ARC Review: Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

ARC Review: Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

ARC Review: Hard As You Can by Laura KayeHard As You Can by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #2
Published by: HarperCollins
on 2014-02-25
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense, War & Military
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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.


The Hard Ink Series by Laura Kaye is a MUST READ SERIES! Hard As It Gets, book 1, was an amazing read, but book 2, Hard As You Can takes it to a whole other level of fabulous. More romance, more suspense, and more sexiness than you can imagine, Hard As You Can will keep your eyes glued to your eReader and your heart in these amazing character’s hands.

The men of Hard Ink are back and they are funnier and sexier than ever! The next mission takes them in to a dance club where they are trying to find some answers behind the real reason why they were discharged. Craziness erupts right off the bat, and one of their own is finally brought back home, but the mission doesn’t end there. They receive help from an unlikely source that might end up helping them get the answers they are all looking for.

Our leading man, Shane McCallan, is a good ole’ southern boy who can charm the pants off of anyone with a heartbeat. Every time he says darlin’, it just does something to a woman, makes her feel all tingly like. Shane is the kind of man who will make you have an orgasm by just kissing you on the forehead. And just like any great hero, he has a past, and a horrible one at that. He lost his sister at a very young age, and he has carried around this guilt for years. He blames himself, and this is something that he is unable to let go of, therefore preventing himself from ever being truly happy.

Our leading lady, Crystal Dean is a waitress at the dance club where shady things are going down. Of course, not by choice, she is stuck there, working off her deceased father’s debts. She can’t just up and run away because she has a sister to worry about. She needs her sister to succeed, to have a life away from this nastiness, where she can go to college and hang out with friends. She will do anything for the only family she has left, and that includes drawing all the attention to her, and away from her sister. Living with an unimaginable past, Crystal is counting down the months for when she can get her and her sister out of there, and out of that life.

Two broken souls who find each other in dire circumstances, they each provide a missing piece to the other person’s heart. Hard As You Can pulled so much emotion out of me, and made it hard to imagine what these two have gone through for their families. When Shane would do the simplest of things, like open her door, or call to make sure she made it home okay, Crystal wasn’t used to that behavior in a man. She didn’t think that was the norm and it just breaks your heart to realize that she thought it was so foreign for someone else to care for her that much. The things that were done to Crystal were unimaginable, horrific even. The strength she shows, the fact that she is able to get up in the morning, just shows how determined she is to overcome her demons and keep her sister safe.

❝The definition of courage is action in the face of fear. By that definition, sweetness, you’re the bravest person I know.❞

With amazing characters like this, and an intense storyline that will keep you guessing, Hard As You Can is the perfect read for a romance junkie like myself. This has everything you could ever want in a romantic suspense and more. If you are looking for a story that will melt your heart and make you jump up and cheer, Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye is the perfect addition to your bookshelf. I’m counting down the days until I can get back in bed with the men of Hard Ink.

❝If I could take it away and bear it for you, I would.❞

❝You just did,❞




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About Laura Kaye

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty 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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  1. Book #1 was awesome, & I’m waiting SO impatiently for this one. I know it’s going to be great, & your review just confirms that!