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SOME GIRLS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Unfortunately, I am not one of those girls. Not when I lost my apartment because my roommate let the lease lapse while I was traveling for work. Not when my brothers keep finding love and my mother keeps reminding me I’m still single. Not after a one-night stand during my older brother’s wedding has me waking up pregnant. I have to keep it a sec SOME GIRLS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Unfortunately, I am not one of those girls. Not when I lost my apartment because my roommate let the lease lapse while I was traveling for work. Not when my brothers keep finding love and my mother keeps reminding me I’m still single. Not after a one-night stand during my older brother’s wedding has me waking up pregnant. I have to keep it a secret—from him, and my family. I sure can’t tell my brother his teammate, Mateo Jose Espinoza, is the man I slept with. Confident, funny, Mateo… A GUY CAN’T CATCH A BREAK Just when I thought I’d found the girl of my dreams, she ghosts me. Worse? Her brother refuses to give me her number, and my calls to her office go straight to voicemail. I thought I was a catch; professional athlete, charming, raised with six sisters—I’m a guy who knows his way to a woman’s heart! What reason could she possibly have for avoiding me? When I finally catch up to True Wallace, I’m going to get the answer. HARD LUCK Releases in Spring, 2021


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SOME GIRLS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Unfortunately, I am not one of those girls. Not when I lost my apartment because my roommate let the lease lapse while I was traveling for work. Not when my brothers keep finding love and my mother keeps reminding me I’m still single. Not after a one-night stand during my older brother’s wedding has me waking up pregnant. I have to keep it a sec SOME GIRLS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Unfortunately, I am not one of those girls. Not when I lost my apartment because my roommate let the lease lapse while I was traveling for work. Not when my brothers keep finding love and my mother keeps reminding me I’m still single. Not after a one-night stand during my older brother’s wedding has me waking up pregnant. I have to keep it a secret—from him, and my family. I sure can’t tell my brother his teammate, Mateo Jose Espinoza, is the man I slept with. Confident, funny, Mateo… A GUY CAN’T CATCH A BREAK Just when I thought I’d found the girl of my dreams, she ghosts me. Worse? Her brother refuses to give me her number, and my calls to her office go straight to voicemail. I thought I was a catch; professional athlete, charming, raised with six sisters—I’m a guy who knows his way to a woman’s heart! What reason could she possibly have for avoiding me? When I finally catch up to True Wallace, I’m going to get the answer. HARD LUCK Releases in Spring, 2021

30 review for Hard Luck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Flor ❁

    1✨ yup, this book was boring asf and I have nothing good to say about it, failed in all aspects. 𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒇 𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚. Mateo and True meet at the wedding of Buzz (h's brother) they talk, connect and spend the night together, but the next day True sneaks out in the morning leaving Mateo confused and not knowing what happened cause he had felt a connection with her. The story begins three months later with True discovering that she's pregnant as a result of that night she spend w Mateo and him 1✨ yup, this book was boring asf and I have nothing good to say about it, failed in all aspects. 𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒇 𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚. Mateo and True meet at the wedding of Buzz (h's brother) they talk, connect and spend the night together, but the next day True sneaks out in the morning leaving Mateo confused and not knowing what happened cause he had felt a connection with her. The story begins three months later with True discovering that she's pregnant as a result of that night she spend w Mateo and him trying to talk to her. 𝑻𝒓𝒖𝒆+ 𝑴𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒐 + 𝑹𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑. -Mateo (H) , he was a good guy. I enjoy heroes pining for heroines, honestly, I felt sorry for him, True didn't deserve him. ( even though I didn't feel any connection with his character) -True (h), I liked her in the previous books but here? Here she was so annoying. The first 40% was about her decision whether or not to tell Mateo and her family about her pregnancy while he was trying to talk to her. What's the point of saying this is a secret-pregnancy trope if the heroine doesn't tell the Hero that she's pregnant for almost 60% of the story? - I didn't felt a real-deep connection between them, it was more insta-love-lust? I don't know, because there's no building of their relationship neither. They just have a "date" almost in the middle and it's interrupted by Mateo's sisters. - Even the sex scenes were bad, no chemistry, nothing and was basically to "satisfy True's pregnancy hormones". “You have?” “Oh yeah—it’s the baby hormones, but I find you so, so sexy.” She’s definitely hopped up on pregnancy hormones; no way would she be saying this otherwise. - There were a few glimpses of their meeting at the wedding, but neither I felt any spark, motive, SOMETHING that told me why Mateo ended up obsessed with her. 𝐌𝐲 𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞: 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 I love family moments but Mateo's sisters were too annoying, meddling in the life of their 30 year old brother ?? I mean, I can relate, I have 4 brothers, we worry about each other but they don't come close to being so annoying and if one of them ruined my date they wouldn't be alive to tell about it tbh 💅🏽 -Buzz (True's brother) was annoying too, you can be an overprotective brother but he was surprised of True having sex, SHE IS 25 YEARS OLD. -Molly (Tripp's 15-year-old neighbor) I liked her, apparently she was the only smart one lmao although at one point her annoyed me. - We have Mateo and True thinking about how to tell their families about the pregnancy and, 1) Telling True's family wasn't a big deal. 2) WE never have the scene in which they tell Mateo's family. This bothered me because the author made it part of the plot so I was expecting that scene. - The story was flat, the ending was abrupt, didn't make sense. I thought there were more chapters but jump it directly to the epilogue so I didn't feel any kind of closure. -I took some time to think about this review cause I really enjoyed the previous books in this series, I didn't think I was going to give 1star. The story had potential, a lot of things could have been developed, but my problem in general was that Mateo came from a Latina family and this became an over-exaggeration of the stereotype because all the family drama ??? image: _______________________________ I don't know if this is part of my bad streak or that I read this after I had a long class but this book was so damn boring 😴😴

  2. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Wildfire Marketing Solutions) True Wallace is the youngest of the Wallace siblings, and the sister of two overprotective brothers who are famous athletes. She works in the sports industry and lives in Chicago. She enjoys some harmless flirting and delicious fun at her brothers wedding with one of his gorgeous friends. Then her life slowly unravels when she loses her apartment and discovers she’s pregnant. Twenty five, single, and expecting, her life is suddenly thro 4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by Wildfire Marketing Solutions) True Wallace is the youngest of the Wallace siblings, and the sister of two overprotective brothers who are famous athletes. She works in the sports industry and lives in Chicago. She enjoys some harmless flirting and delicious fun at her brothers wedding with one of his gorgeous friends. Then her life slowly unravels when she loses her apartment and discovers she’s pregnant. Twenty five, single, and expecting, her life is suddenly thrown into chaos. She has a big secret she’s keeping while trying to figure out her next step. Mateo Jose Espinosa is a professional baseball player for the Chicago Steam. He comes from a family of women and has six sisters. He has a job he loves, but his personal life is still lacking. Then he shares an unforgettable night with the girl of his dreams. The only problem is she’s his teammates sister. She should be off limits, but he felt a real connection, and can’t stop thinking about her. She’s avoiding him and refuses to acknowledge she felt something. When he finally tracks her down will he get all the answers he’s looking for? -Mateo Espinoza is the most attractive man I have ever seen this close up- and I would know, because I've seen some pretty damn good-looking men in my life. -We stare at one another. And if a man's eyes could burn the clothes off my body, they would be lying in a blazing pile on the ballroom floor. Hard Luck (Trophy Boyfriends #4) by Sara Ney is a sexy standalone surprise pregnancy, sports romance full of humor and sizzling chemistry. It’s about family, friendship and a swoony baseball player with a big beautiful heart. I really enjoyed this story and loved getting more of the Wallace brothers hilarious banter. This book had me smiling and laughing throughout. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy with all the feels! ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/3fc7TRj

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    I said I was going to keep reading Ney. This book may have changed my mind. It had some funny zingers and a sensitive family guy and all that...but there were too many "Wait what?" moments for me to even begin. But it got me bakc here, reviewing my shelves and thinking....wow. I should read this other book now! So, yay? I said I was going to keep reading Ney. This book may have changed my mind. It had some funny zingers and a sensitive family guy and all that...but there were too many "Wait what?" moments for me to even begin. But it got me bakc here, reviewing my shelves and thinking....wow. I should read this other book now! So, yay?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks

