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- Publication Date : August 19, 2014
- File Size : 706 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Avon Impulse (August 19, 2014)
- ASIN : B00IMHS6EU
- Print Length : 200 pages
- Language: : English
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Warning: Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
--One Sentence Summary--
After being rescued from the Church Gang, Sara is weak and recovering and the only person who makes her feel safe is Easy.
--What are the Issues--
After everything that Jenna has been through she's feeling vulnerable but at the same time she also realizes how important it is to live and do what you want because you never know when it can be taken away from you. Easy has secretly been dealing with depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts ever since coming back from Afghanistan where he lost his best friend in an ambush. Easy hasn't told anyone what he's been feeling and he's starting to reach his breaking point. Not only that but there's a decade difference in their ages and Easy feels he's not good enough for someone as young and innocent as Jenna.
--What I Liked and Didn't Like--
This novella was a great little emotional read that takes a break from all the action and adventure of the previous two books. It was nice to see everyone take a moment to relax and hold on to those that they love and care for while they laid low from the Church gang.
A Deep Connection Even With Limited Time -- I enjoyed both Jenna and Easy and though they fall in love over a very short amount of time, they spend most of that time with each other in a very close and intimate way. Easy is caring for Jenna while she recovers; she's weak and sick from her epilepsy and having drugs forced on her and she's dealing with fear and anxiety every time she's left alone. Because of this, Easy is always close and he acts as a sounding board for Jenna when she believes she's a burden to her sister and is too upset to talk to her. The things they share and the intimacy of just being around someone, and sleeping next to someone really helped build their relationship.
Easy's Heartbreaking Confession -- I enjoyed getting to learn more about Easy, as he's been a very quiet side character up to this point. This book is also chock full of the feels as Easy starts to confront his depression and realize that he needs help if he wants to beat it and be a better person for himself and for Jenna. When Easy finally reaches out for that help and speaks with Shane and then with everyone else he realizes just how much the others cared for him and that he wasn't as alone in the world as he felt like he was.
Brotherhood -- One of the things that this book emphasized, but has been shown in the previous books as well, is just what it means when you say there's a Brotherhood in the military. It's more than just a word and this book does a great job of showing just how strong and how meaningful that Brotherhood is and how important it can be to those in it. Not only that but I liked that Laura Kaye emphasizes that when you have a team of special forces soldiers who put their lives on the line everyday and have to trust each other explicitly that means that they can't keep secrets and they can't hide weaknesses. This team understand that they have to be completely upfront about all the good, the bad, and the ugly that they're experiencing if they are expected to work together and trust as strongly as they need to in order to survive whatever mission they have going on.
I would have loved a full length novel for Easy and Jenna mostly because I hate letting go of characters so soon, but ultimately I thought this book was great and it was a wonderful addition to the series.
In this story, Laura Kaye handles this real and horrible problem of military and ex-military trying/committing suicide in a way that builds until the reader now realizes that the signs of depression by an ex-military, i.e., Easy, have been in her first three books in very subtle ways. Easy did not suddenly become depressed and announce he was depressed in this third book. If you have read the first two books, HARD AS IT GETS and HARD AS YOU CAN, go back and reread them and focus on Easy. Depression creeps up on individuals and one can see it with the progression of it with Easy. This is a remarkable book, and a difficult but also hopeful and beautiful story. This book is one that will always be in my mind and heart and for that, I thank Laura Kaye.
I also looked up military causes and I will make a donation to one that helps military and ex-military soldiers. After reading HARD TO HOLD ON TO, I simply have to do it.
I love how this one addresses the VERY real issues that our Service Men face for their sacrifice.
This one was heartbreaking, hopeful, passionate and Real. Just a wonderfully placed journey with nothing but the basic, raw intense truths.
In its purest form, I loved witnessing the connection between Easy and Jenna, and their struggles individually and collectively. Seeing the enormous support system that they're both blessed to have here, was a joy to witness as well.
Easy and Jenna also have crazy white hot chemistry. I love all of their interactions together.
This was an awesome Novella packed with a lot of heart. I just wish I could have gotten at least 2 more chapters with them ;)
I'm really loving this series, but Ms Kaye is a fave of mine for many reasons.
Based on books 1-2.5, I would definitely recommend this series.
