Monday, 18 June 2018

Book Blitz, Review & Giveaway ~ Hard Love by Shana Vanterpool


Hard Love 
Shana Vanterpool 
(Guns & Ink #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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 unhappy ending, might just do him in.
Catherine Abbott is a woman who wars with her demons and guards her heart. Immersed in a world where people ink their lives on their skin, Catherine trusts only that which she can see. And, as a rape survivor, she finds comfort in control.
But Brando’s demons start to tangle with hers. They’re dangerous, like hers. But they’re beautiful too.
A spray of bullets brings them together, and the pain of their pasts collide with the lure of their futures. Cat wants to mend his heart and his wounds, but Brando’s secrets lay tucked away in a vault so tightly sealed, she can’t get through.
Everything around them is covered in the confusion of love and the burn of revenge, but no one ever said love was easy.
Hard Love is the next standalone installment in the Guns & Ink series by Shana Vanterpool, a world of tattoos, love, and redemption from Swoon Romance.


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, Shana always writes in such a beautiful way to bring her characters there own version of light.

Hard Love is exactly what Cat and Brando are they are two broken and flawed souls. Who find solace in each other but it’s not without struggles or fight. They want and need each other in their lives but fear and secrets keep them from truly seeing what they could and deserve to have. It's Hard to Love with fear holding you captive!!

My heart was breaking from their past's no body should have to suffer such an horrific time in their lives. But with the heartbreak also came laughs not in a rom-com type of way. But in a very real sassy, banter, you bring light into my darkness kind of way. And i loved those moments when they just were, and not haunted by their pasts.

Brando and Cat are perfectly flawed together and i loved that their love won out in the end. Great addition to this series and now i'm intrigued to know Isaiah's story.

Life had a way of expunging your expectations.
But it also had a way of rebuilding them.
I met a hero the day I walked into Klayton’s tattoo shop, broken and terrified. My heart was tattered, and my mental state was a plain of rubble in my skull. He wasn’t your typical hero. But atypical was exactly what I needed. I needed strength to combat my weaknesses. I needed love to fight my terror. And I needed someone to look at me like I was whole, when I feared I never would be again.
I sometimes wished we could have a do-over. That I could walk into his tattoo shop smiling, clean, and glowing. But that would only erase the brutal, beautiful truth of us. I didn’t walk into his tattoo shop smiling, I wasn’t clean, and I was severely damaged.
But Klayton loved me anyway. Even when I was empty, even when I was broken.
Even when I was mad.

Author Bio:
When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well. My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things.



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    1. Shana Vanterpool is a great author & you're very welcome, Happy Reading, Thanks for stopping by very much appreciate you taking the time.

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    1. You're very welcome, Happy Reading, Thanks for stopping by very much appreciate you taking the time.



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