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Hold On To Me

Can she learn to trust him and love again?Stella wasn't looking for love – and especially not from a younger manWhen Stella Ryan's successful life in Sydney crumbled she returned flat broke – and broken hearted – to the beachside town she'd once called home Five years on she's opened a boutiue and rebuilt her li As a non reader of romance I surprised myself last year by enjoying Victoria Purman’s Only We Know so when I saw the South Australian author had another book out I decided to take a chance yet againWhat I didn’t realise however was that Hold On To Me was part of a series Fortunately it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read its three predecessors and I might not have even realised it was the fourth instalment if Goodreads hadn’t told me so I gather the novels are linked so I’m now a tad keen to go back and read how some of the other couples from the South Australian coastal towns got togetherAgain Purman’s created great characters and I very much liked Stella She was typically headstrong and ‘damaged’ but obviously holding onto a lot of shit she needed to let goLuca could have been a bit of a stereotype ie the buff younger builder but he’s also very likeable and we’re provided with a lot of insight into his character The plot’s also solid and I was interested enough to read the entire book in a sitting I did struggle with the occasional cliche but I’m sure regular readers of the romance genre—or those less cynical—wouldn’t have a problem I passed an enjoyable few hours with this novel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it Read the full review on my blog stars

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Fe in the tourist haven of Port ElliotLuca Morelli has been working flat out to establish his own building company in the city and doesn't have time to be driving back and forth to the beach to do a small job in a shop that was almost destroyed in a fire But he soon changes his mind when he meets the glamorous ownerBe Stella's background and past demons rear up in the story and often impacts her character emotionally for varied reasons and pulls at the heartstrings a time or three On the flip side Stella's inner dialogue and constant reminder Put the young man down was hilariousLoved the fiery introduction between Stella and Luca Colossal heat and chemistry between the two of them through each of the chapters that just got hotter as the story progressed The friendships in the story were heartwarming and uplifting to read and it was nice to glimpse past characters in the series who made a surprise appearance in the story Hold On To Me by Victoria Purman held this reader captive from start to finish and did not disappoint Review copy kindly received from the Publisher Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set in the tourist haven of Port ElliotLuca Morelli has been working flat out to establish his own building company The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase in the city and doesn't have time to be driving back and forth to the beach to do a small job The Tunnel in a shop that was almost destroyed Secretos del Cosmos in a fire But he soon changes his mind when he meets the glamorous ownerBe Stella's background and past demons rear up The Secret Treasons in the story and often مريض الوهم impacts her character emotionally for varied reasons and pulls at the heartstrings a time or three On the flip side Stella's The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death inner dialogue and constant reminder Put the young man down was hilariousLoved the fiery ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, introduction between Stella and Luca Colossal heat and chemistry between the two of them through each of the chapters that just got hotter as the story progressed The friendships Doctor y campeón in the story were heartwarming and uplifting to read and La corruptrice it was nice to glimpse past characters Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves in the series who made a surprise appearance The Purpose-Guided Universe in the story Hold On To Me by Victoria Purman held this reader captive from start to finish and did not disappoint Review copy kindly received from the Publisher

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Fore long Stella and Luca find that a working relationship isn't the only thing developing between them But the closer they get the ghosts of Stella's past come to haunt her once Can she ever believe a man again? And if she can is the much younger Luca Morelli the man she can trust with her heart?A Boys of Summer nove I didn't really read the blurb before I bought this I love the authors previous books so when I saw this was out I added it to my TBR I was surprised and delighted to find that I was already familiar with some of the characters and he setting of Middle Point having read all the others in the Boys of Summer series Luca felt like a great typical hard working AussieItalian bloke However there was something about Stella that really annoyed me or I've read too many romances where the protagonists battle is an inner one that stems from a difficult past Otherwise a uick easy and fun read


10 thoughts on “Hold On To Me

  1. says:

