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Hard to Hold on To

(Hard Ink #2.5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  5,546 ratings  ·  568 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Avon Impulse
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

5 heartbreakingly ugly but joyously beautiful stars!

This is... ugly and beautiful, achingly sad but poignantly uplifting... there's a lot of emotion packed into this short story. I'll never forget Easy and Jenna ... all they endured and all they have and have yet to conquer!

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 fir
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "I got you then. I have you now." Stars.

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 lasti
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-contemporary

Review originally posted at: http://loveaffairwithanereader.blogsp...

I love the Hard Ink series and this is a nice little novella, but I’m not sure if the novella is quite the right format for this series and especially this story. Easy Cantrell is one of the quiet ones and now we know why. He is dealing with inner demons brought about by his perceived feelings of letting his team down in Afghanistan. He is dealing with PTSD. One of his only “lights” is Jenna Dean. Taking care of her
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I’m a bit torn about this book. It’s not my favorite of the series only because of my personal expectations. Please note that I love Ms Kaye’s work and because of that I have come to expect certain things from her books. Unfortunately, it didn’t have the flare and excitement as I expected. First is the action and suspense her full length books usually has. This book didn’t have that. Since, this took off shortly after Jenna’s rescue; any action was at a halt. It was time to recoup and relax.
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Hard to Hold On To was a novella within Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series.

Edward “Easy” Cantrell was part of the former Special Forces team that was investigating the horrendous betrayal that took the lives of six of their team members in an ambush. The suspenseful plot began in book one but has carried over throughout the series. Easy, as with all of the former seals, carried guilt and pain from the incident. He also suffered from depression. Although they just met, Jenna Dean was the only thing th
Hard to Hold on To is the first novella in Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series, but it's still an incredibly satisfying story. I'd probably classify this more as contemporary romance than romantic suspense because the focus is definitely on the relationship between the two main characters and there is much less action than before but I think that it was a much more heartfelt read because of that and I absolutely loved this couple.

We already met Jenna in the previous book, she was rescued along with her
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to ~*~Princess Nhya~*~ by: No one
So this Novella totally snatched my Soul from me.

I love how this one addresses the VERY real issues that our Service Men face for their sacrifice.
This one was heartbreaking, hopeful, passionate and Real. Just a wonderfully placed journey with nothing but the basic, raw intense truths.

In its purest form, I loved witnessing the connection between Easy and Jenna, and their struggles individually and collectively. Seeing the enormous support system that they're both blessed to have here, was a joy t
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking and Heartwarming! Easy may be a unsung war hero but in Jenna's eyes, he's everything and then some. Great Novella by the great Laura Kaye!! Nobody can write soldiers like Laura. ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Easy Stars

Easy is by far one of my favorite men in this series. I loved how protective he is of Jenna.
I loved the easy trust they built together. I love the connection they started in the last book and how it continues into this book.

Easy is chasing his own demons as Jenna has her own ordeal to over come. Easy wants the pull and connection of Jenna; he craves it. He needs someone to need him... heck, he just needs to be needed and useful. Jenna needs to feel safe and not a burden to someone.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful addition to the series. Recently rescued Jeanna and Easy (great big hunk of yummy chocolate) hook up with some emotional angst, but it's to be expected. Ms. Kaye did a great job with Easy's PTSD and his team's response to it. Nothing really going on with the search for the bad guy, but just a great romance. ...more
Michele Smith

4.5 heartfelt stars

I had to nick a half star only because the novella was extremely too short for my liking. This story deserves a full book and I would have loved to hear more about Easy and Jenna’s romance. Even though there was a lot left to be desired, I don’t feel this riveting story deserves anything less than 4 stars on GR. The message was THAT beautiful.

Easy’s inner turmoil had me tearing up several times throughout the book. Laura Kaye was spot on when it came to detailing his innermo
Elizabeth H.
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-galley, favorites
I love reading novellas. I’ve read my fair share of novellas that leave you so unsatisfied and wondering what the whole point was, a tease perhaps? Not with this one! First, if you’ve been following along with the Hard Ink series, then reading Hard To Hold On To is a no-brainer! Second, Edward “Easy” Cantrell is counting on you to read what he’s all about. He’s finally speaking up and letting everything that he’s going through all flow out…it’s raw, it’s painful, and it all unfolds into a story ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Victorious Stars

Yeah Baby! I do love some Laura Kaye and her men. They make me want to do the happy dance. The only problem with this book is that my happy dance is just a jig. Cause its toooo short. Yes, it is 2.5 in the series. Yes, its a novella. Yes, I knew this in my head. But in my heart....I wanted it to go on and on.

We met Easy in the first two books in the series. You really need to read them in order. Time flies in the Hard Ink World. From the start of the first book to the end of 2
Chris- Bookaddict
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this series thus far. I knew Easy's book was going to be another great story, but I was blown away honestly. This book really touched my heart strings and broke my heart. For those in the military and those wives who have husbands that suffer from PTSD this will hit you close to home and touch your heart as well.

