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Spence was my first love, my only free fall, my terrible heartache.

Me: shy, quiet, nervous.

Him: outgoing, intimidating, and wild, all the things I wasn’t.

Yet we collided, smoke turning to stardust changed to flesh.

Such catastrophic connection couldn’t last. We split apart—not separated, because that word is so gentle and we cracked in half—and I haven’t seen him in two an
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Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Ketley Allison LLC (first published March 15th 2018)
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Debbie
Flippin' Awesome!!! From the first page until the last page, this authors writing and storytelling ability had me riveted and completely invested. Gorgeous prose and depth of character are always winners for me. Ketley Allison is a new to me author, so of course, I read the sample first and what I read had me one-clicking and extremely excited to continue the story. It's a rare thing for me to find a book that stirs this level of excitement, especially right out of the gate like it did. Ms. Alli ...more
Pat
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The characters and the storyline were developed enough to keep my attention throughout the entire book!
Leigh
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"To Have and To Hold" is an exquisite combination of damsel in distress, knight in shining armor, second chance at love, and fiercely fighting woman. The reader will have an incredibly difficult time putting this book down, with each page calling out, "Find out what happens next!"

Spence is a hard man, and knows it. He walked away from love years ago, convinced he wasn't worthy and it wouldn't work no matter how much he wanted it. He is scarred and carries living wounds in his soul. He never for
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Crissy
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read from this author and I was really excited to see where the story would go because I enjoy a well written dark read. I have to say that the beginning of the story had me interested and I was wanting more. There was suspense throughout the whole story and as much as the beginning of the story left me wanting to know more, I found myself eventually losing interest in the story. However, I did finish it. Spencer and Emme have a past but I didn't believe or feel the l ...more
Charlotte Lynn
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh My Goodness… This is wonderful. From the very beginning I was hooked and never let go until the very last word. Ketley Allison wrote an amazing romantic suspense book that was everything I was hoping for and more. This is the story with a plot that was phenomenal and a little bit of romance that made the story perfect.

Emme is a heroine. She was kidnapped but never gave up. She pushed her kidnapper, she taunted him, and she stayed strong during the entire time. It would have been easy for her
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Treasa
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BRILLIANT! Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh! I LOVED IT! ❤A Box Office Movie in the Making!
Voluntarily review
Intense and on edge is an understatement as to what this heart-pounding read does to you! I have NEVER been so focused and driven to get back to reading more of a story in my life as I did this one! When I was not reading it I was constantly thinking about it! One heck of an electrifying page turner from beginning to end! This story tore me up and spit me out Repeatedly! I was scared, upset, hopefu
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Shel
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ketley Allison is back from a hiatus and she hit it out of the ballpark with To Have and To Hold.


We've always enjoyed her novels because they have such a nice mix of romance and suspense--she knows exactly how to have your turning the next page and keep you on your toes. To Have and To Hold elevated all of that a thousandfold. The suspense of trying to put all the pieces together--who took Emme and why--had me guessing until the very last 15% of the novel. I found myself trying to out-sleuth the
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Court
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shel: Ketley Allison is back from a hiatus and she hit it out of the ballpark with To Have and To Hold.

Shel: We've always enjoyed her novels because they have such a nice mix of romance and suspense--she knows exactly how to have your turning the next page and keep you on your toes. To Have and To Hold elevated all of that a thousandfold. The suspense of trying to put all the pieces together--who took Emme and why--had me guessing until the very last 15% of the novel. I found myself trying to ou
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De Mueller
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Nail Bitting Thriller

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as I had forgotten what the write up had said. It blew me away. I felt like I was living what Emme was going through. Unfortunately sometimes secrets don’t stay secret even when they aren’t yours. This book had some unique secondary characters that kept the story moving at a good pace. Lots of surprises I didn’t see coming which added to the suspense.
Emme and Spencer had a true connection that even time and distance couldn’t diss
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John
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. If you like your romantic stories dark, bloody, and dangerous, this book by Ketley Allison is definitely the one for you. What an enormous amount of pain and suffering she puts her characters through. Is the kidnapping because of Love? Hate? Betrayal? or Revenge? The reader will find out the answer in the pages of this excellent tale, that to me was definitely a romantic story in heavy disguise. It was also a book that exposed every noon and cranny of its characters' lives, showing all the ...more
Diane Vandergriff
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book started out strong and then fizzled out. The plot had potential. The story-line flowed fairly smoothly. The first idea I had of who kidnapped Emme was too easy to figure out so I knew it was wrong. This one had twist and turns that I never saw coming. I couldn't connect to the characters at all and didn't feel any chemistry between the two. You just questioned why he was so concern with her kidnapping if he was the one that broke up with her several years ago. That was just a little we ...more
Toni
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read for an honest review. 3.5 stars. First time reading this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot was completely engrossing. Sometimes it felt slightly long winded, but it didn’t take away from the story. Spencer was an enigma to me. I loved his determination and his flashbacks, but we didn’t get much about him. We know he had issues and Emme was the only one to ever break through. But thats it. I still feel like I barely know the guy. Nonetheless the story really was very good. And Emm ...more
Cheryl
(4.5)This is a dark read, but could easily be based on things happening in the world today. I loved the strength of Emme even as I recoiled from the happening. I wanted to know more about Spence. He was wrapped tight and Emme was his sunshine. This is a suspenseful, thriller of a mystery. Wrapped in layers. Lines of right and wrong become blurred. What would one do to save the one you love, what would you do if you were the victim? Told from both POV , very well written. Thank you Hidden Gem for ...more
Kimberly
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good and so engaging!!

