Also by this author: Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can, Hard To Come By, Hard To Be Good, Hard as Steel, Hard Ever After, Ride Hard, Ride Rough
Series: Hard Ink #2.5
Also in this series: Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can, Hard To Come By, Hard To Be Good, Hard as Steel, Hard Ever After
Published by Avon Books on August 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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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 reach far beyond gratitude.
As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.
Erin: Mix one quiet, gruff, intense ex-Special Forces soldier determined to regain his honor and ready to stand with his brothers in arms with a sassy, sweet, somewhat sheltered girl dead set on getting what—and who—she wants and what you get is Laura Kaye’s Hard To Hold On To, a novella in her entirely engaging Hard Ink series. Though, at a little over 200 pages, I’m not sure novella is exactly the right term, but whatever you want to call it, this book was GOOD! Seeing as how each book is non-stop action from beginning to end, you really have to start at the beginning to fully appreciate all the characters and story arcs.
With that said, on to the fabulous and very sexy Edward “Easy” Cantrell and the delightful and captivating girl that steals his heart, Jenna Dean. In the first two novels of the Hard Ink series, we’ve had glimpses of Easy with his friends and fellow soldiers. He’s always been on the fringe, hanging in the background, and been the calm, cool one of the group of men set on searching for answers for what happened to their team while in Afghanistan. In this book, we find out why. I loved how Laura Kaye dealt with the issue of PTSD and depression and approached it with realism and respect. I loved how Jenna was rock solid and despite her age, offered Easy the acceptance and love he needed to face his problems. I really loved how Easy’s team, his family, have his back and give him their unconditional support.
You are my brother as surely as if we shared the same blood, and I will help you beat this thing however I can. However long it takes. Whatever backup you need. I am here.
The whole aspect of these books, this group of men coming together to fight an unknown enemy, united in their belief in each other and their innocence is so engaging. I love the interaction between the guys as much as the romance between each of them and the women who love them. Sure the romantic relationships develop quickly and the insta-love is a tad unbelievable, but that really doesn’t take away from how fun this whole series is to read. This book was more emotional than the first two, and even though it’s shorter, it sure packed a powerful punch. If you haven’t given this series a try yet, I highly recommend these books!