ARC Review – Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

I always expect the unexpected when I read a book by Megan Hart. With “Hold Me Close” she gave us a riveting and captivating story and she honestly pushed the envelope with the amount of angst and heartache one story could hold. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures 

Apart, they are broken, but together, they are whole.

Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape.

Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both — and Effie’s not about to let that happen. She knows it’s time for her to have a ‘normal’ relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he’s convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he’s the one she needs.

Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

Review copy provided for an honest review


I always expect the unexpected when I read a book by Megan Hart. With “Hold Me Close” she atruegemawardgave us a riveting and captivating story about two very broken people just looking for love, looking to move on with their lives and just live without their past hanging over their heads. She honestly pushed the envelope with the amount of angst and heartache one story could hold.

Effie and Heath are one hard-core couple with one thing in common … “Daddy”. The man who kidnapped them, drugged them, starved them and made Heath do unspeakable things just to keep him happy. Together they made it through the ordeal. Now, they have to find a way to make it through life. Whether it be alone or together, they know that the love they have for each other cannot be replaced, no matter how hard either of them try.

The sex was hard core, raw. Neither one of them can be satisfied unless it’s down and dirty, nasty. Effie tries to be with other men but they just can’t do for her what Heath does. Heath tires as well but other women can’t understand why he needs pain. Then there is Polly, Effie’s daughter … possibly the only person who can compel them to try to be normal and not dwell in the past. But, it’s hard when all anyone wants to know about is the past. It’s definitely what made both of them who they are today no matter how hard they try to be something else.

I know when I pick up a book by Megan Hart that her characters are going to be heart-wrenching. But, Effie and Heath were, without a doubt, two of the most compelling, unnerving characters I have ever read. There has not been a story that I have ever read by Megan Hart that I didn’t feel drained or exhausted. “Hold Me Close”, even with the HEA, not only left me drained and exhausted but she added depressed to the list. But, the story was amazing and I am totally looking forward to see what she has to offer next.


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