Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella

Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella

by Laura Kaye

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780062339409
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Series: Hard Ink Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 202,582
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, and Blasphemy series. 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. Laura also writes historical fiction as the New York Times bestseller, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Short but oh so sweet. "Easy" was an amazing hero and I even liked Jenna once she stopped being so afraid. I wish she was a tad older, only because 19 seems much too young for such a serious relationship. I highly recommend you read the other books of this series first so you fully understand the situations and characters. And once again, I adored Jeremy. Hope he gets a story of his own some day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series of books so much. Easy is a great character whose struggles are very real and believable. This story really grabbed me as a reader. Jenna was a wonderful character as well. She was as scarred as Easy was and together they found what they both needed. I can not wait for the next story in this series.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
4.5 out of 5 stars The was an emotional addition to the Hard Ink series and I loved it! Easy is an intense, tormented character and his story was sad and heartbreaking but full of hope at the same time. A really great read! I really liked Easy a lot, he was so protective and caring. He would do anything for his friends even though he's suffering with his own demons. I liked Jenna too, I have such an appreciation for these strong women characters that Laura Kaye writes. Jenna had been through such an horrible experience and I thought it was so sweet how her and Easy sought comfort in one another. They had a connection and chemistry, I really enjoyed watching it grow. I loved that a bit more information was learned in the overall story that is spanning the series. The suspense element is awesome! The author does a great job of catching you up to speed if you haven't read the other books. I loved seeing all the guys again from the Special Forces unit that have been in previous stories (and stories to come), they are such interesting characters and I love their comradery. This story had a more series tone throughout because of Easy's issues so it was nice to see how compassionate all the guys are, how they are family even though they aren't blood. When Easy opens up to his friends, oh man, I might have lost it… heart wrenching. Fantastic story, it definitely added to the overall series and it's not to be missed. This was an emotional read dealing with a serious issue with very real and engaging characters. There was a good build to Easy sharing with his buddies but other than that, there was no major drama, just the two characters coping with their pasts.    Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the whole end of the book is missing. the last 15 20 pages just repeated the same page. so you never get the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy & Jenna were both awesome. This book made me cry. Loved their story. Thank you Laura for an amazing book. Love the Hard Ink series!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!Read the first 2 and on to the next one.I love all of these men!?
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Easy is one of the few that survived a roadside attack in Afghanistan. Jenna was kidnapped by her sisters boyfriend and Easy and the group rescued her. As he helps Jenna recover he also comes to terms with his own illness. Suicidal. He tells his friends and they will do anything to help him get better. The best to him is Jenna still wants him and he'd do anything to earn her love. This was a short but powerful story. I connected with Easy because I have had those same thoughts and feelings. Getting help is the first step.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series
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Phe_BookMusings More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars - A sinfully sexy, action-packed, testosterone-fueled, conspiracy theorist's wet-dream, Hard Ink is a series about five dishonored, war-hardened ex-Green Berets who band together on one final mission to reclaim their honor and find themselves entangled in a government conspiracy that goes deeper than any of them could have ever imagined. Picking up right where the second book left off, this novella in the Hard Ink series continues the overall conspiracy arc while tackling the subject of PTSD and suicide—a serious problem among American active-duty service members and veterans alike. The story centers on ex-Army weapons/explosives specialist Edward "Easy" Cantrell, and Jenna Dean, Sara's younger, epileptic sister who'd been kidnapped and imprisoned by the Church Organization—Baltimore’s most notorious gang; known drugs/weapons dealers and human traffickers—and subsequently rescued by Easy and his teammates with the assistance of twenty-odd members of the Raven Riders MC. Easy 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 out of his sight. He may have only known her a couple of days and talked to her a handful of times, but she’d been the first person since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago to look at and talk to him like he was just a regular guy. For a single night, he’d been her protection detail. She hadn’t known about his past or his failures or the black hole inside him, and it was so freeing that he'd felt like he could fill his lungs for the first time in a year. In the course of a few hours, she’d sassed him, disobeyed him, and rolled her gorgeous blue eyes at him, and he’d ... felt. Annoyance. Humor. Exasperation. Any and every one of those was light-years better than his norm. Her smiles and her feistiness and her sweet curves had made him feel like a whole man again. And it had all been such a revelation that Easy hadn’t been able to stop thinking about Jenna—or worrying about her—since. Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. The man barely knew her, and yet second to her sister, he’d been there for her more than any other person on the planet. He'd been patient and kind, and he made her feel special and cared for. Not to mention he saved her life. As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing for certain: the things in life worth having are the hardest to hold on to.  