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hard as it gets 1After the death of her father, Crystal has done whatever it takes to keep her sister and herself safe from the crime organization that her father belonged to. In Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye, Crystal puts that all in jeopardy to help a stranger rescue an unknown man from the basement of the strip club where she works. When the sexy stranger shows up again needing her help, Crystal has to decide whether to continue to play it safe or to start taking some risks to be true to herself.

Shane is one of a group of ex-Special Forces men, trying to restore honor to their name. Shane encounters the compelling Crystal when rescuing the brother of his friend’s girlfriend (in Hard As It Gets) and can’t forget her. Unable to help one woman in his past escape a bad situation, Shane feels the need to rescue Crystal at all costs. At it might just cost him it all.

Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye picks up exactly where Hard As It Gets (see my review here) left off, the guys have rescued Becca’s brother but still need more information to figure out what their ex-commander was into and to clear their names. Shane’s character was the caring alpha male but it was Crystal’s character that I found so intriguing. With a sister who suffers from epilepsy, Crystal has done whatever it takes to keep both of them safe despite having to work off her dad’s debt to the criminal organization, but despite what she has gone through, she still dreams and works hard to make sure her sister never has to go through the same things that she does. Crystal’s struggle, after she meets and helps Shane, to figure out who she really is after playing too many roles of the past couple of years was intriguing and fabulous. Be aware these are ex-military men so there are some “F” words in the novel and the experiences of Crystal are a little tough to hear (you don’t really get any graphic details but it was not a good experience and the novel does refer to it).

You can read an excerpt here.

Hard Ink Series Reading Order:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can 

Book 3 (TBA)

Book 4 (TBA)

Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Hard As You Can

Author: Laura Kaye

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN:  B00DB3A1AC

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: March 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Colton “Cowboy” Neeley has spent the last several years as an active Marine but after a terrifying event that resulted in several deaths Colton struggles to overcome the debilitating flashbacks that have potentially put his family in danger from him. As Colton is struggling to death with this trail in his life he meets Piper Blum, a beautiful woman that he finds himself drawn to. Colton finally makes the decision to pursue a relationship with Piper only to discover she is a woman full of secrets. But Colton has his own secrets as a member of the elite fighting group Nightshade, Colton is called away at a moments notice to do what other members of the military can’t.

Piper Blum has spent the last several years hiding from assassins and essentially life with the fear that anyone she gets close to will find themselves killed. Piper finds the cute cowboy who visited her at work every month for six months buying more towels than anyone person could possible use intriguing but Piper is afraid to allow anyone into her life. Piper finally agrees to go out with Colton only to be attacked  right before her date. Piper is then faced with the major decision of whether to run, hoping the people who are after her won’t find her, or does she trust Colton with the truth?

I found this a very interesting novel, the story begins with Colton having a flashback where he almost kills his six-year-old child because he doesn’t know where he is or what is going on.  This hooked me and I was ready to devour the book but then action really slowed down and I had a hard time continuing to read the story for a little while but by the middle I was hooked again and struggled to put the book down. This was a Christian themed novel but I didn’t feel like too overpowering, just that it was real individuals trying to deal with difficult situations and relying on their faith to help them get through the situation (which I enjoyed). I was disappointed by the death of some of the characters but understand that they were a war like situation and death is a part of that (I just don’t like any of the characters in books to die unless they are bad guys.) Kendig does a great job with the descriptions of the locations of the novel, making the scenes in Israel especially come alive. Most of the novel is fast-paced and gripping, just one section of the novel was a little difficult to wade through but I would recommend it.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Discarded Heroes:

Nightshade

Digitalis

Wolfsbane (July 2011)

Firethorn (January 2012)

Rating:

Content:

Title: Digitalis

Author: Ronie Kendig

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN: 978-1602607835

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Release Date: January 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Barbour

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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1 = kissing
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