFA against Barcelona you have to choose Real Madrid" and all the guys were blown away by her knowledge, when in reality that's like basic shit. considering she was interviewing the star player it was kind of wierd that they were blown away by that basic comment. It didn't really make a lot of sense. But that aside, I can't say that it altered my opinion about the book whatsoever, since I totally loved it. It was perfect, and I can't wait to read Weston's book. I'm really mad though, that the first review on his book already has a huge spoiler, like somebody should do something about that. I'm mad too, that I'll have to wait a lot for Cam's book, which I feel will be awesome as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aztiana

    McKinley May This hate-to-lovers story is amusing. All the arguments between Rayne and Steel were hilarious, so heated, and I never felt like they were discussing a lot, unlike, this made me go through the book easier. The slow-burn in this book is the best, there were a lot of moments where I really want to punch them because I was like "Just kiss, please!!. Ans I totally hated Rayne's roommate for showed up just when they were about to finally gave up and kiss, but later they had their first McKinley May This hate-to-lovers story is amusing. All the arguments between Rayne and Steel were hilarious, so heated, and I never felt like they were discussing a lot, unlike, this made me go through the book easier. The slow-burn in this book is the best, there were a lot of moments where I really want to punch them because I was like "Just kiss, please!!. Ans I totally hated Rayne's roommate for showed up just when they were about to finally gave up and kiss, but later they had their first kiss, and after that everything turns really hot. I like that Rayne isn't shy about her sexuality and watched her turn on Steel is so much fun. There I two things about that I love completely. One is thatathey didn't try to deny their feallings, and the other is that we can see how Rayne and Steel work together before they split. And I have to say that, they together are a beautiful thing. They are so alike, with them sassiness, dark humor, and their love for sports. Rayne and Steel's story is one that I enjoyed a lot, not just because of them, but also because the secondary characters like Lexie, Weston, Parker. I'm so excited to read their stories

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abi Hamer

    Oh my gosh this book!!!! It’s way up there with the best sports romances written and from an upcoming author it really is a work Of art. Vaughn ‘blue’ Steele is the perfect alpha hole.... so arrogant and I love it! Rayne is strong, fiery, independent and driven and boy does she make Vaughn work for her without even trying! The story starts with Rayne being assigned to write about the star football player for their college paper, this requires her to get close to him and shadow him to which he fin Oh my gosh this book!!!! It’s way up there with the best sports romances written and from an upcoming author it really is a work Of art. Vaughn ‘blue’ Steele is the perfect alpha hole.... so arrogant and I love it! Rayne is strong, fiery, independent and driven and boy does she make Vaughn work for her without even trying! The story starts with Rayne being assigned to write about the star football player for their college paper, this requires her to get close to him and shadow him to which he finds quite annoying at first as it interrupts with his plans to ‘pull’ and party. Rayne has absolutely no messing from him and soon they come to an agreement where he wises up and she can get the job done. This part of the story is the perfect push and pull and is perfectly written. Not going to go into anything else as you need to read this complete work of art. It’s not just a girl meets boy, girl hates boy, boy falls for girl.. it is so much more and the problems they face are completely realistic which makes for a more relatable read! Loved that this book is based on soccer or football if you are British like I am. Soccer is our American football so it nice to read about something more relatable. The accompanying characters are amazing too. Loved Liam and Ellie they are hilarious... all I can say is peaches!!!! Thankyou McKinley May for a fresh, new, addictive good read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vilma

    *4.5 stars WOW, I did not expect to find a new NA series to love when I started this book, but I certainly did. Maybe it was because of my low expectations, maybe it was the book itself - either way, I found myself hooked from the very beginning. It was hilarious, sweet and steamy, I absolutely love sports romances when they play on all the feelings! I love the characters and can't wait until all the boys get their own books and love stories. All the friendships, both Rayne, Jess and Lexie's (I *4.5 stars WOW, I did not expect to find a new NA series to love when I started this book, but I certainly did. Maybe it was because of my low expectations, maybe it was the book itself - either way, I found myself hooked from the very beginning. It was hilarious, sweet and steamy, I absolutely love sports romances when they play on all the feelings! I love the characters and can't wait until all the boys get their own books and love stories. All the friendships, both Rayne, Jess and Lexie's (I LOVE her) and the boys' were very entertaining to read about. It might not have been overall perfect, some things I disliked, but I liked it anyway. "Hard As Steel" may be her debut novel, but it definitely sets a high standard for the rest of the series and I hope it's on the same level.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jazzmine

    Great sports romance Great debut sports romance. I loved the relationship between Vaughn and Raine. Loved that rain was not afraid to be who she is and did not change her personality to fit Vaughn. I loved how she made him humble.what kept me from giving this five stars was that towards the middle of the story it got a tad bit boring and I wanted to skip ahead but the ending was well tied in. I look forward to more from this author hoping Vaughn sister gets a book hopefully falling for his friend Great sports romance Great debut sports romance. I loved the relationship between Vaughn and Raine. Loved that rain was not afraid to be who she is and did not change her personality to fit Vaughn. I loved how she made him humble.what kept me from giving this five stars was that towards the middle of the story it got a tad bit boring and I wanted to skip ahead but the ending was well tied in. I look forward to more from this author hoping Vaughn sister gets a book hopefully falling for his friend Cam not weston and weston gets one with lexi since I feel he needs a strong independent driven women at his side but will see.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shavonda

    Absolutely loved this! If you are a fan of college sports romances, like the Off-Campus series, then pick up this book now because you are going to love it. Vaughn and Rayne are so adorable together. The transition of their relationship was so enjoyable to experience. And I especially love when the athletic, non girly-girl gets the hottest guy on campus. Additionally, the secondary characters, who will eventually have their own book, was so well written, I can't wait until the next Treehouse Boy Absolutely loved this! If you are a fan of college sports romances, like the Off-Campus series, then pick up this book now because you are going to love it. Vaughn and Rayne are so adorable together. The transition of their relationship was so enjoyable to experience. And I especially love when the athletic, non girly-girl gets the hottest guy on campus. Additionally, the secondary characters, who will eventually have their own book, was so well written, I can't wait until the next Treehouse Boys book is available. Excellent debut novel...I am anxiously waiting for Weston's story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nance

    A romantic and engaging sports romance that was this author’s debut. Great chemistry between the two main characters as the two meet and are attracted to each other. I couldn’t help but be entertained by the author’s ability to write a fun and sexy sports romance. And, the supporting characters were just as enthralling with their amusing antics during every scene that they were included. So onto book two, Weston’s story....

