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  1. Jessica& Jessica& says:

    5 Worth The Wait Stars Some Spoilers If I ever do get married, I m not going to hit my wife The guilt was an icy shard straight to her heart No You aren t, because you aren t that kind of person And I m sorry She hadn t said it before, but it was time to do it I m sorry that I took you into Alan s house I m sorry that you had to see everything you did I m sorry I didn t take better care of you But it s over now We got away We re gone, and we ll never be with anybody who hits 5 Worth The Wait Stars Some Spoilers If I ever do get married, I m not going to hit my wife The guilt was an icy shard straight to her heart No You aren t, because you aren t that kind of person And I m sorry She hadn t said it before, but it was time to do it I m sorry that I took you into Alan s house I m sorry that you had to see everything you did I m sorry I didn t take better care of you But it s over now We got away We re gone, and we ll never be with anybody who hits either of us again, I promise I forgot about being optimistic for a little while there I thought I didn t have a choice I thought things couldn t get better But here we are, and we ve made them better, and we re both going to be optimistic now, OK Eli and KaylaWow what an emotional and touching read I truly loved this book from start to finish I didn t stop reading to even eat I just shoveled food into my mouth with one hand and held my kindle with my other This is my first time reading Rosalind James, but it won t be my last Her writing style was great it flowed so nicely The story and all of the characters captivated me from page one You still scared Luke asked her quietly You remember that Sure I do That you were scared, and that you did it anyway You were a brave little thing, weren t you Luke and KaylaWhat this book is aboutKayla Chambers has had a hard life After losing her husband, then her job and home, she thought she found a hero to save her and her son in Alan But she was wrong It didn t take long after moving in with her that she learn he had a dark side Having had enough of living through his abuse and afraid for her and her sons life, Kayla does the only thing she can think of , and with the help of the domestic violence hotline, she runs Paradise, Idaho sounds like a good place to start over Kayla is trying hard to put her life back together She knows Alan is going to try to find her and try to kill her She also has to find a way to make ends meet and provide for her son Then she meet her handsome neighbor, Luke the high school principal It is obvious that Luke is attracted to her, but she doesn t want any man She can t trust men, after all Alan seemed normal at first too Can Luke get Kayla to trust him and give him a chance And what will happen when Alan finds them And then, before he could stop himself, he was lifting her hand, brushing his lips over the back of it, and saying Thank you The voice came before she could answer Wow He totally kissed her hand Did you see that That is so romantic How come you never kiss my hand, Wesley Because I don t want to look like a total dork, maybe Kayla smiled, her hand still in his You ve just lost all your street cred And, see, he said, smiling right back at her, I don t even care Some of Luke s students, Kayla and Luke Yep There sure are And you know what I don t want a single one of them, because none of them s you I know that might scare you I ve known it all along That s why I haven t said it But if we re putting it out there there it is I want to keep you safe you re right about that, too I want to He breathed in, breathed out I want his name, and I want to kill him And I want to, yeah Sweep you up and take you home with me and keep you safe You and Eli If that s a rescue, sue me But that s not all I want I want things that have nothing at all to do with any rescue Nothing at all to do with taking care of you LukeI really liked Kayla s character I felt her personality truly represented that of a battered woman, but she still gave hope She was brave, and even when everything felt hopeless and most would just give up she kept going I really liked her honesty She told her feelings, needs, and said sorry when she was wrong But as much as I liked Kayla , I fell that muchin love with Luke OMG he was such a sweet, sexy, and patience man He wanted Kayla, but he understood her needs and respected her Gave her space when she needed, supported her when she needed, and waited for her He let her lead and took things at her pace Oh and he is a dirty talking country boy Hot Dayum Some of the things he said swoon I think I m in love Eli, Kayla son, melted my heart You don t When I if I get you in my bed, it s not going to be a trade It s going to be because you can t stand to wait any longer, just like I can t When you can t go another minute without touching me, or another day without having me inside you That s what I want, and that s what I m holding out for But I m a grown man who can make his choices and take his chances, and I m taking a chance on you If I m wrong, I m wrong I m sticking around all the same, and I m going to be just as patient as I can be Because you re worth the chance Luke Thank you for believing in me Thank you for saving my life, and Eli s life Thank you for everything You re my hero You re my knight in shining armor KaylaLuke and Kayla s relationship was just beautiful So many tender moments, so much chemistry between the two MCs that I couldn t help but feel connected to them I enjoyed their relationship so much, they gave me the warm fuzzies There are some really moving family moments with Eli, Kayla, and Luke I loved Luke s whole family especially his brother Cal Cal s story is the first book, which I have bought and plan on reading I thought it was so funny what happens to Alan in the end a little Karma I think I am so happy that I got this book, it really was a joy to read


