Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
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 stretch far beyond gratitude.
When the pair is thrust together and chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: The things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.
©2014 Laura Kaye (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I stupidly read this after book 3. It didn't take away from the enjoyment or ruin the book in any way though. This novella tells the story of Easy and Jenna, both have their demons and both feel the same irresistible pull to each other. Both suffer from guilt due to reasons out of their control, both are living with that guilt, Easy is not handling his guilt at all well and is suffering from ptsd, including suicidal thoughts. They find solace in each other, and both come to terms with their past, and their future. Wonderful read, thoroughly enjoyed.
The ugly truth behind PTSD and a harsh reminder of how close to the end victims come on a daily basis.
This novella made me cry, not only for Easy and Jenna who both struggle in their own ways but also for the love, care, friendship and acceptance offered instead of rejection and criticism.
Kudos to Laura Kaye for writing about a sensitive matter in a tender and kind way where so many authors have tried and failed to do justice to this problem.
As always, narrator and story are well suited.
i'm addicted to the hard ink novels & look forward to the next but the touching on PTSD was amazing
easy struggling with the PTSD & Jenna wanting to do whatever it takes to help him through it
loved it can't wait for the rest
Hard to Hold On To was a great listen all around. I enjoyed the story and the narration brought the characters to life. Seraphine differentiates between the voices of the characters extremely well, so I don't have to rewind every few minutes to figure out who's talking. Despite the brevity of the book (wish it had been full length instead of a novella!), the characters were well developed, and I liked that there wasn't insta-love between the leads. There was strong attraction, a bond, but the L-word wasn't tossed out after 35 minutes of knowing each other.
Definitely Easy. He was very easy to empathize with, he was well performed by the narrator, and I found myself very invested in the outcome of his story.
It's a toss up for me between Jeremy and Marz. She brings so much personality to her performance of them, and I really enjoy whenever they come into the story. Too bad they were only in HtHOT for a few scenes!
I did laugh a bit, and I was very choked up during some of Easy's scenes, especially the one he shared with Shane.
Can't wait for the next book in the series! I enjoyed this novella quite a bit, but I find I'm just as excited to get to the bottom of the mystery of the series as I am to get to know the rest of the guys better.
"A Vet Reading About a Vet"
I have fallen in love with this Series.... but Easy so far is one of my favorites.... his story made me cry... read this book... read the series... fallen love with five American Heroes...they're a little tarnished but not broken...
"Short but powerful ...wow!!"
How people are drawn to each other is amazing and beautiful. This series can be actual lives. That's why I love this series. It can be real in every way...not a dream book or a dream life but actual people. Can't say enough about this story. TRY IT!!!
This one was a deep story that made me cry and laugh. Easy Cantrell's story was developed and shared as a real life adventure. One that many of our American Vets can relate to. Easy's military experiences, laid heavy on him, causing him to consider a permanent way of stopping the pain. Then he and his friends rescue Jenna, a soul mate that is able to save him, and start him on the road of recovery.
This story like the others was well worth a credit listen. BUT, this one is a deeper soulful listen that hits deep in those of us that feel. The book has the usual steaming side to it, with the growth of feelings between Jenna and Easy. The content of the story is difficult to listen to, but the story is created for entertainment and a great listen. Seraphine Valentine' performance did not distract from the story, her reading was spot on to engulf the reader into the story.
Well worth the credit..
Loved this series. This book moved me. I say must read. Everyone should know what active & veterans service men & woman mean when they NOW SAY "I KNOW SOME ONE OF THE ARMY'S 22. LORD KNOWS I WISH I DIDN'T. However as a responsible County we should know how to treat these honorable people. Because if they don't become one of the 22 they become criminals which is a higher number but just as destructive. Once they feel they lost their soul. What else is worth fighting for?
"favorite in the series"
I love the hard ink books and Easy and Jenna are far and away my favorite couple!
"Disappointing 3rd novel in this series"
I liked the first book in this series, the 2nd was OK and this one wasn't very good. Nothing happens in this book except a lot of Emo thinking. It did deal with some series issues, but it wasn't enough to make the book compelling. I was bored most of the book. There were occasional glimpses of the humor of the previous books, but not much. Even the saucy scenes are lacking and lackluster.
I like the Hard Ink team she has created so I'll probably end up checking out the 4th book to see if she picks it up again.
I do like this narrator and she did a fine job on this book as well.
"Best in series"
I cried being a military wife and knowing about this and was so very proud that an author cared enough to do what this one did!!!!
"Oh Easy....swoon :)"
Jenna was kidnapped by her sister Sarah's ex-boyfriend. Edward "Easy" Cantrell was the first face Jenna saw when she was rescued. Distraught with guilt and anxiety, Jenna reaches out to Easy and together they begin the journey of healing.
Laura Kaye tells a beautiful story of two people who find each other after a horrific ordeal. This has to be a tough topic for an author. She does it well and voices hope instead of tragedy.
Seraphine Valentine does a good job narrating this book as in the previous volumes. I hope she continues the narration of this series.
"Narrator ruined it for me"
It's been a while since the last Hard Ink book was released in audio format, so I was a bit lost in the beginning of this story. I had a hard time remembering the details of what went before. Probably should have re-read the last book before I started this one.
Anyway, then we're told it's only been a week since Sara and Shane met. The story just didn't seem to flow very well. The writing is very uneven. Grammar and sentence structure were awful.
Combine the bad writing with the terrible narration by Seraphine Valentine and it makes you want to scream. Her voice and inflection are just all wrong. It was just a very painful experience to listen to this story.
It seems like there are fewer and fewer good narrators these days. And it's hard to tell by the audio samples provided sometimes. I hope the audiobook industry does a better job comes up with some better narrators soon.
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