Book Review – Hard As It Gets

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Title: Hard As It Gets
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink – Book #1
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: November 26th 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-226788-7
Source: Owned (Paperback)

Synopsis

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Meritt is warm, sexy, wholesome – pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigating turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…

My Thoughts

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting with this novel. It was most definitely a quick read and was quite gripping. It kept me on the edge of suspense and I often found myself wincing when it came time for the bad guys to jump into the scene and hurt poor Becca.

I was quite sad with the ending, I think I expected more, a little bit more of the adventure and thrill with the crime plot and more with Becca and Nick’s relationship. I quickly came to like Becca and Nick however there were times when I’d throw the book down whenever he decided to play the hardass card and became a complete prick.

I’m hoping there’s more of their story in the sequel but from reading the synopsis of the second book it doesn’t like there will be. I was quite interested in her tattoo even if it wasn’t a permanent one. I will read the second novel and probably the third just to see the story continue since I love the plot so far. As far as being a contemporary romance novel, it sucked on my romantic scale. Sure they had their moments but the novel was mostly tied up in kidnapping aspect and Nick dealing with his issues over Becca’s father and bringing in his team and dealing with their issues with Becca and her deceased father.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Author’s Website: Laura Kaye

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Book Review – Safe Haven

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Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Series:
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 14th 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0446547598
Source: Owned (Paperback)

 Synopsis 

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draw her into two reluctant relationships: one with her plainspoken neighbor, Jo; and another with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. Katie slowly begins to relax her guard, putting down roots in the community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her. With Jo’s support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards…and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

 My Review

First off I have to say that I did see the movie way before I got a chance to pick the book up and finally read it. With that being said like most instances books are way better than movies, well this novel was no exception. It was definitely way better than the movie and I only wish now that I had gotten a chance to read the novel before hand.

This book was hard to put down and even when I had to put it down it was never far from reach. I liked the characters from the beginning with the exception of Kevin; Katie’s husband. But who would like a man like that, character or not. The characters were relatively easy to relate to in their everyday lives. I could feel the fear that Katie felt with the way Spark’s put it all into words. Spark’s painted setting that I could easily see the characters in. It was like watching a movie, a fantastic movie. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat, and it was interesting to see how gradually mentally insane Kevin got as the story unfolded, while the opposite happened to Katie, it was like they switched roles.

I’d have to say out of the whole novel my favorite character was Jo, the spirit of Alex’s deceased wife. I loved her personality and the way she helped Katie realize that she doesn’t need to keep hiding in fear. It was very interesting in the end to know that she had all along just been a figment of Katie’s imagination and it wasn’t until the end that Katie put all the pieces together and realized it when she read the letter.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Author’s Website: Nicholas Sparks