Hard Line

Hard Line

by Sidney Bell

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ISBN-13: 9781335996848
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Woodbury Boys , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.55(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Sidney Bell lives in the drizzly Pacific Northwest with her amazingly supportive husband. She received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2010 and spends her free time playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, and supporting her local library by turning books in late. Visit her at www.sidneybell.com

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Hard Line 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Hard Line is book 2 of The Woodbury Boys series and I don't think you should read this as a standalone. Could you? Sure. But I think if you skip book 1 you are going to miss out on a lot of back story and other relevant information that is discussed in Hard Line. At the end of book 1 we know that Ghost has promised to do "Mama" a favor in exchange for helping Church. Hard Line is predominantly about Tobias searching for Ghost who been "missing" for a long time. I have to say, after reading Loose Cannon, I was not expecting to see this side of Tobias. During his search he runs across Sullivan, a PI who is working on a cold case about a missing girl from 1992. I was very much impressed with how these two seemingly unrelated cases did in fact converge and tie together thru Ghost and Mama. I wasn't expecting any of the drama that unfolded for the case. Be warned that the mystery of Sullivan's missing girl is solved, but there is another element to this who thing that isn't solved and I believe the next book in this series (Ghost's story) will be about tying up those loose ends. As for the relationship between Sullivan and Tobias, that came out of left field for me but it totally worked - for me. Tobias has always been uptight and repressed and despite his one outburst that sent him to Woodbury he's been good, does what he's told and what his parents expect. All that pressure and rebellion has been building up - Tobias is like a pressure cooker just waiting to explode. And when Ghost disappears and when Tobias finds a letter from his birth mother in the trash, the explosion is huge! Tobias runs away from his family (but not far), and thru Sullivan, Tobias finds a release for his emotions. Submitting to Sullivan and finding subspace is heaven for Tobias. They are a lucky match because how likely is it for two strangers to meet under those circumstances and be exactly what the other needs? Despite the improbability of this I still liked it and was totally absorbed in those moments between Sullivan and Tobias. Once Tobias got his head on straight and knew what he wanted, which was Sullivan and all that a relationship between them would entail - he 100% went after it. He told Sullivan exactly what he wanted (and I kind of enjoyed Sullivan's freak out at the end :) ) and then he also sat down with his parents and explained what was going on with him and why he reacted the way he did when he saw they had thrown out his birth mother's letter without telling him. Back to the mystery of this book related to Ghost and the missing girl - whew! That is so detailed and you do have to pay attention. I have no idea what Ghost was really thinking during his time "away." I don't want to give away any spoilers so I need to keep this vague. Ghost's actions (which Sullivan and Tobias spied on thru an open window doing PI stuff) were not in any way something I could believe were true, but on the other hand, I just don't know. Ghost is an odd one and I don't think he shows his true self to anyone [except he does care about Tobias because when Ghost sees bruises on Tobias's wrist from some rough sex play, Ghost gets the wrong idea and attacks Sullivan. This shows that Ghost is really capable of love and caring, otherwise he wouldn't have attacked Sullivan (hide spoiler)]. I can't wait for his story! The mystery element is still open as I've mentioned, so don't
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Sidney Bell is a new author for me and quite a surprise. Her latest book, Hard Line, is the second book in the Woodbury Boys series. This book is a M/M contemporary romance that will leave readers feeling both excited and satisfied. Hard Line is equal parts steamy and suspenseful. One minute you're on the edge of your seat, the next minute you want to dive into your own inner inhibitions. I wasn't expecting the very emotional angle this book brings out. An exceptional foray into the lighter side of BDSM! First let me say, sometimes I hesitate to review books that I know may make some of my readers squirm. This is an M/M romance. If you have an issue with that it's best not to read further. Also, if you have issues with BDSM or kink, time to go for the day. What I liked: I haven't read the first book in this series, but I probably will. It's not necessary to this book, but I can tell that I would enjoy Church's story. Tobias, Church and Ghost meet in a bit of an unorthodox way in a rehabilitation center, Woodbury and the series follows their journeys. Hard Line is Tobias' story. I didn't really know what to expect from Sidney Bell because she was new to me, but I will say I'm very impressed. From the first description of Tobias on the first page of the book, I was hooked. I was so drawn to this young man who seems to want nothing more than to please the people around him. Bell's character development with Tobias and then Sullivan was amazing. I felt I knew these two characters intimately after reading their stories and that doesn't happen often. I read a lot of books and when characters stick with me after the fact they were very well drawn. I like characters that don't fit the mold. Tobias is a quiet, gentle sort but he really comes alive as he starts to explore his desires with Sullivan. And Sullivan is such a unique person. I loved getting to know them both and their