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Published by MIRA on November 24th 2015
Genres: Dark, Romance
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Apart, they are broken, but together, they are whole.
Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape.
Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both — and Effie's not about to let that happen. She knows it's time for her to have a 'normal' relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he's convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he's the one she needs.
Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.
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Book Review: 3 stars
“Hold me close” was the story of Effie and Heath. They endured a very traumatic event in their youth together and have been in a complicated relationship ever since. Heath knows that he loves his Effie and wants a life together with her and her daughter. But Effie just can’t decide, if she WANTS Heath to be the man at her side and so an exhausting and heartbreaking search for her “right man” begins. But wasn’t he directly in front of her all these years?
Okay, my thoughts are all over the place after finishing “Hold me close”. First off, the writing was excellent! BUT there was so much in this book that didn’t sit right with me personally… I’ll try to bring my scattered thoughts into some kind of order and try not to spoiler too much.
First, I couldn’t for the life of me understand the dynamics and relationship between Heath and Effie. Of course I could understand the doubts Effie had after everything she went through in her life – but she didn’t have to treat poor Heath so badly. She seemed to have her head on straight in almost all aspects of her life, why was she so damn complicated in regard of this poor man that treated her like a queen? She was in serious need of a therapy, that’s for sure.
The pace of the book was much too slow for my taste. It was very much happening in it, but certain parts of the book just didn’t really keep me interested. Other parts – like a much needed HEA – fell very short. And for the story I anticipated from the blurb, I expected a lot more angst. It was slightly angsty and it got more angsty the more the story progressed, but for the majority of the book, the angst was only like a sudden, short slap in the face and the rest of the book just dragged on…
In my opinion, this book didn’t have a very happy ending after all. Yes, it officially ends with the two MC’s as a couple – but like mentioned in the first point, I hated Effie for how she treated Heath and in the end, and it felt as if he was some kind of consolation prize. I just can’t see them happy sometime, maybe three years or so, in the future. Plus the ending was too rushed.
I couldn’t always tell present from past, it was too confusing. This should have been pointed out somehow, so you as a reader could know what part of the story you’re in just then.
Another positive aspect of the book was the sex-scenes. At least the ones between Effie and Heath. I liked those, but even there is something that I have to mention here: Because although there is no cheating in “Hold me close”, because Heath and Effie are not officially a couple for the biggest part of the book, Effie has sex with two other men. And not only are we as readers told that she had had sex, nope – the scenes are described pretty detailed and I was a bit thrown off from all that. Yes, it was an important step for Effie to get closer to her happy ending, but in the end it made me hate Effie even more.
*** Trigger warning *** I feel the need to mention in this review, that there is a very detailed scene in which the female MC Effie has a miscarriage. There are also parts of the book that are about captivity, violence and abuse, even though this was not described all too descriptive.
All in all, I rate “Hold me close” with 3 stars and can recommend it. I guess, the issues I had with the book are rather personal and I’d recommend everyone to give it a try.