So Hard to Do

Romance - Comedy
280 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

So Hard to Do is a rom-com drama by Sally Basmajian. Suze Foster had done everything she could to raise her daughter Jannie in the proper way. With Jannie now a high-ranking corporate executive, Suze left her condo to live independently and pursue other interests. Jannie inadvertently flooded her apartment, needing to be rescued by Aram Krikorian, her older, handsome neighbor. Jannie developed an almost obsessive crush on Aram and was determined to win his heart. Meanwhile, Suze struggled to pay her rent and ended up working as a receptionist at a burgeoning tech company. Aram and Suze began to fall for each other, while Jannie convinced her childhood friend Kirk to take her to the wedding of a work colleague. Will Aram and Suze's relationship drive a wedge between the mother and daughter?

Sally Basmajian builds on an intriguing premise to deliver a wonderfully hilarious romance you won't want to put down. So Hard to Do will be a delicious treat for readers who enjoy unorthodox love triangles. Basmajian infuses the narrative with an entertaining combination of humor, romance, and drama that will keep you engaged all the way through. The dialogue is witty, and there are moments of situational comedy that will have you in stitches throughout. I particularly enjoyed the characterization of Jannie, who can be a little spoilt and naive, and it made for some great comedic scenes. I also liked her relationship with her mother Suze. This is a book that contemporary romance readers are bound to love.

Jessica Barbosa

So Hard to Do by Sally Basmajian begins when Suze left her daughter, Jannie, to start a new life of her own. Suze had spent her entire life taking care of her daughter, but now that Jannie had achieved professional success, it was time for her to step aside and let Jannie mature on her own. Jannie, at twenty-nine, was still overly reliant on her. Without her mother's assistance, Jannie made one mistake after another, resulting in her condo almost being burned down and flooded. From this misfortune, she had an unexpected encounter with her new, handsome, and considerably older neighbor, who had come to her rescue. It was love at first sight for Jannie but not for her neighbor, Aram; however, after meeting Jannie's mother, Suze, an unexpected love triangle formed. Aram had fallen head over heels for Jannie's mother. How will Suze and Jannie's mother-daughter relationship play out with this surprising love triangle? Read So Hard to Do to find out.

Sally Basmajian's So Hard to Do is an engrossing read. The characters are well thought out and serve as the story's foundation. In the novel's first section, I was annoyed with Jannie because she could not do even the most basic tasks. The moment her mother left she fell apart and made mistakes, one after the other. I thought she was too reliant on her mother and needed to grow up and become independent. Her mother was also at fault for letting it get that far, but she recognized her daughter's flaws and tried to rectify them by leaving and giving Jannie no choice but to deal with things on her own. I was so invested in the story because of the engaging characters and the addictive plot. The romance blossomed rather well despite the complications along the way. The story's pace was perfect, and I adored how everyone grew throughout the tale, especially Jannie. She didn't start out perfect and made many mistakes but learned from her experiences. Overall, I enjoyed reading So Hard to Do and was glad everyone got their deserved ending. Good job!

Alma Boucher

So Hard to Do is a romantic comedy by Sally Basmajian. Suze cannot wait to start her new life after years of looking after her daughter, Jannie. Jannie needed special help to get through school, and Suze was devoted to her. Jannie has a successful career and can afford a condo in an upscale neighborhood, but she is still dependent on her mother. On Jannie’s first night alone, she started a fire in her microwave and flooded her flat. Aram, a neighbor, saw the smoke and helped Jannie extinguish the fire. Suze heard about the flood on the news and went to Jannie’s condo to find out if she was involved. Suze met Aram, who took her to his condo when she fainted in the elevator. Aram falls head over heels for Suze and wants to get to know her better.

So Hard to Do revolves around three adults who are challenged by life. It was fast-paced with enough action to keep me hooked. One chapter flows into the other, and it was easy to read. The story is told from the mother’s perspective, who was always devoted to her daughter, and the daughter’s perspective who is too dependent on her mother. The characters were brilliant and authentic. My favorite character is Jannie. She lacks people skills, and her efforts to be a friend and leader at work were hilarious. I enjoyed Jannie’s growth throughout the plot. The story was excellently written and funny. It exceeded my expectations by far, and it was much more than I expected.