chemistry was off the chart. It wasn't the BDSM aspect that made it that way either. They just worked. BDSM is one of those topics that is generally a bit taboo. You might be interested but you don't want people to know you are. You might have some inner desires that you don't even know how to express that get brought out when you read books like this one. BDSM doesn't have to be this big scary thing. Bell shows that in this book. It is just something that works for some people. And it works for these characters in a big way. It brings so much out of them. I loved the way Bell portrays this part of the book and felt it was very realistic. The suspenseful part of the book was well written and engaging. I wanted desperately to know what in the world Ghost had gotten himself mixed up in. I loved the relationship that Bell brings out between Ghost and Tobias. I related to them so hard. I have a friendship that is exactly like this one. It's very intimate in a friend kinda way lol... I really enjoyed the fact that Bell choose to bring Sullivan into Tobias' life in this way. Sullivan needs to do well on this case and Tobias needs to find Ghost. The bad guys were bad and the good guys were good. But there were some actions and situations that made for a gray area or two. Ghost you little manipulator you! What I didn't like: This was a very good book. I wanted a little more out of Ghost. He was kind of jerk here and there, but that's just a personal preference thing. Bell's writing was spot on. Not a bad thing to say about it. Bottom Line: At the r
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
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 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. 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!
amatate More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you can tell when a book is carefully crafted with superb attention to details. I’ve seen it in this author’s other books, but the nuances are especially apparent in this title. Hard Line is the second book in Miss Bell’s Woodbury Boys series. Although it does feature a new main couple and could be read as a standalone, the continued story arcs from the previous book would make it difficult to follow some of the plotlines. Hard Line picks up 8 months after the end of Loose Cannon and details Tobias’s story. Once again I was bowled over by the depth of the characters, backstories, and current plots and conflicts. There were a lot of details to follow but I was glued to my e-reader and I really appreciated how the books tied together. Miss Bell always does complex characters well, but Tobias and Sullivan surprised me a few times with their depth and some hidden aspects to their personalities and histories. The romance between these two ignited fairly quickly, but the substantial amount of development within the relationship and for Tobias as an individual ensured it never felt rushed, shallow, or hinted at insta-love. I definitely hadn’t anticipated the BDSM element, and while I generally don’t read within that trope, the author wrote those scenes with such emphasis on the characters that I never felt a tinge of disinterest or out of my depth. In fact, the chemistry between Tobias and Sullivan ignited my e-reader more than a couple times. Beyond the romance, Hard Line is a complex, suspense-driven plot involving the enigmatic secondary character, Ghost. There were multiple twists that kept me guessing and trying to connect the dots, good action scenes, and a satisfying resolution. Featuring a measured, but intense pace, this book made for a great read that was incredibly addicting. I think fans of hurt-comfort or slow-build romantic suspense books will really enjoy this title and series. And after the few more glimpses we got of Ghost in this story, I’m definitely eager to see what the author has in store for the Woodbury Boys next. *eARC provided by Netgalley. The publisher and author had no influence over this review*
NatReadsMM More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see Tobias’s story being released! He’s the “good boy” out of the trio of men we first met in book one, which I also strongly suggest reading first. Church, Ghost and events in that story are important to understanding parts of this one. Pure coincidence puts Sullivan in Tobias’s path, but they start out on the wrong foot when Tobias uses their meeting to extort Sullivan’s help in locating Ghost. The case and search is tricky and complex for the two, with unexpected danger and excitement, and discoveries regarding Ghost are quite surprising. The background and catalyst for Tobias’s need to find him is fascinating, rooted in both their time together at Woodbury and Tobias’s adoption, with internal struggles over expectations from his parents and family. Sullivan has his own devils from the past and is torn over his preference for kink. He’s resentful of Tobias for roping him into the investigation but struggling to deny any attraction to the neediness he senses. I loved both of these characters and the gradual shift from reluctant partners to friends and lovers. I never felt as if the BDSM was used for therapy. Sullivan simply responded to Tobias’s innate, repressed needs, did seek advice from friends about continuing and was quite careful. The level of trust and honesty required with BDSM helped Tobias to express the truth about other parts of his life and for himself. There weren’t a lot of scenes, some bondage, spanking and edging, but might be a little intense those who haven’t read BDSM before. But whew, it was hot af! Secondary characters include wonderful portrayals of Tobias’s parents and siblings. It was a great touch of diversity, with brief insights into some of the culture and history of Haiti. Sullivan’s friends, also into kink, are unique and quirky, playing a part in resolving the plot. There’s a wonderful epilogue, set in the near future, showing a glorious HEA for the couple. Loved it! I will be waiting anxiously for Ghost’s story, as I think his will the most interesting of all.