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REVIEW: “Hard Feelings” by Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James



Rylan Williams hates conferences: too many people, not enough routine, and way too much interaction with strangers. When he gets stuck in a broken elevator with Miller Jones, the kid who fell asleep in his lecture, he figures things can’t get worse. Then Rylan realizes he’s the same guy he just spent an hour perving over from afar.

Rylan wants to await rescue in silence, but Miller insists on conversation, or at least banter. But just because they don’t get along doesn’t mean they don’t have chemistry, and Rylan breaks all his rules about intimacy for a one-time-only conference hookup. He’ll probably never see Miller again anyway. So of course, two months later Miller shows up at Rylan’s office, having just been hired to work on a new computer program—with Rylan.

And Rylan thought being stuck in an elevator with him was bad.

Soon Rylan and Miller learn that they get along best when they take out their frustrations in the bedroom. Their arrangement goes against everything Rylan believes in, but the rules are simple: Don’t stay overnight. Don’t tell anyone. And don’t fall in love.


I will say this … the writing was solid. The two characters were written well; showing opposite manners that nonetheless believable attraction between the two. Rylan was more anti-social and had difficulties when he was among too many people; and the younger Miller was outgoing and more spontaneous. The relationship was built in a slow steady pace – while they were navigating between Miller’s need to have sex as stress-release, rules of one-night-stands, their jobs at the same office, as well as Rylan’s own daily family life matters (with his two sisters, the youngest being on rehab, and his niece).

On one hand, this made the characters relatable. It was easy to think that Rylan and Miller were two men we find in our lives. They had their family issues, work issues (although I was totally lost with the details of what they were actually doing *lol*), and relationship issues. They were down-to-earth kinds of characters. The drama was not over the top as well, mainly it climaxed when Rylan realized that he developeds real feeling for Miller, and he was worried that he broke the rules of one-night-stands, and he just couldn’t do it anymore.

On the other hand, all those things made this a quite mundane reading. Truthfully, it felt like NOTHING ever happened. The story felt like it beat steadily but without any upbeat tone in between to make it, well, interesting. For a story that was a common 200 something pages, I felt like I was reading forever. The only sign that it had something ‘dramatic’ was when Rylan acted foolishly regarding his current situation with Miller. Even that one came about ¾ of the way in the book, which meant I waited for ages for it to happen.

It wasn’t bad … but at the same time it didn’t really made me excited as well. Even the epilogue felt humdrum and not exactly memorable for me.




1557660Title: Hard Feelings
Author: Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 220
Release Date: July 3, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Press, ARe, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

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