Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Review ~ Held Against You by Season Vining

Held Against You
by Season Vining
Expected publication: January 13th 2015 by St. Martin's Press

A gorgeous bounty hunter. A wanted woman. A passion they can’t deny.

Accused of a horrible crime and on the run, Kat has been rejected by everyone she loves. She’s a fugitive from her past, flitting from town to town with nothing but the clothes on her back. Until she meets a man who literally stops her in her tracks.

This notorious bounty hunter, with his stunning good looks and powerful instincts, never fails to capture his prey. But there’s something about his newest mark that gets under his skin–and it’s not just the naked innocence he sees in her eyes. Behind his ice cold demeanor, he has his own secrets... and now his lively, vulnerable captive is about to crack him wide open.

As they drive across the country together, neither of them can deny the spark of attraction between them. Will their journey force these two passionate opposites together…or will their dangerous secrets be too much to bear?

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In Held Against Me by Season Vining, the action starts out on the first page and does not let up until the very end!  We meet Katherine, who is on the run for a serious crime that could land her in jail for life – or worse – death row.  She will stop at nothing and do everything in her power to escape the authorities and try to get to Canada.  As the story progresses, the reader learns that she is not the cold-hearted killer the authorities believe she is – in fact, the reason behind the murder is very understandable - far from acceptable, but very understandable.  I loved Katherine’s character with her witty remarks and her 80’s music and movie trivia.  She is definitely a force to be reckoned with!

And then there is the man who shall be unnamed until halfway through the story.  Kat nicknames him ‘Steel’ which is very appropriate.   He’s a sexy as sin Bounty Hunter wanting the huge payout for bringing Katherine in.  He will stop at nothing to find her – and he will find her – for he is the best at what he does.  When he does finally catch up with her, he finds more than he ever bargained for.  He is tough as nails and cold as steel, but along the way, we find out that he and Kat aren’t that much different.

“We’re all fucked up.  Some of us are just better at pretending.”

Add in a tough biker/bounty hunter who is hot on their trail, a bitter ex-girlfriend, a money embezzlement scheme, some super-hot sex and you have the perfect ingredients for an enthralling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing the entire time!

From the very first chapter I was hooked on this awesome story! It’s intense, action-packed and full of so many twists and turns it kept me up reading until the wee hours of the morning wanting to know how the story ended.  Not only was it sexy and fun, it was full of mystery and intrigue.  The writing flowed effortlessly and the characters are fun and exciting.   I loved every single second of this book and I would highly recommend to anyone who loves an action-packed, engrossing romance with characters you want to end up with the happily-ever-after we all crave and desire!

“Apart, we were lost and tumbling through life.  We were only surviving, getting by.  Together we’re a mess – a beautiful, promising mess.”

5 Stars 

A special thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from an Uncorrected Digital Galley and subject to change.

SEASON VINING is an author, a designer, a philanthropist, a bookworm, a cook, inked, and a night owl. She loves John Hughes films, tattooed boys, and celebrating anniversaries of her 29th birthday. She lives in Louisiana, where she likes to spend time with her corgi, Chap.

Season is a graphic designer by trade and adores all form of art. She's a fan of live music, vintage cars, and people who know the difference between their, there, and they're.

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