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Hold Me If You Can

(Soulfire #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  59 reviews

Stephanie Rowe is an acclaimed author whose high-octane romances are attracting a growing readership. The third in a paranormal romance series packed with danger, sensuality and clever twists features Nigel Aquarian, a warrior with an artistic bent, and Natalie Fleming, a chocolatier who has a new lease on life. But her freedom comes with a dangerous gift she doesn't want.

Paperback, 357 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
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It's unfortunate when the first thought that comes to your mind once you've finished a book is "Thank God it's over!"

The entire experience was painful. Hold Me If You Can is a paranormal romance so coated in sugary silliness I literally think I got a cavity. There wasn't a single moment in this book I could take seriously. The fierce warrior hero uses flower shaped throwing stars... Okay... and if that wasn't weird enough the vill
Michelle Greathouse
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Hold Me If You Can is the third book in the Soulfire series by Stephanie Rowe and a Paranormal Romance from SourceBooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

Escaping Hell Was The Easy Part...

Nigel Aqurian has escaped with his life, and with his inner demons. He needs beautiful Natalie Fleming, the woman he’s admired from afar for years, to soothe his turmoil...if only she wasn’t consumed with her own problems...

Staying Out Is Gong To Be The Real Challenge...

Ever since her brush with death, all Natalie wants is
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series keeps getting better! This was a wonderful installment! Action, danger, romance with twists that keep you wanting more. Can't wait for the next book!
Kathy Davie
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed Rowe's sense of humor in the first two Soulfire books. This one? No. It felt like a mish-mash of actions without the fun of the previous ones.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This has been a fun quirky series, but given the publish date of this 3rd book, it looks like the series has been abandoned by the author, sad!! :(
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
You can also read this at Reflections on Reading Romance

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The other day I posted on Twitter that Stephanie Rowe’s Hold Me If You Can is crazy goofy but lots of fun. That pretty much says it all! This was one hilarious paranormal romance, full of all kinds of silliness. I happen to love that sort of book, but if you’re more into gritty urban fantasy or less humorous paranormal romance, this book is not for you.

I have to admit that I haven’t read any of Ms. Rowe’s books before
Lisa Jo
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
HOLD ME IF YOU CAN is a paranormal romance with a lot of spunk and heart! Stephanie Rowe has crafted a fun and fantastically addictive series with zany characters and plenty of thrills.

Surviving her first murder by a deedub was one thing, but opening her boutique chocolate shop is a whole other kind of nightmare. Natalie Fleming is trying to shake her difficult past and look forward to a bright new future. Still, the dreaded deebubs keep tracking Natalie down, attempting to finish the job they f
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: January 1st, 2012

Natalie has been given a second chance in life after she was bite by a Deedum while she was very young she was left with an expiration date, having already lost her mother and everyone of her sisters except Reina, Natalie knows loss. Natalie beat the curse and now she wants to live her life, but she doesn’t know how, she lived in fear her whole life and then lived out of control before her “death” she now doesn’t know how to find that happy medium so has sh
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

If a reader is looking for a book that teeters on the edge of a cliff, keeping them off balance with suspense and daring do, then this story will be worth checking out.

First, this is a part of a series but a new reader will have no problems with feeling connected to the storyline or characters. They are going to be consumed with Nigel and Natalie because the author focused solely on them. There are references to the previous book but
Scooper Speaks
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Favorite Lines: “She was desperate, she was still carrying way too much fear, terror, and generally debilitating phobia from her trek down “murder victim lane.”" (p. 15, egalley)

I only have a few things to say about Stephanie Rowe’s Soulfire series. First of all, I really liked the first book in the series (Kiss at Your Own Risk). It was hilarious and so different from other paranormal romances I’d read at the time. Best of all the heroine was not normal at the beginning or end of the book. Well
Natalie Fleming is a Sweet, a supernatural whose blood is irresistible to the Deedub race. In Touch if You Dare, Natalie was killed by a Deedub, but escaped that fate when her sister put her soul in another body. She was pretty lucky, or was she?

