Book Review: Hard to Be Good (A Hard Ink Novella) by Laura Kaye

Posted July 9, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Book Review: Hard to Be Good (A Hard Ink Novella) by Laura KayeHard to Be Good by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink,
Published by Harper Collins on April 14th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Gay, Suspense, Contemporary, Military
Pages: 160
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780062369499
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four-stars

Two damaged men.
One dangerous mission.
One healing love.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother's stateside fight against the enemies that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year ago. Now Jeremy's whole world has been turned upside down by the chaos—and by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts him to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than with people, so when he's drawn into the SF team's investigation of his army colonel father's corruption, he's surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who he was. Even more surprising is the heated tension he feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie's opposite in almost every way.

With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can't help but wonder why they're trying so hard to be good …

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU READ BOOK SYNOPSIS

The Good…:

Laura Kaye’s second novella, Hard to Be Good, centers around Jeremy Rixey and Charlie Merritt. These two have been inseparable since Charlie’s rescue, and Jeremy has done everything to help Jeremy recover from his traumatic experience. Despite all of the drama and danger surrounding them, Jeremy and Charlie have managed to forge a great friendship, but each man is secretly hoping for something much more…

Jeremy & Charlie! This is the book that made me interested in reading the series. Jeremy Rixey has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning, and it was great seeing him get a book of his own. Charlie’s shyness is adorable, and his personality is Jeremy’s complete opposite. However, they compliment each other nicely. There sexual romance happens pretty early on compared to the other stories in this series, but considering Jeremy and Charlie have been an integral part of the series from the very first book, their relationship still managed to feel well-developed.

Another aspect to the story I really enjoyed was meeting Nick and Jeremy’s feisty sister Katherine. She’s a great new character, and I can tell she’ll give Murda a run for his money in the final book.

The Bad…:

Not much happened mission wise in this novella, except for one important key event. This novel was a bit of a break from the overall plot, and really only served to officially pair Jeremy & Charlie together. Considering how Easy and Jenna’s story was longer and helped moved the main plot along, I’m assuming things were put on hold with this novella due to the m/m romance depicted. Maybe Laura Kaye, or the publisher, worried the nature of the story would be off-putting to some loyal readers, and didn’t want them to miss out on anything important from happening. Too bad, as this was one of my favorites in the series, and by leaving out the main story the ending seemed really abrupt.

Do I Recommend?

I think readers should check this one out, because Jeremy and Charlie’s romance is really great. I haven’t read a lot of m/m romances but I thought this was well-written. However, if m/m romance isn’t your thing, you can skip this book and not feel like you’ve missed something important when you read book 4. Laura Kaye mentions what the important discovery from Hard to Be Good is in Hard to Let Go, and explains what happened between Charlie/Jeremy without being graphic, as well as how well Murda’s first encounter with Katherine Rixey went.

Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.3

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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