Series: Hard Ink #3.5
Published by: Avon Impulse
on April 14, 2015
Genres: MM, Romantic Suspense
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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...
HARD TO BE GOOD was an absolutely stunning addition to one of my favorite series out there! This may have been the shortest Hard Ink book, but Jeremy and Charlie have to be my favorite couple of the series. Laura Kaye takes us on an incredibly emotional journey, bringing us from the lowest point where Jeremy feels helpless and hopeless, to the highest point where Charlie brings peace to their ever so chaotic world. This story was a long time coming for sure. It was beautiful, emotional, and truly inspired. I can’t tell you how much Jeremy and Charlie’s love story warmed my heart and soul. In an environment where they are surrounded by highly trained ex-soldiers, all they really needed was each other to feel safe.
Ms. Kaye always takes my breath away with her Hard Ink series. They are so damn emotional, I think I have cried while reading every single one of these. If you are a fan of the series, then you are so damn invested in each and every single character. Their emotions become your emotions, and you begin the drag out war with your emotions. You can tell yourself, ‘be cool, it’s just a book,’ but then something happens to one of your favorite characters, whether it be good, bad, or catastrophic, and you have no choice but to go at war with all of your feels. It’s beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. It’s an emotional masterpiece and I couldn’t put it down. Everything this author writes turns into gold and becomes an instant favorite of mine, and this beautiful little novella is no exception. For those of you who wanted Charlie and Jeremy’s happily ever after, well look no further, because Ms. Kaye gives us one hell of a story, a story that is so deserving for these amazing, incredible characters!
Standing between Charlie’s knees, Jeremy held the man’s hands and gave him a million little kisses. For a long moment, they were just together quietly, their foreheads resting against each other.
Being with Charlie felt so damn natural. Like they’d always known each other. Like they belonged together. Like they were the best of friends—only so much more.
The realization that Jeremy was having these kinds of feelings about a man was surprising only because all his other encounters had been casual, just for fun.
But this was Charlie. And that made everything different. That made everything … more.
Jeremy stroked his knuckles down Charlie’s handsome face. “Thank you for that.”
Charlie gave a small smile. “You, too. I’ve never … done that before with someone who was pierced.”
“No? Was it different?” Jeremy asked.
His cheeks turned pink, just the littlest bit, and it made Jeremy smile. Charlie was adorable and cute and sexy as hell by turns. “It was like another sensation. Cool when your skin was hot. And harder against the back of my throat than I’m used to.” Charlie peered up at him from behind longish lengths of his hair. “I really liked it,” he said quietly.
Smiling, Jeremy pressed a kiss to Charlie’s temple. “I really liked it, too.” They both chuckled.
“I want you to know something,” Jeremy said, taking a deep breath as he gathered his thoughts … and his courage. But he didn’t want Charlie having any more doubts. Not about him anyway.
“I’ve loved the things we shared today, Charlie. For real. But what I’m feeling for you isn’t just physical. It’s something more. I’m not sure what yet, I …” Jeremy shrugged. “… don’t want you to think this is just about sex for me.”
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