OMG – I love this story! I am more than happy to say that I have now added a new author to my list of favourites. Oh, I don’t know whether I should have a glass of wine or just go to bed and catch up on some sleep. Considering I couldn’t put the book down until around 2 o’clock this morning, I really am tired today, but I feel like celebrating. I know that must sound strange, even a tad bizarre but I am sure you will agree with me when I say finding a great author can be hard. World building, plot, character development, cliff hangers…..trying to find a great book can be like finding a needle in a hay stack. But after reading Hold Me Close, I feel really great. Here’s a writer who knows how to write an amazing, captivating, emotional book and I want you all to know about her.
Hold Me Close is the first book I have read of Rosalind’s, and it wont be the last! Carry Me Home is actually the first from the Paradise, Idaho series. Hold Me Close – the second, and Turn Me Loose is the third. Yes, I read them all back the front. But I am glad that I have more to read from the series, even if I will be reading them out-of-order. I’m sorry but I have to say it again – I love this book!!!! The story reminded me of two of my favourite movies – Sleeping With The Enemy, which starred Julia Roberts and was released in 1991. The other, Safe Haven which starred Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough and was released in 2013. Both of the movies told the story of a woman escaping a bad relationship and trying to make it on her own, and in Hold Me Close, the story was told with even more depth and emotion.
So whats the book all about? Hold Me Close tells the story of Kayla Chamber’s and her nine-year old son Eli. After escaping her abusive boyfriend, the two of them start over in the quaint country town of Paradise, Idaho. While getting back on her feet, Kayla meets handsome Luke Jackson, the high school principal and one of the towns most eligible bachelors. Luke isn’t the type of guy who wants to be tied down but when he meets Kayla, he knows there’s something different about her.
Kayla has been in a controlling, manipulative relationship and the last thing she wants is to be in another. No matter how kind Luke is, Kayla has trouble trusting anyone, especially a man who is trying everything to get her attention. Over time a friendship develops, and slowly but surely Luke encourages Kayla to open up and share her secrets.
It was painful to read what Kayla went through, but Luke has so much patience, so much care and is just wonderful for Kayla and her son Eli. Luke’s family is just wonderful, I just wanted to jump into the story and give everyone a big hug. Unfortunately for Kayla, Eli and Luke, the past they have strived to accept and let go of catches up with them, and the slick talking psychopath is not letting go without a flight.
Do yourself a favour and check out Rosalind James series via the links below. You will love the charters from Paradise just as much as I have.
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Amazon Premise – Kayla Chambers knows what love is—and what it isn’t. When her boyfriend turns abusive, she and her son escape to a new life in a place where he’ll never find them. The idyllic town of Paradise, Idaho, has everything she needs to get back on her feet. Survival is her only goal, and the last thing she wants is another man in her life.
But Kayla’s new neighbor, high school principal Luke Jackson, is determined to change her mind. Luke usually takes the fast lane with women, but he can see that Kayla and her son need help, and he wants to earn her trust—even if that means taking things slow. He strikes up a friendship that soon simmers into something passionate and real. But when Kayla’s past catches up with her, Luke knows he has to find a way to keep her safe…or risk losing her forever.