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Blog Tour + Review: Hard Play by Sheryl Nantus



by Sheryl Nantus
Delta Force Brotherhood, #1
Publication Date: February 20, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Contemporary Romance




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.


My Review:

 The story starts when Lisa goes to the Devil’s Playground Night Club where she’s been told there are people who will listen to her report of her best friend’s disappearance. Her best friend is Jessie Lyon, an ex-cop and now a private investigator who is seeking evidence to convict a mobster, Edward Molodavi, who seems to have half the police force in his pay, keeping his image squeaky clean even though she knows it was him who had her father shot.

The Brotherhood are a team of largely ex-military, led by Dylan McCourt. The Night club is their source of regular income and also a front behind which they work. Together they work to right wrongs, not as restrained as official law enforcement agencies are. These are the ones who rescue daughters trapped in cults, victims of kidnappers and so much more – but all on the quiet, seeking safe resolutions but not publicity or notoriety whilst they do so. When Dylan sees a photo of Jessie, he’s shocked at his own reaction. He has to get her safely back then see how things go between them.

This is an action packed thriller with so many suspense filled twists and turns it is a real page turner, a totally enthralling read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, immersing in the scenarios and routing for the brilliantly portrayed characters. It is great to read of a truly feisty, determined and resourceful female lead like Jessie. I really hope this is the start to a new series – I’d love to read about other members of the brotherhood and find out what happens between Ace and Lisa!

Many thanks to the publishers who gifted me a copy of this novel via NetGalley, with no obligation. I have chosen to read and review this novel and this is my honest opinion.

An Excerpt to whet your appetite:

Jessie swung at him with her right fist, a move easily blocked with his left hand. Instinctively Dylan stepped in and spun behind her, trapping Jessie against his chest. Her arms were pinned and she struggled to break free.

“Look,” he said in her ear, trying hard not to be aroused by her movements as she wriggled again, thrusting her hips back. “I get you want revenge. I get—”

He gasped as her elbow drove home into his ribs. Dylan released her with a grunt, pushing her away.

Jessie moved into a fighting crouch, gasping for air.

She was tough, he’d give her that.

But he wasn’t going to give in to her demands.

At least, not easily.

“You’re not in any shape to be trying this.” Dylan tried not to stare at her mouth, the flushed skin adding to his desire. “You should be in bed.”

He flinched inside at the double entendre.

Jessie raised an eyebrow and smiled. “Make me.”

Dylan pulled up, unsure what he’d heard.

Take me?

Make me?

She feinted to the side with a low laugh and he grinned, feeling the hot flash of adrenaline race through his body.

“Show me what you’ve got,” Jessie said. “I can take it.”

“We’ll see about that.” Dylan went at her with a roar, taking her to the ground with a measured fall.

Despite her week’s incarceration, she proved a tough opponent, sliding free of Dylan’s hands more than once as they grappled on the carpet.

He was surprised at her strength, her ability to hold her own. The simple twists and grips he’d started out with to test her skills had shifted to tougher, harder holds as she continued to press on.

He’d made a mistake, underestimated her recovery rate. She wasn’t just keeping up with him, there was a distinct possibility she was going to beat him.

That wasn’t acceptable.

He went at her, put her down on the carpet and pinned her there on her back, her right arm stretched and in danger of being hyperextended. Her gasp made him wince, knowing he was hurting her.

He didn’t want to. But he couldn’t let her think she was going to waltz into the line of fire with a kiss and a swish of her hips.

“Fuck.” The word came out through gritted teeth as she struggled to pull her arm free.

“Tap out,” Dylan said. “Just tap…”

She rolled and slipped away, landing a punch to his thigh in retaliation, dangerously close to his groin.

Jessie got up, shaking her right hand.

“That’s enough.” He stood up. “You’re good, but I can’t…”

She bent over and rushed him, knocking the air from his lungs as they fell together to the carpet.

“I’m more than good enough.” She glared at him. “I’m better.”

He didn’t hesitate now, gripping her hips and flipping her over. Dylan straddled her, pinning her hands at her sides.

“All right. All right. Now let’s stop this before one of us…” He swore as she wrenched her hand free and grabbed at his belt buckle, using the grip to pull him down on her and throw him off-balance.

He groaned, his hips instinctively thrusting toward her. The weakness had her springing free with a laugh.

Dylan rolled to his feet and shook his head. “You’re making this hard on yourself.”

She raised an eyebrow and fixed her gaze squarely at his crotch. “I think it’s the other way around.”



Sheryl Nantus is an award-winning romance writer published by Entangled, St. Martin’s, Samhain, and Harlequin’s Carina Press.

When she’s not writing about hunky heroes, she is sipping tea, playing board games and writing haiku.

A total fangirl at heart, she met her husband through an online fanfiction community and currently lives in Pennsylvania.

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