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Peek Inside Hard to Protect

Special Agent Will Berwick doesn’t care what his orders are; he’s not taking the enemy—the lovely but arctic Dr. Angel Treherne—to bed. Oh, he’ll root out her secrets, but on his own terms. But Angel trusts no one—certainly not Will

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Special Agent Will Berwick doesn't give a damn what his orders are; he's not seducing the lovely but arctic Dr. Angel Treherne. Oh, he'll root out her secrets, but on his own terms. Covertly. No compromise.

Caught up in a tangled web of deceit and betrayal, Angel trusts no one—certainly not alpha-cocky, cunning Will Berwick. First he's hostile, then he's charming. Why? What's he hiding? With her life on the line, she needs to know. Preferably without losing her heart in the process.


"Loved the writing, and the interesting story line kept me engrossed from page one. I will definitely be reading more from this author!" - Chandris, Nightbird Novels
 "Not only was this book filled with enough sexual tension to fire a jumbo jet and 'bit exhales of breath' moments, but it's also filled with laugh out loud moments, intrigue, danger and mystery." - Louise Rhodes, Netgalley
 Wow, just Wow! I knew I was going to like this book from Incy's previous books, but i didn't just like it I LOVED it - Dawn Higgins, Netgalley
 "I've always liked Incy Black's writing. It's flashy, confident, with just the right tinge of exaggeration, sharp insights and quotable quotes that make all my senses sing and tingle. 'Hard to Protect' has all these hallmarks and more." - Piper Kelly, Netgalley
"I was unable to put this book down! From beginning to end, Hard to Protect will leave you on the edge of your seat." - Kim Vanravenswaay, Goodreads
"If you like fast paced thrillers with believable sexual tension between alpha males and strong, capable women, then Incy Black's novels will not disappoint!" - Tracie Delaney, Netgalley
"This book will have you hooked right until the very end!" - Sarah Clay, Netgalley
"Wow, can this author write!" - Jeanette Koenhein, Netgalley
"Absolutely loved this story!! I love when the initial friction between the two main characters leads to a strong attraction and these two had it in spades. This story had it all, it was well written with plenty of romance, suspense and action, what more could you ask for?" - Elaine Gore, Goodreads
"Fantastic characters and a fabulous story!" - Angela Diamon, Netgalley
"If I had an expectation, this book blew it out of the water. This is one insanely good book!" - Lori Zenobia, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759329
Series: Black Ops Heroes, Book 3
Release Date: Mar 20, 2017
Page Count: 298
Imprint: ignite
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, military/men in uniform, mystery & suspense
Tropes: bait and switch, blackmail, enemies to lovers, fish out of water, forbidden love/off limits

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By Elaine March 19, 2017

This is the third novel in this series and I had previously read the second one, Hard to Forget, and found it an enthralling 5* read so I jumped at the chance to read this one and it was just as great IMHO!

Special Agent Will Berwick is the leader of the secret Black Ops Assassin squad, based at The ...more

By Dísir February 14, 2017

Will Berwick and the frosty Angel Treherne first meet as patient and psychotherapist, until Will, after months of medical leave, is tasked with a honey trap for the good doctor and her apparent deception where her missing brother’s concerned. But Angel is as stubbornly arctic, and extremely smart to ...more

By Sue "DavinciKittie" March 26, 2017

Read the full review, including memorable tweetable quotes, on GraveTells: (live on March 30, 2017)

Hard To Protect is just delightful, a romantic suspense that teases and stalks and feasts in all the right ways. And, aside from the romance between Will ...more

By Tracey March 20, 2017

I have a soft spot for Will, he's already been through so much and copped a lot of flack. Though this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone, as can the previous two, but if you read Hard to Forget and Hard to Hold first you get more Will. And who wouldn't want more W ...more

By Tracie February 17, 2017

Hard to Protect is the third book in the ‘Hard to’ series by Incy Black and I, for one, have not been able to wait to get my hands on this book.

Will Berwick, leader of the Assassins at The Cube, a plausibly deniable secret team hidden deep within British Intelligence is given the unenviable task of ...more

By The Book Junkie Reads . . . March 23, 2017

My first read by this author and I must admit to being amazed. I was drawn in immediately. The blurb got me but the flow, build, maintenance of keeping me turning page after page had me hooked. I fell hard for this one sexy hot special agent. I take each new author and treat them with an open blank ...more

By Eve March 20, 2017

Thoroughly Entertaining – five stars
Hard to Protect is the third book in Incy Black’s fast-paced, sexy romantic suspense ‘Hard To’ series. To be honest, from the moment Will Berwick was introduced in book two (Hard to Forget) I’ve been waiting for him to get his own story and Hard to Protect doesn’t ...more

By Louise March 09, 2017

I was really excited to start reading Hard To Protect. I've read the others in this series and I know this author has a way of writing that makes you remember. You remember the characters and the excitement you get when you read her books. This was very much still true with this installment of the s ...more

By Julia March 19, 2017

Loved this book, complex but real characters and a storyline that kept me turning the pages.

I've been eagerly awaiting book 3 in the Hard To.... Series and this time Will Berwick is on the frontline, cricket bat and all!
A leading member of the secret Government black ops assassin team, Will is assig ...more

By Delphine March 22, 2017

Take 1 attractive smart man + 1 attractive smart woman + a dash of conflict = BOOM!

