Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Ex-special forces ranger Dylan McCourt is a stone cold killer who cares only about his military brothers and doing what’s right. He’s used to giving orders and has zero patience for bullshit. Most people tremble when they look him in the eye, but not his infuriatingly sexy new rescue mission, Jessie Lyon. She just juts her chin and says she’s not leaving without clearing her father’s name, to hell with his rules. And was that a one finger salute he sees in her eyes or his imagination? Either way, he knows this is one job his training might not have prepared him for.
For fans of Maya Banks’ KGI series, prepare to meet the men of the Delta Force Brotherhood, a sexy new contemporary series where kicking ass and living hard is just how they roll.
Hard Play is action packed from page 1 for sure! Dylan is an ex-military guy who runs an underground band of brothers that operate beside the law. Not mercenaries, not private security, but more like saviors for those in need that the police can’t or won’t help. Jessie is an ex-cop turned PI who is out to make the man responsible for her father’s death pay. That man? The head of a Las Vegas crime family, Edward Molodavi. Her plan goes awry and she is captured, held, and punished in an effort for Molodavi to determine what she knows and who she works for. Thankfully, Dylan and his “Brotherhood” rescue her. That is only the beginning though. Molodavi puts a price on her head and suddenly Jessie finds herself in deep. Dylan is not going to let her put herself in danger alone though.
The action is non stop and it really will keep you reading. The constant danger and fast paced nature of this type of story makes Hard Play a great read if you like romantic suspense. What didn’t work for me was the romance. Dylan and Jessie are likable and it wasn’t anything about them as characters. But, there is some insta-love here that just felt…off. I am not even sure what exactly it was that didn’t click for me, but these two just didn’t feel authentic. It didn’t totally ruin the story for me; the action and danger were certainly enough to keep me reading.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: cops/PI
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
Books by April Hunt, Sharon Hamilton, Cynthia Eden…then you will probably like Hard Play!
I really love suspenseful romances but only when they are done right. Sorry to hear the romance side didn’t work for you. I’m not a big fan of insta-love types. Insta-lust I can do but the former just kind of bugs me. lol!
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Great review. It sounds good.
Kind of sad that it’s a romantic suspense and the romance part didn’t jive for you. I shy away from insta love and triangles. Probably won’t try this one. Thanks for your review.
Oh I can see why it didn’t work for you. I don’t like instalove as well. Not only it turns me off, but it usually makes me lose any interests in the whole story as well. 🙂
Great review, Sam! I hope your next read will be better. Btw, I’m reading NOVA right now. 😀
Great review. I have been checking out this book. Lot of mix reviews. Not a fan of insta love. I do love Cynthia Eden.
I don’t mind insta-love usually. In this case it just didn’t work for me. I just didn’t buy it.