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A Hold on Me

Book 1, Dark Heart

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She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It's a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue--until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine--and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie's mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he's a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support--Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can't even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie's own longings--and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she'll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…

The Dark Heart Series
Book 1

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 04, 2016 – Esden's deliciously dark debut, which opens a new adult paranormal series, introduces readers to a secretive family who are the caretakers of magic objects and the jailors of dangerous djinn. If the djinn were set free, they would wreak havoc across the world. Annie Freemont had an unconventional childhood, traveling with her antiques appraiser father and learning his craft after the death of her mother. Her father's abrupt descent into dementia forces them back to his family's gloomy home of Moonhill, on the coast of Maine, to undergo treatment. Chase, the estate's half-djinn caretaker, tries to warn Annie away from her father and Moonhill before she has to confront the danger that swirls around her. Though romance is a secondary plot to Annie unraveling her extended family's history and her determination to join their fight against the djinn, the connection between her and Chase provides enough heat to propel the series forward.

Customer Reviews

Enjoyable paranormal elements!

A Hold On Me by Pat Esden is an interesting paranormal novel. Annie Freemont is twenty years old and has just been accepted into the Sotheby’s summer program. However, her father’s health has been declining and Annie will have to refuse. Annie’s father, James has been acting odd and seems to have the beginning of dementia. Her father’s illness started when they were in an old church buying antiques. They opened a hidden space and a dark shadow came out. Does it have anything to do with her father’s condition? Annie wants to take care of him, but then her Aunt Kate takes her to court. Aunt Kate wins custody of Annie’s father. Annie is forced to take him to Moonhill, the families ancestral home (and a place they left fifteen years previously after the death of Annie’s mother) in Port St. Claire, Maine. Upon arrival Annie and her father are separated and Annie is kept from seeing him. What is going on in this home? Annie is being told lies and she wants the truth. What secrets is the family keeping from Annie? Is she ready for the truth and can her father be helped?

A Hold On Me is an interesting book, but it was not great. Annie comes across as flighty, obsessed with guys (I guess that could be any twenty years old), paranoid, and she over reacts to everything. Annie has severe trust issues (paranoia). Annie’s fear of darkness is mentioned repeatedly in the book. Annie acts more like a sixteen-year-old than a twenty-year-old (just how she came across to me). The book contains a lot of Annie’s thinking (over thinking) which was not enjoyable. There is mild foul language and sex in the book (just letting you know). I liked the paranormal elements in the book (one of the reasons I picked the book) and the mystery. I did not like the ending. The novel is left with an incomplete ending (and we have to wait for the next book). I give A Hold on Me 3 out of 5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of A Hold on Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

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A Hold on Me
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Paranormal
  • Published: Feb 23, 2016
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Dark Heart
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