Monday, August 3, 2015

Review ~ Hold On to Me by Lucia Franco ~ JMAC

John Jackson. 

He’s a sweet talking Georgia boy, rough around the edges with an irresistible smile. John sets his sights on the new girl, determined to show her what his small town is about. But she isn’t as accepting as he thought and she rejects him at every turn.

The beauty and boldness of Alyssa Winters stirs John’s blood. She quickly works her way under his skin and becomes a constant in his life – his best friend, his other half. As the attraction between the two friends grows, John wants more. 

She pushes, he pulls. 

When one reckless night of fun wreaks havoc on John, Alyssa risks it all to ease his pain, giving him the one thing he desires most...her. But John’s sadness runs too deep, the damage, irreparable.

He runs, she falls.

John must work to prove himself. Despite everything, Alyssa is the one person he doesn't want to live without. The stakes are high, and he’s willing to bet it all. Even if it means he’s left to suffer alone. 


I had to give myself a little over a week to process this book.  Goodness, I’m still not positive my review will really do justice to how much I loved this book.

Alyssa has to be one of my favorite heroines.  Like if I could ever bring a character to life to be her best friend, Alyssa is my pick!  She spoke her mind without a worry of the consequences.  Which is honestly my favorite thing, probably because I’m the same way.  Because of moving around so much she was super skeptical about getting close to anyone when she first arrived in South Fork.  Alyssa quickly became friends with John, Jace, and Ford. 

Gosh I fell hard for these 3 boys.  Like really really hard.  Of course I had no idea going into the story what would come of it.  I totally thought it was going to be a cutesy summer romance, god do I love those.  Honestly I don’t think anything could have prepared me for what actually happened in this book.  Like one second I’m laughing at the banter between Alyssa and the boys, and the next thing I know I’m crying so hard I can seriously feel my heart ripping apart.  Yes, this book RIPPED MY HEART APART.  Totally shredded it to pieces.  And I never expected it. 

Alyssa and John’s relationship is something I don’t think I could ever forget.  It was so raw, so real.  Almost too real.  The situations they are faced with are just, god I couldn’t even imagine.   There were times I wanted to punch Johnny and tell him to wake the hell up.  Then there were times I wanted to slap Alyssa and tell her to open her freaking eyes.  But when it was all said and done, I understood their feelings.  I understood why they each did what they did. 

I honestly couldn’t tell you who I felt worse for.  Both John and Alyssa were put through things that I wouldn’t ever, couldn’t ever imagine happening or going through.  I wanted to jump in this book and just comfort the both of them, for extremely different reasons.

There were many points in this book where I wanted to message the author and tell her how horrible she is for doing this to them.  For making me witness this type of pain.  I can’t even explain how torn I was while reading.  Lucia has a way with words.  I was hooked from start to finish.  This story is not what it seems.  It is SO MUCH MORE. 

Hold On to Me is the story of love, loss, and finding love all over again.  It’s one of those things where you think it can’t possibly get worse, like there’s no way, then BAM.  Hold On to Me is easily one of my favorite reads of 2015.  I felt every emotion Lucia poured into her words, and I loved every second of it. 

Trust me when I say this review doesn’t even do this book justice. It’s a special book that I feel everyone needs to read.  It was so good. I can’t stop saying how good it was.  Like really really good… Please do yourselves a favor and read this book ASAP... I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Lucia, you did it again.  You made me fall hard for another book.  Thank you for John and Alyssa’s book.  Words can’t even explain how much I loved this story!



*About The Author*

Lucia Franco lives in South Florida with her husband and two boys. When she's not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.

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