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Series: Hard Ink #2.5
Published by: Avon Impulse
on August 19th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Hard to Hold on To by Laura Kaye gives us Edward “Easy” Cantrell’s story. I have to be honest…this book wrecked me! I was torn apart by how much emotion Easy’s story brought out of me. You get a small sense of what E is going through in the first two books of the Hard Ink Series, but I never knew it was going to be this intense and this real. This book moved me, gutted me, and soothed me with its beautiful characters and wonderful ending.
We begin right where we left off at Hard As You Can, book two in this incredible sexy, suspenseful, and emotional series. The team is coming back from a successful rescue mission, where Jenna, Sara’s younger sister, was the main target. The things that were done to Jenna were unspeakable and when she finally came to, she sought out the security and warmth of one person, Easy. Easy felt an intense connection with the fragile red-head immediately. She made him feel needed, normal, and protective. Jenna chases away his nightmares, and soothes his troubled soul. She chases away the darkness, and actually makes him feel. Just being in her presence, pulls him from the disturbing thoughts in his mind, making him feel centered, and far from a failure. Jenna has always felt like a burden to her sister, and being kidnapped only made that feeling stronger. Easy makes her feel beautiful, smart, and sexy and chases away insecurities. Together these two make each other whole and heal one another. It’s a short and sweet journey of a budding love, but no less beautiful and emotional. It’s a start, and I can only hope that we will continue Easy and Jenna’s story in the next installment of the Hard Ink Series, Hard To Come By, due out in November.
❝You will beat this fucking thing. For you. For her. For everything you could be together.❞
Hard to Hold on To gives us such a realistic picture of how difficult it can be living with PTSD. Not only will this book hit home for a lot of military husbands and wives, but it will also hit home to anyone who has ever gone through something so horrific, so difficult, that it constantly fucks with the way you try to live your life. Ms. Kaye has written this story with such care and awareness, bringing Easy’s issues to the forefront, and somehow bringing us an incredible romance between two people who feel such a strong connection that no demons, no nightmares could tear them apart. I applaud you Laura Kaye, for giving us Easy’s story, and for giving some people out there, who are dealing with the same darkness, hope for a better tomorrow. You are an amazing writer. Don’t ever stop sharing your incredible gift with us avid romance readers.
❝You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.❞
HARD TO COME BY – COMING November 25th 2014