I enjoyed Hard As It Gets. I thought it was a nice introduction to the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye. She really did a nice job of creating a premise that can span multiple books. The way that the major characters were introduced was also pretty great. Hard As It Gets focuses on the story of Nicholas Rixey and Becca Merritt.
After an unsavory military discharge, Nick is trying to make his way in civilian life working with his brother in their tattoo shop. Becca is the daughter of Nicks ex-commanding officer. After her brothers disappearance, a cryptic note leads her to Hard Ink asking for Nicks help in finding him.
From the get go there is a lot of chemistry between Nick and Becca. Their romance really blooms in the heat of the dangerous situations that surround them. The introduction of Nick’s special forces brothers really adds a nice dynamic to the story. The different personalities really work well together creating a nice family dynamic. As the investigation to her brothers disappearance grows more complex, Nick and Becca’s relationship becomes more dynamic.
Hard As It Gets is a really great story. You are left in suspense wondering if they will find Becca’s brother, while there are enough questions left to be answered in later novels. Becca and Nick chemistry is off the roof, and it is good to know that we will be seeing them again in future Hard Ink novels.