Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3)
by Laura Kaye
Published by Avon Romance
November 25, 2014
About HARD TO COME BY:
Caught between desire and loyalty…
Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.
When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.
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Praise for Hard to Come By:
"Rough sex and explosive fights power Kaye's third Hard Ink novel, a thrilling adventure that feels more like an action movie with a romantic subplot than a typical contemporary romance. New readers will head straight for Kaye's backlist after powering through this installment." ~Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"TOP PICK! If you're looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you." ~RT Book Reviews Magazine
What I thought about Hard to Come By
Since this is a pre-release review, I'm going to try not to give out any spoilers. I'm relatively new to this series, having only read the previous novella, but I'm definitely a fan. It's got a ton of action, a plot with plenty of twists and turns, and real men with honor and vulnerabilities that make them ever so interesting.
Hard to Come By focuses on Derek DiMarzio's story. More details come to light in their investigation, leading Marz to Emilie Garza. They fall for each other, and I just loved Emilie's reaction to him. There's great chemistry between these two, and when Marz uses his expert level dirty talk on her, well, you just might need to fan yourself! Hot, hot, hot!
And there's more to love in Hard to Come By, such as the nicely crafted story revolving around this group of Special Forces veterans trying to clear their names. I love the comaraderie and downright love between the men of Hard Ink, and their willingness to accept Marz's feelings for Emilie was a great part of the story.
Hard to Come By ends with new revelations about the investigation, and I can't wait to see how this is all going to turn out.
I have not read the first two books in this series, but it didn't keep me from understanding what was happening in Hard to Come By. While I would recommend that you start from the beginning, you could read this one as a standalone.
If you like your alpha's with some vulnerability, intelligence and an incredible sense of honor, this series might be for you. The romance is hot, the action is reads like a movie and there's a meaty story. Recommended.
ARC provided for review.
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About Laura Kaye
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.