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Hold My Hand (Heart & Soul #1)

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
A book about Aubrey and William. They are 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. 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 h
ebook, Smashwords, 134 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Smashwords Edition
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme

Millionaire kinky men looking for the innocent poor young female seems to be the trend right now. In Holding my Hand, William is the rich male seeking the destitute little girl Aubrey. It is never clear as to how William makes his money. Somehow he is a philanthropist who helps build communities in nations needing assistance. While this at the surface seems romantically heroic, my cynical mind reads it as human trafficking for wealthy drug lords. Aubrey is the victim mentality female who is all
Feb 25, 2014 Shelley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ARC generously provided by publisher via netgalley for honest review.

2.5 stars

Hold My Hand is an Erotic Contemporary BDSM-lite Romance about Aubrey, a young woman raised by a verbally abusive father, who left her with hurtfull words and doubt in her head. Then there is William who has been visiting Aubrey at the coffee shop where she works for the past few months. He finally asks her out and boom, instant couple. The only issue under discussion is that William is a dominate and he wants Aubrey t
Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
I'm conflicted. This book was difficult for me to read while at the same time it drew me in.

Aubrey has self-esteem issues. Understandably so, considering the way her father treated her and her mother never stood up for her.

William is a dominant. He wants a TPE and he's fascinated with Aubrey. When he gets the chance he convinces her to go to dinner with him. What happens next is in some ways sweet and in other ways disturbing.

Aubrey is drawn to William. He's handsome, rich, and powerful. She's
Natasha Knight
Mar 29, 2013 Natasha Knight rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
I read this in its beta version and then again later and I like it very much. It's a story that kind of stays with you. There are layers to Aubrey and William that you can't (or I can't) get on first reading. It just has to sit for a bit and settle and age. I actually just read an interview over on Jade Carey's site where the author spoke about where the initial idea came from (because the book was there for years before it was written). Anyhow, here's the initial poem that was the inspiration a ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
Paloma Beck's latest book, Hold My Hand, is a deeply emotional read that lingers long after you've finished it. William is a supremely strong, yet surprisingly patient man, who finds himself perfectly complemented by Aubrey. He recognizes her submissive nature and beautifully guides her in their relationship, helping Aubrey to see herself as worthy of being desired and cherished. I love how William cultivated their interdependence; for every demand he made of Aubrey--and there were many!--Willia ...more
Jenn Shanks Pray
Apr 12, 2013 Jenn Shanks Pray rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-2013
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 ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Joelle rated it it was amazing
William and Aubrey. BDSM-lite. How I giggled the first time I saw Paloma use that phrase, but I do love it. As I got farther into the book though, I loved seeing in action what she meant. Too often I find the balance between those 4 letters and romance in fiction to be lacking. Thankfully that was not the case in "Hold my Hand"- William obviously loves Aubrey, even as he takes her in hand. The simple care and the delight he has in taking care of Aubrey is simply amazing.

I did have a moment's gee
I really enjoyed this book. I kind wish we had more of a story to go with all the BDSM which wasn't too heavy. I'm glad there's going to be another book, but I kind of wished I got more of a story with this one.

All we really get is our main girl has daddy issues, and our main man is training her in the act of submission as well as helping her emotionally.

I would have like to have known what Aubrey looks like, how long her hair is the colour of her eyes etc would have been able to connect with
Twinsie Talk Angie J
May 06, 2013 Twinsie Talk Angie J rated it really liked it
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I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

Can I say THANK YOU!!!! I enjoyed this book alot. I am a big BDSM reader thanks to a certain *cough cough* man who likes Grey. Anway, I have read alot of these kinds of books after my initial reaction to ssaid man. However, I have also found much Much MUCH better writing and truth to the lifestyle since reading him. I have to say it scare
Sapphire Kande
Apr 15, 2013 Sapphire Kande rated it it was amazing
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Wow. I don't have enough good things to say about Hold My Hand. This book really hit home for me in a lot of ways. It's an intense emotional story that will leave you thinking about it for days. I really enjoyed the characters in the story since they are created perfectly with just the right amount of back-story to keep it interesting.

The author presents word-pictures of scenes and events by giving specific details that appeal to the five senses, perfect for our imagination. The book is written
InD'tale Magazine
Every day for months the hot mysterious man named William comes to the coffee shop where Aubrey works. One day as she’s running late she bumps into him as he’s exiting the shop and she spills his coffee all over his shirt. Flustered and embarrassed she offers to buy him another coffee, but he says one word, ‘Dinner.’ So begins William’s courtship of Aubrey, a woman he wants as his submissive, a woman he believes needs the freedom of being his submissive in order to heal her past hurts and a woma ...more
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
Aug 23, 2014 Wendy ~M/M Junkie~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: source-calibre
I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from the beginning and kept my attention. I really liked William but had a little trouble connecting to Aubrey. That is just me though, she is struggling with the "relationship" and doesn't know how to feel. This is primarily because of her religion and the way she was raised. I just wanted her to sieze the day and embrace the new world that William was opening up to her. It took her till the end but she finally opened her eyes. Normally I do not enjoy ...more
Lovebites Andsilk
This author has a beautifully descriptive writing style that pulls you in and seduces you with words and imagery, as each scene unfolds and we follow the characters on their sexual journey.

