Hold On To Me

Hold On To Me

by Elisabeth Naughton


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He thinks he’s finally found the one...

Mitch Mathews never believed in love—at least not the happily ever after kind. Then he met Simone Conners. One night with the sexy lawyer made him reevaluate his priorities and look toward a future he never planned. The only hangup is making her see it too.

She’s almost ready for a second chance...

What started out as a casual hook-up with a rugged geologist has turned into a whole lot more. Simone’s on the verge of handing over her heart, but fear over what Mitch will do when he learns who she used to be hold her back.

Nothing is ever as easy as it seems...

Just when Simone’s ready to take a chance on forever with Mitch, the past she’s been running from catches up with her. Suddenly, their relationship isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. So are their lives. To survive, they’ll have to work together to unravel a web of lies and deception whose threads spin closer than either realizes. And hope that when the truth is finally revealed, it won’t destroy what little happiness they’ve managed to find in each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988986299
Publisher: Elisabeth Naughton
Publication date: 02/15/2014
Series: Against All Odds , #2
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Before topping multiple bestseller lists-including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal-award winning author Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Elisabeth now writes full-time.

Though primarily known for her romantic suspense work, Elisabeth has penned over thirty novels and continues to write in multiple genres, including paranormal romance and contemporary romance. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have earned several award nominations, including three prestigious RITA® nominations from Romance Writers of America. In 2017, REPRESSED, the first book in her Deadly Secrets series, won the RITA® for best romantic suspense.

Elisabeth's work has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as being filled with "deadly intrigue, high adrenaline action, and scorchingly hot passion." Kirkus calls her "a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it." When not dreaming up new stories, Elisabeth can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home, wrangling two cats, or chasing after one very rambunctious Dalmatian.

Learn more about Elisabeth and her books at www.ElisabethNaughton.com.

