Hard To Serve

(A Hard Ink/Blasphemy Crossover Novella)

by Laura Kaye

To protect and serve is all Detective Kyler Vance ever wanted to do, so when Internal Affairs investigates him as part of the new police commissioner’s bid to oust corruption, everything is on the line. Which makes meeting a smart, gorgeous submissive at an exclusive play club the perfect distraction…

The director of the city’s hottest art gallery, Mia Breslin’s career is golden. Now if only she could find a man to dominate her nights and set her body—and her heart—on fire. When a scorching scene with a hard-bodied, brooding Dom at Blasphemy promises just that, Mia is lured to serve Kyler again and again.

Then, as their relationship burns hotter, Kyler learns that he’s been dominating the daughter of the hard-ass boss who has it in for him. Now Kyler must choose between life-long duty and forbidden desire before Mia finds another who’s not so hard to serve.

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An Exclusive Interview With Laura Kaye:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

I am SO in love with this novella. The characters, the concept, the start of a new series. How did you decide to write all of that with this novella?

Detective Kyler Vance is a character in the Hard Ink world, an ally and friend of the team of veteran Special Forces soldiers who are the focus of that series. He intrigued me from the moment he first appeared on the page of Hard to Come By, and I know I needed to know more about him. And then omigod! the things he started to reveal to me! LOL Once I knew Kyler was also Master Kyler, I knew he had to have his own book. And then when I knew he was one of twelve masters who owned a BDSM club, the Blasphemy series idea was born!

Speaking of the new series, I adore the symbol for the club – Blasphemy. How did you come up with the design?

I’m a historian by training, which is a weird way to begin answering this question, I know! But one of my interests has always been historic preservation, and I particularly appreciate the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, which is when old buildings are saved, restored, and used in new ways. That’s what happened with the once-abandoned church that now provides the home to the Blasphemy club. Once I knew it was set in a church, I knew I wanted a gothic symbol that reflected the setting and the decadence of it hosting this kind of club.

You have more than a few distinct series and I am a fan of all of them. What kind of emotions do you go through when deciding to put a new series out?

Right now I’m so excited about Blasphemy that I can hardly stand it! LOL I had so much fun writing Hard to Serve, and my brain is just alive with ideas for the series – I have the whole thing totally sketched out from titles to character names to kinks! And that feeling means a lot to me because I absolutely adored writing the Hard Ink series and it’s hard to let those characters go now that Hard Ink is complete.

Who would you dream cast as Kyler and Mia?

Oooh! Marco Dapper was my inspiration for Kyler. Because dude. That guy is so hot! LOL! And actress Ksenia Solo would be a beautiful, intriguing Mia.


You’re so incredible at managing your social media, fan group, fan interaction, and writing. What tips do you have for upcoming authors that may help navigate the sometimes overwhelming waters?

I really enjoy interacting on social media and with readers and I love writing. I think key to navigating all parts of the business is doing what you enjoy so that you can be authentic and genuine. Don’t feel like you have to build and master everything right from the start if it’s too much. And of course the writing and the books have to come first, however that best works for you.

What new books would we find on your e-reader right now?

I recently lost my MIND over Rebecca Yarros’s Flight & Glory series! I mean BOOM MIND BLOWN kinda lost my mind. LOL I’m also super excited to read Signs of Attraction, by Laura Brown, which features two deaf leading characters. And I finally let myself have the reading reward of reading J.R. Ward’s Blood Kiss after finishing writing Hard to Serve. The Beast is waiting for me to finish Ride Rough next! *grins*

Ok, so for 2016 I am going to be playing Mad Libs with the 1,001 Dark Nights authors for a bit of fun! Here is Laura’s Mad Libs titled: How Can I Tell If She Likes Me:

Keep your eyes open for these huge signs:

On your first date she fusses with her balls a lot and giggles loudly at everything you say.
When you pick her up at her bed, she keeps you waiting for eleven minutes. (You later learned she changed her belt ten times.)
When you’re alone at a restaurant, she gets up from the rope every four minutes to visit the ladies’ jeans. (You can safely bet she’s calling her club.)
She starts to flirt with other orgasms when you don’t give her your full dog.
A wet friend of hers happens to run into you “accidentally” and tells you her friend thinks you’re a cool floor.
She draws a mouth and puts her initials and your drinks in it.


laura_kaye_newsletterNew York Times and USA Today bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Maryland Romance Writers, and she is past president of the RWA-Contemporary Romance Writers.

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