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"Hold Me Up" begins our adventure with the new Colette Davison's series entitled "Chasing Gold". As in this story the most important place occupies the theme of hurt/comfort, the characters' emotions, their feelings and psyche are of great importance. And this is one of the greatest advantages of this book, as is often the case with this author. Colette Davison has an amazing gift to present everything that happens in the souls and minds of her characters in a real, believable and very vivid way. Thus, we don't only read "Hold Me Up" but also feel it. Thanks to this unique, emotional style of this author, to some extent we are able to imagine what the characters experience, or we even put ourselves in their situation, if their life experiences resemble ours. For it is worth noting that in this novel we don't find a single problem to be falsely exaggerated. Everything is wonderfully possible here.
What I really like about "Hold Me Up" is the topic of innocence. The author really moves her readers as she shows them the youthful innocence, and then truly beautifully outlines its image in the adult life of her characters. For Reece and Alex cease to be children, but they still have much of that innocence, faith in a better day, hope and dreams. Unfortunately, the positive is followed by suffering, fear and sacrifice for the other person. In this context, I also liked the fact that the characters are able to look at the events of the past through the prism of their age at that time and rationally evaluate what happened four years earlier. Reece doesn't care about pain and resentment, and Alex at some point starts to forgive himself for what he was forced to do as a teenager and heals his own wounds. And that's why in all these, we can see both the maturity of the characters and their wonderful innocence.
Another advantage of "Hold Me Up" is undoubtedly the fact that the novel refers to a topic of sport, and more specifically to the gymnastics, which is one of the most important elements of the plot. I admit, gymnastics is not my story, so I know rather little about it, but it was this sport that conquered my heart in this novel. Why? Because the author managed to present it with passion, in a way that arouses interest and does not require any knowledge about it. What's more, thanks to the fact that the author creates this story around the sport that is not particularly close to me, reading "Hold Me Up" I had the opportunity to look at gymnastics a little differently, get to know it from a different angle. To tell the truth, I'm sure that from now on I will always think about this novel and its characters whenever someone mentions gymnastics and the Olympics.
I would also like to write a few words about the characters who are just great. Reece and Alex made a huge impression on me and I immediately loved them. Both are gentle and innocent in their own way, ready to sacrifice themselves for a beloved, they are affectionate, loving, brave. Each of them, however, proves his value and shows us his positive qualities and strengths in a different way. And that's what I really like about their creation. They are similar in some respects, but the most important is that they complement each other in terms of their differences. What's more, thanks to the author, reading "Hold Me Up" we are able to really get to know our two leading characters, we have an insight into their psyche, thoughts, hopes and fears, we really feel their passion, and thus we can share it to some extent. We just love them and we have the impression that they are real.
To sum up, "Hold Me Up" is a really fantastic and beautiful novel, which in the blink of an eye conquers the heart of the reader. In this book we can find passion, love, sadness and tears, joy and happiness. It is a novel about feelings, emotions and life. I highly recommend it to you!
This is the first in a new series, and I will definitely be looking out for the next installment. I really enjoyed the author's style, the pace and the subject. I love Sports romances in all their forms, and dipping into the world of male competitive gymnastics was very interesting. I love watching them in the Olympics, and could well believe just how intense their training was to achieve such feats!
Reece and Alex were together at school, but then suddenly Alex pulls away and more or less disappears. Reece is left to try and get over him and get on with his life, never understanding what happened. So when Alex turns up as a journalist from the local paper to do a feature on him and his teammate, it is uncomfortable to say the least. As an uninformed reader, we can only have empathy for Reece and wonder what on earth had Alex been thinking.
As the story progresses we watch two men who clearly care for each other try and decide how they could move forward, now they are men, not boys. Combined with the pressures of competition, Alex hiding a huge secret, and suffering from severe anxiety, it is an emotional read. However once the truth is revealed, I felt a huge sigh of relief that there can be a way forward, along with a significant dose of sadness.
If you enjoy a sports romance with a second chance element and some real sadness which can finally be overcome, then this should be lined up on your e-reader immediately.
