Hard As It Gets
Series: Hard Ink – #1
Release Date: November 26th 2013
Genre/s: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Paperback; 368 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5
Tall, dark, and lethal…Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Meritt is warm, sexy, wholesome – pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left military 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.
With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigating turns ino 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…
I don’t know exactly what I was expecting with this novel, it was most definitely a quick read and was quite gripping. It kept me on the edge of suspense and I often found myself wincing when it came time for the bad guys to jump into the scene and hurt poor Becca.
I was quite sad with the ending, I think I expected more, a little bit more of the adventure and thrill with the crime plot and more with Becca and Nick’s relationship. I quickly came to like Becca and Nick however there were times when I’d throw the book down whenever he decided to play the hardass card and became a complete prick.
I’m hoping there’s more of their story in the sequel but from reading the synopsis of the second boo it doesn’t look like there will be. I was quite interested in her tattoo even if it wasn’t a permanent one. I will read the second novel and probably the third just to see the story continue since I love the plot so far. As far as being a contemporary romance novel, it sucked on my romantic scale. Sure they had their moments but the novel was mostly tied up in the kidnapping aspects and Nick dealing with his issues over Becca’s father and bringing in his team and dealing with their issues with Becca and her deceased father. All in all it could have been a tad spicier.
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. 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.Join Laura Kaye’s Occasional Newsletter – goo.gl/lO48VA – to Receive:
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