Sunday, June 22, 2014

Holding You by Jewel E. Ann - BOOK REVIEW

Title:  Holding You
Series: Holding You #1
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Release Date:  February 21, 2014

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

Free-spirited Addy Brecken is Milwaukee’s most talented vegan chef and co-owner of Sage Leaf Café. She has a genius IQ, a padded savings account, an amazing view of Lake Michigan, and a heart that won’t stop beating.

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

An early April morning finds her drowning in the seductive fragrance of lilacs and the warmth of the morning sun when she’s nearly hit by a car in front of her café. The peaceful existence she’s desperately tried to maintain after the horrific loss of her family is suddenly shaken by the Range Rover driving, arrogant, sex-on-legs Quinn Cohen.

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

A successful, Latino businessman from New York, Quinn has a taste for the finer things in life. A typical playboy, he has the money, the houses, the cars, and the women. Quinn is everything Addy avoids. Where she lives simply and prefers to help the less fortunate, he has no problem spending an obscene amount of money on a briefcase. Their opposite personalities lend to several heated encounters, and Addy finds herself propositioning Quinn for the one thing she never imagined needing … sex.

Offering only her body, Addy tries to keep Quinn at a safe distance from her heart and a world away from her past. Their passion-filled connection makes Addy feel something unfamiliar, alive. But with passion comes more feelings: anger, jealousy, love. When Addy surrenders to the unimaginable and lets go of her past, she’s faced with the impossible … holding on to her future.

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

*This book contains adult language and sexual content.

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I was given a review copy of Holding You. I had never read anything by Jewel E. Ann and was just looking for something light to read for the beginning of summer.  This was so much more than I expected.  As soon as I dove into the book I couldn't put it down.   Quinn and Addy's story drew me in.  I'm not going to give away anything but be prepared to have tissues when reading their history.  It's completely tragic.

Quinn and Addy seem like complete opposites, but it's proven here that opposites do attract.  Quinn is rich and somewhat materialistic.  Addy is a do-gooder with nothing (the reasons are explained in this book and the sequel).  She is all about her causes and helping people.  Quinn isn't a bad person, but being with Addy helps him see his materialistic ways.  They are perfect for each other.  

I plowed right through this book and the sequel (Releasing Me) in one weekend.

I strongly recommend Holding You and give it 5 stars!

Side note:  Make sure you have food while reading.  Addy is a chef and some of her recipes sound delicious and had me very hungry. 


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