Hard Break (Deadlines & Diamonds #5)


Kayla Black has the world by the tail. She married Leon, the man of her dreams, and they have three beautiful children together. Leon is a Las Vegas detective and promises to return home every day. Ian McCallister moves in next door and the Black children waste no time in making friends with him. Ian has a crazy crush on Mrs. Black from the moment he meets her, but also has respect for her family unit and never crosses any lines. Ian, a photojournalist gets a call to an officer involved shooting and realizes who has been hit and automatically rushes to be there for Kayla. Her world falls apart and all he wants is to be there for her, but she continually pushes him away trying to prove she can do it on her own. Will they create an inseparable bond like she had with Leon? 


“Hard Break” hits on every emotion. Readers will be crying, laughing and hugging their families after reading this fifth installment in the “Deadlines and Diamonds” series. Still it stands alone very nicely, taking readers through many, real and relatable human experiences. The storyline gently introduces each character with uniqueness that immediately captures the reader. The children in this story truly steal the show and the portrayal of love from a potential step parent proves that it can be as good as the real thing. The connection and bond Ian shares with the children as friends first, creates a foundation that builds a loving relationship and adds to the adult drama. Minor editing errors are easily overlooked while escaping on this heartfelt journey.


Julie Caicco