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HARD TO LET GO
Series: Hard Ink #4
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Series: Hard Ink #4
Release Date: June 30, 2015
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.
When Beckett finally withdrew from her, Kat missed him everywhere. His heat. His hold. His body inside hers. But he gently turned her, then grabbed some napkins from the supplies. Kat cleaned herself up and they quietly reassembled themselves. All the while, she hoped like hell that things wouldn’t go from awesome to weird as they had before.
Expression serious, Beckett took her hands in his.
And Kat’s heart fell to the floor. Here it comes again. She could already hear him saying that this was a mistake—
“I don’t want to hide us anymore,” he said.
Wait. What? “You … what?” His words were so unexpected, she half felt like she’d just walked, cartoonlike, into a pole she hadn’t known was there.
“I don’t know what we might be, Kat, but I know what I want us not to be. I don’t want us to be some dirty little secret. And I don’t want us to pretend around everyone else that we don’t care. And I don’t want us to just be quickies in a sniper’s roost.” Those bright blue eyes absolutely blazed at her.
Kat’s head spun. Not because she didn’t like the sound of what he was saying, but because she was gobsmacked that he was the one saying it. Mostly, she’d contented herself with thinking quickies in a sniper’s roost were all they’d ever be, no matter how much her heart found deeper, sweeter things to like about the man.
“I won’t say anything if you don’t want me to, though,” he said, brow furrowing and shoulders sagging. Just the littlest bit.
But it was enough to make her realize she hadn’t responded adequately, or, like, at all. “No, no. I’m sorry. I’m just surprised. But I’d like not hiding, too. At first, well, I wasn’t sure …” She shrugged. “But there’s clearly something here, Beckett. And I’d like to know what it might be without feeling like we’re doing something wrong.”
“Exactly,” he said, hope filling his eyes. And God if that didn’t make them even prettier.
She smiled as butterflies whipped through her belly. Kinda ridiculous, given that she was a twenty-nine-year-old woman, but the feeling was there all the same. “So, uh, what were you thinking? And, oh, by the way, I’m pretty sure Jeremy might’ve guessed something’s going on already.”
“Yeah, I caught that. Marz, too, by the way.”
“Damn, they’re good.” Kat chuckled.
“Or just giant busybodies.”
Grinning, Kat nodded. “They could be that, too.”
Beckett cupped his big hand around Kat’s face. “The first thing I’d like to do is talk to your brother.” Kat couldn’t hold back the groan that spilled out of her, and it made Beckett chuckle. “Trust me, I’m not looking forward to that conversation either. But Nick’s one of my best friends and my teammate. If he doesn’t hear it from me, he’s gonna be pissed. Or more pissed, as the case may be.”
This is my honest review
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent
Romance, bromance and finally the truth!
When I first started reading Hard to Let Go, it was a little bittersweet for me. I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. After three books and two novellas, the Hard Ink characters have consistently wormed their way into my heart. I had confidence that Laura Kaye would make the fourth and final full-length book special, and she truly pulled that off in an amazing way! Wow!
Katherine Rixey, younger sister of Nick and Jeremy Rixey, arrived at Hard Ink a few days from the start of this book. She pretty much enters the scene right in the middle of the team’s mission to clear their names and restore their honor and quickly gets caught in the whirlwind of crossfire. I loved Kat! She’s confident, sharp, witty, and a risk taker. These are all qualities that Beckett Murda immediately notices and, boy, do things ignite deliciously between these two right away! Beckett’s backstory is heartbreaking and made me feel for the big guy. There’s a reason why he doesn’t chase dreams, but there’s something very positive about being back together with his closest friends.
“For the first time in a long time he’d dared to want. A woman. His friends. A place to belong.”
Hard to Let Go is not only Beckett and Kat’s story, but it’s also the story that Hard Ink fans have been waiting for from the start. You know that saying “the truth will set you free”? Well, that all happens in spectacular fashion in this book! Just have tissues on hand and your heart ready to be squeezed warmly.
I think Hard to Let Go is the book with the most action, suspense and surprising twists in the series. I was pretty much kept on edge as everything unfolded. The entire series takes place in roughly about a month. The plot is fast moving and reading the books in order is like riding a roller coaster. Laura Kaye writes the journey so special for each of the couples. She seamlessly shows their human, vulnerable side that you feel for each and every one of them, the concern tremendous as so much was at stake. There are several moments in this series, and in this book in particular, that will make you cry, laugh-out-loud, and make your heart pound. These men make up a close-knit team. They are brothers in arms and have each other’s back. They truly fall hard when it comes to love. I’m really sad that this series has now come to an end, but I’m looking forward to what Ms. Kaye has in store for us with the Raven Riders! Thank you, Laura, for introducing us to the heroes of Hard Ink!
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About Laura Kaye:
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.