Monday, February 24, 2014

Review Stop on the HARD AS YOU CAN by Laura Kaye Blog Tour - The Newest Hard Ink Novel + #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the HARD AS YOU CAN by Laura Kaye Blog Tour celebrating the arrival of the second book in the amazing HARD INK series from Avon Romance.

***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review

Blurb for HARD AS YOU CAN:

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go.

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Ever since the very pretty, petite waitress at Confessions helped Shane McCallan and his team rescue Becca’s brother, Shane’s had his long missing little sister, Molly, on his mind. The intriguing waitress, Crystal, has also been on his mind and when he returns to find her sporting a bruise on her face, he can’t help but feel responsible. Shane’s determined to discover why she remains in danger by continuing to work at Confessions and whether or not, he can count on her for further assistance as their mission to solve the problem of Church and his apostles continues.

Crystal Dean can’t seem to forget the tall, incredibly gorgeous man with the steely gray eyes, and sexy southern drawl who she inadvertently assisted in whatever endeavor he and his friends were up to that night at Confessions. Although she suffered the wrath of her boyfriend Bruno, somehow she knew she’d done something right for a change. So, when the tall stranger shows up at the club once again, Crystal discovers there’s a kindness in this man that she cannot ignore – not to mention, the way his gaze makes her knees weak. Can she hope that Shane will honor his promise to help her and her sister, Jenna or is he just like every other man? And, what will he do when he learns her darkest secret?

I thought nothing could sweep me away into the pages of a book better than Laura’s first book in this fabulous series, HARD AS IT GETS, but then I started reading HARD AS YOU CAN and quickly fell head over heels in love with Shane McCallan. The man is amazing. He battles his own demons, which have tortured him since he was thirteen, when his world came crashing down with the disappearance of his beloved little sister. Yet, all the while he carries the torment of guilt from his youth and the added guilt of losing good men in the field, he remains the most tender, gentle, caring, and loyal hero character I’ve ever met. Don’t get me wrong, the man is no saint but oh my, it is easy to forgive his misgivings when you imagine him whispering, Sweetness, in your ear.

HARD AS YOU CAN by Laura Kaye is a wonderful addition to an already awesome series, which started with Nick and Becca’s story in HARD AS IT GETS. If you haven’t tried this series yet, do. It’s more than an action-paced romance contemporary, it’s about loyalty, brotherhood, and forgiveness. HARD AS YOU CAN is an action driven, mission-centered, team-sharing story about forgiving old friends, trusting others when all faith has been shattered, and giving in to your heart's desires when the thought of revealing your full self to someone else terrifies you.

Laura Kaye has created the most amazing group of characters for this series, and with each one there’s an unspoken promise of more waiting to be introduced to us. This group of men, each one with their own special brand of sexiness, pulls us in and has us wishing we could meet real men like these, or at least be able to walk in their heroines’ shoes for a day - or a year.

I highly, highly recommend HARD AS YOU CAN, a Hard Ink novel by Laura Kaye because it’s just too good for words and Shane McCallan is so amazing and Southern Swoon Worthy Dreamy.

Happy Reading Everyone!


Laura Kaye 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.

If you’d like to learn more about Laura and her incredible books, feel free to visit her website, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads and don’t forget to check out the cutest Facebook page ever - Hard Ink Puppy.

Don’t go away though because since this a stop on a blog tour it naturally has a GIVEAWAY!

Please use the rafflecopter to enter. Thank you and Good Luck!

HARD AS YOU CAN, book two in the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye, Avon Romance, releasing Tuesday, February 25, 2014, available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Kobobooks, and iTunes.
***click on links or cover below for purchasing information



Sonia Ferreira said...

My favorite genre is romance but I can't decide if it's contemporary romance, paranormal (vampire) romance or romantic suspense because I enjoy so much the 3 kinds.

Congrats on the release of HAYC!

Jeanne Glynn said...
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Jeanne Glynn said...

I moved from historical romance to romantic suspense, and really enjoy special ops romance in particular. I'm really excited for the new book to drop (as I know that when I check my kindle account tonight around 9:30 pm the book should be ready to download!!) I'll probably read the entire book until I finish it. Don't worry I don't really need much sleep. LOL ;)

books4me said...

I loved Hard As It Gets and can't wait to read this book...especially after reading this review!

Amy Valentini said...

I can't wait to find out if y'all love HARD AS YOU CAN as much as I did. I'm ready to read it again!!

Lisa Bowring said...

I love Laura - her books just keep getting better and better so it is with high expectations that I wait for Hard as You Can since Hard as it Gets was simply awesome!

bekah Smith said...

I don't have a fave genre. I tend to read what ever takes my fancy :)

Mel said...

I love to read all kinds of genre but I love reading romance the most! :)