Hold You Close, an all-new second chance standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Corinne Michaels and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow, is available now!
Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow
Publication Date: August 20, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry, Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Design: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative
From NYT Bestseller Corinne Michaels & USA Today Bestseller Melanie Harlow, comes a second chance standalone 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.
HOLD YOU CLOSE IS LIVE!
Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF
London Parish met the love of her life when she was young. She adored him and thought he only saw her as his sister’s annoying best friend until prom night. Fast forward seventeen years later, she is rising fast in the corporate ladder and she hates the sight of Ian.
Ian Walsh is a successful nightclub owner, recently divorced and vowed to never go back to the shackles of marriage. He lives next door to London and the only thing they have in common is their love for Sabrina (London’s best friend and Ian’s sister) and her family. Ian can’t stand London’s judgmental and snarky attitude and steers clear of her as much as he could.
One might think that London and Ian’s story is your stereotypical second chance romantic tale and in a way it is, some scenes are almost predictable but there is a twist to this one. Ian’s character as a teenager was a douche, he was more antagonist than protagonist and it’s only in the latter part of the book that he redeems himself. London’s bitter and disparaging attitude towards Ian I can understand, especially with what happened in the past although bearing a grudge for almost twenty years seems petty and I felt like telling her to move on already. Their dislike towards each other ends abruptly when something happens. What I also loved about this funny and touching romance are the secondary characters because they added more weight to the story and gave the couple some home truths and the necessary kick up their backsides.
“You were always so angry, but Dad used to say that when you’re mad at someone, it’s because you care so much you can’t explain it, so you become angry”.
This collaboration ticks out all the boxes: romance, tragic event, children and dramatic showdown. However, even if you have all the necessary “ingredients” in plotting an epic love story, it is how these authors tell the tale and they did a fantastic job. Ian and London’s love and hate relationship gives you so many highs and some lows, one minute you think your heart is just coasting along and in the next, you’re bawling your eyes out. Angry, sad and gloriously happy you get all these in this book, I highly recommend it.
About the authors:
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 AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. 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.
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