Hard as it Gets

Hard as it Gets

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 25mm | 180g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062267884
  • 9780062267887
  • 167,582

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Five 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 . . .
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Review quote

"Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!" -- JR Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Laura Kaye is synonymous with great, sexy romance." -- Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author "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
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About Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her Hard Ink novel Hard As You Can won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura also writes historical fiction as the New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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Rating details

16,943 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 36% (6,015)
4 39% (6,600)
3 19% (3,250)
2 4% (748)
1 2% (330)

Our customer reviews

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. REVIEW: 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.show more
by Stephanie Takes-Desbiens
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