Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hard to Let Go (Hard Ink #4) by Laura Kaye: Review + Excerpt Tour & Giveaway


Hard to Let Go:

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.


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Excerpt:

Angel. Beckett called her Angel.

Kat could barely breathe, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the 250-pound linebacker currently lying on top of her.

He’d called her Angel.

Why? All they did was fight and annoy the shit out of each other. Where had the term of endearment come from?

Maybe it was just the haze of lust and epically good sex talking. That could totally be it. She wondered if he even realized he’d said it.

But it was still confusing as hell. She’d been so mad at him last night that she hadn’t even wanted to be in the same room with him. And she’d promised herself that after all the bullshit he’d said, this wasn’t happening again. Not ever.

Now, here she lay. His cock still tucked inside her, his body covering her, his arms holding her. And a part of her didn’t want it to end. Because he’d also apologized. More than that, he’d made it clear that he’d flown off the handle because he was worried about her. Which was downright sweet, really. In a totally fucked-up Beckett Murda kinda way.

Honestly, he was, at once, the sexiest, most attractive man she’d ever known—and the most confusing and infuriating.

He’s rough around the edges, but he’s a good guy. Beckett just takes a while to let anybody get close…

That’s what Marz had said. Could it be that Beckett’s whole strong-silent-grouchy routine was just … some kind of defense mechanism? If so, a defense against what?

And did it really matter?

She laid there for a long moment, surrounded by Beckett’s heat, his soft breath playing over her ear.

Yeah, on some level it did matter. Because there was something between them. Clearly. Maybe it was just pure animal attraction. Except he’d given her glimpses that there was something more to him. Something deeper. Something that spoke to her heart. All of which played as much of a role in the fact that they kept ending up naked together—or partially naked, anyway—as the fact that he fucked her better than she’d ever been fucked in her life. At least, it explained why she kept giving in.

“Beckett?” she whispered, not possessing the energy to speak much louder.

No answer.

“Beckett?” she said again.

Holy shit. The big, hard-ass jerk had fallen asleep? Holding her.

Aw, crap. That was kinda sweet, too. Proving that her heart was such a sucker. Because she didn’t want to wake him up. She didn’t want him to get off of her. All she wanted was to listen to the call of her exhaustion and close her eyes.


About the Author:

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

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Review by Yvette:

After four full-length novellas and two novellas, the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye has finally come to an end and the title of the final book, Hard to Let Go, pretty much sums up my thoughts on saying goodbye to this unforgettable cast of characters I’ve gotten to know and love along the way. Like its predecessors, Hard to Let Go is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller, only now readers are finally getting answers to a number of questions as everything comes to a head with protagonists, Beckett Murda and Kat Rixley at the forefront. Between Kat and Beckett's budding romance, a subplot involving Kat's ex, and the culmination of their lead investigation, there is hardly a moment's rest. From the very first sentence and on through the epilogue, Hard to Let Go is an attention-grabbing, emotionally-gripping, entertaining thrill ride and, to put it simply, I loved every minute of it.

After being teased with the prospect of Beckett and Kat’s romance, I was eager to get to their story, which promised to be rife with sexual tension and a flirtation that straddled the border between love and hate. From the moment Beckett and Kat crossed paths when he pulled a gun on her after failing to identify her as Nick and Jeremy’s sister, the couple butted heads and ended most conversations at each other’s throats. Strangely enough, this unconcealed aggression translated to unrestrained lust when the two finally surrendered to the fiery passion that sparked between them. Their chemistry was explosive and their compatibility in the bedroom was undeniable but the road to Happily Ever After was obstructed with misunderstandings, secrets, and of course, their ongoing battle for justice.

Hard to Let Go is very much a character-driven novel, which is as successful as it is because of the depth of these characters’ backstories. While I loved Kat’s fierce, no-nonsense strength, Beckett had a direct line to my heartstrings and elicited some of the most poignant moments of the entire series with his heartbreakingly brutal past. His silent pain had me on the verge of tears – tears that threatened to spill the more Beckett unburdened the thoughts and memories that haunted him. It’s not often that a book makes me cry but, between the series wrapping up and Beckett’s unexpectedly devastating background, this book had my emotions all over the place.

What I love most about the Hard Ink series is that it has one overarching narrative that follows a new pair of love interests with each book so that, even though Hard to Let Go was Kat and Beckett’s story, their romance was just one aspect of the book. As much as I love the romance and the intrigue, it's the camaraderie between the Hard Ink crew that injected so much life into every page of every book in the series. These guys were already as close as brothers, but the bond was renewed and strengthened as they invited one another to share in their vulnerabilities. The series started as a way for this group of former soldiers to clear false charges made against their unit, but it morphed into this incredible journey of love, friendship, and redemption. While I was reluctant to part ways with the series, I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect or more fitting ending for the entire group.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars


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