A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).
I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice. Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.
Hard as You Can is the second installment to the Hark Ink series by Laura Kaye, and it definitely had the suspense and twists from the first book…but add on way more.
First off, I highly recommend reading Hard as it Gets first before diving into Hard as You Can. You will never know what happened in the first book if you try to read the second book first. (Believe me you will want to know about Nick) =) Laura Kaye picks up the dilemma of the first book in Hard as You Can, but with different characters playing the major part in the book. We are introduced to Shane and Crystal in this book and they definitely were meant to meet each other at the right time.
What can I say about the characters before going into what I loved most about the book. I was not really fond of Crystal due to her staying with a guy that continuously hurt her physically. She kept coming up saying why she needed to stay with him, and then she had her sister who had no clue what was going on. Crystal finally won me over a bit when she was there to help her sister and then at the end of the book. She finally realized what she needed to do to get away.
The minute Shane is introduced, he’s actually in disguise, but he had already won my heart. He’s the gentleman of the bunch who doesn’t handle well with women and children getting hurt. He has a past he’s trying to get over on what happened with his little sister, so he’s got a soft side. He also is scary to mess with when it comes to loved ones getting hurt. I loved how he was there constantly for Crystal, even when she gave him such a hard time. He was definitely persistent…and he definitely had ways of charming a girl. =)
I loved the suspense of Hard as You Can and how Laura Kaye answered some questions from this book, but of course opened up new ones. She gripped in from the first page due to what as happening to the characters. She’s continuing with what happened to Becca and her brother from the first book into this one. There’s some closure in this book, butHard as You Can just makes you want more of the Hard Ink guys.
I give this book 4 full moons and recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there, and readers that enjoy sexy ex-military members who are out for vengeance.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss for the Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.