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Hold Me

(Cyclone #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,429 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesn’t know how to stop or even slow down. The instant he lays eyes on Maria Lopez, he knows that she is a sexy distraction he can’t afford. He’s done his best to keep her at arm’s length, and he’s succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

Maria has always been cautious. Now that her once-tiny, apocalypse-centered blog is hitting
ebook, 303 pages
Published October 25th 2016
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Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: inter-racial
**Spoiler Alert**

My love for Courtney Milan is irrevocable. Her ability to incorporate math and science into the romance genre is simply genius.

I have read The Duchess War, The Heiress Effect, and The Countess Conspiracy and her characters, particularly the heroines, are never portrayed as anything but smart and I would be shocked to the point of clutching pearls if she ever wrote an insipid female character.

Hold Me was unlike any romance book I've read, with its underlying themes of racial div
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
While I respect all the time and energy that went into writing this well researched title, I am sad to say that this wasn't my cuppa. I felt like I was missing the point at times. The heroes, Maria and Jay, are extremely intelligent and while I expected it to have a nerdy vibe (I dig the nerdisms usually), I was utterly bored for a little over 50% of the book. Then as they figured out who the other was, it finally sparked my interest. After that it fluctuated between the good parts (when they we ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*2.5 stars*

Okay, I have a LOT of thoughts and feelings about this book.

Courtney Milan is one of my favorite authors, and I try to read everything that she writes. Hold Me was my first contemporary romance from her, and my lukewarm take on it was... unexpected. No, I shouldn't say that I feel lukewarm about it because I'm bursting with opinions! Honestly, this review is a little bit of expectations vs. reality, because I love Courtney Milan so much. I'm devastated that I didn't love this one.

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

I want to preface this review with this : marginalized readers, you are enough. Your existence is enough of a reason for you to be portrayed in any work of fiction. You are enough, damn it. I'm starting with this because I've made the mistake of reading reviews and I'm appalled that "Courtney Milan checks too many diversity boxes" (whatever that means) would be the extent of many people's first reaction to the wonderful diverse cast she offers us in Hold Me. I'm just... shaking my head, frowning
May 08, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-released-yet
I so want to read this book because the heroine is (view spoiler) *grabby hands*

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I read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2017 Reading Challenge. For more info about what this is, click here.

HOLD ME isn't just the smartest romance you'll read; it's also an ode to the Bay Area. Like a modern-day PRIDE AND PREJUDICE set in Berkeley, CA, HOLD ME is about two characters who initially dislike each other intensely because of a misunderstanding and/or misplaced sense of pride, only to realize that they
Whitney Atkinson
Seeing Courtney Milan's list of books in the back of this one was the only buoy I had against the sadness of finishing this. I LOVE the messages in Courtney Milan books, and this was no exception.

Before I sing its praises, I want to note a few things that aren't my favorite:
1. The character dialogue often was unrealistic and cheesy. It ranged from small things like the main character calling her brother "little brother" through text messages (??? which i hate. i don't text my older sister like
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Hold Me is both very ambitious and very uneven. We here at the Bitchery are unabashed Courtney Milan fans, to the point where I cannot possibly read a Milan book without both bias in its favor and very high expectations. As with all Milan books, I squeed repeatedly while reading, but the overall reading experience was not as enjoyable as I hoped it would be.

I love the inclusivity of the book. It incorporates characters of different ethnicities, genders,
Review Originally Posted on Lacy Literacy:

“I don’t have a good response. Not in words. Instead, I send her an emoji string: a heart, a bowl of soup, and heels.
Sorry. I typed. Bad at words.
No, she types. I’m pretty sure that’s the emoji for “hold me.”

