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Hard as It Gets

Book 1, Hard Ink - A Hard Ink Novel

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Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

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 . . .

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Review: Hard Ink #1: Hard As It Gets

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye is the first book in her new Hard Ink series. It also just happens to be phenomenal. Just Saying!

Nick is masculine, tough, slightly damaged, and very chivalrous. All in a very modern, 21st century way. He's been betrayed and he very gruffly turns down a request for help from the daughter of the man who betrayed him. He plays things very close to the vest, not letting on why he is saying no to Becca, but it eats away at his conscience. Upon further investigation he learns that he can't tell her no despite how much he wishes he could.

Becca just needs someone to help her. Her father is dead, her brother is missing and weird things are happening at home. She is surprised and thankful when the reticent Nick changes his mind and decides to help her. She senses something deep and dark within him, knows he has secrets he can't or won't tell her, but she has no idea just how deep those secrets are.

Very awesome, absolutely fan-freaking-tastic! I found myself running the gamut of emotions along with these characters, tears were shed, emotions were ragged. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

Amazing new series!

Fast paced, sexy, and emotionally rich Hard As It Gets is an explosive first installment in Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series about 5 ex special ops. I have been a fan for a while, but this new one might just be Laura Kaye's best yet. It has the perfect blend of suspense and romance! Definitely 5 stars!!!

A pretty good read

I really enjoyed the first 1/3rd of this book, then it became rather rushed and at times confusing. Improved towards the end. Having said that I will continue with the series.
A romantic thriller is how I see this book
Oh, one thing - abbreviations used to describe actions might be American (slang?) - it would be helpful to have a glossary

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Hard as It Gets
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Suspense
  • Published: Nov 26, 2013
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Hard Ink
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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