Hard to Serve is out, and it will blow your panties off. Check out the excerpt below - you'll see what I mean.
Hard to Serve (Hard Ink #4.7), by Laura Kaye
Publish Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Format: e-ARC, provided by Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult erotic romance
To Buy: Amazon
Rating: 5 STARS
(Synopsis) 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.
Hard to Serve fulfills two purposes - it wraps up the Hard Ink series and kicks off the Blasphemy series. That's a lot to put on one novella's shoulders, but I promise you, Laura Kaye absolutely killed it on both sides.
We know Detective Kyler Vance as the cop that sided with Nick Rixey and the rest of the Hard Ink crew during their war with the Church gang - and took a bullet to his shoulder because of it. Now, as he's recuperating, he finds himself with a lot of time on his hands.
Meanwhile, Mia Breslin is the police commissioner's daughter and is sick of dating wimpy men who are afraid to give her what she wants in the bedroom. She seeks out a club in Baltimore where she can be somewhat anonymous, but still, hopefully, find what she needs. And she finds Kyler.
Kyler is one of 12 Masters at Blasphemy, a high-end BDSM club. He loves playing at the club, but he never has and never will take on another submissive as his own. The guy seems so detached from what happens at the club, which is not usual for a Master. Which is why Mia totally freaks him out, because he's anything but detached from her. And he doesn't have any idea what to do with that.
On the other hand, Mia has found what she's always wanted - a real dominant that isn't afraid to indulge all her kinks. And, he's a nice man outside of the club too. Except he breaks her heart a little bit more every time he reminds her that he is not looking for a permanent D/s relationship. And all that is even before he learns she's the daughter of his boss. The cards are not in Mia's favor, for sure.
Since Hard to Serve is part of the Hard Ink series, we get to visit with the Hard Ink crew. I LOVE these guys, and I especially loved seeing where they all are now that the dust has settled. Kyler is like a member of the group after everything they went through together. But, despite their shared experiences, Kyler isn't quick to open up to them about his fears regarding whether he will rehabilitate fast enough to keep his job or what to do about the woman he can't get out of his head.
But Hard to Serve is also the introduction to Laura Kaye's upcoming erotic BDSM series, Blasphemy, and what an intro it is. We get the club's backstory (it's in a former church, hence the name - how cool is that??), and we get to meet a few of the Masters. Even the very brief views we caught were incredibly intriguing. I have high hopes that the Blasphemy series will be the one that I mark all other BDSM series by.
Kyler had tried to stay away from Mia. When he’d seen her across the club, he’d walked away and stayed away. Despite the fact that her dress made him want to unwrap her, that the updo of her lovely brown hair bared that beautiful throat, that his body was making demands of him that his brain didn’t want to answer.
And then she’d made it worse. First, by walking away from the Dom who was clearly interested in her. Second, by waiting at the bar—for him—Kyler had no doubt that’s what she’d been doing. And third by not only giving up on Kyler, but finding a possible replacement in Master Quinton.
And when Quinton had taken her hand—had touched what Kyler’s body screamed was his—Kyler hadn’t been able to stay away anymore.
And now, here they were. Kyler in a dark mood. And Mia seemingly all the more turned on for it. It was almost like she knew what he needed her to be, or do, to ease him. And that felt like a really fucking dangerous thing.
That danger didn’t have him walking out of the room though, did it?
No, instead, he was tying her to the cot-style bed in the basement-themed room. She was kneeling with her legs spread wide, which allowed Kyler to secure her hands and ankles behind her using rope tied to the iron. She could only lean so far forward before the rope would catch her. He tied another rope around her waist, with loops around each of her upper thighs, and attached that one to the almost equally high footboard—this rope would not only keep her from leaning back, but it would keep her from being able to sag down onto her calves. The two sets of ropes largely immobilized her so that she had to take whatever he did. After he arranged everything else he needed, he turned to her.
“What are your safewords?” he asked. She gave him the right answers. “And if you’re gagged?”
Mia shook her head three times while humming, “Mmm, mmm, mmm.”
“Very good, Mia. Are there any words or names you don’t like to be called while role-playing?”
“No, Sir,” she said, her voice so aroused that he could’ve thrown her down and skipped all the build up.
But she deserved better than that. He nailed her with a long look, giving her—and himself—one last chance. But they were doing this. “Scene.” Grabbing the medical scissors and a strap, he approached her, his persona shifting to fit the dark role he had in mind. “Well, what do we have here?”
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