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marika Muzsla

    The only reason I’m giving this book 4 stars is because I read book 2 first and that is literally a 7 star book IMO. I loved these two they were adorable and it’s refreshing to read books where they’re actually FRIENDS and get to know each other before instalove and sex 😂 Don’t read this book AFTER book 2 though Jesus. Book 2 is a lot better and if you read it first your standards will be too high 😂😂

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erin Threader

    I love steel Cute funny and well written the camaraderie between the group of friends is well written. Can’t wait for the other boys although I would of liked an epilogue of steel and rayin a few years later on and that is my only issue. Just shows What a good read it is if that’s the only thing I can pick at oh and can we have a few Man City mentions

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    4.5//overall this book was super fun to read and really enjoyable. I loved that it was a soccer college romance and steel was so funny and entertaining. rayne really impressed me with how nonchalant she was and basically did things for herself, not to impress others. loved this book, so many smiles and laughs while reading it

  17. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    WOW WOW WOW...! I could not put this one down it had me grinning from ear to ear and laughing out loud! I loved Vaughn and Rayne and was swooning over their relationship. The banter between the two and even the banter amongst their friends was spot on and have me looking forward to reading the next installment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joan Taylor

    I really enjoyed this story. I like college athlete romances and have read a lot of them. This one is different enough that it kept my attention all the way through. The athlete is a soccer star and the girl is a journalism student who wants to cover sports. The relationship starts out slow and builds at a nice pace. I definitely recommend it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diana Dodge Sullivan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OMG I have fallen in love with this book. I can't wait to read more. Once you start reading it you will not be able to put it down. Vaughn and Rayne are perfect. What I like about this book is they don't wait till the end for the couples to get together. This series is the best I can't wait for the rest of the books OMG I have fallen in love with this book. I can't wait to read more. Once you start reading it you will not be able to put it down. Vaughn and Rayne are perfect. What I like about this book is they don't wait till the end for the couples to get together. This series is the best I can't wait for the rest of the books

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    I really loved this book! Rayne and Vaughn were so cute and funny together. I love how everything ended even if the "conflict" was predictable. I don't get why the beginning spent so much time talking about Rayne's "curse" because it's never mentioned again or plays any part in the rest of the book. Still, I can't wait to read the second book and I'm hoping we get many more books. I really loved this book! Rayne and Vaughn were so cute and funny together. I love how everything ended even if the "conflict" was predictable. I don't get why the beginning spent so much time talking about Rayne's "curse" because it's never mentioned again or plays any part in the rest of the book. Still, I can't wait to read the second book and I'm hoping we get many more books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim F

    Extremely entertaining, captivating and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong, intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Exclusive Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    mnknmnkn

    One of the more enjoyable college sports romance books! I read the entire 560 page book in a few hours. Though it did remind me of another book, can’t exactly remember the title, but it was really similar!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Warden

    Steel O can't believe this was a debut novel, I will definitely will be reading more from McKinley May. Vaughn and Rayne together were great, chemistry was unbelievable and both relatable characters. Steel O can't believe this was a debut novel, I will definitely will be reading more from McKinley May. Vaughn and Rayne together were great, chemistry was unbelievable and both relatable characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I loved this book. It flowed nicely with the hero and heroine, making it a believable love story. I felt like the characters developed nicely and I can’t wait to read about the rest of the treehouse guys!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana Petrosan

    Absolutely in love with the main characters! The writing is brilliant! Couldn’t get enough of Vaughn and Rayne and I would definitely recommend it! Read the book in two days while also taking care of my one year old, that’s how much I loved it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    elixir

    "i throw my towel over my shoulder and watch as she turns out of the parking lot, all the while wondering what the heck is wrong with this girl. i give her a compliment and what do i get in return? she tries to freakin' decapitate me." me when someone compliments me "i throw my towel over my shoulder and watch as she turns out of the parking lot, all the while wondering what the heck is wrong with this girl. i give her a compliment and what do i get in return? she tries to freakin' decapitate me." me when someone compliments me

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Lopez

    Loved this book! The author really took the time to develop the characters and their relationship. The end felt too soon, I wanted more of Rayne and Vaughn. I’d definitely read any other books coming out in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    DNF @ 66% I usually don't give up on a book so late in the game, but I honestly just lost interest and I think it might be a clean read? So there was just nothing making me want to continue reading, unfortunately. DNF @ 66% I usually don't give up on a book so late in the game, but I honestly just lost interest and I think it might be a clean read? So there was just nothing making me want to continue reading, unfortunately.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Couldn’t put the book down. It was a bit cheesy towards the end, I ended up mentally editing out all of the “babe” and “baby” pet names as I read because it was too over the top. Although it was entirely predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed it though, and absolutely recommend it

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    My favorite I absolutely am I sucker for a good college sport romance. This kept me entertained the whole entire time. I couldn’t put it down. The author captivated the story in such a good way.

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