Thursday, April 9, 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: "Hard to be Good" by Laura Kaye

Ready for some more? We're really excited to share with you the next book in the Hard Ink series. This one is a WINNER!

Hard to Be Good
by Laura Kaye
Book 3.5, Hard Ink series

Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way.

With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good...

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One of the things I love most about this series is that each story runs concurrently with or just after the last.  So each book picks up where the last leaves off. The only thing that mars the stories is the insta-love that develops between the main characters.  Afterall, the men have to meet and fall in love with new female characters in each book.  However, this story does not have that problem. Jeremy and Charlie are staple characters from the beginning. 

This story is less about what is going on at Hard Ink and focuses more on the relationship between Charlie and Jeremy.  This story is tender and sweet.  It also highlights the some of the obstacles to having a gay relationship in today’s world.   There is a certain level of uncertainty even though both characters are out of the closet.  It’s one thing to be out, but another to be out with a partner in front of family and friends. Other issues are the same as in heterosexual relationships – does the other person feel the same depth of emotions or is this just a hook up? This story heightened my awareness of how, for some people, being openly gay can be a daily risk. I’ve had the pleasure of attending cultural training and hearing first hand testimony from people, their journey of coming out.  This fictionalized account makes it even more real.  Maybe it’s because I’m invested in these characters, but I loved this story.

I love that Laura Kaye decided to bring these two characters together for a sweet and tender love story.  Must read for Hard Ink fans.

And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

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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