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Hard to Hold (Hold Trilogy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,155 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews

Lieutenant Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident. Not easy to do when the gorgeous hostage happens to be a senator’s daugh
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Dell (first published January 1st 2009)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Hard to Hold is a good start to a three book series about a trio of brothers (from another mother/father) who are all SEALs. This Navy SEAL-loving girl definitely appreciated the portrayal of these characters who are members of my favorite Elite Special Forces unit. While this wasn't a perfect book, I definitely feel it was worthy of the four star rating I gave it. Here are my thoughts:

What I Liked:
* I liked the message about family being more than just blood. Family is a group of people who wat
Great storyline with a broody tortured hot alpha who's a hot Navy SEAL and with a headstrong, sometimes pain the ass heroine, this was an enjoyable read. Loved it!

My Jake.

Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic suspense featuring Navy SEALs
Hard To Hold is the first book in Stephanie Tyler's new trilogy about Navy SEALs, and for a first book in a series, it was pretty good. Not outstanding, but good enough to hold my interest and wanting to see where this series is heading. As I've found out with most series, the first book seems to be the toughest to read. There's lots of background about the numerous characters and details about the direction of the series that the author has to lay out, and usually the first book of the series s ...more
4 -5 stars – Romantic Suspense

This is a very good start in a promising new military romantic suspense trilogy that's intense, hard-edged, and emotional. I just wish there had been a bit more romance (and hot sex!) between the H/H. Still, I really enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy, Too Hot to Hold. 4 ...almost 5 stars!
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Hard to Hold is the first book in the Hold trilogy and my first read by Stephanie Tyler. I enjoyed the writing and the story itself, finding it easy to follow and holding my attention. I’m in love with Navy SEAL stories anyway, and this was right up my alley! I’m not going to go into the plot in this review, as you can get that from the book synopsis, but I am going to give you my thoughts on the story as a whole.

As far as characters go, I really liked, but sadly, didn’t love, Jake and Isabelle,
Miss Kim
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Shawna Razzaz, Auntee, Stephanie
I'm going to stick with my resolution to not force myself to finish books that I'm not enjoying. I made it to page 76 and anbandoned it.

The story has potential. The characters were somewhat interesting, but I felt pulled around from point of view to point of view. It seemed every character in the book got his section, and I found it too much and took away from the story. Plus the hero was supposed to have been in the navy at fifteen. Fifteen! He was such a bad ass that he made a fake id to get i
This is the first book by Stephanie Tyler I've read and though I love storylines with über-alpha SEAL heroes, I must confess this story was a huge disappointment to me.
There were too many stories overlapping (though they all held a remote common thread), too many characters, too many personalities vying for attention, until I truly got the urge to take out an old notebook and pencil just to be able to keep it all straight.

It was too crammed with details and suspense elements, the über-alpha was
Disappointing. I tried to like this romantic-suspense, but several things bugged me. First and foremost I grew to distrust the writing. "Things" would be relayed, piece by piece, but changing in such a way that completely contradicted how "something" was initially implied. Distrust. That's how I felt about the writing. And it got much worse.

The way the characters would react to a scene, then the author would--gradually--explain what was happening got on my nerves. For instance, without saying th
Hmmm...I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it as a whole, but not in certain parts. It felt extremely disjointed to me, jumping back and forth between the characters. Even with their pasts, I didn't understand some of the actions or reactions that came from both Jake and Isabelle. The ending was so vague and didn't really give the reader any sort of closure on the relationship. I feel kind of let down by it.

What was the purpose of Clutch and Sarah's story? Why did it have such a bog
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
The beginning of this story was good. There was this girl and a soldier rescued her. And after some time she told to her rescuer that she's had sex with her kidnapper in order to stay alive.

I didn't think anything of it, because she wanted to stay alive.

