This was such a great book for me. I loved the characters especially and sped right through it.
I loved that, for the most part, the gas chambers, crematoriums and the other human atrocities were scenery. Not to say that it wasn't prevalent, but it wasn't the gist of the story.
The story was about a man who did everything he could to save himself and still be able to live with himself. And, also what he could do for the people around him. He was responsible for saving many lives by sneaking in food, hiding people, etc., whatever it took.
Such a great, great book! I loved it!!! A really strong feel good read, despite the atrocities, that had me speeding right through this one.
Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
A beautifully written harrowing story of one man's will to survive in Auschwitz concentration camp during the 2WW. Lale Sokolov is transported from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942; an educated man fluent in many languages who also happens to be a Jew. His proud bearing and individuality immediately sets him apart from his fellow detainees and when he is offered the privileged job as tatowierer "the tattooist" he readily accepts. His job is quite simply to "mark" his fellow prisoners as and when they arrive, stamping them with a 5 digit number that will forever remind them (that is those who survive) of the hell of Auschwitz. He uses his position to help and befriend where possible fellow inmates and early on in his arrival meets and falls instantly in love with a young woman called Gita.
The centre of this remarkable story is the relationship of Lale and Gita and how they managed to sustain their love whilst all around death and slaughter is the order of the day, and it seemed only a matter of time before they met the same fate. We witness firsthand the cruelty of man and the barbaric acts carried out on the weak by those who saw themselves as true followers of the Fuhrer adhering to his orders by cleansing society of undesirables. The reality was that they themselves were no better than murderers and robbers. Yet Lale's account is much more than this; it is a story of hope and endurance and a beauty that emerges when all around is painted in black. As a reader you cannot help but be affected by this account the simplicity of the story telling only adds to the poignancy of the moment the sense of dread, the unexpected and the wait for the knock when death comes calling.
Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for sending me a gratis copy in return for an honest review and that is what I have written.
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.)