Hold Me Close

Hold Me Close

by Shannyn Schroeder

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Taming a spirited, fun-loving O'Leary may be harder than he realized...

After more than a year in Ireland, Maggie O'Leary is finally coming back to Chicago with a plan for her future. Confronting the tragedy that destroyed her is her first step. But to do that, she needs to work in her family's bar--something her family doesn't want. Luckily, her best friend, Shane Callahan, is her biggest support--and lovable in a way she doesn't remember.

Determined to protect Maggie, Shane refuses to leave the bar when she's working late. And when Maggie boldly tells him that she wants him to help her conquer her final fear—sex—Shane knows a single night together won't be possible. The idea of a spirited Maggie in his bed is everything, but will she believe he wants her heart too?

*Originally published 2015 TW - heroine is a sexual assault survivor. It was in the past. No assault on the page

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161262276
Publisher: Shannyn Schroeder
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Series: O'Learys , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 98,829
File size: 1 MB

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Hold Me Close 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Lashea677 7 days ago
I raise my glass to Shannyn Schroeder. Hold Me Close deals with an emotional subject in an inspiring way. Maggie is taking back her life after a traumatic event. Schroeder gives a voice to those who have been victimized and brushed aside. A brave heroine, a loving family and a devoted friend are proof that even in the most heartbreaking situations, love knows no bounds. Words have power and Schroeder is shouting that out loud and clear.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I love the best friends for lovers stories, and I have been looking forward to this story. The big Irish, meddling family, full of love, laughter, bickering, and alpha males, what's there not to love?! And ever since I read about Maggie and Shane's friendship in the past books, I have wanted them to find the forever after with each other. But that road seems to be full of obstacles. There's a lot of growth, adjustment, acceptance, turning, and cooperation that has to happen, before it will be possible. Shane is such a good guy, true alpha, protective, caring, and touch, but with complete marshmallow inside, when it comes to Maggie. The open and honest friendship they have has withstood in good, bad, and ugly, seeing each other every day, and living across the world. It seems nothing could break them apart. Maggie tends to be a bit forthright, to the point of being rude, she is the youngest in a big family, and used to use the position in the family to get what she needs. She is a survivor, from a heinous crime of being raped. She is mending, but feels she needs to live again, find joy in a relationship, to be able to have sexual relations again. And she asks Shane to help with the matter. With all the other things they considered while getting into this together, how they never considered the effect it would have in their relationship, is a mystery to me. But it did. The story is well written, and it flows out so lively. The road Shane and Maggie have ahead isn't easy, but they are doing the work, talking and thinking, trying to figure it all out, Maggie even tries to date other people in between. They both are at a crossroads with their careers, as well, so there's enough confusion and turmoil going on. A touching story about growing up, overcoming fears and pain from the past, and learning to love, in a completely new way ~ Four Spoons
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star The story has laughs, betrayal, friends to lovers, and heartbreak. I would recommend reading the below before reading this story More Than This (The O'Leary's, #1) A Good Time (The O'Leary's, #2) Something to Prove (The O'Leary's, #3) Catch Your Breath (The O'Leary's #4) Just A Taste ( The O'Learys #5) This is Maggie and Shane’s story. After a horrible tragedy Maggie hid away and then moved across the country. Now she is back. Shane is Maggie’s best friend. He loves her and is in love with her. But is she in love with him? When Maggie lets Shane in on her plan to get over her tragic past he is angry and scared. He wants her to move on and be happy but is afraid that she might not be able to deal with the past so easily. Maggie wonders why Shane is always around. He is working with her and things are getting weird. She asks him to do her a favor but is she ready for it? Will Shane survive the favor? Will he able to help her get over her fears and then let her go? What is helping her out with her issues causes him to give up the one dream he has always had? Will he be able to do that? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I didn’t always like Maggie in this story. She did things to Shane I thought were mean and just upsetting. He gave up so much for her and it seemed she just wanted more. I recommend this book, this series and this author.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
