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Hold Me Close

(Bridgewater County #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Rachel wants one thing in life, a family of her own. But she’s not going to get it without a man. Or can she?
They may have ruined their chances in the past, but Matt and Ethan know Rachel’s the woman for them. When they discover her plans, they tell her they’ll give her exactly what she wants. The old fashioned way. Because once they get their hands on her, they’ll hold
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published August 7th 2017
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
descriptionOK cover on this one. Good representation of the characters. OK composition and title work.description


description This one was cute. It was a little repetitive in places, and I am not a fan of 26-year-old virgins. But it was very insta with no OW/OM drama and had two (fairly) likable heroes. Matt was his own worst enemy at times, but Ethan was pretty much perfect. Rachel was likable but like I said I could have done without the whole unrealistic virginity. And maybe I am a bitch, but the incident in her past seemed
Brandy Roberts
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a woman that enjoys her far share of MFM books and some I'll absolutely devour till the very end and others don't work for me and Vanessa Vale has written one that will be on my top five in this genre . The characters were very likable , story line kept me hooked , and I definitely know I'll be reading more by this author in the future . Rachel is a great heroine everything about her is likable and once she gets with the sexy guys she becomes more confident and in her own skin . Matt took so ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
This wasn't my favorite book of the series, but still a good romance. Ethan and Rachel get off to a rocky start when she comes up to introduce herself as his new assistant and he inadvertently makes her feel like she's not good enough for him. Luckily, Matt is able to help Rachel see that they want her and she gives them a chance to make her feel loved. The thing I disliked was Rachel being a martyr, thinking she was going to ruin Matt's baseball career by being pregnant and that she should be o ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Book four in the Bridgwater County series is another amazing adventure that is a spinoff from the historical based Bridgewater ménage series but takes place in present day. The town of Bridgewater, Montana still holds with the founding father principles of two or three alpha dominant males claiming and marrying one woman, and partnering for life. The method has proved successful for over a hundred years and why change what works? The story will read as a stand-alone.

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This newest installment in the Bridgewater County series was full of misunderstandings, false assumptions, passion, and of course the Bridgewater way of love.

I am a fan of this series and this book was another good example of why. Matt and Ethan were perfectly contrasted to be able to provide Rachel just what she needed. I loved how the author managed to give the readers a little something different from the previous books with different twists, turns and obstacles to overcome for the character
Steph's Romance Book Talk
4.5 Stars

My last Bridgewater County family and I loved this one as well! Rachel is the older sister in a family of people that have settled down into relationships. After a traumatic event in college Rachel feels skittish around men, but when she starts to evaluate her life she finds that she wants a baby. When Rachel's sister suggests that she doesn't need a relationship to have a baby, Rachel pushes her attraction to the side about her bosses and researches ways to make a baby happen. Matt an
Donna Repsher
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I've been following the Bridgewater series and have enjoyed the menage a trois concept that has been and is at the core of both the original historical series and this newer contemporary series, of which Hold Me Close is the fourth short novel, and I usually devour them in one sitting. I also usually wish these stories were more fully developed, and that has never been more true than with this latest entry in
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me start off this review by stating a fact. Vanessa Vale is a new to me author and even though Hold me Close is the fourth book in the series, it can totally be read as a standalone! However, this novel will have you intrigued and wanting to read the first three books in the series.

Rachel is scared of all things dealing with physical intimacy. After a situation in her college years goes wrong she's tried and tried to lose her V card but no mater what or who she freezes and the panic sets in.
April Symes
This is book 4 in the Bridgewater County series by Vanessa Vale. This is Ethan, Rachel and Matt’s love story.
Rachel Andrews at 26 years is still a virgin and that is due to a traumatic incident in college, believes she is frigid and because of that, believes she will never have children the old fashioned way. She is returning to Bridgewater to take over the office manager position at a local guest ranch, Hawk’s Landing, held by her sister, Emmy.
Matt and Ethan have been friends for years and with
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
When you know, you know. You know. Well, that’s how it is in Bridgewater. And Matt and Ethan know that Rachel is the woman for them. The one they’ve been dreaming about sharing a life, love and family with for years. That’s the Bridgewater way—two men finding a woman to share, to love.

