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Wrecking Ball

(Hard to Love #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  6,439 Ratings  ·  703 Reviews
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Cam DeSantis’ life is a mess. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures. So when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable jerk, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a nanny for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition , 309 pages
Published October 9th 2017 (first published January 19th 2017)
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Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow burns only work for me if the author can keep me engaged and boy did she! I loved the build up of this story. Calvin is a really sexy grump with some issues that have stemmed from his life experiences. Cam has had some pretty shitty things happen as a result of believing in the wrong person. Yet, these two are perfectly matched. I love Cam so much. Despite her circumstances, she doesn't take crap from anyone. She's a strong lead with a very distinct voice, great characterization, and a big ...more
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Maximum satisfaction.

Enjoyment: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Hero: 5/5
Heroine: 5/5
Secondary characters: 5/5
Hotness/chemistry: 4/5
Romance: 4/5
Angst: 3/5
Darkness level: 1/5
Humor: 5/5
Depth of the book: 4/5
POV: heroine, first person
Similar books: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
Unpopular opinion alert: 2 stars.

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

Hmm. This is a hard one. I love fake relationship tropes. I live for it! Same goes for the brooding hero and sassy heroine combination. Add in slow burn and a little sports element, and it's pretty much a perfect book for me.

Here we have Camilla "Cam" DeSantis, a recently widowed woman who's trying to restart her life after her husband leaves her with his mess. Apparently, the love of her life was involved in a million-dollar Ponzi sch
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

”best laid plans are begging to be wrecked.”


Fans of slow burn books will definitely need to check this book out. P. Dangelico is a new to me author who delivers a solid read with a heroine who has been through the ringer with the passing of her ponzi scheming husband. Cam DeSantis has been trying to lie low from the public while moving back in with her parents and has been struggling to find a teaching position. She is offered a very lucrative live in position by NY Titans football star
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: P. Dangelico Fans, Romance
5 Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner Stars
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Okay, I know this is my 3rd review of the year and again, I am all excited about a book. I am just as shocked as you! P. Dangelico was a new-to-me author so I only had the blurb to give me an idea of what the book would be like...Well people, as you can tell from my title and rating, I loved it.

Now there are a lot of reasons to like this book; the writing, the slow burn between the characters and the way t
Alex ♈
Reread 29.08.2017 till 1 a.m. 30.08.2017

They would think I read it for the 1st time *le giggle*

Loved it. Despite me being not a big fan of the hero (except last chapter & epilogue)

I floved this book.

Already fangirling *MEGA MUCH* in eager anticipation of the next book in this series!


31 January 2017 - the day I lost my P. Dangelico-virginity

5 I laughed myself silly stars

Brilliant! Funny! Outstanding!

As many of you I had a kind of déjà vu *cough cough*


“I thought I was an adult. I thought taking care of shit, being responsible made me a man—but I was wrong. You did…loving you made a man out of me.”

I was speechless. Wow. This book.

It was such a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed it immensely. This one had so many things I love in my romance read:

- brooding hero
- strong heroine
- interesting supporting characters
- nice storyline
- heart-wrenching drama
- steamy, passionate romance
- no cheating
- wonderful epilogue

I loved how the author created t
Dilek VT
Believe me, "it's me not you" :))) I am the odd one out :)))

It is so hard to rate this book for me and please do not count on my judgement because while it was a 5-star read for me up until 80%, suddenly it hit my “biggest trigger” and I hated the rest of the book...

So 5 stars for the majority of it and 1 star for the final part, which makes me end up with 3 points.

I believe that it could be a 4 or 5 star read for most of you because very few people are like me on this issue - very few people ha
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Will redo review when I get the time :)
NiCoLeTa E.
***4,5 "Boobear" stars***

This was a very refreshing reading!!! And I enjoyed it way too much...
I had such a long time to feel that way while I was reading a book....

It was captivating, funny, full of angst and soooo sexy in a not sexy way!!!!
Am I confusing you???
Let me take the things from the beginning...

Camilla's life couldn't be nothing less than a train wreck...
She lost her husband, her job, her house and her dignity!!!

And that led her to work for Mr. Shaw, the QB of the Titans.... But be
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
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★Book Basics★

Genre : - Cont. Romance
Series : - Stand Alone
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 4.5 stars


You know when you are reading a book, then you finish it, a
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🔥5 AMAZING Stars🔥

I'm wondering why I haven't read this book sooner, it was awesome.I fall in love with everything in Wrecking Ball.P. Dangelico delivers a refreshing,sweet and intense story.


One of the best parts in this story is the romance and the characters who rocked this story.The romance is slow burn and it's one of the best I have read.Camilla and Calvin are realistic and I love the bond they create.Nob
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just found another author I want to stalk. P. Dangelico has created one hell of a slow burn with Wrecking Ball. I dived in without any expectations and boy oh boy did she deliver. Camilla is freaking awesome. What a woman. My kind of woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone and stands up for herself. Especially with that infamous cow remark. Also she’s so funny. She and her best friend Amber were fantastic and made me smile numerous times.
Calvin Shaw you brooding, yummy and closed off man. You
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


Someone saves me from grumpy jerks heroes whose ex cheated and who now hate the whole world. We get it! Life sucks! Move the fuck on! You're so moody that you're scaring your 8 YEARS OLD NEPHEW for crying out loud. Ugh. Crafting a loveable grumpy hero is possible, although it requires talent to walk on that very thin line and it wasn't done well in Wrecking Ball. It just wasn't.

Also why do we still have to say that rape jokes aren't funny?


4.5 Color Me Surprised Stars

He snuck up on me, this sex on a stick, six foot four, two hundred and thirty pound man, snuck up on me and stole my heart.

