Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review: Hard To Hold On To

Today I introduce you to Easy. Easy is the main character in Laura Kaye's newest novella, Hard To Hold On To. Its book number three in the Hard ink Series and carries a special message. As the daughter of a veteran who suffered silently for twenty years with undiagnosed PTSD, this book could not be more timely and welcome. Take a look:

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. 

My Take:

At first look this book follows the format of the other Hard Ink books and picks up where Hard As You Can left off. Easy Cantrell is the main figure in the daring rescue of Jenna Dean. The Dean sisters are wrapped up in the tangled web of drugs and money that got half of Easy's  special forces team killed in Afghanistan, and put his friends in the middle of a cloak and dagger type existence.

It has it all. The heat, the attraction between the two main characters, the sizzling love scenes and a host of all our favorite Hard Ink Guys. (I have to add here that if you have not read the rest of the series, you will be lost with this book. It's definitely a series you have to read in order.)

But what sets this one apart is the daring step Kaye took. She took Easy's character out on a limb and wrote him the challenges of all challenges. *Spoiler Alert* By giving us the truly damaged and tortured character of Easy, she was able to explore his PTSD and suicidal thoughts in a truly authentic way. A way that gave him a believable connection with Jenna, who was fighting her own demons after her kidnapping. The two gave each other a  reason to live, a way out. She explored the soft side of these guys in a way that gave them purpose and authenticity. And added a whole new depth to the series. All the while brining attention to the sad statistics of suicide among veterans. 

This chapter in the Hard Ink series gave me a whole new respect for Laura Kaye. I already devour everything she writes. But she just gave me one more reason to love her.

Bottom line: This is a book worth reading and owning. Five stars and a permanent home on my kindle.

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Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:
Hard to Come By (11/25/14)
Hard to Be Good (3/10/15)
Untitled (7/28/15)
Did you know Laura is donating the proceeds of all the sales from the first two weeks to a national non-profit that assists wounded veterans?

About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


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