Hard to Hold ePUB ✓ Hard to PDF or Paperback

Hard to Hold ePUB ✓ Hard to PDF or Paperback

Hard to Hold ❮Ebook❯ ➨ Hard to Hold Author Julie Leto – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk New York lobbyist Michael Davoli feels like he s been sucker punched when he meets Anne Miller at a Jeff Tweedy concert And it doesn t take long for him to realize that he s fallen hard when they wind New York lobbyist Michael Davoli feels like he s been sucker punched when he meets Anne Miller at a Jeff Tweedy concert And it doesn t take long for him Hard to PDF or to realize that he s fallen hard when they wind up living in the same Albany apartment building After all, Anne s hot, his dog likes her, and she can pick a lock faster than Sydney Bristow can disarm a nukeAlways fiercely independent, Anne s crackerjack reporting skills and keen intellect are no match for the chemical reaction she has to this man with electric blue eyes But while he effortlessly holds her with his gaze, he withholds the embrace she longs for Why is he so distant Has Anne misread his signals Yet there is no doubt that she s under his skin and he s in too deep when Mike confesses that he harbors two secrets that could keep them apart He has a neurological disorder that has shadowed him since childhood, and although he s mastered the physical tics so others don t notice, he may never be able to hold her in his arms at night for fear of the bruises he could inflictAnne isn t about to let anything like Tourette s syndrome keep her from the man of her dreams But Mike has a second secret Will this secret be the one that even a grand passion cannot survive With her trademark wit and sensual artistry, Julie Leto knocks this unforgettable romance out of the park and straight to the heart Based on the true love story between Mike Davoli and Anne Miller, Hard to Hold is a modern day fairy tale that proves that the best things in life and in romance are real.


10 thoughts on “Hard to Hold

  1. Jacqueline J Jacqueline J says:

    This book was enjoyable but slow and lacked conflict I guess since this is based on a real romance the pacing is in line with the real world and not what is normal in a typical romance novel The book took place over 2 years The hero and the heroine had some conflicts to overcome so it wasn t all roses But a typical novel would have focused on just one or two of them and ratcheted up the drama The Tourette s for example would have played a much larger part in the story with perhaps a scene o This book was enjoyable but slow and lacked conflict I guess since this is based on a real romance the pacing is in line with the real world and not what is normal in a typical romance novel The book took place over 2 years The hero and the heroine had some conflicts to overcome so it wasn t all roses But a typical novel would have focused on just one or two of them and ratcheted up the drama The Tourette s for example would have played a much larger part in the story with perhaps a scene or so of him hiding it and then having an incident where he actually did almost hurt her I m glad that Michael in real life is doing well but it doesn t make for very riveting reading, although I learned something about the disease.The characters were very nice but because the book was based on real life I was continually wondering if I would really like them in person which I don t normally have to do while reading a romance They both seemed sweet and with it and heading towards their dreams I was also glad that the love scenes were not really hot because, as I told my sister, I didn t want to feel like a voyeur.The writing style was okay but the book did seemtold than shown And of course it was fairly meandering Maybe they should be in the regular fiction section instead of the romance section.I guess finally it comes down to I don t really want to read about real life My husband and I had an interesting somewhat rocky road to matrimony ourselves and I like to tell others about it but I m not sure that anyone but ourselves would really like to spend 4 hours reading about it, and I m pretty sure he would only read it to humor me


  2. Mandi Schreiner Mandi Schreiner says:

    Michael Davoli has just moved to Albany, New York single, with only his beloved dog to keep him company He has some friends in the area, but he is ready for a relationship if he can only find a girl Out one night with some friends, he literally runs into Anne Miller Anne is a crime reporter for a local newspaper, and is single herself They fall into easy conversation, but when Anne asks him to go get a drink at a local bar, Michael refuses.Besides his allergies flaring up, Michael has To Michael Davoli has just moved to Albany, New York single, with only his beloved dog to keep him company He has some friends in the area, but he is ready for a relationship if he can only find a girl Out one night with some friends, he literally runs into Anne Miller Anne is a crime reporter for a local newspaper, and is single herself They fall into easy conversation, but when Anne asks him to go get a drink at a local bar, Michael refuses.Besides his allergies flaring up, Michael has Tourette s Syndrome, a condition that makes him blink rapidly, and sometimes when he is in his anxiety situations, his neck and hands twitch He doesn t want to push that onto this beautiful woman quite yet, so he politely refuses It isn t until a few months later that he runs into Anne again when he is moving into his new apartment Which just happens to be in the same building as Anne Both still interested in the other, Anne finally gets tired of waiting for Michael to ask her out and takes matters into her own hands From here, they start the dating game and see where things go.Hard to Hold is part of the True Vows series, a reality series based on a real life couple s relationship You can go to their website and see the real life couple and readabout them.Michael is all around a shy hero Bordering on beta status, it was hard for him to make the first move in this book His confidence is hurt a bit with his Tourette s syndrome, although once revealed to Anne, it does not become an issue as they move forward.Anne loves the show 24, wantsfrom her reporting job, but has an optimistic outlook on life Michael and Anne are opposites in some aspects but compliment each other also Michael is obsessed with cleaning and order, where Anne could care less where her dirty clothes land Anne screamed in terror when she found a dead mouse in her apartment, and Michael plays the knight and disposed of it for her and of course does a through cleaning afterwards.While this is a light and sweet book, it is also incredibly slow There is not a lot that really stands out in this story It is cute and at first I really liked Michael They do have some ups and downs in their relationship but I neededI don t know maybe I need a bit of unreality in my love stories It lacked for angst and drama It lacked any sort of suspense It also felt as if the sex scenes couldn t decide if they were going to show the lovin or close the door We got to the bed, but then it was wrapped up really quick.I get that normal romance is not always filled with drama But to turn it into a romance book where I am going to spend money to read this story, I expect .Rating 2.5 5


