Hard As Steel by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #4.5, Raven Riders #.5
Also in this series: Hard As It Gets
on September 22, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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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.
Having read the first two of Laura Kaye’s Blasphemy series and really enjoyed them, while I wait for the next one to come out at the end of the month, I thought I’d check out her Raven Riders Series. Hard As Steel is a 1001 Dark Nights crossover novella from Ms. Kayes Hard as Ink and the Raven Riders series so I thought I would start with it.
Now, I’m not much of a grass is always greener type girl but this book seemed to bring it out in me. Let me explain. I checked out a couple of reviews on this before snagging it because although it’s book 0.5 in the Raven Riders, it’s book 4.5 in the Hard As Ink series and I hate feeling like I’m missing out when I read a book out of order. The reviews I read said this would not be a problem so I dove right on in. What a huge mistake. Can this be read as a standalone? Yes. Should it be read as a standalone? Not for an action oriented girl like me.
Hard as Steel is mainly a relationship driven little novella about Jess and Ike. Ike is a member of the Raven Riders, but he’s also a tattoo artist at Hard as Ink and is one of Jess’ co-workers. They both have the hots for each other but have never acted on their feelings for a variety of reasons.
Now they are thrown together because Jess can identify one of the bad guys with whatever is going down in the Hard as Ink series and they are after her. Ike scoops her up and takes her to his cabin near the Raven Riders compound so she can hide out and he can protect her while the Hard As Ink guys take care of business with the bad guys. Although we get little updates here and there about some serious things going down it all happens off the page elsewhere. This sucked completely. Every time an update would happen I’d get a little jealous that I wasn’t reading that other book. I mean shots were being fired, stakeouts were happening, undercover things were going on, it sounded all kinds of interesting and up my alley.
What was going on in this book was a whole lot of guilt tripping on Ike’s part about how not good enough he was for Jess. How even though he wanted to jump her bones in all kinds of fun sounding ways he just couldn’t go there even though he knew she wanted him something fierce. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
It was angsty, it was hot, but there was no action unless it was of the between the sheets variety. So yeah, I wanted to read the other book instead of this one. This wasn’t a bad book. Ike was all broken and damaged and Jess was all quirky and stuff, but I was getting glimpses of that greener grass and it pretty much tanked this book for me. Well, tanked is a rather strong word since it’s a decent book. Maybe it just made this one look like I was getting plain old vanilla ice cream when there was a mint chocolate chip brownie sundae to be had elsewhere.
Rating: 3 Greener Grass Stars
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