Hold You Against Me: A Stripped Standalone

Hold You Against Me: A Stripped Standalone

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by Skye Warren
     
 
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.

Overview

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.

"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

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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.

Is there a cliffhanger? 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.

Praise for the Stripped series:

"Very Angsty 5 Star Read! This book is so compelling, you won't be able to put it down, this is one of those books that you'll want to save to re-read." – Melissa, Books Can Take You There

"There's one thing I can say with certainty, Skye Warren never fails to deliver a heartfelt, slightly dark, I can't stop turning the pages story. This one is no different." – Di, Twisted Sisters

"It's dark, mysterious, sexy, and I loved every page of it! There were twists and turns that I never saw coming! I love when an author is able to keep me guessing until the very end of the book." – Book Fancy Book Blog

"The writing is so incredibly fluid, the characters so intriguing, and the story so captivating. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. It's as emotional as it is sexy, and beautiful as it is dark. Absolutely flawless." – Sammy, Just Let Me Read

"The characters were beautifully written, they jumped from the pages, leaving a lasting impression. Skye Warren eloquently writes the darkness in her characters, her words are profound, descriptive, and utterly addictive. I bow, Skye Warren." – Twisted Sisters Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940158189289
Publisher:
Skye Warren
Publication date:
05/24/2016
Series:
Stripped , #6
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
6,565
File size:
376 KB

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Hold You Against Me: A Stripped Standalone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved this book. Loved the suspense and the love story!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Anonymous 10 months ago
What in the world did I just read. It was well written but a terrible (really non) plot.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Hot. Good love story. A little dark
micharch 10 months ago
Clara has spent years believing Gio is dead. Unbeknownst to her, Gio is very much alive and has been climbing in ranks in the mafia family that was run by her father. Clara notices some strange things happening around her and thinks that maybe Gio has returned but brushes the thoughts off as being ridiculous. Clara's instincts were correct and Gio is most definitely alive and has come for her. Clara loved Gio as a boy but is having a hard time coming to grips with the man Gio is now. Gio tries to tell Clara he is not a good man and he does treat her like a prisoner most of the time. Clara does not want to be involved in the mafia any more and is keeping a secret about what her father did to her from everyone. When the truth comes out and a danger presents itself, Gio is left feeling devastated. Clara has to find the strength to get him to see that he is the boy she loved underneath, along with the man she loves now. It was well done and flowed well. I liked how Skye Warren built up the suspense so you never quite knew what Gio was thinking or planning.
MonaLisaDaVinci 10 months ago
I liked this book. It was nice to revisit these two key characters, Clara and Gio, and see what would happen between them when given the chance. The book takes place eight years after Tough Love and we get reintroduced to Clara, who’s settled comfortably into a safe, college life. She’s an artist rendering the vision of her lost love in everything she does. I do wish Clara was a bit stronger, given all that she’s been through. Perhaps, it was Honor’s (Clara’s older sister and my favourite hero of the Stripped series, as she is perfection) encompassing, protective love that shielded her from that part of herself. I can only guess. For a time she has a typical douchey jock boyfriend that she knows quite resoundingly is no good for her. Then she gets whisked away by the ghost of true love past. But he isn’t like the boy she remembered, the one that she loved desperately, the one she thought she lost. He’s a hardened soul. The kind that reknits itself back together after it’s broken into pieces. I would’ve like to have learned more about what he endured over the last eight years, so I could have better understood his choices and his rise to prominence. Maybe even see some of Clara’s memories through his eyes as he watched over. Even as this changed man, he still had a small sliver of the boy he was, and that first love sustained him as he charted through his maze -- i.e. chosen career path. That sliver was very powerful. The fact that he was her guardian angel and love her the entire time she was haunted by him, was incredibly romantic. The fact that he preserved his heart and his body was sweetness beyond words. Not sure if this was the end of the series, but if it was it has been wonderful to see how our girls turned out and got the lives they deserved.
ClosetBookJunkie 10 months ago
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!!
AvidReaderTD 10 months ago
It was wonderful to catch up with Clara and Gio!! We first met them in Tough Love and I, for one, am thrilled to read the rest of their story!! The story sucked me right in and made my heart race!! I really thought Gio was a jerk, but by the end of the story I was hooked!! Reading the eloquent words of Skye made me feel like I was that fly on the wall watching it all happen in front of me. I suggest you read Tough Love first (it's free) but it's not a must, it just gives you a wonderful background of how Clara and Gio fell in love and what happened to separate them. So I highly recommend this book and I really hope you do yourself a favor and buy it!! This book is VERY well written and a treat to devour!!