Jenn’s Review: Holding Her Close by Lexi Ryan

Posted January 26, 2016 by jenncobb in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Jenn’s Review: Holding Her Close by Lexi RyanHolding Her Close by Lexi Ryan
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Published by Self Published on January 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions

She's everything he detests about Hollywood.

After spending my entire acting career being cast as the airhead, I finally have the serious role I've been dying for, and I screw it all up during a four martini dinner with my ex. Now, thanks to the morality clause in my contract, I might lose the role of a lifetime. My only hope is to convince the media (and my eccentrically conservative director) that I've entered a committed relationship. But when I use my brother's costume party to launch Operation Fake Fiancé, I end up in front of the camera with the wrong guy, leaving my reputation—and the fate of my career—at his mercy. Any other guy I could sweet talk into playing the supporting role I need, but not Officer Cade Watts. Not the man who hates everything about me. Not the man who would most revel in seeing me fail.

He's everything she needs.

I don't care how good it felt to have her in my arms. I don't care that I can't close my eyes without remembering the way she tastes or the sound of her moan. I want nothing to do with Janelle Crane. Her scheme to fake an engagement to save her own career is exactly the kind of manipulative Hollywood crap I left LA to escape. But when her fan mail turns threatening and the tragedies befalling her former co-stars seem to be anything but coincidence, everything changes. Now I don't just want to play the part of Janelle's fake fiancé, I demand it. I won't let my jaded heart cost me another case. I may not trust Janelle but I do care, and the only way I know she's safe is if I'm holding her close.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

Young couple kissing lovers lounging on the floor. A guy with a naked torso is deposed girl.


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Book Review: 5 stars

About the book:

Janelle is a rising Hollywood actress that is trying to do some damage control after being caught kissing her ex-husband while he is still married to a woman he left her for. It was an innocent kiss from Janelle’s side while Tom fed her lies about wanting her back. A kiss that is threatening to ruin her career if she doesn’t do something about it.

The only way to make things right in publics eyes seemed to be to get a fake fiancée so that it would look like Janelle has moved on and isn’t looking to ruin someone else’s marriage even if that someone broke hers. At a party she is all over the guy she believes is supposed to play her “fiancée” and making a show for everyone to see and fall for. Only one problem to that scenario, it’s the wrong dude people. It’s none other than hottest ex military turned small town cop Cade Watts that can make any woman melt her panties to the ground within seconds.

Cade refuses to play the game, because he has been played and burned before and no history repeating itself with this guy. But when Janelle and her co-stars starts to receive dead threats and have a crazy stalker after them, Cade can’t keep away and watch what happens next. His protective nature kicks in and he will do whatever it takes to keep Janelle safe. But will their hearts be safe along the ride? Or is this doomed to fail from the get go?

My review:

OMFG!!!! Cade Watts ladies……*sighing*Drooling*Ogling*

Call it whatever you want but that is one sweet mother of God sexy man sent to the female race to lust after and I don’t deny being one of them 😉

The story is pretty sweet and maybe predictable but still just adorable. This is like Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner remake and it’s a bit more sexier and hotter than the original plot with this sexy protective detective  and a girl that is a true sweetheart.  The first thing that this book starts and ends with is arousing you and melt away any panties you might or might not wear 😉 There is so much sexual tension and chemistry between the main characters it’s impossible to ignore. It sort of reminds me of agents Mulder and Scully from the X-files. We know it…they know….so why fight it?  Get on with it and give us some magic love birds :)

It was very beautifully and tastefully written with so much attention to details that really did justice to the story’s quality and character. It is also showing how some situations in our lives can mark us and prevent from being able to moving forward and  lose ability to trust people and re-open our hearts to someone new and allow a new love to move in and erase all past failures that caused us heartache. I love when a book awakens my emotions and make me feeling ache in my heart and possible in some other parts of my body HAHA 😉 I really enjoyed this book maybe even more than the first book of this series Playing With Fire. The characters had made a cameo in the first book too but both books can also be read as standalones but just to get to know all the characters better and understand their actions it is recommended to read the series as it is.

If you want to read something sweet, sexy with a slight touch of mystery this is definitely worth your while….and take my word for it….Cade ALONE is worth it :)



“Why are you so angry with me?” I link my hands behind his neck. “You’re always so angry with me.”

“Are you fucking kidding me?”

Rising onto my toes, I position my mouth by his ear. “No one’s going to believe you’re my boyfriend if you hold me like you’re afraid you might catch something.”

One second we’re standing there, barely moving on the dance floor. The next, he’s spinning me around, and I’m trapped between his body and the wall. He has one hand at my neck, the other at my waist, one thick thigh between my legs.

“You wanna know why I’m angry?” He presses closer. My already-short skirt hikes higher up my hips, and I’m treated to the delicious pressure of his thigh pressing into the lace of my panties. “Maybe because you’re reckless. Selfish. Immature. Maybe because for the last three hours you’ve been boozing it up with your buddies while I was picturing you bound and helpless to some obsessive maniac.”

Before I can reply, his mouth is on mine. This isn’t like the seductive kisses we shared on our first night together, and it lacks the tenderness of the kiss he gave me at the station. This kiss matches his mood. It’s hot and angry. Demanding and possessive. This is the kiss of a man who very well could throw his woman over his shoulder and drag her home. The kiss of a man whose woman would relish such treatment.

I shouldn’t be that woman. I shouldn’t even pretend to be her. But should has nothing to do with the way I open my mouth and slip my tongue inside to taste him. Should has nothing to do with me shifting my stance, lifting one knee to give his thigh better access to my aching center. When Cade touches me, should goes out the window and is replaced by must.

I must pull him closer. I must learn how his neck tastes. I must dissolve into his kiss until the world disappears. Then even must falls away and I am nothing but this ache where need becomes pleasure and pleasure becomes need. He called me reckless, and right now I am. With him, that’s what I become.

When he tears his mouth from mine, I gasp at the loss.

“Is that better?” he asks, rubbing his face against my neck and marking me with his stubble. “If I hold you like this.” The hand at my waist slides down until he’s cupping my ass. “Touch you like this.” The hand on my neck dips to skim the tops of my breasts. “Would that be enough?” He opens his mouth against my neck and sucks. Hard. “What’s it going to take to get you to listen to me?”


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