ANd then bam, chapter 1, where the girl, a doctor from DWB, asked to be trasferred to the same place of her rescuer and when she met him, she hit on him. Well, for a woman forced to have sex in order to stay alive, she seemed to be ready to go o
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Great read. I thought the story was written very believably, with Jake treating her as I imagine some men would, especially a warrior. The dialog was fantastic.

Being former military myself, I appreciated that the author didn't stray far from what a real military man might be forced to say or not say, to the heroine.

Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2009
At the end of a mission in Djibouti, Jake, his brothers Nick and Chris and the other members of his Navy SEAL team are on their way to the extraction point when word reaches them a doctor working with Doctors Without Borders has been held hostage and left for dead. They are to rescue her and get her out of Djibouti. The hostage is none other than a US senator's daughter, Isabelle Markham. When they get to her, she is in very bad shape and the fear she won't survive is great. But they manage to r ...more
There are some books you really look forward to reading and then they just can’t live up to your own high expectations. There’s no one else to blame but yourself. Hard To Hold by Stephanie Tyler turned out to be such a book for me. Based on three Blaze novels about three SEAL friends by this author I really wanted to read her new contemporary military romance series about the brothers Jake, Nick and Chris, all Navy SEALs too. The first book about Jake was released on November 24, 2009 and the th ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to try this author for a long time after reading the books she writes with Larissa Ione, as Sydney Croft, but just hadn't gotten around to it. So finally when I was at the library I saw the book sitting on the shelf and I grabbed it and now I am just kicking myself for not having made this a priority to try sooner.

The main men in the book are so alpha male types that they rate off the chart. Like most men that need control they have issues and if Jake's are anything to go by
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
My first book by Stephanie Tyler and quite a good one. Probably not my last one, too.

Although, I'm not a great fan of love at the first sight stories, this one was rather interesting. The characters were likeable and the relationship between them didn't hinder me but I would prefer it to be more developed. I also enjoyed the secondary romance, if you can call it like that, between (view spoiler). And I absolutely adore the way the family ties between the brothers
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Way too much telling, not enough showing. The main characters’ developing relationship could have been better.

Rafe is a special forces soldier gone bad. Isabelle is a doctor working in Africa. Rafe kidnaps, rapes and beats her and then leaves her tied up in a hut. Navy SEALS receive an anonymous tip, rescue her, and bring her back to the U.S. She is so fearful of Rafe coming for her, that people close to her lie and tell her he is in prison. But he is not. After she heals she works i
I really wanted to like this book more. On page 4 though, I almost put the book down. The hero tells us he as been in the Navy 11 years since he was 15. I'm sorry, there's just no way that would have happened in 1998. You have to show too much paperwork to join the military these days. They know who you are and they don't let 15 year olds in. Second, he was put in the SEALS training straight out of bootcamp to teach him a lesson or something. Again not going to happen. You have to be at the top ...more
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Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.. I have seen it on a few of my friend's shelves and have been a bit of a rut lately so I decided to go out on a limb and try this series out. Needless to say I'm happy that I did. I blew through this book in about a day, it was really great. Suspenseful, romantic, alpha males everything I enjoy in a book.

Lieutenant Jake Hansen is the main character in this book, although his brothers are also featured quite often. Jake is a Navy Seal and at the beginning of the book i
Really more 3.5 stars - I just couldn't give it another 1/2 star though. I enjoyed the book, in fact the suspense part of the book got a solid 4 stars, but the romance aspect was seriously lacking. I just didn't feel Isabelle and Jake's relationship at all. The ending left me going "huh?" I really have no clue how they left things.

Anyhow, I'm going to persevere with this series and continue on with Nick's story next.
The first book in the Hold Trilogy by Stephanie Tyler. Not sure why but I was a little disappointed in this one. I never connected with the characters and didn't feel the chemistry they should have had for each other. It just wasn't to my personal taste, I guess.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
“We want to be in a situation under maximum pressure, maximum intensity, and maximum danger. When it is shared with others, it provides a bond which is stronger than any tie that can exist.”- SEAL Team Six Officer.

