My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Becca Merritt is in over her head. Her brother is missing and the only clue she has to find him is a name from her father's old unit in the Special Forces: Nick Rixey. Nick Rixey has left his former military life behind and not on the best terms. He now runs Hard Ink Tattoo with his brother Jeremy. From the first moment that Becca walks into Hard Ink Tattoo, you are left wondering why Nick is standoffish and cold to his former CO's daughter. The story slowly unfolds as the romance heats up between Nick and Becca.
It is hard to go wrong with Nick Rixey: tattoos, former Special Forces, and sexy as hell. I enjoyed the heat between Nick and Becca but if I am completely honest, it took way too long to get the heat level up to steamy but once it was there, it was fantastic. Nick definitely ranks up there with some of my other fave tatted bad boys: Rule, Travis, Cam, Jet, Rush Chance, and Four.
The best part about this series is the storyline. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite categories and I am glad to see Laura take it on in this series. When it appears that the Becca and her brother Charlie have been targeted due to some damning information that Charlie may have uncovered, Nick and his former team (Shane, Beckett, Marz and Easy) reunite but it is anything but friendly. The one thing all these guys have in common is wanting to clear their names so they band together to free Charlie and help Becca.
The book finishes with quite a few unanswered questions and you are seeking to learn more about why Nick and his brothers were "Other than Honorably Discharged" and why. The development of the secondary characters was mixed in so well with the storyline that they were all as enjoyable as the main characters.
I look forward to what is ahead for the guys of Hard Ink!
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