SYNOPSIS: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?
I have been a fan of the Hard Ink series from the very first book, Hard as It Gets, and even though I love the other boys, Marz just stole my heart! Hard to Come By is (as of now) my favorite book in this series, but if you haven't read this series yet, I would suggest you try and read these in order first. Laura Kaye does an excellent job catching readers up with overloading them with details so you could read this as a stand alone book, but my opinion would be to at least read Hard as It Gets to really get the sense of the series before diving into Marz and Emilie's story.
Laura Kaye is creating such an engaging and fascinating journey with this series. The characters all have gone through so much and are back together to clear their names, but things aren't as straight forward or as simple as that. The Hard Ink boys are uncovering things that are embroiling them in a deeper mess and while they are uncovering more mysteries they each are finding their own piece of happiness in each book. Derek Marz has attracted my attention from book one and I am so glad his story delivered not only a great addition to the series but an emotional and heart-melting story.
Hard to Come By was so much better than I was expecting, usually by the fourth book (I'm counting Easy's novella a book) in a series the storyline is getting stale or frustrating, but with this series that is definitely not the case. Laura Kaye is crafting a story that is spanning all the books that is just as intriguing and addicting as it was in book one. I am dying to figure out how this will all play out after the way this book closes (no spoilers, but it was an interesting twist). This series is well written and even though each book focuses on a separate man, the overall arc of the storyline continues seamlessly throughout each book, so reading these all together gives you the sense of reading one long book instead of separate stories.
Hard to Come By gives us more in-depth understanding of Marz. Derek Marz is the computer guy in the group an has always been the happy-go-lucky guy in the group. I loved getting to know his character and watching him interact with his "brothers" and Emilie. He is definitely the strong, vulnerable character that I swoon over. All he has ever wanted was to belong to someone and be a part of a family and reading his and Emilie's journey gave me goosebumps several times. Laura Kaye writes great men, but she really wrote a great character in Emilie. Emilie was in a situation she didn't truly understand and proved time and time again that she was stronger than she thought and was the perfect match for Marz. Laura Kaye's storytelling keeps getting richer and her characters are puzzles I can't wait to solve. (Waiting for Beckett's story is going to be hard)
If you have been reading the Hard Ink series then you are going to love the continuation of this story and getting to know Marz. If you have yet to read this wonderful series do yourself a favor and pick up Hard as It Gets and meet these men of Hard Ink. This is definitely a great book to indulge in this Thanksgiving week, just don't read and cook (you might burn something)!
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Hard As It Gets (link to my review)
Hard As You Can (link to my review)
Hard to Hold On To (link to my review)
MEET THE AUTHOR:
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.