Hard To Be Good: A Hard Ink Novella

Mass Market Paperback | May 26, 2015

byLaura Kaye

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Two damaged men.

One dangerous mission.

One healing love.

These are the men of Hard Ink.

Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother's stateside fight against the enemies that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year ago. Now Jeremy's whole world has been turned upside down by the chaos—and by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts him to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than with 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 he was. Even more surprising is the heated tension he 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 …

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Two damaged men.One dangerous mission.One healing love.These are the men of Hard Ink.Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother's stateside fight against the enemies that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year ago. Now Jeremy's whole world has been turned upside down by the chaos—and by a brilliant, quie...

Laura Kaye is theNew York TimesandUSA Todaybestselling author of more than a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with h...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.4 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sweet Loved the sweetness in this book it made me all warm and fuzzy. Charlie. .. Jer.. and a one eyed cat . What more could you ask for? Read it.... you know you want to!
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read if you love this series! M-M is not my usual cup of tea, but I loved this! The warehouse where the team and ever-growing family have been living and where Jeremy Rixey has his tattoo business was attacked and half nearly destroyed in the last installment of the Hard Ink series – HARD TO COME BY. The Raven Riders Motorcycle Club is helping the team fight Seneka, the defense contractor behind their dishonorable discharges and the deaths of Col. Merritt and the other members of their unit. When two of the Ravens members are killed, Jeremy blames himself for getting in the way and not being man enough. It doesn’t take long for the others to recognize his guilt and set him straight. One member of the group, Charlie, comforts him the most explaining that without him and his brother’s team, Charlie might not even be there alive and well despite missing fingers on one hand, amputated by his kidnappers. Charlie has always felt less than deserving of others because his father so objected to his being gay and denigrated him at every chance insisting that his way of life would be his downfall. Being with Jeremy, and the others at Hard Ink, he’s discovering that not everyone is as unaccepting as his father was and slowly, with Jeremy’s help, Charlie is coming to life in a way he’d never been before. He’s discovering friendship, family, and love. Laura Kaye has created such a wonderful cast of characters in the Hard Ink series that it would not be complete without Jeremy and Charlie having their shot at love and a happily-ever-after as well. Charlie is gay and Jeremy, bisexual, so as the series progressed it was nearly impossible to miss the growing attraction and affection these two men were developing for each other. At first, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this novella even though I knew I might miss something if I didn’t, but M-M romance is not necessarily my cup of tea. Suspecting Laura would not disappoint her readers and the fans of this series, I bought myself a copy as soon as it released instead of reading a galley. I felt that if I didn’t like it and had paid for the privilege of doing so, I would be justified in not reviewing. However…I loved it! I was right. This series would not be complete without Jeremy and Charlie’s story in HARD TO BE GOOD, a Hard Ink novella. Laura approached this sensitive subject matter with grace, sensitivity, a sense of humor, and much joy. Jeremy and Charlie are so great together that you can’t help but smile while you’re reading their flirtations, their first kiss, and even a moment of temporary hurt on Jeremy’s part when Charlie fears being found out and ridiculed. Jeremy is so understanding and sensitive to Charlie’s hesitations that you can’t help but say, yep, he’s a Rixey. Their story is short, fast paced, and perhaps their love may seem to some to have happened a bit fast, but then didn’t it happen fast for the others too? They’re all on the edge of the precipice between life and death. While reading it, the first part of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 came to mind… Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests, and is never shaken; Love is not about seeing the faults in those we love and wanting to change them, but accepting them and understanding them as part of our loved ones as a whole. Jeremy and Charlie accept each other in every way and even as they recognize and acknowledge each other’s weaknesses, together they are stronger and can face anything because they believe in each other. We can say the same about each of the other couples, but I think it’s even stronger with Jeremy and Charlie because they have to face more than the physical roadblocks to having true love, they have to face the unseen opinions, and objections of those less tolerant…but fortunately, not at Hard Ink. I love the addition of yet another pet…a one-eyed cat named Cyclops – Cy for short. I love that when you put Charlie and Jeremy’s names in order like this…they begin and end as Cy. Whether Laura meant that intentionally or not, I don’t know. I just like it. I highly recommend reading HARD TO BE GOOD by Laura Kaye. If you’ve been reading the Hard Ink series, you don’t want to miss a moment, especially with only one full-length story left but also, because you know you already love Jeremy and Charlie. If you haven’t read this series, yet...DO! It’s amazing, fun, action-packed, character-driven like none other, and as creatively unique as Jeremy’s tattoos.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to be better: fantastic! I had been waiting for HARD TO BE GOOD forever, it seems, and it would have been worth waiting even longer: it is amazing, astonishing, fantastic, absolutely terrific! Jeremy Rixey has always been a favourite of mine, and what joy to see that HARD TO BE GOOD is even better than I ever would have imagined! I love Charlie almost as much as Jeremy and that is saying a lot! HARD TO BE GOOD is a fabulous love story, super sexy, and Charlie is another fabulous character in this wonderful series. There is such tenderness, respect and love between Jeremy and Charlie that the reader feels the power of their connection. It is a thing of beauty to see how Jeremy is mindful of Charlie’s inexperience at social interaction and shyness. I cannot rave enough about this brilliant novella! And Eileen gets a new “friend” as well, and this is priceless. If you have even been considering getting HARD TO BE GOOD, do not hesitate for a moment longer! HARD TO BEE GOOD is not to be missed at any cost! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Laura Kaye, but you are not rid of us fans yet: HARD TO BE GOOD is so good, that now I want more of Jeremy and Charlie! What a fabulous couple, what a remarkable book!
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laura Kaye's writing is magnificent! THIS! This is the story I have been waiting for and wanting (really dying) to read since Hard As It Gets introduced us to Jeremy and Charlie and I have to say it was worth the wait!! Man, Laura Kaye really gave me everything I wanted with these two characters (except maybe a longer story, which I understand) and left me with a HUGE smile on my face. I found myself going back to re-read their story again over the weekend just to experience it all again (yeah, it was good the second time too). It is no secret that I love the Hard Ink series, but I swear Laura Kaye is getting better and better with each book. I am invested in this cast of characters and I am torn wanting this group to get their mission accomplished and never wanting Laura to run out of characters to write about! Hard to Be Good, is excellent writing. Yes, this is a M-M story, but it is so much more than that, Jeremy and Charlie's story has been slowly building for the past three books and the result is a beautiful, emotion packed story that will make any romantic sigh. I loved how these two came together! (No spoilers). If you have never read a book in the Hard Ink series, I highly suggest you do, it will really make this novella mean all that much more to you. However, if you have to get your hands on Jeremy first, you could read this as a stand alone and be satisfied with the story on its own (I strongly suggest reading from the beginning though, it builds the tension deliciously that way). Hard to Be Good was hard to put down. My heart was in my throat, my arms got goosebumps and my eyes welled up with tears of emotion reading this novella. Laura Kaye is magic at telling complex and engaging stories and each installment of the Hard Ink series just proves (to me) that she can write anything into a love story. The men of Hard Ink are embroiled in a battle for their honor, but the romance (and heat) that Laura Kaye infuses into each story is pretty amazing (spectacular actually . If you haven't grabbed up Hard to Be Good yet... GO! Run to your closest internet connection and 1-click this today. Jeremy and Charlie's story is not one to miss, I promise it was worth the wait for these two.
Date published: 2015-04-14

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“Intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.”