This was quite the experience! A war torn country. two journalists in the midst of it all. Danger, lust, the adrenaline rush. Hard Beat was one helluva ride!
The quick of it is that Tanner is a war correspondent trying to hold it all together after losing his best friend and photographer in an attack. And Beaux is his new photographer. They're stuck together and neither is all that delighted with the fact and they really don't hold back in letting the other know. Whew! To get THE big story, though, these two have to get over their rocky start (there might have been a one night stand involved before they realized who the other was lol), a blazing attraction and demons from the past that haunt them both.
The romance had some seriously swoony moments. Some that were frustrating as hell. Some scorching hot and some make-your-knees-weak sweet.
The setting was pretty neat too. I actually loved the setting and found it fascinating. They're in the middle of a war zone. Dealing with down time between flare ups and then being thrown into the fire. Seeing action while embedded with the troops. Their lives in real danger. Meeting with informants, chasing the story. It was quite the backdrop for a romance! Bromberg did a spectacular job with the world surrounding these two. Both the sheer boredom they experienced waiting for the next "moment" to happen and the chaos, danger and excitement they went through when things were hopping. It was a crazy reading experience for me. It's told in first person POV and multiple times I had to shake my head a little as I remembered that this was fiction! It wasn't a retelling of events someone was relaying but a fictional story. It was kinda neat to have those flashes of it feeling so real it felt almost autobiographical. A bit of a head trip though for sure. lol
No question. Bromberg upped the game. Hard Beat was one crazy delicious journey! From page one it was impossible to put down. The characters, the setting, the edge of your seat life or death make-it-all-count moments. The stunning plot twists I didn't see coming and that left me just staring at my book going whoa. I loved it all. Damn fine read. My only complaint would be the cover. It's nice. But it's so NOT these two who are living in the middle of a war zone.
But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he can’t help but feel like he’s losing his focus—and maybe risking more…
With secrets she won’t address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, she’s willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as Beaux’s past begins to put their relationship—and their lives—at risk, Tanner’s determination to find the truth puts them both in jeopardy.
He's ready to chase her to the ends of the earth to find out if what they had was real, or if the danger surrounding them was just an exquisite heat fated to burn out…
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