I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hold Me by Susan Mallery
Published by HQN Books on April 28, 2015
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After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival.
Thanks to his brother's latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn't fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss that convinces him she's exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.
In his arms, Phoebe discovers she's a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can't stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?
“Hold Me” by Susan Mallory is an interesting story that acknowledges multiple facets of human relationships. The two main characters, Destiny and Kipling, both desire the ultimate connection of marriage and family, yet they seem to be opposites in their approach to these goals.
The Author addresses issues relevant to all of mankind, such as parental neglect; blending families; the imbalance in family dynamics and how each of these things can and do affect the foundational beliefs of a child. Also, the Author takes us through a somewhat unsteady journey, towards growth; friendship and healing.
I came away from this book feeling a bit disjointed, emotionally. There were too many heavy subjects mentioned, in a book that seems to be intended to be a light and easy read.
Reviewed by: Jamesina