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Home the Hard Way (English Edition) von [Maxfield, Z.A.]
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Dare Buckley has come home — or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide.

Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer.

In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets — his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way.

Word count: 94,100; page count: 374


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2833 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 330 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1626491461
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Riptide Publishing (27. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00M6FU1KQ
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Ein klasse Buch. Die zahlreichen Wendungen können einen manchmal etwas durcheinander bringen.
An Anfang war ich nicht sicher ob ich den Hauptcharakter leiden kann, doch das hat sich schnell geändert als die Wahrheit ans Licht kam.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Story, Lovely Writing, But One Issue... 30. Juli 2014
Von Melanie Marshall - Veröffentlicht auf
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Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

Dare Buckley has returned home to Palladian, Washington a far different person than the one he was when he left. Dare left Palladian, a teenaged golden boy who, along with his mother, was mourning the loss of his father who had committed suicide. The man who returned? That Dare Buckley is a disgraced former Seattle P.D cop. A man who’s poor judgement and even worse actions have made him someone only a hometown police department would give a job too. Dare Buckley knows this is his last chance for redemption and he needs to make good. It also gives him a chance to investigate his father’s death and reconnect with someone who used to idolize him, Finn Fowler.

Finn Fowler, son of the local tramp, is someone who Dare protected when they were in school when the bullies saw Finn as an easy victim and outsider. But that young boy who followed Dare everywhere, who thought Dare was his hero is gone. Now there’s an adult Finn Fowler to content with, one who wants little to do with Dare Buckley. Or so it seems.

Palladian has always been a town of secrets, only Dare never realized that before now. And those secrets contain the answers that Dare needs to find closure and the ability to go forward. But what happens when someone doesn’t want those secrets to come out? Who can Dare trust when even the man he thought he knew might be keeping the biggest secret of them all?

Two things right off the bat. One, I love Z.A. Maxfield. Her stories have an originality and life about them that I find irresistible. So many of them are must reads and highly recommended books on my shelf. Two. Home the Hard Way is probably not one of those stories, at least for me.

Home the Hard Way is more of a mixed bag for me narratively speaking than her other tales of angst, broken men, and love. For most of this tale, I was engrossed in the complicated but resoundingly lifelike plot. That includes the small town Sheriffs office and its police officers, the town beauty parlor and its clients as well as all the other denizens of a town that’s seen better days and knows it. And there’s a local golden boy who left a hero and came home a failure. Those parts all work here and work extremely well. The resignation, humiliation, and indignation of the returned “past his glory” boy and the people left behind who idolized him…all rang true. It is just one well conceived and well drawn character portrait after another here.

Other plot threads that worked seamlessly throughout the story were the old mysteries floating up from the past to haunt and threaten those involved in their present lives. That these secrets were kept hidden by agreement and association feels like an integral part of authentic small town life instead of part of a fictionalized culture. I liked that too. Even the behavior that can be institutionalized under such a society felt real. Bullying, harassment, all can be excused given the right circumstances and people involved, and that’s the shared history in a small town that makes that an ordinary happenstance. Everything I just mentioned worked beautifully in the story and made the narrative flow slowly along.

So what didn’t work for me? The manner in which one main character is introduced to bdsm and a D/s relationship. And that aspect of the story was enough, in its treatment, to almost derail this book for me.

I love it when using BDSM components or a D/s scene or lifestyle makes sense for a character or a situation. I think that it’s important that it be explained or incorporated in a way that lets the reader into the scene and understand why its necessity for both characters to participate. It shouldn’t, in my opinion, make you start questioning about the “rightness” of the scene or the judgement about the author’s handling of her characters in such a scene. Or even if the segments that bothered me are acceptable to the leather or bdsm community in general (if you can answer this please let me know), I do know that those scenes were problematic enough to keep me awake trying to see it from all angles because it bothered me enough to jar the flow of the story.

My issues here? That anything consensual can happen with a drunken or judgment impaired character and not be addressed in the narrative. That’s at the core of my dissatisfaction with this story. It’s a sticking point with me although it might not be for other readers. But here’s my thinking on the issue.

For starters, that a drunk character, on an unplanned, inebriated visit to another sober character (under strained circumstances) gets pushed /involved into a D/s BDSM scene with little dialog or discussion between the characters. Unless the lack of consent is part of the storyline, an inebriated or alcoholic person (fictional or not) can’t be seen to give consent to an action or behavior, even an implied consent without some discussion going on. The impaired judgement of that main character is not addressed. It wouldn’t have mattered even if they are getting a tattoo while on a binge or other similar actions.

Secondly, then this character is ushered into an act of submission, and by a Dom/character who has complex feelings about the other person. This includes a long standing grudge (feelings of abandonment) against this character. For me, it just felt well less a scene between consenting adults and more like an action of aggression and implied revenge. Again that would be fine if that was the intent of the scene. But it’s not. And the character made to submit? A virgin so to speak about D/s play and BDSM in particular. This happens more than once. Is this typical D/s play? Don’t know. I have been informed by some in the lifestyle that such scenes need to be worked out in advance, rules and limitations agreed to, things of that nature.

Again, it’s not the D/s or BDSM play that I mind, but the manner in which the characters use it to sexually interact with each other and work out old issues. This guy is a mess to begin with and it only gets worse. I wish the whole aspect of this story would have been handled a little differently. Even the slightest change would have affected how I feel about this story. I kept trying to see my way around this element but I could never resolve it satisfactorily enough to get by it.