  3. Sara Sara says:

    I liked this book better than Alison Kent s The Icing on the Cake Leto s book focusedon the characters and their interactions rather than their feelings in Kent s book, which seemed much less intimate much easier to read Yes, this was still a story based on reality, but it didn t seem as intrusive as Kent s book while the ending bothered me view spoiler i m not a fan of reading about wedding s and couple s vows to each other hide spoiler it wasn t so bad as to completely ru I liked this book better than Alison Kent s The Icing on the Cake Leto s book focusedon the characters and their interactions rather than their feelings in Kent s book, which seemed much less intimate much easier to read Yes, this was still a story based on reality, but it didn t seem as intrusive as Kent s book while the ending bothered me view spoiler i m not a fan of reading about wedding s and couple s vows to each other hide spoiler it wasn t so bad as to completely ruin the whole book for me I did, however, find it interesting that both the characters from Kent s and Leto s books liked to travel and spent time traveling as a couple


  4. Lauren (Sugar & Snark) Lauren (Sugar & Snark) says:

    Another self righteous author who isn t classy enough to accept criticism, verbally abuses reviewers and in my opinion is not worth my time reading.


  5. MaggieReadsRom MaggieReadsRom says:

    4.25 stars Anne Miller is a journalist, a crime reporter She s witty, bubbly, cheerful, and open She s in a knitting group and an avid fan of Jack Bauer The moment she decides that she s quite happy being single and not going to search after love, fate bumps into her in the form of Mike Davoli at a music concert Mike is a campaign coordinator for the Quality Education Initiative He has Tourette s Syndrome He s organized, sweet, honest and a very big fan of a band called Phish I really li 4.25 stars Anne Miller is a journalist, a crime reporter She s witty, bubbly, cheerful, and open She s in a knitting group and an avid fan of Jack Bauer The moment she decides that she s quite happy being single and not going to search after love, fate bumps into her in the form of Mike Davoli at a music concert Mike is a campaign coordinator for the Quality Education Initiative He has Tourette s Syndrome He s organized, sweet, honest and a very big fan of a band called Phish I really like this concept of romance novels based on reality Reading romance in various genres has made me believe in easy, almost magical solutions to hurdles that inevitably surge in a starting relationship and HARD TO HOLD made me see again that building and maintaining a relationship is hard work and the road to a Happily Ever After is paved with struggles, disappointments, conflict and challenges to go with the chemistry, sexual attraction and soul mate kind of love There was one minor thing that bothered me reading this books and that was the conflict argument between Anne and Michael and Michael s reasoning This felt a little forced and didn t quite work for me, but I did love that it wasn t brushed over or easily solved, which made the romance that much stronger in my opinion.The second half of HARD TO HOLD tells the story where other romance novels end and to me portrayed the real story after the Happily Ever After where most romance novels end Reading this book was refreshing and I heartily welcome this new brand of romance.A sweet, warm and funny contemporary was just what I needed and just what I got from HARD TO HOLD This book proved to me that you don t need hot and heavy dirty sex scenes to write an excellent and poignant contemporary love story and make me a fan Don t get me wrong, I like hot monkey sex scenes, a lot, but they are not obligatory for me to thoroughly enjoy a book as reading HARD TO HOLD definitely proved to me Seeing the attraction build, slowly but intensely was just delightful to read I smiled and grinned numerous times at the subtle humor that was delivered as easily and smoothly as the love story And the wedding put the cherry on the cake by making me tear up.I highly recommend HARD TO HOLD if you love subtle humor, sweet romance dosed with a healthy bit of reality and a HEA that is just perfect And I am also definitely going to readof Julie Leto s work as I do have some on my huge TBR and this first encounter with her writing has definitely left me wanting