    This was a super quick read for me and I was looking forward to it as soon as I read the teaser in Hard Love. True has a one night stand at Buzz’s wedding with his teammate Mateo and ends up pregnant. Hilarity ensues. Well, it ensues between Buzz and Tripp more than anything because they are so overprotective. After True ghosts him after their night together, Mateo cant stop thinking about her and wondering where he went wrong. I would say he pines after her, that’s the best word to describe it, This was a super quick read for me and I was looking forward to it as soon as I read the teaser in Hard Love. True has a one night stand at Buzz’s wedding with his teammate Mateo and ends up pregnant. Hilarity ensues. Well, it ensues between Buzz and Tripp more than anything because they are so overprotective. After True ghosts him after their night together, Mateo cant stop thinking about her and wondering where he went wrong. I would say he pines after her, that’s the best word to describe it, but True is too embarrassed to talk to him because she doesn’t do things like that usually. Mateo asks Buzz for her number but Buzz won’t give it to him. The book goes back and forth between the night they met and now and how they felt an instant connection. Mateo was sweet. There really isn’t anything I love more than a stand up, good guy. Mateo is that guy. I feel like the love story the two of them could have shared was overshadowed by their families and the fact she didn’t tell him about the baby for such a long time. There were also parts that confused me as he pines for her for so long only to be nonchalant about being with her after he finds out she is pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, he’s very great about it and excited but it just felt off to me. This is more about relationships, and that’s ok, but I didn’t feel the butterflies and the love I usually feel with Sara’s books. It felt a little rushed even though quite a bit of time went by, but they didn’t really even start talking to each other (besides flashbacks) until half the book was over. If you’re looking for a cute, really light read with quirky characters, this is for you! I will continue to read Sara Ney and look forward to all her books. Thanks to Wildfire and Sara for an early copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M Reads Romance

    Ok I'm going to say it upfront the ending to this book sucks and there is no epilogue. WTF??!! It literally just ends without any closure whatsoever. You are left with assumptions that's it. The story was just really getting started. It's like the author ran out of steam and just typed, The End. I finished this book so unsatisfied. Given the end, this story was poorly paced and planned. Too much time was spent on unimportant details, like how her brothers respond or his sisters. It takes too lon Ok I'm going to say it upfront the ending to this book sucks and there is no epilogue. WTF??!! It literally just ends without any closure whatsoever. You are left with assumptions that's it. The story was just really getting started. It's like the author ran out of steam and just typed, The End. I finished this book so unsatisfied. Given the end, this story was poorly paced and planned. Too much time was spent on unimportant details, like how her brothers respond or his sisters. It takes too long for them to get together. The only conflict is about her telling him the news. Ugh, so frustrating. I'm like legit mad I wasted time on this story. I'm only giving it 2 stars vs one because there was some good banter and funny situations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    I feel like I'm on a complete whoops baby binge at the minute and it's all just been a very happy coincidence. Because honestly, I just saw that Sara Ney had a new Trophy Boyfriend book to read and I was there for it. I didn't know it was Tripp and Buzz's little sister, which I probably should have, I just dove in. And I couldn't come up for air until I got to the end. And the epilogue was so gooey sweet, I put the book down with a big grin on my face. Although to be honest I'm pretty sure I wore I feel like I'm on a complete whoops baby binge at the minute and it's all just been a very happy coincidence. Because honestly, I just saw that Sara Ney had a new Trophy Boyfriend book to read and I was there for it. I didn't know it was Tripp and Buzz's little sister, which I probably should have, I just dove in. And I couldn't come up for air until I got to the end. And the epilogue was so gooey sweet, I put the book down with a big grin on my face. Although to be honest I'm pretty sure I wore that for most of the time I was reading the book. True was a pretty cool main character, which obviously she would have to be to put up with Buzz her whole life. And I loved how much of Tripp and Buzz we got all through the book, and Molly because I seriously love that girl. But Mateo made the whole story. He was fan yourself hot and sooo sweet and just mmmmm. And he had his own interfering, overbearing family issues with his 6 sisters. I really loved it. There was so much fun, and family and it was so drama free I just got to kick back and smile and laugh and watch it all unfold. I can't wait to see what we are getting next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dickinson

    Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 I have been there for Noah and Miranda in Sara Ney’s Hard Pass. I was there for Trace “Buzz” Wallace and Hollis in Hard Fall, and I was front and center for Tripp and Chandler in Hard Love. In a word, Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series has been zany... with heroes who act out and heroines who keep them grounded. At the end of Hard Love, (view spoiler)[ Ney reveals a surprise pregnancy for Trace and Tripp’s younger sister, True, and I was excited. For one, I like surprise bab Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 I have been there for Noah and Miranda in Sara Ney’s Hard Pass. I was there for Trace “Buzz” Wallace and Hollis in Hard Fall, and I was front and center for Tripp and Chandler in Hard Love. In a word, Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series has been zany... with heroes who act out and heroines who keep them grounded. At the end of Hard Love, (view spoiler)[ Ney reveals a surprise pregnancy for Trace and Tripp’s younger sister, True, and I was excited. For one, I like surprise baby romances, and secondly, I was intrigued to find out True’s hero in Ney’s newest book, Hard Luck. At the beginning of Hard Luck, I found myself invested in the way that Tripp’s next-door neighbor, Molly, managed True. The compassion and maturity of Molly make you fall in love with her, so much so, that this reader would love to see a future Molly story. However, as the story progresses, honestly….and I hate to say it, the story lose steam. I adore Sara Ney. She has this capacity for capturing what I think we know as a male POV in her books. Whether it’s d-bag boyfriends or jocks or billionaires, Sara Ney’s brand of romance feels masculine in a way. However, Hard Luck falls flat. There are so many inconsistencies in the development of both her hero and heroine that it undermines the progression of the story. Even then, I’m not sure that Hard Luck has a traditional happy ending. It’s really a happy ending for now with ‘maybe’ the promise of a happy ending later. Even more, I thought after Hard Fall that Trace would lose his immaturity. In Hard Luck, Trace’s immaturity is on full display, and it grates on you. Tripp, their oldest brother and the hero of Hard Love, is a stronger character, and True grows stronger as her and Mateo’s story progresses, but I was fairly underwhelmed with this newest book. And, quite frankly, that makes me sad because I wanted more for True and the surprise baby trope. If you’ve read the first three books of this series, then I do recommend Hard Luck simply so you can stay “in the loop” of the series. However, if you’ve never read this series, I wouldn’t recommend starting here. I’m not sure you’d want to read any of the other books. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    I'm enjoying this different kind of boyfriend heroes from Sara Ney. Not the dbags but can be too and they can be just as bad. I'm usually iffy on accidental pregnancy stories but I like the Wallace's and I want to see where this goes. True has a hookup in Buzz's wedding that leads to said situation. She ghosted the baby daddy for quite sometime, trying to get it together. It took like maybe half the book. I don't mind that seemed fast a development because I felt their connection at the wedding. I'm enjoying this different kind of boyfriend heroes from Sara Ney. Not the dbags but can be too and they can be just as bad. I'm usually iffy on accidental pregnancy stories but I like the Wallace's and I want to see where this goes. True has a hookup in Buzz's wedding that leads to said situation. She ghosted the baby daddy for quite sometime, trying to get it together. It took like maybe half the book. I don't mind that seemed fast a development because I felt their connection at the wedding. The flashbacks helped make me want to root for them. Mateo and sisters are like the Wallace brothers really, nosy and hovering, annoying at times. I admit sometimes they hinder but they mean well. I like Mateo straightforward, dorky kind of charming and a overall good egg. Not much game around True but he really did like her. I understand why True was having trouble telling people but she drew it out. This was over too fast for me. It really shows that the Wallace brothers can be a lot too, they really created a shadow over True. To be honest I wanted more True and Mateo, to me they were really interesting to get to know. Plus wanna see Buzz as a dad No idea if this is the last of these books but I really will miss the shenanigans of the Wallace's. I did like the close knit in your face of the Espinoza's. Both families can be nuts but care each other a lot. Hard Luck was cute, steamy, one night stand that turned into more but was enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cali Gals

