In book three of the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye,
readers will meet Emilie Garza, a psychologist who finds
herself thrust into a world she didn't want for herself.
Her brother has gotten himself involved with some
dangerous people and fighting paranoia isn't his biggest
problem. There are too many secrets and dangers lurking
in every corner that Emilie doesn't know about so when a
sexy stranger approaches her, she doesn't know that he is
actually there to distract her and get information
concerning her brother and his whereabouts.
What starts off as business soon becomes much more to
Derek DiMarzio. Though a little predictable in the
beginning, Kaye does add some twists and turns that
surprised and entertained me. Marz is part of the tight
knit group that Kaye has created and while she spends a
lot of time developing their camaraderie, there were
times when some of the light heartedness felt forced or
took away from the suspense. Also, since Derek only
offers Emilie his first name upon meeting her and must
keep his true identity hidden, how she calls him Derek
and how Derek refers to himself as Marz in his POV
shouldn't have been confusing, but it was. I found that I
had to go back multiple times to make sure I wasn't
reading the scene wrong.
My favorite thing about HARD TO COME BY is the action.
able to control that ebb and flow of action suspense
scenes very well. Furthermore, there seems to be more
events to look forward as Kaye hints at possible avenues
to explore in the following books.
Fans of Julie Ann Walker's Black Knight Inc. series will
enjoy Laura Kaye's style and passion in HARD TO COME BY.
Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of
disgraced Special Forces team--sacrifice his body,
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
Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother
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
As the team's investigation reveals how powerful
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