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Hard Ink #4.6

Hard Ever After

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Justice served. Honor restored. Team reunited.

After a long battle to discover the truth, the men and women of Hard Ink have a lot to celebrate, especially the wedding of two of their own—Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, whose hard-fought love deserves a happy ending.

As Nick and the team shift from crisis mode to building their new security consulting firm, Becca heads back to work at the ER. But amid the everyday chaos of demanding jobs and their upcoming nuptials, an old menace they thought long gone reemerges, threatening the peace they’ve only just found.

Now, for one last time, Nick and Becca must fight for their always and forever, because they know that when true love overcomes all the odds it lasts hard ever after.

176 pages, ebook

First published February 2, 2016

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Laura Kaye

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, Blasphemy, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura also writes historical fiction as Laura Kamoie, and lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Profile Image for Claire.
2,308 reviews702 followers
February 4, 2016
4 - Only. Always. Forever. Stars!

I have loved every book and novella in the Hard Ink series, the story-line and the couples it encompasses is quite simply Laura Kaye writing at her absolute best. As a reader I really could not have asked for more, and this novella to finish everything off was the icing on the wedding cake!

I don’t think I really need to write a long drawn out review for this one, it’s Laura giving the Hard Ink fans one final visit to the guys and their women, in the form of Becca and Nicks wedding.

"It’s good to be back."

It’s not plain sailing, and one bad penny that the Team had initially thought they had removed from the equation returns to try and exact revenge on Nick and those he loves, on the eve of the wedding. Expect happy tears, sad tears as few laughs and a lot of contented sighs as this series sort of comes to an end.

"This all feels right."

Although there is a 1001 Nights novella on the horizon, but it features a side character and not one of the original Hard Ink crew. Hard to Serve Kyler Vance’s book is due late June, and I hope we get a little update from Hard Ink Tattoos in the telling of his story.

"To nights and friends I’ll never forget."

ARC generously provided by the publisher via InkSlingerPR, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Profile Image for Michelle.
2,101 reviews1,253 followers
February 2, 2016
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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 photo fb155d601b571d97b36f0627a8ad2f_zpsskd2rcyu.gif “You saved me from becoming someone I didn’t recognize, and because of you I have a life worth living. But only if you’ll walk it with me.”

A sweet, sexy, beautiful Hard Ink Happily Ever After!!! This novella was able to weave friendship, love and of course suspense!!! What is a Hard Ink series without a little suspense thrown into the mix to set hearts racing and pumping!! After what Nick, Becca and the Hard Ink gang have been through, a happily ever is well deserved!!! And Laura Kaye did just that. Readers of the series will be left with a big fat smile on their face as Ms. Kaye reminded us again how easily it is to fall in love with these characters. It truly has been a journey of ups and downs and to see Nick and Becca get their always and forever ending was truly worth it. So if you are looking for a love story that will leave a permanent mark on your mind of what it means to truly love hard then I highly recommend you to read this sweet novella of the Hard Ink gang!!!


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Profile Image for Jo.
957 reviews201 followers
March 17, 2016

A wonderful ending to a great series.

It was so hard to say goodbye to the guys and girls of Hard Ink when the final book came out, so I was very happy when Laura Kaye announced a wedding novella.

And as always I loved spending time with all the characters that I've come to love, and enjoying a wedding, and some very special announcements at the end.

Of course it couldn't just be roses and rings, and a past enemy is back, intent on hurting them all.

A really wonderfully sweet, sexy, romantic and suspenseful novella. Just like I've come to expect from this series.

This is a series that I will re-read many, many times. A must read for all RS fans.

Profile Image for Jennifer.
2,417 reviews69 followers
February 3, 2016
4.5 stars

What happens when you wake up an hour before your alarm goes off, you read a book.

Love it. The one loose end from the series taken care of. Great conclusion to Nick and Becca HEA. I'm excited for Detective Kyler is going to get a story in this series too.
Profile Image for Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe.
470 reviews7 followers
February 4, 2016
“Because hard is good.”

For the Hard Ink fans, this book is such a treat. The ending of the last book has been very moving and so beautiful it was so emotional that it was also bittersweet. To know that one of my loved series is ending and yet so happy that they had their happily ever after, and getting everything they deserved for what they’ve been through.

The Hard Ink boys, these men, I loved them. So fucking much that when the voting started of whom will get their happily ever after first, I can’t for the life the of me decide on who. I actually voted on #TeamCharlieandJeremy like on all the platforms I can vote with, but I wasn’t sad when it was Nick and Becca who have won. I’m just so overwhelmed by the fact that hey, I’m gonna get to read what happens next to gang.

I was actually hesitant at first to start reading, because with all the giddy and excitement I felt, I was afraid I might get disappointed. It always happens, you know, reading and getting back to the series or characters you love so much that everything gets so overwhelming and that the Author might get over the board.

