Review & Excerpt Tour: Hard To Let Go by Laura Kaye

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters the biggest complication yet—seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights—and his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

*****The excerpt picks up right after an intimate encounter with Kat******

When Beckett finally withdrew from her, Kat missed him everywhere. His heat. His hold. His body inside hers. But he gently turned her, then grabbed some napkins from the supplies. Kat cleaned herself up and they quietly reassembled themselves. All the while, she hoped like hell that things wouldn’t go from awesome to weird as they had before.
            Expression serious, Beckett took her hands in his.
            And Kat’s heart fell to the floor. Here it comes again. She could already hear him saying that this was a mistake—
            “I don’t want to hide us anymore,” he said.
            Wait. What? “You … what?” His words were so unexpected, she half felt like she’d just walked, cartoonlike, into a pole she hadn’t known was there.
            “I don’t know what we might be, Kat, but I know what I want us not to be. I don’t want us to be some dirty little secret. And I don’t want us to pretend around everyone else that we don’t care. And I don’t want us to just be quickies in a sniper’s roost.” Those bright blue eyes absolutely blazed at her.
            Kat’s head spun. Not because she didn’t like the sound of what he was saying, but because she was gobsmacked that he was the one saying it. Mostly, she’d contented herself with thinking quickies in a sniper’s roost were all they’d ever be, no matter how much her heart found deeper, sweeter things to like about the man.
            “I won’t say anything if you don’t want me to, though,” he said, brow furrowing and shoulders sagging. Just the littlest bit.
            But it was enough to make her realize she hadn’t responded adequately, or, like, at all. “No, no. I’m sorry. I’m just surprised. But I’d like not hiding, too. At first, well, I wasn’t sure …” She shrugged. “But there’s clearly something here, Beckett. And I’d like to know what it might be without feeling like we’re doing something wrong.”
            “Exactly,” he said, hope filling his eyes. And God if that didn’t make them even prettier.
            She smiled as butterflies whipped through her belly. Kinda ridiculous, given that she was a twenty-nine-year-old woman, but the feeling was there all the same. “So, uh, what were you thinking? And, oh, by the way, I’m pretty sure Jeremy might’ve guessed something’s going on already.”
            “Yeah, I caught that. Marz, too, by the way.”
            “Damn, they’re good.” Kat chuckled.
            “Or just giant busybodies.”
            Grinning, Kat nodded. “They could be that, too.”

            Beckett cupped his big hand around Kat’s face. “The first thing I’d like to do is talk to your brother.” Kat couldn’t hold back the groan that spilled out of her, and it made Beckett chuckle. “Trust me, I’m not looking forward to that conversation either. But Nick’s one of my best friends and my teammate. If he doesn’t hear it from me, he’s gonna be pissed. Or more pissed, as the case may be.”
© by Laura Kaye

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Laura Kaye makes us laugh, cry, blush and gasp in this final novel of the Hard Ink series!

Out of all the damaged men at Hard Ink, Beckett Murda broke my heart the most. This poor guy has a horrible past and hides his raw emotions with a gruff exterior and a**hole facade. Throughout the series, Beckett has been a tough nut to crack but discovering why he’s so rough around the edges quickly changed my perspective of him. Kat paired with Beckett beautifully. She’s a tough lady but also very loving. Kat was the perfect balance for Beckett and vice versa. 

The suspense is crazy good and the heat level of Kat and Beckett’s relationship is nuclear! There are many revelations and many more surprises in store for readers. I felt the author answered all my burning questions and gave closure to the storyline. 

It was difficult to write the review because I felt such a loss after I finished the book. I’m very sad the series is over. I’m afraid my incessant babbling is not able to adequately describe how amazing the series is. 

The good news is that there is one more Hard Ink novella that will serve as a crossover between the Hard Ink series and the spin-off series, Raven Riders MC. It’s based around the motorcycle club that assisted the Hard Ink boys in the last few books of the Hard Ink series. I hope, hope, HOPE that there will be cameos from the Hard Ink characters in this new series.

Laura Kaye exceeded my expectations in HARD TO LET GO and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!

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

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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