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Review: Hold Me by Susan Mallory

April 26th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Hold Me by Susan Mallery

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: HQN

Series: Fool’s Gold #16

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that’s calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn’t. Her temporary assignment with the Fool’s Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what’ll happen if she does.

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker’s cool facade is a woman who needs more than he’s ever given. With her, he’s ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

My Review:

Wow, I have to say I am really surprised I didn’t love this one more. Usually Mallery can do no wrong but this one totally missed the mark for me. I never really connected with either Destiny or Kipling. I thought Destiny did make poor choices in regards to being a sister at the beginning. Granted she has her half-sister dumped on her but I would think most people would realize how disconcerting it could be for a 15 yr old to be dumped with basically a total stranger, in a new place and not knowing anyone else. I could have lived with that because she does redeem herself but then she continues to make questionable choices. I found the sex without protection and then trying to convince herself that as a virgin she is allowed a one time gimme of no consequences unbelievable. She’s 28 years old and even with such an odd upbringing it’s such a teenager behavior. Kipling makes similar stupid choices and delusional behaviors surrounding those choices. Instead of being endearing I just found myself irritated that two grown ups were behaving that two teens.

I also found the side story about Kipling’s man cave and feud with Jo silly and kind of pointless. I thought instead of showing solidarity, which I’m sure the purpose was supposed to be, it felt thoughtless of Jo and her friends towards Destiny. Destiny admits there’s something going on with Kipling and then that they’re together but that didn’t stop them from causing Kipling all sorts of trouble. It would have worked better for me if Destiny was included in the “hey Kipling, that was a dumb move maybe you should rethink this” plan but nope, she’s clueless to it all.

I still love Mallery’s writing and I loved seeing some of my past favorite characters so the book was still ok but definitely not one I would read again in the seires.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Contemporary, Romance

One Response

  1. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh that’s always disappointing when a usual favorite just doesn’t quite do it. So hard when you don’t connect with either of the characters. :/

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