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

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...

Release Date: November 26, 2013
4.5 Stars

Tattoos, Suspense, Lots of Testosterone! 

When I found out Laura Kaye was writing a brand new series that included tattoos and suspense, I might have jumped up and down a little...OK....I jumped up and down a LOT!!! The first time I read the book summary, I knew right away this book was going to be right up my alley. I love reading romance novels where the hero has a military background as well. Combine that with a capable heroine who finds herself in a dangerous situation, and this makes for one irresistible story!

One of the things I enjoyed about Hard As It Gets, is that it is set primarily in and around a tattoo shop, and it's not all just for show! Nick co-owns Hard Ink Tattoo with his brother Jeremy. For those who love the art of tattooing, there are a few scenes dedicated to designing and tattooing, which I found very fascinating. There's a great deal of brotherly love going on, too. Jeremy is quite the character! He will surely make you giggle and smile.

The mystery and suspense centers mainly around Becca trying to find her brother, and she seeks Nick's help. It becomes apparent right away that Nick will need some major assistance. When backup arrives, wowza! There's a lot of testosterone flying around! Holy hotness of Alpha-heroes! Although there's an HEA, the plot will segue beautifully into the next book, and believe me, you'll be craving book 2 (Hard As You Can) right away.

I continue to enjoy Laura Kaye's stories because she tends to write likable and meaningful characters. I love how the characters often end up surprising themselves and fall HARD for each other despite their individual inner turmoil, Becca and Nick included. Becca is the kind of woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. No matter how hard he resists, Nick can't help himself from being the one to protect her from all harm. The attraction is inevitable. The sexual tension runs sky high. If you've read Ms. Kaye's other stories, you know things can get downright explosive. 

I am wound too tight, Becca. Do you understand? In about ten seconds, I'm going to be all over you. And I'm not going to be able to go slow. It's gonna be hard and fast and rough.” pg. 130 paperback ARC

Perhaps my favorite aspect of this story is the camaraderie of the group. The bonds of friendship and family is prominent providing a solid base as a first-in-a-series book. I love the rush one gets when reading an edgy romantic-suspense novel. I devoured this book completely! Plenty of steam, action, mystery and HOT men! I will definitely go along for the ride as this series unfolds.

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Hard As You Can (Hard Ink #2) releases February 2014

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