A book about Aubrey & William.
They're navigating through a relationship that may have too many hurdles... or perhaps not, as long as she can hold his hand.
Aubrey has been hurt in the past, discouraged and degraded by a heartless father. Still, William sees something in her that won't allow him to walk away. Instantly drawn to her but intuitive enough to take it slowly, he courts her. Then he bargains, persuades and seduces until Aubrey becomes ensnared by his commanding nature. Despite the fight she puts up in accepting William's lifestyle, the bonds he places on Aubrey give her a freedom she desperately needs. And together, they heal old wounds and find their perfect love.
About the Author
Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction... she's a happily married carpooling mom writing steamy romance. It's almost naughty! Paloma writes both contemporary and paranormal romances that are anything but PG. She published her first book in 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. With her husband and three sons, the Blue Ridge mountains have been her home for nearly twenty years. There's still a special place in her heart though for New England where she spent her childhood. The lakes of Maine call her name and someday she hopes to find her way back there. Paloma is a proud supporter of Starbucks. She believes a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better. So, go on, Romance Beckons. Grab a cup of coffee, a good book and get reading!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hold My Hand by Paloma Beck: Native Ohioan Aubrey is an attractive and kind woman in spite of being raised by a heartless and cruel father that constantly berated her. Due to encouragement from her sister Evelyn and her own perseverance, Aubrey receives an academic scholarship to Emerson College and escapes her father's hateful clutches. She graduates with a degree in literature and moves onto Boston College to work toward a master's degree. As she pursues her dream of being an author, she works as a barrister to pay her bills. Unfortunately, her low opinion of herself and self-doubt, prevent her from achieving real happiness. That is until she meets William. William is an extremely wealthy philanthropist and an experienced dominant. When Aubrey accidentally runs into him in front of the coffee shop, there is a mutual chemistry. William asks her for a dinner date and from then on, they are a couple. William wants Aubrey in his bed as his submissive, and with great gentleness, patience and seduction, convinces her to try his lifestyle. His uncanny ability to recognize Aubrey's uncertainties and understand her needs, makes him even more attractive to her. William believes her submissiveness to him will free her from her demons and insecurities. His training methods are gentle and with Aubrey's submissive nature, their relationship thrives quickly. Overtime, they become one with each other and his lifestyle becomes their lifestyle. This is an intense, emotional narrative that is well-written and passionate. Ms. Beck has an enticing way of describing BDSM scenes which smoothly guides the reader into understanding the lifestyle. I found Aubrey's character to be pathetic and sad, in addition to being submissive. Ms. Beck's voice is calm and careful, which kept me engaged during a couple of harsher scenes that would normally turn me off. If you enjoy erotic romance combined with mild BDSM, give Hold My Hand a read.
Paloma Beck takes her reader by the hand and gently leads them into the world of domestic discipline and manages to craft a beautifully written and surprisingly romantic story at the same time. In an exploding market of BDSM stories, the element of love - the kind that makes a reader want to know more about the characters and their journey - often gets sacrificed for steamy no holds barred sex. Hold My Hand focuses on the fledgling relationship between Aubrey and William without sacrificing the erotic components. Shy, emotionally battered Aubrey hides in plain site. Working as a barista, she manages to capture the eye of the powerful and worldly William. He sees in her something captivating and pursues her with single mindedness. How can she say no, right? The rules that William sets out and the demands that he makes of Aubrey push her every boundary, every belief. This young heroine must decide to go with her instincts or cave to the voice in her head that threatens to destroy everything. Beck has created an imminently believable character in Aubrey - her past history of emotional abuse, her feelings of self doubt and worthlessness hit the reader right in the heart. While a domestic discipline relationship may not be every reader's cup of tea, this author creates one that feels very natural and is so deeply steeped in loving motivations that any discomfort one might have about the heavy D/s overtones is quickly swept aside as the reader falls as deeply in love as this perfectly matched odd couple. Sexy and sensual with spanky goodness, Aubrey and William's romance captures the reader and holds them bound from page to page. Fortunately for readers, theirs is a story that has more to come with an upcoming sequel Heal My Soul. Yes, Sir - we are patiently waiting because good things come to those who wait! This review was originally written for Guilty Indulgence Book Club.
This book was a highly emotional read about a young girl overcoming childhood emotional abuse who finds an unlikely champion. William's need for dominance feeds this hunger Aubrey has and together, they seem to be on their way to an HEA. There's a second book coming so we'll see what ultimately happens in the next installment.