A Hold On Me by Pat EsdenA Hold On Me by Pat Esden

A Hold On Me

byPat Esden

Paperback | February 23, 2016

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She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It's a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue--until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine--and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie's mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he's a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support--Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can't even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie's own longings--and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she'll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…

The Dark Heart Series
Book 1
Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing f...
Title:A Hold On MeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1496700058

ISBN - 13:9781496700056

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Urban Fantasy! I really liked this one. I thought it was a solid foray into NA urban fantasy and I felt inspired by the characters. I had a couple issues with it, but I'm very excited for the next novel (I say as it loads onto my Kindle). I think if you are a fan of YA urban fantasy, this is a good series to get you into NA urban fantasy if you are looking to up the ages and situations of the characters. I really liked Annie. I liked that she didn't accept anything at face value and tried to do everything she could to find out the answers regarding her father and his family. I thought it was really realistic for her to have questions and try to do research on her own. I thought that she was a little naive at some points and thought there were some times that she drastically changed just to further the plot but that didn't really take away from my reading. I felt like her story and character arc were very YA in the sense that it felt like this was a YA novel with the characters just aged up. It was a pretty typical set up and there weren't a lot of Adult Content things happening in this one so I would actually feel comfortable letting a 16 or 17 year old read this one. There is sexual mention but no actual explicit sexual content which I was kinda glad for because I didn't really need it in this one. I thought the romance was good too: I really liked the chemistry between Annie and Chase. They were a good mix (even if he said the dreaded UF line tbh). I thought it became a little quick at the end, like jumping from 50 to 100, because while there were sparks, it wasn't as though the characters were really more than friends who wanted to maybe have sex. So some of the things said at the end took me by surprise. One thing that I didn't like was that it seemed like some characters did 180s at the end just to have the plot move along. I thought that Selena changed too quickly and the idea that the kids maybe knew all along was confusing to me. I felt like it was something that had to be done to make the plot continue rather than something that felt natural in the context of the story. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, I think this is one for you! There is a lot of good stuff in this one and I can't wait to continue reading this series, I say as I open the next one on my Kindle.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable paranormal elements! A Hold On Me by Pat Esden is an interesting paranormal novel. Annie Freemont is twenty years old and has just been accepted into the Sotheby’s summer program. However, her father’s health has been declining and Annie will have to refuse. Annie’s father, James has been acting odd and seems to have the beginning of dementia. Her father’s illness started when they were in an old church buying antiques. They opened a hidden space and a dark shadow came out. Does it have anything to do with her father’s condition? Annie wants to take care of him, but then her Aunt Kate takes her to court. Aunt Kate wins custody of Annie’s father. Annie is forced to take him to Moonhill, the families ancestral home (and a place they left fifteen years previously after the death of Annie’s mother) in Port St. Claire, Maine. Upon arrival Annie and her father are separated and Annie is kept from seeing him. What is going on in this home? Annie is being told lies and she wants the truth. What secrets is the family keeping from Annie? Is she ready for the truth and can her father be helped? A Hold On Me is an interesting book, but it was not great. Annie comes across as flighty, obsessed with guys (I guess that could be any twenty years old), paranoid, and she over reacts to everything. Annie has severe trust issues (paranoia). Annie’s fear of darkness is mentioned repeatedly in the book. Annie acts more like a sixteen-year-old than a twenty-year-old (just how she came across to me). The book contains a lot of Annie’s thinking (over thinking) which was not enjoyable. There is mild foul language and sex in the book (just letting you know). I liked the paranormal elements in the book (one of the reasons I picked the book) and the mystery. I did not like the ending. The novel is left with an incomplete ending (and we have to wait for the next book). I give A Hold on Me 3 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of A Hold on Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Date published: 2016-05-14