This Chick Read: Hard as it Gets (A Hard Ink novel) by Laura Kaye

I am definitely in summer beach read mode.  I keep hovering over mysteries and fantasy novels, but keep picking up some romances that I’ve had on the back burner.  It is that time of year for fun, love and adventure.  Laura Kaye is always a must read, as her romances have grit and their men have issues that just need a good woman to help them overcome.  Nick Rixey is exactly that man.  He is ex military and his last mission went bad and half his squad died.  He was leading that mission and blamed himself for those men dying.  When Becca Merritt seeks him out, he doesn’t want anything to do with her, after all, it was her father who served over him, and who led them into that trap where his men died.  Becca, not knowing his feelings over her father, and actually not knowing that truth, needs help finding her brother, who has disappeared.  The last time she and her brother had talked, he had mentioned that he’d found information that led him to believe that her father was not the man that they thought he was, and she refused to listen.  Now, she has come to Nick, to help her on her search.

Nick reaches out to his old team, who even though they separated on bad terms, come to he and Becca’s aid.  The interaction between he and his team was tense with unresolved emotions and the scenes between those guys were very well written.  As this is the first in the series, I look forward to reading a book about each of them. Nick tried so hard to be ambivalent to Becca, but his protective instincts overcame any other instinct he had to shut down what he was feeling for her.  His character was dark, his voice raspy, his psyche injured, and he needed a little light in his world.  Becca became his light.  Becca was a layered character, not just a woman in need, although she certainly was that.  Her elder brother died from a drug overdose, her father was dead, and her surviving brother had disappeared.  She was a nurse, so was a nurturer, and even with her brothers disappearance, she could see that there was something special about Nick, beyond the intense attraction she had to him, and she wanted to help him heal.

I picked up Hard as it Gets looking for a light romance and got a well crafted, layered romantic action adventure. There are a lot of books in this series, so I’m looking forward to picking up the next one!

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