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

Posted November 12, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield
Home the Hard Way
by Z.A. Maxfield

4 Stars


Released: July 28, 2014
Published by Riptide Publishing
Pages: 230
Format: eARC

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“HOME THE HARD WAY effortlessly blends suspense, mystery and passion in a spellbinding mix. Maxfield taps into reader’s emotions, making them fall in love with this deeply moving story.” ~ Under the Covers

After returning home to Palladian, Dare Buckley is reminded of the small town life and the gossip that tends to happen in these communities. He is forced to resign from the Seattle PD and that stings a little bit, yet there are two upsides to coming back home. One is he can finally look into his father’s suicide and also rediscover his friendship with Finn Fowler.

Finn has been Dare’s childhood friend for years. They’ve always looked out for each other, but when Dare comes back, Finn is reminded of their past and how much they have shared together. It also ignites a chemistry that burns deeply for the both of them.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s dark but also has moments of humor as well, especially from Finn who I think enjoys poking fun at Dare. The balance is a good mix of suspense, mystery and passion. I felt that Maxfield was able to capture the heart of the story with the heady emotional impact of Dare’s loss as well.

HOME THE HARD WAY effortlessly blends suspense, mystery and passion in a spellbinding mix. Maxfield taps into reader’s emotions, making them fall in love with this deeply moving story.

*Review Copy provided by publisher

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About Z.A. Maxfield

ZAM 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.”


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Thanks for the review, I’ve only read one other book by Z.A. Maxfield.


Thanks for the review Annie