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Laura Kaye has left me in a bit of a state to be honest. I knew that this series was going to explore some darker elements of the human psyche after finishing book two. It stands too reason that when a group of ex-servicemen are reunited after a 12 month hiatus, which was bought about by the total annihilation of everything they believed and trusted in, as well as losing 50% of their team in an ambush that should never have happened, PTSD and the lasting physical and mental scars of the whole cluster flock are going to run deep.
Easy's story and Laura's writing of it takes the Hard Ink series to a whole other level. They always say it's the quiet ones, and holy s***... She nailed it, in a respectful, emotional and have the tissues handy way.
"You need something and I have it to give, I will every damn time. You hear me?"
I struggled with Jenna in Hard as You Can, as Sara's younger sister she wasn't immediately a major part of the story, towards the end of the book she had more of a role, and I found her to be a little immature and selfish. She turns it around in this book, and her acceptance of Easy, and what he is going through, makes a massive and positive difference to his state of mind. But what absolutely broke me was his time with Shane. Laura's breaking down and rebuilding of The Hard Ink Special Forces Team one man at a time, is an emotional rollercoaster this reader is enjoying immensely, albeit with regular crying jags included!
"So glad it was you."
Laura Kaye is an author, who I can honestly say I haven't read a bad book by. I am glad I saved this series, reading the first 4 books in succession has been an absolute joy so far, I am off to start Hard to Come By now, and am crossing everything that I don't have too wait too long for the rest of the guys to get their books thereafter.
Sometimes you gotta let someone else help you be strong before you can stand on your own.
We already met Jenna in the previous book, she was rescued along with her sister Sara and this story picks up just as the team are returning to base after their successful rescue operation. Jenna is in a bad way after being drugged and held captive by human traffickers, the stress has taken it's toll and the lack of her epilepsy medication hasn't helped. Jenna is exhausted but still on edge and the only person she feels safe around is Easy. The last thing Easy should be looking for is a relationship, he has been struggling to cope since losing his best friend in the disastrous operation that saw the whole team facing a dishonourable discharge from the forces. Easy is suffering from PTSD, he has nightmares, flashbacks and is extremely depressed. Being around his old team mates is hard but it's something he desperately needed and he finds strength in the idea of clearing their names.
Easy's story absolutely broke my heart, he is going through such a difficult time and I felt that Laura Kaye did a fantastic job of showing the effects of PTSD. There is no magical fix for Easy but he slowly opens up and asks for help from his team and from Jenna. There are some really emotional scenes with him and the other guys that really tore at my heartstrings but there is also a lot of love, laughter and unconditional support. I was pleased that Easy's problems didn't immediately vanish when he met Jenna but things are definitely going in the right direction for him and I couldn't be happier about that.
As much as I've enjoyed the previous books I have to say I think this was my favourite, I loved Easy and Jenna and I'm so glad we got to read their full story. I'm also excited to continue the series and see the rest of the team find their own happy endings.
First of all, this was a very good read; something I read from cover to cover till I was finished. What's more, it's an interracial romance between a black man and a white woman; those novels are as rare as rocking horse poop! So please write some more, Laura (the author).
However, there were a couple of things that I didn't like about this book. First off, I didn't like Easy's coyishness around women (or around Jenna, in this instance). I mean, all of this "Can I kiss you, Jenna?" and "Can I remove your shirt, Jenna?" Just do it, man. Show her who's in charge. You're playing the woman's role. Show her you've got at least some confidence
I blame Political Correctness for this, it seems like Laura has also been influenced by the Feminist movement. If a man asked for permission to kiss me, it would be a definite no.
So, we get to the erotic chapter, where Easy finally seduces Jenna, and what does he do? HE REACHES FOR A CONDOM. What a passion killer!!! Leave the 'safe sex' advice for the STD clinic, Laura, you're writing erotica here. Don't dip your toe in the water, either dive in or keep away from the pool all together. I wanted Easy to inseminate Jenna; even make her pregnant, perhaps
Still worth reading, despite my criticisms. Could have been 5 stars, but only 4 (due to the Political Correctness)
The novella is short but doesn't seem like it. I'd honestly like to have read more about the two of them as they explore the feelings between them. I want to know what happens. I guess we'll find out more in the rest of the series. There's no violence in this, just the exploration of their attraction and the focus on the both of them getting the help they need to recover.
Suitable for older readers as there are sex scenes. It covers PTSD too.