Hold You Against Me: A Stripped Standalone
Book 4, Stripped
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
"Hold You Against Me quite literally grabs a hold and refuses to let go until the end. Truly one of the first Mafia books I've read that sucked me in with a completely original and brilliant storyline that had me guessing the entire time!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken
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's a chance 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.
"Suspenseful and sexy, Hold You Against Me will leave you gasping for breath and wanting more. Skye Warren is the queen of dark reads and she comes through once again with Hold You Against Me. An absolute must read." ~ USA Today best selling author Rebecca Shea
"It's so beautifully written with lyrical prose that has an edge to remind you that this is so much more than a love story. This book is everything I wanted and more for Clara and Giovanni. It broke my heart and put it back together again..." - Kimberly, The Book Sirens
"This is the story I've been dying for, and it's a story I never expected. Beautifully layered, romantic and sexy, Skye Warren delivers a complex story of fierce loyalty, absolution, and endless love. The writing in this book is as breathtaking as the story is unforgettable. I absolutely loved it. " - Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads
QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Is Hold You Against Me really a standalone? Yes! Hold You Against Me has the complete story of Giovanni and Clara, beginning to end. It includes the prequel novella Tough Love.
Can I read Tough Love early? Tough Love is available FREE on all retailers now. It's also included in Hold You Against Me.
Is there a cliffhanger at the end of Hold You Against Me? Nope.
How dark is this book? Hold You Against Me is possibly the most romantic book I've ever written. It's also a dark romance, so this hero will do anything to have the woman he loves.
It is the story we have all been waiting for, the one that started it all…. Clara and Giovanni. Clara is now in college doing what college girls do – study and party. She likes to put more of her attention towards her passion for art. While showing one of her pieces to a group of people in The Grand, she gets a call from her friend saying she saw the man from Clara’s drawings. But this can’t be true. Clara knows he has died and it just might be her friend seeing someone else by mistake. Yet this doesn’t stop Clara from running home to examine her apartment, but she finds nothing out of the ordinary there. She takes this as a false alarm and drinks the water she left on her nightstand from the night before. What she doesn’t realize is that she didn’t refill that cup up that morning, and now she is drifting off into a deep sleep. She wakes up in a car with a man in front of her, but not just any man the boy she was forced to leave behind to gain her freedom. Joy and fear creep into her because he is alive and something is off. He isn’t the same person she loved all those years ago, he seems more dark, emotionless, and scary. Now he tells her, that she is his whether she wants it or not. Can she love the man he is now or will she be forced to leave behind the mafia life she once again, but this time alone and running from the who helped her last time?
I LOVED this book. As soon as it popped up in my kindle, I started to read it and didn’t stop until 6 am when I finished it. I have been rooting for these two since the beginning of the series and now we get to finally see them get their ending together. I felt so bad for Gio. He had to go through so much torture so that Clara and Honor can gain their freedom. Clara was his light yelling at him to live and he survived it all. The life he lives now was something he worked for with blood. Clara doesn’t know this until later, but Gio hasn’t changed that much. He is sacrificing himself for others’ protection even if that means blood on his hands. Clara has grown up but doesn’t feel like she is living life. Then once again she is trapped in the same house that holds most of her childhood nightmares, but this time under the boy she loved. She is confused with what her heart wants and what her mind is telling her to do. Yet Gio is all she really wants.
HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended!!
An incredible second chance romance! Former mafia princess, Clara, has escaped the maria rule thinking the man who saved her, the love of her life, Gio, is gone... When he suddenly reappears from the dead, taking her back to the life she ran from, she struggles to find a glimpse of the man she once loved. I'm truly struggling writing this review as this story was incredible, characters you can feel and a plot you just can't turn away from. Slightly dark yet full of romance and heartbreak. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended as are all of Skye's books!!