Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hard As You Can (Hard Ink #2) by Laura Kaye

Hard As You Can
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Crystal is living a nightmare. She was kidnapped, abused and sold. Now she is a waitress at one of the gang's properties. She is "dating" Bruno and her sister's epilepsy seems to be getting worse.

Shane McCallan lost his sister when he was just a kid. Since then he has tried to help others.

God, what he wouldn’t give for five more minutes with his kid sister. Just five. Did she know how sorry he was? How much he loved her? That he’d devoted his life to making things right for others as a penance for getting so much wrong with her?

As part of the Special Forces he was able to help during this war.  Loosing part of his team was another punch he was not expecting.
When his former team mate asked him to help him rescue the brother of the woman he was falling for, Shane couldn't say no.
This is how he meets Crystal.  He knows she is in trouble and when they need more intel, he volunteers to find her and make her talk.
Rescuing Crystal (and her sister) at the same time, finding out more about the Church and the links to Afghanistan and their dismissal from the military can be riskier than they thought.

Crystal needs help and trusting Shane may be the right choice.

desire to tell him she’d love his help because, God, it would be so nice to have someone to lean on now and then.

I think Laura writes a great romance with good suspense. The seriousness of certain topics mixed with humor and emotional scenes make her books special.

I felt so bad for Crystal. She had a rotten deal and what she went through should never have happened. I'm surprised she was so well balanced.  Shane did a great job showing her that he didn't care what she had done to survive. He didn't make it any more difficult that it had to be.

This ex-military team is now getting help from an MC group and some other characters are introduced too. I wonder how Jeremy's home is going to be able to sleep everyone in it. Not that I'm complaining. I liked all the additional characters and want to get to know them better.

“It’s easy to be good to someone when you love them the way I love you.” Sara’s breath hitched, and the tears fell. 
“You . . . love me?” 
“Aw, darlin’. I’m so in love with you, I can barely think straight.”

4/5 Fangs


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