Hard As It Gets, the first in the Hard Ink series, was one spectacular ride. Laura Kaye pens a story that is not only a romance between Becca and Nick but is also about the brotherhood between Nick and his comrades. This was an unexpected story line from one of my favorite authors. Laura Kaye delivers great paranormal and contemporary romances but its the first time I'm actually reading a full on romantic mystery/action/adventure from her. Becca Merritt's brother is missing and the only thing she has was a note saying find Rixey at Hard Ink. There she meets Nick Rixey, a veteran from her father's old unit who seems outright cold to her pleas for help. Nick is feeling confused, he feels that Becca needs to be protected but her father's betrayal, his old mentor, is still forefront in his mind. This books is fast paced, tension filled, outright sexy and erotic but most of all it keeps you at the edge, guessing where the story is going, what mystery is there to be unearthed. I love this aspect, its basically a romance with Becca and Nick at the center however its also a good introduction to a series that is looking up to be fantastic action/adventure one. The secondary characters are well introduced, given some depth but just enough to make you want to learn more about them. The spy/tech gadgets, tactical operations gives it that sense of realism you really are dealing with former military men. Overall, this is one book you simply must read.
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...
Title: Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink Series #1)
Author: Laura Kaye
Genre: Romance Action/Adventure
Published: November 26, 2013
Rating: 5 of 5 ( A romantic thrill ride, intense, erotic, action packed. A book guaranteed to keep you reading until the end)