by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #2.5
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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 reach 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
If you follow Caffeinated, you already know I am a huge fan of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series. Hard to Hold on To is a novella that features Edward “Easy Cantrell” and the story picks up right where Hard As You Can ended. They are returning to the housing located about the Hard Ink Tattoo parlor after their last operation and Easy is helping Jenna Dean recover from the tragic events that occurred. Kaye packed a full novel punch into this novella that will leave readers satisfied and a little sweet on Easy.
Five Caffeinated reasons to grab Hard to Hold on To
- Kaye delivers a full-length tale that touches on trauma, PTSD, and the fallout from those events while creating a wonderful romance between Easy and Jenna.
- The romance while heated develops slowly and Kaye does not try to wrap it up, allowing it to feel genuine. Be warned there is deflowering for those who are not fans. The scene was beautifully done and believable.
- While there is not much development in the overall story arc, I actually enjoyed the banter, character development and laid back feel to this story. It was not rushed and intense like the previous novels and I truly enjoyed the pace.
- In Hard to Hold on To, the difficult subject matter is addressed, and Kaye allows us to connect and understand the characters raw emotions. I loved the way the other characters handled the situation and offered support. I was touched, and Kaye delivered a strong message in addition to sharing Easy’s story.
- Easy and Jenna have a chemistry that I enjoyed and I loved how tender and supportive they were of each other.
Fans of the Hard Ink series will delight in learning about Easy and watching this relationship take form. Hard to Hold on To was the perfect in-between novella and enhanced my overall enjoyment of the series