    Wow. Sara Ney is my favorite author who always knows how to make me laugh. She definitely took me on a different journey with this story but still offering up some of the elements I love. I will say the trophy boyfriend books has a bit of a saga feel to it. This is book three in the series. It is True and Mateo’s story. What love is this feels like more than a romance. You get a front row seat to True and her brothers who have had their own storylines. OMG they all kill me when they are together Wow. Sara Ney is my favorite author who always knows how to make me laugh. She definitely took me on a different journey with this story but still offering up some of the elements I love. I will say the trophy boyfriend books has a bit of a saga feel to it. This is book three in the series. It is True and Mateo’s story. What love is this feels like more than a romance. You get a front row seat to True and her brothers who have had their own storylines. OMG they all kill me when they are together. Soooo FUNNY! You really feel how this the beginning for this young couple. Add in a big surprise and it makes for an intriguing read. I do feel their is more story to tell in this series so bring on the next one. HAPPY READING EVERYONE! XOXO

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Donadio

    I really loved this book, Tripp and Trace are funny as usual, it was fun reading this book !! Mateo is the sweetest man ever, and I admit that True, did wrong, not telling him sooner about it !! His sisters are very funny, but a little bit too much invasive, to be honest. It was a really sweet and funny book to read !! I missed Noah, I wished he had been in the book. Same for Hollis and Chandler, I missed them a little bit in this book, I wished we had read more about her too. The epilogue was so sw I really loved this book, Tripp and Trace are funny as usual, it was fun reading this book !! Mateo is the sweetest man ever, and I admit that True, did wrong, not telling him sooner about it !! His sisters are very funny, but a little bit too much invasive, to be honest. It was a really sweet and funny book to read !! I missed Noah, I wished he had been in the book. Same for Hollis and Chandler, I missed them a little bit in this book, I wished we had read more about her too. The epilogue was so sweet too, I really hope there'll be more books in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo Reads Romance

    Hilarious and hot romance 5 stars This is the fourth book in Sara Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series but the first of said series that I’ve read. In fact, it’s the first full-length book of Ms Ney’s that I’ve read at all. This story stands completely alone, however, like me, you’ll probably finish this story then immediately head to put the previous stories on your Wishlist. This story is about True Wallace - the sister of the heroes from Books 2 and 3 of the series (Hard Fall and Hard Love) - and Hilarious and hot romance 5 stars This is the fourth book in Sara Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series but the first of said series that I’ve read. In fact, it’s the first full-length book of Ms Ney’s that I’ve read at all. This story stands completely alone, however, like me, you’ll probably finish this story then immediately head to put the previous stories on your Wishlist. This story is about True Wallace - the sister of the heroes from Books 2 and 3 of the series (Hard Fall and Hard Love) - and Mateo Espinoza, the teammate of the hero in Book 3. I mention the connection simply because True’s brothers are in this story quite a lot. The story is told in first person, present tense, from both True and Mateo’s perspectives. We start off with True and by the end of the first chapter, I feel like I’m her best friend and I know her inside and out, up and down. We get a lot of internal thoughts and feelings and it’s exactly what I imagine I would think and feel if I was in the same situation. Plus, it’s hilarious! Practically everyone, including True, is sassy, sarcastic and the thoughts running through their heads so relatable. The things we think but never dare to say out loud. Except quite often, this lot do dare! But anyway, True is likeable, relatable and I rooted from her from that very first chapter. Mateo is that rare hero in a romance novel in that he’s a sappy sweetheart that somehow still manages to come across as a strong and confident man. His thoughts were strangely enlightening. I wonder if we should give this book to young women as some sort of insight into men’s minds! Hmmm. I liked that he liked True from the start and was so delighted with her that he almost couldn’t help himself from being so darn cute! And I’m also a bit of a sucker for a big, boisterous family and as Mateo is the only boy in a family of 7, it’s definitely big, loud and opinionated. They made me laugh so much. The sex scenes were nicely sexy - although I can’t actually remember if we hear about their first time, now that I think about it. They weren’t very romantic - but I really don’t think that was the vibe that the author was going for. Lots of laughter, lots of chemistry and lots of fruity language made for as fun a time as the rest of the book. Our pair have obvious chemistry and I loved that even if neither character - okay fine, Mateo does - admits their growing feelings for the other, we readers can see how comfortable they are with each other, how much they like the other and how they can be themselves without worry or fear. Personally, I would have liked some declarations, but I was still very satisfied with the pair’s romance and their story as a whole. In fact, it was very nearly a top read of 2021 for me. I enjoyed this book so much that Sara Ney has definitely made herself one of my go-to authors for a funny, sexy and wildly entertaining story. I rattled through this book and enjoyed every minute of the ride. If you’re looking for some fun, sometimes silly, sometimes juvenile sibling shenanigans that will make you laugh and smile, I would recommend this book to you. 5 stars. *I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    3 stars I love this series, and was so excited to be back with the Wallace clan – this time with Buzz and Tripp’s younger sister, True. It’s a surprise pregnancy romance, though not the story I was expecting, and while it’s a fun read it felt like half a book to me, lacking romance and all of the things that I really wanted to see. The story begins with True coming to terms with the fact that she’s pregnant. She hooked up with one of Buzz’s teammates at his wedding, and though she shared an immed 3 stars I love this series, and was so excited to be back with the Wallace clan – this time with Buzz and Tripp’s younger sister, True. It’s a surprise pregnancy romance, though not the story I was expecting, and while it’s a fun read it felt like half a book to me, lacking romance and all of the things that I really wanted to see. The story begins with True coming to terms with the fact that she’s pregnant. She hooked up with one of Buzz’s teammates at his wedding, and though she shared an immediate connection with Mateo, she snuck out during the night and has been ignoring him ever since. And now she’s got a baby on the way. Mateo fell hard and fast during his night with True. He wanted more, but she took off on him, and despite his efforts to get in touch with her, she has continued to ghost him (even blocking him on social media). He’s disappointed, but determined to get his chance with the girl he can’t forget about, and I completely fell for him before we even get a chance to see him with True. Which leads me to my first problem with this book - it takes SUCH a long time for these two to get on the same page together. We get to see True dealing with her secret and deliberating when and how (and even whether!) to tell Mateo, while he’s desperately looking for a way to get in touch with her. Honestly, she ticked me off. Her behaviour was not ok, and I was really disappointed in how she handled the situation. When they do meet up, it seems awkward and uneasy, and then they’re dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. Mateo is sensational, all in from the very beginning, but the romance and the chemistry just isn’t there. They talk of course, and there is some fun text banter and some steamy time, but the emotion was lacking. Mateo would have been a wonderful romantic hero, and though we get glimpses of his potential, he never gets the chance to shine. “I will do right by you in all the ways that matter. I promise, True Wallace, I will not let you down.” We get to see their original meeting in flashbacks throughout the book, and that’s where we get to see the chemistry. I would have loved to have started their story with their meeting rather than getting it piecemeal throughout the story, because it’s pretty much the only romance that happens and would have set the stage nicely for the story to come, but instead it comes in bits, which breaks up the flow of both their night together, and their reconnection, and I never really got a sense of how good they could be together. And just when we start to get a glimpse of that, the story ends. The book finishes so abruptly, I wondered if it was part 1, because there’s so much we don’t see. And all the stuff we don’t see is all the stuff I wanted to see (view spoiler)[there’s no baby, no declarations of love, only a hint that yes, they’re going to give a relationship a try. That’s it. (hide spoiler)] . I was disappointed. They had a great set-up, and I so wanted to see them come together and find their happy, but instead it’s only hinted at and we don’t get to see it. She’s glowing – or maybe it’s just the lighting. Either way, she’s beautiful and pregnant and mine. Well. Not yet, but she will be. The bright side of this book is True’s brothers. Tripp, and particularly Buzz, are freaking hilarious and absolutely ridiculous as they go into ultra-protective big brother mode. And when you add in Mateo’s six hilariously overbearing, oversharing and over-involved sisters get, there are so many funny moments. This book is good and has some really bright moments, and it had so much potential to be a fantastic read, but the heroine ticked me off, the romance wasn’t there for me, and it ultimately felt unfinished. I’m keen to see if True and Mateo’s story will continue in the background as (if) this series continues. 3 stars. An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Books, Booze & Bon Voyage