Just like Cal's pure awesomeness snuck up on Camilla, this wonderful book snuck up on me.

When I first started Wrecking Ball, I was looking for a snarky good time for the most part. What I ended up getting was so much more. Camilla and Calvin had both been broken by love and neither was willing to put their heart on the line again. You know what t

Ladies and Gentleman, may I present to you: Camilla, the perfect female lead.
There are so many authors out there who may have the right intention of creating a strong and willful heroine, but end up making her bitchy and obstinate instead. Not Paola Dangelico, though.
Camilla was truly amazing. Proud, mature, sarcastic, vulnerable and affectionate, all mixed up in a perfect blend. I've developed a serious girl-crush on her and I'm not ashamed to admit so!
But, I digress.

Let me tell you, this serie
3.5 Pretty cute

It wasn't a bad read by any means, it was actually pretty decent, for a romance book.
The characters had their sweet moment and I enjoyed how their relationship evolved, I actually felt something while reading this book (YAY ME!).
Jacqueline's Reads
6 oh my god loved stars

Wrecking Ball was crazy good! It took me by surprised and oh my goodness I couldn’t get enough of this book. It’s a good book when you read it slowly and savor every word because you never wanted to end.

I do have one gripe. I don’t believe the cover matched the book or the title. I get it, you have to make sales and nothing makes a better sale than a half naked guy, BUT I just don’t see how it fit the theme and tone of the book. Also that’s not the guy that’s in the book,
Wrecking Ball was recommended to me because I loved The Wall of Winnipeg so much, and I’m glad I didn’t pass it up. Whilst Wrecking Ball is a slow burn sports romance it totally told its own story.

The characters just worked for me. Their banter, their honesty with each other and also the fact that Cam didn’t take the crap that Caleb dished out. I love how that woke him the hell up. I do like a slow burn romance, but it needs to be done well. Wrecking Ball is one of those.

I’m on a winning streak
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered P. Dangelico completely by accident and I am so glad that I did. The timing was absolutely perfect because I was looking for a light, fun read and she delivered in spades. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I dislike reading in 1st person but I am absolutely 100% head over heels in love with this author's storytelling. I couldn't put this book down and to say I adored EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER in the book would be an ENORMOUS understatement. I am very much looking forward to the secon ...more
2.5-3 stars.
I guess I'm the minority here..
✰♊ Angie ♊✰
What's the verdict?


**** 4 seductive lip bites ****


Helllllloooooooo slow burn!!


I love me a slow burn done right... and this book is just that. Here we have an enemies to friends to lovers book, folks, and it had me like...


Calvin is a championship winning quarterback for the NY Titans professional football team. He's unsociable, moody and sulky but has a sex appeal that cannot be denied. Cal has had several serious and heartbreaking bumps on the road of life leaving him less than pleased about
Libby Harrison

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Cam): 30yrs old?
Hero (Calvin): 33yrs old
Plot: 5/5
Grovel: heartfelt by the hero
Cheating: none – plus they both have been celibate for a long time
HEA: yes with babies (who had perfect names!)
Triggers: none

Average score: 5/5

Best Line: “And it’s pulled back in one those ridiculous man buns that no man has any business wearing.” – finally, a heroine who hates man-buns as much as I do!

Worst Line: none

Personal Review:
A gre
4.5 Stars!
I loved this new to me authors book!! I didn't want to put it down once I started it! If you love enemies to lovers, a slow, slow burn and one that will have you giggling then this is the book for you!

Can't wait for the next one! I hope it's Ambers story:))
Kindling Micky
I burnt through this read in five hours on holiday. It delivered on the buzz I’ve heard about it.

Sports romance ✔
Hate-love ✔
Slow burn ✔

The chemistry burnt with a fiery hue and petting, why isn’t there more petting in books? The storyline was superb. I loved everything about it and I’ll be re-reading it.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of second chance & slow burn romances, enemies to lovers trope
Recommended to Snow by: Anna's Rambling$
Those of you who've read and loved The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata will know what I'm talking about and if you take a chance on this book, you will most probably love it, too.

Those of you who haven't read the above mentioned book, will have to do with my short review as follows - this is a second chance at love/enemies to lovers/slow burn kinda romance between a broody, rude and grumpy quarterback and a bold, open-hearted, stubborn young woman, a teacher - who is hired by the men
Ann Lou
Ooopss. I am in the minority here. I liked it. I really did. This book reminds me of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and I floved that book. Here's what I like:
- the slow burn romance.
- friendship between Cam and Amber ( can't wait for Amber and Ethan's book)
- the hate/friends/lovers relationship between Cal and Cam

And I truly did enjoy most of it. But seems like something is lacking near the end. I think, I wanted more groveling. I was not satisfied in the end. That's just me. *shrug*
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
Loved this one! Reminded me a lot of The Wall of Winniepeg and Me, BUT this one slightly leads because the slow burn pace was more to my liking.

Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed myself silly

Writing: P. Dangelico has a knack for wit. I enjoyed her writing and the comedy. 1st person. 1 POV.

Characters: Cam & Calvin are the MCs. Calvin is broody. Because of the past he hides his emotions. Cam is a very bright character, but a victim of an unfortunate circumstance.

The one thing that aggravated me about Cam, is the out of left field conclusions she would draw.

Storyline: Cam needs a job and is highly qualified, but no one wants to hire her. Calvin is desperate
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
This book had so many amazing elements that I love in a romance book! First of all, if you follow my reviews you know that slow burn romances are my CRACK. From my reading experience, not all authors can pull this off. I need to feel engaged for the whole book even though the couple don't get together till late in the book. Well this author did such a great job. I devoured this book! There was so much anticipation and when Cam and Calvin get together, it was absolutely explosive!

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