Monday, November 17, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of HARD TO COME BY, book 3 in the Hard Ink Series by Laura Kaye

I love the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye and it honestly saddens me to think it will be ending eventually but in the meantime, we now get to enjoy getting to know Marz a bit better in HARD TO COME BY. If you haven’t read any of this amazing series…why not?

***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review

Blurb for 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…

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Derek ‘Marz’ DiMarzio is lonely. He’s envious of his friends who even under the adverse conditions, which they are all living right now, have managed to find love. He spends his days, and many nights, staring at a computer screen trying to solve the puzzle of what’s on the chip found in Becca’s bear, and what the code on her bracelet might mean to them and how it might help clear the team’s name. Losing part of his leg during the ambush that changed all of their lives was hard enough, but not having anyone to care about him was much worse.

Emilie Garza is worried about her brother. His behavior is erratic, and completely opposite of the Manny she leaned on so many times throughout her life. He frightens her and she knows she must do something to help him before he harms himself, or someone else. Climbing out of the mess left behind after a divorce was hard enough while leaning on him, but now she feels like she has no one. Then along comes a man who makes her laugh, makes her forget the horrors of her screwed up life, sadness at work, and worry over her brother until she discovers this amazing man is using her to get to her brother. Why did Derek have to be so sexy, amazing, and able to steal her heart so easily?

Laura Kay writes the most amazing, three-dimensional, engaging, sexy, and likable characters I’ve ever read. The interactions between the members of the Hark Ink clan never bore me or distract me from the romance, but rather endear me even further to these extraordinary guys and gals. Never is this more evident or true than in HARD TO COME BY, book three of the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye.

Marz is one of the sweetest, most alive, and most endearing of the tough guy members of the Hard Ink crew. He also carries the most scars from as far back as his childhood to the prosthetic leg he wears as a reminder of all he lost in the ambush, which left seven members of their Special Forces unit dead, and the rest injured and now fighting to regain their honor. Emilie is caring, respectful, and a perfect match for Marz. Their steamy sex scenes come close to setting the pages on fire. I might have seen a bit of smoke coming off my reader...

Laura touches on postwar effects on our veterans with love, respect, and admiration. Combine that with the romance she creates mingled with danger, action, and some hard times, and it's easy for me to recommend highly everyone read HARD TO COME BY by Laura Kaye. Well, make sure you read the rest of the series too, because this is an ongoing story and although you can pretty much pick up any of them and be okay, truly to understand the Hard Ink men and women, you need to read from the start. I hope Beckett is getting his story next – Katharine would be a great match.

Happy Reading Everyone!

HARD TO COME BY, a Hard Ink novel by Laura Kaye, Avon Romance, release date – November 25, 2014, to be available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Elizabeth H. said...

I loved this book! Marz is such a dreamboat!! I think Beckett and Katharine would make a great pair too! There was a HUGE twist in this story that blew my mind! I was like, "oh no she didn't!!" Laura Kaye is an evil genius and I can't wait for the next book!

Amy Valentini said...

I'm with you there, Elizabeth! It's one of the things I love most though, Laura keeps surprising me! xoxo