    Hard Luck is the fourth book in Sara Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series. Told in dual POV by True Wallace and Mateo Jose Espinoza. This can be read as a standalone but Trace aka Buzz from Hard Fall #2 and Tripp from Hard Love #3 are True’s brothers and very involved in her life! True is the baby of the family and like her brothers has a career in sports. She is very sarcastic, curses like her brothers and stands up for herself. At the start of the book we find her homeless and pregnant. She has come Hard Luck is the fourth book in Sara Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series. Told in dual POV by True Wallace and Mateo Jose Espinoza. This can be read as a standalone but Trace aka Buzz from Hard Fall #2 and Tripp from Hard Love #3 are True’s brothers and very involved in her life! True is the baby of the family and like her brothers has a career in sports. She is very sarcastic, curses like her brothers and stands up for herself. At the start of the book we find her homeless and pregnant. She has come to stay with Tripp because he is hardly around and she will be able to hide the pregnancy. She is scared to tell her extremely protective brothers and it doesn’t help that she hasn’t even told the father yet. The father is Mateo, a professional baseball player, teammate and good friends with Buzz. She had sneaked out of his hotel bedroom following a night of passion after her brother’s wedding. True knows Mateo a nice guy who wants to get to know her and date her, but she so embarrassed at how she left, she has blocked and refused to speak to him. She is also feeling ashamed at keeping this secret from him, what mother doesn’t tell the father? “We stare at one another. And if a man’s eyes could burn the clothes off my body, they would be lying in a blazing pile on the ballroom floor.” Mateo is funny, charismatic and a perfect gentleman. He thought they were getting along fine at the wedding but now worried as she ghosted him. He upset she wants nothing to do with him and has even asked Buzz for her number even though there are Bro rules over dating sisters - they off limits. Not deterred he is desperate to know why she left, did he scare her off, can he fix what he did, is he not good enough for her? He is fed up with being stereotyped as he doesn’t sleep around like some of the other players but Buzz could have warned her off. While she takes her time deciding how and when to tell Mateo, we are entertained by her brother’s antics. They constantly bicker and compete against each other. Tripp is more sensitive and perceptive especially now with Chandler around but he still dominant and feels he in charge. Buzz is more childish, very loud and totally ridiculous at times. All three of them act like kids so there are some hilarious moments in the book. While True has her brothers to contend with, Mateo has his hands full with six sisters! He very protective of them all but they do like meddling in his life. They are bossy and torture him with women as they try to matchmake for him. They are so funny and had me cracking up at what they thought were helpful escapades. Growing up with his sisters means he has a greater understanding of women, which is why he so determined to find True. “I will do right by you in all the ways that matter. I promise, True Wallace,I will not let you down.” Throughout the book one other person stands out for me, Molly. She walks Tripp’s dog Chewy and housesits for him while he away playing football. If you’ve read the previous books then you will have met this amazing 15 year old. She is funny, smart and very dependable. She becomes such a help and great friend to True. I loved how she so mature one minute and then a naive teenager at others. My heart went out to Mateo who was always going to do the right thing if True ever gave him a chance. She stayed hidden away so it takes a long time for them to get together and the romance start. I did start to get a bit annoyed and frustrated with True but luckily she comes to her senses. Even though the brothers made me laugh at their high jinks, at times I felt the story more about them. The biggest thing I felt we missed out on was Mateo telling his family he was going to be a dad. Overall it was a quick, sweet and well written story that I enjoyed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krista Webster

    Hard Luck is the fourth book in Sara Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series. Told in dual POV by True Wallace and Mateo Jose Espinoza. This can be read as a standalone but Trace aka Buzz from Hard Fall #2 and Tripp from Hard Love #3 are True’s brothers and very involved in her life! True is the baby of the family and like her brothers has a career in sports. She is very sarcastic, curses like her brothers and stands up for herself. At the start of the book we find her homeless and pregnant. She has come Hard Luck is the fourth book in Sara Ney’s Trophy Boyfriends series. Told in dual POV by True Wallace and Mateo Jose Espinoza. This can be read as a standalone but Trace aka Buzz from Hard Fall #2 and Tripp from Hard Love #3 are True’s brothers and very involved in her life! True is the baby of the family and like her brothers has a career in sports. She is very sarcastic, curses like her brothers and stands up for herself. At the start of the book we find her homeless and pregnant. She has come to stay with Tripp because he is hardly around and she will be able to hide the pregnancy. She is scared to tell her extremely protective brothers and it doesn’t help that she hasn’t even told the father yet. The father is Mateo, a professional baseball player, teammate and good friends with Buzz. She had sneaked out of his hotel bedroom following a night of passion after her brother’s wedding. True knows Mateo a nice guy who wants to get to know her and date her, but she so embarrassed at how she left, she has blocked and refused to speak to him. She is also feeling ashamed at keeping this secret from him, what mother doesn’t tell the father? Mateo is funny, charismatic and a perfect gentleman. He thought they were getting along fine at the wedding but now worried as she ghosted him. He upset she wants nothing to do with him and has even asked Buzz for her number even though there are Bro rules over dating sisters - they off limits. Not deterred he is desperate to know why she left, did he scare her off, can he fix what he did, is he not good enough for her? He is fed up with being stereotyped as he doesn’t sleep around like some of the other players but Buzz could have warned her off. While she takes her time deciding how and when to tell Mateo, we are entertained by her brother’s antics. They constantly bicker and compete against each other. Tripp is more sensitive and perceptive especially now with Chandler around but he still dominant and feels he in charge. Buzz is more childish, very loud and totally ridiculous at times. All three of them act like kids so there are some hilarious moments in the book. While True has her brothers to contend with, Mateo has his hands full with six sisters! He very protective of them all but they do like meddling in his life. They are bossy and torture him with women as they try to matchmake for him. They are so funny and had me cracking up at what they thought were helpful escapades. Growing up with his sisters means he has a greater understanding of women, which is why he so determined to find True. Throughout the book one other person stands out for me, Molly. She walks Tripp’s dog Chewy and housesits for him while he away playing football. If you’ve read the previous books then you will have met this amazing 15 year old. She is funny, smart and very dependable. She becomes such a help and great friend to True. I loved how she so mature one minute and then a naive teenager at others. My heart went out to Mateo who was always going to do the right thing if True ever gave him a chance. She stayed hidden away so it takes a long time for them to get together and the romance start. I did start to get a bit annoyed and frustrated with True but luckily she comes to her senses. Even though the brothers made me laugh at their high jinks, at times I felt the story more about them. The biggest thing I felt we missed out on was Mateo telling his family he was going to be a dad. Overall it was a quick, sweet and well written story that I enjoyed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***5 ‘My Eggo is Preggo’ Stars*** I freakin’ ADORED this book! From start to finish, ADORED! And though I know both Buzz and Tripp will throw not so manly tantrums over this next statement, it needs to be stated: This IS my FAVORITE book of the series (Thus far, obviously, because if there are more coming and one just so happens to have Molly or Glory as the MC’s ~ well, things may need to be adjusted, but for now FAVORITE). I honestly never wanted the book to end, I didn’t want to say good-by ***5 ‘My Eggo is Preggo’ Stars*** I freakin’ ADORED this book! From start to finish, ADORED! And though I know both Buzz and Tripp will throw not so manly tantrums over this next statement, it needs to be stated: This IS my FAVORITE book of the series (Thus far, obviously, because if there are more coming and one just so happens to have Molly or Glory as the MC’s ~ well, things may need to be adjusted, but for now FAVORITE). I honestly never wanted the book to end, I didn’t want to say good-bye to True and Mateo, I wanted to be with them every step of the way...but alas, that isn’t the case and I will just have to cross my toes that even if there are no more books in this series, that there may be a spin-off series or a novella where they will appear. Now: True and Mateo. These two were awesome. Even when the freak outs happened, they were awesome ~ though, admittedly, meeting True for the first time while she was puking was a less than stellar introduction, they were still awesome. Mateo really is a good man, though how he couldn’t be with his sisters and his mom around, I don’t know. But he is sweet, charming and all around smexy goodness and he definitely gives as good as he gets. As for True. This woman is sassy, snarky and witty ~ which comes as no surprise considering who her brothers are. And I honestly felt for her, I did get a tinsy bit frustrated with her at times, but considering all that she was dealing with, how could anyone blame her. As for their journey. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting when it comes to a surprise pregnancy romance, but I think that it’s why I loved this book. It was different, but I was totally on board with True and Mateo not only co-parenting but being a couple. The chemistry between them was HAWT and their bantering was on point and, as I’ve already rambled on about, I really wanted to spend a lot more time with them, but I am also happy with how things were at the end with them. This book hit all the right buttons for me. From how the author handled the surprise baby situation to how she showed me just how good True and Mateo could be, not only as parents, but friends and lovers. And then there were the always enjoyable, if not sometimes frustrating, supporting cast of characters. Molly and Glory were my favs of the story and Tripp was actually pretty amazing. Buzz is still Buzz and good grief, the man is still one of a kind. And then there is Mateo’s sisters (Glory is one of them) they were a hoot and since some of them are single, I’m crossing my toes that we’ll see them all again. So, if you’re looking for a fun, quick, sweet read with a good dose of OTT crazy and a lot of heart then you need to pick this baby up! ~ Copy provided by the author via WFMS & voluntarily reviewed ~

