ARC Review: Hard Way by Katie Porter

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ARC Review: Hard Way by Katie Porter
Hard Way
Book Info

Released: April 9, 2013
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Vegas Top Guns #4
Pages: 327

“Katie Porter likes to push the envelope and it’s one of the reasons why I’ll keep coming back to their stories time and time again.  Because they know how to do that well.” ~Under the Covers

I have to start this by saying that I love this series and I love this writing duo.  However, this book didn’t quite hit the mark for me.  It was an ok read for me, but definitely not the best addition to the series.  That being said, I also should mention that the reason why I feel that way is NOT because of the dubious consent and violent sex.  So, let me try to explain.

Sunny is a beautiful woman of Indian descent married to Captain Liam “Dash” Christiansen.  They’ve been married for a while but apparently they have always had issues that he was sort of oblivious to.  He’s never made a big effort to be a part of her family and cultural traditions.  She’s always been more focused on her career and being successful than her relationship with Liam.  They’ve sort of had a vanilla relationship, neither one of them has ever really expressed to the other what they like.

Up to this point, no problem.  Here’s where things were thrown off a bit for me in the story.  The book actually starts with Sunny wanting a divorce because she’s not happy and there’s another guy.  At that, Liam sets out to prove to her he can give her what she needs and they embark in a week of depraved and kinky sex.  And when they say violent, yeah it gets rough.  But as always with Katie Porter, it’s hot!  Not once did I feel that it was forced, even though physically it was at times.

My problem was in the actual romantic connection between Liam and Sunny.  The love, the longing, the issues, the make up and the break up.  It felt superficial and I didn’t believe it.  And then when I was expecting that “other guy” to make an appearance, that storyline didn’t turn out to be what I thought.  And that made the whole relationship dynamic even less real.

So I guess to summarize, the edgy parts of the story were done well and not in any way that should bother people, I don’t think.  🙂 It was hot!  The parts that threw it off for me were the connection or lack there of with between main couple.

I do like that Katie Porter likes to push the envelope and it’s one of the reasons why I’ll keep coming back to their stories time and time again.  Because they know how to do that well.  I’m sure the next one will bring this duo back full force and I can’t wait.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Katie Porter

Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders.

All five of Katie Porters’s “Vegas Top Guns” contemporary erotic romances have received 4½ Stars from RT BookReviews. These books are “impressive and incredibly well done,” and will “move Fifty Shades of Grey to the children’s section.” The third title, Hold ’Em, won the 2012 RT Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Ebook Erotic Romance, and the m/m Christmas-themed Came Upon a Midnight Clear was nominated for Best Book of the Year.

In January 2013, Lead and Follow launched “Club Devant,”a sexy series set in a glitzy New York City burlesque club, described by Publishers Weekly as “deftly leaving readers with the welcome message that life can hand out happy surprises.” Its sequel, Chains and Canes, was deemed by RT as “racy and absolutely flawless!” and also received a 4½ Star Top Pick.

Up next as back-to-back releases in 2014 are the first three installments of “Command Force Alpha“–an adventurous, La Femme Nikita-inspired series of military erotic romances. More details soon to come!

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  1. Congrats, ladies, on your new release. This book sounds very intriguing, so different from the others in the series. Can’t wait to read it to see more of Sunny and Dash. Thanks for the great review.

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