HARD TO LET GO Excerpt:
Angel. Beckett called her Angel.
Kat could barely breathe, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the 250-pound linebacker currently lying on top of her.
He’d called her Angel.
Why? All they did was fight and annoy the shit out of each other. Where had the term of endearment come from?
Maybe it was just the haze of lust and epically good sex talking. That could totally be it. She wondered if he even realized he’d said it.
But it was still confusing as hell. She’d been so mad at him last night that she hadn’t even wanted to be in the same room with him. And she’d promised herself that after all the bullshit he’d said, this wasn’t happening again. Not ever.
Now, here she lay. His cock still tucked inside her, his body covering her, his arms holding her. And a part of her didn’t want it to end. Because he’d also apologized. More than that, he’d made it clear that he’d flown off the handle because he was worried about her. Which was downright sweet, really. In a totally fucked-up Beckett Murda kinda way.
Honestly, he was, at once, the sexiest, most attractive man she’d ever known—and the most confusing and infuriating.
He’s rough around the edges, but he’s a good guy. Beckett just takes a while to let anybody get close …
That’s what Marz had said. Could it be that Beckett’s whole strong-silent-grouchy routine was just … some kind of defense mechanism? If so, a defense against what?
And did it really matter?
She laid there for a long moment, surrounded by Beckett’s heat, his soft breath playing over her ear.
Yeah, on some level it did matter. Because there was something between them. Clearly. Maybe it was just pure animal attraction. Except he’d given her glimpses that there was something more to him. Something deeper. Something that spoke to her heart. All of which played as much of a role in the fact that they kept ending up naked together—or partially naked, anyway—as the fact that he fucked her better than she’d ever been fucked in her life. At least, it explained why she kept giving in.
“Beckett?” she whispered, not possessing the energy to speak much louder.
“Beckett?” she said again.
Holy shit. The big, hard-ass jerk had fallen asleep? Holding her.
Aw, crap. That was kinda sweet, too. Proving that her heart was such a sucker. Because she didn’t want to wake him up. She didn’t want him to get off of her. All she wanted was to listen to the call of her exhaustion and close her eyes.
About Hard to Let Go:
Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush thatkilled 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 his biggest complication yet–a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.
A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop 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 the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.
Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.
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Praise for HARD TO LET GO:
“Kaye wraps up her bestselling series with this action-packed story, highlighting her talent for alpha military heroes, hot romance, and an ensemble cast of characters who are unique and engaging. A super sexy, high-octane romantic suspense novel that concludes the popular Hard Ink series in a completely satisfying way.” ~Kirkus Reviews
“TOP PICK! Kaye brings her Hard Ink series to a spectacular conclusion that successfully wraps up the overarching mystery and brings closure to her compelling characters. Kaye really nails it with this awesome book and series!” ~RT Book Reviews
“HARD TO LET GO will blow you away! Anyone who has been following Laura Kaye’s fantastic Hard Ink series will expect something great for the last book in the series, and to say HARD TO LET GO does not disappoint would be the understatement of the year! Ms. Kaye writes sex scenes like it’s nobody’s business, and the blistering chemistry between Kat and Becket will leave you panting and begging for more! If you expected world-class action in HARD TO LET GO, think again and multiply that by ten! HARD TO LET GO has to be the most explosive conclusion to a series ever! Do not miss it at any cost!”~Fresh Fiction
Praise for the Hard Ink Series:
“TOP PICK! If you’re looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you.” ~RT Book Reviews Magazine
Beckett, Beckett, Beckett… I think Laura saved one of the best for last. In our final installment of the original Hard Ink crew (the last installment will be Hard As Steel – Ike & Jess’s story and is a tie into the Raven Riders) the tension is high. The chemistry is like Nick & Becca’s in Hard As It Gets and so is how Beckett reacts to Kat. After reading the series thus far I have to say my two favorite books are Hard As It Gets and Hard to Let Go. It may have something to do with the whole bruiting both men have going on.
