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Hard Love

(Guns & Ink #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  39 reviews
When two people in pain collide, there is something intoxicating about drowning in the chaos of hard love.

Brando Hawkins is a detective with the Denver Police Department. The world should be his to take. He’s a dedicated officer with a promising career. But Brando’s got secrets. Dark, ruthless secrets. At twenty-six, he’s burned-out, and the sight of another body, one more
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Published May 22nd 2018 by Swoon Romance
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Bookworm Extraordinaire
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it


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Lord, I don't even know what to say about this book. I liked it well enough, but it was depressing as hell. From beginning to end...depressing. I feel like I need to take a happy pill (or twelve) after finishing it. I loved Brando and Cat in the previous book. I still liked them in this one, but both of them were like Eeyore on steroids. Their inner thoughts were doom and gloom all the frigging time. It got tiresome after a while to just never have a single moment of pos
Hard Love is hard on emotion. So prepare yourself if you decide to read this book. The emotions are dark, sad and violent but when the reader get to know Cat and Brando they’ll understand why. Their pasts have affected them both irrevocably but Cat in particular won’t let that define her. Brando on the other hand keeps running back towards his past whereas Cat wants to move forward.

These two broken and flawed souls find solace in each other but it’s not without struggles. They want one another b
Rebecca Woodward
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
So much pain and angst. Two broken people who are immediately attracted to each other. Cat who is a fighter and a rape survivor. She is strong and determined to guard her heart. She only trusts one man who becomes her hero and bestfriend. Until she meets Brando a detective with emotional baggage. These two are not only fighting for themselves but for hard love. This story does have triggers so be warned. Very well written and the tragic history for both bounced off the pages. The author gives us ...more
Joyce Mercês
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

I have a theory: Shana Vanterpool feeds off her readers' tears.

Hard Love is a gut-wrenching love story about two broken people.

Cat is strong despite her past. Brando is determined despite his past. They are perfect for each other because of that. Their pain is so big, but their hearts, even so damn broken, are willing to fight.

Get ready for a HOT couple and for BIG tears. Holy crap, they suffer! But dammit it's so good!

If you loved Mad Love, book #1 in the Guns & Ink Series, you will love book
Kat's Books & Brews
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

Do you want DRAMA? Do you want heart racing ACTION? Do you want some dirty LOVIN? Well guess what... you need a copy of Hard Love By Shana Vanterpool.

The first time I read a Vanterpool novel was a S/T and I became obsessed. I was encouraged to read Mad Love which was just as enjoyable, but Vanterpool’s newest release is something else entirely.

There’s so much doing in in this novel! I’m tell you you don’t want to miss the explosive dynamic of Cat & Brando. Sexy broke cop
Amber- Leave Me Alone I’m Reading
I felt like I’d been waiting for Cat and Brando’s story forever, and it was so great to be back in this world. Hard Love is an emotional read. It made me laugh, made me swoon, and made me cry. Both Brando and Cat have had some devastating things happen to them that have left them broken and fighting to overcome their lives. Despite not knowing how to love, their loyalty to each other is so beautiful!
Hard Love is the second book in the Guns & Ink series, but I suppose it could be read as a stand
Andi Isack
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hard love it's going to touch you deeply, because Shana Vanterpool when decides to write something, she wants to get straight to her readers heart. Broken it in million pieces and slowly put it back together. Make it beat faster than before. She always wants to get a strong impact. And her books have this main goal. So Hard love ( can be read like a standalone) is going to "play " with your feelings. It will going to drive you crazy in a good and "bad" way. Good because what Catherine and Brando ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hard Love is the second book in the Guns & Ink series. I wouldn't recommend reading as a standalone. You wouldn't necessarily get lost reading but i do think, to enjoy this book to it's fullest you really need to read in order.

Shana Vanterpool's writing always draws me in and holds me captive. Her writing is flawless and always paced just right. And boy can she write about a tortured soul. So as the saying goes with no darkness there would be no light! So as much as these characters suffer, Shan
Sassy Southern
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God, I’m at a loss of words when it comes to this book. I’m so thoroughly impressed with this author, It’s hard for me to convey how I feel about this amazing book. I’ve only ever read one other book by this author, and it was too, a 5 Star read. This book, Hard Love, I do have to admit is probably on a top ten list for 2018. If I were to choose one word to describe this book I think it would be consuming-in that my soul was completely consumed by the story completely throughout it. I couldn’t p ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Angsty and emotional…

This is the second book in the series and Brando and Catherine brought a different, though equally compelling vibe. Klay and Madison fought their demons and wrestled them to a point where they could function, be happy, and look to each other and the future with optimism. Brando and Catherine had yet to find theirs….

