Series: Hard Ink,
Published by Avon Impulse on September 30th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, War & Military, 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.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU READ BOOK SYNOPSIS
Laura Kaye returns with her first Hard Ink novella, Hard to Hold On To. In the novella, Edward “Easy” Cantrell may be the quiet one in the group, but there is one person who appears to get through to him: Jenna Dean. After saving Jenna’s life, Easy is determined to keep her safe at any cost. Jenna Dean has been through a lot. Discovering the truth about her sister Crystal’s life, severe epileptic episodes, and unsavory dealings with the Church gang. Luckily, she has the handsome Easy’s arms to climb into whenever she doesn’t feel safe.
Easy and Jenna’s future relationship is hinted at in the previous book (as was Jeremy/Charlie’s), Hard As You Can, which made their pairing make perfect sense. What I liked most about their relationship, was that there was no insta-love like Nick/Becca and Shane/Crystal. These two were majorly attracted to one another, and decided to figure out what they may really have in the midst of the craziness that has become their lives. I loved this because Easy and Jenna seemed aware that things might change once the adrenaline of running from gangs, and who knows else wears off.
I also really enjoyed the manner in which Easy’s PTSD is handled. All of the guys appear to be suffering from PTSD in some form, but the issue was never dealt with until this novella. It was great how Kaye incorporated facts about what often happens to soldiers once they return to civilian life, and how difficult it is reintegrating into society. Kaye handled this aspect of the story with a lot of respect, and Easy’s pain was heart-wrenching. It also helped shed light on what the other men have been going through, and put many of their actions in perspective.
Do I Recommend?
Yes! This is arguably my 2nd or 3rd favorite book in the series. Easy and Jenna’s relationship was handled realistically, and I loved how Kaye didn’t really drop the ball on the main plot of the guys clearing their names. While not as much happened as in the two previous books on that front due to the size of this book, readers still get a bit of the mystery and suspense they may have come to love from the earlier novels.