Hold Me

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  • Betsy Horvath
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  • 15 September 2019
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About the Author: Betsy Horvath

Ebook ñ Hold Me PDF/EPUB ´ hold book, Hold MeHold Me PDFBetsy Horvath was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia on a steady diet of old MGM musicals, Nancy Drew, and Harlequin romance novels As a teenager she was known to scour used book stores and libraries in search of elusive out of print titles by her favorite authors If she found one, she would read it in a single afternoon and cry over the beautiful love storyHonestly, nobody in their right mind should have been shocked to discover that one day Betsy would be writing romance novels of her own Especially after it became clear that, when given the opportunity, she could sing the entire soundtrack from the Sound of Music , regardless of whether or not anyone asked her to nobody ever did , and that the only books she ever wanted to read were the ones with happy endings which made things interesting in collegeLet s face it, Betsy is a hopeless romantic But she s good with itWhen she s not navigating the tumultuous waters of the so called real world, Betsy can be found sitting at her desk in the Palatial Horvath Estate, singing show tunes and writing stories about real people and their surprising journeys into loveHer three cats like the stories, but they re not crazy about the show tunesNeither are the neighborsYou can find Betsy on her website blog betsyhorvath or frolicking through the verdant fields of social media at Facebook facebook BetsyHorvath , Twitter twitter BetsyHorvath , or Pinterest pinterest betsyhorvath.


Hold MeEbook ñ Hold Me PDF/EPUB ´ hold book, Hold MeHold Me PDFKatie McCabe s life is going nowhere fast when FBI Special Agent Lucas Vasco jumps into her car at an intersection Luc, his undercover guise blown, is on the run from the Mafia and expects to be killed at any moment What he doesn t plan on is finding himself attracted to the firecracker beside him He feels compelled to protect her when her life is threatened, and insists she stay with him for her own safety After learning she has become the target of a psychotic hit man, Katie is whisked off to Luc s house to hide Once there, she s shocked to discover that she and Luc have an unexpected connection a connection Luc already knew existed, but withheld Will their intense attraction reach flashpoint despite their misunderstandings and the pain of the past , words.

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10 thoughts on “Hold Me

  1. Jae says:

    Not too sure what happened, but between the first 20% and the last 10% of the book, I just lost interest in it The beginning part was very exciting and funny, during the Hero s crazy car chase that resulted him to jumped into heroine s car to get away from the bad guys That resulted them to get arrested by the police later on The dialogs were very witty, I absolutely LOVVIT And I was looking forward to a 5star read.But sadly the whole story fell flat after that I just flipped through to get Not too sure what happened, but between the first 20% and the last 10% of the book, I just lost interest in it The beginning part was very exciting and funny, during the Hero s crazy car chase that resulted him to jumped into heroine s car to get away from the bad guys That resulted them to get arrested by the police later on The dialogs were very witty, I absolutely LOVVIT And I was looking forward to a 5star read.But sadly the whole story fell flat after that I just flipped through to get to the end

  2. Yvonne says:

    Fantastic, funny, romantic, steamy read with a crazy mobster subplot This was a terrific romantic suspense that was heavy on the romance and light on the suspense I m definitely readingfrom this author.For the Austin Book Club ABC chicas 0 on the weird meter LOL

