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Hard Play

(Delta Force Brotherhood #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Ex-special forces ranger Dylan McCourt is a stone cold killer who cares only about his military brothers and doing what’s right. He’s used to giving orders and has zero patience for bullshit. Most people tremble when they look him in the eye, but not his infuriatingly sexy new rescue mission, Jessie Lyon. She just juts her chin and says she’s not leaving without clearing h ...more
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Published February 20th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Contemporary) (first published January 30th 2017)
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Shadi ***save your ratings use disclaimers**

Moving this to will try to finish later. I spoke to someone that read the book and said it was probably poor word usage as that is the only time in the book he deviates from his characterization so will try again when I get out of my head.

dnf 20%. Won't be rating but this is a case of one sentence ruined the book for me.

basically the h is kidnapped. The H is part of a secret team that saves people/works cases secretly. He see's a picture of her and is immediately captured. Enough so
With a bar doing a roaring trade as a cover, a brotherhood of ex-military men tries to make the world a better place on their own terms as ‘Hard Play’ opens with the rescue of a woman hell bent on revenge. But she is not who she seems when a video feed forces her to prove her innocence all around her.

‘Hard Play’ runs on the fuel that drives most romantic suspense books and thus, isn’t very much a deviation from this tried-and-tested formula: a search for the bad guys (who do get their comeuppan
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars - 3 Flames

A complete and total lover of Maya Banks' KGI series, I immediately wanted this book. I mean, if you're going to compare it in a blurb, I'll give it a shot. I'm happy I took the leap. I think that this is a pretty good start to a series (even though it's not listed as one) and can see each one of these men getting their own story. Which I'd be more than happy to read.

Jesse's in trouble. She's been working undercover to take down a mobster and was seconds away from collecting
The story starts when Lisa goes to the Devil's Playground Night Club where she's been told there are people who will listen to her report of her best friend's disappearance. Her best friend is Jessie Lyon, an ex-cop and now a private investigator who is seeking evidence to convict a mobster, Edward Molodavi, who seems to have half the police force in his pay, keeping his image squeaky clean even though she knows it was him who had her father shot.

The Brotherhood are a team of largely ex-military
Tales Of A Bookbug
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love all kinds of romantic suspense especially the ones with ex-military heroes!So there was no way I wouldn't give this one a try, now that its been compared to the KGI series!

Delta Force Brotherhood consists of a group of ex-military men,who work hard to help and rescue those in need.They own a nightclub and at the same time focus on investigative and rescue work too.
When a young woman comes to Dylan, their leader asking for help in finding her best friend, he takes one look at the photo of
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: safe, arc, military
Give me a group of honest, loyal and kick butt ex military guys who own a club but moonlight as the Brotherhood - a highly skilled team that rights wrongs when the law just can't - and I'm hooked.

Wow! This was a fast paced romance with action, suspense, humor and simmering heat. I loved Dylan, he was a devoted leader, a caring protector and a sexy as all get out lover! Loved him a little harder for the non-cliched way he treated Jessie. There was not cuddling or denying her strengths and skills
Sara Brookes
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A high octane action romance with complex characters masterfully woven with a powerful storyline that had me spellbound from page one. Intense and emotional, Hard Play is an intriguing and sexy new story from Sheryl Nantus.
Eva Millien
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
He is a stone cold killer who cares only about his military brothers and doing what’s right. Dylan McCourt is used to giving orders and has zero patience for bullshit, making people tremble when they look him in the eye. But Jessie Lyon just juts her chin and says to hell with his rules, she’s not leaving without clearing her father’s name.

This series if full of sexy, alpha bad boys that readers just love and the first book starts them off with a thrilling tale of one such bad boy meeting his ma
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
I discovered Sheryl Nantus when I started reading her fantasy romance series Odin's Bastards. I LOVE that series! I honestly questioned whether or not she could pull off a romantic suspense as good as, if not better than that series. I don't even know why I was skeptical.

From the beginning, I was captivated. Hard Play had the suspense I look for in a romantic suspense. This wasn't a gory story with guts and blood. The romance was steamy and well-placed.

