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Hold On To Me
     

Hold On To Me

4.7 15
by Stacey Joy Netzel
 
After escaping an abusive ex-husband, Jenny Clark focuses on making ends meet from one day to the next. Then she meets her new apartment building manager, and the passion in his kisses dare her to believe she could have a second chance at love.

At a crossroads in his life, Grant Walker returns from New York to manage his apartment building in Redemption. He

Overview

After escaping an abusive ex-husband, Jenny Clark focuses on making ends meet from one day to the next. Then she meets her new apartment building manager, and the passion in his kisses dare her to believe she could have a second chance at love.

At a crossroads in his life, Grant Walker returns from New York to manage his apartment building in Redemption. He didn't expect to meet the woman of his dreams and find everything he never knew he wanted in small town Wisconsin.

But someone doesn't want either of them to be happy, and even as menacing acts of vandalism pull Jenny and Grant closer together, a harbored secret could destroy all hope of their happily ever after.

EXCERPT:

He was just thinking about checking out Memorial Day sales to purchase a car or truck when the ring of his cell phone interrupted his thoughts. A glance at the caller ID didn't list a name or number, but he answered anyway while opening the car door. "Walker."

"Grant Walker?"

"Yes, it is." The female voice sounded vaguely familiar, but his memory had no success matching it with a name.

"Any relation to Frank Walker?"

"He's my uncle." Grant quickly checked the caller ID again as his stomach bottomed out. "Are you calling from the hospital? Is he okay?"

"No. I mean, no I'm not from the hospital," the woman quickly clarified, sounding flustered. "I live at Wayside Apartments, and I'm calling because I'd really like to send him a card. Do you mind giving me the name of the hospital he's at?"

That's why she sounds familiar. She must be the girl who woke me up this morning.

"How'd you get this number?"

"It's listed as a back-up contact in my apartment's welcome packet."

"Ah."

He'd been too tired and crabby to notice this morning, but now he found himself thinking she had a nice voice. Closing his eyes, he leaned on the open car door and tried to recall details of the rest of her. Hair in a ponytail. Shorter, maybe five-five. Casually dressed.

Brown eyes or blue? That fact remained unclear in his memory.

"Mr. Walker, are you still there?"

"Yes." He opened his eyes again and slid behind the steering wheel of the rental.

"Do you have the name of the hospital your uncle is at?"

"Yes, sorry. He's at Saint Elizabeth's in Manhattan."

"Thank you. And I'm glad to hear he's going to be okay. He's a very nice man."

"May I ask your name?"

"Jenny A--Clark. Jenny Clark. I live in apartment two-thirteen."

Second floor studio above Uncle Frank's--well, his apartment now. He remembered that from the renovation blueprints.

"Can I ask you something else?" Her voice held a note of hesitation that reminded him of her timid personality earlier.

"Go ahead," he encouraged.

"The new guy you hired to replace Frank..."

Grant smiled, wondering where the question would lead. When the silence dragged, he prompted, "Yes?"

"Um...I'm just wondering about his references. Did he...um...check out okay?"

Not what he was expecting. A little jab of indignation had him straightening in the seat. "Do you think I'd have hired him if he hadn't?"

"No," she said quickly. "I didn't mean to question your decision, I--"

"And yet you did. But let me assure you, Ms. Clark, he's perfectly reliable and trustworthy."

What the hell? He was talking about himself!

"I apologize," Jenny said, her voice soft.

Before he could tell her the new guy and himself were one and the same, he heard an indrawn breath, muttering he couldn't make out, and then clear words in a stiff, formal tone.

"Actually, no I don't. I had every right to ask about the man's references. He's rude, by the way. But thank you for answering me, thank you for the hospital name, and good bye."

Grant's automatic, "Good bye," floated in dead air. If he wasn't a morning person, apparently she wasn't an afternoon person.

"He's rude, by the way."

Things would definitely be interesting next time they met.

~

If you enjoy the Welcome To Redemption series, check out Stacey's USA Today bestselling, award-winning ROMANCING WISCONSIN series as well. Books 1-6 are available now.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016076355
Publisher:
Stacey Joy Netzel
Publication date:
01/06/2013
Series:
Welcome To Redemption , #8
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
63,624
File size:
567 KB

Meet the Author

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she is thrilled to call herself a full-time writer after 20 years as a travel agent. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and the occasional paranormal romance short story. Colorado is one of her favorite settings for her books, followed closely by Wisconsin and Italy.

She lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at the family cabin on the lake.

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Hold On To Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the town in this series. Read all the books from the two authors who have worked together to bring life to a small town!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this entire series. It has romance and mystery a great combination.
shirlsweetSE More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the Welcome to Redemption seriers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a continuation of the WELCOME TO REDEMPTION series (boxed set of books 1-6), and it just as great. It helps to read all the books in order, because each books builds the relationship between all the citizens of Redemption.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looked Him in the eyes, said hold on to me I'll never let you go. ;-)
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Wonderful series. I love the way each write every other book, but they still have the same flow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series.
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Must read
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