Hard as Steel (Hard Ink/Raven Riders)

24360906Hard as Steel
by Laura Kaye
Release Date:  September 22, 2015
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Book #4.5 in the Hard Ink series
Book #0.5 in the Raven Riders series
Number of Pages:  112
Paperback
Source:  MelCat
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 5/24/20

 

After identifying her employer’s dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn’t make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.

Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he’s ever known, one he’s purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike’s not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.

This is a short and sizzling hot read.  If you wondered what happened to Jessica and Ike, the other employees from Hard Ink Tattoo in the Hard Ink series, here ya go. I loved Jess from the very beginning and had actually thought she’d be involved in Jeremy’s story at first. I’m so glad things went another way than I had at first anticipated as the series progressed because Jeremy found his proper HEA, and now so has Jess.

Ike and Jess are absolute FIRE together. They both have humongous hearts and tough outer shells. Prickly is an understatement. Yet they cannot help but let that shell crack when they are together. They are amazingly sweet together.

This story also serves as a launching point for another series by this author, Raven Riders. Job well done on getting me hooked and anxious to read more. Exactly as a introductory novella should.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 26 and living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin, is 22 and recently got out of the Army and moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the full-time work force a some years ago. At this time, I babysit Hazel a few hours a day and get in as much reading and baking as possible.
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