In Review: Holding Her Close (Mended Hearts #2) by Lexi Ryan

Posted January 26, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Holding Her Close (Mended Hearts #2) by Lexi RyanHolding Her Close by Lexi Ryan
Series: Mended Hearts #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 200 pages
How I got it: From the author
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My rating:

She's everything he detests about Hollywood.

After spending my entire acting career being cast as the airhead, I finally have the serious role I've been dying for, and I screw it all up during a four martini dinner with my ex. Now, thanks to the morality clause in my contract, I might lose the role of a lifetime. My only hope is to convince the media (and my eccentrically conservative director) that I've entered a committed relationship. But when I use my brother's costume party to launch Operation Fake Fiancé, I end up in front of the camera with the wrong guy, leaving my reputation—and the fate of my career—at his mercy. Any other guy I could sweet talk into playing the supporting role I need, but not Officer Cade Watts. Not the man who hates everything about me. Not the man who would most revel in seeing me fail.

He's everything she needs.

I don't care how good it felt to have her in my arms. I don't care that I can't close my eyes without remembering the way she tastes or the sound of her moan. I want nothing to do with Janelle Crane. Her scheme to fake an engagement to save her own career is exactly the kind of manipulative Hollywood crap I left LA to escape. But when her fan mail turns threatening and the tragedies befalling her former co-stars seem to be anything but coincidence, everything changes. Now I don't just want to play the part of Janelle's fake fiancé, I demand it. I won't let my jaded heart cost me another case. I may not trust Janelle but I do care, and the only way I know she's safe is if I'm holding her close.


In Review My Thoughts

You know those books you pick up with the intention of reading a couple chapters before bed, but then you find yourself so wrapped up in the story that you can’t possibly think of putting it down until you’ve read it from cover to cover? Holding Her Close was one of those books for me.

I love a lot of things about Lexi’s writing and one of the biggest ones is how her stories and series enter twine and how a secondary character doesn’t stay that way for long. In Holding Her Close, it’s Janelle Crane’s time to be in the spotlight. Janelle’s an actress who, after getting some bad press with her ex recently, needs a fake relationship to help clean up her image. It was supposed to be with a hired actor, but thanks to a case of mistaken identity, the press thinks she’s involved with Cade Watts, the New Hope police officer she’s been lusting after from afar for awhile now.

I’m a big fan of the famous person/regular person trope, so it’s no wonder I liked Janelle and Cade so much together. They were well-matched, despite the misunderstanding and Cade’s feelings about actresses after being burned in the past. This book has a bit of suspense/mystery too, as Janelle learns she and two of her fellow actresses have a stalker. It’s that bit that brings out the protector in Cade, who can’t leave Janelle alone after learning she is in danger. Of course, their scorching hot chemistry didn’t hurt matters either. This book gives a slow burn and it hurts oh so good. (And Cade’s dirty mouth? Yes, please.)

Holding Her Close was a great read. I literally couldn’t put it down once I started. I had to know who the stalker was. I had to see if Janelle could get over her issues with her ex and move on to something real. I needed to know if Cade could look beyond his past and see what was right in front of him. There wasn’t any over the top suspense, but I was kept turning pages as quickly as possible to see everything resolved. And when it was? I was one happy camper. I really enjoyed this one!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Favorite Quotes:

The broken parts of me recognize the broken parts of her, and it’s so tempting to imagine our ragged edges fitting together., making us each whole where we haven’t been for years.

“Touching you was only a mistake because it makes not touching you that much harder.”

“When I kiss your mouth, I like it. Then I remember how much I like kissing you in other places.”

“You’re a catch, Officer Watts. Even the coldest heart could find herself falling for you.”


About Lexi Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.


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