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Starts well, but ends bluntly. 3.5🌟s I had been looking forward to this book since I finished the third one, and couldn’t wait to read True and Mateo’s tale. In case you don’t remember, True is a Wallace, younger sister to Trace (Buzz) and Tripp, books 2 & 3. Mateo is a teammate of Buzz’s who was invited to his wedding. True and Mateo had a connection and spent time together at the wedding. So now that we have caught up and I assumed have read the blurb, you know that from that night True discove Starts well, but ends bluntly. 3.5🌟s I had been looking forward to this book since I finished the third one, and couldn’t wait to read True and Mateo’s tale. In case you don’t remember, True is a Wallace, younger sister to Trace (Buzz) and Tripp, books 2 & 3. Mateo is a teammate of Buzz’s who was invited to his wedding. True and Mateo had a connection and spent time together at the wedding. So now that we have caught up and I assumed have read the blurb, you know that from that night True discovers she is pregnant. This novel overlaps book 3 a little and it opens with poor True dealing with morning sickness, something I suffered with badly, so I had a lot of sympathy for her. She’s embarrassed and confused as to how she got herself in this situation at age 25 and it takes her a few weeks to come clean of her condition to Tripp firstly. It takes another few weeks for her to have the courage to confess to Mateo. The poor guy had been trying to contact her, and reconnect as he thought there was something special between them. His efforts border on stalking but I get he was trying his best to see if what he felt was the same for True. And even though Buzz’s behavior is weird considering his own personal circumstance, he is true to form in not giving in to Mateo and passing on True’s phone number. And this is where my problem starts, to get to this point of the book it is now past 70%. I am all for a slow build in a relationship and we got this here. They go on few dates and there’s a funny scene attending the first ultrasound. Preseason training is fast approaching and Mateo asks True to come with him so he doesn’t miss out on watching the baby bump grow, that they can get to know each other better and also make some more baby decisions. She agrees that it is a wise move and they head out to Arizona together. And unfortunately that’s about it for the book. It ends at the 94% mark and I have walked away really disappointed. Yes there’s an epilogue, but I didn’t feel I got a sense of completion, I have so many questions left unanswered. Just as their connection was developing, it ended. It felt like the author just got bored and said, ok done, I’m ending it right here, in the middle of nowhere. There’s also no authors note at the end to say, that concludes the series or I know I’ve left you hanging but we have one more book to come…. who knows what’s going on, nothing is clarified. It doesn’t feel finished and I want to know more. I’m finding this is becoming a bad habit from this author and one many readers are not happy with. It makes me very reluctant to start another book from her and not walk away with a smile on my face.

  17. 5 out of 5

    mnhockeymomreads Heather B

    After a one night stand at her brother's wedding, True finds herself homeless, pregnant and sleeping in her older brother's guest bedroom. Oh, and the baby's father just happens to be a teammate of her brothers. To say her brother, Buzz isn’t going to be happy is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Matteo, a professional baseball player, cannot get his teammates' sister out of his mind. And she ghosted him. His buddy, Buzz is having NONE of him asking for her number and contact information…..but he just can’t ig After a one night stand at her brother's wedding, True finds herself homeless, pregnant and sleeping in her older brother's guest bedroom. Oh, and the baby's father just happens to be a teammate of her brothers. To say her brother, Buzz isn’t going to be happy is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Matteo, a professional baseball player, cannot get his teammates' sister out of his mind. And she ghosted him. His buddy, Buzz is having NONE of him asking for her number and contact information…..but he just can’t ignore that he needs more of True. True on the other hand was trying real hard to ignore not only Matteo but her pregnancy, her brothers, and how all of it impacted her life in the long run. I always love reading Sara Ney books because they make me laugh SO.MUCH!!!! Her hero’s are SO SO SO SO great!!! Matteo is alpha, but also gentle and kind….just the perfect book boyfriend material. And he is so sweet to True and just so conscious of her feelings and needs. One of the things I loved most about this book is the relationship that Matteo has with his sisters (all 5 of them!!!) and True has with her brothers. True became especially close to Tripp! I loved the way he loves his sister, and just seems to “know” what she needs. I really loved seeing this side of him as a character. And anytime we get to see Buzz again it makes me a happy reader! And let me tell you I was laughing so hard when Matteo was with his sisters, I had to stop reading because I couldn’t see! His sisters not only have his back but have ZERO issue making sure that he knows he is not that special even though he is a pro baseball player….but they will take down anyone who messes with him. He has an amazing family and definitely is a good guy! There are several scenes with both sets of siblings that are stellar! I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention Molly. This sweet sassy teenager stole the show in Tripp’s book and she is back, friends. And so awesome! Her wit and humor were also on point! I hope we see more of her…... True worked so hard to ignore what was happening, but once she decided to let Matteo in I really loved watching them fall in love. Matteo was respectful of True’s needs, wants, and feelings while still making sure she understood that he wanted her with him. The chemistry these two had was amazing. SO HOT and STEAMY! I hope that in the future we get a little more peeks into Matteo and True’s relationship and future because I was not ready for their story to end! I highly recommend this book and this series to anyone that loves a little humor with their steamy books! This entire series is totally worth the read, and I can’t wait to read more!

