Hard as it Gets: A Hard Ink Novel (Paperback)
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DescriptionFive dishonored soldiers.Former Special Forces.One last mission.These are the men of Hard Ink.Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge . . .
- Published: 26 November 2013
- Format: Paperback 384 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062267887 ISBN 10: 0062267884
- Sales rank: 64,616
Reviews for Hard as it Gets
- Top review
HARD INK - Impossibly Hard to Put Down and Toe-Curlingly Pleasurable
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. by Stephanie Takes-Desbiens