  3. Cheesecake says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Warning I m just going to lay it out here so beware BIG SPOILERS Katie the doormat and Luke the guy with his head up his arse.I almost DNFed this several times Not really sure why I stayed with it but it got to a point around 80% where I wasinterested in the love story between Katie s parents than any of the other whiny drivel And I didn t even get satisfaction there as the parents split up without even an hfn on the horizon Listened on Audio and the reader, Montana Chase, was meh Warning I m just going to lay it out here so beware BIG SPOILERS Katie the doormat and Luke the guy with his head up his arse.I almost DNFed this several times Not really sure why I stayed with it but it got to a point around 80% where I wasinterested in the love story between Katie s parents than any of the other whiny drivel And I didn t even get satisfaction there as the parents split up without even an hfn on the horizon Listened on Audio and the reader, Montana Chase, was meh NY accent that bugged me and too much emphasis in odd places At the very beginning of the book there s a long description of Katie s ex fiancee screwing around on her with his boss and nothing ever comes of that SOOO many instances like that where the author goes into great detail and wastes paragraphs on stuff that just isn t important to the story and will never go anywhere Luke, the moronic undercover cop jumps into Katie s car while running from the Mafia Now Katie is in danger and must stay with Luke for protection Luke discovers that he knows Katie from his childhood friend in foster care, Melanie who became adopted by Katie s family This is a connection that Katie is unaware of as Melanie is also a douche bag and has kept big parts of her life secret from her so called beloved sister Katie Does Luke mention that he knows Melanie No of course not because that would be intelligent Of course Katie finds out but is she mad, no of course not, because she is a doormat Occasionally some danger happens Katie s mother is kidnapped by the bad guys Luke s ex fiancee who is a tw t waffle turns out to also be crazy as a loon, and I wonder that this police department ever catches bad guys The whole story was predictable and not in a nice way In an annoying way Luke pushes her away til the very end when he seems to have a retarded epiphany that he loves her and therefore shouldn t be such an a hole to her and that maybe it hurts her feelings Duh My forehead hurts at this point from all the times my palm has struck it.Finally, even if the story had been good it never would have risen above 3 stars because of the author s writing style Talk about repetition It made the book so long i was surprised it wasn t 600 pages Every time she monologues in one of the characters heads she describes things in triplicate here s a paraphrasing example He was so hot, so tall and dark, so fantastically you see what I mean You get where I m coming from You understand how annoying that is Smack. another palm to my forehead I m just mad cause I wasted so much time on this one

