Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Review | Can't Hold Back by Serena Bell (@serenabellbooks)


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In this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight—perfect for fans of of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery—a war-shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one that got away.

No girl can resist a man in uniform—especially if that man is Nate Riordan. But after an injury in the line of duty leaves Nate broken, body and soul, the soldier finds himself addicted to his pain meds, with no place to call home. Desperate for an escape, Nate reluctantly accepts a friend’s invitation to a new veterans’ retreat. Expecting a little R&R, Nate is shocked when the sight of his physical therapist opens up another old wound: heartbreak.

Years ago, Alia Drake fell hard for Nate, but never made her move. Instead, she set up her sister with the sexy, confident military man, a foolish decision that continues to haunt all three of them. Now, with Nate as her patient, she can make things right—even if it means getting too close for comfort. A healing touch and a little honesty work wonders, fueling a physical intimacy that crosses professional boundaries. This time, with desire in the air once more, Alia won’t hold anything back.

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Deception and lies never really ends well. The end doesn’t always justify the means. Some years ago, Alia Drake fell in love with Nate Riordan. But instead on acting up on it, she pushed her sister to the military man – which started everything, and still continued to haunt them all. Now, Nate was her patient and she’s the only one who can help him. Can she be strong enough not to cross the boundaries of professionalism? She wanted to apologize, she wanted to explain, she wanted to be honest with him – would he allow her?

Nate Riordan was injured, and it was more of the inside rather than the outside injuries that have been making him giving him intense pain and nightmares. He didn’t want to touch his pain medications anymore and he’s desperate for an escape. Good thing, a friend offered him to stay in a new veteran’s retreat for some R&R. What he didn’t expect to see was the woman who helped in deceiving him and broke his heart.  

They both have issues from their past, but she was the only one who can help him with his present problem. He didn’t like the fact, but he has little choice. She didn’t mean what she did back then. Somehow, she thought she was helping her sister until it was too late. Until she found himself falling for someone she shouldn’t. Despite the deception, I Alia was honest with her feelings in every letter and care packages she sent to him. And whatever she did in the past, she owed up to her mistake now, tried to be professional and not cross the line.

But there was that powerful chemistry that has always been between the two of them – they both tried to fight it for different reasons, but both are powerless to stop. Will they finally embrace their fate and take the risk this time?

It’s a story of forgiveness, second chances and love. I love the fact that this wasn’t an insta-love type of story. The attraction was there, but the love slowly grew every single day that they spent together – despite the nightmares, their past and the uncertainty of their future. 

Rating: 4 Stars


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