Short, Sweet and to the Point | April Mini Reviews

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18841797Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink #3.5)
by Laura Kaye
Published by Avon on April 14th, 2015
Genre(s): Adult, Romance, M/M
Source : Purchased
Rating: 2 stars
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Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way.

With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good…

My Thoughts

I am a huge HUGE fan of Laura’s Hard Ink series. It is one of the best ongoing adult romance series that I had read to date – and the fact that it has ex-military men and I enjoy it speaks volumes. Both Jeremy and Charley are major secondary characters in the series – and I was so happy when I found out that they were getting their own “story.”


This book just did not work for me. Honestly – if you took out ALL the sex in this book, it would probably sit under 75 pages; enough to be added to the last full length novel in the series. I don’t understand why they got their own book. Not much happened. Other than them hooking up. Like, 5 times, for chapters on end.

Charley does have a little growth in the small amount of pages that we get – because of the way he has been treated for being gay by his dad – but it wasn’t enough. I know we haven’t seen their interactions until now, so there is no way to know exactly how close Jeremy and Charley have become – but I could not see them saying the L word yet. I just can’t.. I am glad they are together and found each other – they do balance each other out remarkably well but I wish this could have been either a) longer for me to fully buy their relationship or b) a book I skipped entirely.


20514497Whisper to Me (Between Breaths #3)
by Christina Lee
Published by Intermix on May 20th, 2014
Genre(s): New Adult, Romance
Source : Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…

At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…

Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.

Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.

*I received a copy of this book from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

My Thoughts

I’ve had Whisper to Me sitting on my kindle for over a year now – initially skipping it because I didn’t realize it was a series when requesting. I was bummed, because there is so much love for Christina’s books and I wanted to read this SO bad. It wasn’t until months later that I found out these could all be read as a standalone. Shortly after, I added it to my reading schedule and dove right in.

Friends to lovers is one romance troupe that is hard for me to love – because I never get the connection as friends before things start to develop into more. In Whisper to Me, I got it. Rachel and Kai are just so GOOD together. Their attraction, desire and love for each other was so deep, so real, that my heart just swelled. If there is one thing to know about me- it’s that I am not a swooner, and I was definitely swooning in Whisper to Me.

I loved that we get both Kai’s and Rachel’s POV. We get an up close and personal look at both of their struggles with their fears and love for each other – and why things are the way things are. What kept me from 5 stars was the lack of communication of said fears and feelings. It took FOREVER. So much pain could have been avoided if they would have just TALKED.

I just loved this book. Their story pops into my head often and always has me smiling. I highly recommend Whisper to Me, even if you haven’t read the first 2 books. GET IT.


Have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think?



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

2 responses to “Short, Sweet and to the Point | April Mini Reviews

  1. Wendy @ Book Scents

    oh…. that sucks about hard to be good! you know I was excited that they were getting their story! Gah. I also have this weird thing where if I’m reading the series I feel the need to read all the novellas in between. I actually still haven’t read hard to come by yet (soon!) but I feel like I may end up reading hard to be good anyway? MAYBE.

    • tonyalee

      I was too! But it was a flat out romance. Honestly, I’m trying to think of anything really important happened in the book. LOL honestly you could skip it and you wouldn’t miss anything.

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