Thursday, December 5, 2013

HARD AS IT GETS by Laura Kaye: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway








HARD AS IT GETS (Hard Ink #1)



A Contemporary Romantic Suspense novel


Release Date: November 26, 2013



Synopsis:


Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...


Excerpt:


Nick sniffed and murmured, and his breathing slowly changed from the slow, shallow draws of sleep to the deeper pattern of wakefulness. “What are you thinking so hard about?” he said, his voice a seductive, raw gravel.
“Nothing,” Becca whispered.
“Bad liar, remember?”
She smiled. Not even awake and he was already a smart-ass. “You’re laying on me.”
He lifted his head, eyes still soft with sleep and oh so bright. “Er, oh, God, Bec—”
“Don’t move, please? I wasn’t complaining.”
“Then what—”
“It’s just…” The way he was looking at her, half concerned, half like he might make her every dream come true, had her spilling a fast stream of honesty that was about five point two light-years beyond oversharing. “I’m horny. And you’re hot as hell. And we’re clearly trying to be good. Although, I’m not sure why, exactly. And, anyway, I don’t want you to move. Because I like the feel of you. And I—”
His mouth swallowed the rest of the nonsense spilling from her lips. The kiss was aggressive and needful, his tongue twining with hers, his hands in her hair, his chest atop her breasts. For a long moment, she was so stunned by the kiss that all she could do was give in to the sensual assault. His leg pressed between her legs, hard against her clit, the bunching and shifting of his muscles shoving her step by step closer to the edge of restraint. A stream of moans and whimpers worked their way up her throat until finally she couldn’t stop her hips from dancing against his thigh.
“Nick,” she rasped around the edge of a kiss. “Oh, God.”
“What?” he said, pulling back. He stroked his nose over her cheek to her ear. “What’s the matter?” He eased his thigh away.
Her whimper was full of protest for the loss of him. The sexy bastard chuckled. “Don’t stop,” she managed.
Tracing his tongue around the shell of her ear, he rocked his hips against her nice and slow. “Don’t’ stop what?”
Becca swallowed roughly, arousal making it hard to breathe, hard to think. “You’re teasing me.”
He chuffed out another small laugh in her ear, casting shivers over her skin. “I am.”
Digging her fingers into his hair, she grasped tow handfuls and held tight. “Well don’t. I want…”
Nick’s tongue was in her mouth again, exploring every wet corner and stealing her breath. He pulled back, panting. “What? What do you want, sunshine?”
The nickname tugged her heart into the action, too. Did he realize he said it? “I like when you call me that.”
He bit her bottom lip and tugged, his gaze boring into hers, one eyebrow arched. “What do you want?”


Review:


Star Rating: 4.5 stars!

Heat Rating: HOT!



I fell in love with Laura Kaye when I read Hearts in Darkness (click to learn more) and I was BLOWN away by Hard as it Gets!  I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in a matter of hours.  Laura Kaye delivered a fantastic story with suspense, steamy-hotness and a great cast of characters.  

Laura Kaye took the damsel in distress and ran with it!  Becca is a strong, independent woman who doesn't dissolve in a puddle of tears when things go wrong.  I loved that she had back bone, a cool head and common sense (she knew when she should listen and ask for help).  It was nice to see a heroine that wasn't stubborn or uncooperative, the calm and drama-free hysterics was a lovely change of pace!

Nick Rixley, damn!  Laura Kaye can write one hell of an alpha male.  I loved this complex character.  He was tough, prickly, loyal, protective, fierce and sexy as all get out.  I want my very own Rixely!  Watching Nick and Becca interact throughout this story was intense, their chemistry was strong and they made the story hard to put down.  (Get a fan, because things get H-O-T!)

I loved this book and I can't wait to get my hands on more of the Hard Ink men!  Laura Kaye created the perfect mix of suspense and romance, the two blended perfectly,  you get a fantastic story that will leave you turning pages as fast as you can read them and characters that you will fall in love with.  The pacing was great, the story was engaging and the characters were people I would really love to know more about.

Hard As It Gets has kicked off this new series with a bang and I am anxiously awaiting book #2's release in February of 2014.  Laura Kaye is definitely a must buy author.  If you are looking for a great story filled with action, suspense, loyalty and love, then you can't go wrong with Hard As It Gets and the Hard Ink series.  Go 1-click today and be prepared to be swept away by Nick and Becca's story!




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Meet the Author:



Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen 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.






Giveaway:



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Terms & Conditions

The Kindle Paperwhite 3G giveaway is international unless excluded.  If your country is not on the list that Amazon delivers to, you will not be eligible win this prize.

Author Laura Kaye is not responsible for damage to the Kindle in transit.  All issues regarding this must be addressed to Amazon.

All accessories for the Kindle Paperwhite 3G must be purchased by the winner – the prize is the Kindle Paperwhite 3G only.

Entrants must be 18 or over.


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