But, I am so happy. Like truly ecstatic. Laura Kaye did an amazing job on Hard Ever After. The suspense is still there and it wasn’t so overwhelming. It was just so fucking perfect!

Finally the guys are getting back with their life and the transition from the intense months that they’ve been to living a normal life again was a hardship they are undergoing especially with Becca. But everything’s going so good, or so they thought.

I can’t express how happy I felt to read such an amazing book. And of course, I wanted to share the happiness I felt to all the Hard Ink fans, and to others who might stumble upon this read. It was exciting to see the gang, with all the good news they shared, and the other people who have touched their lives even though in passing. Eileen was so cute and I was happy that Ike and Jess was there, too. Jesus, I don’t think the whole book was efuckingnough and I freakily want more.

Of course, I am excited for the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club.

The best is yet to come.

This book can be quite overwhelming if you haven’t read the whole series. If you like mystery, suspense, hard guys and hot tattoos, and men in uniform, then this book is definitely for you. The series should be read in order or you might get lost on who’s who and the whole investigation.
Hard as It Gets (Hard Ink, #1) by Laura Kaye Hard as You Can (Hard Ink, #2) by Laura Kaye Hard to Hold on To (Hard Ink, #2.5) by Laura Kaye Hard to Come By (Hard Ink, #3) by Laura Kaye Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink, #3.5) by Laura Kaye Only, Always, Forever (Hard Ink, #3.6) by Laura Kaye Hard to Let Go (Hard Ink, #4) by Laura Kaye Hard as Steel (Hard Ink, #4.5) by Laura Kaye Hard Ever After (Hard Ink, #4.6) by Laura Kaye Hard to Serve (Hard Ink, #4.7) by Laura Kaye

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Profile Image for Gretchen.
868 reviews120 followers
February 2, 2016
This was fantastic! I am so happy right now. The Hard Ink series is a favorite of mine and I honestly didn't think it could get any better... but it did! Loved this so much!

Nick and Becca are so wonderful. They are such a passionate, loving, carrying couple. This was such a fun read. Sexy and playful! I loved catching up with them. Nick is so sweet, his proposal had me all teary eyed. I love how strong Becca is, even when there is a crisis. Laura Kaye writes a great, kick ass heroine! There is a nice amount of heat, a great story, some drama, and a bit emotion. This had it all! I loved the element of suspense that was weaved in keeping me on toes.

Loved seeing all the other couples from previous stories as well. There's a nice recap mentioning each so if you haven't read the other stories you won't be lost. I love how they all have come together and formed their own family of sorts, it's a wonderful thing.

There were so many heartfelt moments with the men and women, it just made me happy. I was smiling from ear to ear. That last chapter was so awesome! Loved knowing what was coming up next. Adored it! I might have clapped... And cried! Perfect beginning, middle, and end. Wonderful story! If you are a fan of the series you are going to love this!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.
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1,004 reviews7 followers
August 11, 2020

I'm so happy with this final Novella... Just read it y'all..

Please read entire series in order.
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938 reviews119 followers
March 23, 2016
Hard Ever After (Hard Ink # 4.6) by Laura Kaye – 4.5 STARS

“Justice served. Honor restored. Team reunited. 

After a long battle to discover the truth, the men and women of Hard Ink have a lot to celebrate, especially the wedding of two of their own—Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, whose hard-fought love deserves a happy ending.

As Nick and the team shift from crisis mode to building their new security consulting firm, Becca heads back to work at the ER. But amid the everyday chaos of demanding jobs and their upcoming nuptials, an old menace they thought long gone reemerges, threatening the peace they’ve only just found.
Now, for one last time, Nick and Becca must fight for their always and forever, because they know that when true love overcomes all the odds it lasts hard ever after.”

*** This book is a novella. Part of the Hard Ink series.
I did not read the Hard Ink series but for me this book can be read as a standalone. I was first introduced to author Laura Kaye from the novel Hearts in the Darkness and Love in the Light - I just fell in love with her writing and her stories. So I decided to read Hard Ever After. This novella is about Nick and Becca HEA. Without knowing too much of the Nick and Becca’s history I understand that they have been through quite the ordeal and have been taking some time off to relax and heal. Soon after Nick and Becca got back to normal life, Nick proposed * swoon worthy * and Becca was elated. The couple was excited and planning for their big day. But not so fast!!! Someone from their past came back for some unfinished business and revenge. Heart pounding moments and a few gruesome details? – you got it! This novella actually has a little bit of everything – suspense, drama but also sexy, sweet and sizzling all packed in one.

