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Holding Her Close

(Mended Hearts #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  773 ratings  ·  100 reviews
She's everything he detests about Hollywood.

After spending my entire acting career being cast as the airhead, I finally have the serious role I've been dying for, and I screw it all up during a four martini dinner with my ex. Now, thanks to the morality clause in my contract, I might lose the role of a lifetime. My only hope is to convince the media (and my eccentrically
Published January 19th 2016
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Sara Gardner I got this book emailed to me when I signed up on her web site, and they send me a chapter a week. It is missing chapter 1 and chapter 5 so far (I hav…moreI got this book emailed to me when I signed up on her web site, and they send me a chapter a week. It is missing chapter 1 and chapter 5 so far (I have gotten chapters 2,3,4, & 6 so far). I do not want to read what I got because these are missing. I hope this comes out soon so I can purchase it to read it completely. Missing the 2 chapters now will ruin the book for me, so I don't even want to start it!(less)
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Review: Surj 4.5 stars

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"Holding her Close" was such brilliant addition to the "Mended Hearts" series, taking me on another trip to New Hope (the town I've grown to know and love through the course of reading many a Lexi Ryan book). This time it was Janelle and Cade who got their story told and boy, what a cluster fuck of a story it was. These two really were car
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hope has always been a heartless tease.

At this point, I would read anything that Lexi Ryan writes. She always manages to pull off a story with the perfect amount of depth, sexiness and tension. I just can’t get enough.

This book is part of a spin-off series, but still focuses around the characters from New Hope that I have come to adore. This is Janelle’s story, Nate’s (you might remember him from Here and Now: Complete Series) twin sister. Elle is an actress that's been thrust into a media
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read this as a newsletter subscriber and looked forward to receiving the chapter updates each week!!!!! :)))). Lexi Ryan's dual point of view writing gets you inside the character's heads and let's you experience their emotions! Cade and Janelle were perfect for each other!!!!! Loved it!!! :)))
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Janelle’s made mistakes, which forces her to lie and play a role she doesn’t want to, which is further complicated by a case of mistaken identity. But when fiction starts to become reality and her pretend boyfriend becomes everything she’s ever craved, how does she mesh the two worlds she wants to be a part of and what happens when there’s more than just the push and pull between her and Cade to worry about, resulting in greater risks to more than just her heart?

I absolutely loved Janelle and Ca
A little birdie told me...
These interconnected series are hit or miss with me. There's always characters to include since the list of them included in past books is so lengthy. I can't seem to keep them all straight, yet I remember my favorites. Of course Hanna tops that list (since we spent three books falling for her), and it was very nice seeing her reemergence in this one.

It seems as though with the last few books, all the personalities seem to have amalgamated so that it's rather difficult to tell one from the next
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janelle, an actress, has been humiliated by her ex husband and is now being dragged through the mud by his new wife after compromising pictures of Janelle and her ex kissing are leaked to the press. Her PR agent devises a scheme which includes a fake fiancee, tells her to find Batman at her brother's Halloween costume party and make everyone believe they are together.

Janelle finds Batman, but it's not the hired fiancee, it's New Hope's hot new cop, Cade Watts. Deciding to go with the undeniabl
Three Chicks
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Janelle is a Hollywood actress known for her role on Roommates, a popular sitcom. But she has recently made some bad decisions that may cost her the next big role that she wanted. She has a plan and that plan includes a fake boyfriend to prove that she is over her ex and moving on. But the night she was supposed to meet her new “boyfriend”, she mistakes another man for him, but sparks begin to fly between the two of them. They have one night of passion. While Janelle k
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2016
Lexi Ryan has a way of drawing you into her books and refuses to let go of you until you’ve reached the end. Holding Her Close just continues to prove that Lexi Ryan is an amazing story teller.

If you’ve read any of Lexi Ryan’s previous books you know who Janelle and Cade are, but we never really got to really get to know them. This is their story, and it is one hell of a ride! With the two of them brought together by a mistake and some bad circumstances, you can only hope things get better for t
Cocktails and Books
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I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that HOLDING HER CLOSE was the love story of Nate Crane (from the Here and Now series)'s little sister, Janelle. I eagerly jumped into the story.

Janelle, beaten down by a cheating ex-husband and all the nonsense of Hollywood, finds herself at her brother's house dressed for a costume party in an attempt to try and salvage what was left of her acting career. A case of mistaken identity has Janelle
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Hollywood love stars! review to come
Michelle Austin
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holding her Close Book #2 in the Mended Hearts series by Lexi Ryan was a great 5 star read.
Romance, Mystery, Mind Games, Hot Alpha Cop

Hold your friends close….And your enemies closer.

What a suspenseful mind game of a read with a little romance thrown in. Loved it.

Janelle is an actress who has found herself in a scandal that could lose a role for her. She makes arrangements to have a “fake fiance” to dispel the scandal. While at her brothers Halloween part
Michele A.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Janelle and Cade meet when she mistakes him for an actor being paid to pretend to be her boyfriend. Janelle is pretty much an air-head in this book and is CLUELESS most of the time. Her former castmates and friends have not had much to do with her since her divorce. She starts receiving threatening fan letters and thinks nothing of it. When she gets set up by her ex and his new wife, she hides. It was just crazy how far in denial and stupidity she was. Cade has been burned by an actress before a ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2016, romance, rw
Reading this one was interesting. I subscribe to the authors newsletter and she sent out a chapter every week. It was fun and frustrating to read it that way.

I really liked how Janelle and Cade met, but hated how Cade ruined things with his reaction. Janelle deserved to not be judged by how others treated him. It seemed like so many times Cade would be able to get over things, but then something would happen and Cade would go back to being all judging.

