Hard to Hold by Arell Rivers
The Hold Series, Book 2
Publication Date: December 16, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Cheer for Rose Morgan—strong, determined and driven—a brilliant publicist who thought she had finally overcome her tragic past when, once again, her life is turned upside down. Rose and Cole’s passionate love story continues in this second full-length novel in The Hold Series.
Distraught by news of Cole’s unexpected marriage, Rose Morgan tries to pick up the pieces of her life, only to be confronted by Cole at every turn. With her PR career in serious jeopardy, Rose can’t escape his orbit and is forced to continue working on his account. Under snowballing pressure, she seeks solace from unlikely sources.
Reeling from the disastrous fallout after his drunken night in Las Vegas, rock star Cole Manchester is a tormented man. He reaches out to Rose, the one woman who has always fixed his mistakes, only to realize that he might have pushed her away forever. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back.
Rose and Cole each must face their deepest fears if their love is to survive. But Cole’s stalker is becoming increasingly unhinged … and dangerous. In the end, Rose and Cole must decide if some things are just too Hard to Hold.
~ Maria’s Review ~
Fantastic sequel to the novel No One To Hold by debut author Arell Rivers. Hard to Hold is written in Rose’s POV. I wasn’t sure if I was happy about that because book 1 was written in Cole’s POV and I loved it. But, author Arell Rivers did an awesome job switching POV. The story didn’t miss a beat and I got to know Rose’s character on another level. Which I loved, because, honestly, at times, in book 1, she proved to be frustrating. Not so in Hard to Hold. Rose grows and comes into her own. I loved the character development for both, Rose and Cole.
Hard to Hold picks up effortlessly where No One to Hold left off. It explores the dynamics of Cole and Rose’s complicated relationship situation. Author Arell Rivers continues to build their relationship. The story has playful banter, heartfelt emotion, and angsty drama. Did I mention sensual sexy times? Cole is still as hot as ever.
The story also gives a deeper look into Rose’s career and why she is the way she is. We see the jealousy and petty side of some supporting characters, especially her boss, as well as, the fun, supportive side of others. I love Wills, just saying!
We get answers to many questions that arose from book 1 and closure on some. It’s hard to review the sequel without giving away spoilers. There are some twists and that ending?!? Omg, author Arell Rivers outdid herself. Again, you are all lucky because the complete trilogy has been released. I had to wait and it was killer. But worth it. If you enjoyed No One to Hold, you’re going to love Hard To Hold. I did. It’s everything you want in a contemporary romance. This is NOT a standalone. Must read book 1 first.
No One to Hold (Hold series book 1)
Succumb to Cole Manchester—talented, witty, charming, sexy and oh-so flawed—a womanizing rock star whose shallow life is transformed when he experiences love for the first time.
From the outside, Cole Manchester seems to have it all: looks, fame, money, awards and women. When tragedy strikes, he realizes how hollow his life is, and opens the door to the one thing he’s never considered … finding love. He’s inexplicably drawn to the quiet wallflower who works on his team, a line he knows he shouldn’t cross.
After devastating heartbreaks, all Rose Morgan wants is to blend into the woodwork. Working at her dream job as a publicist, she’s safely hiding in plain sight. Until her client, the sexy Cole Manchester, notices her. Rose must ignore her desires in order to protect her bruised heart … and keep her prized career.
Cole needs Rose to teach him how to love. Rose needs Cole to teach her how to trust. Together, they form a bond ignited by passion but fueled by insecurities. When her mother’s interference collides with his fan’s twisted plot, Cole and Rose may find themselves with No One To Hold.
Rally around Cole Manchester and Rose Morgan: the rock star and his publicist are about to face their most perilous trials yet. Cole and Rose’s passionate love story culminates in this third full-length novel in The Hold Series.
Back in the spotlight for his world tour, Cole Manchester performs hit after hit before delighted fans. However, his heart remains firmly in Los Angeles with Rose, whose condition remains critical following their terrible car wreck.
After lying unconscious for weeks, Rose Morgan awakens to find herself professionally and personally adrift. Her scrambled memories have convinced her Cole is dangerous, compelling her to shut him out and face an uncertain future on her own.
With nothing left to lose, Cole’s crazed stalker executes her final desperate act. After an explosive finale, who will survive her deadly rampage?
Destinies will be altered. Intentions stripped bare. Rose and Cole must face all of their remaining demons if their love is to survive. In the trilogy’s thrilling conclusion, they’ll discover if they truly have each other forever To Have and To Hold.
About Arell Rivers
For as long as I can remember, I have been lost in a book. During my senior year in college, I picked up a Danielle Steel novel … and instantly was hooked on romance.
I started writing my first novel, No One to Hold, because the characters were screaming at me to do so. The story started coming out in my dreams and attacking me in the shower, so I took to the computer to shut them up. But they kept talking.
Born and raised in New Jersey, I have what some may call a “checkered past.” Prior to discovering my passion for writing romance, I practiced law, was a wedding and event planner and even dabbled in marketing. I live with a very supportive husband and two mischievous cats. When not in my writing cave, I can be found making dinner in the crock pot, working out with Shaun T or hitting the beach.
I hope you enjoy my stories about driven men, strong women and the passions that ignite!