Or in the case of Mrs Doubtfire "Brace yourself Effie!" because you are in for a rollercoaster ride...

I don't want to dwell too much on the plot because plenty of you have already done that, but this book captures the ...more

By Cathy April 14, 2017

Wow, what a sexy, action-packed, suspenseful read! I loved this third installment in Ms. Black's Black Ops Heroes series. Will and Angel were HOT together!

I found Will sexy as hell. He's an operative on the edge: emotionally and physically, and the author does a great job of illustrating that with ...more

By Mommaleena March 20, 2017

48 Hours
Although this is the 3rd book of the series, it's the first one I've read as well as the first Incy Black novel, but I look forward to not only reading the first two books, but waiting for more! While each book is it's own standalone story, they revolve around the black ops within the Brit ...more

By Sparkymom March 19, 2017

This was only my second book by this author, and it was very different from the first one and not quite what I expected at first. I wasn't sure I liked Will or Angel in the beginning. They were both abrasive and emotionally locked down. As the story progresses though, they began to chip away at each ...more

By Alison March 14, 2017

I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. I'd rate this just into four and a half stars.

At last! The third volume in the series Hard to... we finally get to read Will Berwick's story and he's going to have a world of trouble with his heroine Dr Angel Treherne. This story does st ...more

By Fiona July 13, 2017

Incy Black delivers once again! 

Our third hero in the Black Ops Hard to... series, Will Berwick, is about as penetrable as a rock, and his therapist, Dr. Angel Treherne really doesn't like him with his egotistical alpha-male temperament, even if he does have a grief-stricken past.

Then there's the ra ...more

By Dawn February 15, 2017

WOW just WOW.
I knew from reading Incy's previous books that i was going to like this book,i didn't just like this book i LOVED it,but i did not expect how this story unfolded for the hot Will Berwick.He has taken on a case where he is a honey trap to get information from Dr Treherne about here broth ...more

By Heather February 09, 2017

Sometimes Will's logic is just hard to understand, “nope,” he interrupted, arms folded across his chest. “I had you locked up so I couldn’t eff you, because I sure as h*** wanted to.” I totally agree with Angel its hard to get comfortable if simething keeps poking you:
“You’ve got an erection the si ...more

By Ayekah March 11, 2017

This book took me by total surprise. Not fully knowing what to expect, if I had an expectation, it blew it out of the water. This is one insanely good book. My first book by this author, won't be the last.

This series takes place in England.
Will is a Black Operative who is still on recoup leave havi ...more

By Shehanne March 27, 2017

AH and aw in equal measures. Firstly AH because this the long awaited third book in the Hard To series featuring Incy Black’s own special Black ops. Aw, because she says trilogy although I hope that the exciting Freya Dervish will feature somewhere along the line in another book. No pressure there n ...more

By Annie March 20, 2017

I have been looking forward to this book for months. It doesn't disappoint. The story moves at a cracking pace, but the best thing for me is Ms Black's voice. It is snarky, and unique, and I love the way she depicts the characters! Fabulous tension that will keep you reading. Five stars from me! ...more

By Nightbird Novels March 20, 2017

Will is Black Ops, used to doing what he has to do to get the job done. When he is told he needs to seduce his former psychologist that he had been mandated to see after an injury, he decides he might just enjoy giving her a little taste of revenge.

‘But Angel? What of? The bloody polar ice caps?’

Ang ...more

By Bec March 28, 2017

Special Agent Will Berwick can't believe the tricky assignment he's been tasked with, which he's not allowed to refuse. Seducing the woman he's dubbed the Ice Queen isn't going to be easy, but he isn't above using any means necessary to get the information he needs from her. However, he never expect ...more

By Jennifer March 21, 2017

Dr. Angel Treherne has trained herself to never show weakness, which makes people describe her as the Ice Queen. They don't know what she's overcome, nor the guilt she carries, but one thing is for certain, she would do anything to protect her brother. Special Agent Will Berwick has been forced into ...more

By Joy March 12, 2017

I was lucky enough to have received an ARC of Hard To Protect from Incy Black, this past week, in return for my unbiased review.

This is the first book I have read of Incy Black. It will not be the last.

From the first page I was intrigued, and curious to read on to try to get a firm grip on the hero ...more

By Meghan Lloyd February 19, 2017

This was a deep, thought-provoking book about the horrors of childhood trauma and the effects of war (both foreign and domestic) on the human psyche. I experienced so many emotions right alongside the characters, whether it was Angel, Will, or one of their family members, it opened up all my senses ...more

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Incy Black

About the author

Incy Black

It took a swan dive from a roof to convince Incy (aged 5) she wasn't an avenging fairy and no, she most certainly couldn't fly. Bruised, but undefeated, she retreated deeper into her imaginary world populated with the brave and the poisonous. When not fighting injustice and righting wrongs on "Planet Incy" she works as a Marketing Director. (Unfortunately, her law degree languishes unused, the distinction between good and evil proving too worrisome in real life.) Her five children are well versed in what scares her (most things) and delight in pushing her neurotic buttons, at their peril.

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