  4. Tracy says:

    Surprised MeIn All Kinds of Good WaysWith a cover that is obviously and spectacularly blown, FBI agent Luc Vasco is forced to run for his life from the mob family he d been investigating And that strategicif slightly panickedretreat isn t going so well Luc s already had to ditch the sweet Vette he was driving, then crashing, and he s hobbled by the ankle he wrenched when he jumped out a window He just doesn t have all that many options left Wellless than not all that many One H Surprised MeIn All Kinds of Good WaysWith a cover that is obviously and spectacularly blown, FBI agent Luc Vasco is forced to run for his life from the mob family he d been investigating And that strategicif slightly panickedretreat isn t going so well Luc s already had to ditch the sweet Vette he was driving, then crashing, and he s hobbled by the ankle he wrenched when he jumped out a window He just doesn t have all that many options left Wellless than not all that many One He has exactly one option.The Chevy Nova loudly sputtering at the nearest stoplight.Katie McCabe s life isn t going so hot right now It hasn t for several months, actually Not since she caught her fianc doing push ups on his desk in his officewith his hot supervisor spotting him from her position underneath him She may have swept the cheating bastard out of her lifeumliterallybut she lost her job at the company over the incident Apparently taking a broom to his bare ass is consideredindiscreet than his infidelity Who knew She s waiting at a stoplight, her beloved but ancient Nova giving her a bit of trouble, when the door to the passenger side is jerked open and a strange man dumps himself into the seat beside her It isn t until the bullets start flying, though, and the man starts shouting at her to drive, that Katie realizes that she had been wrong about one very important detail Her life hadn t, in fact, hit rock bottom It couldn t have, as it s obviously still in a rapid free fall with gunfire, car chases, and strange men claiming to be federal agents tossed in for that extra bit of terminal velocity Not that she s freaking out or anything Then she finds out that not only is the man chasing them the son of a notorious mob boss, he is a known psychopath, and in saving Luc s life and embarrassing the psycho in front of the cops by just defending herself, she s put herself squarely on his Needs To Be Brutally Killed list and is no longer safe to live her crappy little life Nope, now she has to live a crappy, life threateningly dangerous life.Because that is so much better She just can t handle onething going wrong right now Not one.Pity, then, that Luc has a few secrets he s refrained from telling her, even as he sets out to keep her safe, because when she finds out who he really is and how they re connected, he s fairly certain the tempestuous woman is going to try to finish the job the mob started I have to admit, when I picked up this book, my expectations weren t high I had a fairly open mind about it, but the mention of the mob in the book summary didn t thrill me I m not a fan of mob related fiction I am, though, quite happy to say that I hadn t even finished the prologue before it was clear that this book was not going to be like anything else I ve read recently Three chapters later and I realized that I had become quickly and thoroughly enchanted.Yeah, yeah, mob relatedperipherally, anyway Didn t give me a problem And sure, technically its a book that has a suspenseful plotline Right Didn t pay much attention to that, though, either At least not at first I was too busy being totally enad by Katie and Luc as characters and falling in love with their quirky charms and the mix of sobriety and humor that is their wacky, rocky relationship.First, the man has a castle that intimidates him a little Come on, that s pricelessAnd Katie is a total firecracker She s quick witted, sharp tongued, and feisty as hellthough I wouldn t ask her for directions to the corner store if I were you She tends to blow up emotionally, then calms down and logics things out in a way that I found very appealingand, okay,than a little familiar And the picture Luc carries in his pocket and the meaning behind it gave me all sorts of happy sighs of sappy romantic contentment.I loved them together Their characters and the arc of their relationship throughout the book is what made it shine so spectacularly But even without them there were a lot of good things Katie s mother was an interesting secondary character, and N mes stole every scene he was in David was wonderful and there is lots of untold story around Melanie, too, and the list goes on.There is actually quite a lot ground covered in the book, and not all of it was comedic Some of it was realistically sober and sad, some dark and disturbing, and even some sickly upsetting To be honest, the whole psycho mob son plot thread never really came together for me The suspense was a nice enough backdrop, sure, and it provided some thrills and chills, but it was a bit inconsistent and didn t blend all that well with other aspects of the book It also gave some room for Katie to tread over the line into some thoughtlessly dangerous actions that I would consider stupid in any other book In this case the stupidity was slightly alleviated by the lighter tone of the surrounding narrative It waslike a dramedy in places than serious suspense that inspires a true sense of danger.It was entertaining, though Very entertaining I was caught totally by surprise by this one, and happily so Now I m left with a desperate hope that this book segues into a series featuring some of the secondary characters we met here N mes and Melanie both would be perfect as main characters in their own books either individually or together There was tons of stuff throughout the book practically begging for further development, and I refuse to believe that there will be no better resolution to the issue with Katie s parents I wantof all of it Please Disclosure An ARC of this book was provided to me by Carina Press via NetGalley This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own. Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another

  5. Janet Robel says:

    Good romantic suspense with engaging characters.

