Review: Hard Choices (The Hardest Word #3) by Ashe Barker

June 9, 2014 Review 0

Review: Hard Choices (The Hardest Word #3) by Ashe Barker

Is true submission the one thing money can’t buy?

A month with the Dom of her dreams. Just one month to learn all that he can teach her, as well as to convince him that he’s the Master she wants. The Master she needs. Forever.

But her training ended in disaster when Nick asked her to do the one thing she could not willingly accept—hand her body over to another Dom. Alone again, confused and heartbroken, Freya tries to rebuild her shattered life. However, soon she has no choice but to appeal to Nick for help once more. How will he respond?

Despite his insistence that their relationship is temporary, Nick has missed his silent pupil, and when she returns to his home he’s determined to keep her there this time. But when his family responsibilities intrude on their fragile truce they turn to an unlikely source for help.

Nick’s friend Dan introduces them to his friend Tom Shore, whose West Yorkshire moorland farm offers the perfect solution to Nick’s problem. Freya enjoys the company of Tom’s new bride, Ashley, and that of Dan’s enigmatic brother Nathan Darke and his brilliant submissive, Eva Byrne. And the surprise return of someone from Freya’s past further enriches her growing circle of friends. But when personal tragedy strikes, will her Master be able to set aside his bitterness at her betrayal or was their fragile relationship doomed from the beginning. When everything is at stake, both Freya and Nick face the hardest choice of all.

Do opposites attract, or are some differences just too wide to bridge? And is true submission the one thing money can’t buy?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of figging and anal play.

Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial. Some of the characters in this book also appear in The Dark Side and Sure Mastery serials by Ashe Barker.

Title: Hard Choices
Author: Ashe Barker
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkening, Darkening, Darker, Darkest
Series: The Hardest Word
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: A Hard Bargain, Hard Lessons
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: June 6th 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

Just finished Hard Choices and I’m sitting here with a smile on my face. This whole series has been quite the emotional roller coaster. From laughter to tears, I have experienced it all. The adventures that Freya and Nick will experience will either break them apart or bring them closer together. I guess that smile on my face clues you in on which way this series ends.


Let’s start with my first of this book; gasping relief. The previous title let me with quite the cliffhanger and waiting to see what happens had me on the edge of my chair. Luckily, Hardest Choices picks up right where the previous title left off. Thankfully, Nick comes to Freya’s rescue. Other emotions I have experienced – shock! Oh yes, you are in for one surprise here. Just some things you can’t anticipate an author slipping into a story thankfully it was a pleasant surprise. Happiness – I LOVE when authors bring back characters from previous books. It’s like hanging out with some of my dearest friends. Hint, if you haven’t read The Dark Side or Sure Mastery trilogies, now is the time to do it. Utter sadness. That personal tragedy that strikes – cry pile of goo here. Oh Freya…my heart cries out to you. Shock – keep reading and find my comments regarding figging and you will understand. All these emotions bring me to the HEA which gets a fist pumping cheer from me. I most satisfied with this entire book as I’m sure everyone who reads this series will be.


The heat in this book is scorching hot and very satisfying and that is coming from someone who reads A LOT of erotica. I have thoroughly enjoyed how Ms. Barker has tackled the subject of a mute submissive. It was a complete novelty for me and has opened my eyes to a whole new world. Now as I mentioned before I do read a lot of erotica and rarely do I encounter a new ‘toy’, for lack of a better word, but there is a new something in this book; figging. It seemed such a simple innocent word yet I had no clue what it was and actually had to look it up just to know what it was. All I can say is ick, ouch and WTH!!! I may never consume ginger in any format again! Consider yourself warned.


I think it’s safe to say The Hardest Word series is my favorite by Ashe Barker. This final installment in this series was anything but a disappointment. Especially when she brings back some of my favorite characters and put them all in one book. Oops that a spoiler there! I’m not going into details so I’m safe. This third entry in The Hardest Word series should not be read as a stand-alone so make sure when you pick your copy of Hard Choice to enjoy you get the first two books in this series as well.

Hard Choices

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