HARD TO COME BY
A Hard Ink Novel, Book #3
ISBN # 0062267922
Derek DiMarzio was part of a special forces unit that was betrayed over a year ago. He barely made it out of the ambush that took out most of his unit. There are four surviving members of his Army Special Forces unit that were blamed for the death of their teammates. They were discharged from the Army and are now trying to figure out who was behind the ambush. The team wants answers and their current target is Manny Garza. They learned he worked with their enemies and is probably connected to the conspiracy. When the team checks out Manny's sister Emilie's house, they find the basement full of drugs and guns, Derek is sure Manny put them there. The only problem, Manny is proving hard to find. Getting close to Emilie is no hardship for Derek. She is beautiful, smart and very sweet.
Emilie Garza is a psychologist working at the counseling center at King's college. Her immediate family consists of her mother and brother Manny. Emilie is concerned about her brother, his behavior is erratic and unstable. She is trying to decide if she should submit forms for an emergency psychiatric evaluation because she feels he needs to seek treatment for PTSD. At a coffee shop, Emilie meets Derek. Feeling shy, Emile's divorce was only finalized a few months ago, she is not sure she can put her trust into a man again. When Derek asked her out, it just feels right to say yes. When her brother attacks her, it's Derek and his team that come to her rescue.
HARD TO COME BY is an outstanding contemporary romance. You never know what is coming next. One of the things I love most about the men of Hard Ink is that they are not afraid to show their emotions or how they feel about the women they love. The team struggles to find the answers to clear their names and get back the honor they deserve. It's more than friendship that keeps all of them together, it's that they are a family, willing to do anything to keep each other safe. This book is going on my keeper shelf and I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series.
Reviewed by Gloria Gehres
Rated 4 1/2