Hard Play is the first book in the Delta Fo
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an action packed thriller that kept me awake with its suspense filled with turns and twists.
I love to read books with men in uniform (current or ex members) and when I saw the book, I had to read it.
In very short without too much reveal, this is a story about saving kidnaped Jessie Lyon, an ex-cop and now a private investigator who is seeking evidence to convict a mobster. Her best friend Lisa is going to the Devil's Playground Night Club where she's been told there are people who will
Lynn Reynolds
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Dylan McCourt is in charge of his domain. And he’s a man of many talents. Jessica “Jessie” Lyon is in a real pickle and she needs Dylan’s level of expertise to keep her safe. It has plenty of action, suspense, twists and turns to keep you riveted from beginning to end. This also shows how fast our lives can change. I was impressed that Jessie didn’t let her situation get her down. She used it to her advantage.

Ms. Nantus has created two main characters with strong personalities.
Nikki Brooks
Lisa has reached the end of her rope! Her friend has gone missing, the police are far from interested and a friend of a friend has recommended she visit the Devil's Playground Night Club and she'll get the help she needs. Jessie Lyon, an ex-cop & current PI as missed her check in whilst working undercover and Lisa needs the cavalry ASAP. Edward Molodavi is not someone to be taken lightly but this is personal for Jessie, who believes he was involved in the shooting of her father.

The Brotherhood
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

Nantus' Hard Play was an exciting and engaging start to her Delta Force Brotherhood Series series. Jessie Lyon may not be with the Las Vegas Police Department anymore but that doesn't mean she's not still fighting for justice and she'll go as far as she has to to get it. When Jessie goes missing, it's up to Dylan McCourt and The Brotherhood to find her and bring her home.
Jessie was a tough character. She was relentless and unwavering in her search for the truth and vengeance. I liked her quick t
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

With a hot as sin hero and a won't-back-down heroine, Nantus has another winner on her hands. Fast-paced action on the streets, and scorching love between the sheets, I couldn't put Hard Play down.
Maria Rose
Hard Play by Sheryl Nantus is the first story in her Delta Force Brotherhood series, a sexy and action packed romance that introduces the men who form the brotherhood and play by their own set of rules. A group of mostly ex-military men each with their own talents, the Brotherhood run a Las Vegas Nightclub, the Devil’s Playground. But that’s just a front for their real operation, going in where others won’t to tackle hostage situations, among other cases, where the usual rules don’t apply. They ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
+++ I was invited to view this ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it +++
A quote:
“Was what they had real, or just a rush of adrenaline, their love more an addition to action than true, heartfelt emotion?” (Loc. 2579, ARC)
“Hard Play”, by Sheryl Nantus, is a romantic suspense novel where the suspense plays a significant part. I found the concept and project of the Brotherhood interesting, although the outside-the-law dimension is questionable and can be dangerous.
Dylan and Jessica are
Elizabeth Neal
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dylan, former Special Forces, now owns a nightclub, but on the side, he and others like him formed the Brotherhood, a secretive company for those to use when no one else can resolve their issue. This is one of those times when Lisa, worried for her best friend, Jessie, informs Dylan of Jessie's disappearance. Dylan agrees to take the case, but can't help the surprise over his reaction to Jessie's picture.

"He reached out and drew his finger along the playful smile, and his gut twisted as he worri
C.J. Butcher
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ex-special forces ranger Dylan McCourt is a stone cold killer who cares only about his military brothers and doing what’s right. He’s used to giving orders and has zero patience for bulls***. Most people tremble when they look him in the eye, but not his infuriatingly sexy new rescue mission, Jessie Lyon. She just juts her chin and says she’s not leaving without clearing her father’s name, to hell with his rules. And was that a one finger salute he sees in her eyes or his imagination? Either way ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of Hard Play from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

The Hard Play by Sheryl Nantus is a wonderful story with action and the sense of family that each of the men of Delta Force Brotherhood they help those who need help when everyone has said no. I hope that they will be a series because I'd love to read Ace and Lisa's book!