This element aside (which admittedly was hard for this reader), Home the Hard Way is a story that many readers will enjoy and feel deeply about. Why? Because there are so many wonderful elements at work here. Z.A. Maxfield’s characters and small town descriptions are just incredible. Just the way in which the town of Palladian and the rank river that it got its name from are depicted. The river, dank,and sluggish, full of trash pooling at its edges, waits for a storm to flush the stagnant waste and foul waters away. Much the way the town has an overlay of old secrets, hidden antagonisms, and barely contained jealousies and rivalries. It’s that aroma of neglect that reflects the stagnant feel that small town can get as if the life is seeping slowly out of them a drip at a time. Everyone knows everyone else or thinks they do because of a shared history that can reach decades into each family’s life. This element of the story made Home the Hard Way for me. I recognized those people and the town they lived in. I knew them from their all-too-human actions, petty and otherwise, The small town parlance and activities speak for themselves as an authentic part of small town USA.

Will the issues that bothered me here bother you? Not sure. That’s for you to decide. If not,then you might feel that this is just the story for you. As I said, so much about this book is quite wonderful. I enjoyed parts of Home the Hard Way, just not enough to read it again and that’s the benchmark for a 4 star rating for me. Let me know how you feel about the book and this issue. This inquiring mind wants to know.

Cover art by Amber Shah. I loved it and vote it one of the best of the month!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not for me... 1. August 2014
Von Wynn "Devoted Reader" - Veröffentlicht auf
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I usually enjoy Maxfield's books, but, I, like other readers, felt blind-sided by the BDSM nature of this story. It was not mentioned in the synopsis on Amazon. I do not enjoy these types of books and would not have purchased this one if I had known. It will certainly make me think twice about buying other books by this publisher based on the "blurb" alone.

The story was okay. I found the MC's schizophrenic. Finn was sweet, caring and artistic one minute and then cold, domineering and unfeeling the next. Dare was strong, confident, and loving and then he becomes, submissive, unsure, alcoholic and needy the next. I almost wanted Dare to end up with Bill by the end of the book. It just seemed to me that Dare had to make so many concessions to his professional life, romantic notions and sexual desires to remain with Finn. It didn't feel like this relationship would ever last.

Wish I had saved my money on this one!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Spoilers in here. 30. Juli 2014
Von Steph - Veröffentlicht auf
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I honestly really liked Dare. I thought he was a great character. Finn, on the other hand, was a character I could not understand.

First of all: no where in the description of the book was BDSM mentioned. I am really not into dom/sub scenes, and I don't choose to read about relationships that include BDSM. I was pretty upset when the "twist" that was Finn's relationship with his former bully came out.

I finished the book, but it was very uncomfortable. I thought the end of the mystery was pretty weak. I did like the description of Finn and his mother playing out in the rain, and the consequences that came after.

Over all I found the relationship between the two main characters to be hard to believe in. It felt forced, and I was not impressed. This was a waste of $8.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Home the Hard Way 31. Juli 2014
Von K. Branfield - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield is an intriguing and suspense filled mystery that is full of unexpected twists and turns. After a colossal error in judgment costs him his job with the Seattle PD, Dare Buckley returns to his small hometown of Palladian. Dare’s homecoming is quickly complicated by his friendship with Finn Fowler, a suspicious death and his father’s long ago suicide.

Dare and Finn lost touch when Dare left town fifteen years earlier and a lot has changed for both of them in the intervening years. Finn’s life currently centers around taking care of his Aunt Lyddie who is dying from cancer. Between his nursing duties, two jobs and his leather making business, Finn does not have time for any type of social life but he welcomes the chance to reconnect with Dare. Dare is not happy with his disgraced return to Palladian and some of the demons that led to his downfall are still plaguing him. His transition to the local police department is anything but smooth as he is faced with resentment from his fellow officers and the animosity from an old childhood nemesis. His reunion with Finn is uneasy and shrouded with unspoken secrets from their shared past. A surprising attraction flares to life between them but a relationship seems unlikely amid all of the chaos swirling around them.

As children, Dare and Finn shared a unique but close friendship. Dare was a popular, well-liked athlete from a well-respected local family. Finn, on the other hand, was different from everyone else in just about every way. He and his mother were the target of small-town gossip and speculation and he had a difficult time living down his mother’s rather loose reputation. As the older of the two boys, Dare took on a protective role with Finn and kept him from being bullied by the other kids. Both of their childhoods were marred by the untimely deaths of Finn’s mom and Dare’s father and their friendship ended when Dare and his mother left town after his dad inexplicably committed suicide.

Now meeting on equal footing, both men have been shaped and changed by events in the intervening years. Dare is cynical, world-weary and his shining armor has definitely been tarnished by his poor decisions. Finn maintains tight control over everything around him and he keeps himself at a distance from everyone but his aunt. When Dare stumbles across Finn in a very shocking situation, the balance of their relationship is irrevocably changed. Dare is filled with numerous doubts about their future as a couple and when the case he has been working on breaks wide open, Dare realizes how little he and Finn really know one another.

Home the Hard Way is a compelling novel and Z.A. Maxfield does an excellent job keeping readers on their toes with quite a few startling plot twists. There are two separate mysteries that need unraveling and I was completely surprised by how these storylines were eventually solved. The one thing I really did not see coming is the direction that Dare and Finn’s relationship takes and while I confess to a few doubts about how they would resolve their differences, I was satisfied by how things turned out between them. All in all, it is another fabulous read by the extremely talented Z.A. Maxfield.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen BDSM/fetishism 29. Juli 2014
Von Jls - Veröffentlicht auf
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If a book is going to be BDSM/fetishism, I would like to be clued in BEFORE I waste my money. The book description is very misleading.
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