Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Publication Date: November 26th, 2013
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...
Dear Alpha Gods everywhere!!!
This book was exciting, mysterious, not so much edge of your seat but there were WTF moments and OMG where the Hell is Laura going with this moments, that left me turning the pages trying to figure out what was going to happen.
Becca Merritt thinks her brother is in trouble and the last message she received from him was to go find Nick Rixey. When Nick turns her away, there is something in his gut telling him he made a mistake so he does what any (in)sane person would do and stalks her to see if anything is out of ordinary. What he expects to find is Becca being overly cautious but what happens is far beyond what his mind could conjure up.
Now there is a chase, close calls, and a mystery that is so deep, he needs help to figure out the pieces of the puzzle.
He enlists the help of his old Green Beret team and can we say HOLY Alpha-Male ORGY?? Oh, maybe that is what my brain was conjuring while reading this?...
Every man in this group was what most woman picture when thinking about Army men. Strong, moody, determined, kind, intelligent, and panty drenching sexy.
I loved the camaraderie between the brothers. They faced some crazy shit together while over in Afghanistan and now they all have a mutual goal to be accomplished. Even though it was a rough start for them in the beginning, they buried the issues and worked together.
I did feel the reason Nick stopped talking to all of them and the fact they were so pissed off was a little overdramatic but it didn't deter me from the story. I was just expecting Nick to have done something a little more than what he did.
(And yes I know I am vague. I can't help it, I don't want to over share)
I loved the building relationship with Nick and Becca. I am kind of back and forth on whether I thought this relationship was a little too fast but I can say that they are explosive together, and Becca knows how to handle him and his boys (both sets HA). She is a tough chick and she didn't let the pain and worry drown her. She stood tall and she was an equal instead of the damsel in distress. I liked that about about her. I hate whiney, stick your head in the sand type characters and all of these characters were far from that. They took shit head on and devoured it. Found solutions and pursued them.
I guess that is what you can expect from soldiers though ;).
The steam action in this book was OMG HOT.
God, when Nick talked dirty... I stood up, paid attention and kept rereading the parts over and over again. He made my heart race, have butterflies, and become horny all at the same time...
Wooo baby. *fans self*
This is book 1 in the Hard Ink Series so it does not answer all the questions, if anything there were more questions than answers but it did not end in a cliffhanger. Everything is just left open so I am anticipating, waiting, and salivating to get my hands on the next book in the series; Hard As You Can.
I like that each book is a different member of the team so we get to experience each one through each book.
I can't wait to be inside their Alpha heads'.
I give this book a 4.5/5 and can't wait to see what happens next.
Here is the series in order:
Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink, 1)
Hard As You Can (Hard Ink, 2)
Hard to Hold Onto (Hard Ink, 2.5)
Hard to Come By (Hard Ink, 3)
Untitled (Hard Ink, 4)
About the Author
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. 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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