  2. ♥Rachel♥ ♥Rachel♥ says:

    Love the small town and the way they helped each other out the Jackson family and the unquestioning support they gave to Kayla Loved that Luke allowed Kayla be her own person with dignity and respect, allowed her to rescue herself and Eli, but also gave help and support Even though intimacy between Luke and Kayla was taken slow, and with caution, it was very hot I was thrilled to visit with Cal and from the previous installment again and be in on special events news This was very much rom Love the small town and the way they helped each other out the Jackson family and the unquestioning support they gave to Kayla Loved that Luke allowed Kayla be her own person with dignity and respect, allowed her to rescue herself and Eli, but also gave help and support Even though intimacy between Luke and Kayla was taken slow, and with caution, it was very hot I was thrilled to visit with Cal and from the previous installment again and be in on special events news This was very much romantic suspense and had me on edge over Kayla s safety Alan made my skin crawl and frightened the heck out of me, because I know so many Alans are out there in real life Rosalind James brand of storytelling has me hooked Can t wait to read Rochelle s story next in, Turn Me Loose This review is also posted at The Readers Den


  3. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Well another reviewer pointed out the huge plot point that was left unaddressed, so I don t feel bad for thinking the big was a bit off without resolving that I was happy well enough with the characters of Kayla and Luke as well as Kayla s young son This book has a tough subject matter though, domestic abuse I think that James handles the subject matter delicately, and I liked that there are discussions about it with her son Eli about the fact that he knew that his mother was being hit and wh Well another reviewer pointed out the huge plot point that was left unaddressed, so I don t feel bad for thinking the big was a bit off without resolving that I was happy well enough with the characters of Kayla and Luke as well as Kayla s young son This book has a tough subject matter though, domestic abuse I think that James handles the subject matter delicately, and I liked that there are discussions about it with her son Eli about the fact that he knew that his mother was being hit and why she stayed until she finally ran I liked that Luke wasn t being pushy He is interested in Kayla, but realizes he can t and won t rush things with not just her, but also with Eli Hold Me Close is part of James romantic suspense books I didn t much care for the first book, and this second one ran to good to meh to me as well Still deciding about reading the next two books in the series or just passing on that Back to this book We have Kayla Chambers who after being hit again by her boyfriend, goes on the run with her son when he drops them off at the laundromat We find out that Kayla has reached out to a domestic violence organization, and she s going to leave her life behind and start over again in the town of Paradise, Idaho that she has fond memories of as a child.Luke Jackson has a FWB situation finally ending and realizes that his new neighbor may be the answer He quickly realizes that Kayla and her son Eli don t need a pass through the night man, they need a solid person to be there He quickly pushes slightly into helping them when he can and hanging back and not trying to dothan that with either of them.We get reappearances by former characters and of course set up for the focus of the next book in this one The writing was good We get POVs from Eli, Luke, Kayla, and even Kayla s abusive ex I think that James did a good juggling all of those voices and showing Kayla s ex obsession with her and punishing her for daring to go against him The guy gave me chills.The flow though was a bit off jumping around like that I didn t think at times that Eli s voice was authentic The setting of Paradise is hard to picture It seems like a teeny tiny town, but at other times it sounds quite large There are discussions about the hard times the farmers are going through so it touches upon real world events at times here and there.The ending though was very well done Except for the whole murder plot line I wish that had been resolved It was such a weird thread to leave hanging


