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summary Hold on Tight 108 Ì This edition is out of print Stay tuned for a new edition fallwinter 2018In Serena Bell’s heartwarming novel a young mother and a battle scarred veteran must decide if they can rekindle the sparks they once shared Fighting for his country gave Jake Taylor’s life shape and meaning Now as an injured war hero he struggles to find purposBriefly and disastrously before being deployed eight years ago Turns out Jake doesn’t just need to figure out how to be a civilian he also needs to learn how to be a dad Eighteen pregnant and totally lost Mira Shipley couldn’t track down the soldier who fathered her child so she put college on hold and focused on making a good life for her son Now she’s determined to be something. She didn’t have words for how she’d wanted to receive everything about him the anger she could see on his face his need begging in his eyes the way he braced himself as if he were going to deliver something that was part gift part mean withholding She wanted it as rough as he wanted to give it; she wanted it for as long as he could hold out; she wanted it now and then again after the first time She feared she would never be done wanting it Hold On Tight is a stand alone novel by author Serena Bell This second chance romance is told from dual points of view of the two main characters Jake and Mira This is the third book I’ve read by this author and while I think she’s done a good job on the other books I’ve read Hold On Tight is definitely my favoriteJake and Mira meet and are drawn to each other but the timing is all wrong Jake’s on military leave about to be deployed and Mira is going to art school After spending what time they have together they part their seperate ways Fast forward 8 years laterJake is a disabled veteran recently back home after losing a leg in an IED blast and trying to cope with his loss Mira is a single mom struggling to put roots down in Seattle A chance meeting bring Jake and Mira together again and gives Mira the opportunity to tell Jake that her son Sam is his The book deals with both characters individual struggles as well as how they try to cope with the new dynamic of Jake becoming part of his son's lifeShe had let go of the idea of Jake little by little but he never went away entirely He reappeared at odd intervals at pivotal moments When Sam smiled for the first time when he reached out and grabbed her nose when he rolled over No matter how much her parents celebrated with her Jake was there a presence an absence Only not Jake Some guy she’d made up A hopeful naïve dream I have to admit I stopped a book mid read to start Hold On Tight I am a total sucker for “wounded warrior” type stories and Hold On Tight didn’t disappoint A major part of the story line deals with Jake’s struggle to overcome the events of the past and decisions he made while fighting overseas Jake’s struggle with the loss of his leg was one of the realistic depictions of a disability that I have read in a romance book Certain parts of the story including his inability to do certain tasks or the logistics of being intimate with a prosthetic had an element of authenticity that have been missing in other books with similar story lines I've read I'm not saying it was 100% accurate obviously this is fiction but it did seem realisticOverall I really enjoyed this book Everything was just very well done The writing was good the dynamics between all the characters really worked The steam factor was medium and appropriate for the story he couldn’t stop thinking about grabbing her and pushing up her shirt and sucking her breasts and unfastening her Professional Lady Pants and getting his hand in her panties so he could see if she was ready Somehow years of combat of death and destruction hadn’t managed to eradicate the memory of her wet heat against his fingers that night by the lake Or the sounds she’d made into his mouth when he’d kissed her He wanted to get it right this time He wanted to be buried in her so far she could taste him And his dick was totally completely 100 percent on board At times I was a little frustrated with the characters There was a lot of back and forth Jake and Mira wanted to be together but thought they shouldn’t be together they agreed to try but then one would pull back that kind of thing I still really enjoyed the story and thought it ranked high on the readability scaleI recommend this book for readers that enjoy contemporary romances second chance romances and disabled hero's A very solid 425 STARS Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review

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This edition is out of print Stay tuned for a new edition fallwinter 2018In Serena Bell’s heartwarming novel a young mother and a battle scarred veteran must decide if they can rekindle the sparks they once shared Fighting for his country gave Jake Taylor’s life shape and meaning Now as an injured war hero he struggles to find purpose until he runs into the gorgeous woman he dated. 4 I've had sex that isn't as good as staring at you StarsI absolutely fell in love with Serena Bell’s writing after reading Yours To Keep She is an author that manages to take a love story and add a little something different to it just to keep the interest piuedHold on Tight is just as beautifully written and again offers you a sexy hot love story based around two average but also extraordinary people there is also the bonus of a child in the mix which I always think adds an extra dimension to any story It wasn’t like he was just some guy He was that guy The guy whose mouth she absolutely 100 percent shouldn't’t stick her tongue into Mira and Jake have history a lot of it most of which derives from one night of almost sex and is all wrapped up in a package called Sam Mira has spent the last 8 years caring for her son on her own and has just moved across country to start afresh with him Jake an Army Ranger who is now back stateside himself after 8 years fighting is facing a whole heap of challenges of his own and now has to add a son he never knew anything about into the mix He was her Jake a man she’d been intimate with and he’d lost part of the body shed worshipped There is something about a man that is battling his own personal demons whilst trying to be the best he can be for those around him that gets me every time and Jake epitomises everything I love about that type of guy He was all ex There was nothing left to him now no present no future You can guess how this story is going to go but I didn’t care I loved the challenges that Mira and Jake faced I loved his emails to Mira at the beginning and their texts gave me all sorts of unnecessary girly giggles Don't be fooled though this is a grown up romance it’s not overloaded with unnecessary angst or drama and what there is adds to the story and doesn't bog it down ”It was hard It was so so hard I missed you” Another stunning book by a hugely talented author and I cannot wait to see what Serena has in store for us next ARC generously provided via Netgalley in exchange for the above honest review

