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Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #2.5
Published: April 19, 2014 by Avon Impulse
Genre: Suspense Romance
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.
I would have loved a full length novel for Easy and Jenna mostly because I hate letting go of characters so soon, but ultimately I thought this book was great and it was a wonderful addition to the series. It was nice to see everyone take a moment to relax and hold on to those that they love and care for while they laid low from the Church gang.
I enjoyed both Jenna and Easy and though they fall in love over a very short amount of time, they spend most of that time with each other in a very close and intimate way. The things they share and the intimacy of just being around someone, and sleeping next to someone really helped build their relationship. Easy has been a very quiet side character up to this point. This book is chock full of the feels as Easy starts to confront his depression and realize that he needs help if he wants to beat it and be a better person for himself and for Jenna. When Easy finally reaches out for that help and speaks with Shane and then with everyone else he realizes just how much the others cared for him and that he wasn’t as alone in the world as he felt like he was.
One of the things that this book emphasized, but has been shown in the previous books as well, is just what it means when you say there’s a Brotherhood in the military. It’s more than just a word and this book does a great job of showing just how strong and how meaningful that Brotherhood is and how important it can be to those in it. Not only that but I liked that Laura Kaye emphasizes that when you have a team of special forces soldiers who put their lives on the line everyday and have to trust each other explicitly that means that they can’t keep secrets and they can’t hide weaknesses. This team understand that they have to be completely upfront about all the good, the bad, and the ugly that they’re experiencing if they are expected to work together and trust as strongly as they need to in order to survive whatever mission they have going on.
**Reader Safety: References to kidnapping, gangs, human trafficking, abuse; Heroine who was kidnapped; Heroine with epilepsy; Hero with PTSD, depression, and suicidal thoughts (discussed)
5 stars – loved it!
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