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The Hardest Thing
A Dan Stagg Novel
James Lear
ISBN: 9781573449298
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
5 x 8
288 pages
June 11, 2013


"as an erotic novel with romantic elements this book deserves five stars" --Dear Author

"This might make a nice change-of-pace for erotica fans and mystery lovers alike so if you want a book that packs heat grab this one." óDallas Voice

"James Learís sexy gay mystery pays homage to classic pulp fiction as a former U.S. Army major must guard a beautiful young man. When Army vet Dan Stagg falls afoul of DADT he becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy." óPublishers Weekly

"Although packed with a plethora of hardcore sex scenes James Learís The Hardest Thing contains at its core a fine private detective mystery novel in this seventh in a growing list of similar works by the author. Any reader skimming it for the sexy parts will miss out on what is actually quite a good story." --Foreword Magazine

"The writing is captivating and the suspense plot is thrilling. If you're looking for a book that travels at a breakneck pace one which contains a flawed but loveable hero then I would highly recommend The Hardest Thing with a grade of 'Excellent'." óWell Read

"So damn good....I was kept on the edge of my seat until the very last page." --Emilie, The Blogger Girls

Killing is easy. Love is... The Hardest Thing

Once a major in the U.S. Army Dan Stagg fell afoul of "Donít Ask Donít Tell". In his late 30s tall and muscular Dan is prone to violence always upholding what he views as justice. Heís offered a great deal of money to protect the young male ďsecretaryĒ of a powerful real estate broker. The vain shallow--but most of all hot--young manís idea of protection includes sex. Dan quickly realizes something strange is going on: heís being used as a shield for a much more sinister operation and must chose between easy money and sex or the ideals that he embodied in the Army. Why should he do the right thing--particularly when the army betrayed him? The Hardest Thing is a sexy gay mystery as only James Lear can write it: filled with lots of gay sexual encounters romance sweat violence and conspiracy.

James Lear is the nom de plume of a prolific and acclaimed novelist. James is the author of The Back Passage, The Secret Tunnel, Hot Valley, The Low Road, and The Palace of Varieties. He lives in London.
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