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Pat Esden

A Hold on Me

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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...

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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...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

Specifications

Series Title
Dark Heart
Publisher
Kensington
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Pat Esden
Title
A Hold on Me
ISBN-13
9781496700056
Publication Date
February, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.30 x 5.50 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
1496700058

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I am telling you when I got this book. I had already read several chapters in the second book because I was not clear on the fact there was a first book when I began it. Once I was into it and felt sufficiency lost I looked for book one. Smart to read book one first. Now A Hold on Me. . .I got me a Gothic read with splatters of romance with the forbidden. Annie was more than I was expecting. She showed her strength and her loyalty to her family. Her determination to get her mother back. Even if it meant obtaining help from someone she does not know, Chase. Chase was the unknown. He was mysterious. He kept his personal life personal and close to his vest. There are some twist to how things become connected. There are secrets revealed that may have consequences down the line. I felt more equipped to re-enter my read of book two after reading book one. Book one did not end of a cliffhanger. Big Plus.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This book, to be relea...

This book, to be released in January from Kensington, is classified as a New Adult paranormal romance; to be even more specific, this is a gothic novel in modern form. Annie Freemont is a bold heroine with an eye on college and life-long experience in antiquities and art appraisals. As her father slowly succumbs to dementia, she is forced to move with him to her estranged paternal family. Their estate is gothic in all its glory: a palatial home centuries old, built on salt mines along the isolated Maine coast. Annie soon finds her family drowns in secrets and her father's illness is supernatural rather than natural. I found this to be a fast and enjoyable read. The romance works very well, and the plot offered many twists and turns as it delved deeper into the paranormal element. This is a solid book on its own but there is still plenty of plot left for more Freemont adventures.

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Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

A Hold On Me by Pat Es...

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.

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