Hold Me Close

Hold Me Close

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by E.M. Gayle, Eliza Gayle

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Sometimes you need to cut and run and sometimes the ties run too deep to abandon.

Bonnie's job at Purgatory keeps her on edge in more ways than one. Every day the pain of her grief over losing her Dom threatens to consume her. Her only escape comes at the hands of the resident tattooed bad boy who likes to keep things light and loose with a variety of women.


Sometimes you need to cut and run and sometimes the ties run too deep to abandon.

Bonnie's job at Purgatory keeps her on edge in more ways than one. Every day the pain of her grief over losing her Dom threatens to consume her. Her only escape comes at the hands of the resident tattooed bad boy who likes to keep things light and loose with a variety of women. He may not be the Dom of her dreams, but he chases away the darkness if only for one night...

Dex is used to unattached submissives coming to him for a chance to feel the kiss of his flogger or the sting of his whip until they find their own Doms. With his busy life of ink and kink he likes keeping his women at arm's length. Except one night a month when Bonnie shreds him every time she asks him to hold her close.

When an unexpected invitation to an island resort arrives, is it the answer to their problems? Or their worst nightmare?

*Author's Note: While HOLD ME CLOSE can easily be read as a stand alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the earlier Purgatory Club books, too.

Book 1: ROPED (Leo, Quinn & Katie)
Book 2: WATCH ME (Rio & Emerson)
Book 3: TEASED (Walker & Cass)
Book 4: BURN (Zane & Ruby)
Book 5: BOTTOMS UP (Riley & Jenn)
Book 6: HOLD ME CLOSE (Dex & Bonnie)

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Gypsy Ink Books
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Purgatory Club , #6
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Meet the Author

E.M. Gayle is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of red-hot contemporary romance books. She lives on a small island in the Pacific Northwest and spends her days writing romance, wandering the beach or making faces at her husky named Nanna who begs constantly for attention.

Before her writing career began, she served in the Marine Corps and lived a crazy life of adventure while also completing a dual degree in Human Resources and Sociology. After a stint in corporate life where she discovered cubicle life was not for her, she decided to leave the 9 to 5 job and try something different. So after years of thinking about writing she finally grabbed her laptop and wrote.

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Hold Me Close 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Invitation to Eden # N/A Part of a Series: Purgatory Club #6 Read: March 19 Tags: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, M/F, BBW, Heroine: 24, BDSM, Anal Length: 15 Chapters *Purchased and read as part of THE BAD BOYS OF EDEN: Billionaires, Alphas, Bikers, and Boxed Set. Bonnie (24) was a "baby girl" to her Dom, Jim. He'd been older, wiser and his life was chaos free. Then he died of cancer leaving Bonnie feeling adrift. Some time before Jim's death, he'd introduced her to Dex, Club Purgatory's favorite Dom and notorious for remaining detached. She felt guilty that she'd felt a spark with Dex, a man not her Dom. But he was willing to give her what she needed while she mourned, and she only had two rules: no sex, just flogging, and they'd only scene for one night a month. Somewhere during those months she'd fallen in love with Dex, and apparently he wasn't unaffected by her either. During a scene, he gave her the ultimate release, both emotional and physical. She ran out on him when she realized they'd never have more. Gabe sent her on a mini vacation to Eden and tricked Dex into going as well. I really liked this couple, and Bonnie was stronger than she gave herself credit for. That she burdened herself with so much emotional baggage told me that she was a good person, kind, loving, loyal to a fault, and just plain sweet. Dex may have been the club's favorite for many reasons, but I got a kick out of seeing his feathers ruffled because of her, her actions, and Gabe's sneaky interference. I also liked the "meat" of the story, and that it wasn't just all about sex. Dex had his own demons, a result from an alcoholic and abusive father. Obviously his past interfered with his present and any progress he'd made with Bonnie. In the end, I liked that she stepped up to be there for him. The sex was scorching hot, but I also enjoyed the other aspects of their journey. There were only a couple of errors, but nothing major to dampen the reading experience. I was confused by one scene though (Ch.8).  In his cabin, he first bent her over his desk. A few thrusts later he told her to get on her hands and knees, so both of them were facing the window.  "She twisted with his arm and settled on her hands and knees on the desk."  More thrusting until: "Dex lifted her hips until her feet left the floor..."  Up to that point, nothing indicated she'd put her feet back on the floor. Regardless, thanks to this story, I'll be adding the other books in the Purgatory Club and Purgatory Masters series to my reading list.
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TDB005 More than 1 year ago
I’ve been an avid fan of Eliza Gayle’s Purgatory series for a while now, and her latest release, Hold Me Close, is without a doubt a fantastic addition. Now just like the others in the Invitation to Eden series, our characters are invited to an exotic resort that caters to whatever your heart desires. Now who wouldn’t love that? You’ll find that even though Hold Me Close is a short read, it is also a very emotional journey. Bonnie is still struggling to move past the loss of her Daddy Dom, and Dex believes he isn’t the right Dom for her needs. These two have such a powerful connection, that I really found it hard to put this book down and I was completely absorbed from start to finish. Although they both think that their expectations are clear as far as wants and needs go, they find that those clear cut lines have blurred so much during their monthly sessions that there is no turning back now. Hold Me Close is a beautiful story with so intensity that, just like me, I know you won’t be able to put it down. I really cannot seem to get enough of this series, but these characters definitely hold a special place in my heart. I want so much more with this couple, so I really hope we see more of them in the next Purgatory book. Thanks Eliza for yet another wonderful read in this delightfully naughty series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dex is a little rough, but caring of the subs in his care, especially Bonnie. Bonnie is a sweet, fiesty sub who is dealing with the lost of her Dom, and is in love with Dex. Dex and Bonnie are combustible when together. Dex needs a little help realizing they can be together, and gets it ftom a kinky cupid Hold Me Close is an emotional, steamy story that is a good addition to the Purgatory Club series.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it was a nice installment of the Purgatory Club series.  The characters were very well written and full.  I  was left with a few questions which is unusual with this series but it didn't detract from the book. This is also a part of the Invitation to Eden series and that's what brought me down a bit.  While they did go to the island, there was so little time spent there and so little about the island and it's magic that it didn't feel like it was part of that series.  If I hadn't been reading that series I wouldn't have thought anything about it.  But outside of that this was a very enjoyable read.  I'm not sure if there will be more to follow in the Purgatory Club series but if there is I can't wait to see where we go next!
SheriV More than 1 year ago
Wow, I’ve been following both the Purgatory series by Eliza Gayle, and this really cool Invitation to Eden series, and this book fit both of those great series. It was sexy, emotional and very entertaining.  Bonnie, is a great heroine, she’s both strong and willing to submit to the very alpha Dex. These are two characters that aren’t sure they are what the other wants, but are definitely what they both need.  Dex is a fantastic Dom, he’s very much in charge, sexy, and I would gladly take him home, through in a visit to Eden and I was so very much in love with this man. Even if at one point I wanted to yell at him, but I also wanted to yell Bonnie, because they were both so stubborn.  Very sexy and highly recommended, pick this up even if you haven’t read either series, this story won’t disappoint!