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I Belong

Review: Hard to Serve by Laura Kaye

Hard to ServeTitle: Hard to Serve

Author: Laura Kaye

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Hard Ink (Book #4.7) (Blasphemy #1)

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

Format: eBook, 120 Pages

ISBN-10: 1942299273 (1001 Dark Nights)

A-SIN: B018FCU0SG (1001 Dark Nights)

Reviewed by: Kristie


To protect and serve is all Detective Kyler Vance ever wanted to do, so when Internal Affairs investigates him as part of the new police commissioner’s bid to oust corruption, everything is on the line. Which makes meeting a smart, gorgeous submissive at an exclusive play club the perfect distraction…

The director of the city’s hottest art gallery, Mia Breslin’s career is golden. Now if only she could find a man to dominate her nights and set her body—and her heart—on fire. When a scorching scene with a hard-bodied, brooding Dom at Blasphemy promises just that, Mia is lured to serve Kyler again and again.

Then, as their relationship burns hotter, Kyler learns that he’s been dominating the daughter of the hard-ass boss who has it in for him. Now Kyler must choose between life-long duty and forbidden desire before Mia finds another who’s not so hard to serve.

Quick & Dirty: The best erotic romance novella that I’ve read this year.

Opening Sentence: “You’re on restricted duty, pending medical clearance, Detective Vance,” Captain Mike Burkett said, his voice unusually formal as his gaze lifted from the file of paperwork.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Hard to Serve is the best erotic romance novella that I have read so far this year. I absolutely loved this short story from beginning to end. It had everything for me, the warm and tingles, the unfortunate complication and the ‘I’m so sorry I screwed up’ reconciliation. I devoured this story as quickly as I could. Unfortunately I haven’t read too many Hard Ink novels, I do have them all on my TBR pile. I never once got lost in this story while it did mention the overall story arc (some spoilers). What I was really excited to read about is that this is the beginning of another spin-off series called Blasphemy, the name of the BDSM club in the story.

Kyler Vance is a dedicated law enforcement officer. He comes from a line of police officers and knows the toll it takes on families. He has pretty much resigned himself to being on his own and never getting into a relationship that will be doomed to fail. Kyler is under investigation for being a possible dirty cop. He knows he isn’t but he has come to the aid of the Hard Ink guys so something could come up in the investigation so he is seriously worried about his job. Kyler is also one of twelve owners of the BDSM club Blasphemy, where he indulges in his darker desires. One night a new submissive comes in and there is just something about her that intrigues him. She has some of the same sexual interests. Even though this woman pushes all his buttons, he can’t help but want to scene with her. Kyler has rules in place that keep subbies from getting too attached but he can’t seem to follow those rules when it comes to Mia.

Mia Breslin is new to Baltimore. She knows what she wants sexually and when she is granted temporary membership at Club Blasphemy she takes advantage. Mia knows a true Dom when she sees one and the vibes coming off of Kyler Vance have her wanting to drop down on her knees in supplication. Kyler is up front with Mia about not wanting a relationship but after two weeks of intense scenes and incredible sex, Mia can’t help but think that Kyler would want her to be his subbie.

Kyler has some serious issues he has to work through. He is completely hung up on the fact that relationships with someone in law enforcement won’t work so he won’t even try with Mia. Things get more complicated when he finds out who Mia’s father is which just compounds on the fact that they shouldn’t be together. He doesn’t even bother to see how Mia feels about a possible relationship.

Mia is fun and easygoing. She just wants to live life to the fullest. She doesn’t have the hang ups that Kyler has but she does get annoyed by all the mixed signals he sends her way. She knows their chemistry is perfect and doesn’t want to see a good thing get pushed aside.

Hard to Serve is definitely for readers who like their sex on the edgier side. Mia and Kyler like breath play among other things. The story is told from both of their perspectives. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Some people may find issue with how the main issue of the story was resolved but sometimes you need that third party to step in so it didn’t really bother me. I can’t wait to read more of Laura Kaye’s work.

Notable Scene:

Taking another sip of champagne, Mia’s gaze swung around the place—and collided with a tall man leaning against one of the leather couches. Wearing black jeans that showcased strong thighs and a black dress shirt that emphasized the breadth of his shoulders and the size of his biceps, he was so ruggedly sexy that it stole her breath.

Brown hair. Blue eyes. Dominance so palpable in his gaze that Mia found it hard not to look down. Kneel. Submit. From just that one look.

Hard Ink Series:

1. Hard as It Gets

2. Hard as You Can

2.5 Hard to Hold on To

3. Hard to Come By

3.5 Hard to Be Good

4. Hard to Let Go

4.5 Hard as Steel

4.6 Hard Ever After

4.7 Hard to Serve


FTC Advisory: 1001 Dark Nights/InkslingerPR provided me with a copy of Hard to Serve. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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