Now to just convince Rachel.

I have to admit, I love a good ménage story and this Bridgewater County series is excellent. I love the premise behind it all. And I really enjoyed Matt, Ethan and Rachel’s romance. I lo
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Once again Vanessa Vale has me hooked. Hold Me Close was a little different then the rest of the books because Rachel Andrews was born and raised in Bridgewater so she knew the ways, but an incident in College made her feel untouchable. So much so that she looked to a sperm bank to get pregnant, but her new bosses, Ethan and Matt, were not having that. They wanted her, and they told her everything at the sperm bank. They promised her a family and forever. She gave in and they all enjoyed there t ...more
Crystal Wilke
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great story by Vanessa. The Bridgewater series is off the charts hot! Sometimes our dreams as kids are just that dreams or when we are older something or someone better comes along and you open your eyes. Hold Me Close is Matt, Ethan and Rachel's story. I need more of the Bridgewater series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC for this book.
Samantha Potter
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a connoisseur of MFM books; I devour them and throughly enjoy the dynamics of a trilationship.

This was my first Vanessa Vale book and it was fun and sexy with just a dash of angst.

Matt and Ethan are everyone one looks for in an alpha male but to me they were also very real characters with personality flaws that we would find in the real world.

Rachel is at times a strong independent woman and at others a woman just trying to find her path. She too is very real and very relatable.

The story i
Cj Loves Books
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
quick, enjoyable read. A sweet M/F/M love story.
The dialogue had me laughing, gasping, and swooning.

Would love to read more from this series!
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Talk about an insta-love affair! Hold me close gets right to the point. The story focuses on two alpha men who know what they want from their woman, they only have to convince her to let them give it to her. Vale writes and amazing story of how polyamory is possible and also fulfilling if it is between the right people.

Having had a traumatizing past, Rachel feels as if her dreams of being married and having a large family will never happen, that is until she meets Matt. Matt is instantly attract
I did not care for this one as much as I did the previous ones. I did not connect with the characters as much. This one seamed to move faster than the others, with the sole focus on the baby making and not so much on the characters themselves.

Better written than I, this is an excerpt from Donna Repsher's review:

"While I enjoyed this short novel, I didn't find myself enjoying it as much as I have enjoyed Ms. Vale's previous Bridgewater books. Everything about it seemed too rushed, and too under-d
Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Bridgewater men find the woman of their dreams, they do whatever it takes to her his. But what happens when he goes about it the wrong way? Can he overcome his mistake and make it up to her?

When Matt first saw Rachel she took his breath away. But in his desire to keep her away from all the rowdy cowboys, he goes about it the wrong way.

Rachel is taken by Matt but after their first meeting she doesn't believe she could ever catch the eye of a man like him.

Ethan couldn't wait to meet Rachel af
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading

When Rachel moves back to Bridgewater to take over her sister’s job as the office manager for the Hawk’s Landing guest ranch, she never expected to run into one of her new bosses at the rodeo. She also didn’t expect their first encounter to go the way that it did.

When Matt and Ethan first ay eyes on their new office manager, they know she is the one for them . . . however, after a sour first encounter with Matt, they may have lost their chance with Rachel. When Bridgewater men know what they wan
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is about a young woman named Rachel. She wants a family but has intimacy issues. After a very bad first encounter with her new boss she realizes that she probably won't ever get a man if she's uncomfortable of being touched. Matt and Ethan are Rachel's new bosses, when Matt tries to scare her away from other men at a rodeo he does it in the worst possible way and alienates her. He and Ethan knew from the first moment they saw her that she was meant to be theirs but after Matt's horrib ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hold Me Close
By: Vanessa Vale

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Review by Kristie K

When one sexy cowboy isn't enough, Vanessa Vale brings you two…

Rachel has a soul deep yearning for a child of her own. With all of her siblings in happy relationships, with children of their own, she wonders if she will ever have a family of her own. With the only recent action in her life being a bad date, and an embarrassing encounter with her new boss, Rachel decides she is going to have a baby…on her own. Imagine her shock when the m
Jennifer Pierson
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hold Me Close was a SCORCHIN' HOT HOT HOT story that will kill every pair of panties in it's path! Rachel has never really felt comfortable around men, so when her sister makes a flip comment, she realizes that she doesn't need a man to have the family that she dreams of. However, fate has different plans for her. She's about to start a new job in Bridgewater when she meets her future boss, Matt, in the rodeo circuit. He believes her to be a buckle bunny, so he's super rude to her, and by the ti ...more
Jenny Harris
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book with the understanding that I could leave a voluntary and honest review.

