Review: Hard to Serve

Review: Hard to ServeHard to Serve (Hard Ink, #4.7) by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #4.7
on June 28, 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 120
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four-stars

“Welcome to Blasphemy.”

FINAL DECISION:  This story was more hot erotica than emotional story but I still enjoyed it.  The novella introduces the Blasphemy Club and sets up some good characters.

THE STORY: Detective Kyler Vance is being investigated by Internal Affairs as the new police commissioner attempts to root out recent corruption in the department.  He decides to blow off some steam at his club.  His club just happens to be a place for dominants like Kyler to find submissives for sex.  There he meets Mia Breslin, who is looking for a man to dominate her.  Things are really hot between Mia and Kyler and they seem to be inching toward something more when Kyler finds out that Mia happens to be the daughter of his new boss.

OPINION:  This is a short novella so much of the character development and plot are compressed. There is a lot of hot sex though and these characters really shine in their interaction.  For me, the weakness of the story is Kyler’s reluctance to make their relationship more than sex.  His motivations seem murky and not as well developed as they would be in a novel.  Despite that, however, I thought this was a very good read.

There was a strong intensity between Mia and Kyler which begins as instant sexual attraction and then evolves into something more.  One of the nicest things is that Kyler cares for Mia from the beginning first in a physical manner and then in an emotional one.

I really, really liked that Mia is so open about what pleases her sexually.  She is a grown woman who knows what she likes. There is no question of consent or any dominance that Mia doesn’t explicitly consent to.

The book also introduces some of the other men who will be the heroes of future books.  There was definitely enough there to make me want to read more.

WORTH MENTIONING:  There is some BDSM and public sex for those who might be sensitive.

CONNECTED BOOKS:  HARD TO SERVE is book 4.7 in the Hard Ink series.  It can be read as a standalone.  It also is book 1 of the Blasphemy series.

STAR RATING:  I give this book 4 stars.

four-stars

Review: Hard Ever After

Hard Ever After
Hard Ever After by Laura Kaye
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

A Valentine for Fans of the Hard Ink Series

“Only. Always. Forever.”

FINAL DECISION: A novella that allows readers and extended epilogue to see the characters happy. While there is a dramatic plot involved, the heart of this novella are the happy endings of the characters.

THE STORY: After the events in the Hard Ink series, things are getting back to normal. Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt are getting married. As they and the other couples begin to adjust to normality, a shadow from the past arises to threaten their future.

OPINION: This book is for fans of the Hard Ink series. It is an extended epilogue with some dramatic plot events but there are no threats to the existing romances. The story assumes knowledge of the events and characters in the Hard Ink series. For fans of the series, however, this book will bring great satisfaction. The novella understand the fans and takes pains to hit all the highlights that you might want. The perfect ending to the series.

WORTH MENTIONING: Sexy, sexy tattoo scene.

CONNECTED BOOKS: HARD EVER AFTER is book number 4.6 in the Hard Ink series. The story is a coda to the series and operates as an extended epilogue and therefore should be read by those familiar with the characters from the series.

STAR RATING: I give this novella 4.5 stars.