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Take Me Now #3

Hold Me Tight

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He loves me. He loves me not.

Ivy's heart shatters upon hearing Eric's crushing ultimatum. Despite how much she cares for him, she won't give in to his demands. She has no choice but to leave, even if it's the hardest thing she's ever had to do.

She loves me. She loves me not.

When Ivy walks out, Eric can't help feeling betrayed. Unwilling to put her at risk, he values her safety above all else. By refusing to compromise, he's blindsided when she moves in with a man who's already stolen so much from him.

I love you. You love me not.

Lauren sees Eric and Ivy's split as an opportunity to end their relationship once and for all. When Ivy places herself at the mercy of Eric's rival, Lauren plots to destroy the fragile tie binding them together, even if she endangers Ivy's life in the process.


First published April 24, 2014

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Profile Image for Bianca.
529 reviews59 followers
May 1, 2014
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Hold Me Tight is the amazing conclusion to Eric and Ivy's beautiful story of love, loss, and forgiveness.If you loved the first two books in this series, you will absolutely love this one and will not be able to put this one down. You will love, laugh, and swoon. You will cry.

"...because I'm even more determined to bring that light back to his eyes. And I know my love is strong enough to do it."

The story leaves off right where the last one left off. Eric gave Ivy a harsh ultimatum. One that she did not take lightly. She ends up where she and Eric least expected. But this time apart shows Eric and Ivy that being without each other is just not an option. You feel their yearning for each other. I felt like this was the most heartfelt part of this story. There is no question that Eric and Ivy belong together. Their time apart proves this. This final installment solidifies how much Eric and Ivy are truly meant for each other. Their love knows no boundaries. They love with a love so deeply.

"You are my heart now. Whatever happens to you happens to me."

Eric Young. You have totally captured my heart. He is real. He is genuine. And I can completely see why Ivy so easily fell for him. While Eric is by no means perfect, he is perfect for me-I mean Ivy. :) His past alone would give him reason alone to never give his love to another woman again. And his heartache doesn't end. So many secrets and lies are revealed and your heart breaks for Eric. But what does he do? He loved harder. He loves more. He completely surrenders his heart and soul to Ivy. And it's the most beautiful thing.

"I'd rather have weeks, days, hours with you happy and content than a lifetime filled with regret."

If you think you have any idea what is going to happen in this story. You have NO idea. There are so many twists and turns in this story I did not see coming. Hence the reason why you will be reading this in one sitting. Clear your schedule. It's just not possible to put this one down.

"When she loves, she loves with her whole heart, giving herself completely, holding nothing back."

I felt that the writing was a lot stronger in Hold Me Tight. Not that the other two in the series weren't strong, I just felt like the voices were stronger in this one. The characters spoke with more conviction. What I really enjoy about this series as a whole that Faith's characters are real. And with the third installment of this story, her strength in character development shows. Every single character is connected to the story. You feel for them as much as you feel for Eric and Ivy.

"But this woman makes me want to do things I didn't think I was capable of. Her love for me makes me feel like I have no limitations, that I can do anything I set my mind to do because she believes in me with her whole heart."

As Eric so eloquently describes, his love never wavers for Ivy. It never falters. Their love is the epitome of all consuming soul searching love. Even through pain, and sorrow, Eric's heart always reached out for Ivy. His soul craved hers. Love always prevails. What a beautiful conclusion to this story.
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600 reviews79 followers
July 22, 2016
Hold Me Tight by Faith Sullivan is the last installment in the Take Me Now series. I have read the previous books in this series and I was anxiously waiting for Hold Me Tight to release because Meant For Me (Take Me Now, #2) ended with a HUGE cliffhanger!! I am so happy about how Faith Sullivan wrote this last installment! I had so many unanswered question from the previous books and Hold Me Tight had the answers to all those questions that were driving me CRAZYYYYYY!

Okie dokie! Where do I start with Hold Me Tight? I can't really say much about the storyline from this installment without giving away what happens in the previous books. You definitely will have to read TMN and MFM before reading HMT. In Hold Me Tight Ivy and Eric are facing some major obstacles. Somebody from Eric's past comes to cause trouble in paradise. Eric will do whatever it takes to make sure history does not repeat itself. Twists and turns, betrayals, lies, jaw-dropping revelations, this book had it all! I was shocked to find out what was behind all the blackmailing that Lauren was doing! She's been a major B**** since the moment she was introduced in TMN and she did not change at all!!! I had a moment of hope while reading the book, but then I got a slap in the face and came back to reality soon enough. One can only dream, right? :P Well, let me tell you that she played a major role in this series and I loved to hate her with a passion! I can only think of two other characters from another series that made me feel that way. One thing is sure, I won't forget about her!

Ivy and Eric are two characters that I have loved from the very beginning! Even if both of them were stubborn at moments, which left me wanting to virtual slap them, they have grown has individuals and has a couple. I loved the way Eric fell in love with Ivy. It was hard for him to accept his feelings at the beginning, but Ivy stole his heart. He found his soulmate. Ivy is remarkable. No matter the obstacles that came her way, she grew stronger and more confident. She gave her heart and soul to Eric and never looked back. They have been through a lot and it was finally time for them to find their well deserved HEA.

I absolutely loved the different POV's in this book! It was great to see some of the characters from the previous books and some new ones as well. I loved Tim! He was a key player in this installment. I wish we could have met him before. I liked the friendship between him and Ivy. She understood him in a way nobody could.

I give, Hold Me Tight, by Faith Sullivan 4.5 heart-pumping, touching, page-turning, fantastic stars! I'm sad that this series is over, but I can't wait to see what's next from Faith Sullivan. ;)
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802 reviews429 followers
April 30, 2014
Ever since I finished Meant for Me, I've been eagerly waiting for Hold Me Tight to be released...and it's finally here! :D I couldn't wait to read it, and it definitely didn't disappoint! While there was quite a bit of drama for my taste, I did really enjoy it. :) Hold Me Tight was most certainly worth the wait, and I am extremely happy with how everything turned out! The ending was seriously so satisfying...so know that going into it as a trilogy! ;)

I have to admit that at the beginning of the book I was not a happy camper, and the characters were completely frustrating me. I wanted to shake them, and snap both Eric and Ivy into action. I may have been frustrated, but I was definitely involved...and my emotions had me completely wrapped up in the story. So, even when I wasn't a happy camper...I was still riveted to the story! Thankfully, while the beginning of Hold Me Tight started off a bit rocky, everything eventually came together and I was able to love the story in a way that didn't make me want to shake the characters. :P

I've always loved Eric and Ivy together, and in Hold Me Tight, this was no exception! I love their chemistry (it's definitely steamy ;D), their banter, and how they both really do make each other better. When they've been apart, they've made some pretty silly decisions, but in Hold Me Tight, it was great to see them finally starting to make "better" choices, and to think before acting...which for Eric, who has a bit of a quick-firing temper, was huge progress, and awesome to see. Most of all, I loved seeing their relationship grow stronger throughout this book, and seeing both of them mature as they did. Hold Me Tight was definitely fantastic for character progression, for Ivy, Eric, and a few of the other characters, too!

Overall, I really enjoyed Hold Me Tight, and have thoroughly loved getting to read Eric and Ivy's story in the Take Me Now Trilogy! I've loved seeing their relationship grow and all of the characters in these books progress...it's been a fantastic reading experience, and I'll definitely have to return to these books and characters again! I would recommend Hold Me Tight, and the Take Me Now Trilogy, to fans who like romances that aren't always perfect, and to fans who love super steamy chemistry that comes with a story packed with quite a bit of drama. :)
854 reviews45 followers
August 10, 2016
I have been a fan of Faith Sullivan's Take Me Now series from the beginning. This series is darker than Sullivan's other series, with a definite villain: Lauren, who has a lot of hate and murderous intent coiled up like a murderous snake inside of her. And Ivy, Eric's true love, is the primary object of Lauren's vitriol. Lauren wants Eric for herself and will stop at nothing to obtain him.

All throughout this series, I've thought that Lauren's jealousy, greed, and envy were what drove her to such horrible actions. But, I learned her motivation for the things she does, in this book. There's much more than meets the eye with Lauren, and she morphed from a one-dimensional villain to a character that while I could not approve of her actions, I could certainly understand them. I love it when authors make me identify with the "bad guys" and Sullivan does that with aplomb in Hold Me Tight.

As in the first two books in this series, Hold Me Tight is full of chemistry between Ivy and Eric. Their relationship has grown as a result of separation and difficult live events, though, so it was neat to see their relationship evolve. I loved the tender moments between the two, especially with regard to Ivy's pregnancy.

One of my favorite things about this series are the supporting characters. There are so many great minor characters, many with intertwining storylines. Sullivan draws them all together and there is closure for each character in the series---not just the main characters.

Throughout this entire series, Ivy has been compared to Eric's first love, Cassidy. Ivy feels that she'll never measure up to Cassidy. I always pitied Ivy for that fact, and hoped that she'd feel secure enough in their relationship to stop comparing herself to Cassidy. Well, I got my wish, and more, with the way the past unfolded in this story. It was so gratifying to find out what Cassidy was really like!

Hold Me Tight was the strongest book of the Take Me Now series, in my opinion. It had the most drama, a great pace, and so much buildup to the conclusion of the story. I loved every page of this book, and I'm so glad that Faith Sullivan provided so much great closure for the characters I've come to love. If you're new to Faith Sullivan's work, I highly recommend her books!
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Author 25 books104 followers
April 30, 2014
From the moment she found out she was pregnant, Ivy's life has taken an unexpected turn. Her body is determined in having its own way, while she, in turn, does her best to protect the child she's now carrying. It doesn't help that her stress levels are off the charts, either. Part of her wishes that she can do without all of the duplicity and deception going on around her. Another part of her, however, wishes she could understand the truth, once and for all.

Determined to make sense of the secrets cropping up around her, Ivy delves into the past. She knows shedding light on what others don't know is going to hurt, but that's a risk she's willing to take. She has to. If she and Eric are to be happy, they'll need to confront everything they've been keeping from one another. Granted, there's more at stake than any of them could have imagined. For the sake of love, however, she's willing to do what's necessary to make sure all wrongs are set to right.

As the situation spirals out of control, and Ivy does her best to hold on the fragile thread holding her together, she does best to move forward. She knows things aren't exactly what she wants them to be, but she'll do everything to salvage whatever she can. Her love for Eric is part of what drives her, including the child they now have together. If they're to succeed in making their love and lives work, they'll need to sort out their differences. The question is, how can they do that when they're always second guessing themselves at every turn?

A bittersweet end to what has been an emotional series, Hold Me Tight answers every loose question, and tidies up the threads left behind from books one and two. Ivy and Eric's relationship has been volatile from the very start. They've done their best to overcome each adversity, but things tend to take their toll.

Faith has done a wonderful job in setting things straight for them, once and for all. It's nice to see them get their happy ending. Granted, they've a lot more going for them now with their baby's arrival. Faith has certainly done these characters justice. I've enjoyed this series very much, and look forward to more of Faith's works soon enough.
Author 3 books85 followers
April 29, 2014
I was VERY eagerly awaiting this last book in the series and Faith doesn't disappoint us! She brings twists and turns at every corner keeping you on your toes until the end! You will truly feel for all the characters in this last book in the series!

Eric has said somethings he truly didn't mean. Ivy leaves and now he's worried and scared about what will happen to them and most importantly... and why would she go to the one person he mistrusts the most?!

Ivy is petrified. She's upset and feels alone after Eric's outburst. She agrees to do something, that she thinks will be best for her but what happens when she realizes who she is staying with?!

There are some major twists and turns in this book! Some you never even saw coming! Wowza!

Eric is sick with worry! He finds out where she is and is in agony! I loved watching him grow, watching him care and love Ivy. I felt sad for him! I truly did... what a wonderful man who had some really crappy things happen to him... but he's still as sexy as ever!!

Ivy, wow! I love her! She's amazing. She stands up for what she believes in and I loved her strength and courage. I loved that she wanted them all to listen and figure things out and the trust she had in some people was amazing!

You will see Will, Ben, Lauren and a few others in this book as well to bring closure to the series. You will be upset, angry, frustrated, in pain and much more for them as well....

Oh and Lauren.. I can't say my thoughts on her or I will spoil it. But let me say... it's shocking and then well deserved.

This book is filled with fabulous friends, family, loved ones, secrets/lies, deception and also twists and turns that will captivate you until the end.

And the end... oh my! I loved it!!!!

I am sad to see this series end, but happy with the way Faith closes this fabulous series... done in real Faith style!

5 stars from me.
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Author 34 books528 followers
May 8, 2014
Finally! The conclusion to the series that I’ve been waiting so impatiently! I fell in <3 with Faith Sullivan’s writing when I read Heartbeat, and each and every work of art she writes I fall more in <3!

When Hold Me Tight picks up, it’s exactly where Meant for Me left off. Lauren is up to her no good self, and I tell ya what she’s a piece of work! I thought she was evil, but that’s putting it nicely. Ivy left me speechless at the end of book two. I know that she loves Eric, but I was SO mad at her for leaving!

When the story continues, I was sitting on pins and needles waiting on Eric to come to Ivy’s rescue. It didn’t take long, and damn it was easy… to easy! That’s when I knew Lauren has something major up her her skinny sleeve!

Now let’s talk about what we all wanna know, Tim, WTF? Really? After everything that happened with Eric and Cassidy I just wasn’t sure how he was going to fit into the equation, but I knew there had to be more. Boy was I right! He’s one that is knows too much information and has to pay because of it.

