Hold on Tight: Serena Bell

Fighting for his country gave Jake Taylor’s life shape and meaning. Now as an injured war hero he struggles to find purpose, until he runs into the gorgeous woman he dated briefly—and disastrously—before being deployed eight years ago. Turns out Jake doesn’t just need to figure out how to be a civilian . . . he also needs to learn how to be a dad.

Eighteen, pregnant, and totally lost, Mira Shipley couldn’t track down the soldier who fathered her child, so she put college on hold and focused on making a good life for her son. Now she’s determined to be something more than Sam’s mom, her parents’ daughter, or Jake’s girl—as hot as she finds her old flame’s take-charge attitude in and out of bed. Soon Mira and Jake realize that their passion didn’t disappear when Sam was conceived—and that instead of running away, sometimes it’s better to hold on tight.

Hold on tight is one of those romance stories that warms you right through to your very soul.
It’s not angsty or full of sweetness and flowers, but it feels real, messy at times just the way life is, as realistic as a story is to today’s world.

The connection that Jake and Mira had at eighteen and twenty years old is still very real and strong now eight years later, even after all life has thrown there way there is no denying that the are each the other’s half.

Jake has trouble feeling like he wants to live after what happened in Afghanistan, Feeling survivor’s guilt, struggling to feel like a real man after loosing his leg, but Mira and Sam give him the reason he’s been looking for.
Mira is a determined character I liked her a lot, she doesn’t give Jake the pity looks he expects, she tells him how it is, what she feels, and shows him he is all the man she wants and needs.

I loved that it was wise seven year old Sam that cuts to the chase with these two, he in his innocent ways gives both Jake and Mira the courage to go for what they truly want.

Serena Bell has shown compassion in her writing and given soldiers who have faced the Hell of war and survived, the respect it deserves without lessening the physical and mental pain these brave people have to deal with. A true marvellous piece of story telling, showing how these brave men and women overcome low self-esteem and learn to live again.

Hold on tight is a romances of wonderful warm and real characters, it makes you cry, sigh and smile. Beautiful.

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