  6. Nicole says:

    Review originally posted here Carina PressPublish Date Out Now How I got this book NetGalleyPublisher Carina PressPublish Date Out Now How I got this book NetGalleyThis was the third and final September suspense release from Carina Press I got, and the debut novel for author Horvath Although I didn t think it was as good as the other two I read, it also wasn t bad I did enjoy the story overall.Katie has broken up with her fiance, changed Review originally posted here Carina PressPublish Date Out Now How I got this book NetGalleyPublisher Carina PressPublish Date Out Now How I got this book NetGalleyThis was the third and final September suspense release from Carina Press I got, and the debut novel for author Horvath Although I didn t think it was as good as the other two I read, it also wasn t bad I did enjoy the story overall.Katie has broken up with her fiance, changed jobs and is avoiding her mother She is going through major changes and when a stranger jumps into her car, she freaks out, but drives recklessly around town to save his life When she bests a mafia boss son, threats against her life are made immediately.Luc knows he needs to protect Katie, but he also has ulterior motives She has been the one woman he had fantasized about for years When he and Katie get closer, things heat up between them, but finding out about their connection throws their relationship into an awkward territory Then, things get out of control and Katie and Luc set out on a task that might get them both killed But when all is said and done, will they be able to set aside their pasts and move forward to a future There were a lot of things I really liked about this book, and some I really didn t At times I felt as if Horvath struggled with keeping the story moving at a pace the reader could keep up with, stay engaged in, and keep interest in There were some parts that moved very, very slow and others that had just the right amount of action and drama to keep the story going.I really enjoyed Luc s character in the beginning He was reserved, yet protective of Katie He was funny and yet always serious It was obvious he would do anything to protect her, and yet he was constantly pushing Katie away It got to the point where I wanted to smack him towards the end He went on and on about how much he loved her, how he had always loved her But when the goings got tough, he didn t want to put in the effort He was ready to throw in the towel for reasons that I didn t think were strong enough I ended up wanting so muchfrom him.Katie was the opposite for me She started off as a weak heroine, someone who needed to be coddled and led along But as the story progressed she seemed to really come out of her shellShe tookinitiative in keeping herself safe, she wanted to fight by Luc s side and protect him while he protected her She grew a backbone and I loved that Granted, she had a few moments that I thought were a little ridiculous, and her willingness to not fight for Luc at the end was a little out of the character she had become, but I enjoyed her at the end.One of the things that impressed me about Horvath s writing was how well done her secondary characters were Between Katie s brothers and sisters, the fellow FBI agents, and even Katie s parents, I will definitely be picking upof Horvath s books in this series I hope that we get either David or Justin next, and that Katie s sister Melanie gets a chance at an HEA I also hope we can seeof Katie s parents and potentially get their story, I loved their moments together.The suspense part of the plot wasn t the best, but like I said it wasn t horrible either The slow then fast moving plot had a lot to due with my lack of interest in the suspense, but I did like the mafia aspect of it all It made for some fun comparisons in my mind while reading All in all I think this was a good debut novel There is definite room for improvement, but I think Horvath has the potential to be a great suspense author I spent parts of the book frustrated, and other parts so engaged I had tears streaming down my face If she continues on with this series which I hope she will , I will be picking up the other books to check out the strong characters and fun relationships.I give Hold Me a C

  7. Sharon says:

    www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com Hold Me was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Carina PressKatie McCabe is fresh out of a relationship where she caught her fianc Tom cheating on her with a work colleague and resulted in her being arrested due to a broom incident She has since lived a seemingly normal uneventful life until undercover FBI Special Agent Lucas Vasco jumps into her car whilst trying to evade the mob and a known criminal, Joey Silvano.Katie has no idea whether Lucas can be www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com Hold Me was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Carina PressKatie McCabe is fresh out of a relationship where she caught her fianc Tom cheating on her with a work colleague and resulted in her being arrested due to a broom incident She has since lived a seemingly normal uneventful life until undercover FBI Special Agent Lucas Vasco jumps into her car whilst trying to evade the mob and a known criminal, Joey Silvano.Katie has no idea whether Lucas can be trusted he has no credentials on him and appears to be dangerous They end up on a high speed chase with bullets being sprayed and numerous near misses which eventually lead to them being stuck in a quarry and arrested by the local police.What she soon finds out is she could possibly be on the bad guys hit list so will be placed in protective custody with Lucas, he has offered his home rather than a safe house as there is a suspected leak within the FBI, this is where she will remain until the bad guys are bought to justice with no communication with her family, friends and workplace whatsoever All this because she has supposedly embarrassed Joey Silvano in front of the police and ruined his reputation.I enjoyed the drama, suspense, action and of course the romance, I liked how we are taken on a journey to find out who can and can t be trusted and to rescue a member of Katie s family who has been kidnapped due to mistaken identity Katie was a wonderful, caring and endearing heroine, her life was turned upside down but she seemed fearless and even faced with danger she didn t cower Lucas was a dominant alpha male but was also vulnerable due to his past, he didn t feel worthy of Katie and seeing him struggle with his feelings was at times difficult I loved the banter and the humor between them, I liked that there was a connection through Katie s foster sister, Melanie that both were afraid to act on or talk about I was so anxious to see them discuss their feelings as I was reading along.Ms Horvath has given us insight into a number of the secondary characters and I am intrigued to readabout them, especially Justin Nemes, David Allen and Melanie I also liked the addition of Luc s Newfoundland Dog, Spot.It was an evenly paced plot with a few light twists to keep you guessing The romance and suspense was balanced perfectly and I enjoyed Ms Horvath s style of writing, the dialogue was snappy and entertaining.All in all, an enjoyable debut novel from Ms Horvath

