• Hard As It Gets

  • A Hard Ink Novel, Book 1
  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine
  • Series: Hard Ink, Book 1
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-26-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (705 ratings)

Regular price: $31.93

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Publisher's Summary

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome, pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.
With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.
Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge . . .
©2013 Laura Kaye (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie on 12-12-13

Can't wait for the next book

What made the experience of listening to Hard As It Gets the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the dialogue and characters. Nicks brother Jeremy is great. Of course the growing, hot intimacy and love between the main characters is the most compelling.

What other book might you compare Hard As It Gets to and why?

This does follow the basic romance novel formula and had most of the typical story lines of woman meets man, there's some reason they don't get together at first - or some reason that would keep them apart. It has a bit of the possessive "you are mine" type storyline - but this one differs in that the formula is there, but it's much more palatable than most. (I like romance novels, but wish - oh how I wish most weren't an insult to being an intelligent, independent woman who is also a romantic. I tire of reading formula novels. I think most of these authors all attended the same seminar on how to write romance novels.

In Hard As It Gets, I found the characters to be likeable and the romantic situations to be more believable than most. She does a good job of building characters.

What about Seraphine Valentine’s performance did you like?

Her performance was excellent. She really gave the characters life. I like the way she took her time narrating Becka so you got the feel of her being fresh and honest, but also fun. She was good at changing the pace of the story to suit what was happening.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well, to be honest, It made me steamy! It's very, very hot and sexual. The dialogue did make me grin sometimes.

Any additional comments?

I wonder how she will handle the second book in the series. If it will continue the story between Becka and Nick or if she will use this world, but concentrate on a different couple as many romance series do. After all, you only Fall in love once — usually! I hope she continues with Becka and Nick. I liked them. I've started listening to it again.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 07-03-14

2 things you should know before you buy...

I wish I had known these two things prior to investing in this series. 1) the narrator, especially in the first book, speaks really slowly. I listened to the whole thing on 1.25 to 1.50 speed which, while annoying, was less annoying than listening at normal speed. Take a careful listen to sample first. Narrator did have good emotion and distinct characters. 2) the over-arching story doesn't come anywhere near getting resolved. I'm guessing you'll have to listen to all 5 or 6 books before you see the head bad guy get his comeuppance -- whoever that is because I still don't know. I think I was expecting that solving this one crime would band the friends together again, and then maybe they'd start their own business. I was thinking each book would be a separate crime and a new relationship. I'm feeling a little mislead but reluctantly pulled in. Felt a little like a bait & switch. I thought I was buying a complete story but what I got was a fairly complete romance and about 1/6th of a crime novel. Grrr...

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5 out of 5 stars
By LilleyLoohLah on 10-18-15

Sooooo good

Any additional comments?

Absolutely loved this audio. Becca's brother is missing and she goes to Nick for help. Nick was in the Special Forces with Becca's brother and part owns and works in a tattoo studio. They team up to try and find Becca's brother. Love, lust and intrigue. Thoroughly enjoyable with lots of sexual chemistry.

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5 out of 5 stars
By vicki on 05-08-15

Nick Ricksy

What did you like most about Hard As It Gets?

its got love, action & a little payback in mind

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick but i also loved Jeremy

Which character – as performed by Seraphine Valentine – was your favourite?

Nick Ricksy

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

ex special forces & the nurse

Any additional comments?

loved it looking forward to the rest

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