  4. Mandy Mandy says:

    4.5 Wow This was a highly emotional story Kayla is in an abusive relationship and escapes with her son She gets help from a group of anonymous women and relocates to Paradise, Idaho Her new neighbor is 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 and she catches her attention There were so many things I really liked about this 4.5 Wow This was a highly emotional story Kayla is in an abusive relationship and escapes with her son She gets help from a group of anonymous women and relocates to Paradise, Idaho Her new neighbor is 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 and she catches her attention There were so many things I really liked about this book The banter between Luke, his friends and family and with Kayla was fantastic I loved how Luke was with Kayla s son Luke was really a fantastic hero for so many reasons I loved Kayla She was incredibly strong The details of her life before escaping were really sad Alan was an abusive ass and it was crazy to read chapters in his point of view while he was looking for Kayla It made me so nervous and I was really worried about what was going to happen when if he found her Even though the subject matter of this book was hard to deal with and a bit depressing, I think it has a really great message about abuse and how with strength you can overcome anything The epilogue was fantastic I loved this author s writing it sucked me in from the first page and I couldn t put this book down I can t wait to readin this series andby this author ARC provided in exchange for an honest review


  5. Kate Kate says:

    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 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 wasinterested in the plot than in the MC being together but that is just me I liked Lukethan 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 Book received by netgalley in exchange for an honest review


  6. Kisha Jones Kisha Jones says:

    This is a fabulous work of art I work with abuse victims on a daily basis Rosalind has managed to portray the fear and fight of a survivor of abuse I loved every minute of this book Kayla shows the struggle to escape an abusive partner She also shows the struggle to trust again I think Rosalind did a great job with showing that inner emotion for Kayla And Luke displayed all the desired reactions of a supportive friend and eventual lover All that would be enough for a great book But then This is a fabulous work of art I work with abuse victims on a daily basis Rosalind has managed to portray the fear and fight of a survivor of abuse I loved every minute of this book Kayla shows the struggle to escape an abusive partner She also shows the struggle to trust again I think Rosalind did a great job with showing that inner emotion for Kayla And Luke displayed all the desired reactions of a supportive friend and eventual lover All that would be enough for a great book But then there is Eli Eli, Kayla s nine year old son, stole my heart His love for his mother, pride in his deceased father, joy with friends, and hesitance with Luke all seemed very real to me Just wow That sent this book to the top of my list of books ever read In true Rosalind form, there is passion and longing But it s done in a respectable way The family portrait and its variations is wonderful After reading Carry Me Home and this book, I want to be a member of the Jackson family You will too This is the book for you


