Review: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Posted October 29, 2013 by Felicia S in 4.75 Wine Glasses, Book Shout Outs / 14 Comments

Review: Hard As It Gets by Laura KayeSource: Edelweiss EBook Review, Provided by Avon

Format: eBook

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Date Read: September 2013

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome β€” 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..

More Information:
Publisher: Avon
Series: Hard Ink #1

Also by this author: Hard as You Can, Hard to Hold on To, Hard to Come By, Ride Hard
Also in this series: Hard as You Can, Hard to Hold on To, Hard to Come By

My Thoughts on

Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5.00

First Thought when Finished: Hard As It Gets was a fantastic read that made me start counting down to the next Hard Ink Novel. (I may or may not have been stalking Laura Kaye’s FB page for updates as she was writing #2)

Story Thoughts: Hard As It Gets is a really good mystery that appears to start out as a missing person case but soon morphs into much more. I enjoyed the action, the sleuthing, and the fact that our leads were in real danger. There was a sense of “realness” in the story because things happened that made me flinch. The end was a little open-ended (yes so the series can continue) so I was frustrated that the next book was not available yet. What can I say patience is not a virtue of mine. That being said, it was not a cliff-hanger of a “typical” nature and most things with this couple were wrapped up in Hard As It Gets!

Character Thoughts: Holy freaking hotness! Nicholas Rixey was just HAWT. If I was reverting to my 80s teenage self “Like he was totally hot to the max and had a gnarly job that was totally Righteous”. Needless to say, I was in love with Nick almost from the beginning. He was just the right amount of damaged alpha and protective male. I also really liked Becca! She was strong, driven, and willing to do whatever to help her brother. She wasn’t stupid either and didn’t insist on being involved in something that was clearly out of her ability scope. Together they were a great couple! Also the rest of the guys = SWOON!

Final Thoughts:Stalking Hard Ink #2! That is all!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
4.5 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
5 / 5
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14 responses to “Review: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

  1. Ha ha! Your review made me laugh. It was like an eighties throw back review with that commentary. Sounds like a series I need to check out!

  2. I can deal with open ended so much better than cliffie… or even those that just suddenly stop. I call that over the cliffie. πŸ™‚

    So since he is like totally hot fer sure to the max… I must read this one! Loved the review! πŸ˜€

    • This was more that–in other words you want to know how the case continues but you feel like the current story was wrapped up. Oh and all the men are HAWT!