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Praise for Hard to Come By:
"Rough sex and explosive fights power Kaye's third Hard Ink novel, a thrilling adventure that feels more like an action movie with a romantic subplot than a typical contemporary romance. New readers will head straight for Kaye's backlist after powering through this installment." ~Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"TOP PICK! If you're looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you." ~RT Book Reviews Magazine
"Love. Brotherhood. Loyalty to the end."
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Hard to Come By is the next instalment in the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye. This time around, it is Marz’s story and it was one I couldn’t wait for.
Derek DiMarzio is reunited with his brothers in arms as they continue to uncover the conspiracy behind their other than honourable discharge. The action heats up, secrets are uncovered and revelations are made. The group are one step closer to discovering the truth behind the events that left many of them scarred and a number of their friends dead. Marz wants justice for his team; he just didn’t expect to find love along the way.
Emilie Garza’s brother was mixed up in all kinds of bad trouble and unfortunately Emilie was dragged into it. Derek seemed like a dreamboat who appeared from nowhere to sweep Emilie off her feet. But when the truth was revealed, Emilie had to decide if Marz was the real deal and if his feelings for her were genuine. I really liked Emilie’s character and I thought she was a perfect match for Marz. She had experienced heartbreak before, and with the situation with her brother, Emilie understood the importance of family and life. She was exactly who Marz needed.
“Thank you for loving me,” he said, and there was a note of pain in the words that nearly broke her heart. “oh baby,” she said, puling his head down to her shoulder and wrapping her arms around him tight. “It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done.”
I am really enjoying this series. I love the mixture of suspense, intrigue and passion. The plot thickened with a discovery that turned things on its head and now the Hard Ink crew don’t know what to make of it, and I was right there with them, wondering what it all meant and what would happen next.
The romance element is equally intertwined into the story, and I enjoyed Marz finding happiness. He had a lot to process after his discharge from the army. His best friend handled him with baby gloves and Marz hasn’t been with anyone since he lost his leg in the ambush. I thought Laura Kaye did an impressive job of bringing Derek’s story to life. It felt genuine and I was cheering from the sidelines, wanting Marz to get the girl.
Like the other books, there is an element of instalove and Marz and Emilie were no different. I think it took them three days approximately. Normally this would be a pet hate of mine but for this series I’m able to go along with it. It’s the way things go. Only two weeks have passed from the very first book and so far, in that time, four couples have found love. I think Marz said it best with the words; “Hard Ink was turning into the goddamned Love Boat.” No one can argue with that.
As always, I find Laura Kaye’s writing engrossing and easy to read. Third person narrative isn’t a favourite of mine, but once I start reading it’s something that doesn’t register and I can get lost in the story and characters. There were some beautifully written passages and once I started, I couldn’t put this book down.
“The amazing, powerful, transformative thing about love was that it gave you the strength to persevere, the will to fight, and a soft place to fall when the world became too much.”
I really can’t wait for the next book, and I’m excited to learn Jeremy is getting his own story. With the revelations at the end of Hard to Come By, anything can happen.
I recommend the Hard Ink series for readers who like mystery and suspense with their sexy romance. This is a must read.
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