  18. 5 out of 5

    BookishlyNomes

    Hard Luck is the fourth installment in the hilarious, super steamy Trophy Boyfriends series and focuses on True Wallace and Matteo Espinoza. For those new to the series or needing a refresher, True is the younger sister of Buzz (hero from book 2) and Tripp (hero of book 3) and Matteo is one of Buzz's team members (they play professional baseball together). This book is a delight. At the end of book 3, Hard Love, the POV switches to True and reveals a huge surprise: she's pregnant. Hard Luck picks Hard Luck is the fourth installment in the hilarious, super steamy Trophy Boyfriends series and focuses on True Wallace and Matteo Espinoza. For those new to the series or needing a refresher, True is the younger sister of Buzz (hero from book 2) and Tripp (hero of book 3) and Matteo is one of Buzz's team members (they play professional baseball together). This book is a delight. At the end of book 3, Hard Love, the POV switches to True and reveals a huge surprise: she's pregnant. Hard Luck picks up from there meaning from the get-go, this book throws you into the 'action' of the storyline. That all being said, this book still isn't focused on action per se and is heavily delves more into the personalities and relationships amongst all of the characters which I loved. I'm a sucker for a good character-driven book and that's exactly what Sara Ney delivers every. time. Since Hard Luck is mainly about the characters, I also really enjoyed getting to revisit the friends and family from the previous books. Buzz and Hollis are just as quirky as always and have their own big reveal, while Tripp and Chandler are still settling into their own fantastic relationship. I definitely would have loved to revisit Noah and Miranda (from book 1) but can definitely understand why they didn't feature in this book (i.e. Noah is Buzz's best friend and doesn't really have anything to do with Buzz's family). But no worries, I will happily get my Noah and Miranda fix by re-reading Hard Pass! In addition to seeing these previous characters, we also get to meet a whole slew of new characters in the form of Matteo's family. His six sisters are WILD and basically female versions of Buzz and Tripp so you know every family gathering is going to be entertaining! Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot. Sara Ney is a fantastic writer and really balances well the comedic gold with the seriousness of the 'accidental pregnancy' subject. Her writing is witty, entertaining and refreshing, and the plotline was well-executed. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know True and Matteo, and watch how they were able to develop a one-night encounter into a meaningful relationship without it ever feeling like a circumstance-forced duty. I highly recommend this book to fans of Sara Ney's other work, or lovers of sports romance, romantic comedies, or the accidental pregnancy trope. One word of caution though: this book discusses food in delicious, minute detail and WILL make you hungry afterwards!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    The only thing this light and funny rom com is missing is the... well, the romance, unfortunately. I've been loving this series and this accidental pregnancy story has a very similar vibe, but the pacing did it no favors. Our couple isn't even in the same room together for... let's say "awhile," and once they finally are, things didn't feel particularly romantic. It was ALL about the baby, and I lost my respect for the heroine along the way. It's still got plenty of humor and an adorable hero, b The only thing this light and funny rom com is missing is the... well, the romance, unfortunately. I've been loving this series and this accidental pregnancy story has a very similar vibe, but the pacing did it no favors. Our couple isn't even in the same room together for... let's say "awhile," and once they finally are, things didn't feel particularly romantic. It was ALL about the baby, and I lost my respect for the heroine along the way. It's still got plenty of humor and an adorable hero, but this was a LOT more com than rom. If that's not a problem for you, then I see no reason why you won't enjoy this low angst story, but the romance was almost nonexistent. The story follows True and Mateo, two people who met at a wedding and shared one night together. When True snuck out in the morning, Mateo wasn't expecting it. He thought they had a connection and was hoping for more, but True let insecurities get the best of her and she ran. That makes things even more awkward once True discovers that she's pregnant, the father is the guy she ran from, and he's connected to her brother in a big way. Mateo doesn't know any of that - he just knows that he wants more of what he shared with True, and he's determined to reconnect. This series has been great so far, and this is really just my least favorite. It wasn't bad, but I definitely wouldn't revisit it in the future. Mateo is the best part; I loved his determination, and it was so refreshing to read about a guy - a professional athlete no less - who loves his family and would love a relationship. He's not a hoe, he's not commitment-phobic, and he doesn't scare easily, which was awesome to read. True, though... I didn't like her. She threatened to turn this accidental pregnancy romance into a secret baby romance, despite the fact that Mateo is such a good guy and she knew how to get in touch with him. I struggled with how long it took to get them together, and then it just didn't feel romantic after that. I did appreciate the flashbacks to their original meeting, though I think this would've been much, MUCH stronger if the book simply opened with the wedding scenes. Without them, this couple lacks any kind of chemistry whatsoever. That does nothing to change my love of the author's writing style, but this one wasn't a win for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this funny, low angst story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Rivas

    Full of rollicking laughs and ridiculous situations, this was a happy read! After reading about Trip and Buzz Wallace, of course you’re curious to read about their baby sister. And of course, she ends up being a similar, slightly softer, version of her brothers. Fun all the way through! True and Mateo meet at Buzz’s wedding to Hollis. They have a one-night stand and then True ghosts him. For weeks he’s tried to get her phone number from Buzz, his team mate in the Chicago Blaze baseball team. And Full of rollicking laughs and ridiculous situations, this was a happy read! After reading about Trip and Buzz Wallace, of course you’re curious to read about their baby sister. And of course, she ends up being a similar, slightly softer, version of her brothers. Fun all the way through! True and Mateo meet at Buzz’s wedding to Hollis. They have a one-night stand and then True ghosts him. For weeks he’s tried to get her phone number from Buzz, his team mate in the Chicago Blaze baseball team. And Buzz, being the typical protective older brother, blocks all his attempts, because of course, no guy is good enough for his little sister! When True finds herself pregnant with Mateo’s baby, she went rogue and coward. She was evicted from her apartment because one of her roommates defaulted on the payments, so she went to hide, er, stay in her big brother Tripp’s house until she finds another apartment. The ensuing discussions where Buzz complains about why she prefers to stay in Tripp’s house instead of his are a riot. The brother’s fight about who keeps True are hysterically funny but also tenderhearted because their love for their sister shines true. Also their immaturity shines through! Most of the plot is taken with True’s process of accepting her pregnancy, come to terms with her life situation, come up with the courage to face Mateo, his family and her family. It’s a slow process and she gets a lot of help from Molly, Tripp’s teenage neighbor and dog walker. Molly is now fifteen going on thirty. Many times she shows a wisdom that puts True, older by ten years, to shame. This is a great recovery story! After many emotional angsty books, this was a welcome respite, lighthearted, funny and with so many cute moments. Mateo has six sisters and they make dramatic appearances in the story, demonstrating that he was henpecked by the women of his family. Like Tripp and Buzz, thoughts of his mother’s disapproval instill a healthy fear in him, and although he complains when his sisters appear en masse to harass him, he loves them and endures their nosiness. It was hugely cute, and so in tune with Buzz and Tripp’s nosiness. I would have loved an epilogue scene with all the sisters and brothers in a BBQ party, fully engaged in their silliness, it would have been epic!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    Hard Luck is an accidental pregnancy romance, and the fourth book in the Trophy Boyfriends series by Sara Ney, and I think it’s my favourite yet. I am a sucker for this trope, and I thought Sara captured the shock and surprise of an unplanned pregnancy perfectly. When Mateo and True have a one-night stand at True’s brother Buzz’s wedding, it ends in ways neither of them expect. As Mateo is Buzz’s teammate and close friend, True sneaks out early in the morning to avoid awkwardness, but Mateo makes Hard Luck is an accidental pregnancy romance, and the fourth book in the Trophy Boyfriends series by Sara Ney, and I think it’s my favourite yet. I am a sucker for this trope, and I thought Sara captured the shock and surprise of an unplanned pregnancy perfectly. When Mateo and True have a one-night stand at True’s brother Buzz’s wedding, it ends in ways neither of them expect. As Mateo is Buzz’s teammate and close friend, True sneaks out early in the morning to avoid awkwardness, but Mateo makes it his mission to track her down. He felt a connection that night which he wants to pursue, but True is ghosting him, because she has a secret, in the form of baby bump. Unsure what to do, how her overprotective brothers or Mateo will react, she hides out in her brother Tripp’s house until she builds up the courage to come clean to her baby’s father, and the rest of her family. How will Mateo and everyone else react when the news comes out? There were some aspects of this book I adored, especially the slow build of a relationship between Mateo and True, no insta-love here, because it felt more realistic. It took them some time to get together, but by the epilogue, it still wasn’t super clear what they were, which I got slightly frustrated at. I enjoyed their banter and how they got to know each other, but I just felt like I needed more from them as a couple! I loved True’s relationships with her brothers, they were overbearing and overprotective but their double act made up for the overdramatic tendencies and I could read about the Wallace siblings all day. I also really enjoyed her blossoming friendship with Molly, who was there for her when no one else was. Mateo and his sisters’ dynamics were just as good, the sibling relationships within this book were pure gold. However, some scenes felt repetitive, especially at the start, and the ending felt rushed, and big events that had been talked about a lot, like how Mateo would tell his family about the pregnancy and how they would react weren’t even mentioned. So, while I adored every character in this book, it did feel like there were still too many loose ends when I turned the last page. I am hoping we will get to see more of this couple in later books, because to me it doesn’t feel like their story is finished. *I received a copy of this book and voluntarily left a review.*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kodie Mackay

    Ah I love this. I just love Sara's writing, she has a talent for perfectly combining relatable characters and a story filled to the brim with a tonne of witt and depth. True Wallace - baby sister to Trip and Buzz, book 2 and 3 in this series finally has her own book and it does not disappoint. Lets just say her story starts of less then convenient for her because she's just found out she's pregnant from a one night stand. It's safe to say her story starts off rocky. I liked True. I found myself Ah I love this. I just love Sara's writing, she has a talent for perfectly combining relatable characters and a story filled to the brim with a tonne of witt and depth. True Wallace - baby sister to Trip and Buzz, book 2 and 3 in this series finally has her own book and it does not disappoint. Lets just say her story starts of less then convenient for her because she's just found out she's pregnant from a one night stand. It's safe to say her story starts off rocky. I liked True. I found myself frustrated with her at times but when you really look at her circumstances she actually reacted pretty normal in my opinion. Her whole world was turned upside down and she needed a minute to adjust. She took responsibility for her own actions and she stood up for herself and Mateo when her overbearing brothers tried to over protect her too much. She's sweet and a little sassy and all round very likeable and easy to relate to. Mateo is just a delicious hunk of man. Honestly he had my respect just because of how persistent he was with getting in touch with True in the beginning. The way he dealt with that life changing news was absolutely perfect, I mean the man just took it like a champ and supported True even though she hid from him for months. He's sweet, attentive and super sexy. Also... The man has the patience of a saint, I suppose he has to with all those women in his life. These two are cute. I love that once the news was out they actually acted responsible together instead of the usual drama that comes with accidental pregnancies. They had a sweet connection and a definite bond through the pregnancy but they also had crazy chemistry that made it so much more believable and easier to imagine them together. They journey is a definite slow burn and it's more about them sorting through things than the romance but I loved that because it's makes sense given their circumstances. It's a cute sweet read. This is a light hearted slow burn but it still packs a punch with hilarious characters, outrageous shenanigans and a tonne of bickering and banter between all the siblings. I laughed through most of the book and was so gutted when it finished because it's such an easy read. This is a great addition to the series and I cannot wait to read what comes next!.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caroline F