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Hold on TightThan Sam’s mom her parents’ daughter or Jake’s girl as hot as she finds her old flame’s take charge attitude in and out of bed Soon Mira and Jake realize that their passion didn’t disappear when Sam was conceived and that instead of running away sometimes it’s better to hold on tight Includes a special message from the editor as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles. 35 starsI read the blurb for this book and immediately knew that I had to read it I love books about soldiers I love books that include kids and I love a second chance romance so I couldn’t resist the combination of all of that potential in one book and this is a really sweet story Mira and Jake met when she was 18 and he was 20 He had just completed bootcamp and they started seeing each other in the few weeks before he went off on deployment But knowing that he needed to concentrate on being a soldier and not wanting to leave anybody behind it ended badly Mira was left heartbroken and it wasn’t until weeks later that she discovered she was pregnant and with no details about Jake’s deployment or even his real name she was unable to find himIt’s now 8 years later Mira has just made the move from where she and her son have been living with her parents in Florida to Seattle where she was raised She’s desperate to be out from under the wing of her well meaning yet controlling father and is working to create a good life for herself and her son Sam Jake is home from the war following an IED blast that took his leg and killed his best friend Shattered from the loss and not knowing what to do with his life he unexpectedly runs into Mira and then his world is turned upside down when he learns that he has a 7 year old son Jake isn’t in a good place in his life and is initially overwhelmed by the news about Sam but he reaches out to Mira in an effort to get to know the little boy and from the very beginning it is clear that Jake and Mira’s attraction to each other is still very much there The chemistry sizzles every time they’re together and despite their past and the uncertainty in their lives neither of them are able to deny it “I don’t think we do simple We do complicated”“We’re older now Smarter”“No” she said “I don’t think so I think we make each other stupid”He was in her space now backing her up She could feel the heat of his body Smell soap and musk which called to the most primitive part of her brain You want this“Fine” he said “Let’s be stupid” I love the interactions between these two Fun and flirty the banter is fantastic and despite how complicated they believe it to be they are honest about how they are feeling and I loved that “It’s just holding hands” she said “But it’s totally messing with me”“Yeah” He moved his fingers between hers and that too he felt everywhere – all over the surface of his skin“I’ve had sex that isn’t this good” But as much as they are attracted to each other and as perfect at their reunion may appear to be they have both changed a lot in their time apart Mira has just come out of a long term relationship has moved across the country and is working hard to find her feet create a whole new life for herself and Sam and prove her independence And Jake is a mess his life’s dream is no longer a possibility for him and he has no idea what to do with himself He’s also adjusting to life with only one leg and struggling under the guilt he feels over the death of his best friend He’s not in a good place emotionally and though he wants to explore a relationship with Mira he doesn’t feel like he’s good enough for her or for Sam It’s an angsty emotional and frustrating journey with a lot of back and forth as they work through their issues and while I could understand what they were going through I did have some issues with this oneI love Jake and Mira together I could feel the emotion between them and the scenes where they are spending time together or just talking are beautifully written and totally engaging And the sex scenes are really well done – totally hot while showing the emotional connection between them and further developing their relationship I also thought that the scenes with Sam were fantastic He’s such a great little character and his contribution to the story added a lot of lightness to the story as well as being meaningful and beautifully emotionalThe book is written in dual POV which I love but I felt that there was too much time spent inside of the characters’ heads I get that they have issues they need to individually deal with but I got a bit bored with the constant ruminating about everything they were feeling and slowly coming to realise And it’s hard to follow written dialogue when one character asks a uestion and you have pages of inner monologue to get through before the other character responds I found myself flicking back and forth a few times to remember what they were even talking about I also had some issues with continuity anomalies and I did raise my brows at some of Jake’s behaviour view spoiler I couldn’t deal with the way that he would just turn his back on Sam every time he and Mira had issues and he decided he couldn’t deal with a relationship I get him needing space from her but on than one occasion he would just disappear for weeks while he tried to sort himself out leaving poor Sam in the lurch right when they are starting to develop a relationship and it’s clear the little boy idolises him I get that he had things he needed to deal with but I didn’t think the way he handled it was fair to Sam hide spoiler