With wonderful characters, I loved Hold Me Close from start to finish. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Hold Me Close is a standalone read and definitely not what I was expecting. Maggie has either appeared in or been mentioned in all the books in The O'Learys Series. Her actions in the previous book, Just a Taste, put her on my “I don't like list”. With that said, seeing how protective Shane was in that book, there was no way I was not going to read Hold Me Close. Shane Callahan and Maggie O’Leary have been best friends since they were sixteen, so maybe close to ten years. Five years ago, Maggie was assaulted and Shane blames himself. Over the years, Maggie's big family has walked on eggshells around her and pretty much put her back into the child “we have to take care of you” category. Hold Me Close is all about Maggie reclaiming her independence and her life. Reclaiming her life means being with a guy in every way. This is where Shane comes in. Maggie knows him, she trusts him, and he knows about her past. Maggie just doesn't know that Shane loves loves her. Hold Me Close was a book I loved from the start. Shane and Maggie had me laughing with the way they interacted with each other. I was able to feel for both of them, trying to overcome the past and have a future. I saw Maggie in a whole new light. Maggie is a survivor and just wants to show that she's stronger and can stand on her own. She showed determination to be the woman she wants to be. That coupled with the thought that off the pages, she’ll continue to try to make amends for her actions in Just a Taste are what I like about her. Shane is simply fabulous, even if he's only in ink and can't get me tea. (You have to read the book for their conversation on book boyfriends.) He's been there for Maggie throughout everything life has thrown at her. And I do mean life has dealt Maggie some bad things. But he's always been there, been her shoulder to lean, cry on, and protector. See why I ♥ him? Shane is a fabulous book boyfriend!!! Hold Me Close marks the end of The O’Learys Series. I’m hoping there will be a new series with some of the characters we’ve met over the series. **Received a copy from Kensington in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
(The publisher provided me an ARC e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.) Hold Me Close is Book #6 of the “O’Leary’s” series by Shannyn Schroeder. Since I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written but predictable stand-alone, you can bet I will be checking out the others, as well. Yes, it had some steamy parts, but I consider it revolving more around the emotional relationship between the feisty yet broken heroine, Maggie, and her handsome, knight-in-shining armor hero, Shane. The writing seemed to flow effortlessly and did a good job portraying the heroine’s angst/turmoil , without overdoing it, as she continued to recover from a previous sexual assault. Having been in love with her for years, Shane was the perfect book boyfriend . Not only was he patient and caring but was willing to make any sacrifice necessary to keep her safe. The supporting cast was also likeable and believable. If you are looking for a friends to lovers romance with an interesting but predictable HEA, I highly recommend Hold Me Close. I definitely plan to read more books by this author. Title: Hold Me Close, Series: The O'Leary's (Book 6), Author: Shannyn Schroeder, stand-alone, no cheating
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Maggie O’Leary is back home to reclaim her life after a tragedy from five years ago forced her to leave Chicago. Maggie is the youngest child and she expects her family to treat her with kid gloves, but thankfully her best pal, Shane would be around to run interference for her. Shane Callahan still carries a load of guilt over his inability to protect Maggie back then and is concerned about her plans but he is determined to keep her safe this time, even if it means moving next door to her and working alongside her in the family bar. Shane has always been in love with Maggie but never got the opportunity to tell her how he felt so when she propositions him, he has the perfect opening to move their relationship further. Maggie is a ball of energy, always on the go and Shane is her opposite, more of a watcher than a talker. Maggie and Shane have a comfortable and easy relationship born out of a long-time friendship and I enjoyed their teasing and playful banter, but as the story progressed their communication skills left a lot to be desired and both of them began to annoy me. Shane literally gave up everything to be available to Maggie, up to moving next door and watching out for her at her job under the pretense of working there. While I initially admired his commitment to Maggie, after a while he started to come across as a pushover, perfectly content to let Maggie get away with everything. Maggie was quite self-centered and all about what she wanted, without caring how it affected everyone else and it was surprising that she was so oblivious to Shane's more than-friendly feelings for her. In spite of how I felt about Maggie and Shane, I actually enjoyed reading HOLD ME CLOSE and I like how Ms. Schroeder was sensitive in dealing with the subject matter. Maggie's struggle to recover was heartwarming and her supportive friends and family went a long way to make that happen. By the end of the book, both Maggie and Shane had matured and were assertive about what they wanted from each other. This is my first book in the entire series and I'm glad I started with this one because now I have a reason to go back to the beginning of the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.