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Hard To Protect (Black Ops Heroes #3) by Incy Black #BookReview #RomanticSuspense



Author: Incy Black
Title: Hard To Protect
Series: Black Ops Heroes
Book #: 3
Genre(s): Romantic suspense
Release date: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Ignite
Length: 270 pages
Heat level: Moderate
Review copy provided by: Publisher. No compensation was received.
Reviewer recap: British assassin-spy Will Berwick has orders to seduce and trick psychologist Angel Treherne and find out just where her brother and his stolen thumb drive are holed up. Will isn't known for his triple orgasms for no reason, but no way Will is violating Angel that way. Doesn't mean he doesn't have other weapons to use against the pretty, ice queen shrink. Angel knows that despite her brother being her only remaining family, he's in some serious trouble and she'll protect him or die trying. Too bad Will has other plans. And so begins the test of willpower. May the best player win.
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Total Score
8.9/ 10

User Rating
1 total rating


Posted March 29, 2017 by

***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.

“Why me?”
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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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


    Incy Black

    Thank you for a stunning review. I’m thrilled you enjoyed Hard to Protect.
    Incy Black


    Brilliant review! I love this series.


    Brilliant review for a brilliant book, in fact the whole hard to series is excellent..:)


    What a brilliant review. I loved some of the quotes you pulled out. I’ve read all of Ms Black’s novels and adored each one. She has a wonderfully unique voice that stands out for all the right reasons. You’ve wet my appetite for a reread now


    Fab review. This series is one of my favourites. The author is just genius.


      I’ve been missing out! I’m glad I found Incy and this series. There’s little more satisfying than going into a new read knowing you’re in for an adventure and a treat.


    What a fantasic Review,I loved this Hard To series,and Incy Black is a awesome author.


    What a fab review,certainly piqued my interest that I put it on my TBR list. I will definitely will be reading Hard to Protect very soon!


    Great review, I absolutely loved this book, in fact I’ve loved the whole series. Incy is incredibly witty and it comes out in her writing and her characters. A wonderful read.


      Thank you! you know, if I ever have the opportunity to meet Incy, I’m going to strong arm… er, sweet talk her into chatting over a cup of tea. I would love to meet the mind behind the sexy adventures! <3


    I loved this book too! Seems like Incy is a nit of a hidden gem I’d never heard of her until recently bit her books are great

    Julua S

    Fab review and I loved the quotes! I loved this book too and the whole series, Incy has a unique style full of suspense and humour. I’m sure you’ll love the first two in the series.

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