  7. Trish R. Trish R. says:

    Some good parts but mostly boring..I read Carry Me Home in 2015 and only gave it 2 stars but since it was my first book by this author I thought I d give her another chance This could have been like that other book and only been 250 pages and it would have been worth reading There was so much filler in this book it was just ridiculous But worse than that I was at 49% and wondered if Kayla would ever stop whining Or maybe that was Natalie Ross that gave her that constant whine.Anyway, this is Some good parts but mostly boring..I read Carry Me Home in 2015 and only gave it 2 stars but since it was my first book by this author I thought I d give her another chance This could have been like that other book and only been 250 pages and it would have been worth reading There was so much filler in this book it was just ridiculous But worse than that I was at 49% and wondered if Kayla would ever stop whining Or maybe that was Natalie Ross that gave her that constant whine.Anyway, this is my second and LAST book by Rosalind James I was wondering if I d finish it but I kept going to see what happened to Alan, the abuser Kayla and Eli was hiding from.I did find Luke a little too hard to believe He was too nice, too thoughtful, too helpful, too loving, too understanding, just too everything, yet still a likable guy for some reason I couldn t understand him wanting Kayla s whiny ASS It wasn t a very good match IMO And her whining lasted through the whole story At 57% page 189 I quit It s just too boring and there s too much filler I did zip all the way across to 90%, where Alan showed up for that last time, and that s all I was interested in I wanted to see what happened to that jerk.There was sex in this book, at least that s what I read in other reviews And the only 2 times the F bomb was used was when Luke told Kayla that that s what he was going to do to her I looked that up on my iPad And, holy cow, the epilogue was soooo mushy It s like the author got caught up in her own load of mushiness and couldn t stop, she went on and on and on I don t mind mushy at all but there comes a time when you just have to stop There was about 40 pages to the mushy epilogue and that was waaaay to much.As to the narration It was Natalie Ross 1 and Phil Gigante 10 Ms Ross reads too quiet and breathy and without any emotion, like always sad and or depressed Mr Gigante s voice raises and lowers, depending on what he s saying, whether lovingly or in agitation I do like Ms Ross, but only sometimes It all depends on what she s narrating This one really didn t work for me, like Carry Me Home did This was a free read and free listen when I got it in April but the only thing worth having was Phil Gigante s narration


  8. Alina Alina says:

    ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Love isn t supposed to hurt like that Love doesn t come from your fists and your feet Love doesn t terrorize Love doesn t bruise.Kayla is a widowed mother who lives with her nine years old son Eli and her abusive boyfriend Alan One day she grabs Eli by the hand and they run away from home The two of them start a new life in Paradise , Idaho.Here she reconnects with Luke , her childhood friend, who also happens to be the h ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Love isn t supposed to hurt like that Love doesn t come from your fists and your feet Love doesn t terrorize Love doesn t bruise.Kayla is a widowed mother who lives with her nine years old son Eli and her abusive boyfriend Alan One day she grabs Eli by the hand and they run away from home The two of them start a new life in Paradise , Idaho.Here she reconnects with Luke , her childhood friend, who also happens to be the high school principal where Eli is about to start his classes.Books focused on domestic violence creeps me up Kayla s story was a sad one for me.Alan , as a highly influential person , and his ways of tracking Kayla down scared me.So why only 3 stars The intense beginning got me from the very first pages Then things got a little too slow for my taste Luke trying to gain Kayla s trust, Kayla having lots of trust issues.She interprets Luke s every gesture and word as a way of deliberately mocking her She gets plain absurd at some point.Going back and forth between her desire to open up to a new life and her fears from the past.And Luke, Luke was just too perfect for a human being His perfection almost annoyed me.


  9. maggieandteddy maggieandteddy says:

    This is the 2nd book in the Paradise, Idaho book series This book starts off with the h, Kayla planning her escape from her abuser boyfriend Alan Kayla has an 8 yr old son Eli She s a widow that was broke and taken in by Alan His kindness quickly faded and at the beginning of the book, she attempting to flee his abuse Alan is a conniving man who works as a prosecutor Kayla is trapped in her relationship with Alan Kayla runs away with her son She goes back to a town she remembers from her This is the 2nd book in the Paradise, Idaho book series This book starts off with the h, Kayla planning her escape from her abuser boyfriend Alan Kayla has an 8 yr old son Eli She s a widow that was broke and taken in by Alan His kindness quickly faded and at the beginning of the book, she attempting to flee his abuse Alan is a conniving man who works as a prosecutor Kayla is trapped in her relationship with Alan Kayla runs away with her son She goes back to a town she remembers from her childhood Paradise, Idaho Luke, the H is a high school principal He s the brother of Cal, the H from book 1 Carry Me Home.Each chapter alternates Kayla, then Luke They meet each other a few chapters into the book Kayla is very closed off She resists Luke s charms This throws him off since he s evidently a people person Kayla s son Eli makes friends with Luke s dog, Daisy Luke then makes friends with Eli which him leads to Kayla The build up to their relationship is very gradual Kayla is very cautious and cringes when Luke comes near her He figures out she has issues with men With a man He sees her bruises Kayla and Eli live in a very small apartment near Luke s house Luke s gentleness helps gradually gain Kayla s trust The supporting characters were very good I loved Luke s mom Raylene She s very sweet to Kayla and doesn t judge her being poor In fact, no one in Paradise is negative to Kayla or Eli Cal Zoe and Rochelle from book 1, have supporting roles.Meanwhile, Kayla s ex, Alan that won t accept being an ex, has been trying to find her Alan is pure evil I guess that he s a total loss of a human He s in Boise, trying to find leads on Kayla s whereabouts Every time he appears in the story, it s like a huge black cloud Luke is so caring and gentle with Kayla Gradually, they spendandtime together Luke also spends a lot of time with Eli I liked the realistic way that Eli acted toward Luke He was suspicious, like he was checking if he would strike out then act nice just like Alan did to his mom Luke and Alan couldn t beopposite.Luke to Kayla This man s going to be here for you And it s what you said The past is gone What we ve got is the future, and I want it to be with you I couldn t be your first, and I can t help being sorry about that But I sure would like to be your last Luke is very open about his feelings for Kayla, but knows that Kayla needs time The development of their romance was gradual and a little slow It did feel natural, but Luke was extremely patient with Kayla Was he too good to be true The suspense of Alan hunting for Kayla almost overshadowed the love story between Luke and Kayla The ending had plenty of irony and I was mostly satisfied I wondered about the fate of a minor character The epilogue was not far into the future, but good About the length of another chapter An HEA 4.25 stars I love Ms James writing ARC provided by NetGalley


  10. Kathy Harward Kathy Harward says:

    First off, I received a free advanced copy of this book for my honest review I was not required to write a positive review and all the opinions are mine alone Then I bought the book to support the author This is not a Rugby Romance set in New Zealand, but the second in the series named Paradise, Idaho.I think this may be the best book I ve read this year I know the people will stay in my heart and mind for a long time I adore these characters This book was very emotional for me I found my First off, I received a free advanced copy of this book for my honest review I was not required to write a positive review and all the opinions are mine alone Then I bought the book to support the author This is not a Rugby Romance set in New Zealand, but the second in the series named Paradise, Idaho.I think this may be the best book I ve read this year I know the people will stay in my heart and mind for a long time I adore these characters This book was very emotional for me I found myself running the list from laughing to crying We first meet Luke Jackson in Carry Me Home as the younger brother of Cal Jackson He was pretty good there but he is damn near perfect in this book Kayla Chambers is running for her life and the life of her son, Eli, because of an abusive relationship Rosalind James handles the domestic violence issue with a lot of finesse The abuse, of course, has made Kayla very leery of men But Luke does almost everything right to help Kayla and Eli make a new life I so admire Kayla for making a new life for her son and herself I enjoyed her journey.Lots of people show up from Carry Me Home Rochelle, Cal and Zoe come to mind.Rosalind James always writes strong women and good men Her heroes have manners, are tender, sexy and very protective This is a sexy book and very well written There is wonderful information about abuse what it is and where to go for help in the back of the book Buy this book because it was written with hope for a better life


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Hold Me Close ❴PDF / Epub❵ ✅ Hold Me Close Author Rosalind James – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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, h 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 Hold Me eBook Ü Survival is her only goal, and the last thing she wants is another man in her lifeBut 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.

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  • Paperback
  • 348 pages
  • Hold Me Close
  • Rosalind James
  • English
  • 25 January 2019
  • 1503951030

About the Author: Rosalind James

Rosalind James writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense published both by Montlake Romance and independently Her stories are set in New Zealand, Idaho, California, New Yorkreally, anyplace that seems cool Research trips, especially those involving lots of rugby, are a bonus Her books are available in ebook, paperback, and audio Hold Me eBook Ü formats Rosalind is a former marketing executive who spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries She attributes her rapid success to the fact that Lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand I know I did.