I read this quote at the beginning of the prologue and instantly was taken to Africa where a situation unfolded that was maximum pressure, intensity and danger. It was where Jake rescued Isabella from her captor and instantly a connection is formed. From the moment I read her “confessi
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: action romantic suspense lovers
Shelves: buddy-read, own
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Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
"Hard To Hold" by Stephanie Tyler (book number one in the "Hold Trilogy"), a book that I thoroughly expected to love, left me satisfied but not completely sated.

Here's the background: Crazy-psychic-Cajun-wild-child rock band manager Kenny Waldron and his wife have a crazy-psychic-wild-child, Chris, and adopt Chris's two crazy-wild-child friends, Jake and Nick (who thankfully aren't psychic). Surprisingly, the three boys -- though still periodically referred to as wild and crazy -- somehow becom
Jenn Scranton
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Right off the bat I liked the hero and heroine. I love when an author creates a strong female role. Not manly, but can hold her own. At the same time I enjoy a manly man. Hard to Hold possessed both. But in the same characters were really basic frustrating features.

Jake: Strong, manly, protector. Hot right? Yeah, up until he acts like a brute asshole telling Isabelle to get in the kitchen and make him food. *Slap*

Isabelle: Can hold her own. Awesome. But when she gets flaky, which seems to be fr
2.5 though the overall rating gives me the hives
I did not care much for the style and the way the book was written. Too familiar for my taste, as even the description are written as if it were spoken dialogues between uneducated or rude guys.
Let's go then to the characters: they remained characters to my eyes from the beginning til the end (along the second book as well, and I do not have any hope regarding the third on that topic). Their characters do not individually seem real and the whole bu
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
For the most part I enjoyed this read, and if I had simply only read the parts of the book related to Jake and Izzy and skipped everything else I probably would have given it 5 stars, but I have two main complaints:

(1) There was too much back and forth between the different story-lines. I just really don't think the stories involving Sarah and "Bobby" added much to the story and honestly between that story, the flashbacks, the story with Izzy's parents/Cal, and the main story it was just too muc
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Karen Peret
I enjoyed this book, especially since I've been going through Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters withdrawal!
This was of a similar theme, a Navy SEAL rescuing a woman, they both have issues, they eventually fall in love.
I found this was a book that took me a little more concentration or I miss details. Perhaps that is why the book didn't flow perfectly for me, but still very good.
I did think that Isabelle's feelings for Jake moved a little fast, but that might have been driven by him being the r
Carol Anderson
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great reading - nothing like a tough, sexy, hot alpha Navy SEAL with a great body to keep your interest in this book #1. Lieutenant Jake Hansen & Dr.Isabelle Markham. Jake is broody, abused, tortured by his Father (whom he kills - yea) and Dr. Isabelle; heroine, kidnapped, abused & raped (by Rafe) in Africa THEN recused by Jake & his 2 brothers (Chris & Nick) make a good read
when I tackled the first title in Stephanie Tyler’s SEALs trilogy, I was blown away! It’s not just the c
Lady Heather
This is the first book I've ever read by Ms. Tyler. It's also the first book in the 'Hot' series.

I really enjoyed this story and it's AMAZING plot.

The characters were great (all broken and alpha-ish), and the writing was good.
The only issue I had with the writing was that I found the Author jumped around quite a lot between the main characters story, and the secondary characters and their stories.. it seemed so sudden at times and I had to back-track a couple of times to re-read who I was readi
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“You’ve got to start admitting it.”
“Why are you doing this to me? Are you trying to break me?”
“No, you won’t break. You’ll bend, but you won’t break. Because until you admit it, it’ll never really go away,” he said. “You might’ve taken control, but that man took something from you he shouldn’t have. And that’s not your fault—whether or not you gave in is irrelevant. Come to terms with it now, Isabelle, before it’s too late.”
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