Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye


About Hard To Hold On To:

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. 

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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?

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:
"TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!" ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

"Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!" ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:
"Edgy, sexy and full of suspense!  A great read from a great new author!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

"Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review

"Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist

What I thought about Hard To Hold On To

When the opportunity to read and review Hard To Hold On To came my way, I decided to hop on it because so many of the people I follow liked this series. I hadn't read the first two books in the series, but I thought I'd give this novella a shot and see if I liked it, and I did!

Edward "Easy" Cantrell has just rescued Jenna from the hands of some bad guys with the help of his special forces buddies. This was the part that was a little hard to follow for me since I hadn't read the first two in this series, but I got the gist of the story, so no worries there. (I do very much want to read those first two books in the series after reading this novella, btw.)
But what really pulled me into this story was the emotional content between Easy and Jenna. It started out with Easy being super-protective of Jenna as she tries to recover from the drugs and the abuse given to her by her captors. Jenna is drawn to Easy just as much as he is drawn to her, and that was quite a lovely part of the story.  There's some heat between them for sure.

As Easy struggles with his feelings for Jenna, he's also struggling with a whole lot of serious PTSD issues as a result of his special forces experiences.  After  some sole searching, he ends up reaching out to his special forces buddies. There's nothing more attractive to me than an alpha character willing to show his vulnerabilities, and when Easy comes clean about his problems to his friends.. well, I had some mad love for him at that point in the book.

There were so many things I liked about this story that I will definitely be going back to read the first two titles in the series. The heart of Hard to Hold On To is really Jenna and Easy, and their story came across quite well in this novella. I liked Hard To Hold On To enough to want to go back for more.

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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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books4me said...

Can't wait to read this book! I've heard rave reviews !

Trader Mare said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I can't wait to read the first two in the series and re-read this one in the context of the entire series! Might be my holiday weekend plan!