I think that if you followed the series this book features the perfect ending to Nick and Becca’s journey – a long prologue if you will. The author also gave all the secondary characters a nice fair well – Charlie and Jeremy, Kat and Beckett, and others… I enjoyed Laura’ writing - descriptive, smooth, captivating. I wished I had read the series first to know the full history behind Nick and Becca but I enjoyed this novella all the same.

Only. Always. Forever.

I was blessed with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Profile Image for Sarah.
3,336 reviews1,017 followers
June 26, 2016
If you're a fan of Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series then you're going to love Hard Ever After. This novella is a perfect extended epilogue to the entire series and even though it's a continuation of Nick and Becca's love story it's very much a chance to drop in on all of the previous couples and see how they're getting on a few months down the line. After everything they've all been through they all thoroughly deserve their happily ever afters but before they can celebrate Nick and Becca's wedding they'll have to face one last enemy.

I love all of these characters so much, the strong, protective guys who have worked so hard to clear their names and the women who have supported them through it all and who each had their own roles to play. It was just so nice to revisit them all and see how much stronger the bond is between everyone now. The guys have been like brothers since their army days but the women have also become close friends and we get to see lots of friendly banter and bonding time which was lovely.

There was just the right amount of action to add a little suspense to the story without taking away from the romance and friendship that has been at the heart of the entire series. I'm going to miss these characters but I'm excited to move onto the Raven Riders spin off and hopefully we'll still see a few glimpses of these characters in those books.

Source: Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review but I also purchased my own print copy to take pride of place on my shelves with the rest of the series.
Profile Image for Beth.
3,129 reviews262 followers
January 26, 2016
Hard Ever After is a wonderful wrap it up story for all the couples we’ve encounter so far in the Hard Ink Series.

It’s the big wedding for Nick and Becca, but just when you thought it would be happily ever after a ghost from their past comes back to haunt them.

Seductively sexy, this series knows how to bring more than just steam. Action intense, witty and all around fabulous reads, the Hard Ink series shouldn’t be missed.

I receive this ARC copy of Hard Ever After from Avon in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication Feb. 2, 2016.

My Rating: 4 stars

Written by: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink
Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
ISBN-10: 0062421743
ISBN-13: 978-0062421746
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Profile Image for Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf.
483 reviews77 followers
January 27, 2016
There are plenty of hard times to be had in this novella – both the good kind of hard and the stressful kind…but Nick and Becca aren’t about to let the past get in the way of their future, especially after everything they’ve been through.

This book is most definitely not for anyone who hasn’t connected with the characters in the prior novels. You need to have read at least one to understand the crowd you’re walking in on or you’re going to be totally confused – thankfully I have read them and LOVED them.

This novella is the perfect little addition to the series that gives us romance, sweetness and of course the quintessential expected danger that the Hard Ink series is known for. Becca and Nick have to fight for their ever after, but I was pleasantly pleased to join them.

Sexy, sweet and just a little extra to make you smile. 4 stars!

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]
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Profile Image for Sofia Lazaridou.
2,734 reviews135 followers
February 2, 2016
Hard Ever After is the epilogue to the story of all the couples. It might be Nick and Becca centered, but we get the chance to see all the couples going back to their normal lives and living happily together. The ending chapter was perfect and I really want to go back to this novella and reread it even after a few days from the day I read it. The story is not only filled with the sweetness of the couples and preparations of Nick and Becca's wedding. It has also the action of the previous books since an enemy has come back and is trying to ruin things by threatening to kill Becca. Hard Ever After being what exactly I was expecting as an ending to the story of the guys. The mix of mystery and action was perfectly combined and as someone who was a fan of the series since the second book I can say that this was perfect for the fans and it won't disappoint.
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2,046 reviews101 followers
February 3, 2016
This was a good wrap up to the series and kind of capped off everything and we also got hints of how the other couples were doing or where they were headed with their relationship. It was all sweet and I really appreciated LK taking the effort.
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1,658 reviews229 followers
March 24, 2023
From the very beginning, Nick and Becca have been my favorite couple in the HARD INK series and I'm so happy to get more time with them in HARD EVER AFTER. Nick was his usual tough but super sweet self and I loved how he was with Becca and how he cherished everything about her. This couple epitomizes the idea of supporting each other and being a rock for each other.

We also got to see the new normal that the group has, their upcoming security business, renovating the Hard Ink building into apartments, and moving on in each of their relationships. This was a great little conclusion to a truly amazing series!

Content Warning: PTSD

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Favorite Quotes:

“When you walked through my door, you changed my whole life. You gave me purpose when I had none. You brought my family back together when I was so alone. You believed in me when no one else did, including myself. You fought for me and loved me and made me a better man.”
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1,971 reviews193 followers
February 8, 2016
3 1/2 "Thanks for the Hard Ink memories" Stars!

