Hard to Come By

Laura Kaye
Hard to Come By
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Release Date
November 2014
Book 3 of Hard Ink
Contemporary Romance

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

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 sibling 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 their desire 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 it slip away . . .

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Nov 20, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
97 people found the following review helpful
HARD TO COME BY is one of the best books in this series. I loved it!

Derek DiMarzio has sacrificed a lot for the guys on his team. He needs to right the wrongs that have been dealt his disgraced team. He cozies up to the sister of his enemy but didn't expect to fall for her so easily. It was a great set-up for an intense storyline.

It was intense as I kept waiting for everything to fall apart and the melodrama to ensue. What I really enjoyed here is that Emilie seemed to take it all very calmly. I expected serious blow back from her because of the past betrayal by her husband, but that never happened. She already knew something was off with her brother. It was refreshing that she didn't over-react and automatically take his side. She just wanted to get him some help.

Derek started out with some problems, and I liked seeing him find his way during the story. The brotherhood dynamics clearly came in and played a big part here. He realizes his strengths, and that it's okay to show some pain. Tensions ease up a bit between him and Beckett.

I really enjoyed this book. I'll give it four stars. Looking forward to the next book.
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Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Dec 09, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
109 people found the following review helpful
4 "Love is Hard to Come By" Stars! Could true love possibly grow out of deception? Lovers of action-packed, passionate reads, who love their heroes alpha strong and reassuringly protective, along with a bit of suspense mixed in, will not want to miss HARD TO COME BY.

The pace of this book is sure to keep your undivided attention. From the intriguing scenes that will leave you guessing as to the underlying conspiracy surrounding the circumstances that led to the downfall of the ex-military special forces team that forms the backbone of this series, to the romantic, and, let me say, highly erotic, encounters between the main hero and heroine of this story, there is nonstop action to keep you entertained the whole way.

First off, it is worth noting that although the romance of this book generally functions as a standalone, the underlying suspense is a continuation from the prior books in the series and ends in a cliffhanger. Accordingly, while this book can be read on its own, to fully enjoy the entire story line, the Hard Ink series is best read in order.

A more loyal team of men you will never meet. Chief among them is Derek "Marz" DiMarzio. Growing up as an orphan, he never knew what it meant to have family until he joined the military. There his teammates became his family. A family he would give up anything for, including his life and health. A conviction that unfortunately became a reality when he sacrificed himself to save his friends and lost one of his legs in the process.

On a mission to avenge the deaths of the fallen teammates who were not as lucky and died that day they were ambushed, as well as to clear the survivors' names of the wrongdoing that the conspiracy has left them tarnished with, Marz along with the other remaining members of his team, and few related parties they have picked up along the way, have gotten together to uncover the truth.

It is during one of these covert operations that Marz meets Emilie Garza. His assignment is to divert her attention long enough to allow his teammates to explore her home for evidence of her brother's whereabouts, who is suspected of being involved in the conspiracy. The last thing Marz expects is to fall for an "operational asset." Emilie too is clearly taken with Marz, but will she still feel the same way, once she learns he's after her beloved big brother?

I enjoyed Marz and Emilie's love story. What seems initially as an unlikely scenario is well developed and understandable by the time the connection between this couple, born out of equal parts desire and danger, comes to fruition. Additionally, I applaud Laura Kaye for sensitively bringing to light the difficulties that amputees face, both physically and emotionally, as well as demonstrating how they can overcome seemingly invincible hurdles towards resuming normal life activities.

All in all HARD TO COME BY was a hit and I look forward to reading more action-packed, romantic and erotic, suspense-filled reads from the Hard Ink Series!
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