Hard As Steel by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #4.5; Raven Riders #0.5
Published: September 22, 2015 by Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After identifying her employer’s dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn’t make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.
Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he’s ever known, one he’s purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike’s not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.
Jessica and Ike work really well together as a couple because they have a lot in common. They’re both a part of the tattoo culture, from their jobs at Hard Ink to their large amount of tattoos they each have. Both have lived on the edge of life in their own ways and they both experienced hard personal tragedy that has shaped the way they live their current lives. They’ve also kept this tragedy from others and sharing with each other helps strengthen their bonds of friendship and eventually their love.
Jessica and Ike also have phenomenal chemistry throughout the book and it really keeps the tension between them high and the steam level through the roof. We’ve seen some of the Raven Riders club members including the club’s president, Dare Kenyon, throughout the Hard Ink series as they have helped the team. And this book acts as a spin-off into the Raven Riders series. The Raven Riders are considered an outlaw gang but they have more of a protective mission. I really enjoyed this introduction to them.
**Reader Safety: References to kidnapping, gangs, human trafficking, abuse
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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