To say that I am a huge fan of Laura Kaye’s writing may be a bit of an understatement (puts away the Number #1 Foam Finger and settles in for a mature review). I have followed Laura’s career since the very beginning-waiting with bated breath for each novel she has written to be released; and with eager anticipation, enjoyed the news of every new series.
*sidebar* Laura- I promise to never ever go Annie Wilkes on you.
So imagine my excitement when I received my copy of HARD AS IT GETS at a writer’s conference this summer. She even signed it and suffered my furious blushing and stammering. She’s a reader’s joy when she talks with her adoring fans!
Imagine me if you will- scores of books piled up- ready for reading…
Decisions, decisions… whose novel do I leap at the first chance I get?
Pishah… Laura’s of course!
Let me preface this also with a plea in my defense. Forget for a minute that I love everything that Laura has ever penned:
Just LOOK at the cover for HARD AS IT GETS:
Hot man- tattoos, a little camouflage and I’m done for. But wait! There’s more!
Because Nick Rixey isn’t just some former military dude with some tats… oh no. The man is former Special Ops (my personal kryptonite) He OWNS the Tattoo parlor our fine heroine finds him in,and has a troubled and tortured past. MERCY!
Add to that a sense of honor, duty, loyalty and commitment to service all wrapped up in a muscle car-driving, tatted up beauty of a man who has issues with coming to terms with his past? Count me in for this series!
Nick meets Becca Merritt (our stubborn and strong heroine) under strained terms. He has issues of blame towards her father, his former CO who Rixey feels is the reason he and his team were relieved of duty to forego a scandal, but something about Becca’s bright blue eyes and plea for his help nags at him. Enough to see him giving in to his stalwart wish to forget about his past and instead help her with something that may, in the end, help to clear his name and his team.
Becca is equal parts vulnerable and strong-willed. She can be as tough as her late father, the Colonel, but fragile and nurturing as a good tough man sometimes needs. And she needs a tough guy. When she discovers her brother, her only family member left alive, has gone missing with a cryptic note to search out Rixey, she is left with few options. And upon meeting Rixey, who’d want to ever leave his side?
The chemistry between the two is scorching. Laura never disappoints her readers in the HOT and STEAMY department. These two sizzle on the pages. Their relationship and the mystery interwoven in the storyline is scintillating and intriguing. While this story could easily stand alone, I am so very excited for the rest of the series- to see how these two solve the mystery, clear their names, find resolution and perhaps (oh yes! oh please) we learn a lot more about the rest of the Special Ops team: Marz, Shane, Easy and Beckett ( OH MY!)
I give this book Five glorious stars- which is better than any four star General. This book is a must read and I can’t wait for the next three!
And just in case you need more to convince you- here’s a hot trailer with tattooed men and Laura Kaye herself:
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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.