Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Title: Hard As It Gets 
Author: Laura Kaye
My Rating: A 

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Hard Ink #1
Main Characters: Nick and Becca
Release Date: November 2013
Publisher: Avon
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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...

My Review:
I preordered this book AGES ago, because there is not a thing about this set-up that I don't love...and I'm so thrilled to say that the book lived up to my anticipation of it. Seriously, I really didn't think it would because I've been waiting for this book for so long!

There was so much about this book that was so incredible, but first can we talk about Rixey??? Whoa...I love a tattooed bad boy and this one is awesome. He's had a hard year and has been floundering ever since he was kicked out of the Army. Twelve years as special ops...he gave everything to the military and his team and got kicked in the teeth for it....all because of one man, Becca's father, his ex-commander. So to say he's not exactly receptive when she comes to him for help is putting it mildly. But at his heart, Rixey is still that good guy and he can't turn his back on her if she's really in trouble. That's Rixey.

Then there's Becca...love this tough girl. She's learned how to be tough and stand up for herself, but everyone needs help sometime and right now she's all alone and doesn't know who to turn to so she can save her brother, Charlie. I loved how no matter how hard she was knocked down, she popped right back up swinging and that includes at Rixey, if need be. She's not a girl that can be pushed around. She's tough and always manages to crawl her way out of situations. That she's a badass nurse just makes her all that much better. 

Then there's the team... who've all been kicked down just as hard as Rixey. They are AWESOME and I can't wait to get every single one of their stories...and hopefully Jeremy and Charlie, too!!

The set-up of the whole story is great. It looks like getting the reputation of the whole team back is going to be the over-arcing story line for the entire series and although I'm pretty sure I know what exactly went down with Becca's father, I still am really looking forward to all the books. And the fact that it all takes place in this awesome tattoo parlor/entire building set-up...LOVE!!! 

GREAT first novel in the series. I highly recommend it. Start the series now so you can enjoy them all as they come out...

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