I highly, highly recommend this engaging, entertaining and keep coming back because you want more and more book!

It’s been a while since I picked up a book I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) put down. This romantic meets mystery novel is very well written and keeps you guessing right up until the very end. The twists and turns and then how it all comes together at the end is brilliant. A little cheesy at the very end but 5 stars for sure from me!

Enjoy!!!
Brandi
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emme was kidnapped and now it's a race against the clock to find her. The lead detective on the case knew her from college and is still good friends with her ex-fiance. He calls Spence and gives him the news. Now all Spence can do is think about the past while he tries to find Emme.
This book is full of suspense. You don't get all the answers but still a good book.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Melody
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very emotional book about a woman called emme who was engaged to be married then she gets kidnapped one day and put in a basement at a mans house.

Its a story about a very brave and intelligent womans struggle to out wit her captor and struggle to survive.
As she had limited food and water and was enclosed in darkness except for flashlight given to her at times and sometimes a bucket to go toilet.

"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book."
Susan
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To Have and to Hold

This story contains repeated brutal violence. I'm not sure I buy the motive for the crime. Still, it also contains real, flawed people, who caught at my heart. The tempo is high, but the details aren't slurred over. It was tough to put down and stayed in my mind when I managed to do it. I will look for other books by Ketley Allison. Right now, in fact. Here we go again!
Gerry Hvozdovich
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Voluntary review of an ARC. Really great page turner. Emme is a feisty woman who is kidnapped, locked in a windowless room, beaten, and psychologically tortured. An all out desperate search is undertaken to find her before it's too late. Multiple characters are introduced as the possible villain. Great plot, character development and very enjoyable. Highly recommended.
lori
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riveting

I loved this book. Wow! This is a new to me author and I was not disappointed. She is an awesome storyteller. This book was twisted and riveting. I did not expect the outcome of this story. So good I loved Spencer and Emme. What fantastic characters and their chemistry was unbelievable. Definitely recommend this book. Will be reading more from this author.
Mona williams
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
i didnt think i would like this book but i actually did. she is kidnappedand now her ex is trying to find her before its to late. it took me awhile to figure out what was going on. those are the kind of books i like.
Kim F
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book. Extremely entertaining, captivating and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong, intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Exclusive Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Kelly
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Really good

This story was very good. I really felt like I was in the characters heads. I took off a star because so much of Emme and Spencer's past remained unknown. I know the author put out a prequel, but that information really should have been included in this book.
Heather Blackburn
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me on pins and needles!

Two strong people choosing to live apart but desperately needing each other. I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but there is still more story to tell for these two if the author ever chooses to do so. Excellent book!
Cherie Melbourne
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To Have and To Hold

This is the second time I've read this story and it still held my attention from start to finish, but what made it better the second time was reading it straight after Trusting You. I had so much more insight into the characters.
KimberlyDawn
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To Have and to Hold is one of those books you just cannot put down. The suspense has you holding your reader tighter in anticipation of what will happen. I definitely recommend this book!
Jennifer
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good characters, interesting story, well written for 99 cents!
Marie
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Good story. Slow moving. The beginning had promise and I really wanted to like it more than I did. It was definitely a worthwhile read, and I would probably read another by this author.
Nate
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was super intense & had me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed this darker book. I'm voluntarily leaving a review for a copy of the book. ...more
robin mills
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good

This book was good. I will probably read the prequel at later time. Enjoyed the characters. Thought the ending was good.
Leisa Prater
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh I loved every minute of these two books!!! I would love to know more about Emme & Spencer.. I need to know more about their life together. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ...more
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