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Peek Inside Hard Play

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

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Stubborn shouldn’t be this sexy.

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 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, he knows this is one job his training might not have prepared him for.

For fans of Maya Banks’ KGI series, prepare to meet the men of the Delta Force Brotherhood, a sexy new contemporary series where kicking ass and living hard is just how they roll.

Praise

Action packed! Jessie was a badass and she and Dylan were awesome together. Loved the brotherhood and what they did for people, and what they represented, can't wait to read more from them!” – Nellie Rivera, Goodreads

“I was captivated from the first page. The amount of action and romance in this book is outstanding!” –Tami Rogers, Queen Editing

“I loved the suspense, action and camaraderie of the men of The Brotherhood…I wish I could give the book more than 5 stars because its a fantastic story worth more stars!” –Teresa Jensen, Goodreads

“This is the first book I have read by Sheryl Nantus, and I can’t wait to try more! I just loved the brotherhood- hope this turns into a series!” –Sarah Clay, NetGalley

“I will be reading more books in this series! Great action and fun characters!” –Melissa Wolters, Librarian

“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!” –Tracie Runge, Bookseller, Rosemary’s Romance Books

“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!” –Bette Hansen, NetGalley

“This author was new to me, but I'm glad I found her! The suspense, drama & action are what really drew me into this book. Dylan & Jessie are perfect & I loved the way the were together.” –Lauren Townley, NetGalley

“Great new series, I can see this going out at our library a lot! A great mystery and romance with lots of characters to build the series on.” – Anna Evans, Librarian

“I LOVED this book! It was suspenseful and sexy. I hated putting this book down. I just can not wait for more!” – Mellena Driver, The Book Quarry Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758414
Series: Delta Force Brotherhood, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 20, 2017
Page Count: 305
Imprint: select contemporary
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forced proximity, opposites attract, revenge

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By Elaine February 19, 2017

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, Edwa... ...more

By Shrimalya March 03, 2017

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... ...more

By Christina February 13, 2017

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) an... ...more

By Maria Rose August 25, 2017

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... ...more

By Elizabeth June 24, 2017

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 d... ...more

By Teresa February 20, 2017

**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 every... ...more

By April February 20, 2017

‘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... ...more

By Bette February 05, 2017

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 broth... ...more

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 a... ...more

By Tami August 08, 2017

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 goo... ...more

By Nellie April 13, 2017

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... ...more

By Christine February 28, 2017


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.
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By Tracie February 03, 2017

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. ...more

By Laura September 27, 2017

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 p... ...more

By Erin March 07, 2017

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 w... ...more

By Zoe August 27, 2017

Sheryl writes a hard-hitting, hard loving hero and a strong, plucky heroine. Filled with action and danger, you'll enjoy every suspenseful word. ...more

By pam laporte July 23, 2017

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 sh... ...more

By C.J. March 06, 2017

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, Jes... ...more

By Lynn March 03, 2017

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... ...more

By Susan February 17, 2017

Susan reviewed on behalf of Mytimeoutbookblog

I give Hard Play 5 stars for keeping me engaged in the fight against crime from beginning to end. I felt like I was living all the same moments as they were. It was like playing roulette and waiting for the ball to drop. Just when I thought the last d... ...more

By Cynthia March 10, 2017

This has a few twists with a simple plot with humor, action and suspense I really enjoyed. Delta Force Brotherhood is a group made up of ex military that helps those who need it. There are no rules or lines they won’t cross over to make this a better world for us all. Jessie is on a mission of he... ...more

By Nikki February 24, 2017

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 worki... ...more

By Scarlett February 21, 2017

This was the first book I read by this author but I have recently discover a renewed interest for the romantic suspense genre. When I was able to get an advance copy to review my interest was peeked.

This story follows Dylan as he and his crew work to help free Jessie from the local mob boss. Aft... ...more

By Nerdy Dirty & Flirty February 27, 2017

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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,... ...more

By Jenn May 21, 2017

I love all kinds of romantic suspense novels, and this is definitely one of them. Throw in the fact that this novel contains an ex-military man, and you definitely have an unputdownable novel!

Dylan was such an incredible character to read about. He is strong, sexy, and very protective of those ne... ...more

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Sheryl Nantus

About the author

Sheryl Nantus

Sheryl Nantus was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She met Martin Nantus through the online fanfiction community in 1993 and moved to the United States in 2000 in order to marry. A firm believer in the healing properties of peppermint and chai tea she continues to write short stories and novels while searching for the perfect cuppa. She loves to play board games and write haiku, although not usually at the same time. She has published multiple books with Entangled Publishing, St. Martin's Press/ Swerve, Samhain Publishing and Carina Press.

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