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Hard to Hold (New Orleans' Finest, #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  118 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Hard to Hold is the story of Detective Devereux Gautier. Dev is the partner of Detective Cody Maxwell from The Lawman Who Loved Her, my first book published by Harlequin Intrigue.

Dev never got his own book, until now!

Devereux Gautier is Hard to Hold. The dark, handsome Cajun is a detective in the 8th precinct in New Orleans. He's tough, smart, and heroic, and he's living a
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Reghan is an investigative reporter who because of some daddy issues and getting burned by a man she was dating turning out to be married, likes to bust people on live t.v. for any hidden sordid past deeds. Dev is a police detective with a street kid past who ended up making good with the help of a fatherly cop mentor. When the two meet up there is instant chemi
Sep 04, 2014 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reghan loves her job as a reporter and has even succeeded at getting her own prime time show where she delivers the truth and nothing but. When she revealed the Detective Dev was not the hero everyone proclaimed him to be she was doing everyone a favor. Hero's do not exist and she proved that when she brought to light Devs secret past. Now months later and a murderer is running around town taking the lives of young teenage boys. These boys only have one thing in common. Dev! Reghan has to confro ...more
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REVIEW: NO HERO by Mallory Kane
Non-stop action, surprises, and sensual tension fuel this intriguing romantic suspense mystery, set in lovely but often worn-out New Orleans. Some vicious killer has targeted at-risk teens. Many stay at a hostel program at which Detective Gautier mentors. Some consider him a hero, but not his former girlfriend, who provided an expose on his exploits, and now must reunite with the man she scorns before many more troubled adolescents are murdered.

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OOOH, I love this author! I really enjoy the romantic suspense genre and I adore this author. I've never ready anything by her, but I know that she'll be a staple from this point on. Okay, okay, okay ... where to start ... from the very beginning of the novel, you are just thrown into this story that is already in progress. Now, not every author who does this can pull it off. But Mallory Kane does. This isn't part of a series or anything, you're
Danielle Taylor
I enjoyed No Hero. The story is fast paced and there is a lot of action and suspense. Although I wasn't a big fan of Reghan she was a strong, female character. I didn't like that it was obvious that she let her personal bias effect her reporting when it came to Dev and didn't have all the facts. She also seemed to gloat about shocking him on air and I didn't find that attractive. But she was also to put that aside when she had critical information for our hero. She showed a lot of growth in the ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love stories that are set in New Orleans. The atmosphere of that one of a kind city provides just the right touch of magic and mystery no matter the genre. Mallory Kane does a wonderful job with this suspense tale full of twists and turns as Detective Dev Gautier is on the hunt for the murderer of homeless teens who he knows and mentors personally. Reghan is a reporter on the scent of a story and she has more than butted heads with Dev before. At first, you won't like Reghan very much. She is
Jun 28, 2012 Anjana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read that's by Mallory Kane so I started reading it with no huge expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

No Hero is a pretty standard mystery-romance novel. There's a serial killer on the loose that forces Reaghan Conner, a journalist with WACT and Detective Gautier, a cop - two people who pretty much hate each other's guts - work together. The reason for their hostility is because they have a past :

'From her point of view, she’d done a news story, telling
Books and Spoons
Aug 30, 2014 Books and Spoons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story took a hold of me from the page one, and kept it till 'the end', it is addictive and well written. Mallory Kane is a new author for me, and this will not be the last book I read by her!
The connection between Dev and Reghan is complex, the attraction and pull towards each other is tinted with distrust and leeriness from the past actions and experiences.
While Dev is trying to protect Reghan from the threats and malic
Aug 27, 2014 Nova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is No Hero by Mallory Kane. It is Devereux and Reghan's story. It is set in New Orleans.
Devereux is a police detective. Reghan is a journalist.
Dev needs Reghan to help him find a killer. The homeless kids he mentors are being killed and he needs to figure out who is doing it. He doesn't think he can trust her because she is the one who dug into his past to try to destroy him. He also doesn't trust himself around her because he thinks she is so sexy and smart.
Reghan had exposed Dev's mistak
Aug 27, 2014 Janine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A totally addictive book. Very hard to put down.

Someone is killing the boys of the Thibaud Johnson Center for Homeless Teens in New Orleans. How many will loose their lives to this crazed murderer?

