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Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels, Melanie Harlow

Hold You Close Book Cover Hold You Close
Corinne Michaels, Melanie Harlow
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
August 20th, 2018

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.

Megan’s Review


“I loved her once and let her go because she needed to fly.”

When I saw Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow were collaborating, I knew instantly that this book was going to be one I was going to love. I actually couldn’t read this one fast enough; the faster I read, the more I had to tell myself to slow down, take a breath, enjoy the moment and make it last for as long as possible. Hold You Close is one of those stories you actually want to last a lifetime. I loved it so much that I am actually jealous of everyone who gets to experience this piece of artistry for the first time. Second chance love stories are my favorite trope. I thrive on the heart racing moments, the anticipation, the angst and the outpouring of emotion. This story had it all and so much more.

London Parish loves to hate Ian Chase and hates to love him. Ian is London’s best friend’s older brother and she has loved him forever. Ian shattered London’s heart when she was seventeen and she has never forgiven him for that. Her love soon turned to blind hatred.

Unfortunately for London, the fact that Ian is her best friend’s older brother means that they will always be constantly in each-other’s lives and London just has to deal with that fact. I loved London as she was strong, determined and resilient. With Ian however, I was initially on the fence. He kind of got on my nerves early on, but I think that was the whole point and as I read on, I decided it was all part of his charm. He soon redeemed himself in my eyes and rather than wanting to shake him, I wanted to hug him. A tragic turn of events occurs that shakes them to their very core and is set to change the course of their whole lives forever.

I loved the whole dynamic between London and Ian. They had some serious chemistry going on and I just could not get enough of the witty banter that was exchanged, it was hilarious and beyond entertaining. They butt heads at every opportunity and that just made for the most awesome angst filled read. But, I knew they were meant to be… they were soul mates and everything happens for a reason.

Hold You Close was such a heart-warming, emotional, yet fun second chance love story that I just couldn’t get enough of. If you are looking for your next romance story to be written with the impeccable writing prowess you expect from these two fantastic authors (their back catalogues literally speak for themselves), then you do not want to miss this one.

About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters.

Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.

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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.

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