Hold Me by W. Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mystery and secrets!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: ☺️🥸😎😘
The heroine: Ella – In the first book, she got a court order to transfer custody of herself from a psychiatric hospital to “The Firm”. They are in the security and protection business and are branching out into this new field. Ella is wealthy and famous and her manager Kamden makes many decisions for her.
The Hero(es): Zander – works for his brother who owns “The Firm”. Zander is a Dom and saw the submissive in Ella and he crossed the line. He has a history himself, with his last submissive who wanted more from him, when he refused, she walked away and something happened that night.
The story: There were so many secrets in “Love the Way You Kiss Me” and many hadn’t been exposed as of the end of the book. But one that did come out changed everything for Ella and Zander.
This was an odd one for me. The relationship between Zander and Ella seemed to be co-dependent and almost like they were creating their feelings for each other as a means to get over their own issues instead of actually having those feelings.
Zander had extreme feelings of guilt over what happened in his last relationship and Ella was depressed and extremely lonely. The first book was hot and steamy, and this one lived up to that and more. Zander and Ella have a D/s relationship but the BDSM is pretty light, nothing too intense. But the intimate scenes were sizzling hot.
I guess I just don’t like it when the main characters in a book are so depressed and depressing. Both Zander and Ella dwelled on their issues so much. I know it takes time to get over things like that, but I just don’t want to read about every time she remembered something she did with her husband and became melancholy, or every time Zander started wallowing in his feelings of guilt over something that wasn’t his fault.
Though I was interested enough to want to find out how it all worked out. Of course, just when you think everything is moving along, more secrets are introduced and everything changes. So now I again can’t wait until the next book to find out what happens. I was almost hoping the things I didn’t like about the book outweighed the things I liked so I could skip waiting for the next book. But alas, I really liked it and need to know.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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It seems that this book has a melancholy middle that might drag it down?
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You are right about that Dave. It was a bit depressing at times.