Reghan Conner is a reporter with her own tv show, The Real Story. She gets wind of the first murder and is on the scene trying to get more information. Was she just imagining it, or did convicted murderer Gerard Fontenot tell her back in February that these teenagers were going to die? But, how does
Sep 02, 2014 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Hero by Mallory Kane a reissue of the book, I’m not sure that is said in the synopsis for the book. However, that does not take way from the enjoyment if like me you had not read it before. It is an intriguing romantic suspense where the love interest have a past involving a new report. I could easily identify with Detective Dev Gautier who was suspended from the New Orleans police dept. for three months. While he believes he is no hero, he most certainly is. Reaghan Conner is the report jour ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Hero by Mallory Kane
A darkly handsome New Orleans detective who insists he’s no hero is blindsided by his one-time lover, a sexy investigative TV reporter, who exposes his secret troubled past to the whole world...and nearly costs him his job. When the at-risk teens he mentors start turning up dead, his vow to protect the other kids hits a major snag...his only clue to finding the determined killer is held by the one woman he never wants to see again. Compelled to work together to solve the
Christina Reed
Jan 14, 2015 Christina Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Hero by Mallory Kane was a fast paced story that had me hooked from the beginning. Detective Deveraux's past was exposed by Reghan and it almost cost him his job and everything he cares about, so when she comes to him about a case he's working on he wants nothing to do with her. Reghan is a reporter who enjoys proving that there are no true heroes out there. She comes to him with a clue as to who is targeting the people Dev cares about and killing them, but she becomes the target of the kille ...more
Dirty Dayna
Aug 31, 2014 Dirty Dayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Free copy provided via netgalley and the publisher for an honest review
4.5 Got a Light, Bud Stars
This is my first Mallory kane novel but I have recently discovered my love of romantic suspenses and crime scenes and both are present in no hero.
Dev is a detective on a case of serial murders where boys from his rehab center are showing up dead with slit throats.
It don’t help to run when you’re hauling around what you’re running from.
Dev on the outside looks like an asshole co
Jessica Alcazar
***Copy provided via NetGalley by Tule Publishing for an honest review***

I really liked the premise of this story. We have a cop (hero) and journalist (heroine) who share a past and it isn't exactly pretty. First you have the whole cop/journalist dynamic which from everything I've read or seen on TV, these two things don't mix well. Then you add the added turmoil of said journalist breaking said cop's trust in the past .... that's unique and makes for an interesting story, if told well. And it w
Kimberly V
Aug 27, 2014 Kimberly V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When two homeless teens are found murdered within ten days of each other, Detective Devereux Gautier takes it personally. Both of the boys were residents at his shelter and had just received college scholarships. News talk show host Reghan Conner has evidence that would suggest that these teens are being targeted to exact revenge on the detective. Is he himself a target? Will Reghan's involvement put her at risk? And what will it take to find the killer and stop it from happening again? No Hero ...more
Rosemary K
Aug 30, 2014 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devereux Gautier is a detective in New Orleans. At age twelve he escaped a life on the streets through the help of Thibaud Johnson. Now he's giving back by establishing a center for homeless teens. Now someone is killing his kids. Who wants to hurt him? Reghan Connor has a clue, but can he trust her. She's the investigative journalist who revealed his secrets to the world. Why is he attracted to her? This is a fast paced and suspenseful story that had me hooked from the first page. The character ...more
Kerry Croucier
Aug 27, 2014 Kerry Croucier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When two homeless teens from Dev Gautier's teen shelter are found murdered in the same manner, Reghan Connor know it is no coincidence. Reghan has evidence in her possession that may help prevent more deaths. Unfortunately, she is the last person Dev wants to see, much less have help him. He is just working his way back from the expose of his past Reghan blind-sided him with. Not exactly what he expected to have happen after two dates. As these two work together to prevent more deaths, they real ...more
Nanee Mcgee
Sep 01, 2014 Nanee Mcgee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this story was intriguing, action packed, mysterious and full of what the hell moments. I loved the characters especially Dev. He's so hard on himself but he is a hero in my book, he does so much for homeless kids and he's sexy as sin too. Reghan at first I do not like at all, I hate nosey, righteous reports who don't care about people or their feelings but once the story got deeper so did Reghan. I loved these too together, I thought they fit perfectly. The secondary characters; some ...more
3.5 stars

***I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion***

I don't read a lot of romantic suspense so it was fun reading something different that what I usually read.

