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- ASIN : B00IMHS6EU
- Publisher : Avon Impulse (August 19, 2014)
- Publication date : August 19, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 706 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 200 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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Edward “Easy” Cantrell has been hiding his struggles from everyone. But when he meets Jenna, he feels alive for the first time in over a year and realizes he can get better.
While this is a novella, it was wonderfully written and really packed an emotional punch. Easy has been a very quiet character so far in the series but we really see him open up to Jenna in this one. Being with her makes him realize how far into his depression he has sunk and that he needs help, especially if he wants to be there for her.
“Jenna Dean soothed a very jagged part of his soul.”
Easy and Jenna fall for each other very quickly but they have a very powerful and emotional bond. Jenna and Easy’s relationship while short was also very intimate and bonding. They get to know each other and have intimate moments outside of just sex, like cuddling and just supporting each other during this stressful time.
This whole series shows the power of brotherhood in the military, but this book really emphasises it. The scene with Easy reaching out for help was heartbreaking and so powerful. Shane and the team instantly support him and do whatever they can to take steps to help him. These men are not just teammates, they are family.
While I wish we had had a full novel of Easy and Jenna, this was a wonderful novella and a great addition to the series.
- References to kidnapping, gangs, human trafficking, and abuse.
- Easy has PTSD and depression/suicidal thoughts.
- Jenna has epilepsy and PTSD from being kidnapped.
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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There are some potential triggers relating to depression and suicidal thoughts as well as kidnap and sexual abuse but the writing is sensitively handled and is not graphic or gratuitous.
The characterisation is absolutely outstanding, I love Easy and his story is heart rending as well as totally engaging.
There is a sex scene very lightly written and some swearing.
I recommend reading the series in order of publication to get the best reading experience.
I love anything by Laura Kaye but hands down, this series is one of my all time favourites.
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.