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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: Hold Me Until Forever by Christina Phillips

I'm kind of sad to see this series end. The Grayson brothers really made an impression on me and well, you all know how it feels to say goodbye right?

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: January 4, 2016

Ella Clark has been in love with Alex Grayson forever. She’s tired of being invisible—or worse, being treated like his kid sister. If she can just get him to drop his iron-fisted control for two seconds, she’ll prove she knows exactly how to blow his mind.

Alex has been fighting his attraction to Ella since her should-have-been-innocent sweet sixteen kiss burned down his world. He's damaged, and there's no way he'll ever drag her into his screwed up life. Until she offers him something he's always craved—steamy, no-strings sex inside his exclusive BDSM club. Where she'll be safe from the darkness that haunts him.

Except there's nothing safe about being with Ella, and the more she gives, the harder it is to let her go. If he stays, he risks everything, but how can he walk away from the only woman he's ever needed?

So, Ella Clark wants Alex Grayson, she’s wanted him since she was 16 years old but the stubborn man refuses to acknowledge that the attraction is mutual. In a last ditch effort to get him to stop treating her like his sister, Ella offers Alex no-strings sex at his BDSM club. Of course, the only thing Ella knows about BDSM is that she’s never tried it before.

So how did the third Grayson brother’s book rate in my opinion? It was okay. It wasn’t a great read but it wasn’t a bust either. It was just in the middle.

I liked the unrequited love that Ella had for Alex for years and the fact that the author really put a strong emphasis on how frustrated Ella was and how after so many years she said “The hell with boundaries, look at me dang it!” Ella’s take no prisoners attitude mixed with her vulnerability made her likable but I didn’t really find anything truly noteworthy about the character. She was just there. She did have a quick sense of humor that seemed to balance out Alex’s moodier personality.

Speaking of Mr. Don’t-Get-Too-Close, he had to be the most intense out of the three brothers. It made sense because he was the oldest and because he loved his brothers he protected them against everything he could and ended up paying a price for it. Naturally his life left an impact on him and in his case, his intense broodiness was totally justified. To be honest though, without a woman like Ella in his life, Alex was dangerously close to becoming a lonely, unbending character. I loved the changes Ella’s presence brought in his personality.

Alex and Ella’s chemistry was strong and definitely hot but it was also mixed with feelings of guilt and inadequacy that added to their already complicated friendship. They made things harder on themselves than they had to be, especially on Alex’s part but to me that added a layer of realism to the relationship as well as angst and you know I love me some angst!

Final Verdict: Overall Hold Me Until Forever wasn’t the best out of the three books but it was still worth the read. I enjoyed Alex and Ella’s story and getting to see what the other two Grayson brothers were up to. Christina Phillips’ writing style flows easily and quickly and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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