Review: HARD TO HOLD ON TO by Laura Kaye

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.

Reviewed by Amy

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About the Book:

Title: Hard To Hold On To (Hard Ink, #2.5)

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher: Avon Books

Release Date: August 19, 2014

Category: Contemporary Romance (part of a Romantic Suspense Series)

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

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. As the pair are thrust together while 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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