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Hold On To Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Naughton's books and all have received 5 stars from me. They are always very well written, have great suspenseful plots, and very relatable characters even in the paranormal stories. This one was written well but based the plot on a series of coincidences that I found quite implausible. Add to that the fact that the main characters spent most of the book hiding their true feelings and rejecting each other, and you get a quite frustrating novel. I was particularly annoyed with Simone. She started the book giving a big let-down to her hubby, Mitch, and despite acknowledging that she overeacted and did wrong, she keeps giving him mix signals and rejecting him when his hopes are highest. Some of the scenes between the two were overdramatized. If I had been the guy I would have dumped this woman after chapter 1. With unrelatable characters, weak romance, and an overstreched plot, the book suffered. Specially compared to the previous book (Wait for me), which I truly enjoyed. So it was an OK read, but I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it like all other Naughton books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hold On to Me is second in a series, and while it may be read as a standalone (But why would you? Wait for Me is 99¢ as of this writing), there are enough references to the first book that might go over your head initially. In any case, this is one of those blind purchases I'm actually pleased with. Of course, romantic suspense is my kind of genre and almost always entertains me one way or another, but it's largely thanks to Elisabeth Naughton's superb writing that makes this an enjoyable read. The story hits the ground running—with a heartbreak. Mitch and Simone are both fascinating characters, and the passion between them is searing. They each have too grave a secret, though, and reading about two frustratingly hard-headed leads can be a bit tiring. My only consolation was that I knew they would end up together HEA, because, man, talk about hot and cold. I adore Shannon, Simone's daughter, and enjoy her bond with Mitch. Really well-done and -imagined plot, if a tad outlandish in some parts. I do like the combination of intrigue, excitement, and romance—all in all, a very satisfying experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the read. Just as action-packed as the first story. Is there a third on the way? Kendrick's story?
slz52 More than 1 year ago
I gave it 4 stars for 2 reasons, first the proof reading especially at the beginning is bad, the names Simone and Shannon are mixed up..Secondly, the back and forth over whether or not Mitch and Simone are going to forgive each other is so irritating and several times in the book Simone's inner monologue states she didn't really love Steve, and several other times it states she did. Kind of confusing. I guess that was 3 reasons. Aside from those things I really liked the over all story and the follow up to how Ryan and Kate are doing.
animation More than 1 year ago
Worth the read. The characters make you want to smack them, but the suspense is good and the secondary characters add those light hearted moments that are definitely needed. I do recommend reading the first in this series, it will help during parts are the story.
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I loved this book. This is the second book I've read by this author and they are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want more of the story this is a great read!
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First time reading this author, already ordered Mitch and Simone's story. Could not put this down, read it in one day! Great mystery, hot! Characters were developed well... I felt I was watching a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Elisabeth Naughton!! I am a HUGE fan of Elisabeth Naughton and I LOVED Hold On To Me!! Hold On To Me is the second book of Elisabeth Naughton’s Against All Odds series.  Even though it is part of a series, Hold On To Me can be read as a standalone. But I do suggest reading the first book, Wait For Me, only because you will LOVE IT!!  It was great to see the characters from the first book (Ryan and Katie) make an appearance in this book.  And the author does a great job of adding quick recaps from the first book, just enough to allow new readers of the series an introduction to Ryan and Katie. Elisabeth Naughton is a great story teller.  She mixes romance with action and mystery, which I love and adds excitement to the story.  Mitch Mathews and Simone Conners have had explosive chemistry since the first day they met. But Simone is an independent woman with some secrets that make her life complicated.  But it turns out Mitch also has some secrets that would destroy their relationship.  I really love Simone and Mitch but they are both so stubborn! So I found myself sympathizing with both characters and actually not choosing sides.  I understand their reasons for deception but I just wanted them both to confess so they both wouldn’t be so miserable!!  This struggle is what I loved about this story – a lot of drama and some hot makeup sex!! This is another great book from Elisabeth Naughton and I suggest all fans of romance should read this! I can’t wait for the next book (which I hope will be about the sexy rocker Tate Kendrick!).
donnam911 More than 1 year ago
I'll go 3.5 on this one. Lots of things packed in to not many pages. I love EN's writing and it's wasn't long before I was pulled right into this one. The heat & passion between Mitch & Simone is fabulous to read. I was a bit thrown off by (view spoiler) but it worked to create an interesting read. Likes/Loves -Mitch's love for Shannon -"I want this. I want you." -seeing a guy (view spoiler) -Ryan, Mitch & Tate together ... awesome relationship and true brothers. The visual of all three together is astounding. 
