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Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 26, 2013

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Book 1 of 5 in the Hard Ink Series

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Becca Merritt’s brother has gone missing, leaving behind a cryptic note instructing her to contact Rixey at Hard Ink, which turns out to be tattoo parlor. Nick Rixey, who has many reasons for loathing Becca’s father from his Special Forces career, at first refuses to help her but then feels guilty about it. When he checks on her, he finds an intruder in her house, after which she is mugged at work, so Nick relents. While fighting a fierce attraction to Becca, Nick calls in the remaining members of his Special Forces unit, and they’re joined by a Baltimore cop and Nick’s brother in an effort to protect her and find her brother. Kaye leaves enough loose ends for a sequel in what is obviously the beginning of a series about five Special Forces guys getting their reputations back after their unwillingly forced army discharges, thanks to Becca’s father’s corruption in Afghanistan. Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful, and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knight series. --Mary K. Chelton

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"Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review

"TOP PICK! A suspenseful and electrifying new series. The collision of Becca and Nick's lives makes for sizzling danger with a spicy edge! Kaye is one to watch!" ~RT Book Reviews Magazine

"Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist


"TOP PICK! Laura Kaye had me hyperventilating from the beginning with the thrilling, alpha heroes of her Hard Ink Series! This novel is hot! I loved every minute of it!" ~Night Owl Reviews


"Hard As It Gets was a fantastic read that made me start counting down to the next Hark Ink novel. Holy freaking hotness! Nick and Becca were a great couple! I'm stalking Hard Ink #2! That is all!" ~The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog


“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” (JR Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

“Laura Kaye is synonymous with great, sexy romance.” (Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author)

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful, and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knight series.” (Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Series: Hard Ink (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062267884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062267887
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (672 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelsey Summer on November 26, 2013
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You really can't go wrong with a book by Laura Kaye. I've read almost every one of her books and this one reminded why. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Hard as It Gets. The only complaint I have is that I have to wait for the next book in the series.

Nick Rixey is so incredibly sexy; he makes people fall in love with him (I know I did). He's a battle-scarred former soldier. What's not to love? Becca is perfect for him. She might seem like an innocent little goody-good (and she is in many ways), but she has more guts than most people and is very strong in her own way.

I'm not normally the tattoo type, but Nick Rixey makes me think twice about that (especially if he was the one doing the tattoo).

One of the best things about Hard as It Gets is that it's not just a romance novel. There is a real story there, a mystery of sorts, and it keeps you engrossed the whole way through. While Nick and Becca are falling in love, Nick is protecting Becca and helping to find her kidnapped brother. His former team is there with him, and even though they have their issues, they all pull together as one to help.

I highly recommend Hard as It Gets and give it 5 stars.
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Hard As It Gets was a freaking smorgasbord of sexy and just impossible not to love. I'm telling you. Whew. Total *girly swoon* An abundance of tattooed military men, hot romance, exciting can't-turn-the-pages-fast-enough suspense, and make you *snort* humor made for a damn fine read as Nick and Becca join forces to hunt down the truth behind recent attacks on her family and discover way more than they were expecting.

Gah, where to start? Okay, Nick and Becca. Loved. Them. Nick is an alpha male through and through. This guy has some serious sexy going on. He's inked up, fierce and a bit damaged emotionally and physically from his past but he doesn't let it slow him down. And when he needs to eat crow and apologize...he does. Lickable, people. Lickable.

And Becca. She's exactly what I look for in my heroines. This woman was amazing--strong, bold, caring, and determined and willing to admit when she needs help and can't do something on her own. Absolutely adored her and that she was intelligent and just a solid and respectable person. And she loves a little 3 legged puppy.

And together. Scorching! The chemistry was sizzling and it definitely carried over to between the sheets *fans self*. Hot, erotic and incredibly emotional. And they had some amazing innocent moments as well that were just so sweet and touching and made me aww a few times. The romance moves fast but I completely bought it and loved every second as the two fought side by side and got to know each other.

The suspense was nicely done too. It kept me curious throughout wanting to know exactly what was going on after Becca's brother disappears and attacks start against her.
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If you are a fan of Maya Banks' KGI series which features erotic romance, super hot alpha male military-type heroes and lots of fast-paced action, then it would seem that Laura Kaye's new "Hard Ink" series would be your cup of tea. By its back cover blurb, it certainly seems as though that is the audience that Ms. Kaye is courting. Unfortunately she has not hit upon the right mix of elements in her first entry of this series, "Hard as it Gets." There's too much grit and crime investigation procedural and not enough romance and sex.

Nick Rixey, a disgraced former Army Special Forces soldier, owns a tattoo shop (Hard Ink) with his brother, Jeremy, in Baltimore. Rixey is one cranky dude because he was not only wounded in action, but he was betrayed by a trusted officer and forced out of the service with his Army record besmirched, along with four other survivors of a horrific ambush in Afghanistan. So when beautiful nurse, Becca Merritt, walks into his shop asking for help in locating her brother who may have been kidnapped, Nick is less-than-welcoming. Especially since Becca and her brother, Charlie, are the children of Rixey's ex-commander. But Rixey's better nature prevails, and soon he, Becca and the four surviving members of Rixey's old outfit are up to their ears in some far-ranging conspiracy which seems to involve organized crime, drug dealing, the Army, the Baltimore police and maybe the US government.

Ms. Kaye is a good writer, and this book moves along well. But it is unclear just what audience she is writing for. If she wants fans of Maya Banks, there's not enough romance and sex. If she wants fans of Lee Child, there's too much female angst on the part of the heroine over her "relationship" with the damaged hero.
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This story could have been so much better, in my humble opinion, if there wasn't so so much repitition in the characters thoughts and feelings. I found myself skimming not paragraphs, but pages at a times, filtering through inconsequential BS.
I hate when a dialogue is going in a book and two pages later (after dissecting emotions for the 100th time) the dialogue picks back up. By then I forgot where I was in the conversation. If this book was trimmed down and not insulting my intelligence of where both characters emotions lie repetitively, I would've given it 4 stars. But having to filter through too much BS, took away from the enjoyment of the story.
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