“I’d never find comfort in a normal soul. His had to be as twisted-up as my own.”

This was a darker book than the first - a different type of darker. Darker i
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Hard Love is the second book in the Guns & Ink series By one of my favorite authors, Shana Vanterpool. She is the queen of writing about cracked by not broken characters. Characters in pain. Flawed characters. Her writing is nothing short of poetic. This story can be read as a standalone but if you read Mad Love then you have already met Cat and Brando. Tattoo artist and detective. Two unlikely souls who want each other.

Brando, and Catherine both have painful pasts. It has made them hard. Brand
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

So first, I will state, that IMO book one should be read before this, just so you understand the characters a bit better. The whole thing that concerns Madison and Klay does come up, briefly and it just made this an even better read to have read their story before going into Brando and Cat's. Plus the dynamic between Klay and Cat is better... explained in book one whereas in this book it may just come off as… strange. This is just IMO.

So Cat and Brando of course met
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed Cat and Brando's story, maybe not quite as much as I enjoyed Klay and Madi's but almost equal. I enjoyed hearing little snippets about what they were up too!

This was a great tale of two damaged people coming together to find happiness together which is the thread that holds the series together and what I enjoy most. Cat was such a strong and fun heroine, and I really love how Shana writes her heroines with strength, even Madi as broken as she was, was strong. It is so difficu
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard Love isn't a pretty flowery read, it's hard, dark, gritty, raw. It brings together two broken souls, two souls who are almost shattered. It brings them both a little well needed magic. I haven't found a book from Shana Vanterpool that didn't touch me in my soul. These two fecked up people found each other right when they were needed.

I fell in love with Cat in Mad Love. Cat has a certain magnetism that draws you in and makes you sit up and notice her. She's fierce, she's hard, she's crazy,
This is the second book in the Guns & Ink series and you don’t have to read the other books to read each of them, but why pass up a chance to read about some hotties with tattoos right? The stories that we see may break them and us, but the love and bonding that these characters share are what family is made of. Brando and Cat are two broken souls with their own dark stories to tell. They’ve met before and again in this storyline based upon the case Brando was working that involved Madison from ...more
Jennifer Pierson
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I say this a lot about different series', but it doesn't make it any less true no matter how many times I spout it off, so here goes...Hard Love is the second book in the Guns & Ink series, and although it's about a new couple, I really recommend you read Mad Love (Book 1) first to really get the full picture of the players. There, had to be done. Anyway, gotta say that I loved this book as much as I did the first one, as Shanna Vanterpool's talented writing style was on point once again, so I w ...more
Jamie  Zishka
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author amazes me every time I read her stories. She just brings out so many emotions with her writing that it always leaves me wanting more, not to say she doesn't give a great ending because she does. This story was a whirlwind. The deep angst and sorrow had me flipping through the pages just to see what happens next. I haven't give a book or should I say a second book in a series more than 4 stars in a long time but this book earned a booming 5 stars!

Brando... the dark, mysterious and se
Katy Kitchin
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shana Vanterpool writes as if she’s pouring her entire heart, soul, life, blood, sweat and tears into every single page, and Hard Love is no different.

The effortless poetry of her writing, the depth, and analytical interpretations I took great happiness exploring with her words made this a masterpiece. It transcends genre and expectations, a timeless and beautiful tapestry of life and love, hope and healing, dreams and loss. It’s a mermaid amongst dolphins.

One thing that really captured my heart
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not a love story full of sweetness and light. It is a love story that is born in darkness and is a hard love.

Brando was involved in finding the man who kidnapped Catherine's friend but it left him feeling jaded and lost, especially after finding out the guy was responsible for so much more. He used the police force as a means of out running his past but the past has funny habit of catching up with you. It leaves him badly injured and Catherine setting out to help him on his road to recov
Maria Vickers
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shana Vanterpool has become one of my must-read authors. Her stories are imaginative and transport you to another world. She is one of my favorite authors and I have been anticipating the release of Hard love for a while. The book lived up to my expectations and surpassed them.

