{Review} Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

{Review} Hard As It Gets by Laura KayeHard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Also by this author: Hard As You Can, Hard To Hold On To, Hard To Come By, Hard To Be Good, Hard as Steel, Hard Ever After, Ride Hard, Ride Rough
Series: Hard Ink #1
Also in this series: Hard As You Can, Hard To Hold On To, Hard To Come By, Hard To Be Good, Hard as Steel, Hard Ever After
Published by Avon Books on November 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
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A romance series about four ex-soldiers who run a renegade operation against an organized crime ring out of the back of a tattoo shop.

Tall, dark, and lethal...

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...

Erin: Hard As It Gets is the first book in the popular and captivating Hard Ink series. It’s my first Laura Kaye book … and it definitely won’t be my last. To say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book is an understatement considering I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. It was fun and sexy and very entertaining.

Nick Rixey is the co-owner of Hard Ink with his brother, Jeremy, and though he enjoys his work as a tattoo artist, being ex-Special Forces means he’s got plenty of demons lurking in the shadows. When Becca Merritt—the daughter of Nick’s former commander, Frank Merritt—wanders in and asks for his help, Nick’s life quickly turns into one kick ass roller coaster ride fraught with danger and intrigue. Becca’s brother Charlie has been kidnapped, leaving a cryptic note behind directing Becca to find Nick and ask for help … help Nick is hesitant to give. While stationed in Afghanistan, Nick and his team, led by Frank, are ambushed and Nick is one of five survivors. His team has been kicked out of the military under very shady circumstances and there is definitely no love lost between Nick, his team, and the memory for their former and deceased commander. Seeing an opportunity to clear their names and find answers, Nick reaches out to his team and asks for help. Thus begins a chain of events that kept me on the edge of my seat.

I enjoyed Becca. A lot. She was feisty and sweet and so brave and kind. She is strong and honorable and loves her brother fiercely and is willing to do whatever it takes to get him back. When things start happening and Frank’s past comes to light, she faces it head on, with no excuses. I loved how no matter what got thrown at her, she dealt with it—without drama or hysterics. She’s funny and dishes out plenty of sarcasm and she kept Nick on his toes. And boyyyyyy … talk about some chemistry between these two!

God, this kiss. It was the kind she’d remember forever, that would invade her dreams and haunt her in quiet moments. The kind her older self could look back on and know, once, she’d really lived. The kind that, no matter what, she could never, ever regret.

And let’s not forget Nick Rixey. Strong and gruff, Nick’s protective instincts kick into high gear almost the moment Becca walks into his shop. It was fun watching him struggle with his animosity (deserved as it is) toward Becca’s father and his inherent need to be honorable and do the right thing … all twisted up with his strong attraction to Becca. I really loved how Laura Kaye developed these two. Yes, there’s a bit of insta-love but given the high octane atmosphere they find themselves in, it’s understandable—not to mention made for some fun, steamy reading, too!
Bottom line, this was a great book and fantastic start to what I’m sure is going to be one wicked series! Definitely give this one a try, you won’t be sorry you did.

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