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- Publisher: AVON BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 28mm | 113g
- Publication date: 26 November 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0062267884
- ISBN 13: 9780062267887
- Sales rank: 53,918
The first book in a hot new series, Hard As it Gets has a smart series hook - using a tattoo parlor as a front, a brotherhood of elite Special Ops engage in secret operations that lead to all-out war with an organized crime ring...while falling in love with women who are truly their matches!
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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amidst 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.
By Stephanie Takes-Desbiens 28 Oct 2013
DISCLOSURE: E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted. I am a member of Laura Kaye's street team which means I support her work with my honest enthusiasm and respect for her writing. This review originally appeared on my blog.
It's almost moot for me to review HARD AS IT GETS: Laura is getting rave reviews across the board, and the truth is Laura's work gets better with each book.
Now, she maintains that sincerity and lack of artifice, but the hesitancy is gone and the balance between showing and telling is just about perfect. Also, she creates characters that are rich and full: full of strengths and failings; not books to be read by their covers.
The action is edge of the seat within the first few chapters. And the sparks between the love interests start up soon after, with frustrating results that I felt. Laura is not timid in writing sex; she writes hot, exciting, sex that is sure to curl the toes. She's not vulgar either and the relationship is respectful. And I love that communication isn't a huge problem either.
By clearing the communication problems between the love interests, Laura makes room to explore the family dynamics, the criminal investigation, and the military issues. Oh and the couple get to actually know each other outside the bedroom in one of those intense experiences that bonds people quickly.
In short, this book has it all: romance, hot heroes, smexy stuff, scary stuff, family stuff and buddy stuff. It's all wrapped up in an emotional, edgy, smart, well-paced book where every scene has a reason to be there. It's pretty much a MUST READ for any lover of contemporary steaming hot romance.
"Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful, and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julie Ann Walker's Black Knight series."--Booklist