This is my first book by this author and I was pleased to make her acquaintance. Hard Compromise has an interesting twist from the beginning. Ethan meets Laurie when she is an impulsive teenager with too little parental guidance and too much time on her hands. Ethan steps in to save her from herself and becomes her guardian angel for the next 10 years. The thing that made me happy is that Ethan doesn't come off as creepy at all. There is no relationship between this couple until everybody is fully grown and ready to get down to business. I loved how Ethan waited the exact 10 years that he promised Laurie he would wait before showing up to claim her.
As for Laurie, she is the story of how having a hot mess for a parent can really mess up your whole life. Laurie is committed to not having a relationship because she has TRUST ISSUES. Her trust issues are the result of being abandoned by everybody who was supposed to take care of her. And don't get me started on Laurie's Mother. Laurie's mom missed the memo where she was supposed to take care of her daughter and not the other way around. Laurie can't resist the physical chemistry she has with Ethan but what she can definitely resist is Ethan's desire for a relationship. Even though Ethan and Laurie are pretty much inseparable from the point of their initial hook up, Laurie does everything she can to sabotage the union.
Speaking of Ethan, he is quintessential book boyfriend material. Ethan is strong and passionate. He is also super rich (never hurts) and a all around good guy. Oh did I mention he's fine as hell? Well yes that too. In reality....LOL, never mind, there are no guys like Ethan in reality. Anyway, moving on from whatever that thought was, just rest assured that you will fall in love for a few hours during this book. You will probably spend most of this book praying that Laurie can pull her issues together and learn to trust. I think you'll love Ethan's mom and the rest of the supporting characters and really enjoy this book.
P.S.-That scene at the wedding at the end of the book is something I would pull out a pistol and shoot someone for if they did at my wedding.
**ARC provided by Publisher**