Tuesday, April 14, 2015

HARD TO BE GOOD by Laura Kaye - #BLOGTOUR, #BOOKREVIEW, #GIVEAWAY, @LauraKayeAuthor @InkSlingerPR

Title: Hard to Be Good
Series: Hard Ink #3.5
Author: Laura Kaye
 Release Date: April 14, 2015

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...

I've read all of the books in The Hard Ink Series (in fact, I've read all of Laura Kaye's books).  I think that Hard to Be Good is the sweetest book of all.  Anyone who has read this series knows all about both Jeremy and Charlie.  I was waiting for Jeremy to get his own book.  He's been a big part of the Hard Ink crew since the beginning.  Even though he is not ex-military he is still a big part of the action in each of the previous books.  Charlie is also there from the beginning.  

Hard to Be Good is their story.  Jeremy seems like nothing can get to him.  He's extremely tattooed, has piercings, and seems to have it all together. His clothing choices are often crude.   If you saw him on the street good girls and boys would probably stay away.  He's the kind of person a mother tells her child to stay away from.   But this would be so wrong.  As I said above that this was the sweetest story yet in this series, Jeremy is one of the sweetest characters ever. 

Without giving away the prior books (if you haven't read them, start now - you need to!!!) let me say that Charlie is hurt.  He's physically hurt and mentally hurt.  He is openly gay, but his father never accepted him.  So he is very shy and cautious.  He, too, is very sweet.

Jeremy and Charlie have been thrust together in this situation and they've formed a close bond.  They're surrounded by ex-military, straight men, and their girlfriends.  Charlie is gay and Jeremy is bi-sexual.  While Jeremy is accepted by his family, he, too, has experienced prejudice.  So, even though he seems confident, he's not.  

When Jeremy and Charlie finally do express their feelings and desires they are both afraid.  But once they start they can't hold back.  They're very physical, strong, and sexy.  

I love Charlie and especially love Jeremy and I loved reading this book.  It's a novella so it's shorter than some of the others, but it's well worth it.  I give Hard to Be Good FOUR stars!

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"TOP PICK! If you're looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you." ~RT Book Reviews Magazine

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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