Thursday, March 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Hard as You Can by Laura Kaye

Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. 

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He's exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can--and never let go.

Read an Extended Excerpt of Book 1, Hard As It Gets
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4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Laura Kaye can write from a guy’s perspective like few women writers can do-and a male former soldier’s perspective to boot. The Hard Ink series is about a group of 5 soldiers who for some reason have their name dishonored and try to clear themselves of the wrong doing. The first book was Hard As it Gets which is Becca and Nick’s story. This one centers around Shane McCallan and Crystal Dean. Crystal waitresses at Confessions, a strip club. Her boyfriend is Bruno, a big meaty neanderthal who manages the club and is knee deep in criminal activity. But she is bidding her time until she can break away from all of this. She meets Shane when he is there to cut Charlie (Becca’s brother) loose from the club’s grip after he was captured and tortured. Crystal helps Shane, trusting that there is something good about him.  Maybe it’s his gorgeous grey eyes or his sexy Southern drawl. This man just oozes steam and heat!

Shane is a tortured soul, having lost any knowledge of his sister, Molly’s whereabouts years ago. He has never been at peace with himself for one day since then. Topping that, is the guilt of losing men in the field. These things make him cautious and reserved, but he can admit when he is wrong. He feels badly for misjudging Becca and tries to make that up to her. He is an alpha male, and very protective.

Crystal hides her real identity, she has her reasons. She cares deeply for her sister, who has some major medical issues. She has always had to rely on herself and it is very difficult for her to trust Shane, to let her guard down. Though every time Shane called her Sweetness, I could feel her melt!

He took her hand. “I don’t care about that, sweetness. Come on.” There was that nickname again. And the acceptance, too. And, oh, man, his hand was big and warm and reassuring around hers, his thumb rubbing over her knuckle again and again. She never wanted him to let her go.

Some of the questions are answered in this book, I don’t want to give too much away. This is a series and obviously as each book progresses, the reader will learn a little bit more about who is behind all the activity and who is responsible for setting up our 5 guys. I especially liked the lead in for the third installment for Jenna and Easy. Easy is such a great character and I am thrilled to see he may find love with Jenna. Then again, I have to have patience, each of these guys deserves to find that special someone that they can share their joys and pains with-they have earned it!

“I don’t want to run. I don’t want to hide. I don’t want to act, not anymore. I just want to be with you. Wherever you are, Shane, that’s where I belong.”

 Excerpt Post

I’m thrilled to share Hard As You Can, the second book in my Hard Ink series, with all of you here today! Hard As You Can follows the surviving members of a disgraced Army Special Forces team as they fight to regain their stolen honor, and finds their investigation crossing paths with a waitress willing to do whatever it takes to stay alive and protect her younger sister. For Shane McCallan, saving Crystal Dean is a mission he refuses to turn down.

Today, I’m excited to share a peek at a moment when Shane’s protective—and possessive—instincts are thrown into high gear! Here we go:

With one last deep breath, Crystal pulled the dressing room door open. And walked right into a big, male body.

Crystal gasped. “You can’t be back here!” She grabbed Shane’s shirt with both hands and hauled him into the dressing room, then locked the door. “What the hell are you doing? You’re going to get me killed.” She’d meant the words figuratively, of course, but in point of fact, they possessed some literal truth.

His gaze was hard and lethal as steel. “I saw you run past the door.”

“And?” she said, exasperation using up every bit of her patience.

“I was worried.”

He was . . . worried? Even after he saw me . . . ?

“Why?” she said.

He muttered under his breath, his fists clenching and unclenching. “I take it that was Bruno?”

Crystal’s gaze dropped to the floor, the one she wished would open up and swallow her. She nodded.

“Well, I saw him grab you, Crystal. He might as well have mauled you—” Shane raked his fingers through his hair, messing up the neatly combed style that highlighted the blond.

Crystal grabbed his hands. “Don’t do that. You’re messing up your comb-over disguise,” she said. Using her own fingers, she straightened his hair, all the while the realization sank in that he wasn’t mad because she’d kissed Bruno, he was mad because Bruno had kissed her. Shane went still under her touch. Her face heated and, sure enough, his gaze blazed at her. She yanked her hands away. “You have to leave—”

“Not yet.” A raw, aggressive masculinity poured off him, and Shane shook his head. “Not until you hear what I have to say.” He stepped closer.

