Title: Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon, Nov 26, 2013
Source: Free for review from the Amazon vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
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…
This is the first in the new HARD INK SERIES by Laura Kaye. Nick Rixey lives with his brother Jeremy in an apartment over the tattoo parlor that Jeremy owns and runs with Nick’s help. Nick was second in command of a Special Forces military unit that ran into an ambush in which only a few survived. He and the other survivors were dishonorably discharged on trumped up charges and their military records totally altered to their detriment. So when Becca Merritt appears at the tattoo parlor asking for help in finding her missing brother, Nick is reluctant to help the daughter of his deceased commanding officer who he blames for the debacle. It soon becomes clear that finding Becca’s brother might lead to clearing Nick’s name and that of his fellow comrades.
This is an action packed, testosterone fueled delight. We are introduced to the surviving team members as they help Nick and Becca solve the disappearance of her brother. It is clear to see that each of these men will be the protagonists of future books in the series. The romance was totally understandable; two people thrown together in a high stress situation gravitate toward each other. The sex is sizzling with the added pleasure of a take charge woman.
My only negative is that some scenes just wouldn’t happen in reality, such as a stray dog being taken into a hospital by on-duty nurses and the team eating only pizza for what appears to be every meal. Okay… I think they had Chinese food once. Otherwise the world building and setting is terrific and I highly recommend this book for all romantic suspense readers.
Note from Deet: Sometimes I wonder if those who write the back-of-the-book blurbs actually read the book. In this instance there is so much wrong with that blurb at the top of the review. First off, Nick, as I understood it, is not a co-owner of the tattoo parlor. He only works for his brother who owns the place. Next, it isn’t loyalty or lust that drives Nick to help Becca initially; it was a feeling that her brother could help him clear his name. And Lastly, they get involved with a street crime gang which I supposed could be considered “organized crime” but to me is more street gang with a deep organization. Okay maybe I’m splitting hairs on that last one but you get my drift. All that aside this is a good read.
Oh yes, and here is an interesting vid from Laura Kaye.
This book received a nomination for the Reviewer’s Choice Award in Romantic Suspense from Romantic Times Magazine.