    Hold On To Me is another sweet and sexy contemporary romance in Victoria Purman's 'Boys of Summer' seriesSet on the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia this novel features Luca Morelli the younger brother of Anna from Our Kind of Love and local boutiue owner Stella Ryan The pair meet when 'Style by Stella' is destroyed by fire and Anna insists her brother a contractor helps her rebuild The chemistry between the characters is obvious from their first meeting despite the age difference Luca is 6 years younger than her At 29 and still establishing his new business Luca hasn't given much thought to settling down but he is intrigued by the feisty if prickly Stella While he is one of the least complicated heroes of this series Stella is perhaps the most complex heroine Fiercely independent a tumultuous childhood and a devastating betrayal has ensured she trusts no one She is certain she isn't interested in any type of relationship but Luca slowly wears down her defenses and Stella is eventually forced to confront her demonsI love that Julia and Ry Nobody But Him Lizzie and Dan Someone Like You and Anna and Joe Our Kind of Love play a part in this story and I was glad for the opportunity to revisit the beautiful coast of Adelaide I enjoyed losing myself in the romance drama humor and heat of Hold On To Me and am happy to recommend it


  2. says:

    As a non reader of romance I surprised myself last year by enjoying Victoria Purman’s Only We Know so when I saw the South Australian author had another book out I decided to take a chance yet againWhat I didn’t realise however was that Hold On To Me was part of a series Fortunately it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read its three predecessors and I might not have even realised it was the fourth instalment if Goodreads hadn’t told me so I gather the novels are linked so I’m now a tad keen to go back and read how some of the other couples from the South Australian coastal towns got togetherAgain Purman’s created great characters and I very much liked Stella She was typically headstrong and ‘damaged’ but obviously holding onto a lot of shit she needed to let goLuca could have been a bit of a stereotype ie the buff younger builder but he’s also very likeable and we’re provided with a lot of insight into his character The plot’s also solid and I was interested enough to read the entire book in a sitting I did struggle with the occasional cliche but I’m sure regular readers of the romance genre—or those less cynical—wouldn’t have a problem I passed an enjoyable few hours with this novel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it Read the full review on my blog stars


  3. says:

    Hold On To Me is another novel in Victoria Purman’s Boys of Summer series I’ve read the previous novels and really enjoyed them Stella was introduced briefly before and Luca is Anna Morelli’s brother so I was pleased to get the opportunity to head back to this world and catch up with what is happeningThis one is a little slow to get moving – the cafe next to Stella’s shop catches fire and although her shop doesn’t burn it does take uite a bit of water damage from the fire brigade putting out the fire She hires Anna Morelli’s brother Luca to repair the shop as well as make some improvements – Luca has ‘ideas’ and together the two of them begin to plan a much better space whilst a simmering attraction starts between themLuca is 29 to Stella’s 35 and this is something that does preoccupy her I’m almost the same age as Stella and I have to admit I didn’t find it to be such a big deal? Perhaps because my husband is older than me I don’t tend to view age gaps the same as many others might But 6 years when both characters are around 30ish didn’t seem much at all If Stella had been 45 and Luca 25 it might’ve been something I felt easy for her to panic over After all when you stretch that far people can be in very different life placesespecially if the older character is female By the time the guy gets to 30 and might think about wanting children the woman is most likely going to find that difficult When the situation is reversed men can keep fathering children well into their senior years I think in some ways it was trying to portray that being younger Luca was often the one settled ready for what was happening but this was occasionally spoiled by him storming off in a huff getting angry over being jealous or becoming moody in a way that was just vaguely explained as being because he’s Italian Also Anna refers to her brother as bella several times throughout this book which made me giggle I’m assuming it’s supposed to be belloWhat I did really love about this book is the strong friendship between all of the women well couples that have each been previously featured in a book They catch up freuently and share their lives and have girls nights and guys nights I’m assuming and in some cases match make the not yet paired up members I also really liked the little side plot of Stella’s friend Summer and her finding of romance Actually I think I would’ve liked to have read about that The women are all so closely knit and their friendship is written in such a natural and genuine way It makes this seem like a really lovely place to live the sort of place you’d love to move to even if just to be included in that sort of friendship groupStella had a pretty rough childhood and it’s definitely affected her into her adulthood as well as the failed relationship that sent her fleeing back to Middle Point She’s had to overcome uite a few knocks and she’s very determined and strong but at the same time she does tend to have a streak of the vulnerable in her and she finds it very hard to trust I felt as though Stella had uite a bit of justification to be as emotionally stunted as she was even though it did make her at times a little frustrating She was stubborn clinging onto this stuff from her childhood and allowing it to continue affecting her every day life but thankfully she did manage to take some steps towards letting it all go as well as what happened with the relationship in her past once she got over the idea that she might somehow be publicly humiliated in some way and that it would change people’s perceptions of herDespite a few niggles with this one mostly personal – not seeing what the big deal was with the age and Stella needing to constantly tell herself to leave the young man alone etc I did enjoy this story and I loved being back in this part of the world catching up with the other couples and seeing what was going on in their lives Victoria Purman has created a really nice community here and populated it with lovely people the sort that you just enjoy being connected to