Kayla_Brianne More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the first book in the series, Wait For Me (I’ve read that particular one multiple times), and I couldn’t WAIT for Hold on to Me to come out!! I was far from disappointed! I absolutely love the way Elisabeth Naughton is able to capture her readers, and hold them hostage until the book is finished!  This book follows Simone and Mitch; both were secondary characters in Wait For Me and that is where they met and fell in love. This is one of those books were everything is going great, and then all hell breaks loose! I literally couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it! It was sweet and sincere one moment and then full of angst, action, and suspense in the next.  I really enjoy all of Mrs. Naughton’s books and this was no exception. I do recommend reading Wait For Me (the first book in the series) first, just so you are familiar with the backstory/dynamics between some of the characters. 
Anna-MarieB More than 1 year ago
“I want that” “ I want you” Hold on to Me Book #2 in the Against All Odds series by Elisabeth Naughton Okay I totally was into “Wait for Me” and I loved Ryan and Katie, along with Julia and of course Mitch, Simone and Shannon. So when I realized Hold on to Me was Mitch and Simone’s book I was chomping at the bit. Like all of Elisabeth’s reads, they keep you captivated. Hold on to Me was no different. This read literally grabbed your heart, breath and soul from the first chapter. Simone is coming back from a business trip in DC and has finally decided she wasn’t going to hold back with Mitch and she wanted her HEA. After a week of emotional conversation with herself she finally realized she was in love with Mitch Matthews and she was going to tell him. Now while all this is going on with Simone in her head, Mitch the steadfast bachelor, never going to be stuck in a serious relationship, would stay foot loose and fancy free and the player also had an about face. He was in love with Simone, he wanted the house (which he already had) the minivan and he wanted to be a Dad to Shannon. Mitch had the entire week to prepare for Simone’s return home. Had a romantic dinner planned, candles, music the works and he even had the engagement ring. Yes he was going to pop the question. Sounds perfect doesn’t it. It was up until Simone got the phone call from someone in her past warning her to watch herself and he was so sorry he may have given her whereabouts away. You see Simone had a past with her deceased husband Steve that could prove dangerous if not deadly. She was use to running just to keep her daughter Shannon safe. That one phone call totally destroyed any chance of happiness for Simone. She had to come up with a way to just end it with Mitch and not hurt him she needed to keep him safe and not pull him into her problems. She couldn’t tell him about her past. But when she arrived at his house everything spiraled out of control and the one thing she didn’t want to do she did. She ripped his heart out (and hers at the same time with her words) Simone blurted out in desperation “I told you I didn’t want a relationship, this was just sex and here it comes “I Don’t Love You.” Then she ran, like she always did. Leaving Mitch devastated, shocked and an empty shell. He needed to get away. When Mitch left without saying goodbye to Shannon she thought all of it was her fault, angry with her mother and just plain miserable, she loved Mitch and was becoming attached to him. Julia (Ryan and Kate’s daughter) had come up with a plan to get Mitch back and to try and get Simone and him back together. Shannon flew to where Mitch was and waited on Tate Kendrick’s front porch for them to come home. Brillant Brillant Brillant. Julia is a smart little cookie. Unfortunately the plan didn’t go as planned. They never do. This read is full of suspense, danger, intrigue. A Secret Society known as the Cyphers where some members were corrupt, and Mitch became a member his senior year in college. That’s all I’m going to say. You won’t realize you were holding your breath until you actually finish the book. There will be parts that will bring tears to your eyes. My heart stopped when Simone said those words to Mitch “I Don’t Love You”. The twist that will shock you to your toes. But one thing for certain Mitch’s family will do anything for him. I loved Ryan in this read also. Such a take charge guy. I give this read 5* and I so hope we see a book for Tate Kendrick.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Hold on To Me by Elisabeth Naughton is the second book in her Against All Odds series. I read the first book in this series, Wait for Me, which was my favorite romance suspense of 2012. I was happy when I found out that Elisabeth was going to write a sequel, and it was going to be Mitch’s story. I could not wait for Hold on to Me. The story starts with Simone, who we knew from the first book, as she was Katie’s best friend, and the woman that Mitch was falling in love with. Simone has a hidden past, one she tells no one, and which she and her daughter Shannon have been running away from. Simone finally thinks the past is behind her, and we watch her happily head home from a trip to meet Mitch. But along the way, she gets a disturbing phone call that floods the past to the forefront, and a terrified Simone rushes to pick up Shannon and run again. She runs into Mitch, who is all prepared to ask Simone to be his wife. Because she fears for her life and Shannon’s, as well as trying avoid putting Mitch in danger; Simone tells him it was a mistake, and leaves him heartbroken, as she takes Shannon and leaves. This was the very start of the book. An angry and crushed Mitch, also leaves to get away from