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.
Emotionally charged story
Easy is one of the few that survived a roadside attack in Afghanistan. Jenna was kidnapped by her sisters boyfriend and Easy and the group rescued her. As he helps Jenna recover he also comes to terms with his own illness. Suicidal. He tells his friends and they will do anything to help him get better. The best to him is Jenna still wants him and he'd do anything to earn her love.
This was a short but powerful story. I connected with Easy because I have had those same thoughts and feelings. Getting help is the first step.
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!!!!
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.**