Tall, dark, and lethal…
Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.
With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.
Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge.
Becca Merritt has lost too many people in her life; first her mother, then her older brother, Scott, then her father. If that’s not bad enough, Becca’s only living relative, her younger brother, Charlie, has gone missing. Before he was abducted or went into hiding, he led Becca to Rixey, a member of their father’s Special Forces team. He’s supposed to be able to help her, if she can convince him too, that is.
Nick is really rough around the edges. When his commanding officer turned out to be dirty, he lost a bunch of his military brothers in an ambush. Being second in command he took the loss hard. We’re talking HARD. He’s been a mess for the last year. He cut off all communication to his living “brothers” and spends his days as a process server. He co-owns a tattoo shop with his brother, but that’s not really his thing. It’s more of Jeremy’s baby. When Becca strolls into Hard Ink helping her is the last thing he wants to do. Over time her story eats at him and when he goes to investigate, things start get a little wonky. Soon Nick realizes that he has no choice but to help Becca and hopefully clear his name in the process.
Honestly, this was a good story but the name flopping drove me crazy! One minute the author was calling Nick, Nick, and the next Rixey. Please, please, please just pick one or the other. As more characters were introduced the trend continued, and by the end I wasn’t completely sure who was who. I would have enjoyed the story more if I was clear on the characters.
The writing is a little slow moving. I understand that to an extent. This is the first book in the series; it’s setting everything up, laying the ground work. Sometimes that takes time – it just seemed very long and drawn out.
Becca is a likable character. She’s very focused on finding, helping, or recovering her brother. I have to give her a lot of credit. She held herself together when I think most of us would have easily fallen apart. That seems to be a theme with the characters in this series. They’re all tough as nails.
If you enjoy action packed, slightly mysterious reads with a little romance thrown in for fun, this one might be a good match for you. I know I’m looking forward to finding out more about Becca’s father’s involvement in this whole mess. Is he really as horrible as his men seem to think? I guess only time will tell.