Dec 26, 2015

Book Review: Hold Me Close

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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Incredible character development!  Effie was broken by events in her past where she was kidnapped and held for three years by a maniac who forced her to call him 'Daddy'.  Heath was also a captive and they grew to depend on each other for their sanity and lives.

Effie is all appearances seems to have recovered from her ordeal,  She owns her own home, has a daughter and a thriving career as an artist.  She's not able to have a 'normal' relationship however and refuses to have one with Heath even though she loves him.  So she is trying dating services in hopes to meet a nice guy that isn't too boring.

I had a lot of trouble finishing this book.  There are several very graphic and violent sex scenes which didn't phase me.  What I had issues was how the timeline would jump back and forth between the present and the past with no warning.  I would be reading a scene thinking it was in the present to suddenly have it refer to something that happened back when she was a captive.  Trying to constantly figure out just what year the story was in really kept me from relaxing and enjoying the tale.

Now every reader's experiences will be different so if this book sounds interesting, give it a try and be sure to let me know your opinion.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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