Series: Hard Ink,
Published by Harper Collins on November 25th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary, Military
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Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
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 sibling 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 their desire 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 it slip away . . .
WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU READ BOOK SYNOPSIS
This is probably my second favorite in the series. I really loved Murz and Emelie together. Even though Emilie is a new character to the series and the two fall into insta-love, they seem so compatible that I can disregard that. Just like Nick and Becca, Murz and Emilie seem made for each other and compliment each other nicely. Murz has found a smart, family-oriented woman that he can be himself around. She doesn’t look at his prosthesis as a negative, but just a fact of his life. Emilie, on the other hand, has found a strong, brilliant man whom she can grow old with. A man who makes her feel protected, and important. Plus, their sex scenes are flaming hot! The sex scenes in the previous books were good, but you had to wait for them, and were quite few for a romance novel. This book, on the other hand, gets a little more risque, and way more adult.
I also loved how the motorcycle club became more involved with the Hard Ink crew, and the action really escalated with the mission. Plus, it segues really nicely with Kaye’s upcoming series featuring this hard riding crew. After reading this series, the spin-off is definitely on my TBR list. I can’t wait to see how well the Hard Ink Crew works with the MC in the upcoming books.
There still a lot of Nick/Becca, Beckett, Jeremy, and Charlie in the background, but Shane/Crystal and Easy/Jenna got pushed a bit more into the background. I was especially disappointed with that after Easy’s PTSD plotline in the novella. It seems like there should have been a bit more on that story in this book, and maybe less on some others.
Do I Recommend?
This is one of my favorite in the series. The romance was well-developed, and there was loads of action with the boys’ mission. This is important to me as I originally began reading this series for the romance, but have found the mystery surrounding the soldiers’ dishonorable discharge to be lots more interesting. If you have any intentions in reading this series, it’s important you read them in order, or you’ll miss a lot with regards to the men’s relationships with each other, and all of the components that make this series a great suspense/thriller.