In this book we get Rachel Andrews story. We are also introduced to her boss Matt and Ethan. When Matt and Rachel first meet Matt says things that drive a fragile Rachel away from him. Little did he know this was going to be the one woman meant for him and Ethan. If he had he knows he would have said different things that day. Like they say though you can't go back so both he and Ethan do what they can
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Vanessa Vale and I'm glad I started here. This book thoroughly impressed me on so many levels. Her writing is fun and super sexy. She has a way of developing complex characters you either love right away, or learn to love them the more you know about them.

In Hold Me Close we get the story of Rachel, Ethan and Matt. Rachel has not had luck in relationships and after failed attempt, decides to start a family a different way. When she finds herself at a sperm bank thinkin
Elizabeth Kras
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The fourth book in the Bridgewater County series but can be read as a standalone. As far as this goes within the series it is a good book however in my opinion it wasn’t as strong as the first three. The book starts out with what seems to be a normal introduction but ends up scaring our heroine, Rachel, away from one of the two men that are pining for her. Due to her past with an emotionally scarring man, this is too much for her and she can’t think about him in a romantic way. It also causes fo ...more
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Menage!  That's really all that should be said about this book.  HA!  Vanessa Vale does a great job at writing trio relationships.  This one is no different.  Though this book is the 4th in the series you can definitely read it as a standalone because I've not read any of the others.  

Hold Me Close features Rachel, a woman who's one of many children in her family and familiar with menage relationships.  She'd love to have one he
Treena Ross - Rockstar Book Muse
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sexy Threesome Reads

I have read everyone of theses books in the Bridgewater Series from this talented author and this last one Hold Me Close is so good.

First off as you all know the Bridgewater way is MFM has been from the beginning of time and let me tell you I bet there is a lot of readers out there who would love to live like that. Matt and Ethan are the men in this book and each of them are cowboys through and through and so totally swoon worthy who could not love them. Then Racheal our heroine sassy s
Becky Baldridge
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Hold Me Close is a quick read, easily finished in a couple of hours. It's fast-paced and overall, a fun story, but it does require quite the suspension of belief. I'm not talking about the menage part of this story - I knew that going in and while I'm pretty sure it doesn't happen quite so often, I can enjoy the story. My problem was with how fast this romance took off. I'm not a huge fan of instalove, but usually expect it in a book of this length. This one, however, was even faster than the no ...more
Laura  Redmon
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vanessa Vale is the absolute Queen of steamy Mènage!

This Author is so good at hitting all the right spots in her stories. She did it again, with hold me close. There was a very little bit of drama, but a whole lot of sexy naughtiness l!

Rachel has her hands full with her sexy Bridgewater Cowboys, Matt and Ethan. Those two men are scorchin and they set Rachels body on fire.

I 100% recommend this dirty, sexy, mènage romance!

***I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy.***

Laura Redmon
Mara Scales
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is my first read in the Bridgewater County series, but I am a long standing fan of Vanessa Vale's other works. I enjoy her menage arrangements, instant attraction of two men knowing that they have found "the one ", and steamy bedroom scenes that turn every woman into a puddle from reading them.
Rachel has a history of bad luck with relationships and physical intimacy, but she wants a family. So, she decides that desperate times call for desperate measures and visits a sperm bank, but he
Ethan had said, his confusion obvious as was the obvious admiration in his tone.
Over two many beers one night...
She vanished the moment I opened my big mouth and ruined the moment.
He pursed her lips, said nothing more.
Now it was obvious of their interest.

Among the Bridgewater County novellas this one I liked the least. It read like it was thrown together in half an hour. An abundance of typos and mistakes, repetitiveness, a confusing timeline... It felt like more of a draft than a finished piece
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