Tuesday, November 26, 2013

review: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Title: Hard As It Gets
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink
Length: 368 pages
Release Date: November 26, 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..

Thoughts on Hard As It Gets

Becca Merritt is in trouble. Her little brother, Charlie, goes missing after leaving her a cryptic message and said message leads her right to Nick Rixey. Nick wants nothing to do with anything Merritt yet the two find themselves swept into something far larger than they could have ever imagined.

I am going to proclaim Becca right now to be one of the best heroines of 2013. I loved everything about her. She was smart and not just book smart. And she listened! She realized that Nick wasn't just telling her what to do and didn't try to pretend that she knew better and go off half-cocked and create even more trouble. It in no way made her weak that the shooting and fighting was left to the men who were Special Forces and she earned her respect and proved herself in her own strengths.

Nick is a man more than his share of demons and heartache. Between losing his career, his team and almost his life he's finally found a way to push through the everyday until Becca walks through his door. I love Nick as much as I do Becca. Of course he felt he didn't deserve her or happiness in his life but he was man enough to let her make the decision of what she wanted.

Nick also quickly realized that he and Becca were in over their heads and he needed all the help he could get. Seeing him and his former team members come together was one of my favorite parts of the book and I really hope we get to see it play out until the end. The action sequences had me holding my breath at times and Laura Kaye does a spectacular job bringing the moments to life. The tension and emotions run high and she delivers tenfold each time.

Hard As It Gets is only the first in the Hard Ink Series and I'm really looking forward to the rest. Overall I loved Nick and Becca's story and it was just the right balance of hot scenes, fast action and big suspense. Laure Kaye is proving to be a queen of all genres.

About the author

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She 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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