  8. Ash says:

    3.5 stars

  9. Jen says:

    I received an e arc copy of this book LOVED it Just got the go ahead from the author to post my review This book comes out September 5th I really recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance, with lots of ups and downs the romance isn t too heavy,but it s perfect for this book though I have not read a book this good since I read New Moon a few years ago Seriously I loved this book THAT much The book starts off with ahem Katie observing her soon to be ex at t I received an e arc copy of this book LOVED it Just got the go ahead from the author to post my review This book comes out September 5th I really recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance, with lots of ups and downs the romance isn t too heavy,but it s perfect for this book though I have not read a book this good since I read New Moon a few years ago Seriously I loved this book THAT much The book starts off with ahem Katie observing her soon to be ex at the office with his mistress Lol She was planning on sneaking out of the office, that was until she spotted a broom leaning against the wall Next we re in Luc s POV he s thumbing through Frankie s office while he s out of town, only he s not as out of town as he thought he was As he jumps out of the window, twists his ankle and runs towards his car, all of Frankie s mobster guys are after him. with guns Back to Katie , just about to leave the office when she gets a phone call from her concerned mother her mother is great I love this woman She is so strong, so stubborn and such a great lady all around And she truly wants what s best for her children All of them When Katie finally pulls her Green Nova Kota out into the street, and it stalls at the light just in time for Luc to jump in the passenger seat Bullets whizzing by, Katie panics and speeds down the road Trying to have a conversation with this guy, trying to figure out if he s the good guy or the bad guy lol his awesome sense of humor isn t much help either The bad guys catch up to them at the Quarry, and somehow Katie manages to knock the car into the quarry just as she sees the uzi pointed at her head Finally the police show up Whew just as everyone is getting arrested, Frankie breaks free from the police that s holding him, and goes after Katie after all, he s never been in trouble with the law before, and now he is but she plows him with her 50 pound purse and kicks him hard in the leg and he goes down Before he can get back up to attack her, the police grab him and shove him in the squad car At the Police Station, the same cop that had arrested her for the Tom incident started questioning her He didn t believe her story that she was car jacked and he wasn t going to, she was so screwed Inside Luc s questioning room, David Allen, his Commanding officer from the FBI comes in to find out the details that happened Luc s cover is blown, and this lady s life was threatened because he jumped in her car If he knew it was Frankie himself that was after him, he never would have involved another person So there is only one thing to do. bring her home with him so he could protect her Well there is something else that Katie doesn t know but Luc does He knows her He knows her well and yet,he s never met her but he s wanted to for a really long time Lots of struggles go on in this story I really loved this book Nothing out of the ordinary, well unless you count the big black Newfoundland Dog, Spot Reading about the dog they all refered to as a big grizzley bear, I had to Google what it looked like we are raising 6 American Bulldogs in my home but they re all my husband s dogs I m begging for a Newfoundland puppy for my own now I love Spot she is the perfect dog even for a seeing eye dog in the middle of a restaurant She played a great character in this book as well BUT back to the story lots of action goes on with car chases, and mob people shooting at everyone Lives being threatened, good guys turning into bad guys, who can you trust Then there is the ending OMGosh The Ending I cried I cried My husband made me walk away from reading because I was crying so much Then I sat back down and re read it and cried again just as much hoping for something to change, anything to change see that s why I compared it to New Moon not giving anything away about what happened at the end, but I ve read New Moon 8 times, and I still cry and hope for a different scene after they go into the woods together Now I m not saying this book has that same type of thing going on or not, I m just say that no matter how many times I re read this book,I m going to be crying and I m going to be hoping that something changes I m a delusional reader But also like in New Moon there is a happy Ending and same with this book although it took a LONG time to get there seems like a new thing kept popping up at you, clear until the 98% mark on my kindle lol I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading I will defiantly be re reading this one in the future and recommending it to all my friends Awesome book

