Title: Hard to Be Good
Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.
Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way.
With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good.
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 It Gets
Series: Hard Ink
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can, Hard to Hold on To, Hard to Come By
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: April 7, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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The only Hard Ink book that I’ve read was the previous one. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it. While reading it I became wildly hopeful that Jeremy and Charlie would get a story. Neither of these men are soldiers of the original group that this whole mess surrounds. They are siblings and victims caught in the crossfire. I’m sure the Seneka group and the Church group looks at them as a means to an end or perhaps collateral damage. I see them as two men that have built enough sexual tension that desperately need their own book.
Hard to Be Good picks up immediately after the end of Hard to Come By. Jeremy is shocked at the damage to his surroundings. He is devested by the loss of lives due to the entire situation that has kept his brother and his teammates in constant danger. The innocents being brought into it keep adding up. Jeremy looks at the many people at his warehouse and wonders if it will ever be over. He also looks at one of the victims with thoughts and desires that are about to be impossible to ignore any longer.
It has only been a couple of weeks since Charlie has been rescued from kidnappers and brought into the Hard Ink fold. He is still healing from that harrowing experience. He is also discreet about his sexuality. A lifetime in a home where he was told that was what was wrong with him has stuck. Charlie acknowledges his attraction to Jeremy. He’s just positive nothing will ever come of it. When one encounter with Jeremy quickly and easily opens the door for more, so much more than he ever dreamed possible he doesn’t know how to handle any of it. All Charlie knows is that he wants it, he wants anything and everything that Jeremy has to offer.
I was so pleased that Laura Kaye gave these two men their story. Their opposites attract really worked for me and their tale. Fans of the series will be pleased to know that this series is continuing to move with great momentum. Characters of the past books have small roles as do characters for the future books. I do believe Hard to Be Good could work as a stand-alone. If anything meeting the other characters will make readers want to go back and read the previous books to get to know some of these men and women better.