  6. Lisa Gibson Lisa Gibson says:

    While this is not a YA book, I wanted to read this book the moment I saw that the male lead character had Tourette s Syndrome My son also has Tourette s Like the main character, Michael, my son has a milder case of TS I ve come to know that it is one of the most misunderstood syndromes out there However, I love seeing characters with differences in books I liked this book a lot On the cover it claims this book is The First Reality Based Romance and I would have to say that s probably fa While this is not a YA book, I wanted to read this book the moment I saw that the male lead character had Tourette s Syndrome My son also has Tourette s Like the main character, Michael, my son has a milder case of TS I ve come to know that it is one of the most misunderstood syndromes out there However, I love seeing characters with differences in books I liked this book a lot On the cover it claims this book is The First Reality Based Romance and I would have to say that s probably fairly accurate We don t often find romance books where characters deal with reality based situations such as living with Tourette s, etc I felt the building up of Anne and Mike s relationship was about right The pacing of it all was terrific It was a fire that started out slow and built up over time I appreciated the fact that Mike s Tourette s really wasn t the focus of their issues, but merely one facet of the challenges they had to face I also totally 3 the fact that she mentioned Red Rocks Amphitheatre something I pass everyday I grew up in Morrison, Colorado and it s just kind of a little bonus to see someplace I m so familiar with in a book There were even a couple exotic locales travelled to that added some spice There were only a couple of little nit picky drawbacks I noticed One, they discuss on the back copy how Michael is fearful of his tics hurting Anne during the night That situation is never discussed much in the book It s mentioned casually as an aside, but made to sound like not an issue The other very minor point, Anne is a curvy girl in the pages of the book and they put a super slender chicky on the cover totally not under the authors control, I know that , but it would have been nice to see a curvy girl up there front and center Like I said, minuscule things and don t take away from the story one bit I m giving this 3 big smooches What about you, do you like romance novels If so, what type of romances do you like to read


  7. ൠSinful ൠSinful says:

    It is a brand new day for romance readers as HCI Books launches its True Vows Romance Series based on real life romances as delicious as any of our favorite fairy tales Bestselling author Julie Leto braves this new frontier as she releases one of the three initial books in the series, and all I can say is Michael Davoli can give any vampire a run for his money in the romance department Ooh la la.Hard to Hold is a tightly written, tender story with a gentle and realistic pacing The character h It is a brand new day for romance readers as HCI Books launches its True Vows Romance Series based on real life romances as delicious as any of our favorite fairy tales Bestselling author Julie Leto braves this new frontier as she releases one of the three initial books in the series, and all I can say is Michael Davoli can give any vampire a run for his money in the romance department Ooh la la.Hard to Hold is a tightly written, tender story with a gentle and realistic pacing The character himself describes their romance as rockier than some but gentler than most and I would wholeheartedly concur Although the couple faces real life hurdles such as health and career issues, they tackle them with time, communication and commitment to each other Rather than a tale of tension and suspense, this is a memoir of real love swimming upstream against the current of life I tend to like my stories to havebite and intensity From the sex to the conflict resolutions, it left me content rather than sizzling That being said, we all need contentment every once in a while We can all use a good story of hope and love conquering all, and this one happened to show up in my hands at the perfect moment in my life.Ms Leto did a fabulous job of bringing Michael Davoli and Anne Miller to life I love an author who knows how to show and not tell Ms Leto included a cast of intriguing friends to draw out qualities important in understanding the couple The dialogue is witty, revealing and realistic Even the dog worked to help me understand Michael and Anne s personalities and needs Hard to Hold is far from it It is easy to hold on to and keep turning the pages, revelling in a real life romance fit for a fairy tale


  8. Sarah Sarah says:

    This is the second book I ve read in the True Vows series This is a series that is reality based romance This book was pretty good, although I m trying to figure out if I liked itbecause it actually happened or if the writing was that great It probably was a mixture of the two, but it s a nice concept nonetheless.We meet our protagonists following a concert in Albany Anne Miller is a fiercely independent woman and journalist who s lifestyle is interested in having a relationship, but This is the second book I ve read in the True Vows series This is a series that is reality based romance This book was pretty good, although I m trying to figure out if I liked itbecause it actually happened or if the writing was that great It probably was a mixture of the two, but it s a nice concept nonetheless.We meet our protagonists following a concert in Albany Anne Miller is a fiercely independent woman and journalist who s lifestyle is interested in having a relationship, but she s tired of being the friend to all the guys in her life Mike Davoli works for a small non profit and he s a recent transplant to the city The sparks fly right away with these two, but they both seem to be fighting the thought of getting serious because they re scared about the what if s Mike also suffers from Tourette s Syndrome While it doesn t get in the way of having relationships, he s also never been as interested in someone as he is with Anne.What I liked best about this story was really from the start these two were like ying and yang I m like this with my husband and I think it breeds a very fun and healthy relationship to be that way If you need a story to lift up your spirit this is a good one to check out I ll be readingof the True Vows series in the future, too


  9. Shannon Adamson Shannon Adamson says:

    OMG I loved this book Stayed up til almost one in the morning reading it So sweet to hear how one couple can keep their relationship going with all the ups and downs in a dating relationship They ask that if you have a cool story with how you met, you can write it and send it into the publishing company Mine is sorta interesting, so that sounds like a fun thing to do


  10. NTE NTE says:

    The thing I liked best about this book was that it was a reality based romance, meaning the story was built around the real life story of an actual couple, which I thought was a great idea, and I m definitely going to check out the True Vows line evenBut the book itself was just ok.


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