~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
After a confusing and heartbreaking rejection from his childhood boyfriend Alex,Reece concentrates on his gymnastics and his goal to reach the Olympics. He is chosen to be a member of the British gymnastics squad and Alex,now working as a journalist, is asked to write an exclusive article about Reece and his team mate. After so many years apart, their meeting is filled with tension and awkwardness. As Alex and Reece are thrown together again and the devastating reason for their break up is revealed, is it too late for them? Or can they become reconciled.
If you love second chance romances then give this a try, you won't be disappointed.
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Alex and Reece were best friends and budding teen lovers when something went horribly awry and Alex abruptly ended their romance, with no explanation. Reece, a Junior Champion gymnast, was nearly gutted. It’s amazing he’s gotten to the top of his game. So, when Alex reappears four years later, as a reporter ready to cover Reece’s possible assent to Olympian… well, the plot could take many paths.
Colette Davison could have focused on Alex’s mysterious abandonment and created continuous tension until Reece learned the truth. She could have stuck with Alex’s angst or have let Reece wallow in hurt. Instead, a quarter of the way through, all is unsentimentally revealed; just what we would expect of Alex, a reporter, a man of facts. And Reece, a man who expresses himself physically, responds with the commitment one assumes of an Olympic athlete. In this choice Ms. Davison proves herself a keen observer of personality, who believes in her characters’ will to flourish.
Furthermore, as a writer Davison doesn’t dramatize. She illuminates the hard work of competition, pairing it with the difficulties of recovery. And in so doing, she makes a point. Moving forward takes equal perseverance whether we are running unbridled or recovering from a fall.
Because Alex and Reece had been early friends and have had almost no experience beyond one another, their quick return to old routines seems natural, despite the four-year interlude. And Ms. Davison has painted their personalities as plodders, individuals for whom routine is consolation. This makes their reconnection entirely plausible.
Colette Davison treats trauma respectfully, not expecting love to heal, only to motivate. She treats competition with equal reverence. And her gorgeous descriptions of intricate gymnastic moves made me feel like I was watching them on television. For once, we get an Olympic story about the thrill of excellence, rather than the need to win!
“Hold Me Up” is a perfect enticement to the summer Olympic Games and a well-crafted novel about two men I would love to meet. If you want real people, who happen to be extraordinary in their ability to love, this is the novel for you.
Though this book deals with anxiety and panic attacks, it's surprisingly drama-free and fluffier than I expected. From the very beginning I could see how much Reece cherishes Alex, and while that got buried under hurt feelings, it never really went away. Alex has been through a difficult experience, and it caused him to push away from his friends, family, and love. I really appreciated how patient and persistent Reece was about getting back into Alex's life. While Alex's doubts are frustrating, because it seems obvious to the reader that Reece cares for him, if I put myself in Alex's mindset I can completely understand how warped your thinking is when you have a mental illness. I think Colette perfectly captured the essence of living with anxiety and panic attacks without over dramatizing them. That being said, I got a little annoyed every time Alex freaked out about how he "wasn't whole" because of his anxiety. I understand why Colette wrote it this way and why Alex would have those distorted thoughts, but I still really didn't like it. Another thing I was iffy about is the anxiety medication. I admit that I don't know anything about them, but I find it very hard to believe that minutes after taking them the effects kick in. Maybe that's true, but it felt a bit unbelievable to me.
Although this book follows Reece's journey to being an Olympic gymnast, this story was much more about the second-chance romance than anything else. I kept waiting for some big plot development to happen with Reece's competitions. I don't know what I was expecting--an injury, a huge loss of focus, or something else, but it just didn't happen. For some reason I felt less satisfied that everything went according to plan, and I'm not really sure why. Maybe because at the beginning of the book Garrett kept warning Reece to not let Alex distract him, or because the competition doesn't happen until the very end of the story? Or maybe it's because the epilogue didn't really feel like the end of Reece and Alex's story. I know this is a start to a new series, so maybe we'll see glimpses of this couple again, but I felt like there was no payoff to the non-romance elements of this book. We don't get to see Reece compete in the Olympics, and Alex has barely begun counseling for his anxiety and panic attacks. I don't even think we found out how the rest of Alex's articles were received and if his boss promoted him.
All in all, I thought the romance was spot-on in this book, but the other plot points were a bit weak. Still a very sweet read!
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.