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Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction... she's a happily married carpooling mom writing steamy romance. It's almost naughty! Paloma writes both contemporary and paranormal romances that are anything but PG. She published her first book in 2012 and hasn't slowed down since.
With her husband and three sons, the Blue Ridge mountains have been her home for nearly twenty years. There's still a special place in her heart though for New England where she spent her childhood. The lakes of Maine call her name and someday she hopes to find her way back there.
Paloma is a proud supporter of Starbucks. She believes a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better. So, go on, Romance Beckons. Grab a cup of coffee, a good book and get reading!
on April 29, 2013 :
The best description I can come up with for this read would be that it's a lighter, shorter version of Fifty Shades of Grey. HOLD MY HAND contains some of the same themes, especially the BDSM nature of the relationship; however, this book is more focused on the female's, Aubrey's, growth. I really like the way the book revolves around what Aubrey needs, feels, and struggles with in her daily life. I really wanted more detail about her past, especially her father. Of course, this could come into play in the sequel.
The story flowed pretty well, chronicling Aubrey's journey through this exciting and challenging new lifestyle with William. Aubrey's character was quite fascinating to me. I'm not usually a fan of the women who constantly belittle themselves and find worth in a man (I know, I know... why the hell do I read BDSM then. That's for a later time. I have issues. Lol), but Aubrey's insecurities obviously stem from past emotional abuse. Which I find much more complex than prior sexual abuse. I just wish there was more of this element in the story. A little more history given.
That being said, William is a complete freakin' mystery! He reveal very little throughout the book, and what he does reveal just left me want more of his history as well. However, he didn't feel incomplete. It simply added to mystery that is William, and made him more appealing to me as the reader. It helped me relate to Aubrey's feelings toward him.
I only have one complaint, and honestly, many readers probably wouldn't pick up on it, but I'm crazy obsessed with grammar... you can thank my English degree. At times, there were tense shifts within sentences and inaccurate verb usage. Like I said, this is a small thing that most readers probably wouldn't notice. It didn't affect my love of the story at all, it only slowed down my reading, because, like I said, I'm obsessed.
Overall, I was very happy with this story, but I also think there is plenty of room to expand on the details that would just make it that much better. Given a little more depth and insight, for example, showing more of Aubrey's feelings and actions while she is away from William, would make this a great read for me. It would just take the story to the next level. I'm looking forward to more of Aubrey and William's story in book 2, HEAL MY SOUL. If you enjoy erotic romance, give HOLD MY HAND a read.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on April 15, 2013 :
Wow. I don't have enough good things to say about Hold My Hand. This book really hit home for me in a lot of ways. It's an intense emotional story that will leave you thinking about it for days. I really enjoyed the characters in the story since they are created perfectly with just the right amount of back-story to keep it interesting.
The author presents word-pictures of scenes and events by giving specific details that appeal to the five senses, perfect for our imagination. The book is written in the first person from the perspective of Aubrey. The language is extremely simple and the point of view is very consistent for its time. The book moves at a relaxing pace and is extremely absorbing without being dull or loose. Plot points are tight and the other characters, are complex and completely fleshed out thus adding to the well crafted feel of the book.
Overall, Hold My Hand was an excellent, enthralling read that I highly recommend. It was a fantastic book with a wonderfully creative plot.
(reviewed the day of purchase)