Title: Hard As It Gets
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...
Author: Laura Kaye
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: South of Surrender, Hearts in Darkness, Taken by the Vampire King , Hard As You Can
Series: Hard Ink, #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hard As You Can, Hard to Hold on To, Hard to Come By, Hard to Be Good
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: November 26, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Laura Kaye hits one out of the park with Hard As It Gets, the first book in the Hard Ink series.
After the disappearance of her brother, Becca Merritt turns to Nick Rixey, a member of her father’s Special Forces team, for help. At first, Nick has no intention of helping Becca because her father betrayed their team, causing the death of six team members and the dishonorable discharge of the survivors. But, Nick’s protective instincts kick in when he realizes that Becca is in danger, and at the same time, he hopes to clear his name. Becca is a strong character who thinks well on her feet, which I just loved about her. When Becca finds a stray three-legged puppy, the hilarity of naming the puppy provides many laugh-out-loud moments that lighten up the tense plot. Sexy, tattooed, and protective, Nick is the perfect leading man. The chemistry between Becca and Nick lights up the page, and their bedroom play is scorching hot! When Becca’s relationship with Nick hits a rough patch, I really enjoyed Becca’s attitude—it would work itself out later or it wouldn’t.
Kaye does a masterful job of balancing the romance with the pulse-pounding suspense of the plot that keeps the pages turning at a rapid pace. Without overwhelming this story, Kaye consummately introduces the surviving members of Nick’s team, providing just the right amount of information for the reader to become attached and want to read their stories in the future. With a dramatic climax, the author nicely ties up the major plot points while brilliantly adding plenty of last-minute stunning twists, leaving the reader anxious for the next installment of the series.
A captivating couple, engaging secondary characters, and an intricate plot make Hard As It Gets a not-to-be-missed beginning to a new series.