ARC Review: Hold ‘Em by Katie Porter

Posted September 25, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: Hold ‘Em by Katie Porter
Hold 'Em
by Katie Porter

4.5 Stars


Released: September 25, 2012
Published by Samhain Publishing
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

This is the one series I’ve been recommending to everyone this year when they want something good and hot to read, or even the one I keep reminding people to hurry up and get on to the next one.  I don’t think I can say it enough, both ladies that make up Katie Porter are extremely talented and they have certainly turned up the heat on erotic romance masterfully.  It’s classy, not overdone, extremely sensual and never lacking. Blows me away everytime and HOLD ‘EM will leave you

Throughout the series we’ve been reading about Leah “The Princess”.  She’s a tough chick in a man’s world.  A woman pilot and very successful at her job, who has let the pressures of what her life entail take her on a self destructive path.  It was nice to see that in this book she was able to face her alcohol abuse head on and do what’s right for herself.  Just one more thing that shows how strong she is.

And speaking of strong, I’ll be honest here.  I was not expecting Leah to end up being the dominant in this relationship and where I normally can take or leave these types of scenarios, Leah and Michael blew me away.

Lets not leave Michael “Strap Happy”.  He is totally adorable, funny and cute.  He is a take charge, alpha male with a little secret.  And if you thought by Strap Happy that meant he likes to tie women up, then you’re wrong.  Nothing turns this guy on more than to submit to a a strong woman.  One that can raise her voice just so to issue a command he can’t refuse.

I’ve come to expect Katie Porter’s books to push my comfort limits on what I would normally find that I enjoy reading about.  And not only push them, but make me like them.  They truly submit my likes to their whims.  I enjoyed every single moment of the relationship between Leah and Michael, in and out of the bedroom.  They are both very strong characters and they compliment each other so well.

Their love story was different than the previous ones.  I feel that there was a deeper connection between the characters, more romantic even. There’s the second chance at love for these two since they had a short fling when they were still very young.  Love those types of stories.  Still there was plenty of humor and great banter between the hero and heroine, as well as with the rest of the cast who makes an appearance.

I don’t think these two were able to top the awesomesauce that is Jon Carlisle for me, because that man is a sex god, but it was a very close attempt!  I can’t wait to see what else Katie Porter has to offer.

PS:  Have an extra pair of underwear handy, you will need it 😉Favorite quotes:

“Give me permission to move so I can fuck you the way you want.  The way your body needs. Hard and fast.”

“Harpy-hood is one of my many talents.”

“As long as you’re there, I always know where I am. Safe.”

*ARC provided by author

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About Katie Porter

Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders.

All five of Katie Porters’s “Vegas Top Guns” contemporary erotic romances have received 4½ Stars from RT BookReviews. These books are “impressive and incredibly well done,” and will “move Fifty Shades of Grey to the children’s section.” The third title, Hold ’Em, won the 2012 RT Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Ebook Erotic Romance, and the m/m Christmas-themed Came Upon a Midnight Clear was nominated for Best Book of the Year.

In January 2013, Lead and Follow launched “Club Devant,”a sexy series set in a glitzy New York City burlesque club, described by Publishers Weekly as “deftly leaving readers with the welcome message that life can hand out happy surprises.” Its sequel, Chains and Canes, was deemed by RT as “racy and absolutely flawless!” and also received a 4½ Star Top Pick.

Up next as back-to-back releases in 2014 are the first three installments of “Command Force Alpha“–an adventurous, La Femme Nikita-inspired series of military erotic romances. More details soon to come!

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Thanks for the review -so glad this releases today!


LOL @ extra panties comment…cannot wait to read this series!

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Maria, hope you got it!

Timitra, whaaaaaat? I want to make sure people don’t embarrass themselves out there. LOL