Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 8/19/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Ian Chase broke my heart at seventeen, and I’ve spent the last eighteen years hating him for it.
He makes it easy, with his smart mouth and playboy lifestyle—which I unfortunately have to observe since he lives behind me. Every time I see him climbing out of his pool, practically naked and unreasonably sexy, my blood boils.
I’ve always loved to loathe him.
I never planned to need him.
London Parish is my little sister’s best friend, not that it stopped me from falling for her.
Our history is complicated. The only thing we have in common is being godparents to my sister’s three adorable kids—until our lives are changed in one tragic moment.
Now we’re trying to raise the children we love, mourn an unthinkable loss, and fight an undeniable attraction.
My life is already upside-down, and the last thing I need is for old feelings to resurface.
Because I’ll never be able to keep her, no matter how hard I try to hold her close.
Sweet, sexy, and full of feels, this epic duo gave us a deliciously sexy and fiesty second chance/enemies to lovers romance that I could not put down. It was fun and full of heart, an absolute must read. Below you will find my review and all the bookish info on this standalone title.
4.5 “OMG. LOVE” Stars!!
I admit to having HUGE expectations going into this novel! I mean, it’s CORINNE MICHAELS (Queen of angst) and MELANIE HARLOW (Queen of sweet) coming together to write an explosively epic romance novel. It should be all the things, a match made in bookish heaven, right?! Well, let me tell you, it was that and so so so much more! The angst, the sexy times, the banter, the funny, the sweet, Hold You Close had it all. It’s a second chance, enemies to lovers romance that brought BIG TIME feels. What could have been a heavy storyline was tempered by two characters who had you on the edge of your seat, dying to see what they’d do next. Ian and London’s loathing for one another created the most delicious dynamic and the most spectacular dialogue. I laughed, I swooned, I got teary eyed, and most importantly, I couldn’t put this standalone down. It was a spellbinding romance from front to back.
What’s the story about?!
Ian and London have a past! Ian crushed London’s heart when she was a teenager. Fast forward years and years later, they’re still connected because London is BFF’s with Ian’s sister, and they’re also neighbors, lol. To say that these two hate each other would be putting it mildly. London and Ian have a fierce back and forth, and they get off on being vile to one other. The bitterness between them is an entity of its own. Unfortunately that comes to a head when Ian’s sister and her husband die in a plane crash and suddenly, Ian—bachelor, playboy, and night club owner—is a father to her 3 kids. And ohhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyyy feellssss… this story sizzles.
Ian and London are simply impossible to look away from. The chemistry that churns and burns between them, the dialogue and sharp comebacks, the viciously sexy taunting and desperate longing they have for one another makes for one hell of a juicy story. I was riveted as each page forced these two to confront their issues. And man, is Ian an asshole. THAT MAN IS AHHHHHHH… He had me loving to hate him in the very best way.
Overall, I loved this sweet story. It’s a heartfelt read with amazing characters, great writing, and a compelling storyline that made it impossible to put down. Sexy and funny, sweet and sassy, fiery and hot, Hold You Close is all the things and more. I had big expectations but I’m happy to report that they were certainly fulfilled by the end. Melanie Harlow and Corinne Micheals are an electric combination and they nailed this. I can’t wait to see what next from this marvelous duo.
About the Author
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.
After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like Veep, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the Happy Crazy Love series, the Frenched series, and the sexy historical Speak Easy duet, set in the 1920’s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.