I have been dying to read Hold Me since I found out about it in Fall of last year. I backtracked and read the first book in the Cyclone series, Trade Me, and fell in love with the glimpses we got of Maria, which made me that much more excited. The
Reread: 2017
I still feel the same way I felt when I read it the first time! But I have been reading other people's reviews, and I've been seeing a lot of people saying that they felt like there was"too much diversity". And to that I say fuck off. I'm sorry we are force fed this false narrative that white, straight, and cis are the norm but that's just not true. We are a multitude of identities and I think it is amazing to see as many as we can portrayed in as many mediums as we can.

Some people
So I've been in a book slump for about a year and Courtney Milan's Hold Me has managed to finally get me out of it. I'm over here grinning like a loon because this book has made me super happy.

There was nerdery galore, unstereotypical POCs, sarcasm and snark... just all kinds of the things that made this book a delight to read.

I'll be back soon with a better review.
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, romance
I really, really want to coward out of reviewing this one like I did the first in the series. I'm a fan of Courtney Milan and like how she isn't afraid to dial things up in her stories. With this book, she not only goes contemporary, but her characters could easily be molded into progressive icons with all the diversity in play (both racial and sexual). Jay is Asian and bisexual. Maria is Hispanic and transgendered. Add some personal trauma to both (spiritual and emotional traumas) and you have ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I appreciate what Milan is doing with her contempory titles, but I also feel like I'm missing part of Maria and Jay's story. This would have worked much better if we got to see the beginning of their online friendship. Jay's real life assholery would've still been abominable, but Maria's decision to give him a chance in real life would've felt less forced because it's all based on their online interactions as Em and Actual Physicist.
Pretty good, definitely interesting, but not great.

The jo
Sherwood Smith
Here’s the thing. Historical romances with ‘history lite’ settings and mostly-modern heroines who are there for the awesome gowns, the glittering dukes, the castles and tonnish life, are A-okay. Readers like them, I think, in the same way it’s fun to cosplay historical clothes and settings without having to deal with the baggage of reality.

My problem is, I pretty much can’t read these because I have been reading history for over fifty years, so the finessing of language and customs, etc, keep po
Feb 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Courney Milan Fans, Romance
Leave it to Courtney Milan to write a romance of this complexity...
She has the insight and ability; she has a cover which makes you wonder about him...and now here is more.....

Eighteen months ago, Maria Lopez felt an unexpected spark with Jay, a hot, tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy who checked off every item on her fantasy list. But “too good to be true” never ends well. So when he asked for her number, she walked away.

When she runs into him again, she discovers that Jay is a different kind
Jan 26, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: woohoo-diversity
I can't bring myself to rate this book for several reasons.

1. It was so gassed up, I was SO FREAKING HYPED FOR THIS RELEASE, and the fact that its release date was pushed back so many times was so FRUSTRATING but oddly enough, also TANTALIZING??!??!
2. THE DIVERSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLESS THE DIVERSITY (and the openmindedness ... OH AND THE TACT, topics were RESPECTFULLY approached).

... OK wait by several reasons I just mean two reasons, I guess?

Basically, I'm not rating this because I thought it
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Honestly, this is just what romance novels should be. I loved this one, especially the way our characters came together after gradually falling for each other online. (Well, I would, since that's how I met my husband. Coincidentally read this on our wedding anniversary which gave me all the warm fuzzies.)
I probably trust Courtney Milan more so than any other author I follow. And yet, the beginning of Hold Me left me feeling quite uneasy. The bulk of my concern centered on the very sexist comments spoken and/or thoughts by the hero of the heroine and how the hell I was going to reconcile my decidedly bad first impression of Jay with the idea of him ultimately ending up with Maria. It seemed an impossible task. Then, Maria and Jay exchange a series of messages, as their online counterparts Em and ...more


If I have to name my 5 favorite romance movies, You've Got Mail would probably have a place on that list. It has Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, hate2love romance and unreserved love for books. The reason I mention it here is because Hold Me is basically re-skin version of YGM. This is more modern because mail is changed with chat apps and slicker devices you can carry in your pocket, and instead of default white hetero couple we have a diverse cast of characters, but core of that romance? The idea
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I sort of feel like I should preface my review with a "it's not the book, it's me: it's been the worst time in my life, and I just don't have it in me to read this kind of a romance" -- but then I remember that I've actually mainlined Connie Willis's Crosstalk very recently, and loved it despite its issues. So, no. The disclaimer should be "I usually love Courtney Milan's books, but this one doesn't quite work for me".