Like Nick, it takes some time for Beckett to see what there are things you can have after your life goes to shit. As with all of Laura’s Hard Ink men, Beckett has a past. His past is the harshest one we’ve seen and it explains why he’s even more brutish after everything that goes down with the team. My heart hurts for Beckett and all he’s endured. The fact that he’s so good is a miracle, and I can’t blame him for being an ass sometimes. What man, or woman can’t be though.
Out of all the Hard Ink men I think Beckett is the one who has had the hardest time with everything that’s happened to the team. Yes Easy has suicidal thoughts and that’s not something to take lightly, Marz had to learn how to function with only one leg – which he’s done miraculously well with, Nick deals with his injuries with the help of his siblings and Shane was able to pick up his shattered life a little better then the others. Beckett, however, has a shit ton he’s dealing with and one of those is that he blames himself for Marz’s leg. We’ve gotten glimpse of his guilt since Hard As it Gets. We’ve also seen Beckett’s angry side more often then the others. Because he’s so angry all the time I wasn’t sure if I’d like Beckett. As we’ve seen him grow I could tell there was a lot more to him but I still wasn’t sure how his story would go and if I’d like it. Of course I loved it.
Katherine “Kat” Rixey, is the perfect no nonsense woman for Beckett. She won’t take his shit, and of course she’s just like Nick. Well in some respects Kat is like her big brother. She has his over-protectiveness, and the stubbornness, though she has some of Jeremy’s love and compassion. Mix that all together and you get one badass chick who can kickass (shot a gun, & knows judo) and take names. There’s only one small problem, Kat has two secrets that she’s keeping from her family and the team and both could come back and kick her in the ass.
As I read Hard to Let Go my stomach turned a few times. Unlike with the rest of the team and their relationships I was never sure if Beckett and Kat would come together. Yes they had great chemistry but sometimes chemistry doesn’t make a relationship. With both of them hiding secrets and their tempers its a wonder that they didn’t kill each other. Talk about a love hate relationship, but considering Beckett did pull a gun on Kat when they first met in Hard to Come By it’s no wonder that Kat is a little put off by Beckett. Plus we know how much of a hot head he is, when we first met him he did start a fight with Nick within the first hour.
With that said Beckett really comes out of his shell with Kat the only question becomes can they trust each other with the truth and their hearts before its too late. And are they willing to let go and just be with each other.
With Beckett, Easy, Marz, Nick & Shane’s mission to clear their names still in dangerous waters along with the safety of everyone living at Hard Ink after the roof clasped from a rocket launcher can the team take another blow? Can Beckett pull his head out of his ass long enough to see his family is right in front of him?
Will Kat chose family or career? And like Beckett can she face her fears and man up. Tell her brothers why she’s really there and that she can help clear their names. Will the team learn everything Col. Frank Merritt had been working on and who really screwed them?
You don’t want to miss the conclusion of Hard Ink’s mission to clear their names. So join Beckett and Kat as they tell their story.
He tilted his head and lifted his brows like she should know what he was asking. “Which Raven is it I smell on you?”
Heat crawled up Kat’s neck. She chuckled and pushed by him into the hall, giving him a small shove for good measure. “What the hell are you talking about, Jeremy?”
Beckett nodded. And then his mouth acted without his brain’s permission. “I’d like to date your sister.”
“She’s my baby sister, Beckett. Jesus,” Nick finally said, planting his hands on his hips and shaking his head. “I pulled her pigtails and taught her how to box and remember that she had a stuffed elephant named Wuzzywoo that she carried with her everywhere.”
“Oh, God. Can’t…breathe,” Marz choked out. “He just…he just…came out and asked him…”
“I know…” Shane said, slapping his hand on the top of the desk.
Nick pointed at both of them. “You’re a fuckstick. And you’re a fuckstick.” The he turned on Beckett. “And you better not be a fuckstick, or I will kick your ass until your children’s children can’t sit down. You got me?” Before Beckett had even inhaled to reply, Nick threw his hands out and loudly added, “Not that there better be any goddamned children. Fuck!”
“When you say ‘you’ will meet me, I’m wondering whether that means I’m meeting with-“ Seneka paused for a moment, and there was a shuffling of paper. “-Edward Cantrell, Derek DiMarzio, Shane McCallan, Beckett Murda, or Nicholas Rixey.”
About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.