“But, Shane—”

“No. What he did out there, that wasn’t okay with you. Jesus. I could see it in your eyes, your body, the way your fucking hands shook.” He heaved a deep breath, like he was attempting to calm himself. “And if it wasn’t okay with you, it’s sure as hell not okay with me.” Closer, yet. So close his chest brushed hers. “In point of fact, I have a major fucking problem with a male forcing a woman to do anything,” he said, his eyes burning with molten silver. “But let me be clear, Crystal. Seeing him all over you like that would do bad things to me even if you wanted his attention. So my intentions here”—he pursed his lips and shook his head—“they’re not all honorable. Because I want you. I want you so bad I can hardly breathe.”

The room spun around Crystal, and butterflies looped within her belly. “Shane,” she whispered, dumbstruck by his declaration. Nervous energy exploded within her until she thought she might burst into a thousand pieces. “Please. We can talk later,” she rushed. “You have to go.”

“You promise? Because I’m not done here. Not by a long shot.”

Eep! Can I just tell you how fun it was to write that little monologue??? So that’s Shane telling it like it is – now the question is what will happen when they talk again? For that, please check out the book! *winks* Now, did you have a favorite line? Thanks for reading!

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. 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.


For a chance to win Shane's purple butterfly necklaces and Hard Ink swag just leave a comment on this blog and be sure to include your email address.  


  1. I'm so happy that Laura is writing this series. I love all of the characters and feel like I'm part of the action rather than reading in my home. Thanks for another home run!

  2. Wow, love that excerpt! I dont have a fav military char so far. Maybe this one will be it ;) Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Love Laura Kaye's POV in her writing!! Can't wait!!

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  5. Wow love the excerpt! Looking forward to reading this! Don't have a favorite military character I love them all! LOL

  6. Thanks for the giveaway - Not sure of favorite mil character. tpopenc @

  7. fav military character - will Rhett Butler count??? thanks for the chance. bubbles11 @

  8. Loved that excerpt! Love those Hard Ink men!

    Msrh0ndaelaine AT gmail DOT com

  9. thanks for the giveaway

  10. Loved the excerpt and pretty much everything Laura writes! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  11. Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I recently was able to finish Hard as it Gets and LOVED it, and I can't wait to read book two.

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway! The necklace is pretty! :-)

    Lindsey8907 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  12. I enjoy all of Laura's books, my favorites being North of Need and Hard as You Can. Mystery, love, sex, action, Hard as You Can has it all and made me react the way a good book should. I laughed and cried and anticipated the next page, the depth of this story is simply amazing & can't wait to continue the series. Thanks for the chance!

  13. I love, love, love this series!! Thanks for the chance!

  14. I just loved this book, the series! Great romantic suspense. Looking forward to more. Thanks for the chance!

  15. I have recently come across Laura Kaye's book at my local Walmart. I honestly got out because the guy with the tattoos on the front. I loved how it was different from the others. I read the back and it sounded amazing. I read it and fell in love. I have recently ordered two online and am waiting for them to come in the mail, and I cannot wait! I love how she is an author that cares so much about her fans and does giveaways. I also love that she stepped out of the box with her characters and the have ratios and piercings in these. I love how she writes in so much detail. It makes you actually feel the book being experienced. It draws you in to the book. Plus, she is such a wonderful woman. She talks to her fans daily on Facebook. I love how she lets you see into get home life as well. She is truly something special. I would love to win this fabulous gift. Thank you for three opportunity.

  16. My favorite military character is Dale from the book Unrestrained. What a great excerpt, love your books Laura!

  17. Love the beautiful purple gems.

  18. love the color !!Love laura's books! Thx for the chance :-)

  19. Can't wait to read this!

  20. Cannot wait!!

  21. Fantastic read! Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  22. Awesome giveaway for a an awesome book.

  23. I am having fun following this blog tour...hehe I cant wait to actually get my hands on this book. Big Hugs & thanks for the chance to win some awesome swag.

    Missie Jones
    missie25524 at netzero dot com

  24. I can't wait to read this!


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