Hard as You Can : Hard Ink

  • by Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by Seraphine Valentine
  • Series: Hard Ink
  • 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


This book has it all.... excitement, mystery, thrills, suspense, bad guys, a Team of good guys, passion, romance, sex, a three legged dog, a MC Club and a drool-worthy handsome Hero with guts, compassion, a tortured past and a downtrodden Heroine and her Sister that desperately need saving. There's also more groundwork done to put in place a great Team of disgraced Special Forces men ready to right wrongs, get justice and clear their names and, if they can help a frightened and threatened woman along the way, then they're happy.

Their covert Mission (from book 1) has entangled them with powerful enemies who are involved in drug and human trafficking, kidnapping and torture but these hunky Alphas are kind and caring too and are more than capable for the job. But when Shane stumbles across Crystal she haunts his thoughts and he vows to protect her... no matter the cost.

Very well written and the narration was perfect.

Worth the credit? It's action-packed, edge of your seat exciting and thrilling with secrets, a brotherhood of great characters, passion, sex and a tender romance which all adds up to a very creditworthy listen.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

Suspenseful and Passionate

Laura Kaye never fails to deliver action and passion filled stories. I couldn't wait for the next installment after listening to Hard As It Gets. You think you won't have a new favorite couple and then she blows you away. Shane was the sweetest sexiest southern gentleman that I've had the pleasure of listening too. His protective nature and loyalty just warmed my heart. From the moment he literally crashes into "Crystal" his life was never going to be the same.

Sara "Crystal" tried to fight off the attraction between this sexy soldier and herself but everywhere she looked this 6 plus foot "Pretty Boy" was always there. He made her feel safe in a world of pain and betrayal. He made her feel beautiful in a world of scars and ugliness. Shane took goodness and put it back in her life. He put the person she loved the most right in his protective circle and made Crystal feel safer than her and her sister have ever felt.

The friendships between these ex-soldiers are something that kept me riveted. I saw so many facets of how loyalty truly is born and bred. So many characters that kept me wanting more and more of each man's story. Big Easy with is smoldering depth, Marz with is funny quirkyness. Jeremy with his sexy stand up brother to everybody nature. I could go on and on but the guys in this book are one of a kind and Laura knows how to not only write romance , she delivers relationships of all kinds and makes you feel like you really know these characters in the end.

They were becoming a family born of choice rather than blood.

The romance still built and built and sexual tension was evident from the beginning but more beautiful was watching this strong broken man fall for this girl who never thought she'd find happiness again.
How Shane saw the real woman beneath the facade was beautiful and inspiring. He knew what to say and do to make her feel loved and cherished.

But most of all he saw the fighter underneath the meekness.

This was a suspenseful and passionate story and I was left wanting the next as soon as I finished. So much more will be in store for these amazing characters and I want to right in the front seat.
Thank you Laura for such an amazing group of characters.

Again IMHO Seraphine Valentine was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio