I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hard as Steel (Hard Ink, #4.5) by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #4.5
Also in this series: Hard As You Can, ,
on September 22nd 2015
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After identifying her employer's dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn't make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.
Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he's ever known, one he's purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike's not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.
I am ashamed to say – I actually own all the Hard Ink titles and haven’t yet read them all! *hangs head* However, as with all other 1001 Dark Nights titles, this can be read as a stand alone, meaning you don’t have to be caught up on the series to be able to follow this story, of course it adds to it, but you don’t lose anything by giving it a shot. I love that about 1001 Dark Nights! But I digress …
Ike and Jess are on the run from some bad dudes, and hole up in Ike’s cabin for however long it is going to take to make sure Jess is safe. They are friends, and have been fighting the mutual attraction for years, so hiding alone in a cabin is going to be hard … get it? I crack myself up. 🙂
This is a fun friends to lovers story, about 2 broken people holding on to guilt that neither of them should have to hold on to; for things neither of them should have had to experience. They can heal each other, if given the chance. And yes, they give in eventually. And the road to that eventually is not always easy, but this is a fun, hot, sweet, frustrating, fun, sexy, fun read. Did I say it was fun?
As expected, Kaye delivers a solid story, developed characters, sexual tension, and lots of excitement; even in this shorter format! If this doesn’t convince me to FINALLY pick up the rest of Hard Ink already, I don’t know what will!