Blog Tour: Hard as Steel


We so excited to be able to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Laura Kaye's HARD AS STEEL!! HARD AS STEEL is a Hard Ink/Raven Riders Crossover Series Novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. It is due to be released on September 22, 2015! 


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Laura Kaye’s HARD AS STEEL – Review & Excerpt Tour

Schedule:


September 23rd


The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt


What I'm Reading – Review & Excerpt


Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt




JB's Book Obsession – Excerpt




Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt


September 24th


Coffee-Books-Life Blog – Review & Excerpt


East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt


Obsessive Reading Disorder – Review & Excerpt


Blushing Reads – Review & Excerpt


Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt


Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt


Kelsey's Corner Time – Review & Excerpt


Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt


A little fiction of every flavour – Review & Excerpt


Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust – Review & Excerpt


September 25th


Naughty Book Eden – Excerpt


Reviews by Tammy and Kim – Review & Excerpt


Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt




mignonmykel : reviews – Review & Excerpt


Adventures in Writing – Excerpt


Hot Guys in Books – Review & Excerpt


JordansBookReviews – Excerpt


Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt


September 26th


Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt


I Heart YA Books – Excerpt




Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt






Ashleyz Wonderland – Excerpt


Those Crazy Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt


September 27th




Connected by Books – Excerpt


Ripe For Reader – Review


Inner Goddess – Review & Excerpt


Cocktails and Books – Excerpt




Ticket To Anywhere – Review & Excerpt


My Favorite Things – Review


September 28th




Echoing Books – Review & Excerpt


Book Sojourner – Review & Excerpt




Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt


The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt


My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt






September 29th


Obsessed With Myshelf – Review & Excerpt


Sultry, Steamy Reading – Review & Excerpt




Feeling Fictional – Review


Alleskelle Blogs – Review & Excerpt


Becky's Book Bytes – Review & Excerpt


Teatime and Books – Excerpt


September 30th


Wickedcoolflight.net – Review & Excerpt




Typical Distractions – Review & Excerpt


Booklover Sue – Excerpt


Renee Entress's Blog – Review & Excerpt




Always YA at Heart – Review & Excerpt


We stole your book boyfriend – Review & Excerpt




October 1st


Books Need TLC – Review


The Book Junkie – Review


Bitten By Love – Excerpt


Sweet Reads: You're In For A Treat – Review & Excerpt


Sofia Loves Books – Review




Confessions of a Bookfreak – Review & Excerpt


Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt


October 2nd


Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt


Cupcakes and Vodka Book Blog – Review & Excerpt


Grownupfangirl – Excerpt


My Book Snack – Review & Excerpt


Talking Books Blog – Review & Excerpt


Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt


Once Untold – Review & Excerpt


G & T Indie CafĂ© – Excerpt


Brooklynn Gibbs – Excerpt








About HARD AS STEEL: A Hard Ink/Raven Riders Crossover Novella

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.






Excerpt

HARD AS STEEL EXCERPT: Good Night

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 no business taking the first step. 






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Laura Kaye is a one click author for me.  I love everything she writes.  The award winning Hard Ink series is a must read!  Hard as Steel is a novella in the 1001 Dark Nights anthology set and takes a side journey from the Hard Ink story.  This one takes place during the same time frame and the last book in the series.  It follows Jess, the piercer from the tattoo shop as she seeks safety and refuge with Ike, a tattoo artist at Hard Ink and member of the Ravens Riders MC. 

The sexual chemistry between these two is palpable.  They both know something is going on between them but are wary because they have been friends for years.  Jess has always been flirtatious but in her heart, she knows that Ike is more than that to her.  That first kiss was explosive.  I could feel the steam coming off the book!  Ike reigns himself in and puts distance thinking they can remain friends.  Yeah, we all know how that goes.  Friends to lovers is one of the best tropes out there. 

I absolutely loved Jess!  She is so feisty and self-assured.  She has Ike by the balls and he doesn’t like it.  Her stubbornness has gotten her in trouble a time or two and trouble tends to follow her.  The last thing Ike wants is trouble but Jess has taken his heart and he needs to be sure she is safe.

Wonderful introduction to the Raven Riders MC.  We have met the President and some of the other team members in the Hard Ink series.  I can’t wait to see where Laura goes with this bunch of outlaw do-gooders. If we are real lucky, maybe we will see some of the Hard Ink gang pop up again, too, in this series.  No need to read Hard Ink first.  You will catch on quickly to what is happening in the world for Jess and Ike.  Be sure to check out Laura’s other books as well as other 1001 Dark Nights books.

*An ARC was provided by InkSlingerPR for an honest review








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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