on November 3, 2015
Published by Penguin Group USA, Signet Eclipse Genres: Erotica, Romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Ache comes a blistering new novel filled with danger, secrecy, and a desire that can’t be sated…
Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game, concentrating all his energy on getting the next big story.
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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Again, Bromberg pulled me into her writing vortex and refused to let me go until I finished the final page of Hard Beat. I can’t even call it a fictional vortex because Tanner and Beaux’s story didn’t feel like fiction. At all. The situations they faced, the feelings and love between them all felt real. Tanner, for me, was one of her most complex heroes yet. He was cocksure and good-looking yet completely humble at the same time. He wasn’t a ladies man; he focused on chasing leads in the Middle East. I loved him, hated him, and loved him again. He’s the first Bromberg man that had to work for my love. He got my love at first, but then at twenty-four percent he pissed me off, I called him an arrogant fu*kwit and he had to work his way back in to my good graces. Honestly, I was scared there for a bit that I would end up not liking him and I was all, “I’ve never NOT liked a Bromberg hero so Tanner, you better pull your head out of your a** and get it together!” And Lord did he ever. I really loved seeing his change throughout this entire story. The love of a good woman will do that to a man.
I mean, I got why he was the way he was and understood it, but I still wanted to smack the back of his head lol. My feelings for him only made him feel more real in my head.
There was a lot more to Beaux than meets the eye. She was strong and fearless. She surprised me in so many good ways, but she also scared the crap out of me at times. And that’s all I’m going to say about her.
One of the main things I loved about Hard Beat was that it’s different from what I’m used to from Bromberg. It was a little grittier. Story wise, she shed light on what life is like for foreign war correspondents in a war-torn desert. She captured the thrill of the (story) chase, the fear, the feeling of being isolated from your family and friends back home. Character wise, she gave me two people who were complex and life-like, and she made it a treat for me to peel back each layer the more I got to know them.