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    Second chances and secret babies

    I read this book when it was first released and recently reread it as it's being reissued. Upon rereading, it was even better than I remembered. I've now read several of Serena Bell's books and have enjoyed every one of them. Her books have that perfect mix of intense emotion, while not being over-the-top dramatic or grim. I love wounded heroes and secret babies as long as the reason for the father not knowing about the child is reasonable. In this case, Mira and Jake met in Washington state when she was 18 and he was 20 and on leave from Army Ranger training. They connected instantly and spent a few weeks together, but Jake didn't want a relationship due to his own baggage (alcoholic father and mother) and never gave Mira his last name, so when she found out she was pregnant, she had no way to find him. She did call around to various bases but since she didn't know his last name, his unit, or even that his first name was Jackson, not Jacob as she assumed, she never found him. She moved back in with her rather controlling father in FL, and has been living with them while raising her now 7 YO son, Sam. Finally, at age 26, she realizes that she needs to assert her independence or else she never will break away, so she takes a job in Seattle. On her first week there, at a physical therapist's office (Sam had broken his wrist), she runs into Jake who is on leave after an above knee amputation. He's growly and surly and barely hanging on to his sanity and initially rejects both Mira and Sam due to his own demons, but then is compelled to seek her out and start building a relationship. I really liked how Jake went from feeling like he no longer had any worth or anything to offer Mira and Sam, to slowly realizing that life goes on and that he wanted to live it fully and be in their lives. Mira also was forging ahead, determined to come out from under her father's shadow and to no longer settle for the "easy" path that he had laid out for her. She was protective of her son, but also wanted to give Jake every opportunity to participate and be a real father to him. ARC generously provided by the author.
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    best second chance romance I've read

    Hold on Tight is fantastically written – the perfect balance of emotions, with Jake learning to live again and Mira learning to stand on her own two feet. Plus both have to deal with the fact that they made a child together and now have to decide what that means for them going forward. But Bell does a great job of not letting things get too bogged down. Instead she manages to keep all of her characters steadily moving forward to something better and that HEA that we want so badly for them. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review) Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress.
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    Hold On Tight

    Hold On Tight is a sweet, sexy second chance story that I quite enjoyed. I loved the emotional depth of the characters and story. I recommend to those who love military stories.
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