ARC Review: Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow

Posted August 29, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow
Hold You Close
by Corinne Michaels, Melanie Harlow

4 Stars


Released: August 20 2018
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Andi Arndt, Tor Thom
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Pages: 27
Format: Audiobook

Recommended Read!

“It’s definitely a sweet story.”
~ Under the Covers

This year I started reading Corinne Michaels and I was excited about the premise of this one in particular because I love second chance romances.  And then one that is about the best friend’s older brother?  Count me in!

HOLD YOU CLOSE is written by an author duo and I am happy to report the writing felt seamless.  I haven’t read Melanie Harlow before so I have nothing to compare this to, but if you’re a fan of Corinne Michaels style then you will definitely like this one.  It’s definitely a sweet story.

Ian broke London’s heart during senior prom after taking her virginity.  All these years later, and having had to interact with each other, she never got over that pain.  And never really moved on either.  Now her best friend and her husband died suddenly in a plane crash and their children are left in the care of her brother.  Ian is now divorced, owns a nightclub and doesn’t have any plans to settle down or live responsibly.  But he’s is forced to reconsider his choices after his nieces/nephew move in with him, and recognize he can’t handle all that alone and needs London’s help.

Let me get one thing out of the way… Ian is the textbook hero that I like to throttle over the head.  The one that thinks he needs to give up on the love of his life because he’s only holding her back from achieving everything she’s meant to.  Argghhhh.  Infuriating.  But at the same time he was adorable and I couldn’t help but enjoy this storyline and seeing them reconnect through years of anger and resentment.  Bonus point for the adorable kids!

If you are looking for something sweet and sexy then give this one a shot.  I’m definitely curious as to what these two authors will write next!


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About Corinne Michaels

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.

About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. Her stories are inspired by a sense of place (usually Michigan!), an appreciation for the past, and modern girls falling in old-fashioned love. She lifts her glass to readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.


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Thanks for the review, I have this on audio and plan to listen soon.


This sounds good even with that type of infuriating hero.


Best friend’s older brother is one of my fave tropes so I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Francesca