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Review by Suze
Effie and Heath were locked inside the same room for years. Both of them were abducted by the same man. They've been through many horrible moments together and formed a strong bond. Years later they are still seeing each other, but their relationship is difficult. They are causing each other pain. There's also a lot of passion and love, but destruction is a big part of their connection as well. Effie wants something different for herself though. She's determined to find someone normal and she tries to find this man via a dating site.
Effie has a daughter, Polly, who's everything to her. She a single mother who's doing pretty well as she seems to have everything under control. She has a nice house and makes a decent living as an artist. Beneath the surface things are different though. Heath is a big part of that. He loves Effie unconditionally and forever, but he can't seem to make it work. Effie has to come to terms with what happened to them and she's the only one who can do this. Does that mean she has to sacrifice what she holds so dear?
Hold Me Close is an intense novel about two people who have been through something terrible. Effie and Heath aren't gentle and kind when they are with each other. Their present will always be linked with their past. A lot has happened since then, but many years later Essie still hasn't been able to make the decision to keep him close. There's an element of danger and roughness and Essie craves it, but she can't give into her feelings for Heath entirely. This pushing and pulling keeps changing the balance of the story. I found it both interesting and fascinating to read about.
Hold Me Close has some really hot scenes. It isn't a story that stays on the surface, it's deep with a lot of conflicting emotions and plenty of feelings. Megan Hart has managed to maintain order in the chaos this can bring. She's totally in control and therefore the story is really, really strong. It's gripping from the first page and I couldn't put it down. This is a book that will keep the reader in its power from beginning to end. If you're looking for a meaningful, profound, moving and sexy story I highly recommend this book, it's absolutely incredible.