    This was a sweet, funny, surprise-pregnancy romance. ”We spent one night together; it makes no sense why I want to spend a lifetime with her. No sense at all.” True Wallace and Mateo Espinoza meet at her brother’s wedding and hit it off. One reckless night of passion lead to life-changing consequences, which causes plenty of angst for True as she fights to overcome her embarrassment, her fears and guilt. Mateo is desperate to make contact with the beautiful girl who appears to have ghosted him. Wh This was a sweet, funny, surprise-pregnancy romance. ”We spent one night together; it makes no sense why I want to spend a lifetime with her. No sense at all.” True Wallace and Mateo Espinoza meet at her brother’s wedding and hit it off. One reckless night of passion lead to life-changing consequences, which causes plenty of angst for True as she fights to overcome her embarrassment, her fears and guilt. Mateo is desperate to make contact with the beautiful girl who appears to have ghosted him. When he finally pins her down to a date, he is shocked by the news she has to share with him. ”She’s wearing regular jeans – not the maternity kind – her bump already straining the stretch of the denim, smooth and cute and mine. Mine. My baby. Wow.” This whole story was essentially about True coming to terms with her pregnancy and how she deals with it, as well as how Mateo is really taken with her and, after the shock news, how happy he is at the prospect of fatherhood and a chance to build something with True. We see plenty of True’s brothers, Tripp and Buzz, who drive her completely insane, as well as Mateo’s equally crazy six sisters! I was delighted to see Tripp’s teenage neighbour, Molly, and sincerely hope we get a story about her, at some point. True is pretty sensitive and for the first few weeks after her night with Mateo, she deals with a lot of feelings of shame and embarrassment. I must say that she was a lovely woman but she didn’t seem to have a lot of command over her own life, if you think about her roommates, the way her brothers treat her, and even the way Molly manages to insinuate herself into her life. The only one she seemed to hold out against was Mateo! Now, he was an absolutely adorable, gorgeous guy! He had equally nosy, annoying sisters! LOL. They liked to barge in on him but I loved that he adored them anyway. I adored the letter that he wrote True – he was so full of good intentions, desire and hope for the future. A fun, humorous read with some steamy scenes. Blog: https://readingwillingable.blogspot.c... Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3RBNL9...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rain

    Ok Many of Neys books have a permanent stop of my faves list, but sometimes they just miss a bit for me. This was one of those. It’s very firmly in the “ok” category. I’m not sure exactly what it is. I don’t hate it, I just definitely don’t love it. Maybe it’s that 90% of the book is the pregnancy, so it was definitely missing a level of romance. Or that Mateo was very firmly in the “beta hero” category but spent way too much time wavering back and forth in his inner monologue about his history s Ok Many of Neys books have a permanent stop of my faves list, but sometimes they just miss a bit for me. This was one of those. It’s very firmly in the “ok” category. I’m not sure exactly what it is. I don’t hate it, I just definitely don’t love it. Maybe it’s that 90% of the book is the pregnancy, so it was definitely missing a level of romance. Or that Mateo was very firmly in the “beta hero” category but spent way too much time wavering back and forth in his inner monologue about his history sleeping around to really rock it it into swoonworthyness? I mean literally in one paragraph he talks about how he’s never slept around because his mom wouldn’t like it and in the same chapter another paragraph about how he just stopped sleeping around last month. There many many many contradictory/wavering paragraphs about this (20 at least). I don’t really care if he has, or hasn’t as long as it’s in the past and not since he and the heroine slept together but the focus was annoying. I’m not sure if Ney was trying to give the “nice guy” an edge or something, but it didn’t work. She came off like suddenly she kept changing her mind and forgot to do edits. Literally having him contradict himself makes him look like he has multiple personalities and doesn’t know his own history. Oh and if authors could stop having their hero inner monologue about how “they aren’t like a guy in a book who will say he doesn’t bring women back to his house” yada yada that would be great. I’ve seen it in a book like 4 times in the last year. That’s and oddly specific (and dumb) thought for a man to randomly inner monologue about. I don’t care if they bring women to their home. I don’t see the need to focus on it though. In fact, I’d be fine if authors stopped taking time of the current heroines story for them to pause and reminisce about the ghost of one night stands past at all. It never adds anything. But phrasing it in the double negative is just so weird. And really coincidental... That all being said, those were the worst parts, and they weren’t that bad. There were a few funny parts too, so it might just be a me thing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emilia || Dark Side of the Book

    What a fantastic story! I was on hunger of really good sport romance and then, on my Kindle arrived “Hard Luck” written by Sara Ney – my personal first place in sports romances. So I read this book and it was pure pleasure to me! One day True Wallace discovered that she is pregnant with... her brother's friend, which she slept on Buzz's wedding. She didn't know what to do with this fact, but she promised to herself that she won't say this to Mateo until she has to. Her promise is very hard to ke What a fantastic story! I was on hunger of really good sport romance and then, on my Kindle arrived “Hard Luck” written by Sara Ney – my personal first place in sports romances. So I read this book and it was pure pleasure to me! One day True Wallace discovered that she is pregnant with... her brother's friend, which she slept on Buzz's wedding. She didn't know what to do with this fact, but she promised to herself that she won't say this to Mateo until she has to. Her promise is very hard to keep in secret, because her belly is growing week by week. How Mateo will react, when he meets the truth about True? I adore this story! OMG! “Hard Luck” was the best book, which I get in moment when I need a good sport romance. Sara Ney knows how to write a fantastic story with charismatic heroes in sports environment. I was laughing trough half of this story. The idea about secret pregnancy and avoidance the father of kid was totally awesome! The journey with True and Mateo is like a really good coffee. In the beginning is a little bitter, in the middle is curious about the end and in the end we have a full of carmel and sweets. I was in this book from the first page and I've read this story in a few hours. Mateo is a perfect guy! Sexy, handsome, simply normal and a little bit shy. He is so cute in his fear of True, even though they slept together. It was a really good idea with his sisters and lovely mom, who were giving him a lot of tips about relationship. In the other side we have ambitious, clever and a little bit proud Ture, whose problem is slip-up on her older brother wedding. She has Molly – Tripp's neighbor and her brother. Truth about her changing body is hard to avoid, but she know that finally she must do it. She must say the truth. “Hard Luck” is a forth book in Trophy Boyfriends series written by Sara Ney. This story is like previous books in this series: funny, steamy and interesting. “Hard Luck” is a good rom com, when you have a bad day. Sara Ney again made me laugh and happy while I was reading her book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann Mihailovic

    Hard Luck is book four in the Trophy Boyfriends series by Sara Ney. It is an unplanned pregnancy, sports romantic comedy that can be read as a standalone and also features characters from the other books in this series. The story is about True Wallace and Mateo Espinoza, and is told in dual perspectives. It also goes back and forth with past and present views. True is the youngest Wallace sibling with two older brothers who not only happen to be professional athletes, but also very overbearing a Hard Luck is book four in the Trophy Boyfriends series by Sara Ney. It is an unplanned pregnancy, sports romantic comedy that can be read as a standalone and also features characters from the other books in this series. The story is about True Wallace and Mateo Espinoza, and is told in dual perspectives. It also goes back and forth with past and present views. True is the youngest Wallace sibling with two older brothers who not only happen to be professional athletes, but also very overbearing and overprotective. On the night of her brother Buzz's wedding, she hooks up with his teammate Mateo, where they have a magical night with intense chemistry, only to ghost him afterwards. With having just been newly evicted from her home, finding out that she is pregnant is the last thing she needs. What will she do? How can she tell her brother that not only is she pregnant, but the father is his teammate? And knowing that Mateo is a famous athlete who constantly travels, will she or won't she tell him about the baby? Mateo Espinoza is a pro baseball player and can have his pick of any chick any time. But after one night with True, he can't stop thinking about her, the night they shared together or the deep connection they had. He was sure she felt it too, but now that she's ghosted him, he can't help but wonder what he did wrong. But he's determined to win her over and keep her for good. What happens when he finds out he got her pregnant? How will he react? I thought this was another great addition to the Trophy Boyfriends series. This story was a feel-good read where the humor had me laughing throughout. I loved Mateo. He was such a great, caring and understanding guy, and his sisters were awesome. I loved how close both True and Mateo were with all their siblings. Oh, and did I mention the intimate scenes? Yeah, definitely some steamy elements in this book. Overall, another great book by Sara Ney.

