ARC Review: Hard as You Can by Laura Kaye

Posted February 28, 2014 by Angela in Reviews / 9 Comments

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ARC Review: Hard as You Can  by Laura Kaye
Hard as You Can
by Laura Kaye

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 25th 2014
Series: Hard Ink #2
Published by HarperCollins
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

 

“Ms. Kaye takes it up a notch with the mystery and suspense of the storyline…kept me at the edge of my seat ” ~ Under the Covers

Hard as You Can is even better than its predecessor, Hard As It Gets. Ms. Kaye takes it up a notch with the mystery and suspense of the storyline. She was also not afraid to add more serious matters to the plot such as human trafficking, abuse, rape, drugs and well organized gangs; which added a dangerous edge to the overall story. I will admit it’s what kept me at the edge of my seat.

The boys at Hard Ink continue their search for answers to clear their name after a dishonorable discharge from the Army. With a little more money available to them, they are slowly setting up their headquarters giving them more access to information, communication, and just making themselves more at home. Hard as you Can Takes off shortly after Shayne and his comrades rescued the son of their dead commander from a local strip club; obviously, this establishment is more than meets the eye. The team will take on a drug lord who also is involved human trafficking, and prostitution. Because of Shayne’s past, rescuing Crystal Dean and the other girls becomes very a personal matter.  My heart broke for Crystal. She’s in a very hard predicament, and though she can easily get out, she has her sister to think of. I have to say that I bow to her courage to withstand all her suffering and sacrifices. Finding Shayne is truly a blessing for her and her sister. Shayne, of course, will come to the rescue. Their attraction was obvious, and even their connection, but the drawback for me is that the words “I love you” came too soon. I think they would have done great even without saying those words. They have a very unconventional love story, but I still think it’s sweet just the same.

I am very pleased with the rebuilding of the broken friendships between the men at Hard Ink. You truly see them get more comfortable with each other as they once were. Trust is starting to build again. The banter and jokes between them increased quite a bit, and it had me laugh-out-loud. Especially for Shayne and Nick, despite their big fall out, they did manage to just…let it all out. It was sort of cute on how they kissed and made up.

Looks like Ms. Kaye have a couple of full lengths books in the works with a novella up next. I can’t wait to read more of the men at Hard Ink.

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About Laura Kaye

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.
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I need to read this series…Thanks Angela.

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Timitra, I think you will like it. ~Angela

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Great review…tuff angela

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Soooooo that was meant to be THANKS angela …

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*giggles* Thanks Elizabeth! ~Angela

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Great review and I so agree. I loved this book. Dying for the next one already.

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Thanks for passing by Zita. ~Angela

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Great review! Looking forward to reading this!

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Thanks Sharlene, ~Angela