The Hardest Thing

James Lear
The Hardest Thing
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Publisher
Cleis Press
Release Date
May 2013
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Once a major in the U.S. Army, Dan Stagg fell afoul of Don't Ask Don't Tell. In his late 30s, tall, and muscular, Dan is prone to violence, always upholding what he views as justice. He's offered a great deal of money to protect the young male "secretary" of a powerful real estate broker. The vain, shallow—but most of all hot—young man's idea of protection includes sex. Dan quickly realizes something strange is going on: he's being used as a shield for a much more sinister operation and must chose between easy money and sex or the ideals that he embodied in the Army. Why should he do the right thing—particularly when the army betrayed him? The Hardest Thing is a sexy gay mystery as only James Lear can write it: filled with lots of gay sexual encounters, romance, sweat, violence, and conspiracy.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author,reviewer)
Sep 25, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
73 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book of James Lear that I've read. When I read the blurb, I expected action men, raunchy sex, manipulation, mystery, intrigue and betrayal. I got it all in a read where constant action blares off the pages like a foghorn, demanding it be heard.

Dan Stagg is disgraced, struggling and trying to hold down a job as a bouncer at a nightclub. When things go pear-shaped and he loses his job, Dan is approached by a shadowy character who offers him a job of a lifetime and the ability to do what he does best--kick arse, get back at the bad guys and put his military training to the test.

What Dan hadn't reckoned on happening was that he'd find a man he wanted to protect at all costs and that he'd end up running for his life with the man he's fast finding himself attached to--far more emotionally attached than he'd ever thought possible. Stirling McMahon, aka Jody, is a sexy, blonde bag of pure trouble and Dan finds it takes all his patience, talent and mean nature to keep him out of harm's way. And of course, contain his constant horny libido, which is on overdrive whenever he's near Stirling.

This is a definite race-along-the-highway read, full of great action moments, villains, double- double crosses and plenty of hot sex, not always simply between the two main characters. This book simply drags you along by the hair, makes you breathless and is forever surprising you with its twists and turns.

I loved the character of Dan Stagg--tough, macho, sexy and simply a real man's man in many ways. Stirling, or Jody as he becomes known, is greatly drawn too, a level of vulnerability beneath the brash exterior showing as these two men become not only physically but emotionally involved.

It's exciting, compelling and a rip roaring read of a story. I'll definitely be reading more Dan Stagg mysteries should the author choose to write more. In fact, I'll be reading the author's other book, The Back Passage, next.
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