Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Hold You Against Me
Stripped #4
by Skye Warren
Release Date: May 31st, 2016

From New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren comes a sexy new standalone in the Stripped series...

Once upon a time the daughter of a mafia king fell in love with a foot soldier.

This fairy tale didn't have a happy ending.

My sister and I barely managed to escape alive, and we've lived in relative hiding ever since. I'm safe now, but I can never forget the boy who gave his life to save mine.

Except there are whispers that he's still alive. And he's fighting a war.

Even knowing the risks, I have to find him. I have to find some way to protect him, the way he protected me. But he isn't the boy I left behind. He's a violent man. A criminal. And he's been waiting for me--the final pawn in a dark game of survival and love.

Gio and Clara's story is finally here! For those who have been following this series since the prequel, Tough Love, I'm sure you have been dying to get your hand on this. I can't believe Skye Warren make us wait until Book 4 to give us Gio and Clara. For those who have not read Tough Love, don't fret, the author is kind enough to include the novella in the beginning of this book as well.

Ever since fleeing the mafia life and living in hiding with her sister, Clara Moretti had been trying to move on with her life with her studies and a new boyfriend. But the boy who had sacrifice his life for her freedom still haunt her everyday. She can't stop missing and dreaming about the life she will have if only Gio is still here. 

It had been eight years and Giovanni Costas has now rise up in the rank. No longer just the son of a lowly foot soldier, now he had taken over the Moretti's mansion and ready to take back what belong to him.

I had been imagining how Gio and Clara's story will pan out, but never did I expect Gio to be so different. He is definitely all grown up now and no longer the kind and sweet boy we used to know. After years of mourning, Clara was more that elated to realize that Gio is still alive. She is ready for the perfect reconciliation with her teenage love, but she was taken aback when she find out that Gio is now even more immense into the mafia life and demanding to bring her back by force. 

I love Gio. He seems so in control and dangerous. I know the way he came back for Clara is far from a romantic gesture, but I knew he had his own reason. We can see they are both very much in love with each other but the circumstances was far from perfect. Clara is having a hard time accepting the way of life of a mafia. She is the kind of girl who balked at the sight of violence. Which lead to reason why this is just 4 stars for me. I find that Clara is taking too much time to come to terms with who Gio is. Things do work out towards the end for them, but I wish it happen much earlier.

Something moves me gently, constant and rhythmic like waves. I’m warm. There’s something soft curling around my arms, wrapped inside my fists. Padding beneath my cheek that smells like home.
An unnatural darkness weighs down on me, keeping me from waking up—a demon’s whisper in my ear. You’re warm, you’re safe. Sleep.
But something is wrong.
I remember falling asleep, so suddenly, remember drinking water that I hadn’t filled. And I remember the phone call from Amy telling me that Giovanni’s alive. Impossible.
Awareness pricks my skin like a cold breeze. Wherever I am, I’m not alone.
I blink rapidly, forcing my eyes open. They adjust to the darkness quickly, taking in the tinted windows on either side and the wide leather bench curving beneath me. I’m in a car. A limo, to be exact. And it’s moving.
On the opposite side of the long space, a large body reclines. I can see the wide stance of his legs, the pale white of his shirt. A suit jacket tossed beside his hip. His face is hidden in the shadows of the vehicle.
I was raised by the head of the Las Vegas mafia, the capo. I grew up around guns and violence, so I know when a man is armed. It’s the way he holds himself, the warning shimmering around him like a dark halo.
This man is armed and extremely dangerous.
Every muscle in my body tenses. My mind still swims in thick water, because I must have been drugged. He drugged me, this faceless man. Why did he take me? It won’t be anything good, that’s for sure.
Even worse, I suspect this has something to do with my past, with my family. It’s messed up that I’d rather be taken by some random psycho. But at least then I’d have a chance of getting away.
“Who are you?” I demand, my voice hoarse from whatever drugs they gave me.
There’s a long pause, the weight of his regard as heavy as a finger trailing down my neck.
“Have I really changed that much, bella, that you don’t recognize me?”

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

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