it all, vowing to never trust a woman again. But danger follows both of them, until the only way for them to survive is for them to work with Mitch’s family, including Katie, Ryan, and Tate. The secrets that Simone must reveal, will help them try to find a possible resolution. Ryan takes control, and Mitch is sent away with Simone into hiding. Their hot chemistry together brings them back into each other’s arms, but both their stubbornness and the ensuing danger constantly seems to bring them apart again. Mitch and Simone’s romance was very steamy, and you can tell how much they love each other. Which was another reason why I wanted to take turns smacking them both at different times. In Simone’s case, she loved Mitch, and it was this belief that she saving his life. Mitch, after being hurt by Simone, took awhile to see reason; but I did feel bad when every time he would bring her back into his arms, something would happen to scare Simone again. Mitch had his own secrets, which if he had told Simone, it would have helped them all. Elisabeth does a fabulous job creating such wonderful characters, as I was very happy to see Katie, Ryan, Julia, & Tate again. All of them together was great. Hold on to Me was a great story, filled with non-stop action, excitement, danger and suspense. As I have said, it was a great romance, though I found myself being annoyed with Mitch & Simone a few times. Nevertheless, a great story and one I wholly recommend. If you have not read Wait for Me, I suggest you read that awesome book first, in order to know more about all the characters and Mitch and Simone. However, you can read Hold to Me without much trouble, even if you have not read the first book.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Naughton’s books are always enjoyable and well written. WAIT FOR ME, the first book in the series was a very touching, inventive love story. In HOLD ON TO ME, I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Simone’s daughter, Shannon, and her lover, Mitch. Mitch never pictured himself a father but is a natural with Shannon. He is at ease with her, enjoys spending time together and misses her as much as Simone when they’re apart. Shannon is equally taken with Mitch. Following the typical love story guidelines, HOLD ON TO ME starts with the happy couple on the verge of taking their relationship to the next level when all hell breaks loose, literally. While trying to avoid the murderers on Simone’s tail, Mitch and Simone waffle between the most intense, sincere love and the defeatist attitudes that convince them they’ll never find happiness. A series of incredibly scary situations have the couple running for their lives. Their lack of openness with each other threatens their lives and their love. Naughton’s books are always enjoyable, well-rounded stories. This is no exception though I didn’t find Mitch and Simone quite as gripping as Ryan and Kate from the first book. Naughton remains one of my “must read” favorites. Received for an honest review. Rating: 4 Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy, mild violence or profanity. Reviewed by ReadWarrior Courtesy of MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW:  Oh this story had so much heart break!! But was so good. I think both Mitch and Simone learned that secrets, no matter the reason you are keeping them, will kill a relationship faster than anything else. This was a great story with lots of twists and turns. Mitch and Simone are feisty as always. It was great to see how Katie & Ryan are doing. But I have to say little Julia stole the show at the beginning of this book. This girl is going to be a terror when she gets older :)  If you read the first book in this series Wait for Me I think you will really love Hold on to Me.  If you have not never fear!! I think that you could read Hold on to Me and be okay. BUT, I think that you would enjoy it more, because you get to see how Mitch & Simone started, if you read them in order.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from Elisabeth Naughton in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
wkonsunshine More than 1 year ago
Hold On To Me is book two in the Against All Odds series. The first book, Wait for Me, floored me with how beautiful and emotional it was. I was highly anticipating this story about Mitch.  Mitch, the perpetual bachelor, thinks he's found the ONE. He is ready to commit not only to Simone, but her daughter Shannon. This player is ready, willing and eager to embrace the whole package becoming a husband and a father. Unfortunately, there are things in Simone's background that are threatening their lives together. So much so, in Simone's mind, there is only one way to keep Mitch safe - to run away.   You have to give Elisabeth Naughton credit. She really knows how to write a yearning hero. In her Eternal Guardians book, Enslaved, Zander's longing for Callia broke my heart. This one rivals that relationship. There are moments that are so poignant, it hurts to read. No matter what had happened, no matter how far they'd stratyed from where they'd once been, she still wanted him, still needed him, still craved him with the same soul-deep intensity that he craved her."  I also really enjoy Mitch and Ryan's (now including Tate) relationship. There is an easy and playful sense of camaraderie. The way that they dig at one another feels genuine for men who have been almost life-long friends. I find myself chuckling and looking forward to their interactions.  I loved the emotion, but I struggled a bit with the story. Part of the tension that keeps Mitch and Simone apart revolves around a big coincidence in the plot. From my perspective, it's a little implausible.  IN A NUTSHELL: Despite my criticism, Ms. Naughton created a tightly woven story with just enough intrigue to keep this reader staying up all night.