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…
Hard To Be Good is the latest title in the “Hard Ink” series. Aside from moving forward in uncovering the plot and players involved in getting Nick and company discharged from the military in disgrace, each book focuses on a different couple. The couple at the center of this episode is Jeremy and Charlie.
Out of all of those who have been paired up, I think Jeremy and Charlie are probably the ones who have had the most “getting to know you” time. Jeremy has been flirty and tongue-in-cheek since the group of former soldiers converged on Hard Ink and essentially took it over, not making any secret of his bisexuality. Once Charlie was rescued and brought into the fold, the connection between them was almost immediate, even though shy, battered Charlie is more reserved. Jeremy and Charlie have been skirting around each other for the past few books and it was great to see them finally take the steps to get together. They are super hot and achingly sweet at the same time – a perfect combo!!
I keep forgetting that all that has happened since the first book has only taken place over the course of a few weeks. I’m not usually a fan of insta-love, but I haven’t really thought about it applying in these books. Given the constant danger around them, I think fear of what their future holds has heightened everyone’s feelings and made them realize that they need to reach out and take what’s in front of them while they have the chance.
Over the course of this series, I have really fallen in love with these characters, and I find myself getting sad that there is only Beckett’s story left to tell. I can’t recommend this series enough. Laura Kaye is a character master. The Hard Ink series was my introduction to Ms. Kaye’s work, and now it is time for me to play catch up. I cannot wait to see what else she’s got in store!
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Praise for the Hard Ink Series:
“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
About the Author
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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