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.
As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…
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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. 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.
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Each book in Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series is suspenseful thriller filled with unexpected surprises at every twist and turn. The tattooed ex-military heroes that inhabit the pages of these narratives are vengeance seekers, intent on their mission to clear their names and, if they happen to fall fast and hard for their ideal woman, well that’s just an added bonus. After reading about amputee veteran, Derek DiMarzio, is previous books in the series, I was eager to delve further into his complex character in Hard to Come By. The fact that his love interest, Emilie Garze, is related to a man on the wrong side of their quest for justice may complicate the mission, but their mutual attraction is undeniable as is the heat they generate together. Marz and Emilie’s chemistry is put-the-book-down-to-regain-your-composure and fan-your-face combustible, creating a spark that enlivens every moment they’re in each other’s presence.
I'm not normally one to gush about book boyfriends but I'm fairly certain I just lost my heart to Derek DiMarzio. Marz is the textbook definition of swoon-worthy: brave, chivalrous and brave in the face of adversity. Marz doesn't like being seen as weak because of his handicap. He's always been the carefree, lighthearted member of the group, but this story reveals another side to his character. It's impossible not to appreciate a guy who can remain humorous and positive when he could easily become hardened and disillusioned as a result of all that life has taken from him. Marz is the type of hero that could alternately make my heart pang and race in the span of one chapter. His unexpectedly sweet and sensitive side only clenched his status as my new favorite member of the Hard Ink crew. One of the many reasons why I love Laura Kaye's books is that her heroines are just as resilient as their male counterparts and the fact that Emilie accepts Marz for exactly who he was – prosthetic leg, off key singing voice and all – made them a perfect match.
I loved everything about Hard to Come By, from the pulse-pounding, action-packed sequences to the quieter moments where Marz and Emilie take advantage of the lulls amidst the chaos. The people they become when they're together are the best possible versions of themselves, with each representing for the other a piece of normalcy during a time when the world is falling apart around them. It never ceases to amaze me how action and romance Laura Kaye packs in to such a short amount of time and Hard to Come By is a nonstop roller coaster ride combining romance and intrigue in a way that will keep you glued to the story from start to finish. Hard to Come By significantly advances the overarching narrative of the Hard Ink series but there are still many questions that need to be answered and secrets that need to be uncovered and I look forward to the process.
Rating: 5 Stars
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