Monday, November 17, 2014

Uprising - Lori's Review of HARD TO COME BY by Laura Kaye

Title: Hard to Come by
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Dates: 11/25/2014
Source: Edelweiss and Avon Books

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.

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.      

First of all, I have to say, if you have never read any books by Laura Kaye, you need to stop what you're doing right now and go.  Nope.  Don't even finish reading this review.  You need these books in your life.

Laura Kaye has a way of writing seamless stories that flow in a way that causes the words to form scenes in my head.  Many times I don't feel like I'm reading at all, but rather I'm watching a movie or TV series.  (Incidentally, these books would make an AMAZING TV series.  One that even my husband would watch.)

HARD TO COME BY continues the story of a special ops team who is trying to get to the bottom of a conspiracy that tarnished their records and left them 'other-than-honorably' discharged from the Army.  This book is Marz's story.  

If you have been following along the series, then you probably love Marz almost as much as I do.  (Not as much, mind you, because you cannot possibly love him as much as I do.)  Derek DiMarzio is the main techie of the group.  He's the guy they go to when they need to crack some passwords or find some hidden online info.  He's also the comic relief and heart of the group; always available with an upbeat attitude and a kind word.  This is sometimes surprising to me because Marz lost not only his career in the Army, but also part of his leg.

This time the group is after Manny Garza, who they know is part of the Church gang that has been giving them so much trouble.  They also think he may have connections to some organization even higher up that may have had something to do with why they were targeted and discharged from the Army.  When they discover that Garza has a sister, Emilie, living in the area, Derek is charged with the duty of getting to know her and keeping her occupied away from her house while the other guys can check out the area for signs of her brother.  Derek does his job well.  So well in fact that he ends up falling for Emilie and asking to see her again.

As you can imagine, Derek's new interest in Emilie doesn't exactly sit well with the other guys in the group.  Also, how is he supposed to gain Emilie's trust when she finds out that he's been lying to her this whole time?

The Hard Ink series is action-packed and filled with romance as well.  Reading these books is a bit like being dropped in a speeding car filled with gorgeous alpha men who are being chased and shot at while they maneuver around and protect their loved ones.  It's an incredible thrill ride softened by tender moments of rebuilding friendships and falling in love.  I simply cannot recommend them enough.

5 out of 5 stars.

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