This story has a lot of potential. It’s original and creative and features characters you want to get to know better. Unfortunately, it’s simply far too short. The romance moves so quickly at first that it feels forced, or like maybe the reader isn’t getting the whole picture. Likewise, the characters (initially) aren’t very well developed – not enough to carry the depth of emotion the story wants to portray, anyway. The time-traveling premise, while intriguing, really needs to be better explained and more organically demonstrated.
There are moments of real, strong emotional connections and then, shortly after, the pace skips too far ahead. After [...]
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One of the great things about a Laura Kaye story is you can always count on intense emotion without over-used cliques or boring predictability. Hard As You Can is a standout contemporary romance that honors its ex-military special forces heroes, representing these men in a way that feels realistic, respectful, and grounded. They’re not super heroes and they’re not perfect; they each have subtle character nuances and fit together as a functional tactical unit. Crystal, in the fine tradition of many of Ms. Kaye’s other memorable heroines, brings an alluring mix of [...]