Title: Hard to Hold on To
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.
Author: Laura Kaye
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: South of Surrender, Hearts in Darkness, Taken by the Vampire King , Hard As It Gets
Series: Hard Ink #2.5
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can, Hard to Come By, Hard to Be Good
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: August 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
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Presenting the subjects of PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and suicidal thoughts is tough at best, but Laura Kaye masterfully writes an emotional and thought provoking romance that delves into these tough topics in Hard to Hold on To, a Hard Ink novella.
Hard to Hold on To picks up where Hard as You Can leaves off. Edward “Easy” Cantrell is relieved that he and his team were able to rescue Jenna Dean from her kidnappers. Ever since that day, over a year ago, when Easy’s Special Forces team was betrayed and six of their teammates were killed, Easy has been struggling with PTSD and survivor’s guilt as well as suffering from depression. More recently though, Easy finds himself in a dark place and thoughts of ending it all are becoming more pervasive. His outlook begins to change when Jenna enters his life. Still dealing with the aftermath of her kidnapping, Jenna turns to Easy, where she finds safety and the ear of someone who understands what she is going through. I was captivated by how Easy takes care of Jenna and how Jenna is able to see the real man behind the gruff exterior. Easy is truly a strong character, especially when he finally reaches out to his surviving teammates for help. While fearful of what his friends will think, Easy is surprised when he discovers his friends more than willing to help him. More importantly, Jenna’s reaction to his admission is heartfelt and just what Easy needs to begin his road to recovery. The strong emotional connection between Easy and Jenna makes their intimacy in the bedroom powerful, even more so for the virginal Jenna. I am looking forward to seeing how Easy and Jenna’s relationship will grow, even if it’s in the background, as we meet the other couples in the compelling series.
In a poignant and profound way, Kaye does a consummate job of presenting the struggles of soldiers returning home and in turn creates a memorable couple making Hard to Hold on To a perfect addition to the Hard Ink series.