Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hard as Steel by Laura Kaye Blog Tour


After identifying her employer's dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn't make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.

Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he's ever known, one he's purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike's not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.

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Book 4.5
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A Word from the Author

I’m thrilled to be here celebrating the release of my 21st book, HARD AS STEEL! After a midnight break-in at her apartment, close friends and Hard Ink Tattoo co-workers Ike Young and Jessica Jakes are forced into hiding—and forced to confront the feelings they’ve always denied for one another. I have always adored friends-to-lovers and forced proximity stories, and HARD AS STEEL delivers that and more, including a taste of both my award-winning and best-selling Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series! Check out this excerpt.




“Night,” she said, heading up the steps.

“Night,” he replied, watching her hips sway in a pair of silky black shorts. Combined with the form-fitting black tank top and those perfect-for-grabbing pigtails, she was going to make it damn hard for him to fall asleep tonight.

Damn hard, indeed.

He turned out the light and went horizontal, the soft couch so comfortable against his sore back even though it was a little too short to fit his whole body. He adjusted his erection, willing it to get with the no-sex-with-Jess program. Problem was, in the quiet darkness, Ike could hear her moving around in the loft. Soft footsteps on the wood floor. The shifting of covers. The squeaking of the box spring. And all that did was invite his imagination out to play. Easy since he had so much material to work with after sleeping with Jess wrapped around him the past two nights.

His shoulders and chest knew what the silk of her hair felt like when it skimmed over his skin. His hip knew the heat of her core when she slept with her knee across his thighs. His hands had memorized the curve of her lower back and the shape of her biceps and just how much of her luscious ass he could fit in his palms.

Ike knew what her mouth tasted like, how tight her legs could wrap around his waist, and how fucking beautiful the combination of ink and steel was on her skin.

Jesus, his cock was never going to let him go to sleep at this rate.

And was it fucking hot in here or what? He tossed the cover off, wishing he had a ceiling fan downstairs, too. Something for the to-do list around this place.

Ike sighed and flung his hand over his head. And wondered why the hell he was torturing himself this way.

He could just go up there and get in the bed—and take what he wanted, and what he knew Jess would be only too happy to give. Neither of them was immune to the mutual attraction that had always been there between them. And her reaction to his kiss the other day made it crystal fucking clear that she was waiting for him to make his move.

Jess had plenty of one-night stands and casual hook-ups. Ike knew she was perfectly capable of handling that kind of relationship.

Except.

Except Ike wasn’t a clueless idiot, and he wasn’t in the habit of doing things he knew damn right well would hurt someone he cared about. Jess wore her emotions like she wore her ink—out loud and unapologetically. He had a pretty good idea that she was rocking some more-than-friendly and more-than-physical feelings for him. Right now, she thought them unrequited, and that kept a kind of sexually tense equilibrium between them. But if he let himself off the leash—even just once—he’d very likely raise and dash her hopes, give her all kinds of mixed signals, and screw things up royally between them.

He shook his head and heaved a deep breath. If he wasn’t going to go the distance with her, he had no business taking the first step.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shannan☆☆☆☆
Hard as Steel is #4.5 in the Hard Ink Series. I did not read the first two in the series but have read the rest. I would say they can be read as standalones but they are better if you read in order.

Hard Ink has been attacked and now they are after Jessica. Jessica hides in a crawl space when two men ransack her apartment. When she's sure they are gone she calls one of the only people she can trust, Ike Young. Ike is a member of the Raven Riders and a tattoo artist at Hard Ink. He takes it upon himself to protect Jess. By protecting her he puts himself into a position he isn't happy about, alone time with her.

Jess wears her emotions on her face. She’s loud and sassy. She's enjoyed the flirty relationship between her and Ike. She's been good about hiding her true feelings for him, until they are forced together. With Ike's baggage and her emotional state, can they survive together?

I am really enjoying this series. I loved Ike and Jess, they are hot together, high chemistry, steamy sex scenes. Well worth the read. Can't wait to see where the rest of the series goes.


Johanna☆☆☆☆
Jessica and Ike have Ah-mazing chemistry in this short novella. After Jessica escaped the bad men by hiding in the crawl space, Ike decides to whisk Jessica away and keep her at his little cabin in the woods. There in close quarters they decide to hash out their feelings. This novella is a continuation in the Hard Ink series, and exceptionally erotic. Ike's badass biker attitude and Jessica's smart mouth make for a fun and flirty read. Loved this series! Four stars of entertainment.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I am a big fan of Ms. Kaye's writing and loved this novella which ties in two very sexy people in a crossover story. Anyone who has read the previous installments would know that this was a relationship that had legs – but it also had a couple of high walls with jagged edges! Thankfully we get the story that we wanted, and great hope for the future. I loved it all, and don't want to reveal any of the storyline, as it just needs you to read and enjoy it too. It was great to catch up with some other favourites from the series – a must read for any Laura Kaye devotee.



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Book 3.5
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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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hard as Steel (Hard Ink #4.5) by Laura Kaye to read and review for this tour.

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