  4. says:

    I feel so lucky that I discovered the wonderful words of Victoria Purman I remember scribbling her name down at a conference before her debut release Nobody But Him described as a coastal romance as one to watch and boy I’m glad that I did In a reader’s life there are authors whose words just click with you and Victoria Purman is one of those authors for me I am happy to hunt down anything she writes Fortunately for me in this hot Aussie summer Hold On To Me was but a click away to read under the air conditioning The story is set in summer and it’s a beautiful read It’s hot and sexy yet also tender with a touch of sadness I really felt that I was at Port Elliot or Middle Point while reading this smelling the ocean and pushing my feet into the cool sandHold On To Me is a Boys of Summer novel but you don’t have to have read any of the three other books to enjoy it If you’re a lover of the series there will be the added joy of seeing what Ry and Julia Lizzie and Dan and Anna and Joe are up to If this is your first book I defy you not to go out and grab the other three books The main characters of the story were previously spotted in other books – I’ve always wanted to know about Stella owner of a fabulous fashion boutiue in Port Elliot The hero is Anna’s little brother Luca who has a construction business and is hot hot hot I’ve loved all of the Boys of Summer but I think Luca has to be my favourite He’s not afraid to get down and dirty he has a caffeine addiction and he’s incredibly caring and family oriented He’s just what Stella needs Behind her glamourous exterior Stella hides a lot of pain She never had the ‘proper’ family she longed for and she has been hurt times than is fair She’s very wary about letting someone into her world Could Luca be that person?Luca and Stella meet in less than ideal circumstances for Stella Her boutiue Style By Stella is her life and it’s been damaged in a fire on the eve of the busy summer holiday season Anna Stella’s best customer commands Luca to go and see what he can do Stella is a very strong woman and she’s not keen on taking on some random young man Fortunately Luca isn’t daunted by her bossy tone in fact he might even be a little turned on and accepts her challenge It’s all systems go as Stella and Luca work exceptionally hard to repair the damage in record time By then Anna has spotted a few things and it’s her turn to match make Stella and Luca Will this be than a fling? Will Stella commit?The tone of Hold On To Me is perfect for summer – light yet with some intense moments especially towards the end There are also uite a few funny moments think the whole Morelli family watching Stella and Luca get romantic from the Christmas lunch table plus an incident with Stella’s friend Courtney while she’s on duty As well as celebrating romance Hold On To Me captures flawlessly the beauty and support of female friendships It’s almost as much about celebrating the bond between Stella Anna Lizzie and Julia as it is about Stella and Luca I also enjoyed how Stella and Luca’s romance went from hot lust to tender love Sometimes the pulling back of one character from a budding relationship can be annoying but Stella’s reluctance to commit to Luca wasn’t that way for me Because she clearly has reasons for it it fitted in well with the storyline Stella’s exploration into her past was sad at times but explained how she became the woman she is today It was handled sensitively and with graceI’d love to see further books in the Boys of Summer series – I think Grace Morelli sister of Anna and Luca needs her own story Courtney a new character could also be a great heroine – we know she needs to get out of her police uniform and partyThank you to Harleuin Australia for the eARC My review is honesthttpsamstillreadingwordpresscom


