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Hold on Tight: A Returning Home Novel Kindle Edition

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“Sweet, sexy and real . . . In Hold on Tight, Serena Bell has written a beautiful story about a wounded soldier and the woman strong enough to love him.”—Jessica Scott, USA Today bestselling author of Because of You
Hold on Tight is intensely sensual, with three-dimensional characters and a romance worth rooting for. Serena Bell is a master of sumptuous realism.”—Cara McKenna, author of Hard Time

“The authenticity of their story is resounding. This isn’t a story of instant love, but of an uphill battle and determination, of making decisions, and of living in the here and now.”Heroes and Heartbreakers

Hold on Tight is one of those romance stories that warms you right through to your very soul.”—Nicci’s Book Blog
“Bravo to Serena Bell for some truly astounding character work in this book!”—Smitten with Reading
“This contemporary second-chance romance is Bell’s best written book yet. It deals with the horror of war beautifully and with great care, weaving it into a great love story, and many, many swoons.”—The Book Hammock
“Just a beautiful, and yet not overly emotionally weighted, story of two people fighting their way out of a life they were dealt, toward a life they choose wholeheartedly. This book left me feeling warmed, encouraged, bolstered and full. Phenomenal writing by Serena Bell.”—Ripe for Reader
“Because it is captivating from beginning to end, because it is smart, because it reached into my chest and tugged on my heart, because the writing is beautiful, you gotta read Serena Bell’s Hold on Tight.”—You Gotta Read
“[With] a strong single mother any woman can relate to and a wounded hero you just can’t help but love, Hold on Tight is a great read with some really steamy romance and tender feels. . . . I just loved every minute of it.”—Globug & Hootie Need a Book

“I was completely swept away with the characters, story and the writing.”—Twin Spin
“This book was excellent. The author did an amazing job getting the emotions through the pages and into my heart.”—Libby’s Fun Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 2951 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (June 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G1J1EN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Serena Bell writes stories about how sex messes with your head, why smart people do stupid things sometimes, and how love can make it all better.

Serena wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages and screens from curious eyes ever since--a skill that's particularly useful now that she's the mother of two school-aged children.

When she's not writing or getting her butt kicked at Scrabble by a six-year-old, she's practicing modern dance improv in the kitchen, swimming laps, talking a long walk, or reading on one of her large collection of electronic devices.

Serena is a member of RWA and blogs regularly about writing and reading romance at and She also tweets as @serenabellbooks.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Hold on Tight is one of those romances that worms its way into your heart without being full of unnecessary angst and overly flowery descriptions. Selena Bell has told a heart-warming tale of two people who are as realistic as their story is to today’s world. Mira was young, Jake was shipping off to the Middle East, strangers that met one night, who made a connection that would stay in their hearts forever. Eight years later, Mira is finally taking responsibility for her life and that of her seven-year-old son, Sam, but to do that she moves across the country, back to where she grew up. Fate had a plan to bring Jake and Mira back together, both older, both cautious, neither able to share their true feelings that were never voiced. For Jake, surviving and coming home from Iraq is bittersweet, he lost his best friend and part of his leg. Feeling survivor’s guilt, suffering from PTSD and struggling to feel like a real man again, he is a mess, one that he feels Mira would be better off without. Knowing that Sam is his son and he wasn’t there for him or Mira just lays on the guilt. How can he be a role model for Sam if he is, in his opinion, less than a man? How can he tell Mira what his heart knows to be true, because she needs someone who is whole, as perfect as she?

