Every time I think this series can’t get better, it does. A lot of the research the team has been doing comes to a head in this book and it was filled with lots of surprising information and boy am I looking forward to the next one! I loved, loved, loved Marz and I was so happy to have his book. His humor and goofy jokes were great and since I personally love a funny guy, Marz was like the dream book boyfriend. Other romances I’ve read with characters who have prosthetic limbs, are usually just going through the adjustment and there’s a lot of, understandable, anger and frustration. Marz is past most of that and he’s learned to live with his amputation. There was also some mending fences between Marz and Beckett and that was great. You can tell that Beckett has a big squishy heart under his gruff exterior.
Emilie was a wonderful heroine and a perfect match for Marz. They had such great chemistry in the book and I think they’ve tied Nick and Becca as my favorite Hard Ink couple. I felt that Laura Kaye did a phenomenal job of demonstrating how complicated family dynamics can be when someone you love has been inexplicably changed for the worst. Although you know Manny is the enemy, you can’t help but feel for what Emilie is going through as she finally accepts that the brother she knew is gone.
One of the things I appreciated the most was how Emilie finding out about Marz’s investigation was handled. She is understandably upset that Marz has lied to her about who he is and that they met because he was looking for information about Manny. She’s not sure if she can forgive him but she also doesn’t take off and do something stupid, even knowing she in danger. Instead she stays and listens, and take the guys advice when they explain the danger she’s in and she works with them to find a way to locate Manny and get him help. She acts like the mature, adult, psychologist she’s supposed to be; so refreshing compared to other books I’ve come across.
If you’ve read any of Kaye’s other series than you know she can really bring the tears when she wants and the end of this one is rough.
Content Note: references to kidnapping, gangs, human trafficking, and abuse; amputation/prosthetic
••• Book Details •••
Hard Ink #3 • Romance, Suspense • Avon • November 25, 2014
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.