Hard to Come By
by Laura Kaye
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Book #3 in the Hard Ink series
Number of Pages: 384
Contemporary Romance/Military M/F
Read 9/30/19 to 10/2/19
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.
This is one of those books that slowly builds up steam until – BAM – you’re smack dab in middle of some edge of your seat action. All of it was great, the quiet moments and the adrenaline rushes.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say I’ve loved Marz since the beginning. He’s the one always there to break the tension when the other guys get too intense. He jokes about his amputation and prosthetic to put others at ease. Generally, he always looks on the brighter side of life. And that’s saying a lot seeing as they’re in the middle of a huge mess with bad guys gunning for them right and left. Not to mention that Marz was left by his mom as a young child and put into the foster care system. He has every indication that he should be one moody SOB, but he’s not.
Emilie is the loving, calming, rational-minded, no-nonsense woman that is absolutely perfect for Marz. Their connection is instant, even when Marz knows it’s a bad idea to let his emotions get involved. Plus, he has no idea if Emilie is hiding something…for all he knows she’s one of the bad guys! But he trusts his instincts with her and lets himself start to fall.
What I love about Emilie is her dedication to her family, but not to the detriment of her morals. She knows there’s something going on with her brother and is going to act to get him help. Sure, there’s a delay. But when you read her story, you’ll totally get why she delayed. While she knows her brother is acting strange, she doesn’t know what Marz and the reader know about her brother. A few days is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things if you’re coming at it from her point of view.
Not only does the action pick up at a break-neck speed at a certain point in this story, but so does that chemistry between Emilie and Marz. These two are smoking hot. With each other, they don’t hold anything back. It is intense and sensual and passionate and I loved it all.
The motorcycle gang that Ike is a part of is getting me more and more intrigued. I’m positive I’ll be hopping over to the Raven Riders series to read more. This author really knows how to suck me into her stories!