Series: Hard Ink,
Also in this series: Hard As You Can, Hard to Hold on To, Hard to Come By, Hard to be Good, Hard to Let Go, Hard as Steel
Published by Avon on 26 November 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Family, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, War & Military
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Also by this author: Hard As You Can, Hard to Hold on To, Hard to Come By, Hard to be Good, Hard to Let Go, Hard as Steel
Place(s) Traveled To: Baltimore, Maryland
First Line(s): Becca Merritt stepped through the heavy industrial door and into another world.
Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye is the first book in her Hard Ink series which is about a group of six ex-military alpha males who were dishonorably discharged but find themselves coming back together in order to clear their name. In the first book we’re introduced to all the military men and learn a bit of their backstory as they help Becca try to find her brother. At first Nick Rixey is reluctant to help as it was Becca’s father that caused all the issues for his army team but as with all romances there was just something about her vulnerability he couldn’t forget and so he was compelled to help her.
For me, Hard As It Gets was a bit slow. There is a whole lot of sitting around and talking about all the angst the various characters were feeling and not much doing of things. The main characters don’t even sleep together until more than half way through the book. Though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the whole book does take place over just a few days. So, Nick and Becca’s falling in love and finding their happily for now was one of the many things that you just had to accept as it certainly wasn’t realistic.
The whole plot of the book was also borderline realistic and while it might have worked as an action film the fact that the main story was completely unresolved and barely addressed just had me letting out a sigh of ugh. After all I like more plot in my books than in my action films. Hard As It Gets is just one long build up to what will be the main event in this mystery of the how and why Becca’s dad did what he did and where all the evidence is buried so that Nick and his buddies can clear their names. This build up made it hard to feel the suspense that was supposed to be in this book. I was never on the edge of my seat because the action just wasn’t as grand as it could have been.
As for the main characters, Becca was a little bit too much of a wishy-washy Mary Sue and Nick was just a little too broody for my tastes. I don’t mind broken characters that need to be healed by the power of love but in Hard As It Gets is just seemed like every cliche that could be used was used. Granted I have read worse and there was enough in this book that did keep me reading until the end. So there is there. While Hard As It Gets will never be my favorite romantic suspense novel it wasn’t terrible and I am curious to see where this whole story line is going to keep on reading this series.