You Are Invited…
To the Wedding of the Year
HARD EVER AFTER
A novella in Laura Kaye’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling
Hard Ink Series
Available February 2, 2016!
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It’s been a few years since I started the Hard Ink series. Hard As It Gets, the first book, was one of the first Laura Kaye books I read. I swallowed up each iteration of the series as soon as it was released, so I can’t even begin to describe my excitement when I found out she was releasing a novella to wrap up the series. Thankfully, she did a wonderful job of throwing in enough reference to the backstory that I was able to remember what had happened in the other books.
Laura Kaye is one of those authors that is as dedicated to her fans as they are to her. She’s gone above and beyond for her fans, and Hard Ever After is a product of that dedication. Written in response to fans’ request for more, she’s given them (us) a happily ever after – or Hard Ever After as the case may be.
Most authors might just be tempted to wrap up a series in a pretty little bow, full of sunshine and flowers – it is the final chapter of a series after all. While LK delivers on the sunshine and flowers, the bow is a little lopsided, tattered and blood stained.
I’m always amazed by authors who can pack so much drama and emotion into such a short story. Hard Ever After has suspense, drama, a dash of comedy, and more than anything, the love and laughter shared by friends. I think Laura’s fans will be beyond ecstatic with the story she’s delivered. I know I am.
Hard Ever After, Dress Shop Scene
“I think we’re all pretty guaranteed to get laid at Becca’s wedding,” Kat said with a mischievous grin.
They all burst into laughter. “When do you not get laid, Kat?” Emilie asked with an arched eyebrow.
“Aw, don’t even talk to me, Miss Garza, because you and Marz are loud as hell. Not that I mind, because, dude, does he have a mouth on him,” Kat said with a big grin.
“Oh, my God,” Sara said, her cheeks turning bright pink but her smile saying she was enjoying the teasing.
“He really does.” Grinning, Emilie shrugged. “The hazards of sharing an unfinished apartment. Can’t be helped.” Kat and Beckett had been staying in the room Nick and Jeremy reserved for her in their apartment until one particularly loud session of lovemaking had apparently caught Jer’s ear. His teasing had been relentless. Finally, Kat and Beckett relocated to an empty room upstairs. As much as they all enjoyed each other’s company, everyone was going to be thrilled when the new building was done, that was for sure.
Becca could only laugh as the good-natured ribbing went on. “Well, I know I’m getting laid. The rest of you are on your own.” By the time they’d all been fitted and had paid for their gowns, Becca was pretty sure they were on the verge of getting thrown out of the store.
They spilled out onto the street, laughing and hungry for lunch. Becca fell behind while she fished for her cell phone in her purse and paused to shoot off a quick text to Nick.
All done dress shopping! I’m gonna knock your socks off! 😉
Nick responded immediately. Sunshine, you already do.
Grinning, she glanced down the block—and nearly gasped out loud. Tyrell Woodson, the man who’d attempted to abduct her months ago, stood at the corner, glaring at her.
“Hey, Becca, come on,” Kat called.
Becca blinked and the man was gone. Vanished. A figment of her imagination. Not that her body seemed to know the difference. Heart racing, she caught up with the group as they made their way to an Italian place they’d agreed on earlier.
“You okay?” Kat asked.
“Yeah. Great.” Her voice sounded flat to her own ears. She glanced back over her shoulder. Woodson wasn’t there. Of course he wasn’t. She let out a long breath. Clearly, her subconscious wasn’t done worrying about Woodson, though, however unnecessary—and unfounded—that worrying was.
About the Hard Ever After:
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.
About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. 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.