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Release Day Review: Hard Line by Sidney Bell


Title: Hard Line (Woodbury #2)

Author: Sidney Bell

Release Date: April 2, 2018


“Bell writes a meaty romance that you can’t put down, and it’s a worthy addition to the M/M contemporary romance genre.” —RT Book Reviews on Loose Cannon (Woodbury Boys #1)

Premed student Tobias Benton is making amends for his past. He keeps his head down, mouth shut and colors within the lines. But when his close friend Ghost goes missing, Tobias will do whatever it takes to get answers—including using blackmail to enlist some help. The last thing he’s looking for is romance.

Private investigator Sullivan Tate isn’t above a little breaking and entering to solve a case, but when Tobias catches him in the act, it’s almost game over. Their uneasy alliance only gets more complicated when Sullivan learns that Tobias shares his interest in kink. Mixing sex and work could kill Sullivan’s career, but Tobias’s acceptance of Sullivan’s darkest urges is nearly impossible to resist.

Side by side, Tobias and Sullivan spend their days searching for the truth and their nights fulfilling their respective fantasies. But the answers they seek are far more dangerous than they realize, and soon they find themselves fighting for more than just each other.

This book is approximately 120,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Deborah Nemeth



Onto my all-time favorite shelf you go!

There are just some stories that resonate deeper for me—ones that I’m not going to forget any time soon—and Sidney Bell’s Hard Line is one of those reads.

Tobias had felt exposed and uncertain and quivering, like a bit of kindling might feel seeing the match approach…He wanted to push, wanted Sullivan to push back, wanted it to burn.

Tobias Benton offered all the squishes! He was adopted into a big family, and he’s definitely a people pleaser. Now, however? He’s tired of feeling the pressure and when his best friend goes missing, Tobias wants to join in the search.

Enter PI Sullivan Tate. He’s working another case when it leads him directly into Tobias’s search for his missing friend. And then there’s the whole Tobias blackmailing Sullivan thing…

Not that it made this read die-hard addicting or anything.

The pace of this book was just intense.

Sullivan has this flirty and sarcastic and curious side that just draws in a more hesitant Tobias. I also kept picturing this dude’s awesome hair. OMG. Anwho…Sullivan has a lot on his plate, and this is his chance to break out from delivering subpoenas and advance his career. He doesn’t know what to make of Tobias, especially when their urges start to coincide. And, ya’ll…like WHOA.

And Tobias has his own journey that just tugged at my heart. He’s figuring out self-love and self-acceptance, and I didn’t realize how hard I needed this book until I was reading it.

His experience of romance until now had been simple, almost careless in comparison to the way this thing with Sullivan was building with countless small collisions and subtexts that Tobias couldn’t keep up with.

The emotion was palpable, the danger was real, and the tension was thick. I’ve been on a bit of a BDSM kick, and I really appreciated the whole atmosphere of this one, too. There’s no past trauma that BDSM fits in with. Instead, it just is. It’s a part of these two, and the sex and kink positivity thrilled me to the core! Communication? No problem! Consent? All times and absolutely!

Everything I want in a read is packed into these fast-as-hell pages with thick tension and scintillating suspense. It kept me on my toes, and I want to read it again and again. I’m going to be one-clicking everything this author writes.

5 Stars!

*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Michaelene for The Librarian’s Corner.*

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