Sunday, May 10, 2015

Good to You - Lori's Review of HARD TO BE GOOD

My life has recently switched gears and I have gone from working 10-12 hours outside of the home to now working 30-35 hours outside the home. Somehow in the midst of this change, I let this review slip through my fingers. I humbly apologize to the author, the publisher and to you, the reader. This is a great series and this short little story is definitely an important part of it and is not to be missed.

Title: Hard to be Good (HARD INK #3.5)
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 4/14/2015
Source: ARC from publisher through Edelweiss

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 the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
**This review contains some series spoilers so if you haven't begun the series yet, be ye warned.**

This was an excellent short book. Kaye did a fantastic job of using her words to continue the struggles that this group is facing while showcasing Jeremy Rixey and Charlie Merritt and their budding relationship.

Jeremy is the sexy owner of the tattoo shop and Nick Rixey's brother. Jeremy has been with both men and women in the past, but it is the quiet and capable Charlie Merritt who has captured his heart.

Charlie is determined to help clear the records of the men who, from the look of things, his own father set up and ruined. Charlie's computer skills have become invaluable to the team and his friendship has become quite a priority in Jeremy's life.

I love that Kaye didn't just use this novella as filler, but it is definitely needed to move the story forward and propel the group closer to finding the truth about what really happened when the boys were stationed in the Middle East. There was a lot of sexy times, emotional growth, and as always, plenty of action.

4 out of 5 stars
Marianas Trench - Good to You ft Jessica Lee

And now I do want you to know
I hold you up
above everyone
And now I do want you to know

I think you'd be good to me
And I'd be so good to you.

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