From the day Dare
arrives, it’s clear that not everyone is thrilled with his return. He’s barely
had a chance to settle in and start work before he realizes that danger is
everywhere, and the town is filled with secrets. That includes those kept by
Finn. Will Dare discover what the town is hiding and survive the danger? Can he
find a way to finally come home and make a life with Finn?
HOME THE HARD WAY is the
newest contemporary M/M romantic suspense by Z.A. Maxfield. There is mild BDSM
contained within this book but please note that it isn’t the focus.
Wow. It’s been awhile
since I’ve read a book by this talented author and I don’t know why because I
always enjoy her books. When I read her first release several years ago, I knew
Z.A Maxfield as a terrific storyteller but she’s really outdone herself with this one. It
caught my attention from the start and I couldn’t stop reading. I loved it—and
for so many reasons. It has a little bit of everything—a complicated plot with
a fast pace, vivid imagery, a great, small-town location, characters with well developed, if wounded,
personalities, danger, secrets and even a little kinky sex. Best of all, it had more than enough
twists and turns to keep me guessing. And guess I did.
There was always something happening that took me by
surprise. The plot is filled with suspense, intrigue and secrets, and Ms.
Maxfield did a great job setting just the right tone in every scene. She’s also
done a superb job of blending suspense with romance, and turning friends into
lovers along the way. Don’t get me wrong. These guys don’t have it easy,
separately or while attempting to be friends—much
less as a couple. Ms. Maxfield has given them difficult and rather painful
lives with tons of baggage to deal with. Enough to sink any new relationship. Despite
the apparent obstacles, the author uses her usual flair and creativity to get
Dare and Finn together in a believable manner.
HOME THE HARD WAY isn’t an easy read or lighthearted
but it’s definitely well written and plotted, and I’m thrilled that all the
threads surrounding the mystery are wrapped up with a plausible explanation by
the end. I could go on and on about why I enjoyed this book so much but I need
to stop. Really. So—the bottom line—I
suggest you give this one a try.