Loyalty. Duty. Respect. Selfless Service. Integrity. Honor. Courage. The core values of the United States Army. Words that define what being a soldier is all about. That form the basis of a code at the heart of the brotherhood of arms. And words that for the men of Hard Ink, form the unbreakable bonds of family, friendship and brotherhood. A novella in the Hard Ink series, Hard to Hold On To is a slightly slower-paced read than it's predecessors, with only a touch of the action and intrigue found in the other full length novels. Nonetheless, it's a quick, steamy romance filled with sexy, dangerous, tattooed ex-military men and an engaging storyline of betrayal, loss, retribution, honor and love. Much like the other books in the series, the story ends on somewhat of a cliff-hanger as the ongoing conspiracy has yet to unravel, but otherwise left me completely satisfied with the hero/heroine's HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On my tablet it was only 116 of the 133 pgs. Usually i dislike novellas. U cant flesh out a storyline or the characters in such a short time. But u know a book is good when u get that tightness in your chest as u feel what the characters feel. I got that and more. One part i had to stop trying and just read thru the tears. I laffed to its not a sad story. My only criticism. .and a minor one to the author...is the constant repeats of the color difference. I wanted it to be....in jennas words...."just a girl who likes a guy " on to next book. Great series!
Kassiah More than 1 year ago
Mix one quiet, gruff, intense ex-Special Forces soldier determined to regain his honor and ready to stand with his brothers in arms with a sassy, sweet, somewhat sheltered girl dead set on getting what—and who—she wants and what you get is Laura Kaye’s Hard To Hold On To, a novella in her entirely engaging Hard Ink series. Though, at a little over 200 pages, I’m not sure novella is exactly the right term, but whatever you want to call it, this book was GOOD! Seeing as how each book is non-stop action from beginning to end, you really have to start at the beginning to fully appreciate all the characters and story arcs. With that said, on to the fabulous and very sexy Edward “Easy” Cantrell and the delightful and captivating girl that steals his heart, Jenna Dean. In the first two novels of the Hard Ink series, we’ve had glimpses of Easy with his friends and fellow soldiers. He’s always been on the fringe, hanging in the background, and been the calm, cool one of the group of men set on searching for answers for what happened to their team while in Afghanistan. In this book, we find out why. I loved how Laura Kaye dealt with the issue of PTSD and depression and approached it with realism and respect. I loved how Jenna was rock solid and despite her age, offered Easy the acceptance and love he needed to face his problems. I really loved how Easy’s team, his family, have his back and give him their unconditional support. You are my brother as surely as if we shared the same blood, and I will help you beat this thing however I can. However long it takes. Whatever backup you need. I am here. The whole aspect of these books, this group of men coming together to fight an unknown enemy, united in their belief in each other and their innocence is so engaging. I love the interaction between the guys as much as the romance between each of them and the women who love them. Sure the romantic relationships develop quickly and the insta-love is a tad unbelievable, but that really doesn’t take away from how fun this whole series is to read. This book was more emotional than the first two, and even though it’s shorter, it sure packed a powerful punch. If you haven’t given this series a try yet, I highly recommend these books!
Tricia_FtWorth More than 1 year ago
This is a very good action packed series. Lots of flawed characters all looking out for each other and finding redemption, hope and love.
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Love the whole series of Hard Ink books love the whole Edward "Easy" Jenna story line can't wait until the next two books come out love them love the whole series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just thought i didnt down load it correctly. I feel I just got got for my money. Why they didnt get a long storyline. They desreve eay more the you gave. Im really mad about this book make me dont want to contiue with the series. But i do have me hook.
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I was disappointed. I was hoping for more informationand more of a story. With all that these 2 have been through, their story deserved more. I gave it 3 stars because i like the characters. It makes me leery of the books to come now. s.
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AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
I am loving the Hard Ink Series by Laura Kaye. Hard To Hold On To is the third book in the series, but it is a novella and features Easy and Jenna. While the suspense aspect is not present as it is in the other books in the series, the relationship building and romance is definitely there. I love watching all the guys and gals in the series continue to get to know each other. Their “family” is definitely growing. I am curious if they will all go their separate ways when the investigation is over or if they will stick around Jeremy and Nick’s place with all the space that is yet to be finished? Hard To Hold On To takes place immediately after the end of Hard As You Can, so I think you need to read that one in order to understand all that is going on in this one. Hard To Hold On To packs quite an emotional punch in such a short time frame. I shed tears during this read but also smiled, sighed, and even laughed. That to me shows the depth of the characters Laura has created in this novella. We met Jenna in Hard As You Can but only got bits and pieces of her. In Hard To Hold On To we meet a new and more mature side of Jenna. We also see a shift in the relationship between Jenna and her sister Sara. We learn about the softer side of Easy. Easy and Jenna come from very different backgrounds (I know, that sounds very cliche, but it isn’t) and but their chemistry and genuine interest in one another is very compelling and very real. I really liked the age difference between the two of them as it shows that not even age makes a difference when it comes to love. I don’t want to give away too much so I’ll just say that if you have been reading the Hard Ink Series you definitely need to add this one to your list.  The characters get a few days of down time and it is nice to see how Easy and Jenna’s relationship begins.