Hold You Close by Corinne Michaels, Melanie Harlow
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars from Ari
Narration: Andi Arndt, Tor Thom
Length: 6 hrs, 45 mins
Ian Chase broke my heart at 17, and I’ve spent the last 18 years hating him for it. He makes it easy, with his smart mouth and playboy lifestyle – which I unfortunately have to observe since he lives behind me. Every time I see him climbing out of his pool, practically naked and unreasonably sexy, my blood boils.
I’ve always loved to loathe him. I never planned to need him.
London Parish is my little sister’s best friend, not that it stopped me from falling for her. Our history is complicated. The only thing we have in common is being godparents to my sister’s three adorable kids – until our lives are changed in one tragic moment. Now we’re trying to raise the children we love, mourn an unthinkable loss, and fight an undeniable attraction.
My life is already upside down, and the last thing I need is for old feelings to resurface. Because I’ll never be able to keep her, no matter how hard I try to hold her close.
Ian and London have history together. He broke her heart at seventeen and she’s never forgiven him. Nearly twenty years later and Ian enjoys irritating her with his playboy lifestyle and London likes to hit hard at his ego. Their relationship is total love and hate. She hates him and he loves to bait her. But all their animosity comes to a screeching halt when when fate steps in and forces them to work together after a devastating tragedy that changes both their lives. Now as they’re forced to spend time together lies from the past, buried feelings, and truths about each other have to be faced.
This was such a beautiful romance. Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow have teamed up to deliver a heartbreaking story of loss and second chances and how no matter how cruel fate can be it always delivers us to where we belong. This story ran me through so many emotions: love, hate, fear, desire, and ultimately hope. I loved London and Ian’s romance because it felt real. Their bickering and struggles while adjusting to their new lives felt relatable and made for some great sexual tension. The story was full of heart with some awesome steam thrown in. I loved the story, but it wasn’t that difficult to see where the story was going at times. Still, it didn’t take away from the story and this was a great romance to get lost in.
Narration for this audiobook was stellar. The team of Andi Arndt and Tor Thom was fantastic. Tor Thom does great work of bringing out Ian’s alpha side to life while still giving him vulnerability. Andi Arndt as always nails her performance as London. Her seemingly effortless ability to bring emotions to life is mesmerizing. I already loved both narrators’ work separately, but I was thrilled with their performance together. I’m looking forward to more from duo. 4.5 Stars.