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review 2019-12-06 22:26
Big Plot Hole Left Unanswered, Solid Romantic Suspense
Hold Me Close (Paradise, Idaho) - Rosalind James

Well another reviewer pointed out the huge plot point that was left unaddressed, so I don't feel bad for thinking the big was a bit off without resolving that. I was happy well enough with the characters of Kayla and Luke as well as Kayla's young son. This book has a tough subject matter though, domestic abuse. I think that James handles the subject matter delicately, and I liked that there are discussions about it with her son Eli about the fact that he knew that his mother was being hit and why she stayed until she finally ran. I liked that Luke wasn't being pushy. He is interested in Kayla, but realizes he can't and won't rush things with not just her, but also with Eli. 

 

"Hold Me Close" is part of James romantic suspense books. I didn't much care for the first book, and this second one ran to good to meh to me as well. Still deciding about reading the next two books in the series or just passing on that. Back to this book. We have Kayla Chambers who after being hit again by her boyfriend, goes on the run with her son when he drops them off at the laundromat. We find out that Kayla has reached out to a domestic violence organization, and she's going to leave her life behind and start over again in the town of Paradise, Idaho that she has fond memories of as a child.


Luke Jackson has a FWB situation finally ending and realizes that his new neighbor may be the answer. He quickly realizes that Kayla and her son Eli don't need a pass through the night man, they need a solid person to be there. He quickly pushes (slightly) into helping them when he can and hanging back and not trying to do more than that with either of them.


We get reappearances by former characters and of course set up for the focus of the next book in this one. 


The writing was good. We get POVs from Eli, Luke, Kayla, and even Kayla's abusive ex. I think that James did a good juggling all of those voices and showing Kayla's ex obsession with her and punishing her for daring to go against him. The guy gave me chills.

 

The flow though was a bit off jumping around like that. I didn't think at times that Eli's voice was authentic. 

 

The setting of Paradise is hard to picture. It seems like a teeny tiny town, but at other times it sounds quite large. There are discussions about the hard times the farmers are going through so it touches upon real world events at times here and there.


The ending though was very well done. Except for the whole murder plot line. I wish that had been resolved. It was such a weird thread to leave hanging. 

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review 2019-05-10 21:19
Hold Me Close (The O'Learys #6) by Shannyn Schroeder
Hold Me Close (The O'Learys #6) - Shannyn Schroeder

 

 

I raise my glass to Shannyn Schroeder. Hold Me Close deals with an emotional subject in an inspiring way. Maggie is taking back her life after a traumatic event. Schroeder gives a voice to those who have been victimized and brushed aside. A brave heroine, a loving family and a devoted friend are proof that even in the most heartbreaking situations, love knows no bounds. Words have power and Schroeder is shouting that out loud and clear. 

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review 2018-08-22 22:43
Audiobook Review: Hold You Close by: Corinne Michaels (Author), Melanie Harlow (Author), Andi Arndt (Narrator), Tor Thom (Narrator)
 Hold You Close - Andi Arndt,Melanie Harlow,Corinne Michaels,Tor Thom

 

Audiobook Review: Hold You Close by: Corinne Michaels (Author), Melanie Harlow (Author), Andi Arndt (Narrator), Tor Thom (Narrator)

It's hard to be at your strongest when dealing with life at your weakest. Ian and London have a history that borders on contentious. He broke her heart. She hits at his ego. All that changes when a tragedy rocks their lives and forces them to face painful truths about themselves, each other and the new responsibilities that are headed their way. Hold You Close is all heart with some heat thrown in for good measure. It's a tale of love, loss, growth and family with a side of second chances. With dynamic duos like authors Harlow and Michaels and narrators like Ardnt and Thom leading the way, Hold You Close is a heartache you won't soon forget.

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review 2017-11-19 00:00
Hold You Close: A Fight For Me Novel
Hold You Close: A Fight For Me Novel - Jessica Linden Full review to come
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review 2017-08-10 08:08
Fun story if a bit far-fetched
Hold Me Close (Bridgewater County) (Volume 4) - Vanessa Vale

Hold Me Close is a quick read, easily finished in a couple of hours. It's fast-paced and overall, a fun story, but it does require quite the suspension of belief. I'm not talking about the menage part of this story - I knew that going in and while I'm pretty sure it doesn't happen quite so often, I can enjoy the story. My problem was with how fast this romance took off. I'm not a huge fan of instalove, but usually expect it in a book of this length. This one, however, was even faster than the norm for our cowboys, Matt and Ethan. Instant attraction, I could've been fine with, but one look and knowing she's the one is a bit much. Rachel's complete acceptance of this once it's revealed to her was another irksome detail for me. She did at least know a little something about them at that point, more than I can say for the heroes of this tale. It is a fun story and light on the drama, the characters are likable, the story flow is good, and the sex is over-the-top hot. Oh, and two sexy cowboys! If instant, and I do mean instant, love with lots of steamy goodness is something you enjoy, then this one is for you.

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