Series: Hard Ink,
Published by Harper Collins on November 26th 2013
Genres: Romance, Military, Fiction, Suspense
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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 . . .
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.
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.