Journalist Reghan Connor exposed Police Detective Devereux Gautier past secrets on TV in order to prove he's no hero but when young teens are being murdered Reghan has some info that can help detective Dev and she has to find a way to make him listen to hear and for them to work together in order to find the killer.

I enjoye
Rachael Mcdonald
LOVED IT! what a unexpectedly great story!
Dev is a hunky detective with a dark past who has reinvented himself to help others and carry on his surrogate father's life work. When Dev realizes that the people in his life are being targeted by a serial killer he pushes himself to the limit trying to stop the killings and figure out who the killer is. The last thing Dev needs is any kind of distractions. That includes the feisty red headed beauty, Reghan Connor who will sink her teeth into any stor
Jan 11, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC copy for a honest review. Wasn't sure how well I was going to like since sometimes for me romantic suspense books can be a tad boring. This one was definitely an intriguing story that keeps you on a rollercoaster of suspense making you want to read more to see what happens. Raghen is a nosy reporter always out for find the truth and her next story. Dev's a detective who has experienced Raghen at her best when she found and revealed his hidden mistakes. Thrown together as they rac ...more
Paula Pugh
Aug 27, 2014 Paula Pugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New Orleans is the scene of two brutal murders, both young men with bright futures and living at the Thibaud Johnson Center for Homeless Teens. Both were close to Detective Dev Gautier who build the center. They saw him as a hero but Reghan Connor, local TV investigative reporter, knows better. She did an expose' on him and uncovered his not so stellar past.Now she is following the crimes, knowing she has to come forward and divulge what she knows about the who is at the bottom of them. As she b ...more
Talk Supe
Jul 04, 2012 Talk Supe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suddenly miss Josh Hartnett, he looks so much like the guy on the cover. review to follow
Laura D
Aug 27, 2014 Laura D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When two homeless teenage boys are murdered Detective Devereux Gautier has a persoanl interest in the case. Reporter/talk show host Reghan Connor realizes she might have some information on the case. They have crossed paths before and it did not end well. Can she put aside her pride and give him the info she has? Both of them have a problem with trust. Once Reghan becomes involved all bets are off for Dex. Not only does he have a serial killer to catch, he has to keep Reghan safe without startin ...more
Cindy Hamilton
Aug 29, 2014 Cindy Hamilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Hero by Mallory Kane is a winner in my book! This book is an emotional who-done-it mystery that kept me interested the whole book. If you like suspense and romance this book is for you. This book is set in New Orleans and the dynamics between Detective Devereux Gautier and Journalist Reghan Connor sucked me right into the story. If you like murder mysteries this book is for you. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading more books by Mallory Kane.
I received a complimentary c
Aug 29, 2014 Runner10 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book offers both romance and suspense. I loved it from page one. Reghan is a tv journalist who does interviews that can often lead to damaging people's reputations. She can make enemies easily. Dev is a detective in New Orlleans. He has experienced Reghan's work first-hand. Reghan damaged Dev's reputation and hurt him badly. Now, they find themselves drawn together in a series of murders. The tension between the two is electrifying.
This is my first book to read by Mallory Kane. I will defin
I received this book as an e-ARC free from Netgalley. Below is my review.

I am a long-time fan of Kane's books. So, it's pretty hard to say that while I liked this one, there were elements of it that really, really didn't sit well with me.

Dev Gautier and Reghan Connor have been at loggerheads ever since Reghan, an investigative journalist with a penchant for "gotcha journalism" reveals Dev's painful past by blindsiding him on her show. It nearly cost Dev his job on the police force, his future,
Jonel Boyko
Jun 13, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kane definitely had me guessing with this one. She has mystery and suspense down pat, leading you on a wild goose chase that you won’t be able to forget. Not only is this novel suspenseful, but romance against the odds comes to the forefront in an unforgettable manner. I was rooting for these characters to overcome their obstacles. Kane also sets her story amongst the lives of those many of us endeavour to ignore in our everyday dealings. She brings to the forefront many aspects of society and m ...more
From the first page until the last No Hero provided me with the taut suspense that I love in a romantic suspense book. The emphasis in this book is on the suspense, but don't let that fool you, there is definitely heat between Reghan and Dev and you feel it page after page. But what I felt most was the driving need to find out who the bad guy was and how the book would turn out. That is what kept me turning the pages.

Dev and Reghan are great characters. Dev had a flawed childhood and he's trying
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