Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink)

22591729Hard to Be Good
by Laura Kaye
Release Date:  April 7, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Book #3.5 in the Hard Ink series
Number of Pages:  165
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Contemporary Romance M/M
Rating:  XXX
Read 11/30/19 to 12/1/19


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.

When Jeremy was first introduced way back in Hard as It Gets I wasn’t sure where his HEA would lie.  There seemed to be a possible connection with Jess, yet as the series progressed I felt more of a connection between Jeremy and Charlie.  I really like the character of Jess so was a bit afraid she would get the short end of the stick in this situation.  No need to worry, I believe Jess will find her HEA in another place and it’ll be a lot of fun to read when the time comes.

Like I said, Charlie and Jeremy have been growing closer as the over arching story of this series progresses.  Their story of finally getting together is extremely sweet while also being super sexy.  Charlie has a lot to get over after having a father who not only didn’t understand him, but didn’t accept him as he is.  His sister always supported him, but she was also close to their father so he felt like the outsider in the family.  This has made it so Charlie always worries about appearances and acceptance in society as a whole.

Jeremy, on the other hand, learned early on to not care what others thought of him or how he was judged.  While he knew of Charlies issues with his father, he didn’t seem to realize how deeply this effected the way Charlie conducted himself in the world.  It’s beautiful to see Jeremy slowly realize the issues Charlie’s dealing with and helping him to overcome his fears. And watching Charlie find his grit and determination to have a happy life regardless of how others view him was inspirational.

This really is an amazing story of love, family, acceptance, and finding happiness.  Short, sweet, and sexy.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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