Hard to be Good (#HardInk 3.5) by Laura Kaye ARC Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop of the Hard to Be Good Tour!

Title: Hard to Be Good
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #3.5
Genre: M/M Romance, erotic novella
Publisher: Avon Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2015

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...
Source: review copy from publisher
This is my honest review
Rating: 5 Stars - Excellent

Tattooist + Computer Geek = Hard Ink Hotness!

Oh my! Oh my!!! If you’ve been following along with the Hard Ink series, then you know that Laura Kaye has been teasing us with pairing Jeremy Rixey (brother of Nick and Kat Rixey) and Charlie Merritt (brother of Becca Merritt). Hard to Be Good is an M/M romance, and Laura Kaye does not hold back!

Jeremy owns Hard Ink Tattoo and a whole slew of funny t-shirts. He’s really become one my favorite characters in this series. Back in book 1, Hard as it Gets, Jeremy quickly gets pulled into what’s going on in his brother’s life. At the time, they were all trying to rescue Charlie, who had been kidnapped by some very bad people. It has now been roughly two weeks within the series timeline. Nick and his team are so close to finding all the answers they’re seeking, and Charlie is helping them with his brilliant mind and computer skills. I love Charlie! He’s quiet and shy, and in this story you get to see how he really feels on the inside, including all his fears and conflicts.

Keep in mind that Hard to Be Good is a novella. It’s short and doesn’t add much to the overall series plotline. Although Nick does something very sweet, this story really just focuses on Jeremy and Charlie, which was fine with me. I read this in one sitting, and abso-freaking-lutely enjoyed every moment! Jer and Charlie are a perfect fit. They pretty much display their heart and soul to one another, and it was beautiful to read.

“Charlie tasted like sweet, innocent temptation, and Jeremy wanted to consume every last bite.”

Wowza, Hard to Be Good is full of dirty talking and hotness! Ms. Kaye pretty much satisfied my wild imagination of how it was going to go down between these two. Everything that happens with Jeremy and Charlie is explicit, highly erotic and drips with desire!!! Thank you, Laura Kaye!

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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 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. 

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