Friday, November 27, 2009

Review: Hard to Hold by Stephanie Tyler

Title: Hard to Hold
Series: Hold Trilogy
Author: Stephanie Tyler
Read copy: eBook
Published: November 24, 2009
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0440338840
ISBN-13: 9780440338840


Lieutenant Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident. Not easy to do when the gorgeous hostage happens to be a senator's daughter—and about as easy to resist as an oasis in the desert.

If it weren't for Jake, Isabelle would still be halfway across the world, where rebel forces left her for dead. The special ops warrior may have saved her life, but she doesn't need him to protect her now. Tell that to the ruggedly handsome hunk in full battle fatigues who's just been assigned as Isabelle's personal bodyguard. Close quarters aside, Isabelle won't let Jake anywhere near her heart—until danger throws them together again. And nothing in the jungles of wildest Africa could prepare them for a passion this wild. This crazy. This hot...

My rating:

This is the first book by Stephanie Tyler I've read and though I love storylines with über-alpha SEAL heroes, I must confess this story was a huge disappointment to me.
There were too many stories overlapping (though they all held a remote common thread), too many characters, too many personalities vying for attention, until I truly got the urge to take out an old notebook and pencil just to be able to keep it all straight.

It was too crammed with details and suspense elements, the über-alpha was a bit too über for comfort, the heroine was a bit too damaged for comfort and sometimes came through as slightly schizophrenic...The entire story was just a bit too much for me. I guess that's this particular author's style, but it just doesn't sit well with me.
Unfortunately I'll have to pass on the next two books in this trilogy.

Good suspense, great action scenes, but just not compensation enough for everything else.


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