Nigel Aquarian is a warrior with an artistic bend. He was a warrior held captive in the Den of Womanly Pursuits, which was a hellhole where he and his warrior friends were tortured for 150 years. Some of the torture devices are just plain crazy and I’m
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
The third in a paranormal romance series packed with danger, sensuality and clever twists features Nigel Aquarian, a warrior with an artistic bent, and Natalie Fleming, a chocolatier who has a new lease on life. But her freedom comes with a dangerous gift she doesn't want. Nigel and his fellow warriors have only just escaped imprisonment when an even worse threat emerges. Natalie is the only woman who can help Nigel—but she's also the one most likely to bring him down.
Hold Me If You Can is the t
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Natalie has barely survived one death, now that she’s lost her power to influence, the master chocolatier may just loose her business as well. Without her magic, her virility balls no longer have that little spark that makes a man “stand tall”. Nigel has learned to release his inner aggression through his art, and this enables him to control the warrior lurking underneath his peaceful laid back exterior. Now with his artistic subjects being sent back into the hellhole known as the Den of Womanly ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Rowe continues to be one of my favorite authors. HOLD ME IF YOU CAN is another wonderfully imaginative read full of fabulous characters one just has to love… or hate in some cases. Her heroes are not the stereotypical bad-asses. Sure, they have all the traits we expect in good guy-macho men but they also have unusual interests most consider soft, like needlework, hair styling and drawing. They are conflicted about these hobbies but find a release in them from the harsh world they’ve be ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Originally posted at The Book Bundle:

I’m sorry, but this really isn’t a positive review at all.
I really, really tried to give this book a chance. I made myself keep going, telling myself to see how it went as I got further. About 2/3 of the way in, though, I decided there are enough books out there I am desperate to read, so I called it a day with this.

First of all, it’s part of a series, which I didn’t realise from the description, or from being in Natal
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
This series continues to be completely insane in the most entertaining way possible. This time we have a heroine that has chocolate related super powers of influence and persuasion. And a hero that is a human weapon factory with a penchant for sketching portraits whenever things get a little tense. Completely and utterly mad, but immensely enjoyable.

Nigel Aquarian, our hero, is the third warrior of the original four who escaped from the DWP. No, not the Department of Work and Pensions, the Den o
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nigel seeks out Natalie's help when the one thing that keeps him calm is sending his friends back to the Den. His drawing. It seems that Mari is trying to draw the warriors back to the Den using Nigel's gift. What he doesn't know is that Natalie has a problem herself. Since coming back from the dead she seems to have lost her gift of influence. She is now turning into a deebub, the thing that killed her before. So she has to race the clock to avoid the taken over by it. So Nigel has to help Nata ...more
Alexia Chantel
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Pick up a piece of high quality chocolate and let it melt on your tongue. The smell of it, the feel of it as it melts, and the pure joy you feel all add up to the seduction that is chocolate. Imagine that all packaged inside you, understandable that there would be creatures salivating at the very sight of you.

Chocolate and seduction go hand in hand, and for Natalie you can’t separate the two. With her affinity to chocolate Natalie has survived being the target of such a creature and de
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love Stephanie Rowe, I really do...but this one...not so much.

the third in the paranormal Soulfire series, it tells of Nigel and Natalie. Nigel is a warrior freed from Angelica's Den along with his friends. Natalie is Sweet, she creates and helps humans and paranormal with chocolate. Deedubs LOVE Sweets, and Natalie has survived and Deedub bite, something unheard of.

When Nigel draws (quite literally) his team mates back into the Den, he and Natalie are faced with their worst fears and have to
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
High-octane? High-octane? Have you ever watched the movie Crank? Ya, this book was Crank on crack. From page one it was nothing but non-stop, inexplicable, confusing, ridiculous action and bizarreness. I didn’t even have a chance to settle in to the book before the author started throwing battles with chocolate obsessed leprechauns(?) and metro-sexual warriors with roses tattooed on their faces at me. Wait, what? Who are these people?

