Title: Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink, #3.5)
Author: Laura Kaye
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Rating: 3.5 stars
Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.
Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than 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 Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie 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…
Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye was quite an interesting book for me. It was my first male/male romance book. I absolutely loved Jeremy in the Hard Ink Series and while I have not read any m/m books, I thought I would give this one a try because it was from an author I know and trust to do a good job.
In Hard To Be Good, we are treated to Jeremy’s love story. As it sort of builds up in Hard to Come By prior to this, it came to no surprise to me that Charlie would be his perfect match. The two of them are finally able to spend time alone and when that happens, they are unable to hold back their feelings for one another. While I mentioned earlier that I love Jeremy, I am still not sure what I think about Charlie. He is very insecure and while I understood that and first felt compassion for him, I was a little annoyed with it as the story went on. I wanted to slap him really.
The author does a nice job with this novella in the series. The overall plot progresses a little yet, not enough that you would miss anything major if you don’t read it. While I am no stranger to erotic romance and like detailed intimate scenes, this one was a bit much for me. I just can’t connect with male/male intimacy. I found myself looking forward to the non-sex parts of the book and sort of wanted it to be over quickly.
I do feel that someone who enjoys this genre of romance will enjoy this short story, however. As with all of the Hard Ink stories, I enjoyed seeing the other members of the story. I especially liked a scene with Nick getting more tattoos. If you have read the Hard Ink series so far, this is a story that will complement it well, however, not required to complete the series if you are not a fan of m/m romances. This is also a book, however, that I think you can only understand if you have read the other books in the series.
Reviewed by: Amy R.