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Hold Me in Contempt

Hold Me in Contempt

3.6 33
by Wendy Williams

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Move over 50 Shades, there’s a new romance in town. Superstar Wendy Williams brings on the heat in her first ever, no-holds-barred, down and dirty, romance novel.

Kimberly Kind is trying to get beyond her roots. A successful, beautiful, smart lawyer, she’s finally finding direction in her life and getting out of the streets. But a terrible


Move over 50 Shades, there’s a new romance in town. Superstar Wendy Williams brings on the heat in her first ever, no-holds-barred, down and dirty, romance novel.

Kimberly Kind is trying to get beyond her roots. A successful, beautiful, smart lawyer, she’s finally finding direction in her life and getting out of the streets. But a terrible accident threatens to throw her carefully laid plans off course. Now Kim’s hiding a huge secret… one that could threaten everything.

Enter King. A perfect mix of Justin Timberlake and David Beckham, the man oozes sex and has more swagger than anyone Kim’s ever met. Their chemistry is off the charts. But after passion-filled nights, the intensity of their emotions takes both of them by surprise.

Love was not supposed to be an option. Now it’s the only thing holding them together. When their pasts come back with a vengeance, can love possibly be enough?

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Wendy Williams is a wife, mother, bestselling author, and host of The Wendy Williams Show, which airs on Fox in fifty-two countries. Prior to her career in daytime television, Williams was host of the nationally syndicated daily radio show The Wendy Williams Experience, which garnered an audience of twelve million devoted fans nationwide. In 2009, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wendy Williams Experience and Ask Wendy, as well as several novels, including Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood. She contributes a weekly celebrity hot-topics column to the entertainment magazine Life & Style.

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Hold Me in Contempt: A Romance 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Truly a 3.5 star read….  From reading the blurb for this title, I was expecting a steamy romance: what I got was an edgier story: more urban and street than romance and sexy.  You have to be aware of that before picking up this title, the story does not unfold simply or gently, and the characters are often more dressing for action and ‘name dropping’ of cultural references than developed with a clear sense of purpose.  Told in the first person point of view, Kimberly alternates between sober and out of control, sweet and hateful, and often utterly incapable or unwilling to take account for her part in anything.  Giving me a reason to continue on with the story was the fact that I could dislike, roll my eyes and even want to shake her throughout the book: when the walls start to crack and the reasons behind her many issues start to come forward, her behavior becomes more understood, although still not acceptable.   “King”, is her dalliance: not quite love interest as she isn’t capable of love, but sexy enough to bring a yum to your brain as he swaggers in and provides her some escape and security. There is more to his reluctance to engage himself wholly with her: his own issues and the added element of some burned bridges that Kimberly didn’t realize she had torched kept the potential for a ‘quiet romantic plot’ completely out of reach.  They had some sizzling moments – but her calculation and lack of self-awareness didn’t add to their chemistry.   Overall, the story was ambitious, although never quite hitting the mark of a romance as most readers would expect.  There isn’t a true sense of love, although by the end of the story you have characters to wish well, if not necessarily seeing them on a path to a happily ever after.  My final impression is that the author took on a few too many references and twists to the plot that were not integrated smoothly, which made for a read that disconnected me from the characters as well as the action.  While I didn’t find issues with the frequent (perhaps all too frequent) ‘name dropping’ of the cultural references, they could be confusing or off-putting to readers not expecting the more urban flavor to the story.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review with Tasty Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Kimberly Kind is now a smart, successful lawyer who has tried her best to move on from how she grew up and an ex boyfriend. Wile she thinks she has everything going good and is on the right track she is still haunted by her past ans still has problems from an accident. She is trying to hold things together when she meets King. He is unlike any man sh has every been with. They both have secrets and while they seem great for each other they may have trouble come knocking at their doors. Everyone says they shouldn't be together but they seem to love each other even being on opposite sides. Kimberly at first seems like someone who has it all together. She still deals with what she calls her ghetto family and tries to help out when she thinks she can. The more you read about her and find out you see she has many personal demons that even she doesn't know. I liked her as she is not a perfect character and seemed very real. She does things she never thought she would. King I have to say I did like right away even when he seemed kinda shady. He still treated Kimberly great and did everything he could for her. He is willing to do anything for her no matter what it may cost him. This is a book you really can't out down because you just have to see what happens next. I loved finding out more about Kimberly and seeing more of her past. Like her you don't see some of the stuff coming and the author is great at slowly revealing things till it all comes out. There is danger and several steamy scenes. It has the perfect combination of everything that makes it a joy to read. I really hope there is a second one as I want more of Kimberly and King.They are really good together even if other people in the book don't think so. The plot and whole story are great and I never had a dull moment reading it. I would recommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the sample. I must say i'm hooked. Gonna buy the novel to continue my read. Thanks Wendy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the intrigue. My first time I read in a day. Could not put it down. Keep 'em coming Wendy!
nishaboo407 More than 1 year ago
Did not favor this book I stuck it out til the end but it was not he kind of book that captured me from beginning to end I only finish it n hopes that it would get better this book was mediocre at best don't waste ur money unless its on sale for .99
grandma822 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book couldn't stop reading it.
Schygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book and look forward to a sequel that expands on the continued journey of the main characters. There were minor characters that I'd enjoy the writer expanding on to become main characters in a second book. Nice job Wendy!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was truly shocked but this was a page turner. At the beginning it was slow but as the characters developed I couldn't put the book done. There's so many cliff hangers I can't wait for the next edition. Wendy, you hit your mark with this. Hopefully you're working on the next edition. I will be looking out for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read...couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading isn't really my thing but being a wendy fan and it came out on my birthday, i decided it would be a gift to myself. I was really into it. It kept me wanting to kno what would happen next. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow in the beginning but overall it was interesting.
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I read this book in 3 days...kept me on the edge of my seat, couldn't put it down. Love Love Loved it! Thank you Wendy Williams! Lulu
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was expecting a steamy beach book not a drama about her problems- I wan't an escape book which is what she was selling & promoting- this is not what the book is about- was disappointed
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I enjoyed it, but as another reader said it was better from the middle on . Glad I kept with it. Loved how it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Could not put it down. Great job Wendy!! How you doing?
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mshoni More than 1 year ago
Kimberly Kind has made it through a challenging background (crack addicted parents, drug dealing brother) to become a successful assistant district attorney in New York City. After a failed relationship and near fatal accident, she has put everything she has into her career and helping her loved ones. Into her life walks “King”, a man of mystery with whom she has an immediate attraction and whose presence can throw her carefully planned life out of whack. The marketing for this book bills it as a “down and dirty romance novel” and likens it to 50 Shades of Grey. Avid readers of contemporary romance books won’t find it “down and dirty” and although I never read 50 Shades, from what I’ve heard about it, this is very tame in comparison. Also, the story is told in first person and it was very difficult for me not to hear Wendy Williams’ voice in my head as I read. That made me see her and Kimberly as the same and that was problematic in some spots.  I’ve read a couple of Wendy’s non-fiction works and enjoyed them, but this was my first experience with her fiction. Her writing is engaging, funny at times, and the plot itself was interesting, but it seemed that it took forever for the story to unfold and it really could have been about 100 pages shorter. The ending may or may not be setting us up for a sequel, but frankly by that point I wasn’t sure if I cared about what happened to Kim and King.
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