  5. says:

    The Boys of Summer series began as a trilogy but many fans and Victoria herself were sad to say goodbye to Middle Point and the cast of characters we have grown to know and love It seems Middle Point wasn't ready for us to say goodbye either and the series continues with Hold On To Me which hopefully will still not be the lastHold On To Me brings us a whole new insight into the character of Stella Ryan the successful businesswoman and owner of the popular boutiue Style by Stella Stella spent half her childhood in Middle Point and has been back for the last five years building her business Stella is by far the most complicated of Purman's heroines and I think she became the one I feel the most for All of the heroines have baggage as do the heroes and none of the roads to love have been smooth but Stella really touched meStella lives just up the road from Middle Point in the very real South Australian coastal town of Port Eliot She opened Style by Stella four years ago and the business is her baby so when it is completely waterlogged after a fire in the neighbouring business Stella is devastatedStyle by Stella wasn't fire or smoke damaged but it was water damaged and all of her stock is gone the interior is ruined the ceiling is falling in and there's a big chunk of roof missing Stella is determined to overcome this adversity she has started from scratch before and she can do it again; she has all the insurance she could possibly need so this is just a hurdleThe community is small and news travels fast and everyone wants to do what they can to help Anna Morelli of Our Kind of Love has a younger brother who has his own construction company and she is straight on the phone to him The Morelli's are a large close Italian family and Luca knows saying no to his sister is asking for trouble so he gets in touch even though he has just picked up the keys for his new house a renovator's dream that he had cleared his schedule to work onThe remainer of my review will be live at Beauty and Lace


  6. says:

    Stella's background and past demons rear up in the story and often impacts her character emotionally for varied reasons and pulls at the heartstrings a time or three On the flip side Stella's inner dialogue and constant reminder Put the young man down was hilariousLoved the fiery introduction between Stella and Luca Colossal heat and chemistry between the two of them through each of the chapters that just got hotter as the story progressed The friendships in the story were heartwarming and uplifting to read and it was nice to glimpse past characters in the series who made a surprise appearance in the story Hold On To Me by Victoria Purman held this reader captive from start to finish and did not disappoint Review copy kindly received from the Publisher


  7. says:

    I didn't really read the blurb before I bought this I love the authors previous books so when I saw this was out I added it to my TBR I was surprised and delighted to find that I was already familiar with some of the characters and he setting of Middle Point having read all the others in the Boys of Summer series Luca felt like a great typical hard working AussieItalian bloke However there was something about Stella that really annoyed me or I've read too many romances where the protagonists battle is an inner one that stems from a difficult past Otherwise a uick easy and fun read


  8. says:

    Those familiar with Victoria Purman’s Boys of Summer series will recognise familiar characters in the latest of the series Hold on to Me It’s a boss employee story with a twist Stella is the boss and Luca the employee Only thing is Luca has ideas of his own which goes against Stella’s fierce need for control and independence From the start Purman had me caught up in Stella and Luca’s burning attraction and she kept the reader waiting with plenty of nearly not uite love scenes before bringing them together in a sizzling tumble that is pretty swoon worthy Purman doesn’t hold back on the heat so be prepared for lots of spice from Stella’s red hot Italian lover


  9. says:

    I was given this ARC for a fair and honest review I love how Victoria has created Luca and Stella I love the flow of the story from the beginning to the end I would recommend this to friends and family to read I can't wait to read from Victoria


  10. says:

    I loved this book It follows the people in Middle Bay again and the things that happen in their lives This book is about Stella whose fashion shop burns down at the beginning of the story Luca one of her friends brothers comes to help her clean up and re build This is basically their story


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