Release Day + Book Review: HOLD YOU CLOSE by Corinne Michaels & Melanie Harlow

Title: Hold You Close 
Author: Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels 
Release Date: August 20th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

From NYT Bestseller Corinne Michaels & USA Today Bestseller Melanie Harlow, comes a second chance standalone romance novel.

Ian Chase broke my heart at seventeen, and I’ve spent the last eighteen years hating him for it.
He makes it easy, with his smart mouth and playboy lifestyle—which I unfortunately have to observe since he lives behind me. Every time I see him climbing out of his pool, practically naked and unreasonably sexy, my blood boils.
I’ve always loved to loathe him.
I never planned to need him.
London Parish is my little sister’s best friend, not that it stopped me from falling for her.
Our history is complicated. The only thing we have in common is being godparents to my sister’s three adorable kids—until our lives are changed in one tragic moment.
Now we’re trying to raise the children we love, mourn an unthinkable loss, and fight an undeniable attraction.
My life is already upside-down, and the last thing I need is for old feelings to resurface.
Because I’ll never be able to keep her, no matter how hard I try to hold her close.


Corinne Michaels is one of my favorite authors, it's no surprise. I can say I haven't read anything by Melanie Harlow but after reading this book, I will definitely be checking out some of her works. Because this book is perfection. From the first page, I was hooked and my heart was in pain. I was counting down the days until this book was in my hands and I can say, it totally didn't disappoint. 

Hold You Close follows the story of Ian and London. Ian is London's best friends big brother and she's been in love with him for as long as she could remember. But he thinks of her as his sisters pesky little friend. Though after one night, everything changes and it quickly goes from everything London has ever wanted, to her worst nightmare. 

Now eighteen years later, they hate each other and all they do is bicker. They aren't friends and London despises him. But when tragedy strikes their family they are forced to work together and put their differences aside, and help raise their godchildren. Something they never thought they would be doing. 

But it's hard to put their feelings aside and work, when they are so strong. But Ian knows he can never have her and shouldn't want her. This will test their limits and their boundaries beyond anything they would ever expect. 

This book is beyond beautiful and packs a punch of feels. I could have continued reading this book for as long as they kept writing. It's the perfect story. Filled with love, loss, life, and pain. I highly recommend reading this book and grabbing a glass of wine...because trust me, you will need it. 

USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. If she's not writing or reading, she's probably driving someone to the dance studio or laughing at bad lip reading videos. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of contemporary romance that's equal parts sexy and sweet. She lifts her glass to readers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman of Friedman Literary.

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of ten romance novels. She's an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. 

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love. 

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