Tuesday, September 22

Review: Hard As Steel by Laura Kaye

Title: Hard As Steel
By: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #4.5
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

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.

Yay, another list slice of heaven in the Hard Ink series! While this book didn’t revolve around our normal crew that we have grown to love throughout the series, it did bring in one of my favorite side characters Jessica Jakes.  If you have read the other books in the series, you know that Jessica took home a bad guy and days after her hook-up, this guy came back with a crew to extract information from her in the middle of the night.  Feeling unsafe, Jess called Ike and now he has stepped into the fold to keep her safe.  Tucked away in Ike’s hidden house, Jess and Ike find themselves fighting the attraction they have for each other. 

This was a perfect novella as a side story that gave little flashes of the main events in the last book.  As a reader, it was good to wrap myself in a story that wasn’t all about unveiling plot lines.  This book was more about the development of a relationship between Jess and Ike. And (I hope) an introduction to a new group of possible stories involving the motorcycle gang.

Hard Ink has been one of my favorite series, and while I am sad for it to end, I am also grateful that I have this wonderful opportunity to live through these characters and see love bloom throughout all of them.

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