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Product Details

  • Series: 1001 Dark Nights
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (September 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940887291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940887296
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was so excited when I heard that Jess and Ike were getting a book. Jessica is such a sweet and giving person. She has such a fun sense of humor and seemed to delight in getting under Ike's skin. Ike was a bit of a mystery, he was quiet and didn't let others in. I knew from the Hard Ink series that at some point what was going on would have to effect Jessica. Ike was already involved because of the Raven Raiders helping the Hard Ink guys. I was surprised yet again the lengths the bad guys would go to in order to get to them.
Jess calls Ike after her apartment has been ransacked and she over hears the guys in her apartment say they need her. Ike decides that he needs to get Jessica somewhere safe, which leads to him taking Jessica out of Baltimore.
I always knew that if Ike and Jess had to spend time together with no one else that they would have to deal with their feelings for one another. I was cheering for Ike to sort through how he felt about himself and see he was worthy of Jess. Jess knew she had feelings for Ike but he felt that friends only was the best route. I was cheering for them to be together from the first page.
My all time favorite quote from Ike is: "When we're together everything makes sense. And when we're not...it's like everything falls apart." Also when he says: "That's just it, I don't want to be friends anymore, Jess. I want to be everything to you." I am truly in love with these two as a couple. They are a perfect balance of each other and I was extremely happy to see them get together.
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Not only is this book HOT...it's so HOT that I had to read it twice...just to make sure that I measured the hotness correctly! Ike and Jess not only have such explosive chemistry, I swear their clothes just fall off the moment their eyes meet, but Laura keeps the "friendship" alive with super fun banter and sexual innuendos (that us dirty minded people will say "I totally would have said that too).

For such a short read, Laura sure packs a punch, jumping right into the story, and giving a realistic portrayal of two people who have loved each other for years, and am finally getting the opportunity to get those feelings out in the open...well...after the insane night of crazy, off the chains, 'did that really just happen', I need a cold drink like NOW' sex. Holy Momma...yeah...we are talking fever induced madness...and it was so damn good! No one can ever say that Laura Kaye can't write the S@&^ out of a love scene! Marz is my favorite Dirty Talker, Beckett is my favorite up against the wall lover, Jeremy is my romeo...but Ike...let's just say HARD AS STEEL is the perfect name for his book...and his dirty minded ways!

If you need a quick read that will have you feeling the burn...HARD AS STEEL is a Must Read!! More Ravens needed now please! Can't Wait! In the meantime, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE READ THE HARD INK BOYS!
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Jessica and Ike are thrown together when he has to rescue her from some mercenaries that tried to kill her in her own home. Jessica and Ike have had feelings for each other for years but have not acted on them. Jessica thinks Ike doesn't feel anything more than friendship for her and Ike does nothing to deter that notion. Jessica is brass and definitely not shy while Ike is a biker and tattoo artist. Both of them bring out the best in the other, but Ike says and does things that hurt Jessica's feelings in this book. Jessica finally confesses her secret guilt over the death of her father so Ike does the same with his guilt over the death of his first love. When Jessica doesn't look at him with contempt, he purposely hurts her in order to save himself from feelings for her he doesn't wish to acknowledge. Jessica thinks she covers her feelings for Ike, but she doesn't and he knows exactly how she feels. It was nice to see both characters finally get out of their own way to get their happy. A good, quick read.
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Absolutely love the way Laura Kaye used Ike & Jess to create a crossover from the Hard Ink series to the Raven Rider series. Can't wait to meet more of these guys. My biggest reason for only giving 4 stars is that I wish it had been longer. But I do admit that even as short as this book was, it included a pretty complete story.

I loved that, even with all the heat between Jess & Ike, there was no judgement as to how either of them live/lived their lives. They each seem to know the other (they have been friends for 4 years) & completely accept each others strengths & weaknesses.

Great book, great (REALLY HOT) sex!!!
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Laura Kaye has done it again. Jessica and Ike were so damn hot together. Full of hot steamy sex with a good amount of anticipation for what was to come. Jess can be a ballbuster but she loves hard. Ike decides he's not deserving of love, but together they learn to fall. Easily a 10 star read. looking forward to more to Laura's next read.
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Hard As Steel is the newest work from author Laura Kaye and is part of the 1,001 Dark Nights 2015 line-up as well as a cross-over of Ms. Kaye’s Hard Ink Series and her Raven Riders Series. I am a huge fan of Ms. Kaye’s and when I tell you I devoured this story, that would be a gross understatement. I couldn’t put it down! It was phenomenal. Filled with suspense and scorching heat, it was just amazing.

The attraction between Jessica and Ike was two things: mutual and hidden. Neither one wanted to admit to the other that they had this secret yearning but now that they were stuck together in very close quarters, shut off from the rest of the world, deep down they both knew it would only be a matter of time before the need took over. The reasons both of them felt unworthy of the other were different but also very much the same: fear. Fear for their safety. Fear of unworthiness. But fate and emotion would help with Ike and Jessica overcome the fear and when it did? It was a thing of burning hot beauty.

I loved every thing about this book. I loved the plot, the suspense, the building emotion, the attraction between these two headstrong and vulnerable characters…all of it. Ms. Kaye does such a beautiful job with building the entire situation and sexual tension between Ike and Jess and it connected me to both of them on such a delicious level. I wanted nothing more than for these two broken souls to get together and trust in one another. Separately, Jess and Ike are wonderful characters. She is feisty and quirky and had me laughing out loud so many times. I loved that she lives her life on her own terms and she’s such a breath of fresh air in the world of book heroines. Ike is just as amazing with his gruff exterior and hidden big heart.
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