You Are Invited…
To the Wedding of the Year
About Hard Ever After:
Justice served. Honor restored. Team reunited.
After a long battle to discover the truth, the men and women of Hard Ink have a lot to celebrate, especially the wedding of two of their own—Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, whose hard-fought love deserves a happy ending.
As Nick and the team shift from crisis mode to building their new security consulting firm, Becca heads back to work at the ER. But amid the everyday chaos of demanding jobs and their upcoming nuptials, an old menace they thought long gone reemerges, threatening the peace they’ve only just found.
Now, for one last time, Nick and Becca must fight for their always and forever, because they know that when true love overcomes all the odds it lasts hard ever after.
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And it comes to an end. That’s right Hard Ever After is the final installment in Laura’s Hard Ink Series. As many of you know, from the announcement we are invited to Becca and Nick’s wedding. But you maybe wondering how Nick proposed, sorry I’m not telling what I will say is that for these two it was the perfect time and place.
A few months have past since the last time we met up with the Hard Ink crew. Construction on the other side of the building is underway. The exterior should be complete by winter. So they all still live together and on top of each other. The guys are hard at work getting Hard Ink Security up and running on the ground floor, since it didn’t get destroyed. As life is getting back to normal Becca is heading back to work. And here we come full circle.
When Becca didn’t have time to think about what happened to her at the hospital she was fine. But as she returns to work and is faced with the memories of her attempted kidnapping she starts to question and second guess herself and what she sees. The team once again steps up to take care of the person that brought them back together and made it possible to clear their names.
They band together to help her through her “PTSD,” as she plans the wedding she’s always wanted. However as we know nothing is ever easy or what it seems when it comes to this group. So it will come as now surprise that this wedding will be fought for. It will be hard and they will once again be watching for enemies at every turn.
So join me in welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Rixy.
Hard Ever After Excerpt, Threat Scene
Nick nailed Becca with a stare. As he watched, she made a valiant effort to button up just how upset she was, and that made him worry even more. He knelt down in front of her, his hands on her knees. “What’s going on?”
She shook her head, and his heart fucking broke as he saw her struggle to find her voice and hold back the tears.
Kat grasped something from Becca’s lap and held it out to him. “Someone left this in front of Becca’s locker at work today.”
Frowning, Nick accepted the small, floppy, black-and-brown stuffed animal into his hand. He guessed it was supposed to be a German shepherd, and the damn thing was missing a leg. It looked like someone had cut the back leg off and stapled the opening closed. What the hell?
“Look at the neck, Nick,” Kat said, her voice serious.
He flipped it around, and that was when he noticed that the animal was so floppy because the head was connected to the body only by a thin strip of material along the back. He might not have thought much about that if someone hadn’t gone to the trouble of spray painting the torn opening red. As if the neck had been slit. “Sonofabitch,” he said, hot prickles running down his back. “Talk to me, Sunshine.”
She heaved a deep breath. “I found it at the end of my shift,” she said. “I went to get my stuff, and this was sitting upright on the floor in front of my locker. I thought someone had left me a present until . . .”
“This is fucking twisted,” Kat bit out.t
The words echoed Nick’s own thoughts. Twisted and threatening. The removed leg was clearly meant to communicate that the person knew Becca’s dog had only three legs, which made the threat personal and specific.
“Did you talk to security about this?” he asked, making sure to keep his voice even.
Becca shook her head. “I was so freaked out, I just wanted to get out of there.”
“I didn’t know about this until just now, or I would’ve brought us home earlier,” Kat said.
“I’m sorry,” Becca said, turning to Nick’s sister. “I just wanted to forget about it for a few hours.”
“I know,” Kat said. “You don’t have to apologize, but I’m worried about this.”
Nick nodded. “Can you think of anyone at the hospital who would do this? Who would have a problem with you?”
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, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. 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.