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- Print Length: 200 pages
- Publisher: Avon Impulse (19 August 2014)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IMHS6EU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 271 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen romance novels, including Hearts in Darkness, Her Forbidden Hero, and One Night with a Hero.
Seraphine Valentine is an accomplished audiobook narrator, credited with such books as Ethan by Nicole Edwards and Heart of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice.
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If you loved the other books i would highly recommend Easy's story.
HARD TO HOLD ON TO commences immediately following the events of HARD AS YOU CAN. Jenna is Crystal’s (Hard as You Can) younger sister and finds herself the victim of a kidnapping and human trafficking ring. With her rescue, Easy begins a slide into an emotional abyss where flashbacks and guilt begin to eat away at the heart and the mind. Suffering the effects of PTSD Easy knows that without help the nightmares and guilt will force his hand to do the unthinkable.
The relationship between Easy and Jenna fast becomes friends to lovers. Easy and Jenna have an immediate attraction to one another but Jenna’s injuries require that Easy try to remain distant. In the end, Jenna only wants and needs one thing-the strong arms of Easy to make all the evil-disappear.
HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a quick and intense read that looks at PTSD and the effects of war, death and tragedy on the human psyche. Some people are stronger and able to live through the atrocities while others struggle with the reality of what happened. The difficult times sometimes outnumber the good; the emotional shame may batter the mind so that the people suffering are afraid to reach out for help; and in the end everyone must be aware that experiences affect each individual differently.
HARD TO HOLD ON TO pulls the reader into an emotional struggle for one man whose guilt over the loss of a friend continues to burn on his soul. The rescue of Jenna is a reminder of the people in Easy’s life he was unable to save but with it will come the help from the unlikeliest of sources. Another fantastic and remarkable storyline from the pen of Laura Kaye.
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Laura Kaye has left me in a bit of a state to be honest. I knew that this series was going to explore some darker elements of the human psyche after finishing book two. It stands too reason that when a group of ex-servicemen are reunited after a 12 month hiatus, which was bought about by the total annihilation of everything they believed and trusted in, as well as losing 50% of their team in an ambush that should never have happened, PTSD and the lasting physical and mental scars of the whole cluster flock are going to run deep.
Easy's story and Laura's writing of it takes the Hard Ink series to a whole other level. They always say it's the quiet ones, and holy s***... She nailed it, in a respectful, emotional and have the tissues handy way.
"You need something and I have it to give, I will every damn time. You hear me?"
I struggled with Jenna in Hard as You Can, as Sara's younger sister she wasn't immediately a major part of the story, towards the end of the book she had more of a role, and I found her to be a little immature and selfish. She turns it around in this book, and her acceptance of Easy, and what he is going through, makes a massive and positive difference to his state of mind. But what absolutely broke me was his time with Shane. Laura's breaking down and rebuilding of The Hard Ink Special Forces Team one man at a time, is an emotional rollercoaster this reader is enjoying immensely, albeit with regular crying jags included!
"So glad it was you."
Laura Kaye is an author, who I can honestly say I haven't read a bad book by. I am glad I saved this series, reading the first 4 books in succession has been an absolute joy so far, I am off to start Hard to Come By now, and am crossing everything that I don't have too wait too long for the rest of the guys to get their books thereafter.
Sometimes you gotta let someone else help you be strong before you can stand on your own.
We already met Jenna in the previous book, she was rescued along with her sister Sara and this story picks up just as the team are returning to base after their successful rescue operation. Jenna is in a bad way after being drugged and held captive by human traffickers, the stress has taken it's toll and the lack of her epilepsy medication hasn't helped. Jenna is exhausted but still on edge and the only person she feels safe around is Easy. The last thing Easy should be looking for is a relationship, he has been struggling to cope since losing his best friend in the disastrous operation that saw the whole team facing a dishonourable discharge from the forces. Easy is suffering from PTSD, he has nightmares, flashbacks and is extremely depressed. Being around his old team mates is hard but it's something he desperately needed and he finds strength in the idea of clearing their names.
Easy's story absolutely broke my heart, he is going through such a difficult time and I felt that Laura Kaye did a fantastic job of showing the effects of PTSD. There is no magical fix for Easy but he slowly opens up and asks for help from his team and from Jenna. There are some really emotional scenes with him and the other guys that really tore at my heartstrings but there is also a lot of love, laughter and unconditional support. I was pleased that Easy's problems didn't immediately vanish when he met Jenna but things are definitely going in the right direction for him and I couldn't be happier about that.
As much as I've enjoyed the previous books I have to say I think this was my favourite, I loved Easy and Jenna and I'm so glad we got to read their full story. I'm also excited to continue the series and see the rest of the team find their own happy endings.
First of all, this was a very good read; something I read from cover to cover till I was finished. What's more, it's an interracial romance between a black man and a white woman; those novels are as rare as rocking horse poop! So please write some more, Laura (the author).
However, there were a couple of things that I didn't like about this book. First off, I didn't like Easy's coyishness around women (or around Jenna, in this instance). I mean, all of this "Can I kiss you, Jenna?" and "Can I remove your shirt, Jenna?" Just do it, man. Show her who's in charge. You're playing the woman's role. Show her you've got at least some confidence
I blame Political Correctness for this, it seems like Laura has also been influenced by the Feminist movement. If a man asked for permission to kiss me, it would be a definite no.
So, we get to the erotic chapter, where Easy finally seduces Jenna, and what does he do? HE REACHES FOR A CONDOM. What a passion killer!!! Leave the 'safe sex' advice for the STD clinic, Laura, you're writing erotica here. Don't dip your toe in the water, either dive in or keep away from the pool all together. I wanted Easy to inseminate Jenna; even make her pregnant, perhaps
Still worth reading, despite my criticisms. Could have been 5 stars, but only 4 (due to the Political Correctness)
The novella is short but doesn't seem like it. I'd honestly like to have read more about the two of them as they explore the feelings between them. I want to know what happens. I guess we'll find out more in the rest of the series. There's no violence in this, just the exploration of their attraction and the focus on the both of them getting the help they need to recover.
Suitable for older readers as there are sex scenes. It covers PTSD too.