Dylan McCort runs the Devil's Playground night club in Las Vegas but he and his former Delta Force teammate
April Symes
‘Hard Play’ is a riff on the Maya Banks KGI series so if you like MB KGI books, you will love ‘Hard Play’ by Sheryl Nantus.
The story line is simple-- Jesse's in trouble. She has been trying to take down a bad mobster and was really close to doing it before she was captured. She ended up setting up with her best friend a code in case something happened to her and if she didn’t check in with her by a certain time, her BFF would notify certain people and that would get her help. Help that can only
Bette Hansen
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Sheryl Nantus but after reading this one I will be looking for more! This one is action packed from the very first page and it keeps going to the very last page. I simply couldn't put it down. A band of former Delta Force teammates have come together in a brotherhood to help people in need that have no other place to turn for help. The case they take in this book will put all their strengths to the test. Thinking it is a mere extraction case that should be a q ...more
Flirtatiously Fictitious Reads
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was not in my typical genre of reading and I am happy to say I enjoyed it.
I love the hidden, secret world Dylan lives in.

He's this big tough and ruff guy who gets jobs done. There are so many twists and turns that keep you fully engaged . When he agrees to help find Jessie, and looks at her photo his reaction is just...gah!!

"He reached out and drew his finger along the playful smile, and his gut twisted as he worried that he might never get a chance to see her for himself." - Dylan

Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nantus-sheryl
This review is based on the ARC provided b the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I was captivated from the first page. The amount of action and romance in this book is outstanding. This author was a new find for me. She is definitely on my radar for a good read. I thought she wasn't going to give me my HEA for a little while there, but she saved it for the end.
Pelusa Rivera
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. I enjoyed this book. Action packed, left you interested. Jessie was a badass and her Dylan were awesome together. Story kept you on your toes, wondering what is next and chemistry was hot. Loved the brotherhood and what they did for people, and what they represented, can't wait to read more from them.
Tracie R
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Hard Play is the first book I have read by Sheryl Nantus but it definitely won’t be my last!! With its action, suspense and great character dynamics this is sure to be a favorite with readers. I really enjoyed Dylan and Jess and look forward to reading more by this author.
Zoe Dawson
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sheryl writes a hard-hitting, hard loving hero and a strong, plucky heroine. Filled with action and danger, you'll enjoy every suspenseful word.
Laura Brown
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. Hard Play was a fast, suspenseful ride, filled with danger, romance, and smoking hot men! I fell for the main characters, Jessie and Dylan, from the start, two strong people willing to put their lives on the line for others. Their romance was oh so swoon worthy. The book played out like an action movie for me. Jessie is kidnapped while working a personal undercover assignment, Dylan and his team brought in to save her. Can't wait to read more in this series!
Kinsey Alyse
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read the second book in this series before this one and loved it, this one however was majorly disappointing. I was too bored with it, nothing really all that exciting happened. It was pretty dull and could have been shorter, maybe by 7 chapters. A lot of it was pointless. I regret reading this book, and that's something I have never said.
Erin  Koiso
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard Play by Sheryl Nantus is the first book in the Delta Force Brotherhood series. Dylan McCourt owns and operates a nightclub in Las Vegas called The Devil’s Playground. While it is quite successful it is also a cover for the Delta Force Brotherhood; an organization of ex Delta Force brothers who are always available to help someone in need.

When Lisa Boudreau comes into the club – Dylan can tell by the look of her that she isn’t there for a drinks and a party. She needs the help of the Brothe
pam laporte
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love with a challenge.

Great book...loved the interplay between Jesse and Dylan. The brotherhood helped those in trouble kind of like the old A team. The men are not and caring.
Jesse gets kidnapped by a gangster because she infiltrated his club and got information. He had her father killed and she promised to take him down.
Her friend, Lisa hired the brotherhood to get her back but things go from bad to worse as she gets deeper and Lisa is taken. Great story but won't give you all the twists so
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Sheryl Nantus is an award-winning romance writer published by Entangled, St. Martin's, and Harlequin's Carina Press.

When she's not writing about hunky heroes, she is sipping tea, playing board games and writing haiku.

A total fangirl at heart, she met her husband through an online fanfiction community and currently lives in Pennsylvania.

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