Hold On

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One phone call changed both their lives.

A real life knight in shining armor--except he isn't in armor, he's in a suit. But the first time Lena Douglas lays eyes on Stephan Grayson that's what he seems to her. He saves her from a violence that still haunts her nights, but at least he's there to hold her should she wake. But the nightmare's not over; it stalks them both now. A mistake from her past that will not let go. But then, neither will ...

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Overview

One phone call changed both their lives.

A real life knight in shining armor--except he isn't in armor, he's in a suit. But the first time Lena Douglas lays eyes on Stephan Grayson that's what he seems to her. He saves her from a violence that still haunts her nights, but at least he's there to hold her should she wake. But the nightmare's not over; it stalks them both now. A mistake from her past that will not let go. But then, neither will Stephan.

Stephan's saved her once and he's not about to let anyone, especially Lena, stand in the way of what is happening between them. But will he always be there to shield her from the danger she thought she left behind?

This title has been previously published.

A Romantic Suspense. Novella. Warning violence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500122157
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/6/2014
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

LaVerne Thompson is an award winning, best-selling, multi-published author, an avid reader and a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and sci/fi sensual romances. She also writes romantic suspense and new adult romance under the pen name Ursula Sinclair.
She is currently working on several projects. Both of her daughters are now away at college. However, she and her husband don't like the term empty nester. She's added a cat to the household to keep the dog of the house company. Hopefully writing will keep her sane. Visit her website at http://lavernethompson.com to read excerpts of her books or Facebook to contact her, http://facebook.com/groups/lavernesnews http://facebook.com/ursulasinclair98 http://twitter.com/lavernethompson
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"911 Operator."

"Hello ... listen I'm at the corner of Broad Street and Denny Way. I'm looking into the second floor of a garden style apartment opened onto Broad, and it looks like there's a ... a robbery taking place." Stephan spoke anxiously into the phone, his voice cracking mid-speak.

The emergency operator on the other end replied in a steady tone, "I'm dispatching a patrol car to the area, sir. Stay on the phone with me. Are you one of the victims or do you know the people involved?"

"No, no it's not me and I don't know them. I'm in my car. Hang on, the light's changing. I'm going to make a U-turn and park on the street so I can keep watch." He ignored the car honking at him because he had cut in front of it. The building in front of him and the woman in trouble his only focus. The sun hadn't been down for very long, but the open lighted walkway in the three-story building allowed Stephan a pretty clear view.

"Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to remain in the car," the operator insisted in a forceful voice. "How many people are involved?"

"Two, I think. A man and a woman, he grabbed her purse and she tried to run. Hurry!" he cried.

"Help is on the way. Please try to stay calm."

"My God!" Stephan exclaimed. "He just hit her ... she's trying to fight him off. He kicked a door open and ... he's ... he's trying to drag her in!" His words were coming faster, rushing to get the information out. "She's fighting back. I can't just sit here watching this."

"Sir, please do not leave your car," the operator said firmly. "The person could be armed as well as dangerous. Wait for the authorities."

"I'm sorry. I'm already at the building. Tell thecops, when they get here, it's the second building from the corner, second floor, the door at the top of the stairs. I'm going to leave my phone on so you can listen in, but I'm putting it in my pocket."

Without waiting to hear a reply, Stephan did just that.

As he ran up the stairs he could hear a woman's screams. Why isn't anyone trying to help her? He had seen three other doors with apartment numbers on this floor. Surely one of them was occupied. It didn't matter, he was here and he wasn't going to do nothing. Too late, he wished he'd taken the time to grab a tire iron from his car. But he had stopped rational thought as soon as he glimpsed the woman in trouble. He'd just have to rely on being in good physical shape. It wasn't like he was a fighter, in truth he used his mind not his muscle. Now he may have to use both, and so far he hadn't been using much of his so-called intelligence tonight. An intelligent person would have waited on the sidewalk and pointed the cops in the right direction.

