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Hard to Hold (Hold Trilogy Series #1)

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THRILLING NEW NAVY SEAL TRILOGY

Get ready for a thrilling new Navy SEAL trilogy by Stephanie Tyler debuting with HARD TO HOLD by Bantam Dell (Dec. 2009). At Navy SEAL headquarters in Virginia, Lt. Jake Hansen thought he'd never see Dr. Isabelle Markham again after rescuing her from the African Congo...
Get ready for a thrilling new Navy SEAL trilogy by Stephanie Tyler debuting with HARD TO HOLD by Bantam Dell (Dec. 2009). At Navy SEAL headquarters in Virginia, Lt. Jake Hansen thought he'd never see Dr. Isabelle Markham again after rescuing her from the African Congo. Isabelle was there working for Doctors Without Borders but had been kidnapped, raped and nearly beaten to death by the ruthless mercenary, Rafe, who she now thinks is in prison. However, Isabelle is determined to put her skills as a plastic surgeon to good use by returning to the Congo and joining the military. Their second meeting on base is awkward since Jake revealed his darkest secret to Isabelle about his terrible childhood during their dangerous time together that he never talks about to anyone. However, their immediate attraction is still there and when Jake is ordered by his CO, Admiral Callahan to guard Izzy, he must keep it a secret from her. Isabelle feels smothered by her high powered Senator mother and Uncle Cal, so when Jake invites her to stay with him in his large house's guest room, Isabelle agrees. Jake also shares the house with his two SEAL brothers, Nick Devane and Chris Waldron, who were all raised together since their teens by Chris' father, a rock band manager with second sight. At the house things really heat up between Jake and Izzy and they both discover they have a common bond of either physical or emotional scars. However, when Izzy discovers Jake has been ordered to protect her, she feels betrayed and wonders if he really cares for her, so she decides to go with the FBI instead. Will Jake be in time to rescue Isabelle from the evil, Rafe and convince her he truly loves her? HARD TO HOLD will hold readers in thrall from first page to last with its intricate romantic suspense plot and pulse-pounding romance! Romance fans will be clamoring for brother SEALs, Nick and Chris' books and luckily won't have long to wait for TOO HOT TO HOLD (Jan. 2010) and HOLD ON TIGHT (Feb. 2010). Add to that a steamy secondary romance that deserves its happy ending in a future book.
Brava Ms. Tyler for the superb beginning of such a great new military romance series!

posted by ReadersGroupsLiaison on October 20, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Okay military romantic suspense

There were a lot of good ideas in this story, but too many tangents for it to come together in a satisfying way.
I did love some aspects of the story, but there is so much great romantic suspense out there, and having just reread some of my favourite Cindy Gerard and ...
There were a lot of good ideas in this story, but too many tangents for it to come together in a satisfying way.
I did love some aspects of the story, but there is so much great romantic suspense out there, and having just reread some of my favourite Cindy Gerard and Shannon K Butcher books, I expect more from military romance.
However, if you're looking for a decent, quick read, give this a go. After being rescued from a horrendous attack in Africa, Isabelle tries to put her life back together. Her new job finds her working near Jake, one of the men who saved her. But the nightmare is far from over for Isabelle, and, unbeknownst to her, Jake has been assigned to protect her.
There is a lot happening in this story. It is the beginning of a series, and while I love reading series where each book focuses on a different pair of characters, this book tries a little too hard to establish too many characters. I would have loved more time devoted to Isabelle and Jake.
I would also have liked to have seen a little more in the way of plot. Most of the interactions between the hero and the heroine involved them talking - and experimenting - with how to help Isabelle get over her attack. As such there wasn't much in the way of suspense, but plenty in the way of relationship development. I loved the relationship development, to an extent, but it dragged sometimes.
And what's the deal with the psychic aspect? Is this a paranormal or not? It was a part of the story that didn't seem to serve any particular purpose. In fact, the psychic father (and son), and the bizarre birth scene involving secondary characters (a scene that played no part whatsoever in the story) seemed like a waste of space. Perhaps they were setting up future stories, but they did not belong in THIS story unless they had something to do with it. Why did the editor not insist on taking them out?
That said, I enjoyed the story enough that I will keep reading the next two books.
Two and a half stars, if I could give that rating.

posted by Zosia82 on January 10, 2010

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Recommended

    This book wasn't bad. It was well written but a little too detailed in the physcology of each character. The plot was almost predictable, but I like that. Well enough to purchase the rest of the series.

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