The whole drama with what was happening to
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cute-favorites
Elle and Cade are sooooooooooo intense ! If they are not fighting/arguing they are making out with each other. I liked to see two persons with their flaws.
It's a light book with little to no drama. Really fast read.
You should read it

Ana Buenrostro
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was better than the last. The main characters had crazy chemistry. I really enjoyed the part where he hated her and wanted her at the same time.
Debbie Messenger
Loved it

Omg I've fallen hard in love with cade. I loved this story another great book from Lexi Ryan.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great one by Lexi Ryan! She is becoming another one of my go-to authors! Holding Her Close is the second book in another series which is part of the New Hope saga. I have read the other series in the saga as well and have enjoyed them all. This book could be read as a stand alone book, although i have enjoyed reading all of the books in the saga.

Janelle is first introduced in Lost in Me which is the story about how her brother Nate and his wife Hanna meet. She then periodically comes up
Elizabeth Neal
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
We all know image means everything in LA, right? Since we all agree on that, we can sort of understand the pressure that Janelle must always feel. We can definitely understand her heartbreak upon discovering her husband, Tom, was cheating on her, then divorced her and married the other woman, Bella. Then said other woman is basically living your life...including your friendships with your so called best friends, Courtney and Jo.

Even with everything her husband put her through Janelle still loved
Sassy Southern
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
We all know image means everything in LA, right? Since we all agree on that, we can sort of understand the pressure that Janelle must always feel. We can definitely understand her heartbreak upon discovering her husband, Tom, was cheating on her, then divorced her and married the other woman, Bella. Then said other woman is basically living your life...including your friendships with your so called best friends, Courtney and Jo.

Even with everything her husband put her through Janelle still loved
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
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About the book:

Janelle is a rising Hollywood actress that is trying to do some damage control after being caught kissing her ex-husband while he is still married to a woman he left her for.
It was an innocent kiss from Janelle's side while Tom fed her lies about wanting her back.
A kiss that is threatening to ruin her career if she doesn't do something about it.

The only way to make things right in publics eyes seemed to be to get a fake fiancée so that it
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Find this review and more at Ramblings From This Chick

If you have read any of the New Hope books from Lexi Ryan, you will recognize Janelle Crane as Nate Crane's twin sister. If you are new to Lexi Ryan or haven't read most of those books, Holding Her Close can be read as a complete Standalone. While I have loved all the books I have read from Lexi, her Here and Now books are my favorites as I love Hanna and Nate. So I have been anxiously awaiting Janelle's story since she played a bigger part i
Amy Neighbors Senethavilay
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life in L.A. is not for the faint of heart, and Janelle Crane is facing a scandal that could potentially destroy her career. Having been spotted at dinner kissing her ex-husband, the tabloids have taken to spreading rumors that Janelle is a home wrecker, that she is trying to move in and take her ex back from his new wife. Not only is the pain she is feeling about the loss of her marriage and the life she once lived still raw, but Janelle faces another crisis--her career. Suddenly the serious ro ...more
Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

You know those books you pick up with the intention of reading a couple chapters before bed, but then you find yourself so wrapped up in the story that you can't possibly think of putting it down until you've read it from cover to cover? Holding Her Close was one of those books for me.

I love a lot of things about Lexi's writing and one of the biggest ones is how her stories and series enter twine and how a secondary character doesn't stay that
Faye Errington
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few books by Lexi... so going into HHC I just knew I was going to love it

All of Lexi's books are brilliant reads and I was really excited to start this book

Holding Her Close is book 2 in the Mended Hearts Series

This is Janelle's book.... Janelle Crane is a upcoming Hollywood actress. She stared in a series as a teenager which was hugely successful, since then she has had only a few little roles here and there

Janelle has just signed up for a movie which will really launch her adult
"He's offering a favour, not his heart. But I've never met anyone like him, and I want more. Maybe I'll regret it, but right now, I'll take as much of him as he'll give."

A highly addictive, all consuming, intense read!

Janelle Crane, Hollywood actress on the cusp of losing her most serious role to date, always being cast as an airhead, no thanks to the four martini dinner with her ex husband and a stupid kiss. Now thanks to a morality clause in her contract she's literally holding on to it by h
Sarah - Books to Breathe
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love these characters! This is an odd series whereas there was a main series and it has since broken off into multiple other smaller series. This is the second book in the Mended Hearts series and what I love about this book and the one before it is they have been more suspense than the others. I find myself gravitating more towards those types of books. I love for the adrenaline and danger and erotic romance that all bundles together in one delicious package. We first met Janelle in he ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Enticing Journey Book Promos in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is like the movie The Bodyguard but with the fake relationship mixed in with very real attraction simmering between Janelle and Cade providing that much needed interesting touch to make it stand out. Even in book one, it was clear how protective Cade was of those he cared about or felt a responsibility toward, so his actions and reactions he
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Suspenseful and sexy from start to finish. I was completely enthralled with this story, I couldn't put it down.
When Janelle Crane's little mistake hits the gossip rags, the role of a lifetime seems to slipping through her fingers. She needs to fix her reputation, and fast! When she ends up being seen leaving a party with the wrong guy, her fake fiancé plan goes out the window along with her dream role...or does it?
Cade Watts has already had his heart crushed by an actress, he's not about to let
Emily McGee
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I knew I was going to love this book within the first 15 pages. Not that that is much of a shock considering I count Lexi Ryan in my top favorite authors, but this book had some special about it. That something special would be named Cade. This man. Sigh. If there is a man like this out there in the real world, I need to find him stat. The perfect blend of sexy and sweet, alpha and partner. He was a joy to read. As for Janelle, his lady love, she is one bad**s chick. She pulls every ounce of str ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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