Going Hard by Kelsey Browning

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

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

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


Carlie Beth impressed me with her feisty attitude and her fierce devotion to he daughter. 15 years after Grif left for LA she has carved out a life for herself and Aubry in Steele Ridge. When Grif arrives back home all the old feelings come to surface again.

Grif is grudgingly back in his hometown, he really doesn’t want to be there but when he sees Carlie again it’s hard for him to let go of what happened all those years ago.

I loved the chemistry between them, Carlie tries to deny it but she doesn’t want to get hurt again, and who can blame her? Grif is also trying to get past an incident that happened back in LA  and isn’t very trusting at this point either.

Aubry is a teenager who doesn’t miss a thing when it comes to her mother. She is witty, sharp, and a determined young lady who has the best qualities of both her parents. When she shows up Grif at a corn hole game he can’t help but like her attitude that reminds him of her mother.

There are a few twists in this book about things going on in town and with Grif and Carlie Beth. The interaction between them and Aubry is realistic and fun to read.  It’s got a bit of everything in here, romance, mystery, and wonderful characters.

This is a collaboration series between Kelsey, Adrienne Giordano, and Tracy Devlyn each writing a book. Going Hard is the first in the series. There was a prequel novella that was available through the writers newsletters. You don’t have to have read it to know what happens in this book.

ARC provided by author in exchange for a fair and honest review

4/5 stars



Buy: Amazon UK




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