HARD TO COME BY
I’m thrilled to be involved in the Release Day Launch and the Review and Excerpt Tour for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO COME BY with my Review and all the tour goodies and hoopla! I’ve been following Laura since her first book, FOREVER FREED and have enjoyed watching as she hones her skills.
HARD TO COME BY is the third full length novel in Laura’s Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance. As a special treat, through December 2, pre-order Hard to Come By or purchase it during release week, and receive exclusive bonus content! Just fill out the quick form here!
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.
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… (provided with tour materials)
Hard Ink #3
by Laura Kaye
Release Date 11/25/2014
Mass Market Paperback/ebook 384 Pages
Audiobook from Harper Audio narrated by Duration: 11:38
DISCLOSURE: Book provided by author/publisher for review purposes. No remuneration exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
I say it with each new book by Laura: I love the sincerity of her work. It rings true without an artificial emotive or dialogue note. Working within the format we’ve seen in this series of wounded (emo/phys) warrior, meeting challenges and finding love, Laura gives Marz a fresh slant.
This book feels more dangerous and violent than the others, but I could be mistaken; it could just be the immediacy of what’s in front of me. I will say this had my heart pumping and adrenaline flowing in a few scenes. Wow! It is suspenseful and has a greater air of tragedy, so it also had me tearing up a few times.
I liked the dramatic ways Laura used symbolism to help access the feelings of turmoil going through the hearts and minds of the characters. Laura lives in the area where her series occur so she has a great bead on the storms that can course through the Chesapeake Bay environs and uses that experience to create a real feeling of atmosphere.
In each of these books the warrior has been struck with what I can only call love at first sight. This feeling of destiny harkens to Laura’s earlier works in the paranormal romance genre and speaks to the romantic fantasy of finding the right partner and knowing it. She mentions at one point that love gives you the strength and reason to get through difficult times.
This is also the steamiest in the series with Marz showing his “commanding,” alpha nature. ‘Nuff said.
Marz’s amputation is handled really well, and with sensitivity but not so much that it makes him weak or his story soppy. It’s hard for me to put into words: Laura doesn’t present him as weakened or emasculated by his emotional issues around his amputation. Neither is he stoic about it. “It” is, it sucks, but it is what he has to work with and doesn’t diminish him. His ability to face it positively but without being a Pollyanna is a show of Laura’s strength as a writer and her feeling for the characters and for people who have similar physical challenges.
Emilie is a sensitive character, a nice person, but I didn’t feel her the way the other women in the series have been presented. Her problems are her ex and her brother and so her challenges are external to the character. She feels more like a foil for Marz’s issues.
I really believe in Laura’s writing and her growth through her career. This story showed me how far she has come as a writer and how talented she is; how committed she is to the craft of writing and story telling. I don’t ever feel that her ego is preventing the story from being told in the truest way possible. This is a series and while the book could almost stand on its own there’s a lot of back story so I would recommend it with the other books in the series. If you enjoy steamy military romance this series and this book are MUST READS!
Marz was playing with fire. He damn well knew he was. But that didn’t make him want to pull away.
He just wanted more of the heat.
Marz nuzzled the side of Emilie’s face with his nose, his lips. She turned her face toward him and offered her lips. He couldn’t refuse.
Capturing her mouth on a tortured groan, Marz poured every ounce of his longing and confusion and desire into the kiss. They grasped at each other and Emilie turned in his arms. He pinned her against the railing and planted his hands in her hair. She opened to him and accepted his tongue, sucking him in until Marz’s blood ran hot and his hard-on ached. He ground himself against her and devoured every little moan and whimper and gasp she spilled.
Trailing kisses from her mouth to her jaw to her ear, Marz dragged a hand down her body and grasped her breast in his palm. She cried out and her head dropped back, drawing his mouth to her neck, where he licked and sucked and nipped as he kneaded her soft flesh. “You are so damn sexy.”
Her hand flew to his hair and grasped the back of his head. “Touch me,” she said. “Don’t stop touching me.”
Marz pulled away long enough to do a three-sixty scan. The lighthouse cast a dark shadow over them, and the pier was otherwise empty. His heart raced and his pulse hammered. He dove back in, trailing kisses down her neck to her collarbone, which he traced with his tongue. Her nails scratched deliciously at his scalp and her grip urged him down.
Through the thin material of her blouse and bra, he mouthed and flicked at her nipple. He shifted the deep vee of the neckline to reveal a lacy royal blue bra. He tongued her through the lace until she was panting and moaning and writhing against the railing.
“Oh, my God,” she rasped as he shifted her shirt and moved to her other breast. This time, he tugged the lace down to bare the deep pink of her nipple. She tasted and smelled like something fruity and sweet, and it made Marz hunger for more. “Derek,” she gasped. “Yes, yes, yes.”
Her palm cupped and squeezed the bulge of his erection through his jeans. His hips jerked into the touch, craving more of her, all of her. He groaned and it seemed to egg her on, because she pressed and rubbed her hand against his trapped cock until he was panting and imagining taking her down to the ground.
“Jesus, Emilie, you’re driving me fucking crazy,” he said as he worked kisses back up her body to her mouth.
“I know just what you mean,” she said. Her molten hot gaze met his. Eyes hooded, lips shiny and swollen, cheeks flushed, she was a freaking goddess standing under the moonlit sky. He felt the force of her beauty every bit as much in his chest as in his cock.
“You sure about that, babe?” he asked as he took her mouth in a deep, wet kiss. “Because my imagination has me stripping you of those fuck-hot jeans.”
“Yeah?” She rubbed his cock in a long stroke with the heel of her hand. “Mine has us getting a room at the hotel back there. So I’m sure,” she said with a smile.
Marz’s heart hammered against his breastbone and his cock jerked, clearly liking her idea, too. Except, if he took her up on it, he was going to end up buried inside her for as long as she’d have him. And so long as this clusterfuck of a situation defined their relationship, he couldn’t take things that far. Could he?
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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal 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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