Faith has done a fabulous job pulling in all the characters that have been involved from start to finish, included a little country fun. Now poor Eric needs to find himself a four-wheeler and he’d been in business! I’ve loved Eric from the beginning, and he continues to steal my heart over and over! <3

By the end of Hold Me Tight, all issues are brought to the forefront. It will leave you with your mouth hanging open, your heart being pulled apart, put back together, and a whole lotta karma!
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125 reviews5 followers
May 13, 2014
Hold Me Tight by Faith Sullivan

Faith Sullivan has once again blown me away with the twists and turns in the conclusion to the series Take Me Now. I couldn't put the book down needing to know how all the characters fit together. What was it that Lauren has over everyone that makes them do her bidding, and why is she so hell bent in destroying everyone's life just to be on top. I was so entranced while reading this novel. Faith does an amazing job in keeping you captivated with the characters lives and the struggles that each one goes through to find not necessarily happiness but "peace"of mind.

Ivy and Eric are struggling to find a common ground when it comes to their unborn baby. With the ultimatum that Eric forces on Ivy, she must take matters into her own hands and side with the devil herself. Unfortunately, Lauren didn't count on Tim finding a conscience and liking Ivy. Lauren is struggling to keep truth from getting out and ruining her plan. Ivy and Eric are just trying to protect their love and their baby, but will it be enough.

How far will Lauren go to keep the secret buried from Eric? Will Eric and Ivy have their happily ever after with the birth of their child?

Sullivan has once again broken the mold on an incredible love story that truly shows the struggles and heartaches of a couple just wanting to have their HEA.
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Author 16 books279 followers
May 18, 2014
I've reviewed the other two books in this series before, and the last book in the Take Me Now series was an utterly amazing wrap-up of this series. I'm a huge fan of Sullivan's work and I will absolutely read everything she writes, because not only is she a great writer, but I love the complex and real characters she creates. I can't stop rooting for them! Sullivan doesn't shy away from creating characters who aren't perfect, which I find refreshing and makes her stories so real and easy to identify with. Even in this book, I actually found myself feeling sorry for Lauren, who has clearly gone 'round the bend on the sanity street, but once we get a picture of what's going on in her life, it makes so much more sense. Not that it makes it okay...but I don't want to get into spoilers :) Lets just say it's quite a ride throughout this whole book and I found myself gripping my kindle with both hands a few times (for very different, er, reasons), as well as reaching for the tissue box more than once. I will say this: I never would have thought of a pocket knife in that way...and definitely will have a certain scene come to mind forever whenever I see one now! Anyhow, verdict: absolutely a must-read series, and I can't wait to read the next book Sullivan puts out!
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2,374 reviews53 followers
April 29, 2014
I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. The is the conclusion of Eric and Ivy's story and it was absolutely perfect. At the end of Meant For Me (book 2) Ivy leaves Eric thinking that Lauren was going to help her but as usual Lauren has other things in mind. She still wants Eric and wants Ivy out of the way at any cost. Eric can't believe Ivy left and went to Lauren for help. Why does everything have to revolve around Lauren, because that is how Lauren lives her life and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. How many times will Lauren threaten Ivy's baby before someone finally says enough? Will Ivy go back to Eric? Will they learn the truth about Cassidy? Will Eric forgive Tim once he learns the truth? This story is full of love, pain, deceit, lies and friends you can count on. It will have you crying and laughing. So sit back and enjoy the ride that Faith will take you on in the fantastic series. I loved it and you will too.
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Author 40 books102 followers
May 1, 2014
**Not suitable for under 18**

Every choice has a consequence. Ivy is hiding with Tim who might be the father of her true life's baby. Eric is drench in confusion of new information and wondering where Ivy ran off after their fight. This story is true to the Faith Sullivan's style, you think you know the characters, but there is a wrench thrown into the mix that the readers did not see coming. One character you feel sorry for might be the character you might want to strangle.

This book keeps up the thrills that the first two had set up. Ms Sullivan keeps true to her beloved characters that her readers fell in love with the first two books. Her writing flows, and paints each scene so that the readers are right there in the scene waiting for the next explosion. She does not leave any loose ends, and ties everything up nicely. A book that I would suggest you readers to pick up :)
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Author 3 books44 followers
April 20, 2014
LOVE LOVE LOVE the ending to this series!!! It was all I could have hoped for, and more! As ever, Faith throws in all sorts of twists and curves you won't see coming, and it's fantastic! (Extended review once it's up on my blog!)
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Author 49 books263 followers
May 5, 2014
Faith Sullivan has done it again; with a clean and clever writing style, compelling plot, and lovable characters (well, almost all of them) I was completely drawn in and unable to get Hold me Tight out of my head. Thank you for another great read.
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538 reviews11 followers
April 30, 2014
Absolutely loved this book! Did not expect the twist that unfolded! Definitely had me on the edge of my seat at times!
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