Hold Me Close : Paradise, Idaho

  • by Rosalind James
  • Narrated by Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Series: Paradise, Idaho
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kayla Chambers knows what love is - and what it isn't. When her boyfriend turns abusive, she and her son escape to a new life in a place where he'll never find them. The idyllic town of Paradise, Idaho, has everything she needs to get back on her feet. Survival is her only goal, and the last thing she wants is another man in her life.
But Kayla's new neighbor, high school principal Luke Jackson, is determined to change her mind. Luke usually takes the fast lane with women, but he can see that Kayla and her son need help, and he wants to earn her trust - even if that means taking things slow. He strikes up a friendship that soon simmers into something passionate and real. But when Kayla's past catches up with her, Luke knows he has to find a way to keep her safe...or risk losing her forever.

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Great book under $8

Rosalind James’s specialty has always been realism – serious, soul-shaking love and, in her suspense-ier outings, real threats or dangers -- this one in the form of an abusive ex who … well, let’s just say he’d have a good time hanging out with Stephen King’s Randall Flagg. Flagg would love this guy. He’s that creepy.

Fortunately, Kayla Chambers, once she escapes him, is very smart about not leaving any kind of trail for him to follow. And even more fortunately for her and her nine year-old son Eli, they come into the orbit of Luke Jackson, high school principal in the small town of Paradise, Idaho, a rock-steady good guy who’s the apple of many a single Paradise woman’s eye, but has always lived his own love life well outside town. He knows SOMETHING is up with Kayla and Eli, and he’s powerfully attracted to Kayla -- but she knows better than he does that she can NOT afford to fall in love. She can’t even afford to have a friend -- not with her powerful, ‘connected’ ex still obsessively searching for her. Luke, because he’s extremely patient and determined, eventually not only gets the truth from Kayla, but brings back her lost ability to enjoy sex (at page-melting levels). Unfortunately, Kayla’s ex is just as patient in his grimly determined search for the woman who got away, plus he has the added advantage of being a slick-talking psychopath.

Aaaaand that’s all you’re gettin.’ Sorry. Anything more would be a spoiler. But keep some tissues handy -- I had to laugh at myself, crying over these people who don’t even really exist. But that’s what I buy these books for: the irresistible, lump-in-your-throat power of the emotional scenes (well, okay, along with the button-popping sex and the suspense/danger. So it’s really a three-fer).

Crackling good listen from beginning to end.

As with the first book in the series the performance of the story was outstanding. Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross did an amazing job with the delivery of the story.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

I need a Luke to Hold Me Close

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I'm just gonna skip all those silly questions that they ask to get to the real review.

Oh. My. Goodness. I don't normally go for suspenseful novels or novels with a "country" setting, but this one was just too good and I have no regrets reading it. This is, by far, the best book Rosalind James has written. I love her NZ and Kincaid series, but this one is so thoughtful and genuine and absolutely amazing.

All of the characters are written so well. You can really feel Luke's patience and compassion. You can feel Kayla's fear, pain and strength. And you just absolutely hate Allen and his "natural consequences."

I was so emotionally connected to this book. I cried at the "breadwinner" part. I was bawling at cemetery part. I was cheering for Kayla as she ran from her abuser. I was cheering for Luke to fall in love with Kayla. I was so thrilled with his patience. It was such a beautiful and understanding relationship. It was perfect without the perfection ruining the story.

There weren't as many love scenes as her other books, but DANG were they hot. Phew. I'm not usually one to blush at a sex scene, but I was fanning my face. Not raunchy at all (she's never raunchy). It was sweet, sexy, and definitely steamy.

This really is her best book. And the narrators did such a great job with their back and forth narration. Luke is now one of my favorite book boyfriends.



I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The opinion here is my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

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- Lolli

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio