He didn’t just want to be there for her tonight or tomorrow or during this mission, however long it lasted. Miraculously, Shane was flirting with thoughts of forever.
Yes, I just reviewed book one in the Hard Ink series, Hard As It Gets, a few days ago. Yes, I really enjoyed that one. But hot damn, I absolutely love-flailed over this one and all because of Shane MacCallan.
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.
Our groups of dishonored ex-special ops soldiers is back. After all, their story is yet to be over and there are more clues to unravel before they can put their lives back together having been shamed and forced out by the army (or maybe it was someone higher up? Who knows?!)
The story starts from a different pov than book one, during the night Charlie was rescued by the group from the tortures in the Confessions’ basement. We get the whole scene from Crystal’s pov plus more information into her thoughts and fears, thus begins a new page-turner journey.
The group of friends, joined by Nick’s brother, Becca and a still recovering Charlie are doing all they can to solve the riddle the Colonel had left them, in pursuit to clear their name and record, and make sure the Merritts are safe and not hunted anymore.
Shane’s ghosts are revealed in this book, and it’s bad and heartbreaking. He is obviously gorgeous and fiercely loyal and true, but we learn he’s also kind, swoony to the nth degree and so very gentle. There are scenes throughout this story that made my heart melt, sing and ache all at the same time. One hint: Dancing.
Crystal on the other hand, and in accordance to Becca Merrit’s strength, is another strong heroine. She is undoubtedly damaged, but she’s not broken. She is suffering, but she is hopeful. And she will do absolutely anything and suffer through hell for her sister. And she has. I loved Crystal.
Hard As You Can is a rollercoaster in the form of a book. I had tears in my eyes, I held my breath, I found myself giggling on a heavy crowded train and I swooned. A lot. My friend Kristin called it “fast-paced and intense, with a few twists and turns along the way” and I can’t agree more. I was swept in by the story, the characters, the emotions and the intense love Shane and Crystal share.
Hard As You Can is set to release in just a few days, February 25th. Pre-order it and visit again. I’m taking part of the blitz. It’ll be fun.
* Thank you HarperCollins for the advanced copy of this title.