Tuesday, August 19

Review: Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye

Title: Hard To Hold On To
By: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #2.5
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
Book Whisperer's Rating: 

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 think the major thing that I loved about this book is that there really wasn’t the action-packed writing as the rest of the series has been.  We finally got to see the boys do a little R&R (rest and relaxation) after coming home from a rescue mission.  The other books were filled with planning, fighting, and protecting and this book showed their comforting side.  They were able to let their guard down and focus on each other than the mission.

Easy and the gang have just rescued Jenna and brought her back to the Hard Ink home where Jenna can heal with the help of her sister Sara (although, I thought her sister’s name was Crystal in the second book?)  However, Easy finds that he is the main comfort that Jenna wants when she wakes up.  He is hesitant at first because of many reasons.  One, Jenna is younger than he is.  Two, she just has been held captive and rescued and Easy fills that she needs to heal before anything starts. Lastly, Easy feels that he isn’t the man that she needs.  Easy has seen and fought in battles and lost his best friend in one.  He has PTSD and thoughts about ending his life.  Kaye taking this turn in the book really made me want to commend her for tackling such a delicate disorder that many suffer from.  It is hard to admit to yourself that you are having a problem and it is even harder to admit to someone that you have a problem and need help and that is exactly what Easy does.  He battles himself a lot in this book and finally realizes that if he is going to be the man that Jenna want and needs and if he wants to be the man that he wants to be, he needs open up and rely on his friends. 

I adored the time that Jenna and Easy spent together in the bedroom by themselves.  They were able to open up to each other and show characters more in a sensitive way than they would have in front of the entire group.

In November the next book in this series comes out…I can’t wait!

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