Tuesday, August 19, 2014

**Release Day Review**: HARD TO HOLD ON TO (Hard Ink #2.5) by Laura Kaye @LauraKayeAuthor


Hard To Hold On To

A Hard Ink Novella


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. 


Easy tugged down the covers and gestured for Jenna to get in. She chose the side that would allow her to lie on the uninjured side of her face.
“After what you’ve been through, I don’t want to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable,” Easy said.
Propping herself on an elbow, Jenna shook her head. “You won’t. You’re the—” She blanched as if she hadn’t meant to say whatever she’d nearly said.
Which made Easy need to know. He crawled on the bed as if lured by the words. “Finish. That. Sentence.”
She eased back onto the pillow, red hair sprawling around her shoulders like silk, and stared up at him. And it took everything Easy had not to settle himself on top of her and tease the words out with his hands and tongue.
“The only one who makes me feel safe," she whispered.
Satisfaction humming through him, Easy turned and stretched out on his back. Because if he kept looking at her while she was looking at him like that, he might not be able to restrain himself from having what he wanted. A taste. A chance.
None of which she was in any shape for. And given the shitstorm in his head, probably neither was he.
“Good. That’s good,” he murmured, blowing out a long breath. Damn, he was tired. Not just because he hadn’t slept much the night before. But because of the size of the load he’d been shouldering for the past twelve-plus months. If he could only figure out how to put it down. He scrubbed his hands over his face, wishing he could shake himself out of this fucking slump.
If Rimes were here, he’d kick Easy’s ass for being such a morose motherfucker.
But he wasn’t here. Which was the damn problem in a nutshell.
He dropped his arms to the bed and peered over at Jenna.
She lay on her side facing him, hand tucked under her chin, not looking the least bit settled or relaxed.
“Whatchu need?”
“You.” She spoke the word without any hesitation, any doubt, any seeming self-consciousness.
“Have me, Jenna. Whatever you want,” he said, his cock stirring no matter how hard he reined himself in.
Holding his gaze, she moved closer until her head rested on his shoulder and her body trapped his arm between them. And, suddenly, she wasn’t fucking close enough.
“Here,” he whispered, lifting his arm and inviting her closer. And damn if his heart didn’t soar when she fitted herself the rest of the way against him, her face against his throat, her breasts against his ribs, her leg curling up onto his thigh.
He wasn’t sure whose sigh was louder. All Easy knew was that this was the first time in more than a year he didn’t feel alone. Wrapping his arm around her, he couldn’t resist squeezing her in just a little closer.
“Thank you,” she whispered, her breath ticklish against his neck.
He laced his fingers between hers where they rested on his chest. “I gotchu. You just close your eyes and know I’m here.”

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Laura Kaye does it again!  This series keeps getting better and each story peels off another layer that leads to more questions and more intrigue.  I must say if you have not read the first two books in this series (Hard as It Gets and Hard as You Can) this novella may be a bit confusing for you and I recommend reading this series in order since the stories all play off one another and the books are all connected by the common purpose of this series; to redeem their honor.

Hard to Hold On To is a novella that takes a bit of a turn in this series.  We aren't following the men going after the Church gang or getting embroiled in another mission, in this novella we get something different.  Laura Kaye slows the pace down for a bit and shows us a few days when everyone is under one roof and recuperating.  Hard to Hold On To picks up right after Jenna is rescued in Hard as You Can and tells a beautiful story about a girl who has to recover from this terrifying ordeal and finds safety with Easy, a man who fights everyday to survive with tortured feelings from his past.  

Hard to Hold On To was a beautiful novella.  I teared up, sighed and cheered my way through these pages.  Easy has always been one of the characters from this series that I wanted to get more of and Laura Kaye does a wonderful job of showing us Easy's struggle.  Reading about Easy was hard, gut-wrenching and devastating to read, but just when you think he has given up, Jenna changes everything.   Jenna needs Easy and it is that "need" that gives this story wings!  Rarely in a series as fast paced, action filled as the Hard Ink series do you get to slow down and really watch two people connect with no distractions and THIS is exactly the gift that Hard to Hold On To is.  Jenna and Easy on the edge of falling.  I loved every page!  The emotion, the need, the tension just poured from the page and once again reminded me why Laura Kaye with always be an "instant buy Author" for me!

If you have been a fan of the Hard Ink series you are going LOVE Easy and Jenna's story!  You get to have the drama slow down long enough to really focus on these two amazing characters and get a bit of a tease about what is coming next in this series.  If you have never read a Laura Kaye book or a Hard Ink series book, I highly recommend you 1-click these books and start reading about these amazing men who are fighting to clear their names and the strong women they meet along the way.

I believe!


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Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:

Hard As It Gets
Hard As You Can
Hard to Come By (11/25/14)
Hard to Be Good (3/10/15)
Untitled (7/28/15)


Author PhotoLaura 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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