Mini Review: Hard As You Can (Hard Ink Series, #2) by: Laura Kaye

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Title: Hard As You Can (Hard Ink Series #2)
Author: Laura Kaye
Rating: 4 Teacups / 3 Handcuffs (alludes to sexual violence in a character’s past)


Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go. (via

Our Thoughts:

  • All of our favorite sub-genres of intellectual porn in one novel, commandos, tattoo artists, motorcycle men, mafia men, and one hot alpha male fight, oh my!

  • The drama continues as the team tries to uncover what horrible activities their ex-commander was a part of. While the narrative is far from concluded we get additional pieces to the puzzle.

  • Sara is an amazing heroine. When we were introduced to her in the last novel and the beginning of this one, we at first thought of her as a bit weak. As the story progresses however, you come to understand what a strong person she truly is.

  • Sara’s dedication to her sister is truly amazing. We love when the characters in IP has strong family bonds.

  • Oh Shane, what can we say but wow! We think we may love him more than Nick. He has an amazing ability to sense Sara’s anxieties and smooth them. Her life has been totally out of her control and he allows her to set the pace of their relationship. What a perfect man! He goes to the extreme for his woman.

  • Shane is one extreme man, not only is he a commando bent on saving the abused women of the world, but he can perform emergency surgery in the back of an ambulance. That is a wicked hard core man! Unfortunately he could not save the teddy bear. 🙁

  • We can not wait for the story to continue. We want the commandos to solve the mystery of their secretive commander and to all find their own HEAs. They definitely deserve it.

Happy Reading! 

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