I knew that Cat's story was going to be different...hard, but I didn't realize how the story of Cat and Brando would unfold. Woah! I laughed, cried, and wanted to pull my hair out. It was emotional and I couldn't put it d
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was a great continuation of this series! We saw at the end of book 1 the chemistry between Detective Brando Hawkins, who had been working on Madison’s case, and Cat Abbott, who was Klay’s best friend and business partner.

Their love was so unexpected. Their entire journey was such a chaotic adventure, full of crazy memories and ugly demons trying to rear their heads out and bite. Both Brando and Cat had things in their pasts that were torturing their souls. Neither one could imagine having a
Amy  Crull
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by the author and besides knowing what went down with Cat, Madison and Klay, I completely was able to follow the story and lovin it! Brando was the cop that was on the Cat and Madi's case. He has some issues that still follow him and that keeps him from finding happiness. Cat, obviously has been thru hell and back but still keeps going. Klay gave her a shot and she has succeeded at the tattoo shop. Brando gets injured and Cat jumps to take care of him. This sparks the begi ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This had the element I was looking for at the time to read. This is one that is packed with adventure and can get intense at time that you sit up straight. It has some interesting characters Brando and Catherine. His career brings the drama to its peak at times but he is also getting so over some aspects of it. The emotions will run deep that you also will be tugged on in areas. This is the first time in reading this author. This will also run into the dark too so if you do not like to enter the ...more
Jes Bruno
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
Hard Love by Shana Vanterpool was an emotional rollercoaster. Without reading Mad Love first I was a little out of the loop at first but that really didn’t matter once I started to understand these two characters. Brando Hawkins and Catherine Abbott both have messed up pasts and are looking for a little magic for the future. Brando and Cat are just what each other needs when life throws them a curve. When they finally share their secrets with one another you can’t help but feel their pain. Shana ...more
Jodie Lauren
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Cat copes they best way she can. Her past is messy and hurtful. She is still close with Klayton and Madison and so when Detective Brando comes with news on Madisons abductor, Cat will follow through to help her friend.

When Brando gets shot, she doesn’t think twice about going to him even though she doesn’t really know him. He doesn’t appear to have anyone else either so she sits with him until he wakes and wants and needs her help. He also has a tough past and they are so broken, can they get pa
Michelle Krystel
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced readers copy of this book and have decided to leave a voluntary honest review. I loved Brando from madi and Klay book. The drive that he had to help Madison was just admiring. I loved how he looked at Cat. You just tell there story was going to explosive and hot. And ya it was all those things and so much more. They were just good for each other. And both needed each other even if they couldn't see pass there demons. They loved hard. And didn't always make the best decisi ...more
Wendy Livingstone
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this awesome series, and be warned this is not a light, sweet, and flowery romance read! This is a dark, violent, raw, gritty, emotional, sad, gut-wrenching, with humour, and all which lead to a truly powerful story. The main characters have had a devastating life, and they both work hard to overcome their demons. Once again this talented author has written an amazing story, which had me intrigued and hooked throughout, and I cannot wait to read more in this series.
Cris B
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Was this book better than Klay and Madi's? it was. But like the previous book, the author ruined it after the half, the plot kept going around on the same problem, (Brandon mysterious past and safe box) they did not advance.

Brandon was very selfish and in the end I think Cath loved him much more.

  I was left wondering what happened to Cath's mom? Never tried to find her?

  Anyway, I'll think twice before reading a book by this author again.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Cat needed Brando from the moment she saw him. They both have demons to slay...

I absolutely loved the need between these two. The whole time, while rooting for them to work out their issues, the chemistry is there. I loved getting Cat's backstory and more insight in to her character.

This book does not disappoint!
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What an emotionally, heart challenging story. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Their was no repetition and the story flowed like magic.

Brando (who we met in Mad Love) is a detective. He is finally wrapping up Madison's case. As it comes to a closure - Mads, Klayton and Cat come back to Denver. Brando and Cat are like the sun and moon that orbit around the earth; they see each other and always from a distance.

Both are broken from the past but their attraction smolders as each day
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