Mira is determined to show Jake that in her eyes he is all she could ever need, both for herself and Sam, but first he must let her in. She is the perfect therapy for some of Jake’s problems, but it’s the wise Sam who cuts to the chase with these two, with his blunt and innocent ways. Will Sam and Mira’s belief in Jake bolster his courage to push himself into partaking in the joys of life? To be more than he ever dreamed? Will their love help him down the road to recovery from the nightmares he has lived through?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cat's Reviews on July 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Hold On Tight by Serena Bell.
The story of Jake and Mira - two people reunited after 8 long years, during which both experienced big events - Jake's horrific and MIra's uplifting, although difficult. I had high hopes for this one but at times, I was disappointed. It bothered me a bit all the emphasis put on Mira being a single mom - she lived with her parents who supported her for seven years. Many single moms struggle financially and emotionally with not much support, but she had that - even if she wanted to be more independent. While she was a good mom, she had only recently truly felt the affects of being a single mom on her own.
Jake lost his leg while serving his country - the fact that he "didn't have PTSD" and didn't seek professional help was upsetting - he obviously was struggling with what he went through while at war, even if he didn't want to "put a gun in his mouth". Every decision he was making was based on that one horrific event. I did love how Mira was able to break him down and reveal his feelings and thoughts that he kept bottled up. I enjoyed Sam and how Mira was overprotective but Jake only wanted him to be a boy and enjoy everything, despite his allergies and asthma. What I didn't like was Jake seemed to only want to be a part of Sam's life if he could have Mira. I believed he loved Sam but would run away from him as soon as he had a disagreement with Mira.
This story had a ton of potential and overall, was good. I just didn't always feel the connection with the characters that I would have liked to.
(Received ARC from NetGalley for honest review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J S on October 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A beautiful, moving, emotional book. Reading the book description, I thought this would be an ordinary book and almost didn't give it a chance. Mira Shipley was eighteen when, in an act of defiance against a controlling, but loving father, she meets and briefly dates Jake Taylor before he is deployed to the Middle East. They have a disastrous night on the beach and Jake walks away from Mira a week before he needs to. She becomes pregnant that night and is unable to tell Jake because she doesn't have his full name. Eight years later, she moves back to Washington after living for seven years in Florida with her father and step mother. She has just broken up with Aaron, who was pushed on her by her family. She just didn't love him and felt she needed to move away from her family's strong influence and raise her seven year old son, Sam, on her own. In a chance encounter at the therapist's, she sees Jake, her first love. He is a wounded veteran having lost most of a leg and suffering emotional trauma as well. She tells him about Sam and gives him her phone number. The majority of the book is their discovering themselves as individuals and getting to know each other. They are two adults who bring honesty and openness to the's not clear sailing, but they each bring what the other needs. Not too much angst. The writing is almost lyrical. Well done.

Some rough language which I would normally not care for, but was a little easier to take from the character of Jake. Still I would prefer not so strong.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Hold on Tight, A Loveswept Contemporary Romance, Serena Bell

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Well, it is what it says, a short and sweet romance. Sometimes I think I'm looking for things that aren't in the genre I’ve chosen, and I guess that's what happened here. It's a gentle romance, no great drama but there are lots of problems to overcome. What I did like was the parts where Jake was struggling to pick up his life again, after the amputation. As an AKA myself I can empathise with how tough that can be, and how it needs a different mindset. I'd dream about something, get up next day, fix leg on and try it and wasn't possible. You have to learn yourself what will work and what won't. Jakes describing taking off his false limb at one point though and seems to be a suction limb – which wouldn't need the sock inserts, they stick to skin and need to have close contact, then he's talking about the silicone sheath, so he must be a low AK, hence his ability to run etc – mine is a high AK, and one consultant suggested a suction sheath would solve my fitting problems, my prosthetist thought it wouldn't work – but, knowing we need to find that out for ourselves, he duly made me one. Well, the comfort was fantastic, unfortunately the minute I stood up it fell need most of your limb for it to fit, and I have only 4 inches of bone so for me :-( but that's what I mean about how we need to learn ourselves what works and Jake is finding that out. The down-set he was in mentally improved once he began to find what he could do, and not focus on what was lost and that's just so, so true and really worked well. I don't know if Serena has family, friends, work experience in this field but she's spot on with that.
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