Stone Devil Duke by is my first book by K.J. Jackson, but won't be my last. Ms. Jackson has delivered a well-written book. The characters are phenomenal. Kudos to Ms. Jackson for these awesome characters and their interaction. Aggie is searching for her father's killers before they can kill her too. Disguised as a hack driver, Aggie unwillingly picks up Devin when his carriage suffers a broken wheel. Their story is packed with intrigue, action, drama and sizzle. I totally loved reading Stone Devil Duke and look forward to reading more from K.J. Jackson in the future. Stone Devil Duke is book 1 of the Hold Your Breath Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from Bookfunnel.
I listened to the audio of this book. The narrator was a bit annoying at times. I didn't really like his style. The story was okay, a bit dated maybe. The characters had blackberries instead of iPhones, GPS technology was brand new, and teenagers were on MySpace. The old tech was a bit distracting. It was interesting to think about how much easier it is for police as well as regular citizens to track people and find evidence using electronic means.
The parents are worried about their son because his friend committed suicide and he is shutting them out. So, they decide to put software on his computer so they can track every keystroke he makes. This, of course, leads to them finding out things they can't explain. And then their son disappears. There is also a man killing people, but we don't know exactly why until much later.
I liked the way the book brought together multiple plot lines as the story progressed. But it was more than a bit slow at times. In the end, it was just okay.
Ava and Jace were a perfect match; young and in love with big dreams of marriage, a family, and a country-music singing career. However, that all ended the night Jace left Ava behind and headed to Nashville with a solo singing contract in hand. Now Ava has spent the past five and a half years trying to make a life for herself and getting over the one man who held and then broke her heart. Meanwhile, Jace has spent the same time becoming a music sensation with only one regret: walking out on Ava.
Hold Her Again is another delightful (and probably my favorite) holiday-themed romance novella from Shannon Stacey. The night that Jace walked away to make it big was the night that Ava gave up on all of her dreams. Right from the start of the book, I was all “Team Ava”, and I couldn’t conceive of any situation that would put the pair back together. There is absolutely no doubt that Jace made the wrong choice five and a half years ago, and Ava’s hurt is deep. But Ms. Stacey puts together a genuine reconciliation that had my heart beating faster and brought a few tears to my eyes. It is hard to get over that kind of soul-deep hurt, but it is equally difficult to show honest regret and prove the apologies are sincere.
Ms. Stacey won me over with small gestures, while simultaneously moving the couple closer together over a short period of time. And it works because it is obvious this couple never stopped loving one another.
“The connection between them was still strong, and she thought of it like an invisible tread that was slowly darning the hole he’d left in her heart.”
Ava and Jace have that true love that lasts because they are “meant to be”, and after time, they realize second chances are worth the risk.
While Hold Her Again has a Christmas-themed setting, it’s a wonderful gift to give yourself any time of the year. Second-chance, feel-good romances are a weakness of mine, and Hold Her Again is a wonderful fit.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
Review copy provided by Netgalley
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
The danger of falling for a Shannon Stacey novel is that the love affair ends far too soon. I guess that proves to be both a good and bad trait. Good in the sense that I can finish in one sitting. Bad in the sense it's hard to come to the end. Hold Her Again is romance at it's sweetest and attraction at it's most hot. Jace and Ava are a volcano of emotions. From bittersweet longing to a towering inferno of heat, the outpouring of heart and the chance to begin again is as tempting as the season itself. Let the seduction begin.