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review 2015-04-19 17:50
4 full moons - 'Hard to Be Good' by Laura Kaye
Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink) - Laura Kaye

Jeremy has been one of my favorite secondary characters in the Hard Ink series since he was introduced in the first book. I was really excited to read his HEA. If you read the previous book in the Hard Ink series you would've found out about Charlie and what happened to him. He's still suffering with what happened and it's taking a toll on him. He's the computer guy in the story, which means he likes to be around computers more than people, so he's doesn't know how to be open around people…even with the person who he really likes. (Seriously….I love when authors write characters that work in the IT field or are hackers…because I'm one of those people who loves working in the IT industry)  =)   And I nitpick like crazy whenever authors write about my job field or related to it…and well…Laura Kaye definitely knows the industry.  (One of the main reasons why I can't handle watching tv shows with ITs/hackers in it because they always fabricate stuff.  Grrr! But with some of the authors, including Laura Kaye…they make it very believable!)

On to other details of the story….(because I could rave about Charlie being what he is ALL day) Laura Kaye has some suspense in the story, but most of the story is Jeremy and Charlie. Charlie has his insecurities in the story due to what he fears everyone will think of his relationship with Jeremy. I will say though, Charlie and Jeremy's hookup in the story was really quick. I was hoping for some more tension with them both. The ending came quickly too, but I loved how everyone handled it. I actually wanted more of the story after it ended because it was short compared to the other books, but I know why Laura Kaye did write this novella. I needed to know Jeremy and Charlie's story. Jeremy deserved happiness and so did Charlie. I want every character to have a HEA…dang it!  

If you aren't a fan of M/M romance then I definitely believe you could skip Jeremy/Charlie's book. You could read Easy's book and go into the next full book in the series without missing out. Jeremy's brother Nick and his Special Forces team do make an appearance in Hard to Be Good, but it doesn't really touch on what they are trying to accomplish through the series. The story is mainly focused on Jeremy and Charlie.

If you are a fan of M/M, and are a fan of Jeremy's (like I am), you will enjoy reading this short novella. My only complaint is I want more of Jeremy and Charlie. Plus, I seriously love all the shirts that Jeremy wears in each of the books.  =)

(I would've had this review posted on release day, but this Book Lovin' Mama had a rough week and needed her sleep during the work week. Thank goodness for the relaxing weekend that helped with the stress of the week.)

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/04/19/arc-review-hard-to-be-good-by-laura-kaye
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review 2014-11-23 17:55
Hard as You Can - Laura Kaye
Hard as It Gets - Laura Kaye
Hard to Come By - Laura Kaye
Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella - Laura Kaye


My thoughts:

Since I read Hard As it Gets, I have been dying for Derek’s story. A book written about a hot, but physically flawed man had my full attention. Could it be written with the sexiness and heat that Laura Kaye is known for, but also come across as vulnerable and real?? Because seriously, most romances are written about hot, perfect looking specimens of male flesh that might have a cute, quirky character flaw, but ultimately they are something you would see sculpted in marble in the finest museums in the world. Now, the other books in the Hard Ink series have dealt with scars, both physical and mental, but I can’t remember ever reading a romance about a man that’s an amputee. Needless to say, this intrigued me.

Well, let me say one thing….


She pulled it off!!!! Completely, honestly, vulnerably, and most of all sexily. Derek is so, so sweet, and funny, and down to earth, and then on a flip of the coin he is smoking hot, domineering, with a dirty mouth that just makes you swoon. He is everything you would put on a checklist for the perfect man. And you know what?? His leg adds a complete other layer to him that makes him, in my book, the man of the year. I know I should focus on both characters, and Emilie is kickass awesome, but Derek totally stole the show for me.

If you have read the other Hard Ink books, it’s a guarantee that you’ll love Hard To Come By even more. The normal Hard Ink camaraderie between all the men is there, and to me, that’s one of the main reason I love this series. There’s one line in the book that’s my favorite, because it totally sums up this series. It’s:… “ She felt a little ridiculous as she walked into the upscale grocery store, a team of muscled badasses following her.”… And that is the hotness known as The Men of Hard Ink. They protect what they love, they fight for what they believe in, and they make us wish they were ours!!

This is yet another 5 star read from Laura Kaye!!


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review 2014-11-23 16:52
4.5 moons - Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye
Hard to Come By - Laura Kaye

Hard to Come By is the third book in Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series, and it hooked me just like the other books did in the series.

I was one of the readers that was anxious to read Derek DiMarzio's (aka Marz's) book because of reading the previous books, so I wanted to know who Laura was matching Derek with. Laura does an amazing job with finding the perfect female characters to fit the handsome, sexy SF guys that reside in Hard Ink.

Derek is the sweet, sexy, funny guy in the Special Forces team that is supposed to be finding out where a certain person is, so they can ask him questions and find out the truth on what happened during his team's last SF mission together. Instead he's falling for a key person who can get him close to the person he wants to question. That key person is Emilie Garza and she has no clue what her brother is into, but she knows he has gotten worst since he returned home after serving in the Army. She wants to get him help, but she knows it will sever their relationship even further. Emilie is about to meet Derek and he's going to literally going to flip her world upside down ( good and bad ways )

I could go on and on about the story, but don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say this Laura Kaye has the biggest issue in the Hard Ink series continue on in this book. The SF team is trying to get to the bottom of why they were shamed and kicked out of the Special Forces and something is going to come forward that is going to shed some light on what truly happened. Laura definitely is making the main storyline flow throughout the books and having questions being answered. I loved how she connects everything.  =)

I loved Emilie and Derek's chemistry and how they both helped each other in the book. Although, Derek did the unthinkable with Emilie that made her almost not trust him. I don't blame her at all, but Emilie is clueless to what is really going on and there were times she got herself in sticky situations that could have been avoided. Derek was there to help every time, though. His way of taking care of people, is what makes me adore him.