We start this one off right where Hard As You Can left off. The guys are coming back from their rescue mission of getting Jenna, Sarah's younger sister back. Very unspeakable thi
Edward/EC/Easy and Jenna. Wow, this story was a trip. Get your tissues ready and be prepared for some heavy subject matter. But not so much that it detracts from the romance, thank goodness!
I haven't read this series since the first book and so I appreciated that the first 10% is a lot of rehash to get the reader up to speed with where the story is at and what just happened at the end of the last book. Mostly I haven't been reading this series because I find it kinda too serious and dark. But th
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Rehash, rehash, rehash. Blah, blah, blah. Serious angst, martyr complex and self loathing. This book is just a train wreck and there is nothing good to say about it.

Easy is a black Special Forces solider who, along with the survivors from his unit, were disgraced and discharged. It looks like his commander was into the drug trade. I don't buy that for a number of reasons, including that he got killed too. Easy blames himself for the death of his best friend and "has a black hole in his chest".
I want to think of this as kind of a bridge novella between two of the books of the series, but I really disliked the fact that a lot of things brought up in this book were left hanging.

I liked how protective Easy was with Jenna, and how he was the most human seeming with how affected he was by the betrayal and stresses he was under.

Jenna, likewise, was a very true to reality character, in her reactions to her ordeal and her life in general. I liked how simple it was for her to bond with Easy af
Megan O'Brien
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Such a beautiful journey for two people struggling in different ways. Laura added so much depth - to a novella no less! I've read the other books but at times found I wanted more development between the characters. This book provided that in spades. Highly recommend. ...more
4 1/2 stars (rounded down to 4 stars, because the book doesn't stand on its own - it's important to read at least the previous book of the series to believe Easy and Jenna's HEA is "realistic") ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Easy and Jenna! Great characters!
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This romantic suspense novella by Laura Kaye packs a lot into 200 or so pages. I think she does a great job of handling a former soldier with suicidal thoughts seeking help and how he falls in love in the process. I was left more with a HFN rather than an HEA, but expect to see more of this couple as this series continues.
"I believe."

Hard to Hold on To by Laura Kaye gives us Edward "Easy" Cantrell's story. I have to be honest...this book wrecked me! I was torn apart by how much emotion Easy's story brought out of me. You get a small sense of what E is going through in the first two books of the Hard Ink Series, but I never knew it was going to be this intense and this real. This book moved me, gutted me, and soothed me with its beautiful characters and wonderful ending.

We begin right where we left off at Hard As
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This novella comes with important message. I found this article on USA Today by Laura Kaye that talks about suicide among veterans, especially US Army. I found the statistic to be staggering -- that as of November 2013, 22 veterans committed suicide every day. Yep. Every. Day. That is just beyond me and my heart just breaks for them. Especially because 30% of the veterans say that they've considered suicide.

So you can say that I read this particular novella with that information in
Quinn's Book Nook
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to Hold on To by Laura Kaye is book 2.5 in the Hard Ink Series, and it's my absolute favorite! I do recommend reading at least the first book in the series before reading this one for a little background on all the characters. Hard to Hold on To is a little longer than an traditional novella, but it is also shorter than a full length novel, too. However, Hard to Hold on To pacts a punch, and I had all the feels while reading this one.

Hard to Hold on To focuses on Jenna Dean and Edward "Easy
This little novella is the reason I started this series in the first place.

Easy & Jenna's story?


My favorite one so far.

I saw this book and wanted to read it but it wasn't out yet so I went back and read the previous books. And I'm so damn glad I started with book #1 because there are just so many characters and back stories that would confuse the hell out of me if I had jumped on this #2.5 novella without reading previous books.

Honestly though? I don't really care about the previous books. The
Tina "IRead2Escape"
4.5 stars

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

I could not wait to read Easy and Jenna's story and thank God it didn't disappoint. I'm a little sad that they warranted a novella instead of full length, but I'll take it. Hard to Hold On To didn't leave you feeling shortchanged or rushed as so many novellas do.

Edward "Easy" Cantrell is one of the elite special ops guys that had his life changed forever when their commander betrayed them and left the team to pay for his sins. Back home, Easy hasn't been able
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I wouldn't recommend reading this book as a stand alone. It continue from the previous book and is the story of Easy and Jenna. There were some things I loved about this book. I appreciate the difficult subject matter and thought the author handled it really well. Easy's difficulty adjusting to the loss of his friends/teammates was very realistic and believable. He is by far the most "human" of the characters who is both strong but struggling in a way that I think is glossed over too ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2016
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it focuses on a very important issue in a sensitive manner and has a positive approach to mental health support. On the other, I was disappointed that the one black guy on the team doesn't get a book that moves the overall plot of the series forward, and that there were a few cliched interracial relationship moments, like when she admires how her white hand looks against his dark skin. I also had some issues with the dialect he's given, but ...more
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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, Blasphemy, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her lif ...more

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