Review: Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

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.

Another brilliant read from Laura Kaye!

The boys are back and the stakes are higher than ever in this second installment to the Hard Ink series. This book is emotionally supercharged with fractured pasts and finding the courage to put painful memories aside in order to be victorious. The story does have a few graphic violent scenes that may make some readers uncomfortable.

The entire book is one adrenaline-laced rollercoaster ride. I could hardly put the book down it was so intense. Shane and Crystal have a difficult journey fighting their own demons and their attraction to each other. Both also carry massive amounts of guilt for past and current sins. Their story is not a pretty one but the couple is much stronger despite the odds against them.

With another victory under their belts, the boys from Hard Ink gained new information to help uncover the truth, make new allies, blew stuff up and acquired a huge enemy. The ending of the book left a lot of unanswered questions which will no doubt make my anticipation for the next installment in the series torture. Another brilliant read from Laura Kaye.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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