Published by Forever on April 25, 2017
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #3
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
This time, she's calling the shots.
Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he's been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy's determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she'll finally be able to move on.
In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.
The Romancing the Clarksons series
Book 1 - Too Hot to Handle (Rita and Jasper)
Book 2 - Too Wild to Tame (Aaron and Grace)
Book 3 - Too Hard to Forget (Peggy and Elliot)
Book 4 - Title TK (Belmont and Sage)
Reading Challenges: Contemporary Romance 2017 Reading Challenge
Warning: This is third book in a series that should be read in order.
Too Hard to Forget is the third book in the Romancing the Clarksons series by Tessa Bailey. I really loved book, Too Hot to Handle. and I liked book two, Too Wild to Tame. This series is an adult contemporary romance series. Book one is still my favorite, but this second installment was good as well. I just love all of Tessa Bailey’s works. This book, Too Hard to Forget, might be my favorite book in the series yet!
What I liked the most about this book and this series is the concept. I love a series of interconnected standalone novels, each focusing on a different character. There are tons of books which follow this pattern and it is a big winner for me. Even better if they are books that center around a family or group of siblings. I think that is very interesting and adds another layer of complexity and familiarity between the novels. This series centers around the four Clarkson siblings, but the interesting thing (in my opinion) is the set up. The four Clarkson siblings have not always gotten along, but when they find the journal from their mother, who was the glue of the family, they all head out on a cross-country road trip to fulfill some of her wishes. I love a road trip book, and I love a good, or dysfunctional, family dynamic. So when I found out where this book was headed I was super pumped.
Too Hard to Forget is Peggy Clarkson’s story. Peggy’s story is a second chance romance, which I love. She goes back to her college intent on finding an old flame. Peggy and Elliot are something else. There is plenty of drama and angst when it comes to the two of them, but it suited them. I really liked their interactions. So much of what happened in their past really affected each of them, so I knew it wasn’t going to be all sunshine and roses. They had a pretty toxic relationship before (at least with some aspects of the relationship.) but it was really nice to see how they grew as people, and to see how they would approach each other this second time around. I think they might be my favorite couple out of the whole series. I liked this book even more than I liked the first book in the series.
Bottom line: If you are a character driven reader, you will love this series. Characters are Tessa Bailey’s specialty and she certainly delivers with this book and with this series. One of my favorite things in the first book was seeing all the different sibling dynamics, so I was happy to see more of them in this novel as well. Too Hard to Forget is my favorite book in the Clarkson’s series so far!
THE ROMANCING THE CLARKSONS SERIES
Too Hot To Handle, #1
Too Wild To Tame, #2
Too Hard To Forget, #3
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