Book Review: Hard As It Gets (A Hard Ink Novel) by Laura Kaye

Posted July 4, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Hard As It Gets (A Hard Ink Novel) by Laura KayeHard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink,
Published by Harper Collins on November 26th 2013
Genres: Romance, Military, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780062267887
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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 . . .

The Good…:

This is the first time I’ve read anything by Laura Kaye, or from Avon Books, but I’m impressed! I first learned about this series by reading an awesome review of the second novella, Hard to Be Good, by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Hard As it Gets has a great plot about a former soldier (Nick) who gets sucked into helping the daughter of his former Special Forces commander (Becca) save her kidnapped brother Charlie from a local Baltimore gang. Once Nick realizes that he’s in dire need of major back-up, he calls in the members of his former squad.

Hard As It Gets is a great suspenseful romance that was hard to put down. I liked all of the characters, especially Nick’s brother Jeremy, and thought Nick and Becca’s romance was well-developed despite the insta-love. From the cover I thought this was an erotic novel, and while there are a few graphic sex scenes, there is so much more to this book than meets the eye.

The Bad…:

As I mentioned above, Nick and Becca’s relationship develops believably throughout the novel, and then bam! Insta-love! Since this is the first book in a series, I think I would have preferred if they waited a book or two to declare their undying love for each other. However, the main plot of saving Charlie was very strong, and more than made up for that flaw.

Do I Recommend?

If you are interested in romantic suspense yarns, military dramas, or just a plain well written romance, then you’ll love Hard As It Gets. I won’t promise that all of the following books are as strong as this one, but you’ll definitely be entertained.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9

About Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. 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.


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