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Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #4
Published: June 30, 2015 by Avon
Genre: Suspense Romance
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 the biggest complication yet—seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.
A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo 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 criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights—and his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.
Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because finding love is never easy, and getting justice is hard to the end.
It’s always hard when a series comes to an end and this was no different. The Hard Ink series has quickly moved into my top 5 favorite series and as much as I wanted answers to the investigation, I also didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters. The Hard Ink team and the women they fall in love with are some of the best written characters I have ever read and they’ve become so much like real people for me. This book has tons of action, emotion, and deep character development. I’ll miss the Hard Ink team.
I knew Beckett was the strong, silent type from the previous books, but this one really showed us Beckett’s inner soft side. He comes across as very intimidating and tough and it’s often mentioned by other characters how quiet he is so I was already intrigued by what was going on inside his head. Well, it was a lot apparently and some of it was heartbreaking. Watching Beckett try to be a better partner was Kat was a highlight of this book. There were some tough times where I just wanted to shake Beckett and smack him over the head but he always corrected himself and after a few start-stops, he gets it together where Kat is concerned.
Kat was just plain awesome, she’s totally the tough, strong, successful woman that we all hope to be when we grow up. We saw her bravery when she fought alongside the men on the roof of Hard Ink. This book offered more of Kat’s bravery in the forms of mental and emotional strength. Kat’s an attorney and she knows her brother and his team are using illegal means to get their information, so she has to decide between her career and her family (spoiler: she chooses her family). I also loved how feisty, sarcastic, and down to earth Kat is. She has no problem getting her hands dirty, she cusses, and she’s not afraid to go after what she wants in the bedroom. I almost want to hate she’s so perfect, haha.
I won’t give away anything, but this was a great conclusion to the series, especially the epilogue, which was beautiful. Laura Kaye packs quiet a lot of pain, tears, and happiness into the last 25% of this book and it’s a roller coaster of emotion.
**Reader Safety: References to kidnapping, gangs, human trafficking, abuse; Hero was abused as a child (referenced, off page)
5 stars – loved it!
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