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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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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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I. Absolutely. Loved. This. Book.
And how can I not have? Marz is the MC of HtCB and he’s absolutely perfect. He’s my November 2014 (and will probably keep this title until the end of the year and on…) book boyfriend.
I’ve been waiting from for Derek DiMarzio’s story since pretty much the beginning of the series. There was just something about the ex-SF amputee that got to me. There’s just something about a soldier sacrificing himself for his friends. At this point in the series we’re deep to our necks with the boys trying to solve the puzzle that is the frame job their commander dropped down on them. We also have 3 solid couples that make my head spin with swoons.
The guys are after Manny Garza, who’s been working with Seneka Security and the Church Gang against them. Marz is tasked with trying to get information on Garza from his sister, Emilie. This brings on an instant attraction between the two and this is where those of you who didn’t give Marz a second though, will give him a third, fourth and possibly a millionth.
Marz is strong. He’s proud as hell and he’s so devoted to his brothers and their mission, that alone is a turn on. But when Emilie is in the picture and he is torn between being truthful with her and guarding sensitive information from her, so long as they’re not confident in her innocence – Marz is extra yummy.
Emilie is strong and determined. She’s noticed her brother isn’t his old self and is worried and suspicious. When she decides to act, thinking it’s in his favor, trying to help him, she inadvertently puts herself in mortal danger.
I loved how both their pasts were gradually revealed, mainly Marz’s. Every piece of information supported his character as it is now, post injury, post army.
Kaye tackled beautifully Marz’s handicap. When we think of amputees, we don’t always comprehend the severity of the life change they go through to adjust and readjust. Knowing a few myself, I felt that Laura Kaye did them justice and went the extra mile. There’s the day to day struggle, the pain, the small tasks they’re confronted with, that we do as an afterthought, and it’s all beautifully written. Thanks for that, Laura.
When I finished this book and immediately felt like flipping to the first page and reading it again, I knew it’s a knockout of a book. I’m almost not looking forward to Murda’s story for fear it will sour the plot and the fantastic impression I have of the series and HtCB in particular. But I’m choosing to trust the author as she has yet to disappoint me.
A heart pounding, page turner jampacked with lean abs, fierce protectiveness and swoons galore, grab Hard to Come By as fast as you can and go on a wonderful ride. You won’t be disappointed.
*My thanks to Avon Books via Edelweiss for this copy of Hard to Come By in exchange for an honest review.
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
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.