hold me closeEffie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape.

Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both — and Effie’s not about to let that happen. She knows it’s time for her to have a ‘normal’ relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he’s convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he’s the one she needs.

Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

REVIEW by Gina

Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

Received an ARC copy of Hold Me Close from NetGalley for an honest review. Megan Hart is brilliant. I’ve loved her since I read her novel—Dirty—and she hasn’t really disappointed me. Hold Me Close is not your typical romance novel, but then again—it is rare for Megan Hart to write anything typical.

Effie and Heath were kidnapped as teenagers by a deranged individual and kept in the basement of his home for years. They experienced a sort of hell that most of us will only envision because of some crazy movie or episode of Law and Order: SVU. The only light in that basement came from the relationship these two formed with each other. They became friends and lovers and the source of their very own survival. Now that they are adults, their relationship is much harder to navigate.

Effie wants to separate completely from Heath. She wants to put that time period in the past and feels that Heath is just a reminder of a time period that was more than difficult. The only problem is Effie’s experience with Heath has made her who she is and most everyone else doesn’t understand her behavior. She has a sexual relationship with a cop, who saved her from that basement and fathered her daughter—Polly. She tries dating several guys from a dating site. But all roads lead to Heath.

Heath doesn’t want anything or anyone but Effie. He seems to have a better grasp on their relationship and gives her the space she claims she needs. He’s patient. He’s kind. And he’s the only father Polly ever really knew. Heath broke my heart so many times in this book. He’d taken the brunt end of things in that basement, doing whatever he could to protect Effie and it took its toll on him.

This book will have you laughing, have you turned on, have you crying and then laughing again. Megan Hart creates characters that you can feel for—raising the angst and frustration levels with each page you turn. I loved both Effie and Heath. I was frustrated with them both. I wanted to hug them because of their experiences. I wanted to shake Effie and make her see that Heath really and truly loved her and her actions tortured him. But all in due time—that’s how Megan Hart operates. And in the end, I was happy and so were Effie and Heath (and Polly).

4 ½ beautiful silver buckles!

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About Megan:

Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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