I mean, it's very well written, (mostly) well paced, it tugs at all the right
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A complex contemporary romance that celebrates abject scientific geekery between delightful characters.

Maria Lopez (Tina's roommate from Trade Me) is a transgender latina with insecurity issues and a scientific blog where she explores catastrophes. Jay na Thalang is a tenure-track brilliant physical chemist who has issues of his own. They've been corresponding anonymously for a couple of years around the content of Maria's blog and have quietly become very important to each other. However, when
Read this last year and just now realized I forgot to add it. Classic Courtney Milan, would recommend. I continue to wait interminably for her next one. I'm here for you, Courtney. I will give you my moneys, Courtney.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

Content warnings: Mentions of past transmisia, anxiety, panic attacks.

I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I finished the first one, Trade Me, 3 months ago, 3 MONTHS. So imagine how excited I was when I finally could pick it up and read it, especially how much good I’d heard about it from my friends. And it blew me away. Seriously. I am now ruined for any and all romance books til the end of times because of how good this one was,
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I understand that it seems that Jay will realise that he's wrong and he'll change but in the meantime he's sexist, he thinks girly girl are airheads and he thinks he's better than others because he has a degree. I hated him.

I LOVED Maria and I loved that she's Latina and I loved that she's trans. She deserves so much better.

En español:

Entiendo que Jay va a cambiar pero en el transcurso lo odié, es re sexista, juzga a las mujeres por su forma de vestir y se piensa que es mejor que los demás porqu
Mónica BQ
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up!

Writing a review on this one later, same as with the first book of the series, because I'm pretty busy right now. But I loved this one!

On a tiny but important note: I am two for two with romance books that DON'T end in marriage or children. THANK YOU BOOK GOODS. THANK YOU. Also, of course, thank you Courtney Milan!
Less than the sum of its considerable & well-intentioned parts. Missing the umami factor that has me reading, rereading, re-rereading earlier Milans. Curious.
Fuller review to follow when the mercury falls.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On a technical level, Milan knocked this out of the park—I mean, You’ve Got Mail-ish situation meets nerds in love meets intersectional feminism and dismantling privilege and the patriarchy? Yes, please—but on a personal level, I needed this book more than I realized, and I am glad I found it when I did.
Rachna R
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up for a reread today; only realised then that I hadn't reviewed it when I'd devoured it after it'd come out. I think the thing I love the most about this is the thing I love the most about most Milan books - the really precise way she unpacks people and their conflicts and their problems, and the really loving way she ties them back together. I can see how that may seem a little distancing and gives the romance a little less space to expand through conversation and interaction (and ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hold Me is the second book in Courtney Milan’s Cyclone series. I liked the first book a lot, and I think this one is even better.

This book reminded me a bit of the old Jimmy Stewart movie The Shop Around the Corner, in which quarreling coworkers fall in love with each other through anonymously written letters. In this story, however, the letters are chat messages, and the main characters meet anonymously when he comments on her blog about apocalyptic disasters.

Jay and Maria have been messaging e
See, the funny thing is, when you start this book, it gives you a sense of nostalgia. You've seen this before, the classic rom-com feel of You've Got Mail, the one where two people utterly hate each other yet fall in love.

Except, this is Courtney Milan, who has a gift when it comes to well-developed and compelling characters, and this story is something so special, it breathes a life of its own into the familiar trope.

Reading this book was one of the most powerful experiences I've had, because
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Courtney Milan’s books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller and a RITA® winner.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, an exceptionally perfect dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After th

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Cyclone (6 books)
  • Trade Me (Cyclone, #1)
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