Sage Nicole had a huge crush on Rally Teveare, but he hardly seemed to notice her. Instead, his attention was completely focused on his girlfriend, Vanity. Sage wished that Rally would look at her the way he did at Vanity, but he never would; after all, Sage was just the girl his parents took in when her parents died. The one he felt pity for and wished his parents never brought into their home and life.
Rally had issues with keeping Sage out of his mind; she was becoming more and more of a distraction to him. He had to do something about it, so he made her hate him. He was determined to never get close to her, even though that was exactly what he wanted. Rally had to keep Sage at arms length, until his friend, Julian, started showing an interest in her.
Tough to Love was a good book to read on a Sunday afternoon. It was sometimes slow in spots, and Rally’s mean attitude towards Sage was annoying at times, and Vanity also took every opportunity to make Sage feel bad about herself. However, once you got into the story, it was a pleasant read.
The characters of Julian and Rally’s brother, Shawn, were also enjoyable and entertaining because they genuinely cared about Sage and knew that her heart belonged to Rally. Julian, however, really wanted to have a relationship with Sage but he carried a great deal of guilt over a past indiscretion, which held him back. Julian’s story is going to be told in the next book in this series called True Blue. All in all, Tough to Love is a good story and one that I’m sure you will enjoy.
-Reviewed by Darcell