Title :

Hold Me Close

Author :

Rosalind James

Series :

Paradise, Idaho #2

Release date : December 8th 2015
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

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.

Review:Before I start my review on this book there are a couple of things I need to emphasize, the topic of the book which is about domestic violence/abuse is to be taken seriously


I can’t imagine what it is like for either males/females to go through that kind of experience.
I’m not ridiculing the topic of the book but I will try and explain why I wasn’t too keen on this book.
From start to finish this book was very melancholy. It was touching and sweet but it also down right depressed me.
I don’t do depressed. Even the ending wasn’t the happy ending and I emphasize the word happy I just didn’t feel it off the main character Kayla. But I’m going to back track a bit here.
Ah so I finished the book. I thought that I might mention that I didn’t do too well on the first one because I found the heroine to be exasperating and couldn’t connect with her.
Kayla Chambers is on the run from her, I’m going to call him ex-boyfriend, although they didn’t officially break up but he is an abusive so it doesn’t count.
She phones a women’s hotline and gets the help that she needs. Kayla and her son Eli, who I frigging adored flee to Paradise, Idaho. She spent one summer with her Mum there and her new husband and never felt the same again.
She moves down the road from Luke Jackson that one summer they played together although Kayla remembers him it takes him a while to remember her.
Luke was the best, he is a fixer (he needs to fix everyone’s problems) although in my opinion he tried too hard. He was really understanding to Kayla and Eli.We see snippets of what the ex does to get his hands on Kayla and to what lengths he goes to and that he is sick in the head.
Ms. James wrote an amazing plot and I have to say that I was more interested in the plot than in the MC being together but that is just me. I liked Luke more than I liked Kayla and to be honest I can’t pinpoint it. It isn’t because she suffered abuse or had a hard life.
I think it might be that I didn’t real see her participating in life and I didn’t feel it either. I would have liked to have seen the murder of the police detective being solved. To me it was a loose end.
It had all the elements a good, structured and exciting book needs it’s just not for me.
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