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Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Hold Me Until Morning by Christina Phillips

Okay so I’ve fallen head over heels for the Grayson brothers. Who doesn’t love brothers who came from a tough neighborhood and have made something successful of themselves? Of course, I can’t say who is my favorite since there’s still one more brother before the series is done. I may have to do “extensive research” to find the answer though. And by extensive research I mean several re-reads ;)

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled - Brazen
Release Date: September 28, 2015

She's the one girl he should never touch...
Cooper Grayson is supposed to hole up in a mountain cabin and protect his best friend's little sister from the paparazzi for a week. That's it. But Paris O'Connell isn't a kid anymore, and it's hard to remember this isstrictly business when she bats her big green eyes at him...then crashes through all his carefully placed boundaries.

Paris loves a challenge. And gorgeous Cooper Grayson is the most dangerous challenge she's faced yet. He ignores the sizzling attraction that keeps her awake at nights, and he doesn't care about her fame or her contacts, only seeing her. When they finally kiss, Cooper leaves her bare. Exposed. His for the taking. And take he does...

For one incredibly hot week, Cooper fulfils her every fantasy. But when the real world crashes in, so does reality. And reality tells them there's no way a Hollywood star and a bad boy from the wrong side of town could ever have a future together...

It’s fun when an author puts one or more of her characters in Hollywood but only when that author creates her own celebrities instead of using real ones. Take the heroine of Hold Me Until Morning, she’s a pretty hot commodity when the book starts but the poor girl is on the verge of a nervous breakdown so she takes herself on a little hideaway vacation where not even her questionable mother knows. To protect her from the possibility of paparazzi, her brother has enlisted the help of an old childhood crush. Out of one tough situation and into another right?

Then there’s Cooper Grayson, the hired muscle and best friend to Paris’ brother. From the second he sets eyes on Paris again, it’s a battle just to keep his hands to himself and his mind out of the gutter. Loyalty to Paris’ brother keeps Cooper from bolting and leaving Paris to fend for herself, but he’s only human and before long, the clothes are flying off and things are getting serious. Then reality intrudes and Hollywood comes for Paris, leaving the couple with an important question: Can Cooper and Paris be together when their worlds are totally different?

The second book of Christina Phillips’ Grayson Brothers series takes the youngest but still drop dead sexy Grayson brother into the woods and face to face with his past. Phillips still does a good job of building interesting backgrounds for her characters but I did feel like the trauma Cooper faced in his childhood was glossed over. It was mentioned in the first book that Cooper almost died and that older brother Alex paid a price for saving him yet, that event is only briefly mentioned even though it seems to cause Cooper a lot of problems in his personal life and even affects his relationship with Paris. To me it was something that was just too big of an issue to treat with an air of “Oh yeah, I went through this horrible event in my childhood that even now affects me in my day to day life but whatever you know?”

Even with that event in Cooper’s life downplayed, Hold Me Until Morning is still an awesomely good time. Paris wasn’t a typical spoiled starlet, I found her to be an enjoyable character who has some major growth throughout the book. I kind of felt like this was her story since she did the most changing and watching her go from an insecure, easily manipulated character to a woman who knew what she wanted was pretty neat.

Cooper’s older brothers make an appearance as well and I got a better idea of the dynamic between them. As stoic and “grown up” as they are, they’re still little boys looking out for each other. I liked seeing Jackson and Scarlett again and then there’s the oldest brother Alex who is more closed off than anyone. I can’t wait for his story, I have a feeling there’s a volcano under all that cool attitude.

Final Verdict: I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the last Grayson brother!

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