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Monday, October 11, 2010

Hard to Hold by Julie Leto

Hard to Hold (True Vows)
Publisher: HCI
ISBN: 0757315348
Pages: 264 pgs
Genre: Romance/Reality
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge

Summary from Publisher:
New York lobbyist Michael Davoli feels like he's been sucker punched when he meets Anne Miller at a Jeff Tweedy concert. And it doesn't take long for him to realize that he's fallen hard when they wind up living in the same Albany apartment building. After all, Anne's hot, his dog likes her, and she can pick a lock faster than Sydney Bristow can disarm a nuke.

Always fiercely independent, Anne's crackerjack reporting skills and keen intellect are no match for the chemical reaction she has to this man with electric blue eyes. But while he effortlessly holds her with his gaze, he withholds the embrace she longs for. Why is he so distant? Has Anne misread his signals? Yet there is no doubt that she's under his skin and he's in too deep when Mike confesses that he harbors two secrets that could keep them apart: He has a neurological disorder that has shadowed him since childhood, and although he's mastered the physical tics so others don't notice, he may never be able to hold her in his arms at night for fear of the bruises he could inflict.

Anne isn't about to let anything like Tourette's syndrome keep her from the man of her dreams. But Mike has a second secret. Will this secret be the one that even a grand passion cannot survive?

With her trademark wit and sensual artistry, Julie Leto knocks this unforgettable romance out of the park and straight to the heart.  Based on the true love story between Mike Davoli and Anne Miller, Hard to Hold is a modern-day fairy tale that proves that the best things in life—and in romance—are real.

My Review:
I have become a huge fan of these reality-based romances. You sort of forget that not all romances come from fantasies only found in romance novels but this series helps remind you of that. These books are so refreshing and this one was so sweet.

I like to think of myself as a fairly realistic woman (even though I love romance novels), so, these books are wonderful. I love the simplicity of them. There is no great adventure or mystery. It is just the story of two people finding each other and falling in love. I also love that these books are not hokey or cheesy. They are sharp, witty and the writing is excellent.

The couple in Hard to Hold was so sweet and their story was so interesting. I loved Anne. She was quirky, smart and a 24 fan. You can't go wrong with a 24 fan. I also liked Mike. He was adorable. You would never get a hero so genuinely good and kind in a regular romance novel. That is not to say he did not have his typical-male dunderhead moments. I would have killed my fiancee if he took off before our wedding to go to a concert. But I guess Anne would have missed her wedding if it clashed with 24. I loved Mike's dog Sirus. She had me looking at pictures of shelter dogs online because I had puppy envy.

I can't wait for more books in this series. They are really quick reads but they really pack a punch.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.

1 comment:

  1. I think I have to try one of these books. I'm not sure exactly what reality-based romance means. Your review has me wanting to read one :-)



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