A relatively new fan of Laura Kaye’s work, I’m thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for her upcoming novella, Hard to Be Good! Check out my review and an excerpt below!
Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #3.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ, Romance
Publication date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: eBook, 99 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
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...
Laura Kaye is an author whose work I discovered I loved fairly recently. I’ve read all her Brazen books, but I hadn’t yet started the Hard Ink series when the opportunity for this tour presented itself. I hoped I would be able to fit in the other books before reading this one, but time got away from me and that didn’t happen. So, I did go into Hard to Be Good a bit blind to the overall story in the series. I was still able to thoroughly enjoy Jeremy and Charlie’s story. Some of the finer points of the series were a bit lost, but the love story between these two men still shined.
I’ve only read a handful of M/M books so far, but I admire any author who’s willing to go there. Laura did a great job bringing these guys to life. Without knowing the entire backstory, I was still able to easily connect with them and could see just how much chemistry they had. It leapt from the pages. Even knowing nothing about them previously, I was rooting for them to say to hell with everything else and give into their feelings. Things between them were definitely explosive and it came through in every interaction they had. Oh, and if you’re looking for HOT sexy times, you’ll find that too.
I really enjoyed this novella. I found myself wishing it was longer because I liked these characters so much. I also found myself wishing I’d read the other books in the series first so I would’ve experienced the build-up between these characters that those who had been with the series from the start did. The good news is I have the other books. I just need to make time to devour them, because I’m definitely hooked on these men and this world. Plus I have some time before the next book is released, so I sense a binge-read coming on…
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
Standing between Charlie’s knees, Jeremy held the man’s hands and gave him a million little kisses. For a long moment, they were just together quietly, their foreheads resting against each other.
Being with Charlie felt so damn natural. Like they’d always known each other. Like they belonged together. Like they were the best of friends—only so much more.
The realization that Jeremy was having these kinds of feelings about a man was surprising only because all his other encounters had been casual, just for fun.
But this was Charlie. And that made everything different. That made everything … more.
Jeremy stroked his knuckles down Charlie’s handsome face. “Thank you for that.”
Charlie gave a small smile. “You, too. I’ve never … done that before with someone who was pierced.”
“No? Was it different?” Jeremy asked.
His cheeks turned pink, just the littlest bit, and it made Jeremy smile. Charlie was adorable and cute and sexy as hell by turns. “It was like another sensation. Cool when your skin was hot. And harder against the back of my throat than I’m used to.” Charlie peered up at him from behind longish lengths of his hair. “I really liked it,” he said quietly.
Smiling, Jeremy pressed a kiss to Charlie’s temple. “I really liked it, too.” They both chuckled.
“I want you to know something,” Jeremy said, taking a deep breath as he gathered his thoughts … and his courage. But he didn’t want Charlie having any more doubts. Not about him anyway.
“I’ve loved the things we shared today, Charlie. For real. But what I’m feeling for you isn’t just physical. It’s something more. I’m not sure what yet, I …” Jeremy shrugged. “… don’t want you to think this is just about sex for me.”