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Hard to Be Good

A Hard Ink Novella
Narrated by: Jack Dupont
Series: Hard Ink, Book 3.5
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Publisher's Summary

Two damaged men.

One dangerous mission.

One healing love.

These are the men of Hard Ink.

Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother's stateside fight against the enemies that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year ago. Now Jeremy's whole world has been turned upside down by the chaos - and by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts him to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than with people, so when he's drawn into the SF team's investigation of his army colonel father's corruption, he's surprised to find acceptance and friendship - especially since his father never accepted who he was. Even more surprising is the heated tension he feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie's opposite in almost every way.

With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can't help but wonder why they're trying so hard to be good.

©2015 Laura Kaye (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Some loving without blow ups!

I'm so glad they finally got together, though I wished this novella was much much longer than 3.5 hrs . I loved it and it could of read more with the boys plus hearing the rest of the plans as well, so I'm hoping there's another book to follow as I just love the hard ink series and need to know how it all ends. wtg Laura on this series your an awesome author.

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  • V from Kansas
  • 12-06-2016

I love this series

I'll be honest, being a heterosexual female, I wasn't sure how this novella would make me feel. I've only listened/read one other m/m book, the Black Dagger brotherhood, and because of the long relationship of those two characters, it wasn't wierd at all. I have always been perfectly open with anyone's choice of sexual preference, what I was unsure about was being privy to m/m sexual interactions. Silly? Yeah, it was. I think it was because it was an experience that I couldn't personally relate to. I know now that the specifics of the act itself doesn't even matter, it's the emotional closeness that really tells the story. That point is made very clear, in this novella and anyone who loves a romance will enjoy this tale.
- V from Kansas

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  • jodiod
  • 30-08-2015

Nice.

Glad that Jeremy and Charlie got their own story. They are perfect for each other though quite different.

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  • Sharon
  • 02-01-2018

My first same sex romance!

I was very happy with Charlie and Jeremy's story. I needed too know how they ended up together after everyone elses hook ups and how these boys felt for each other etc. So I dove into my first same sex romance novella and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I think my only problem was with narration. It is hard to differentiate the characters especially when they are either whispering to each other or talking passionately. If only the guy narrating had been able to change voices from one to the other a little bit more. It would have made it much less confusing. As well as a little less whispering unless they have 2 narrators. It would have been much more distinct. Other than that, I loved it and I learned some stuff too!

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  • SeattleGirl
  • 13-09-2016

FINALLY! A love story for gay characters

Gay characters in romance novels are usually the side kicks or background noise. Every now and again they get a more significant role. But in a mainstream romance series? Never! Until this one. I adore these boys and it's very satisfying to read/listen to their story of getting the happily ever after. Plus, the steamy romance was awesome! A++++

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2017

narration

The voices for the two lead men were often too similar to easily distinguish who was saying what . And the narrator often whispered their words, which got old.

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  • Dc1313
  • 10-11-2016

Not my Norm, but so Hot!

This is the first Male-Male romance i have ever read but wow, it was so hot! I love this series and this was a sexy, steamy, dreamy little novela

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  • Lori Hanson
  • 15-07-2016

Loved this one, too!

If you could sum up Hard to Be Good in three words, what would they be?

Loving, steamy, heartwarming.

What did you like best about this story?

Even though it was short, there was relationship development. Although, I should mention that I've listened to the other books in the series so I'm not sure how much my view of their relationship is influenced by their parts in those other stories.

Any additional comments?

I've loved the whole series and I'm glad these two got their own story. It was more about two people in love than two men in love. I wish more people could see life this way. It was beautiful!

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  • Jessica Kurvers
  • 07-12-2015

Another Amazing Hard Ink

Jer and Charlie are my favorite couple in the sieres. Hearing their voice come alive is the very best way to experience this couple! Jack and Laura hit it out of the park!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2015

Great!

It was short but I really enjoyed it...They are just what they each needed and fit right in with everyone else.

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  • Sarah Lee
  • 06-02-2019

Love this so much!

I wish it was the narrator from the other books but it's still freaking amazing!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-02-2016

great novella

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes as long as it doesn't bother them that its m/m

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard to Be Good?

Charlie goes after what he wants

Have you listened to any of Jack Dupont’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not sure if i have

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

i suppose so

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great book love the hard ink novels

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 22-10-2015

4.5 Stars

This novella follows on directly from book 3. I've got to say I'm really enjoying this series. No action in this novella, not Special Forces action I mean, plenty of hot m/m action though. The gang are just regrouping following the attack on their building. This story centres around Jeremy and Charlie, both of them feel guilty over recent events and both managing to open up to each other about that guilt. Their friendship is already strong, and as they move into relationship territory, Charlie struggles with being openly in a relationship with Jeremy. With Jeremy's help Charlie learns to overcome his fear. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, my one gripe would be that I would have liked to have explored both Jeremy and Charlie more and had it extended to a full length novel.