Release Day Blitz - Hard to Let Go (Hard Ink #4) by Laura Kaye ~ Excerpt, Ava's Review and Giveaway!
Taking a deep breath, Beckett knocked on the door.
He turned the knob, and the door opened.
“Go away,” came a strained voice.
Beckett poked his head through the opening. Kat sat in a ball in the corner, her legs pulled up to her chest, her arms hugging herself tight.
“Aw, Jesus, Beckett. Really?” Her face was splotchy and her eyes watery, though he didn’t see any tears.
Ten-to-one she was going through some adrenaline letdown right now, too. Which no doubt made it all worse. That shit could fuck you up even when you were used to how it left you feeling drained and shaky, by how all the stress you’d suppressed during the height of the crisis boomeranged twice over after the fact.
He came into the room, closed the door, and turned the lock for good measure. And then he crossed to Kat, scooped his arms under her knees and behind her back and lifted her up against him.
She smacked his chest. “Put me down.”
“No.” He moved to the edge of the bed.
“I don’t need this right now, Beckett. Put me down.”
“Yes, you do,” he said, sitting on the edge of the mattress. He pulled her face in against his throat and smoothed her hair back from her cheek. She trembled against him, just the littlest bit, her skin hot to the touch. He pressed a kiss to her forehead and hugged her tighter. “You did good, kid.”
Every one of her muscles went tight. Her hand fisted in his shirt. And her breath caught as she buried her face against his neck and shoulder.
Then Kat burst out crying.
And it was like being torn apart and put back together, all at once. He hated her pain, but he adored that she wasn’t hiding herself from him, and that she was letting him be there for her.
He didn’t shush her, or try to talk her down, or encourage her to dry her eyes. To be sure, her tears were like daggers in his heart—they hurt like fucking hell. But the only way she was going to feel better was to let this shit out. Ironic realization for him—he did actually see that. But just because you could see what was good for others didn’t mean you had the first goddamned idea how to apply those principles in your own life. And that was a problem for another time anyway.
What mattered right now was Kat. What mattered … was Kat.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
It was finally time for the last instalment of the Hard Ink series. It was time for the fallen soldiers to get the justice they deserved and it was also Beckett Murda’s time to get the girl.
If you have been following the men of Hard Ink like I have, you will not be disappointed with Hard To Let Go. It is a fitting end to the series with its perfect blend of suspense, romance and surprises.
I still can’t believe the books span over a time frame of 3-4 weeks, so much happens but at the same time it’s like no time has passed at all. I think the author did a great job with every technical aspect of the story.
Kat and Beckett’s relationship was hot right from the start, their love/hate chemistry was believable and they both brought out the best and worst in each other. My favourite element of Kaye’s characters is their vulnerability, in particular the big, stoic army men. Each had a sensitive side, they had their own demons to fight with but when that part was exposed and explored, that’s when I fell for them completely.
“Beckett realized that as satisfied as his body was in this moment, it was his soul that was all lit up inside. Because even though it wouldn’t last, for right now he was wanted and he was good. And he so rarely experienced either that it was one of the most special moments of his life.”
“When he didn’t say anything right away, she stroked her fingers down his cheek. “What?” she whispered.
He sorted through the whirl in his mind. “What I’m asking is...for you not to give up on me.” Beckett shook his head. “I’ll get my shit together. I promise.”
Hard To Let Go was an enjoyable read for me. Kat was probably my favourite female character of the series; I loved her feistiness and her drive to help not only her brothers but their team as well. There was plenty of suspense building up into a great crescendo and the series ended on a high. I’m a huge fan of Laura Kaye’s writing and although I’m sad to see the end of the Hard Ink crew, I look forward to the next series and can’t wait to fall in love with a whole new set of characters.
If you are a fan of romantic suspense then this series is not to be missed.
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Praise for HARD TO LET GO:
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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Praise for Hard to Come By:
"Rough sex and explosive fights power Kaye's third Hard Ink novel, a thrilling adventure that feels more like an action movie with a romantic subplot than a typical contemporary romance. New readers will head straight for Kaye's backlist after powering through this installment." ~Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"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
"Love. Brotherhood. Loyalty to the end."
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Hard to Come By is the next instalment in the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye. This time around, it is Marz’s story and it was one I couldn’t wait for.
Derek DiMarzio is reunited with his brothers in arms as they continue to uncover the conspiracy behind their other than honourable discharge. The action heats up, secrets are uncovered and revelations are made. The group are one step closer to discovering the truth behind the events that left many of them scarred and a number of their friends dead. Marz wants justice for his team; he just didn’t expect to find love along the way.
Emilie Garza’s brother was mixed up in all kinds of bad trouble and unfortunately Emilie was dragged into it. Derek seemed like a dreamboat who appeared from nowhere to sweep Emilie off her feet. But when the truth was revealed, Emilie had to decide if Marz was the real deal and if his feelings for her were genuine. I really liked Emilie’s character and I thought she was a perfect match for Marz. She had experienced heartbreak before, and with the situation with her brother, Emilie understood the importance of family and life. She was exactly who Marz needed.
“Thank you for loving me,” he said, and there was a note of pain in the words that nearly broke her heart. “oh baby,” she said, puling his head down to her shoulder and wrapping her arms around him tight. “It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done.”
I am really enjoying this series. I love the mixture of suspense, intrigue and passion. The plot thickened with a discovery that turned things on its head and now the Hard Ink crew don’t know what to make of it, and I was right there with them, wondering what it all meant and what would happen next.
The romance element is equally intertwined into the story, and I enjoyed Marz finding happiness. He had a lot to process after his discharge from the army. His best friend handled him with baby gloves and Marz hasn’t been with anyone since he lost his leg in the ambush. I thought Laura Kaye did an impressive job of bringing Derek’s story to life. It felt genuine and I was cheering from the sidelines, wanting Marz to get the girl.
Like the other books, there is an element of instalove and Marz and Emilie were no different. I think it took them three days approximately. Normally this would be a pet hate of mine but for this series I’m able to go along with it. It’s the way things go. Only two weeks have passed from the very first book and so far, in that time, four couples have found love. I think Marz said it best with the words; “Hard Ink was turning into the goddamned Love Boat.” No one can argue with that.
As always, I find Laura Kaye’s writing engrossing and easy to read. Third person narrative isn’t a favourite of mine, but once I start reading it’s something that doesn’t register and I can get lost in the story and characters. There were some beautifully written passages and once I started, I couldn’t put this book down.
“The amazing, powerful, transformative thing about love was that it gave you the strength to persevere, the will to fight, and a soft place to fall when the world became too much.”
I really can’t wait for the next book, and I’m excited to learn Jeremy is getting his own story. With the revelations at the end of Hard to Come By, anything can happen.
I recommend the Hard Ink series for readers who like mystery and suspense with their sexy romance. This is a must read.
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