I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Fool's Gold #16
Published by HQN on April 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Until We Touch
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Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does.
Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.
What I Thought…
• I love this little small town and watching characters I’ve already come to know while learning the stories of new ones. Fool’s Gold is a great place to come back to and I’m glad I came back for Kipling and Destiny.
• Destiny moves around a lot for her job and has recently come to Fool’s Gold, accompanied by her half sister Starr, whom she is now in charge of. Destiny and Starr’s father isn’t apart of their lives, hence Destiny being responsible for Starr.
• I liked Kipling a lot. He was easy going, and even though he couldn’t run the ski slopes anymore he didn’t overly mope about it. Destiny was a little harder to click with as she spent a lot of time working on being not attached to anything.
• Starr was one of my favorite characters in Hold Me. She had a fair amount of angst, but what else is to be expected when no one seems to want you. Her and Destiny have some struggles but I loved how they worked them out with some guidance from Kipling.
• The biggest reason why this isn’t a 4 or 5 star read is this: View Spoiler »Destiny seemed to be under the impression that you can’t get pregnant the first time you have sex. She mentioned this many times. That it’s a rule or something, that nature couldn’t be that crewel, etc. Sorry, but this just doesn’t fly with me. And it’s repeated mentions drove me crazy. Also this instantly gave away that she was going to get pregnant. « Hide Spoiler
• The other reason is other than the subplot with Starr, I didn’t really care about the other ones. The putting together of the search and rescue program didn’t interest me nor did the issues with Kipling’s bar.
Overall Hold Me is a cute story, and worth a read, so long as you can set aside some of the unrealisticness of Destiny’s thoughts. (If that makes any sense).