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Hard As You Can – Laura Kaye – 4.5 stars

February 23, 2014 Avon, Read in 2014, Sent 1

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 You Can – Laura Kaye – 4.5 starsHard As You Can by Laura Kaye
Published by Avon, HarperCollins on 2014-02-25
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense, War & Military
Pages: 384
Source: the publisher
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four-half-stars

Five dishonored soldiers.Former Special Forces.One last mission.These are the men of Hard Ink.Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He's exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go.

I’ve got to just come right out and admit it..  I LOVE THIS SERIES!!  Sexy as hell men with heroines that aren’t completely pushovers…  what’s not to love?

This installment picks up near where we left the last installment with the rescue of Charlie. In this one we get to see more of the waitress that didn’t blow their cover but instead helped the men escape by buying them a critical couple of seconds.  As we get to see more of the nightmare she lives every day we also get to see more of the Churchmen and the gang that holds key information that could help our men clear their names.

Crystal isn’t 100% certain why she didn’t scream when she saw the men in masks fleeing the basements of the club she works at but something about the grey-eyed man made her decide to play along and let him go.  She also knows enough to not say anything when questioned by her boyfriend and his associates but for the life of her she isn’t sure why.  All she knows is there is something about him that makes her want things she has kept buried for a long time while playing a very dangerous game.  We get to see her struggle with what she wants and what she has to do for the next eight months until she can run away forever.  She’s strong and doesn’t throw pity parties for herself even when the situation she is in would break most people.  She’s smart, practical and above all else she is a survivor!  She’s taken everything that life has thrown at her to make a life for her sister that seems as normal as is possible but still on edge.  I loved watching her start to trust our hero and even though he presents danger to her in more ways than one she does see that he does nothing to hurt her or force her to do anything other than what she needs.  Seeing her take something for herself was an amazing moment and I’m glad we got to witness it via this book.

Shane is a classic hero in that he takes everything on himself with no thought about maybe just maybe things weren’t his fault.  He’s always blamed himself for a tragedy in his childhood but that tragedy made him the perfect man for Crystal.  He sees things she isn’t willing to show others and witnessing this giant of a man be so gentle with her and her sister was beautiful.  He instinctively knows what she needs but instead of forcing her to see things his way he lets her take the lead.  You’ll break a bit watching him struggle between what is right for his team and what he knows is right for her but the good news is she is smart enough to step back and figure it out without letting him go.  I think the moment that made me feel for him the most is when he finally opens up about what happened in his past and seeing the support he got was heart wrenching and yet so satisfying.  The fact that he finds a woman that will push him as needed but also be someone he can satisfy his need to protect his loved ones is such a wonderful thing.

Special thanks to Avon and Laura Kaye for giving me the chance to read this one early!  I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing the rest of the men find their matches….  More more more please!

four-half-stars

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Release Day Blitz & Review – Hard As It Gets – Laura Kaye – 4 stars

November 26, 2013 Avon, Read in 2013, Sent, Tours 1

Release Day Blitz & Review – Hard As It Gets – Laura Kaye – 4 stars

I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day Blitz & Review – Hard As It Gets – Laura Kaye – 4 starsHard As It Gets Published by Avon on November 26, 2013
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
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four-stars

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?  🙂

Hard As It Gets Book Trailer

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*

 

four-stars

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