Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

November 2nd, 2013 Kimberly Review 50 Comments

2nd Nov
Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Hard As It Gets
by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #1
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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...

Hard As It Gets is a romantic suspense, with smokin’ hot ex-military men, and tattoos. Need I say may more? This is the first book in the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye and I devoured it. With a compelling storyline, unique characters and a heated romance this tale offered the perfect read for a cold, windy night by the fire. Mini review: suspenseful, romantic and engaging.

Ex-military man, Nicholas Rixey, has a chip on his shoulder. He delivers subpoenas and creates tattoos at the tattoo parlor he co-owns with his brother. When Becca Merritt walks in he smells trouble. When he finds out she is the daughter of his ex-commander he immediately wants to turn his back on her. Despite his anger, his conscience won’t leave him be, so he decides to keep an eye on her. Becca’s brother has been kidnapped and things are getting complicated. As Becca and Nick hunt for clues they soon realize, they are in the middle of something big and as clues emerge and sparks between them flying. The tale that unfolds was fast paced, intense and heated.

Becca is one tough little cookie. She is a nurse and definitely the daughter of a military man. She made me giggle, as she gave these ex-military men a set down when needed. She will do whatever it takes to save her brother, and I admired her for it. Nicholas is struggling when we meet him. He was injured on his last tour in Afghanistan. A mission went south leaving him and his surviving comrades framed and forced out of the military. All of it centers on Becca’s father making this case complicated. He is attracted to this spit-fire of a woman but struggles with his own demons. Nick calls his former Special Forces, comrades when the situation heats up, and they have to face each other once again. I loved this dynamic team, and Kaye’s did a good job of giving each of them a voice. I am secretly hoping they are each fleshed out in their own book. Becca’s brother is an interesting character. He is a computer hacker who uncovers some secrets involving crime lords. Nick’s brother, co-owner and the brains behind Hard Ink is a hoot. A fur ball adds to the tale, providing humor in an intense situation.

The overall ARC for the series Hard Ink, is an intense one, and Kaye did an excellent job of providing the details and setting things up within the pages of Hard As It Gets. From the banter between this motley crew to the sexual tension between Becca and Nick, I found myself fully invested. The romance begins with physical attraction and slowly develops out of respect. Kaye teases us with some intense scenes before bringing on the heat and I found myself eager for those moments. While this reeks of insta-love, romantic suspense is a genre that lends itself to this type of romance. Kaye made it feel real and I was rooting for this couple. Some of the scenes made the pages sizzle and catch fire. Kaye didn’t skimp on the details and it was all very memorable.  The dynamics of the special forces team, their banter and the way they accept Becca into the fold made the tale believable. We see growth with Nick as he faced his demons, bonded with his brother and reestablished bonds with his team. The tale wrapped up nicely, giving us a clear direction of where the tale is headed next.

Fans of military men, wicked banter, tattoos, and action-packed suspense will enjoy Hard As It Gets. The next book Hard As You Can releases in February of 2014 and features one of the special forces teammates as they continue to uncover the truth. I cannot wait to dive back into this series. Addictive and awesome, this is sure to be a winner.

Four coffee out of five
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About Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye

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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50 Responses to “Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Melanie I really enjoy romantic suspense and cannot wait for book two.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Braine, I think you will love the boys and Becca 🙂

  1. Lori H

    Ahh… Kaye is such a great author. I’ve enjoyed all of her books 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, lots of action and intense moments bring on the heat 🙂

  2. Annie

    I’ve been looking forward to this one, mostly because of a novella I read by this author last month but also because of the J R Ward thumbs up on the front cover. I’m a little disappointed that this one “reeked of insta-love” but if you say she made it work then I’m willing to give this novel a try. Especially because it’s got an animal sidekick and a bunch of awesome sounding characters in it! 🙂 Awesome ARC review honey, I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you liked the sound of Becca. I loved seeing her interact with the boys.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like the tittle too and yep it has so many elements to love 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Heck yes Felicia, what do those kids on the commercial say? “We want more, we want more, we want more!” 🙂

  3. Michelle

    This isn’t my normal type of read but it definitely sounds like it’s a good one. I really need to try out more romantic suspense books.

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  4. sharonda

    I don’t think I’ve come across a Laura Kaye book that I didn’t like. I haven’t read this series, but I’m looking forward to reading it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo it is yummy and there will be like 12 books!!! Squee 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh honey you are not alone, when they sent me a request to review it, the cover made me read the synopsis!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you do, I love it from the suspense to the hot romance and interesting, complicated characters.