Hard to Hold on To
Book 2.5, Hard Ink - A Hard Ink Novella
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Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.
Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel—and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her stretch far beyond gratitude.
When the pair is thrust together and chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: The things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.
This series keeps getting better and better!
Laura Kaye does it again! This series keeps getting better and each story peels off another layer that leads to more questions and more intrigue. I must say if you have not read the first two books in this series (Hard as It Gets and Hard as You Can) this novella may be a bit confusing for you and I recommend reading this series in order since the stories all play off one another and the books are all connected by the common purpose of this series; to redeem their honor.
Hard to Hold On To is a novella that takes a bit of a turn in this series. We aren't following the men going after the Church gang or getting embroiled in another mission, in this novella we get something different. Laura Kaye slows the pace down for a bit and shows us a few days when everyone is under one roof and recuperating. Hard to Hold On To picks up right after Jenna is rescued in Hard as You Can and tells a beautiful story about a girl who has to recover from this terrifying ordeal and finds safety with Easy, a man who fights everyday to survive with tortured feelings from his past.
Hard to Hold On To was a beautiful novella. I teared up, sighed and cheered my way through these pages. Easy has always been one of the characters from this series that I wanted to get more of and Laura Kaye does a wonderful job of showing us Easy's struggle. Reading about Easy was hard, gut-wrenching and devastating to read, but just when you think he has given up, Jenna changes everything. Jenna needs Easy and it is that "need" that gives this story wings! Rarely in a series as fast paced, action filled as the Hard Ink series do you get to slow down and really watch two people connect with no distractions and THIS is exactly the gift that Hard to Hold On To is. Jenna and Easy on the edge of falling. I loved every page! The emotion, the need, the tension just poured from the page and once again reminded me why Laura Kaye with always be an "instant buy Author" for me!
If you have been a fan of the Hard Ink series you are going LOVE Easy and Jenna's story! You get to have the drama slow down long enough to really focus on these two amazing characters and get a bit of a tease about what is coming next in this series. If you have never read a Laura Kaye book or a Hard Ink series book, I highly recommend you 1-click these books and start reading about these amazing men who are fighting to clear their names and the strong women they meet along the way.
Hard to Hold On To was a slight departure from the fast paced action of the first two books. This story took place right where Hard as You Can left off, with the rescue of Jenna Dean, Crystal/Sara's sister. The connection between Jenna and Easy was briefly established in the previous book, and the fierce determination that rode him to bring her back home. However, this story was so SO much more than a soldier who had lived through the hells of war, lost brothers in arms and was dealing as best as he could. It was also more than a woman who had been kidnapped, mistreated and suddenly faced with a man who was always in her orbit, protecting her while she healed physically and emotionally. Their connection went beyond mutual attraction and a simmering lust.
Easy and Jenna made being together look so simple. I liked them before, but after this, I was enamored. For a twenty year old, Jenna was mature beyond her years. I loved her ability to analyze her feelings without any major drama, she didn't try to hide them or talk herself out of her feelings or emotions. It was so refreshing to just watch her process and express herself organically and let the chips fall where they may. Their ability to communicate openly and honestly also came almost as naturally as breathing.
My heart went out to Easy. The depth of his anguish and mental weariness punched me in the gut. When he opened up to Shane, then the rest of the guys - that particular moment made this story truly special. But it didn't end there. Sweet, compassionate Jenna and her ability to put her feelings out there; she really saw Easy and was able to look beyond his insecurities and defenses.
The development of their relationship up to the consummation of it was so beautiful and romantic. I was sucked into every moment they shared, every talk they had. There were too many special moments to mention here, but make sure to look for this: I believe. I hope to catch more glimpses of them throughout the series.
The back story of the series was briefly recapped, therefore I would say this can stand on its own. The first two books were full length novels and packed with action and romance. This novella zeroed in on a serious and heartbreaking topic facing veterans, and after reading this, I doubt you'll look at the number twenty-two the same way again.
**Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review.**
I Just Want More
“YOU WERE NEVER CREATED TO LIVE
DEPRESSED, DEFEATED, GUILTY, CONDEMNED, ASHAMED OR UNWORTHY.
YOU WERE CREATED TO BE VICTORIOUS.”
Excerpt From: Kaye, Laura. “Hard to Hold On To.” HarperCollins, 2014-08-01. iBooks.
This quote speaks to my soul!! Thank you Laura Kaye!!
The read was freakin awesome.. Love the fact that I can just pick up the next installment and know where I am at in the plot!! AWESOME!!!!