We are so, so excited to bring you guy the Release Week Blitz for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO BE GOOD!! HARD TO BE GOOD is a novella in Laura’s Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance. We absolutely love Laura’s Hard Ink men and are so excited to see Jeremy and Charlie get their HEA!!
About HARD TO BE GOOD:
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…
“You should be inside celebrating,” Jeremy said, his voice a raw scrape. “You and Marz did an amazing thing this morning.” An hour ago, Marz and Charlie had cracked open a heavily encrypted microchip that contained a wealth of information that not only seemed likely to help the team clear its name, but proved that Charlie’s father hadn’t been dirty, like they’d all thought. “And I’m so happy for you about your dad.”
A wounded darkness passed through Charlie’s gaze, but he finally nodded. “Didn’t feel right without you there.” Pink filtered into his cheeks, and damn if that wasn’t as cute as it was sexy. Jeremy wasn’t sure anything had ever made him blush.
“I’m just not—” Jeremy shrugged and looked down at Charlie’s chest again. Having seen the guy dress more than once, he knew that shirt covered lean muscle that ran from strong shoulders down to his narrow hips. Jeremy fisted his hands against the urge to burrow them under the hem of the tee. After weeks of looking, and wanting, he was dying to touch. Jeremy found Charlie hard to read though, and hadn’t wanted to do anything to scare him off. “—very good company right now. I’m sorry if that—”
Charlie nudged Jeremy’s chin up with his hand, his fingers just barely touching Jer’s stubble-covered skin. But then his thumb landed softly against his lips.
Jeremy’s heartbeat kicked up and his lips fell open. Slowly, oh so tentatively, Charlie stroked the soft pad of his thumb back and forth across them.
“Charlie,” Jeremy whispered as arousal surged through his body, spiking his pulse, tensing his muscles, hardening his dick.
Uncertainty poured off Charlie as the man’s hand trembled where it touched him, but those blue eyes absolutely blazed desire. No way was Jeremy imagining that.
“You’re always good company, to me,” Charlie said in a low voice, his gaze dropping to Jeremy’s lips. Charlie leaned in closer, and closer still, and Jeremy could hardly believe the other man was the one to initiate this. But he was fucking thrilled.
Jeremy swallowed, his lips anticipating that first soft brush. Charlie was so close his shaky breath caressed Jeremy’s lips. His pace was maddening but so damn sexy Jer could barely breathe. And then Charlie’s eyelids fluttered closed and he was right there…
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Praise for the HARD INK SERIES:
“TOP PICK! If you’re looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you.” ~RT Book Reviews Magazine
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Ok first and foremost I must thank Edelweiss, Avon, InkSlingerPR and Laura Kaye for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.
Ever since I read the first book in this series I have been hoping and anxiously waiting for Charlie and Jeremy’s story. To have those two finally get their own HEA and love. And man Oh man did it ever happen. Laura Kaye didn’t disappoint, I would even go on to say she surpassed anything I could’ve ever imagined. Not only did she write it to the point that I was crying my little eyes out for Jeremy and Charlie’s individual pain, but for the struggles that they each face in coming to terms with who they truly are and who they can be together.
Charlie is afraid that the others will criticize him for being gay, especially since his own father never accepted it. And Jeremy is afraid he isn’t good enough. But everyone around them shows them that they couldn’t be happier for them to not only be a part of the team but that they are together. They show them the unconditional love that allows them to finally be true to themselves.
I totally completely and absolutely loved and adored this book… I must admit I am sad to know that this series is coming to its end soon, or at least thats the way it seems… who knows what else Laura Kaye is got up her sleeve.
I give this book 5 passionate and incredible kisses
Jeremy and Charlie…..gah, I am so in love with these two that I have been struggling as to what to write since the moment I finished it. Since the very first book, I have been pulling for these two. Whether they became a couple or whether they became best friends, there is something and was something that made me hope that Laura would tell their story.
Jeremy had me with his innuendo laced shirts and his tattoo business. Man, I wish he could do a tattoo for me. His blind loyalty for his brother and the crew made him more attractive to me. He was so compassionate for Charlie once he was rescued.
Charlie realizing that he wanted Jeremy and was afraid to show it and still being shy about what the guys would think broke my heart. This made me hate Charlie and Becca’s dad even more.
Way to go Laura!!