2 Brothers Big Tattoo Red
Book Selection: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Lexi: Military men and tattoos, Laura Kaye certainly dealt with a stacked deck on this one. Nicholas Rixey is not only ex-Special Forces, but he knows how to tattoo. Honorable tough as nails man who is good with his hands? Oh yes...but the nail in the coffin was the first time we saw his dragon tattoo. Who else fell in love with Nick Rixey?
Crystal: Two of my favorite things; military men and tattoos! This girl was in heaven the whole time reading! I cannot even describe how much I adored HARD AS IT GETS and Nick Rixey. And speaking of dragons; Laura Kaye is such a talented writer, with the perfect descriptive balance of not too much to bore you, and not too little you can't picture it in your head - I could easily conjure up an image in my mind of Nick's tattoo moving along his back with just a ripple of those sexy, hard muscles. You know, *reaches to the side*, I think I may need my drool rag for this review. Just a feeling I have. ;-)
Crystal L: I agree. Rixey was one sexy guy. Picturing those tattoos moving as his muscles flexed while working the boxing bag... LORD HAVE MERCY. Laura Kaye hit me in my weak spots. I love a man with tattoos, but I really LOVE dragon tattoos. Throw in the military aspect and I was a puddle of goo on the floor.
Lexi: We all know Laura can write scenes hot enough to steam up your glasses, her backlist is proof of that. What I wasn’t expecting was the strong plot and perplexing mystery. All through the book I kept thinking there must be something staring me in the face, some clue, and I am missing it! Did the mystery completely suck you in? Tell me you were as helpless to stop turning pages as I was?
Crystal: Laura never ceases to amaze me with each new book she releases! I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones or National Treasure movie. Trying to piece together tiny pieces of a puzzle only to come up missing that one piece in the middle! Agh! The mystery and suspense definitely had me turning the pages faster and faster and though we got a few answers by the end, I'm weirdly happy that some of the mystery is continuing throughout the series arc. It's keeping me on tenderhooks but I love it!
Crystal L: Laura did a really great job of unraveling this mystery one small piece at a time. I loved that. I kept mentally chanting in my head "wait for it, wait for it", because I just knew that next clue was going to pop up soon and I couldn't wait for it. I still have my suspicions about what's going down and I'm already anxious for the next book!
Lexi: I am also loving this new series (please hurry up book #2!) and am so glad Laura shares our penchant for inked men. Especially after the scene where Nick’s old team-members arrive at his place. To use the term Jess called them, a roomful of built men that could be male models. Which has me drooling thinking of who will get to be the center of attention in the following books! Maybe they will all keep coming back to Hard Ink and getting new tats. Who would you ladies pick as the next hero you want to see at Hard Ink?
Crystal: I am curious to see how Hard Ink will fit into the series besides as just a base of operations, I am hoping that the inked theme will continue strongly in each book. But to be honest, even though he isn't built and dangerous compared to the rest of the group, I'm crushing on Nick's brother Jeremy! I hope him, and perhaps Jess hmmm..., gets a story as well down the line. But for the Hard men, I'm looking forward to Shane (Bk#2 HARD AS YOU CAN yay!), after all, who wouldn't want more of a "..big ass male model." *swipe* And then Marz (Bk#3 HARD TO COME BY). He really tugged on my heart, and not just because of his injury, his attitude as well. But I can't wait for more Hard Ink period! I was blown away by this first installment in the series, and from what I read, the subsequential books are bursting with promise!
Crystal L: I have to admit, I loved all the secondary characters in this book. I'm definitely hyped up over the next book with Shane and the dancer we meet for a quick scene in this book, Crystal. Who's a redhead by the way. Ya'll know what that means right? HEEEEEEY... I'M A STRIPPER IN LAURA'S BOOK! *shakes the booty* No judging! A girl's allowed to dream. Especially since that would mean I could be "dancing" for the "big ass male model" Shane. Bow chica wow wow. *eyebrow wiggles*
Lexi: Very nice choices, and I will let each of you have them since I already have Nick. Now please excuse me...I have a tattoo appointment. *grabs the remaining bottle of wine and follows Nick to the back* Till next time, enjoy Hard As It Gets! You will not be sorry.
Tour wide giveaway provided by the publisher and author.
LAURA KAYE'S HARD AS IT GETS TOUR SCHEDULE
November 29 – December 8, 2013
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