Stephan stopped at the now closed door he had seen the man kick open. A scuff mark near the bottom of the panel confirmed he had the right place. He put his ear to the wood but could hear nothing. Turning the doorknob he found it unlocked, and cautiously pushed it open. He slipped inside leaving it slightly ajar so the cops could enter easily.

Muffled sounds were coming from the interior of the apartment. Taking a step in the direction of the noise, ragged cries suddenly rent the air. A hallway, probably leading to a bedroom, stretched in front and to the right of him. There were no lights on, but the blinds were partially open, and the glow from a street lamp provided enough light to illuminate the small room.

Glancing to the left he spied a kitchen. His already fast beating heart pumped more blood into his system, adding strength to his resolve. Moving quickly, he headed there first for a weapon. As soon as he pulled a knife from the block on the counter, the wail of a siren whined from a distance, at the same time he heard a scream that curled his soul.

Throwing caution out the window he ran down the short hallway, fear setting his pace. Stopping in front of the only room he gripped the open doorframe. The scene unfolding before him chilled his blood.

The dimmed overhead light showed a woman lying face down on the bed, and a man in dark clothing sat on top of her, straddling her legs to hold her down. She kept screaming and bucking to try to throw him off, but he kept laughing, and using one hand to hold both of hers on her head while he ripped her blouse with the other. So engaged in his activity, he didn't even hear Stephan behind him.

Stephan wanted to stick the sonofabitch with the knife in his hand. But he spotted an empty metal potpourri bowl on a stand near the door. He didn't want to shed any of the man's blood on the woman if he didn't have to. He put down the knife and picked up the bowl. Using all of his strength, fueled by his anger, he smashed it against the side of the bastard's head.

Like a bowling pin toppling over, the man fell off the bed onto the floor, hopefully out cold for a while. When the weight holding her down disappeared, the woman on the bed flipped over. She raised her tear streaked face and her eyes momentarily collided with Stephan's before shifting to the man on the floor. As her gaze returned to his, fear flooded her beautiful chocolate colored eyes. She gasped, and backed up against the headboard.

Even with puffy eyes, tear tracks on her face, and a bruise on her toasted almond-colored cheek her beauty still shone through. Stephan's heart, which had been racing before, stopped in mid beat. Wide round eyes, captured his attention first, set in an oval shaped face with a bow for a mouth, centered off with the cutest nose that started narrow but flared at the end, even more as he watched her take a deep breath.

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    A short read with some heat and a mild plot twist Hold On is t

    A short read with some heat and a mild plot twist


    Hold On is the love story that transpires between Stephan, a software developer, and Lena, a wine enthusiast, who works as an editor for the Seattle Times’ wine section. The two strangers cross paths one fateful night when Stephan is at a traffic light and looks up into an open walkway to see Lena struggling with an assailant. Not one to stand idly by and witness a woman being attacked, Stephan feels a sense of obligation to help her since his mother was killed by a hit and run driver and onlookers failed to come to her aid. Stephan makes it to Lena’s apartment building in enough time to foil her attacker but, of course, there are more twists and turns to the story.

    After the assailant is apprehended, Stephan notices that Lena is visibly shaken by her attack and offers her refuge at his condo since her apartment is in disarray. Instead of being put off by the offer, Lena takes him up on it and sparks fly between the two. It’s to be expected when two people who have a mutual attraction to one another are placed in close quarters. Although this was a short story, it’s clear that both Stephan and Lena have strong feelings for one another that they can’t deny.

    This was my first time reading Ms. Thompson’s work and I have to say I enjoyed the story overall. Initially, I felt some kind of way about a woman almost being raped and then falling in love with her rescuer. It came across as a bit too cliché. Perhaps, it’s due to the fact that I’m not really into the damsel in distress type of heroine. All of that aside, a lot progressed in a short amount of time, which kind of makes me reluctant to give it more than three stars. I did enjoy Ms. Thompson’s writing style and I can definitely say that I will read more of her work. If you’re looking for a short read with some heat and a mild plot twist, you’ll want to check this out.

    -Reviewed by Natalie

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