Title: Holding Her Close
Series: Mended Hearts #2
Author: Lexi Ryan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Information: Stand-Alone Novel
Information: Stand-Alone Novel
HOLD YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE...AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER.
She's everything he detests about Hollywood.
After spending my entire acting career being cast as the airhead, I finally have the serious role I've been dying for, and I screw it all up during a four martini dinner with my ex. Now, thanks to the morality clause in my contract, I might lose the role of a lifetime. My only hope is to convince the media (and my eccentrically conservative director) that I've entered a committed relationship. But when I use my brother's costume party to launch Operation Fake Fiancé, I end up in front of the camera with the wrong guy, leaving my reputation—and the fate of my career—at his mercy. Any other guy I could sweet talk into playing the supporting role I need, but not Officer Cade Watts. Not the man who hates everything about me. Not the man who would most revel in seeing me fail.
He's everything she needs.
I don't care how good it felt to have her in my arms. I don't care that I can't close my eyes without remembering the way she tastes or the sound of her moan. I want nothing to do with Janelle Crane. Her scheme to fake an engagement to save her own career is exactly the kind of manipulative Hollywood crap I left LA to escape. But when her fan mail turns threatening and the tragedies befalling her former co-stars seem to be anything but coincidence, everything changes. Now I don't just want to play the part of Janelle's fake fiancé, I demand it. I won't let my jaded heart cost me another case. I may not trust Janelle but I do care, and the only way I know she's safe is if I'm holding her close.
"He's offering a favour, not his heart. But I've never met anyone like him, and I want more. Maybe I'll regret it, but right now, I'll take as much of him as he'll give."
A highly addictive, all consuming, intense read!
Janelle Crane, Hollywood actress on the cusp of losing her most serious role to date, always being cast as an airhead, no thanks to the four martini dinner with her ex husband and a stupid kiss. Now thanks to a morality clause in her contract she's literally holding on to it by her finger tips. Her only hope is to convince the media and her producer that she is in a committed relationship. Nothing could go wrong when she enlists the help of Matt Hailey media manipulator extraordinaire in operation fake fiance...or could it especially when the operation launch is at her brothers costume party, I mean how was she to know there would be two Batmans and that while all cameras are poised to capture kissing her "fiance" she kisses the wrong one leaving her reputation and the fate of her career at his mercy...
He's everything she needs...
Cade Watts doesn't care how good it felt to have her in his arms. He doesn't care that he can't close his eyes without remembering the way she tasted or the sound of her moans. He wants nothing to do with Janelle Crane. Her scheme to fake an engagement to save her own career is exactly the kind of manipulative Hollywood crap he left LA to escape. But when her fan mail turns threatening and the tragedies befalling her former co-stars seem to be anything but coincidence, everything changes.
She's everything he detests about Hollywood...
Loved this book! I had a complete book binge and read it one sitting. The plot instantly gripped me, it had for me, the right mix of everything I enjoy about a romantic suspense read intrigue, angst, a love/hate line between characters and steamy set your kindle on fire sex scenes! Not to mention more twists and turns with zero predictability.
I felt instantly and emotionally connected to both primary characters. I loved the build up of sexual chemistry between them both and routed for them to get together from the get go, as well as enjoying their witty banter. I felt I experienced every high and every low that they had to overcome.
Would highly recommend to readers who enjoy contemporary romance/suspense reads.
** Arc received in exchange for an honest review courtesy of WTMO Book Blog **
~ Vickie, WTMO Reviewer ~
New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance novelist Lexi Ryan is a former college English professor turned full-time writer. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found enjoying yoga, reading copiously, hanging out with her family, and thanking her lucky stars.