April 9, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Hard To Be Good (Hard Ink #3.5)

I haven't read all the books in Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series, but I'm working on it. The ones I have read, I LOVE. Sure, I read HARD TO BE GOOD out of order, but I don't even care. This novella was so good. Check out my review, and then enter the giveaway.

Hard To Be Good (Hard Ink #3.5), by Laura Kaye
To Be Published April 14, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary m/m romance
To Buy: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 STARS

(From Goodreads) Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way.

With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good...

Oh. My. Hotness. 

I have been wanting a book for Jeremy since the very beginning of the Hark Ink series. My only complaint is that it's way too short! Don't get me wrong - it's a nice sized novella that fills in some holes and even made me laugh a few times. It gives readers a glimpse into both Charlie's and Jeremy's heads, which is both sweet and heartbreaking at the same time. But, it was over way too soon! I was loving my time with this new couple so much, I was sad to see it end so quickly.

Both Jeremy and Charlie are beaten down and guilt-ridden over all the events that have happened in the past few weeks. Although their friends and family have found love and happiness among the devastation, these two guys are shouldering a lot of the blame for those that haven't made it. They've both tried to hide their mutual attraction for each other up until now, and it's like they both decided at the same time that it's their turn to try and find some comfort and happiness for a change.

They don't have an easy road. Most of the reason why lies within Charlie. His father has drilled into him how wrong it is to like men, and even though his dad is gone, his words and his actions have stuck with Charlie. The others in their group - especially Jeremy's and Charlie's family members - have tried in subtle ways to let these two know that they would support them getting together and being open about it, old habits die hard, and Charlie has a difficult time getting past them.

Thankfully, Jeremy is patient and willing to wait for something he wants so badly. He's content with stealing some moments here and there with Charlie in private. At least for a little while. And those moments - OMG.

The chemistry between Jer and Charlie was absolutely incredible. They were so hot together. Laura Kaye took this spark between two compelling and compassionate men and ignited it to bonfire proportions. But, in addition to the ridiculously combustable sex, there was so much feeling in Jer and Charlie's relationship. They've both been through so much together. Their shared joys and tragedies have only strengthened the connection between them.

I read Hard to Be Good last night. This morning, I started it again, because once was just not enough for me.  


Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. 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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