Hold on You Paperback – 1 May 2015
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Hold on you tells the story of Madison and Nate and their chance to find love with each other again, it's not as simple as that though, we learn from the prologue and Nate's thoughts that he has been really struggling and the main reason for that was Maddie leaving him but loosing his parents and a baby along the way didn't help.
It's been 10 years so when Maddie showed up at the cliffs which was always their place he couldn't believe it, he was shocked but most of all angry and from that moment Nate battles with his emotions, he try's to avoid Maddie and as the story continues we begin to find out what happened and how it went so wrong for Nate it was very sad, Maddie just wasn't ready for what Nate wanted, hence the 10 year gap, that's a long time but they were only young.
Once this story reached about the 40% mark I started to really enjoy it, Maddie checking out the competition and putting her plan into action, It kept us wondering if Nate was going to accept what Maddie had to offer, I thought he was going to turn her down but he didn't thank goodness, having Juanita around helped soften the blow, I really liked her, she was the Mother figure.
Maddie's 2 week recovery period came and went much to Nate's disgust or was it, as much as he wanted her gone he had mixed feelings and excuses and reasons kept Maddie around and not only was she beginning to enjoy the challenge of helping get the B&B back on track she was discovering her true feelings for Nate and realising what Nate knew all along.
Towards the end of the story there is a lot of drama and it could go either one of two ways moments, I was hoping for a good outcome Maddie and Nate deserved it.. We got it..!!
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Like all of M.S. Brannon’s books, it was darker than you’d initially expect a second chance contemporary romance to be. Nothing about her books are wholesome because there is always an underlying issue, emotion, or darkness threatening to break apart the lives of her characters. Nate had a major issue with fighting, drinking, and wanting to drink himself into oblivion.
I enjoyed the book and I liked the way things turned out for Madison and Nate. My only issue was that everything happened so fast and seemed a little over the top. I wish I would have gotten a lot more backstory of who they were before and who they were now before just jumping headfirst into crazy town with both of them. I wish that Madison was more.. introspective so I could have gotten the chance to learn about her motivations and feelings before she finally admitted them to Nate. I wish there was more of a lead up to Nate’s fighting. Basically, I just wanted a longer and deeper story than what I got. It just kind of felt like the tip of the iceberg.
However, I did enjoy it and I do recommend it for fans of contemporary romance with a bit of rawness and reality to it.
Hold on You is a great story of love, loss, and yes redemption. True love lost can truly be demise of a good person and in true love can find you once again and bring you back.
Keep your tissues near by, like most of Brannon's books she will play with your emotions!! (Love and hate that!!! Lol)
What can I say about this book....
"that we are meant for each other, that fate always has a way of keeping you tethered to those you undeniably love, those you can not live without."
And that truly says it all. 2 lives pulled apart for, if you really think about the same reason. The heart.
Nate wanted her. He need her to breathe, to live, to laugh, to smile. He needed his best friend who he fell in love with. But you see that night..that night changed everything for him. His heart turned to the cold blackness that it is today. He does what one has to in order to survive. Tragic circumstances are happening around him and he has no control. The only place he feels he has that control is when standing on the cliffs..right on the edge of that...that special cliff.
Will today be the day for my final breathe or will I walk away..yet that rock looks so peaceful falling to its death.
Madison is back in town due to circumstances beyond her control. In laymen terms the quicker she gets out of this place the better cause being here is nothing but bad memories waiting to tackle her.
However, fate, fate has other plans. Plans that she never saw coming. Well that could be because she is intoxicated and standing on the cliff that she once use to sit on daily with her ex best friend.
But this is one for the books that needs to be read. Cause his side job...mmmmmmm....mmmmmm....sorry drool, mmmm..
As usual, M.S. Brannon pulled at my emotions. There were times that I wasn’t sure if I hated the characters or loved them. Nate is one of the most complicated, frustrating, yet loving characters I have ever come across. If I could have gotten my hands on him at times, I would have strangled him. But, I couldn’t not love him. I could understand that Madison’s rejection devastated him, and to give him credit, that was just the tip of the iceberg of the heartache that came his way. I wasn’t exactly a fan of Madison’s either in the beginning. I thought she was selfish in the way she treated Nate, and I couldn’t believe she would abandon him, but again I could understand because of her childhood and her young age. Sometimes it’s just not the right time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the story! So, you may be wondering why I gave the book 5 stars if I wasn’t much of a fan of Nate and Madison in the beginning, but that is exactly why I gave it 5 stars. M. S. Brannon is one of those rare writers who can take a dark, painful situation yet turn it into something good…just like real life. Life is full of pain, but it’s also full of love and joy. Bad things can sometimes turn into the best life lessons and force us to be the individuals we were created to be…just as was the case with Nate and Madison!
M.S. Brannon has proven again that she can write just about anything. Her books involve all sorts of characters and situations, but they all have a common theme…healing, redemption, and the importance of love! If you want a book that pulls at your heartstrings and sucks you into a story to the point that you are a part of it, give her a try. As always, I am anxiously looking forward to seeing what she has in store next for her readers.
Her books include the Sulfur Heights Series, Last Call, and YA book, Believing In Brave.
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