Series: Hard Ink #2
Genres: Contemporary, Military, Romantic Suspense
Published by Avon Books on February 25, 2014
Also in this series: Hard As It Gets, Hard To Hold On To, Hard to Come By
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Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
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.
Crystal Roberts is a waitress at the same place that her boyfriend works at. And she has something to hide. Shane McCallan is a former Special Forces member. As you read this story, you will see the connection to the first book. Characters that we met make an appearance in this book as well. So you might want to think about reading book one, Hard As It Gets, if you haven’t already.
Laura writes a scene where men and food are involved. I felt as if I were a part of the festivities and could almost smell the food – and all that testosterone. This is just one scene where the reader sees more of the team that this group of men are a part of – part of which is staying under the radar.
Our author has included a couple of medical emergencies that are a part of the suspense of this piece. It has me wondering about the amount of research that had to be involved in order to get the scenes correct. Laura is so descriptive that if you have a sensitive stomach you may get a little queasy.
Shane may be an alpha hard ass but where women are concerned he appears to turn into a pussycat – but for Crystal make that a tomcat. Even knowing that, if I were in any type of trouble I would love to have a man like Shane to help get me out. And believe me there is plenty of action from beginning to end to keep you focused on the story and you may even find that you start to lose track of time. This is a series that I recommend you follow. It does cover sensitive subjects but it’s not done in a way that will disgust you.
Make sure to read the Acknowledgements – the author talks to those that helped give life to this book. I get a newsletter from Fresh Fiction and in their latest email, which so happens to be about Laura, they hint that there’s going to be at least two more books in this series. The first of which will be coming out in August. I’m looking forward to this series continuing and will put the next book on my radar. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)