Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield

July 29, 2014 Review 7

Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield

Dare Buckley has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide. 

Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer. 

In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way.

Title: Home the Hard Way
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: My Cowboy Heart, Lost and Found, My Cowboy Homecoming, Hell On Wheels
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: July 28, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 230
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames
Riptide

Z.A. Maxfield has created a gem of literary goodness with Home the Hard Way. She has expertly blended romantic suspense, a little friends to lovers romance, a small bit of rekindle, a slice of a super sweet love story, with a dash of bdsm kinkery. She does this in a way that it works. It works so good in fact that this is one of those books where I will think about the main characters for a long time to come.

Dare Buckley left childhood home fifteen years ago. His mother left the home where the horrors of her husband’s death would always haunt her. She took her son from the place where his father had killed himself. This also forced Dare to leave behind the one good thing he never knew he would miss, Finn.

Returning to Paladian is not the homecoming Dare would have wanted. A turn of events at his previous job has forced this move. The move and the crazy that is about to unfold in sleepy small town Paladian will put Dare face to face with Finn. With the number of years that have passed Finn and Dare are practically strangers to each other. I loved following them along as they stared over. There was so much more than just time between them.

There are a series of odd crimes in the nothingness of Paladian that has the local gossipmongers pointing many different fingers at too many different people. Dare sees the past repeating itself. Finn sees something in Dare that weighs largely on what happened in Seattle. Others see it too and it doesn’t take Dare long to see that he is his own enemy in some ways and that Finn is possibly the best cure to some of his problems. The fix is there, now Dare just has to learn to trust the man he thought he knew.

Home the Hard Way is amazingly awesome. I had no clue where the book was headed at any given time. The romantic suspense aspect kept me on my toes. The incidents from the past and how they played into the now was perfectly played. Everything that happens pushes Finn and Dare together only to have it pull them apart. The sexual tension stayed high with that. The sexual tension also worked well considering what each man wants from the other.

Favorite quote, Dare to Denise: “I know Finn’s not who I think he is. I just have to find out how wrong I’ve been.”

Riptide Publishing

Hello and thanks to The Jeep Diva for letting me be here today!

I’m Z.A. Maxfield, coming at you from lovely sunny southern California where I’m blogging about my latest release, Home The Hard Way.

 

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I’m doing a giveaway and there are a couple different ways to win! At each tour stop, one lucky winner will get to choose any book from my backlist, so if you’re new to Z.A. Maxfield, this is a great way to find out if you want to dive in! At the end of the tour, I’ll be giving away a Riptide gift certificate, so you’re going to want to follow along the whole blog tour HERE for your best chance at a prize!

 

Here’s the blurb for Home the Hard Way: Dare Buckley has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide.

Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer.

In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way.

Read more about Home The Hard Way HERE

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About the Author – Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back.  Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

Readers can visit ZAM at her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

 

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7 Responses to “Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield”

  1. Nae

    oooh! I’m so behind on my new releases, I didn’t even realise there was a new ZA book coming out. AWESOME!

  2. Su Holland

    Thank you for a great review & post, this book has bumped up my wish list, now when is pay day? ZAM also thank you also for giving your readers so many chances to win one of your books, I am just hoping for that little miracle to come my way… 🙂

    • ZAM

      And YES! Su Holland! You’re my winner. Thanks for participating in the comments here, you can contact me at zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield (dot) com, and I’d be happy to send you any book from my backlist you like!

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to choose my winners, I was on a road trip while my blog tour was taking place, and I’m finally home, tidied up, settled in, and finished with the truckload of small emergencies that awaited me when I got home.

      XOXO

      ZAM