Aubrey is a likeable character and it's easy to connect with her but I wanted there to be more to her than we saw. I felt as if she was a shell only filled out as her relationship with William progressed. Perhaps, that's just the way the author wanted us to view her. However, considering the kind of relationsh
Ndulgent Bloggers
May 16, 2013 Ndulgent Bloggers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jenn, 2013
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!

CLICK HERE for my full review: http://guiltyindulgencebookclub.blogs...
Jul 19, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for the next book. I was disappointed when it ended, and really wanted to know more about what would happen next. Will they go visit her family? Will her father give her affirmation in the knowledge that she is worth it? I wanted to scream! why didn't you tell more in this book!!!!
Emotional story about a young woman overcoming her childhood to find happiness. Intense but mild BDSM. Intense but sexy spanking. Intense but sweet hero. A good read.

* careful to download updated version - the first upload was an earlier draft with errors. *
Mar 20, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Aubrey is a woman working on defeating the insecurities rooted deep within her by her father. Her father did a little toxic gardening by degrading her at every turn as she grew up. There were her sisters that pretty much raised her & helped her get into college so she could get away from the emotional abuse. Now she's an aspiring writer working at a coffee shop.

William is a self assured business man who is into Sub/Dom relationships & has his eye on Aubrey. He's a regular at the coffee s
Paloma Beck
Feb 12, 2015 Paloma Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 26, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely am enamored with Paloma Beck's writing style and her ability to balance sex and romance. This book tackles the lifestyle of Domestic Discipline with grace and dignity, adding elements of D/s and BDSM but not at the risk of the story. The underlying theme I pick up is tenderness and care. The lead couple is extremely compelling, their back stories are explored and fit the picture of who they are at this point in time and explains their actions and reactions. Their journey to happily ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

What a lovely story, I loved Aubrey & William, I can't wait for the next instalment.
Jeanie V.
I've read a lot of books about BDSM but this book was a little different. I liked that Aubrey's religious beliefs came into play and that there was a struggle between her beliefs and William's lifestyle, though not a lot. I wish that was explored just a little bit more. I also wish there was more depth to the characters. Maybe it was deliberate but I didn't feel like I knew William all that much - just knew what his lifestyle entailed. This book made me a bit uncomfortable at times, I don't know ...more
Hold My Hand by author Paloma Beck was kindly provided by Romance Beckons Indie Co Op, via Net Galley. With an alluring cover and blurb, this read was right up my alley because I am drawn to these types of genres and I always love me a good spankin'! This is the first book, and I as the reader am left craving more. I however just did not feel as though this is original enough, as I have read endless amount of erotica. Nothing stood out to me as being a standalone knockout, but I enjoy all things ...more
Paloma Beck
Oct 30, 2014 Paloma Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Greenwood
Nov 18, 2014 Laura Greenwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of Hold My Hand from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Aubrey has spent her whole life trying to leave behind her childhood under the thumb of a father who constantly put her down with insults. Now she has a chance for something more, when William, the man who came into the coffee shop that she works at often, asks her out for dinner. Once there the pair talk about starting a relationship it is a down hill slope fo
Alexis Blythe Sky
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.
Aubrey has been living a life of quite desperation. She has fled the emotional abuse of her father and isn't looking for love. Unitl she smashes into William, spilling his coffee. So begins their journey- I enjoyed the book. I wish it was longer with more build up. I try to stay away from novellas because I prefer more story, but this one had a lot of bang, cough cough, for the amount of pages.
Jessica Brandon
Hold My Hand

I give this book 3 stars...

William is the rich dominant seeking a young and beautiful submissive. After months of studying and observing Aubrey, he finally finds his submissive. Aubrey has a low self-esteem due to her father's verbal abuse and controlling ways. She doubts she will ever make a man happy and still can't believe William has chosen her to be his submissive.

Most of the book is about him training her for his needs and her realizing her inner strength and outer beauty. The
Nov 08, 2013 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hold My Hand is an intense, emotional story described as BDSM-lite but I'd definitely consider it to be BDSM-lite+ (they aren't just kinky; this is the story of a d/s relationship). The main character is virtually plucked from her everyday existence working in a coffee shop and progresses quickly into a relationship with a somewhat mysterious and rich (of course)Dom. I was a bit distracted by his use of pet names, but these are interesting characters and their personal journey carries you throug ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This really was a very sweet story , following aubrey and william find that love that gets past all barriers. I really enjoyed this story and loved the characters in it. The author did a fantastic job with Aubrey loved her shyness and loved how she was so out of place... great fast read
Feb 17, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book and beautiful bdsm romance!!! I have read alot of bdsm romance and while most of them were good most of them focused on the darker aspects of bdsm and most of the characters were came from very broken backgrounds. This one however was different although the heroine came from humble beginnings with the help of her lover/dominant she was able to realize her sexual desires and inner beauty. Well done Paloma, I can't wait for the continuation of William and Aubrey's story!!
Jul 16, 2013 BeenBunz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Paloma cut all the bull and got straight to the action. The book was a quick-paced read and addictively entertaining. However, I wished there were more time devoted to each character's background so I can follow and understand their individual physical and emotional deveolpment as the story progressed. Also, currently living in the Boston area, I felt that I could have lived through the characters more vividly if a realistic tone was attributed by providing names of restaurants and cities/areas ...more
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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 and she loves it! 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. Look for more information at

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