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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Release, Excerpt, 5 Star Review, & Giveaway! Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye

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 Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye's 


The third full length novel in Laura's Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance

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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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Review- 5 Stars

What a great book! This novel is full of action, suspense, and toe curling heat!
First, let me clarify. This is the 3rd book in the series. Technically, it can be read as a standalone. It won’t leave you in confusion. Laura Kaye does a really great job of getting the reader up to speed on what has transpired in the first two books. However, and this is a BIG however, it has major spoilers.
Sometimes the military jargon can become very cliché in a book. Laura Kaye, impressively, keeps it pretty real. It didn’t get on my nerves, but rather, it was pretty sexy.
Here’s where you have proof that Laura Kaye has mad writing skills. Marz is as sexy as any other hero. He is strong, protective, smart, and HOT! Why is this surprising? Marz is an amputee. He is missing the lower half of one of his legs. I don’t know that women would be turned off by this, but I can easily see him garnering too much sympathy to be cast in the role of the big strong hero. Not to mention being seen as weak. Instead, I was as in love with Marz as I am with any of my book boyfriends. It wasn’t that I “forgot” about his amputation, either. It just didn’t matter. I could still see this sexy as hell guy, protecting his woman, fighting the bad guys, and in general, just being a totally badass. And yet, Marz is sweet, oh so sweet. He doesn’t spend much time fighting his feelings for Emilie, but rather is determined to prove that they should be together. He brings humor, warmth, and openness to the group.  
Emilie is actually a heroine that I really enjoyed. She’s smart. While she exerts her independence, she is so stubborn that she can’t see the danger in front of her. I was particularly impressed with her lack of blinders when it comes to her brother. She sees that he is sick and doing things that are clearly below board. But, instead of explaining it away and clinging to the brother she grew up with, she faces reality that he needs help, even if she has to see that he gets it involuntarily.
The action in the story really began in the first two books, so there isn’t a slow lead in. It doesn’t stop either. You’re always in anticipation of the next page. As its part of a series, you’re definitely left with a slight cliffhanger.
I will be waiting anxiously for the next book!

Excerpt: Review- 5 Stars

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?

And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can

Hard to Hold On To

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

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About Laura Kaye: 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.        

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