Series: mental health, miltary, mystery, romance
Published by HarperCollins on August 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Amazon, Purchase
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.
I liked this short story in the Hard Ink Series. It was sweet and it was it also like a nice reprieve in the overall story line. The series is about five men who are ex-military Special Forces. In the first book the daughter of commander who betrayed them and cost them their careers shows up asking for help. The five guys plus some extra friends band back together to find help the daughter while clearing their name. The story line is kind of like A-Team meets a romance novel.
This short is all about Easy. He starts having feelings for a woman they rescued the previous book. Hard to Hold on To picks up right where that book left off. They have rescued Jenna but she is in bad shape and Easy volunteers to stay with her and watch over her. The team is doing some research so there is not much going on action wise. This story is a couple of days of healing and regrouping from last mission.
For Easy and Jenna it is also a couple of days of getting to each other and learning to care to for each other. I liked this story because it was a story about asking for help. Easy is dealing with thoughts of suicide because he feels like it was his fault his best friend died in the mission that cost them their careers. Being with Jenna makes him realize he wants to live. He asks his friends plus Jenna for help. I liked this story doesn’t make light of mental health issues. Falling for someone doesn’t mean that the person is in question is healed. There are good day and bad days and it will take time to heal. I also liked that story was not some instalove story either. It does take place over several days. By the end of the story Easy and Jenna are not declaring their love for each other. They do care for each other and the love is there in the background to grow and maybe be declared at a later date.
I really liked this story it was sweet and full of hope. I liked that it could be read with the series or a standalone. It was a good story about and ex solider struggling with grief and the pain of self-worthlessness. It had hope in that the he is asking for help and that is the first step to the healing process. I am giving this story four stars because it definitely left me on that nice of cloud happy.