Hard To Protect (Black Ops Heroes #3) by Incy Black #BookReview #RomanticSuspense
***This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Hard To Protect is just delightful, a romantic suspense that teases and stalks and feasts in all the right ways. And, aside from the romance between Will and Angel, it’s not predictable, either. You never know what’s going to happen next in Incy Black’s racy, clever adventure.
“You normally exercise naked?”
He winced. Her voice had scaled several octaves, the word “naked”at a painful, glass-shattering pitch. “The Greek Olympians did,” he drawled. “I find it very…liberating.”
“Liberating?”she echoed like a dimwit.
“Yes. Feels great, letting it all hang loose.”
Her aim misfired, coffee beans bounced across the counter top. “Small wonder you live alone.”
“Not so small, Sunshine.”
Her eyes, of their own bloody volition, lowered to his pelvis. She yanked them back up and went for the big freeze. “And you will always be alone, because of asinine remarks like that.”
“It’s called teasing, Angel. Now stop being bitchy and tell me what’s wrong.”
These characters are vibrant. From ice to volcano, controlled grace to explosive action, they breathe life into the pages. Will is a man used to pursuing what he wants with scary, single-minded determination, and he never fails. And when he relaxes, a whole other man comes out to play, and that guy is just as much of a treat as the no-nonsense British assassin-spy. Angel has lived her entire life confined by a set of rigid rules set by someone else—someone she trusted, someone who promised it was for her own good. But underneath that ice queen facade burns a woman whose passions could fuel a volcano, and god help any poor sucker in her path when she erupts. Angel and Will both hide their personal traumas well, but the longer they’re together, the more vulnerable they become to each other, and this dynamic is part of what makes the story such a page-turner.
Once off the clock, the emotions he’d tamped down for the day burst free, and he had no hesitation sharing. If he was pissed, boy, did you feel it. If he needed attention, he got it. If he needed space, you gave that, too. If playful, you played. If elated, you flew. If lazy and content, you drifted in that warmth with him. He was exhausting, he was unpredictable, he was vital, he was life—so long as you steered clear of questioning him about his job, his health, or their future together. Then, he’d just use sex to shut you up—something he was very, very good at.
You don’t need to have read any previous stories in the Black Ops Heroes series to enjoy the hell out of Hard To Protect, although I definitely want to go back and read them after meeting Will and Angel and getting a peek into the depths of author Incy Black’s diabolic imagination.
Christ, she wasn’t going to make this easy for him. “Why not you?”
“That’s evading,” she said, slumping back onto his chest.
“Fine,” he huffed, his mind sifting fast to find words adequate to explain the inexplicable. “Because, somehow, you managed to sneak inside me… And, like you, it could be I’m tired of living on snatched inhales. I find breathing’s a little easier when I’m with you, which is rather perplexing.”
Incy Black’s Hard To Protect is unapologetically British, a must-read for fans of action-packed romantic suspense and gritty spy stories. With Angel Treherne’s fiery spirit and cool intellect, Will Berwick won’t be the only character in this page-turner who takes up residence in your heart.
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