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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Original edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044024434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440244349
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Tyler (Beyond His Control) bundles thriller and romance in a very appealing package to launch a new trilogy. While working for Doctors Without Borders in Africa, Dr. Isabelle Markham is kidnapped and left for dead. After being rescued by Navy SEAL Jake Hansen, Isabelle returns stateside, working in a naval hospital and trying to put the trauma behind her. When Isabelle's uncle, an admiral, hires Jake to guard her against future attacks, Jake and Isabelle slowly begin to reveal their innermost secrets and personal demons, and their connection intensifies into sizzling bedroom encounters. Tyler's in-depth character study transcends the formulas of romantic suspense, making the attraction believable and real. Readers will eagerly anticipate future installments. (Dec.)
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“Hard to put down and even harder to forget.” —Roxanne St. Claire

“An unforgettable read…romantic suspense at its best.”—Cherry Adair

Customer Reviews

It is action packed with just the right amount of romance.
Jennifer B. Graham
Unfortunately, the little details got in the way for me....and they just added up to too much distraction.
Their emotional connection grows over the course of the story and is believable.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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?Read more ›
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By LeaF on November 24, 2009
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The story opens in the jungles of Africa where Navy SEAL Lieutenant Junior Grade Jake Hansen and his team have been forced to scatter to complete their mission to secure missing equipment and the intel it contains. Under the cloak of darkness with rebel gunfire erupting all around a wounded Jake and his best friend and teammate Ensign Nick Devane are making their way silently through the jungle to the rendezvous point. They receive a call through their communication devices that the rebels have reported a female hostage north of their location. The woman, Dr. Isabelle Markham is believed to have been kidnapped 72 hours previously and is Senator Cresswell's daughter. Dr. Markham's reported location requires the SEALs to retrace their steps and takes them back toward the line of fire. They do find Isabelle inside an abandoned hut naked, bound and gagged, lying face down on the dirt floor, very badly injured.

After stabilizing Isabelle to the best of their ability Nick is forced to go ahead to bring back help as their communication devices have failed. Isabelle is conscious and as the rebel forces move closer Jake carries her into the jungle to hide and await help. Terrified and in shock, Isabelle turns to Jake for comfort and shares a dark secret with him. Jake, uncharacteristically, tells her something about his past that has haunted him since his youth, after all, he never expects to see Isabelle again. During that brief time lying in the jungle hidden and waiting for the rest of the SEAL team to arrive an unlikely bond is forged between these two people.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By manda600 VINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
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I'll say at the start that I enjoyed this book, and if you like a story with romance, suspense, and a military angle you should certainly read this. However, as other reviewers have pointed out, this book is not without it's flaws. The story between the major characters, Jake and Isabelle, is not one of them. It's riveting and emotional and definitely holds your interest. Had the story stuck strictly to them it would have been fantastic. The problem with the book is that there are so many secondary characters the main plot gets bogged down. It's particular problematic because of the way the novel is structured. It is not uncommon within a single chapter to jump to the storylines and points of view of several different characters. It can be confusing and certainly feels disjointed, especially as the author often leaves off in the middle of a scene to jump to completely different people in a subplot of their own leaving you waiting impatiently to find out what happened where you left off with the main characters, which were the most powerful for me and the ones I was the most interested in reading about. This distraction holds increasingly true for two secondary characters in Africa, Clutch and Sara. The main action is repeatedly interrupted to jump to them, and I found myself skimming and flipping through the pages of their sub-story just to get back to where the author left me hanging with the main characters. Clutch and Sara's story could have been more interesting to me if it was offered in a less distracting manner - perhaps they get a chapter, then the main characters. At least then the reader knows what to expect, and it's not breaking things up in the middle of the action.Read more ›
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New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read - romantic suspense with military heroes for Bantam Dell. She lives in New York with her husband, her daughter and her weimaraner. She also writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell under the pen-name Sydney Croft.

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