I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hard As It Gets Published by Avon on November 26, 2013
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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...
Before we jump in to my review… How about you go check out the book trailer for this wonderful book? 🙂
Now on to my review…
When I saw this cover a while back I knew I wanted to read this story. I mean how yummy is it? I was asked to participate in this release day blitz by reviewing the book but Laura and Avon did not have any influence on my rating or thoughts.
Becca is scared for her brother’s well-being. You see she hasn’t talked with him since they fought but instead has only received one cryptic message from him telling her to go see a man who used to be in her father’s unit. She goes to his tattoo parlor in hopes of getting his help finding her only remaining family but is coldly turned away as soon as she tells him who she is. She’s shocked when this man shows up and saves her from a intruder in her home but is more shocked by the fact she is drawn to him more than she’s ever been drawn to a man before. I adored her ability to kick ass but also acknowledge her limitations without whining about it. She’s strong, opinionated and even more important… willing to step back as needed but not be a doormat. She’s suffered amazing loss in her life but picks herself up and fights for what she really truly wants. While she does feel guilty for pursuing pleasure with Nick while her brother suffers, she is smart enough to realize that there is something special with this man that needs to be fought for even when the secrets come out.
Nick is an amazing man. A classic alpha male with major issues he’s also smart enough to let Becca shine when she needs to. He wants to protect her for some bizarre reason even though she’s related to the man who ruined his life. He’s scarred and dangerous but at his core this is a very good man who needs to realize that fact again. As he fights his need for Becca we get to see how much his past has scarred him mentally and see as he fights to regain a sense of self worth. I enjoyed watching his internal battle to do what is right even though a big part of him wants anything to do with Becca’s father to suffer all the wrath that hell can bring. I adored how much he needed to protect her but also loved that his need for protection didn’t completely override her wishes even when they cut at him. He’s a smart smart man once he wakes up… LOL
This was a really nice read and has me drooling for the next ones in the series. These men are all going to have amazing stories and I can’t wait!!
Special thanks to Avon for giving me the chance to get my hands on this story in exchange for my honest review. I can’t thank you enough and ummmmmmm… if the next ones in the series accidentally end up in my email or snail mail I can’t say I’d be sorry to see them.. *hint hint*