A very nice wrap up and reunion to the Hard Ink series. Now it's time for the Raven Riders!! Recommend to those that loved the series. Happy reading!
Profile Image for Catherine.
1,572 reviews232 followers
October 29, 2018
I won't lie... I was bored a LOT of the time while reading this book. Turns out reading unnecessary info dumps about characters, relationships, and plot lines that I'm already familiar with from previous books in the series, and reading about those fictional people plan their wedding, is just not my jam (who cares what colour the bridesmaid dresses are?!). The little bit of suspense in this book and the ooey gooey declarations of love just aren't worth the tedium of the rest of it.
Profile Image for Shayna.
1,813 reviews594 followers
January 24, 2016
A lovely, charming, sexy, and humorous addition to an all-around great series! The Hard Ink crew start to rebuild their lives after such tragedy. Nick, Becca, and the gang have been through so much together, and this happy occasion couldn't come at a better time. They need happiness after such devastation. They start to forge a new path together with the future looking bright as ever. You won't know how much you've missed these characters until you read HARD EVER AFTER. This is the icing on the cake, the cherry on top of the sundae, an ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer day. It's what us hardcore HARD INK fans needed - this contentment, this solace, this satisfaction that everything with these characters will be okay.

Although, it's not all happiness and rainbows. It wouldn't be a HARD INK book if it didn't have some suspense in it. The suspense comes in the form of the past not staying where it's supposed to. An enemy with some unfinished business lies in waiting, but in true Laura Kaye fashion, she gives us a happily ever after that we will never forget. I absolutely ADORE these characters and I can only hope that this isn't the last we read about them. Get ready to SWOON! Get ready to LAUGH! Get ready for your heart to skip a beat. Laura Kaye has once again, made my heart full with her amazing love stories.

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Profile Image for Tifferz.
292 reviews2 followers
February 2, 2016
4.5 stars, 3.5 flames
If you have been following the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye then you know that this love was a hard won battle. After everything Nick and Becca have been through you can't help but root for them to get their happily ever after. But since we know how Miss Kaye loves to tease us, we know they have one more hurdle to jump through before they can get it.
When a series embarks on a journey that involoves multiple couples, it can be hard to go back and read about the original lovers. Miss Kaye does a fantastic job in reacquainting us with Nick and Becca. Some series that go back to the original couple can become super mushy or lovey dovey but Miss Kaye works incorporates the fluff with a whole lotta steam. Watching these couples grow together and in themselves has been a fun yet a tearful journey. I also feel that I am apart of that family.
Oh, and can I just state how much I've missed the gang! Each book in this series focuses on the couple which is great but when seeing them all together it made my heart very happy. I literally had a cheesy grin on my face the entire time I was reading this novella. I loved getting to see the girls together and how well they mesh together. We all know that the guys are a great bunch and funny as hell when together, so it was nice to see the girls have time together.
This was a beautiful wrap up to the case that the team had worked on so hard in order to get their names cleared. I hope this is not the end for the gang because I will surely miss them.
I was gifted a copy by the Jeep Diva in exchange for an honest review. The ratings and opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated.
Profile Image for Darcy.
12.4k reviews425 followers
February 5, 2016
This little short was a good way to wrap up the series. The foe is vanquished, now they all are getting on with their lives. As each and every member found love while things were crap, it is nice to see them all happy. Although their happy didn't come without some bumps, but these bumps were easily taken care of by the group, leading to lots of happy announcements and a wedding.
Profile Image for Tammy.
673 reviews43 followers
February 4, 2016
AMAZING...... That sums up this whole series. I loved all of the characters, but Nick Rixey, Ooh, and Becca will always be my favorites.

It was only fitting that they were the start of the Hard Ink family and that they ended the series with their Happily-Ever-After.
Profile Image for Sassafrass.
3,076 reviews94 followers
November 24, 2021
*3.5 STARS*

This one was pretty good. Of course these guys can't just have an easy HEA. Of course there was going to be some gunfire along the way. LOL

This was kind of like an extended epilogue and it was nice to see all the couples again. I didn't give it a full *4 STARS* because to me the sex was repetitive, even the dirty talk. So, it made it kind of ho hum for me.

Otherwise I really liked the story and loved the ending. It was nice seeing the guys again.
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5,055 reviews37 followers
May 28, 2017

Great story as Nick and Becca are finally about to the the knot. This wouldn't be a Hard Ink wedding of trouble didn't show up. I recommend you grab this one and find out what happens.
Profile Image for Lindsey.
852 reviews1 follower
January 28, 2018
A good wrap up to the series. Liked that it had a little action.
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48 reviews1 follower
April 21, 2018
I have to say, I didn't really expect this guy to come back as the villian, but I loved that the hero to this novella was our brave little bride who was having none of this lol. A nice wrap to the Hard Ink family
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