Laura Kaye’s Hard As You Can Release

LKRDLGreeting, my friends!

As many of you are aware- I have a few favorite authors who I will drop everything and read whatever they have to offer- be it their grocery list, a tease of something they are working on, or their newest release in a series. Laura Kaye is one of those authors ( And as Laura shares a mutual love for Ben and Jerry’s- I KNOW her grocery list is Best-Selling!).

Laura’s newest release, Hard As You Can is the second novel in the Hard Ink Series- oh how I love former military men with a mission to correct the wrongs in the world! With ink! And attitude! Hard As You Can continues the action-packed story of five former Special Forces warriors- looking for the answers to their betrayal and dishonorable discharge. Shane McCallan takes front and center in this novel- out to fix the wrongs of those in need, namely, Crystal Dean. Crystal is struggling to get away from the seedy life she’s found herself stuck in due to family obligations and the underworld criminal bosses in Baltimore. When she bumps into Shane while on a secret rescue mission, the down on her luck waitress doesn’t realize she has just met her knight in shining armor.

Shane is just that: duty-bound, honorable, rough around the edges that makes any woman swoon, and capable of looking after the girl who’s caught his eye.

I just love Laura’s characters- every time I settle into one of her books, I know I will fall in love with every character she weaves. It is so true for this series. If you haven’t already read Hard As It Gets, the first in this series- RUN and grab it up. You will be so excited to have the sequel right there waiting!

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Hard As You Can releases today and I am so happy to be a part of the Blog Blitz to celebrate Laura’s success with this series.

Now how about a tease to get you in the mood for a little Hard Ink?

A word and Excerpt from Laura Kaye:

It’s release day! And I’m so excited to share Hard As You Can, the second book in the Hard Ink series, with all of you here today! Hard As You Can follows the surviving members of a disgraced Army Special Forces team as they fight to regain their stolen honor, and finds their investigation crossing paths with a waitress willing to do whatever it takes to stay alive and protect her younger sister. For Shane McCallan, saving Crystal Dean is a mission he refuses to turn down.

Today, I’ve got a super sexy scene to share with you, one that was a total surprise to me as I was writing it! I hope you enjoy this peek at the first time Shane and Crystal find themselves alone with each other:

 

“Do you like to dance, Crystal?” Shane asked in a low voice.

 “Uh, what? Why?”

His smile was crooked, playful. “ ’Cause dancing’s something people do when they’re getting to know each other.”

 “Really?” Maybe where he was from. Then again, she worked in a strip club. Dancing was something people did to make money. So, okay, maybe her view of dancing was a bit jaded.

 “Absolutely. Ask anybody.” The song faded away, followed by the announcement of a Southern rock station’s call sign. A new song started, and Shane turned to her with a smile. “Dance with me.”

 Crystal peered up at him without the slightest idea how to respond. Because her body was saying hell, yes!, while her brain was screaming bad idea, really, really bad idea.

He stepped closer, arms raised, expression full of all kinds of invitation.

 The next thing she knew, her right hand was in his and her left had slipped around his neck. Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ran over and over in her mind. What am I doing? But then he tucked her hand against his chest and tugged her against him with the hand that settled at her lower back. And the closeness stole her breath.

He moved them to the beat of the song, a slow, sexy, bluesy number she didn’t know but would never forget. Some songs carried memories like the images were imprinted upon the very lyrics themselves, and she had no doubt this would be one of them. 

All of a sudden, the air in the room felt ten degrees warmer. As they swayed to the beat, Shane’s body pressed against hers from thighs to chest. With every step and move and turn, Crystal’s breasts rubbed against the hard plane of his chest. Strong hands held and guided her body, making her want to feel them explore her everywhere. Arousal rose like a waking dragon inside her. Cautious. Curious. Dangerous.

This was wrong and stupid on so many levels. But, scary as it was, it felt so freaking good that she couldn’t force herself to pull away. One song. It’s just a dance. Just a dance just a dance just a dance.

And, holy crap, she wasn’t the only one aroused.

Against her belly, Shane hardened.

 Crystal sucked in a breath, and he pressed his lips close to her ear. “We’re just dancing here. That’s all. I promise,” he said. But the adrenaline was already in her blood, setting her to a trembling she couldn’t control. Part curious interest and part instinctive fear. “Sshh,” he almost cooed. “Just dancing.”

 The echo of her own thoughts from a moment before allowed her to draw a breath that almost calmed. They turned and swayed to the music, moving closer, pressing tighter, Shane’s lips so close to her face that she could feel his breath shudder across her cheekbone.

 He was a fire she had no business playing with. She knew that even as she leaned her face against his . . . and got exactly what she’d hoped for.

He kissed her.

Just a brush of his lips against her cheek, but a kiss all the same.

And as much as it made her head spin, it was the little catch of breath in the back of his throat that sent a jolt of electricity down her spine to settle low in her belly. Light as a feather, he caressed her cheek, her temple, her ear with his lips. With him, always such gentleness, so different from almost every other sexual experience she’d ever had. It made her feel safe to allow this to continue.

 Between them, his erection was firm, long, totally unyielding.

 She shivered, caught between interest and fear, desire a river moving faster and faster inside her. The whole experience was a revelation—that her body had the capacity to respond this way, that a person existed who could pull these reactions from her.

For a moment, she gave herself over to the dizzying sensations. In her mind’s eye, she saw them undressing, fumbling their way back the hall, falling naked and wanting on the bed. What would it be like, just once, to take something that she wanted without worrying about anyone else, without being afraid? Just one wild, secret night, all for her? What would Shane be like? 

So that’s Shane and Crystal for you! Did you have a favorite line? Thanks for reading!

~Laura

“Edgy, sexy, and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!”

~J.R. Ward on Hard As It Gets

About Hard As You Can:

Five dishonored soldiers.

Former Special Forces.

One last mission.

These are the men of Hard Ink.

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can–and never let go.

Read an Extended Excerpt of Book 1, Hard As It Gets

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About Laura Kaye:

402775_151362144973241_707944794_n  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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A Fangirl’s Review of Laura Kaye’s HARD AS IT GETS

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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:

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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!)

HARD AS IT GETS is available November 26th (that’s today! RUN don’t walk!) with the second book, HARD AS YOU CAN scheduled for February 25th, 2014- There’s four books in all (FANS SELF)

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.