HOLD ME by Anna Zaires and Dima Zales

Posted: June 18, 2015 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION, Uncategorized
hold me by zairesReview shared by Melody’s Love 4 Books
The first Anna Zaires book that I stumbled upon was Close Liaisons, which is part of the Krinar Chronicles. I have never been a fan of Science Fiction romances, but this one just hooked me. Before I knew it, I sailed through book 2 & 3, Close Obsession and Close Remembrance. When I was done, that begin my search for more of Anna Zaires. And of course, I found Twist Me…this was right after it had been released. I immediately one-clicked it and OMG, what a surprise I found! LOL, when i look back, it makes me laugh, because I was so appalled by Julian’s behavior, the sexy/very scary hero. Suffice it to say, it was my first “dark romance” and I kept thinking, “how can i be reading this?” Of course, I kept it up…i secretly liked it a lot and I definitely was reading it to the end. So that was my intro to Julian and Nora. I know this is a review of Hold Me, but I had to get that down because I remember private messaging Anna Zaires and saying I couldn’t believe how drawn I was to Julian. Wow, I bet she laughed…and now I’m bugging her for more books of him or I was befoe this one was released. Ok, enough about the other books in the series.
I didn’t think Hold Me was ever going to get here. I’m a bit impatient when it comes to my books and secretly I kept hoping there was going to be some type of change in Julian’s perception of things. Of course, not too much, or he wouldn’t be the Julian we love 😉 If you have read Twist Me and Keep Me, then you know that Julian and Nora are together. And they have been through hell. I don’t know how they survived their relationship with bad guys chasing them, disapproving in-laws and friends, and then of course, there are some events that just made me suck in a breath and think, wow, I’m glad i’m not them. One of the events really hit close to home for me and I had a hard time reading it, but there was no way i was going to not finish the book. In true Anna Zaires form, she addressed it graciously and I admire her for that.
I definitely got my wish. There are some huge changes to Julian and Nora’s relationship…some I didn’t think he was capable of doing or feeling. At some points in the book, I could feel his fight within himself because he was conditioned to think a certain way, yet there was a desire to change, even if he didn’t fully understand it.Wow! It’s amazing how parents, bad events, etc can really screw up a person’s mind. I was so thrilled to see the evolution of Julian…lol, that’s what I call it anyway. Now, don’t think he turned into this lovable teddy bear…he is still Julian, never mind, you will understand when you read the book! In addition, we see Nora really come into her own. She is no longer the scared little girl from the beginning of the series. I have to say that I admire her strength and how she stayed true to the love she felt for Julian, no matter how anyone felt. Of course, she had questions, but who doesn’t question their relationship at various points throughout.
Hold Me is the ultimate end to a fabulous series. From the first book, Twist Me, all the way through book #2, Keep Me and finally with Hold Me, I got exactly what I wanted. All of these books are definite rereads for me, but I have a special place reserved for Hold Me. It takes society’s perceptions as well as personal identities and makes mush out of them. You think a character is one way, in a mold, and bam…Anna Zaires turns your thoughts upside down and the opposite happens. So, I love the book, hate that the series is ending…hint hint, Anna :), and I hope my review will convince you that if you haven’t read Hold Me or the other books in the series, you will do so.
I love the way Anna Zaires and her husband, Dima Zales, write. Their books are hot, suspenseful, romantic, and did i say hot? Yep, be prepared for some major steam with Julian and Nora. Get yourself a fan because you will definitely need it 😉 I am looking forward to future books from these two. More hints, Anna…Krinar Chronicles, Koram & Mia…a baby?? Ok, i will stop now. Seriously, I can’t get enough of her work. And just saying, you won’t meet a nicer person.

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