Sunday, March 2, 2014

Review of Laura Kaye's Hard As You Can (+Giveaway)

Blurb: 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.

Review: You know, I really enjoyed the first book in the Hard Ink series, Hard As It Gets. This second book in the series didn't let me down at all.

Hard As You Can picked up where the first left off. The guys at Hard Ink are still trying to uncover the mystery of who set them up. From their last mission, extracting Becca's brother from a nefarious, seedy strip club, Shane McCallan encounters Crystal Dean, who essentially helps them. Of course, there's something about the troubled woman he can't forget. And that's where our book picks up.

I loved Shane and all his Southern charm. Add in the fact, he was determined to help Crystal, and he wouldn't take no for an answer. He's protective, sweet, and loving with Crystal, which is just what she needs, and I think I loved him more for that. She didn't need another a-hole in her life, and Shane fit the bill by being the support system she needed.

Crystal was an easily likeable character as well. The woman pretty much lived her life the best she knew how for her and her sister, Jenna. She did what she had to and remained strong for her sister. Yet another plus for the hero is he never once belittled or disliked her for the things she had to do. He understood her position and gave her the respect she deserved.

All in all, these two characters were great together in my opinion. Also, I'm totally waiting to find out more about Easy and Jenna. Lo and behold, the next book will indeed be theirs. Kaye will be releasing a novella entitled, Hard To Hold On To, in August of 2014. Now, who do you think will be pre-ordering that one, eh?

Overall, I'm digging on this series so hard lately. The series is well-written and fast-paced with developed, likeable characters. I'm sold. If you haven't tried it yet, do so.

Read an Extended Excerpt of Book 1, Hard As It Gets
Buy Hard As You Can at Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
 Author Bio: Laura 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.
***Now for the giveaway, since I'm loving this series lately, I'm offering one commenter who leaves me their email either the first or second book in the Hard Ink series in digital or print format. So one person will win a digital or print copy of Hard As It Gets or Hard As You Can. Just be sure to comment with your email so I can contact you for your details later. Good luck!***


  1. Love the cover and already love Shane. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. oH ME PLEASE!!!! it would be such a wonderful birthday gift i would love a print copy of book 1 please*finger crossed*
    the review of book too is reallly making me want to finally start this series but i wasn't lucky enough to get book 1 and from your review it sound like they really need to be read in order so if i ant to discover " Hard as you can" that tempt me so much i must start by book 1 ( that i so wanted when it was released but from the summary book 2 could be my favourite of the two)

    thank you a lot for this generous giveaway


  3. Sounds fabulous!!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway! lindalou (at) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com

    I would love either of these books.

  5. Sounds like a great book. Awesome cover.

  6. Oh, thank you for the chance to win. The books sound awesome.

  7. Sounds like a great book! Wonderful review!

    I bought the first book in the series, but didn't have a chance to read it yet. Can't wait to dig into this series.

  8. Great review, Melissa! I have not yet read the first one (though I have it on my Kindle), but have enjoyed other books by Laura, so I am sure I will this series as well. :)
    It sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
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