Hot ex-military hero, tattoo parlor, strong heroine…did I mention the hot ex-military hero? 😉
Welcome to the world of Hard Ink Tattoo, the home base for Laura Kaye’s first novel, Hard As It Gets, in the Hard Ink series. I’ve been a fan of Laura’s ever since I read Hearts in Darkness and North of Need. So I had high expectations when I cracked open the ARC for Hard As It Gets. And I was not disappointed.
Laura Kaye writes a broken hero like no other. The book first opens with Nick Rixey, co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo and wounded ex-soldier. Then Becca Merritt walks into his shop asking for his help. At first, it’s a resounding no from Nick–Becca is, after all, the daughter of his ex-commander. But when he learns that she came to him because her brother has been kidnapped, he can’t help but dance with the temptation of helping her regardless of her family ties.
As Becca and Nick dig deeper into her brother’s disappearance, their sexual chemistry sizzles on the page to the point where you’re not sure what you’re most exited about: the steps they make to finding her brother, or the steps they make down the road to delicious romance.
Between the strong, three-dimensional hero and heroine, their hot romance, the suspense of finding Becca’s brother, and the secondary characters–oh, did I mention there are five more hot men in this?–this book is a win/win from every angle.
Hard As It Gets sets up a fantastic series arc where five dishonored, Special Forces soldiers are given the chance to take on one last mission to clear their names. This is definitely a series to get excited about.
Melinda S. Collins
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.