  27. 4 out of 5

    TurnItAllOff

    STOP STEREOTYPING LATINOS! I hate this book so much! I don’t even know how I finished reading it! I even took the time to copy every Spanish word used ,so I could discuss it with my friends because I couldn’t believe my eyes. I know, I know. I AM NO-ONE to criticize the attempt to write in another language because even though I try, my English is TERRIBLE sometimes. I’ve been ridiculed in the past for saying saying something wrong when I lived in EEUU but I learned that ignorant people are going STOP STEREOTYPING LATINOS! I hate this book so much! I don’t even know how I finished reading it! I even took the time to copy every Spanish word used ,so I could discuss it with my friends because I couldn’t believe my eyes. I know, I know. I AM NO-ONE to criticize the attempt to write in another language because even though I try, my English is TERRIBLE sometimes. I’ve been ridiculed in the past for saying saying something wrong when I lived in EEUU but I learned that ignorant people are going to hate no matter what you do. That being said, if you are going to write about a Mexican Hero PLEASE don’t base his personality around Latin stereotypes and PLEASE stop using Google translate! (Maybe you didn’t, but the Spanish was BAD!) Besides that, the book didn’t need to be so long. The entire plot could’ve fit in 10 pages and still somehow felt incomplete. Even the Epilogue bored me! That’s it. I’m still pissed 😤 or should I say: AYAYAY! MUY CALIENTE! I LOVE TACOS AND BEING LOUD!! YO IS GETTING ENOJADA! AMO LAS TELENOVELAS! QUINCEAÑERA! ESPAÑOL —————- Por si alguien piensa en darle una oportunidad a este libro; yo diría que no lo hagan. Creo suficiente con que yo acumule toda la cólera generada por este libro. Me encanta leer sobre personajes hispanos porque de alguna forma me gusta sentirme reflejada, pero somos más que el estereotipo de personas ruidosas en público o amantes de telenovelas o que vamos por la vida diciendo “ayayay”. Estoy orgullosa de ser latina! Y somos mucho más que un estereotipo. Aparte de todo esto, el libro tiene una falta de historia súper alta. No termina en final feliz en sí, más bien un final abierto. Pasaron miles de capítulos que pudieron ser eliminados sin alterar la historia. Esa niña Molly o Holly.. ahhhh es la persona más metiche del mundo! Y su presencia es completamente irrelevante. Bueno, creo que ya descargue algo de mi cólera. Adiós!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    True Wallace knew the moment she shared a one night stand with her brother's teammate Mateo that it was a very bad idea... but she did it anyway. And now it is like the universe is punishing her for crossing that line, because her casual night has left her pregnant. And that means now she has to break the news to her overbearing brother... and she knows it isn't going to go over well. It was supposed to be a night of fun that no one ever found out about... but it's just a matter of time before e True Wallace knew the moment she shared a one night stand with her brother's teammate Mateo that it was a very bad idea... but she did it anyway. And now it is like the universe is punishing her for crossing that line, because her casual night has left her pregnant. And that means now she has to break the news to her overbearing brother... and she knows it isn't going to go over well. It was supposed to be a night of fun that no one ever found out about... but it's just a matter of time before everyone knows what she did! Sometimes mistakes turn out to be blessings in disguise and that couldn't be more true for True Wallace. She wanted to find love and her happily ever after, but so far life hadn't lead her to the man she was supposed to be with. Then on a whim she decides to throw caution to the wind and spend a night with a stranger... which winds up being the best decision she ever made. On the surface it looks like it was a horrible idea, especially where her overbearing brothers were concerned... but it brought Mateo into her life, and of course their baby. These two were pure magic on the page, once they got over the shock of being pregnant they let go and just let their hearts lead them to where they needed to be. And I thoroughly enjoyed watching them maneuver through this new chapter in their lives. They were a perfect fit, both unique in their own right, but together they had something really special. Something that was easily felt on the page and something that left my heartstrings feeling a nice little tug too! If you like steamy sports romances, then you will love this one, it's characters will have you feeling the heat the whole way through! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)

                        "I will always do right by you in all the ways that matter." True Wallace feels like her life is spiralling out of control. She had a one-night stand with her brother's teammate, got evicted from her apartment and just found out she is now pregnant. Mateo can not figure out what he did wrong that had True running from the hotel room after their night together. He is determined to get in touch with her and find out why she ghosted him. When Mateo finally catches                     "I will always do right by you in all the ways that matter." True Wallace feels like her life is spiralling out of control. She had a one-night stand with her brother's teammate, got evicted from her apartment and just found out she is now pregnant. Mateo can not figure out what he did wrong that had True running from the hotel room after their night together. He is determined to get in touch with her and find out why she ghosted him. When Mateo finally catches up with True, she drops a bomb on him that will change his life forever. ⁣ The Trophy Boyfriends series is fun and entertaining. The Wallace family is hilarious and always puts a smile on my face. The Espinoza family is just as, if not, crazier than the Wallace family. I was hooked to the story right from the beginning and did enjoy the story waiting to see the reactions that were going to come when True told her secret but other than that the story fell a little flat compared to the rest of the series. The only thing I struggled with was the romance and connection between Mateo and True was almost non-existent. I do hope that we get more from this series and the characters in the future. *advanced copy requested and honestly reviewed on behalf of Canadian Girl Book Blog* Follow Me / Blog * Facebook * Instagram * Twitter * TikTok

  30. 4 out of 5

    Samantha || Fictionally Sam

    Rating: 3 Star Well this one was a time and a half. Sara Ney, strike back with her next installment in the Trophy Boyfriends series, but this time with True's story--and what a story it is. Not normally dating athletes, True Wallace makes an exception during her brothers wedding and has a one night stand with one of his teammates--Mateo--and finds herself in a pickle when the test in her hands shows positive. As always, Ney delivers comedic gold in this quick and fun romantic comedy. Mateo liter Rating: 3 Star Well this one was a time and a half. Sara Ney, strike back with her next installment in the Trophy Boyfriends series, but this time with True's story--and what a story it is. Not normally dating athletes, True Wallace makes an exception during her brothers wedding and has a one night stand with one of his teammates--Mateo--and finds herself in a pickle when the test in her hands shows positive. As always, Ney delivers comedic gold in this quick and fun romantic comedy. Mateo literally is the most sweetest hero I've seen from Ney and could not stop laughing as I related heavily to his family dynamics. I loved how committed he was to True and the baby, which was super refreshing to see in a sports romance. Not gonna lie, I did have some problems with the story. The ending felt a bit rushed and almost unfinished with the sense of an HEA but not an obvious HEA like we usually have with romances. I craved to see them fall in love more and that chemistry we had from the flashbacks to be there in the present. It takes a hot minute for our couple to even be in the same room together and for a short romance it felt like an eternity to get to that point. I also struggled with the constant translation of every Spanish sentence said-- I found it a little annoying and awkward as it drew me completely out of the story and made it feel like we were forcing the idea of Mateo being Hispanic rather than letting him simply...be. All in all though, not my favorite from the series if I'm being honest, but a really nice quick romantic comedy that I can guarantee will have you snorting wine into your nose from laughing so hard. Ney's signature wit and comedic writing is on full display in Hard Luck, and if you are into secret pregnancy in a sport romance--this one is for you!

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