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{November 26, 2013}   Release Day Blog Blitz – Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye (Arc Review + Trailer) …

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Review … Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink #1) by Laura Kaye

Hard As It GetsTitle … Hard As It Gets
Author … Laura Kaye
Series … Hard Ink
Genre … Romantic Suspense
Publisher … Harper Collins
Release Date … 11.26.13
Format … Mass Market • eBook •
ISBN 13 … 9780062267887


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Book Summary (courtesy of GoodReads)

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 …

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My Review
This book in 8 words of less …
INTENSE SUSPENSE + FIERY PASSION = AWESOME SAUCE!

Let’s start off by saying that I have been yearning to read this book ever since I laid eyes on the cover and discovered that the story revolves around ex-military men and a tattoo parlor. Sexy, alpha, muscular men with tattoos … what’s not to love! So color me tickled pink with elation when I received an email granting me an early edition arc … Happy Dance!

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As I continue to devour page after page … color me surprised when the book didn’t feature as much tattoo action has I would have liked. However, Ms. Kaye earns her praise back with an extremely mouth-watering freehand drawing scene with Nick and Becca. Hidden message being … I want more, I just want more.

Hard As It Gets first introduces us to our story’s heroine … Becca Merritt. She’s feisty, passionate and one tough cookie but her back story is no picnic. After the loss of her mother her sorrow and heartache continues when her older brother dies due to a drug overdose. Then as time passes the poor girl loses her father who was a Colonel for the Army’s Special Forces Unit. Now all the family she has left is her younger brother Charlie who just happens to be missing. Becca is determined to save her brother by any means necessary even if her journey is lead by the words found in a cryptic message.

That cryptic message leads us to Nick Rixey, an ex Special Forces hottie who isn’t just tall, dark and delicious but jaded by dishonor and betrayal left living life day to day tormented by emotionally unhealed wounds that are darkening his soul as time goes by. The humiliation Nick suffers from falls to the hands of his former team leader, Colonel Frank Merritt … once a trusted mentor now just a lifeless nemesis. So needless to say when Becca Merritt walks through the doors of Hark Ink looking for help and answers he’s quick to turn his back solely because of her nomenclature. But despite his hatred towards her father his scruples won’t let up and all to soon Nick realizes that Becca is in far more trouble than either of them may have known when this suspense-ridden adventure began.

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Final Thoughts
As Nick and Becca track down lead after lead clues aren’t the only things surface … trust issues, inner demons, heightened suspense and sparks of sexual tension reveal a story that is well-paced, intensely passionate and sizzling with heat.

With the addition to the rest of Nick’s surviving Special Forces team, the crew of Hard Ink Tattoo and one unexpected fur ball Kaye does an amazing job in setting the scene and pulling this group of misfits together. I am extremely excited to see what is in store for this diverse group as the adventure continues in Hard As You Can.

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