  10. Mary Catherine says:

    4 stars on Ordinary People, Extraordinary WorksHOLD ME by Betsy Horvath is a movie waiting to happen or it s already been a movie, at least pieces of it Lucas Vasco, known as Luc, is an FBI Special Agent who s been undercover for quite some time Until his cover is almost blown In his haste, he jumps out of a window, hurts himself, and then finds himself in a beat up car with Katie McCabe Katie s just gotten out of a relationship, though not exactly because she wanted to leave Seeing her 4 stars on Ordinary People, Extraordinary WorksHOLD ME by Betsy Horvath is a movie waiting to happen or it s already been a movie, at least pieces of it Lucas Vasco, known as Luc, is an FBI Special Agent who s been undercover for quite some time Until his cover is almost blown In his haste, he jumps out of a window, hurts himself, and then finds himself in a beat up car with Katie McCabe Katie s just gotten out of a relationship, though not exactly because she wanted to leave Seeing her fiance with another women made the decision for her Unfortunately, the appearance of Luc in her car doesn t really help matters In fact, her life gets worse or does it Now the target of a psychotic mob man, Katie is forced to live under Luc s roof, except not all is as it seems because there s a connection from their past that shocks both of them.When I first saw mixed reviews regarding Horvath s debut novel, I was a bit uncertain as to whether or not I should read it I decided that I should, only because I can t ever say no to a bit of suspenseful romance, and I m truly glad I read this one From the first page, HOLD ME starts off with a bang both literally and figuratively and the pace keeps up throughout the book, even with a few slower scenes of romance But just because this is a romance doesn t mean that s all it is, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much While much of the book explores the relationship between Luc and Katie, both as strangers and as maybe somethingfrom the past that s a mouthful , there s action and I don t just mean of the in bed type There are bad guys chasing the main characters There are gun fights and racing cars There s suspicion.I actually cared about Katie and Luc I wanted them to make it even though it didn t always seem like they would match perfectly Luc keeps everyone at arm s length Katie is hurt by a confession They re not perfect beings, though There were times I rolled my eyes at Luc and times I wanted to smack Katie, but in the end, I was rooting for them to make it both together and as individuals Katie is a rare type of heroine in that she starts off almost meek and, for a reader, annoying because she doesn t seem to know what she wants any Yet, with each chapter, and each scenario, she grows and becomes the strong one, the one who gives an ultimatum, who makes a stand It s not all roses and butterflies from there she has her ups and downs, but her transformation was lovely to read.A mosh pit of secondary characters create provoking thoughts as well David, Luc s superior who may or may not be as trustworthy as one thinks Maureen, Katie s mother, who has her own problems but loves her daughterthan anything Melanie, a girl who links Katie and Luc in a way neither expected and Liza, a strangely compelling and interesting woman who used to be engaged to Luc and that s just to name a few Part of me hopes that Horvath makes this into a series of sorts because there s so much I want to learn about with these characters, especially Katie s parents.Horvath writes a solid first novel in HOLD ME To be honest, as soon as I finished, I looked her up to see if she had any other novels to read None yet but I look forward to her next project This was a book I m glad I decided to read