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New Release Review and Giveaway! HARD TO LET GO by Laura Kaye (Hard Ink #4)

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO LET GO! HARD TO LET GO is the 4th novel in Laura’s Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance! It is being released on June 30, 2015!!

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Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.




When Beckett finally withdrew from her, Kat missed him everywhere. His heat. His hold. His body inside hers. But he gently turned her, then grabbed some napkins from the supplies. Kat cleaned herself up and they quietly reassembled themselves. All the while, she hoped like hell that things wouldn’t go from awesome to weird as they had before.

Expression serious, Beckett took her hands in his.

And Kat’s heart fell to the floor. Here it comes again. She could already hear him saying that this was a mistake—

“I don’t want to hide us anymore,” he said.

Wait. What? “You … what?” His words were so unexpected, she half felt like she’d just walked, cartoonlike, into a pole she hadn’t known was there.

“I don’t know what we might be, Kat, but I know what I want us not to be. I don’t want us to be some dirty little secret. And I don’t want us to pretend around everyone else that we don’t care. And I don’t want us to just be quickies in a sniper’s roost.” Those bright blue eyes absolutely blazed at her.

Kat’s head spun. Not because she didn’t like the sound of what he was saying, but because she was gobsmacked that he was the one saying it. Mostly, she’d contented herself with thinking quickies in a sniper’s roost were all they’d ever be, no matter how much her heart found deeper, sweeter things to like about the man.

“I won’t say anything if you don’t want me to, though,” he said, brow furrowing and shoulders sagging. Just the littlest bit.

But it was enough to make her realize she hadn’t responded adequately, or, like, at all. “No, no. I’m sorry. I’m just surprised. But I’d like not hiding, too. At first, well, I wasn’t sure …” She shrugged. “But there’s clearly something here, Beckett. And I’d like to know what it might be without feeling like we’re doing something wrong.”

“Exactly,” he said, hope filling his eyes. And God if that didn’t make them even prettier.

She smiled as butterflies whipped through her belly. Kinda ridiculous, given that she was a twenty-nine-year-old woman, but the feeling was there all the same. “So, uh, what were you thinking? And, oh, by the way, I’m pretty sure Jeremy might’ve guessed something’s going on already.”

“Yeah, I caught that. Marz, too, by the way.”

“Damn, they’re good.” Kat chuckled.

“Or just giant busybodies.”

Grinning, Kat nodded. “They could be that, too.”

Beckett cupped his big hand around Kat’s face. “The first thing I’d like to do is talk to your brother.” Kat couldn’t hold back the groan that spilled out of her, and it made Beckett chuckle. “Trust me, I’m not looking forward to that conversation either. But Nick’s one of my best friends and my teammate. If he doesn’t hear it from me, he’s gonna be pissed. Or more pissed, as the case may be.”


“I’ve never been the kind of man who believed in dreams, Kat. That wasn’t the hand I got dealt. So I sure as hell never spent any time chasing them.” He swallowed hard and nodded. “But meeting you…if I couldv’e dreamed, if I’d have even known what to dream of, it would’ve been you.”

I give you Beckett Murda, ladies and gentlemen. Sigh… 🙂

Laura Kaye’s fourth full-length Hard Ink novel brings the action and suspense of the series to its explosive conclusion, connecting all the dots and revealing all the missing pieces in the conspiracy and cover-up that the team has been trying to resolve since book one.

Oh, and there’s a heck of a love story in there too. 😉

I loved Kat and Beckett. You could tell from their “meet cute” in book 3.5 ( Hard to Be Good ) when Beckett pulls a gun on the newly-arrived Kat and earning him the nickname “Trigger”, that these two were going to make one heck of a couple, and the reality definitely did not disappoint.

And the scene where Beckett accidentally blurts out to Nick right in front of Marz and Shane and in the middle of a serious discussion about new evidence in the case that he wants to date Nick’s baby sister? Priceless.

Just about every scene between Kat and Beckett? So. Darn. Good.

Kat and Beckett–and the entire Hard Ink team–finally reach their happy ever after at the end…along with an exciting new beginning for them all. I’m not sure if Ms. Kaye is going to continue the series as the men go forward–there’s definitely some potential there, and I’ll be with her all the way if she does–but I do know that I’m dying to find out what’s been going on with Jess and Raven in the meantime (Hard Ink #4.5 Hard as Steel )

We only have to wait until September…sigh….

Hard to Let Go is really best read as a part of the series, so that you get the full effect of the over-arching plot and see all the team’s hard work as it happens, but Ms. Kaye does give a lot of reminders and explanations throughout in case you’ve missed a book or two or have forgotten the details in the meantime.

(And I completely forgot that I haven’t yet read Shane’s book (Hard as You Can ), a shortcoming I’m planning on remedying soon….)

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Hard as It gets

Hard as You Can

Hard To Hold On To

Hard To Come By Cover

Hard to Be Good - Cover

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:
“TOP PICK! If you’re looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you.” ~RT Book Reviews Magazine



Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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