The best part of this series is how Laura Kaye has each book pick up from the previous book with different characters getting the limelight. If a reader was to stubble across this book and didn't get a chance to read the others, you will not be lost at all. Laura Kaye makes sure to reiterate what has happened in previous books in the Hard Ink series. Although, I highly recommend reading these books in order because you will want to know who Nick, Shane, and Easy hooked up with in their books. You'll also want to follow along with learning more about the SF team that readers have fallen in love with.

I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there.

Now…I'm going to patiently wait for Jeremy's book next. I swear he is the one that always has me laughing due to his crazy shirts he wears. The best part in this book though was when Charlie was wearing Jeremy's shirts. You'll have to read Hard to Come By to find out why and what the shirts he wore said.. =)

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Edelweiss via the publisher in exchange for honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/11/23/arc-review-hard-to-come-by-by-laura-kaye-giveaway
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review 2014-02-25 21:35
4 full moons - "Hard as You Can" by Laura Kaye
Hard As You Can - Laura Kaye

Hard as You Can is the second installment to the Hark Ink series by Laura Kaye, and it definitely had the suspense and twists from the first book…but add on way more.

First off, I highly recommend reading Hard as it Gets first before diving into Hard as You Can.  You will never know what happened in the first book if you try to read the second book first. (Believe me you will want to know about Nick)  =)  Laura Kaye picks up the dilemma of the first book in Hard as You Can,  but with different characters playing the major part in the book.  We are introduced to Shane and Crystal in this book and they definitely were meant to meet each other at the right time.

What can I say about the characters before going into what I loved most about the book.  I was not really fond of Crystal due to her staying with a guy that continuously hurt her physically.  She kept coming up saying why she needed to stay with him, and then she had her sister who had no clue what was going on.  Crystal finally won me over a bit when she was there to help her sister and then at the end of the book.  She finally realized what she needed to do to get away.

The minute Shane is introduced, he’s actually in disguise, but he had already won my heart.  He’s the gentleman of the bunch who doesn’t handle well with women and children getting hurt.  He has a past he’s trying to get over on what happened with his little sister, so he’s got a soft side. He also is scary to mess with when it comes to loved ones getting hurt.  I loved how he was there constantly for Crystal, even when she gave him such a hard time.  He was definitely persistent…and he definitely had ways of charming a girl.  =)

I loved the suspense of Hard as You Can and how Laura Kaye answered some questions from this book, but of course opened up new ones.  She gripped in from the first page due to what as happening to the characters.  She’s continuing with what happened to Becca and her brother from the first book into this one.  There’s some closure in this book, butHard as You Can just makes you want more of the Hard Ink guys.

I give this book 4 full moons and recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there, and readers that enjoy sexy ex-military members who are out for vengeance.

I received  a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss for the Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/02/25/laura-kayes-hard-as-you-can-blog-tour-arc-review-giveaway
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review 2014-02-08 18:08
Review: Hard as it Gets
Hard As It Gets - Laura Kaye















I did enjoy this book a lot.  There were a few minor things that kept me from giving it higher but I definitely want to continue this series.  I enjoyed the characters a lot though Nick did have that whole 'I'm not good enough for you' going on for a while but it didn't really bug me because it seemed to fit with his character more.

Nick Rixey:


*heart*  I loved this guy.  He at first had this grumpy asshole attitude when he first met Becca but I don't really blame him since Becca's father totally fucked up his life.  Anyways, he turns into this sweet caring guy who is just awesome and supportive throughout the whole book.  His injury that he suffered and will suffer for the rest of his life because of Becca's father was a little heartbreaking.  It was sad, how he couldn't lay on his back or stomach or just how sitting down caused him so much pain.  I liked how realistic it was though.


Becca Merritt:



I really liked her.  She was not TSTL and was actually pretty logical about everything.  I'm glad her characterization fit her.  Her job was a nurse at an ER so her being able to reason things out and stay calm in most situations fit her.  I do think that maybe she took the news about her father rather well.  She was only pissed about it for a little while(mostly because Nick kept it from her) and she really didn't go into denial which is odd since she said she loved her father and looked up to him.  


Tripod? Shiloh?:



The little three legged german shepherd puppy Becca found.  She was adorable and it was funny how every one was throwing names out.  I liked the name she ended up with because it was both girly(like Becca wanted) but also made fun of the whole three legged thing.   I'm totally a sucker for puppies though. =)


Okay, now for the few things that I didn't like.


1- The back and forth of calling Nick, Rixey.  Like the author couldn't make up her mind what name her hero should go by.  So throughout the book, Nick and Rixey were very interchangeable.


2-  The climax was a little bit of a let down.  I didn't really feel the suspense that had been building up throughout the book.  Maybe because it was so short and didn't feel like much happened or maybe it was too easy. 


Anyways, all minor things for a really enjoyable book with very likable characters.  So, hell yes, I'm totally getting the next one.




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