Too many unanswered questions about the setting, the characte
Originally posted on Jan 2 2012 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:

This is a first for me (when I'm writing this; it's November, lol); finding a book that's part of a series that just makes me feel like I'm too out of context from not reading the rest of the book. Many books I've read made more sense if read in the series order but did hold their own well enough by themselves, too.

In this case, I went for about half the book before finally giving up. Just too much "Huh?" going on in my head to keep goin
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it

We have a h who is afraid of herself, and a H who is...afraid of himself. He uses art to calm himself so he can control his abilities. She just...avoids that side of her. And somehow, the villain's sidekick from the first book has figured out how to tap into both of them - his art teleports whomever he draws to the chick's den. She, OTOH, is getting the side effects of the chick's usage of black magic.

There were a lot of loose ends for what appears to be the last book in a trilogy. We nev
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite in the series so far. You either love these books, or you don't. If you love the Princess Bride, you should love these books. Oddly enough, I'm not a fan of the Princess Bride, however I do have a fondness for this series. They're kind of romance novel spoofs but you still get a good romance novel. I actually really liked this one for a couple of reasons. One was that it didn't follow the typical boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back format. Anyti ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was a DNF for me, I persevered with the first two but the series just gets worse. The story lines have so much potential but they are shallow and lack detail. 3 books in and too many things are glossed over we still don't find out how they get their powers/gifts/curses other than vaguest references to Angelica's experiments, there's just not enough information about who all the other paranormals are and how they coexist with humans and instead of tidying up loose ends the author just seems ...more
I could not finish this book. I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a movie and missed the first hour. The book started off as if the reader should already know what is going on. Normally with books in a series, there is a little catch up that the author provides at the beginning to refresh the reader's memory or to provide background info to a reader who is new to a series. There was none of this and my frustration with not knowing or understanding what was going on had me not enjoy what l ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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I do believe that Stephanie Rowe is now officially a kept paranormal romance author for my shelves! Third book in her Soulfire series and I’m still enjoying them and looking forward to the next. Not only is there passion but LOTS of fighting action where good fights evil even if at some points it is themselves. LOVED it! If you like a good paranormal romance read that will make you laugh, fill you with awe, and of course have you pretending to be in on the “kick-ass” scenes, then you’ll enjoy Ro ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To much angst

The plot was so screwy and beyond real that I had a lot of trouble reading this book. Natalie was just so messed up I had trouble relating to her in any way. She fought to hard to be the victim until the very end, when she finally got her act together. Now Nigel was unique but a little psychotic in his pursuit of not hurting anyone.
If there are more in this series I probably won't get the next one, which is to bad because I really like Stephanie Rowe's books! It is just this series
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. Nigel the tortured warrior artist was just inspiring and Natalie so relatable. I picked this one up at the library not knowing it was two others ahead of it so you can read it as a stand-alone. The romance between Nigel and Natalie was just scorching to say the least. The storyline was surprisingly fastpaced and action-packed. As well as the magical world Rowe created being fascinating and fun. I loved the other guys of the den I am hoping Christian gets a book next because I ...more
Allison Thaemlitz
Nov 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is an really odd book. I recommend reading one of the earlier books such as, Touch Me If You Dare, or you will be completely lost at the beginning of this book like I was. While the story is cute and entertaining its weird. First time readers won't be able to stop themselves from giggling at the description of the Den of Womenly Pursuits. Its such an weird idea. The characters of Mari and Charles are laughably one dimensional. Basically, if you're interested in a quirky, amusing tale this i ...more
Sep 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure what to think of this story. As that it does not come out til January. I shall hold off on saying more until the pub date is closer.

edited: Not sure what to think of this story. There were a few parts of the story I like but others i just felt like i was missing something. I feel that to better understand the characters history that this author's book should be read in order of series.

3 stars
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