Saturday, 26 January 2013

Review: Holding On by Karen Stivali

When you have everything you’ve ever dreamed of, the hard part is Holding On. British NYU professor Daniel Gardner thinks life can’t get better than the day his three-year-old stepdaughter, Ella, calls him Daddy for the first time. Then his wife Marienne tells him she’s pregnant. Daniel is thrilled, but worried about Marienne’s health. Not wanting to cause her stress he turns to writing to calm his nerves. He pens a screenplay, thinking it’s nothing more than a mental health exercise, but when a colleague reads it and hands it to a producer, it turns into a production contract. Daniel accepts the offer and transfers to a teaching position at Dartmouth, hoping that small town living and a shorter commute will simplify his life. As he attempts to juggle his new responsibilities he gets an unexpected letter from Roger, the father he never knew. For the first time since they met, Daniel and Marienne are at odds; she wants him to give Roger a chance but Daniel wants nothing to do with the man he thinks abandoned his mother. As Daniel and Marienne struggle they must contend with interference from Daniel’s sexy ex-wife, who appears to want him back, and a handsome, all-too-helpful single dad who desires Marienne as more than a play-date pal. They must both confront deep-seated issues with trust and acceptance if they’re going to find a way to make their marriage work and hold on to the love they share.



So I read Meant To Be and loved it. So when I saw an opportunity to read it's sequel I jumped at the chance.

The idea of what happens after the HEA is one that intrigued me, so often I read a book and I just want more of it.

I enjoyed this book immensely and I loved seeing Daniel and Marienne happy together. Of course no HEA goes perfectly and they do have their share of trials.

Though I didn't quite enjoy this one as much as the first it is still a good sexy read.

Overall I give this 4 out of 5

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  1. Wow, talk about a tension filled plot. This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing with us!

  2. A book about the reality of keeping love alive. Any two nitwits can fall in love, but staying in love...that's the hard stuff. More books like this are needed. Yeah Karen!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I love finding a good romance and I love that book cover!!

  4. Took me three tries to comment ... hope this one works. I love the cover. Sweet! Sounds like a touching romance.