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Hold Fast

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Morgan Turner, agent to the Winthrop estate, owes everything to his benefactor. When the late baronet’s will tasks him with finding the lost heir and making a gentleman of him, he is determined to succeed.

Thirteen years ago, Evelyn Winthrop ran away to sea. Now that his hated patriarch is dead, the ancestral home he returns to is more shadowed than what he left behind. Ung
Kindle Edition, 514 pages
Published July 31st 2018
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Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: This was originally published with the title "Take me like a sailor" - just so you don't accidentally buy it twice. "Hold Fast" is a much better title, btw.

This is another highly engaging historical romance by this author. Although I frequently wanted to slap the characters I found myself thoroughly entertained. My only criticism is that the book could do with a little tightning and that the villains were maybe a tiny bit OTT but at the end of the day it is a pretty good historical romance
Kaje Harper
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This author's writing style keeps me engaged with his characters, even though the plot sometimes pushed the bounds of reality.

Evelyn Winthrop was 14 and heir to a baronetcy when his father caught him with another boy, and he escaped and ran away to sea on a whaling ship. Evelyn fell out of touch, and his younger brother Basil has been the presumed heir since, but Evelyn's father on his deathbed reveals that he believes his older son is alive, and directs his agent, Morgan, to find the young man
JD Crittendon
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dealing with the Past in order for Love to Flourish!

A search for a long lost heir, a ‘My Fair Lady’ like training of said heir and dealing disfuncional families & friends are all elements of the Morgan Turner & Lord Evelyn story.
This novel should be classified as a dramatic story with a side order of romance and sexy times.
Don’t let the cover fool you...this is a very good Historical story with unexpected twists and turns.
Well-written, well-developed MCs and co-characters. I really enjoy
Dec 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
12/27/18 Currently 25% off at Smashwords ($2.99):
Sasha Ambroz
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, romance, so-gay, own
I'd started to compose the review in the middle of reading. So hot, I thought, so kinky. I've changed my mind by the end of it.
It is not just hot, it is astonishingly good. The characters are complex and multidimensional, the story of abuse and rage is not simple and one-sided, human drama is rich and believeable.
I want more of these two!
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-historic
Fantastic opening sentences. And some of the whaling lore was interesting, I’ll bet some derived from the museum in New Bedford not too far from me. (Although of course whaling itself is reprehensible, one can understand how the characters didn’t know that in 1891.)

The leads were pleasant enough, although the blonde hair and love at first site was too much like the author’s last book. I liked the overall women’s rep and lesbian rep. As well as populating the downstairs with recognizable types of
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well this was a delight.
Any romance novel where you spend half the book yelling at the characters, but in a good way, is a good one.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Light BDSM with Evelyn submitting to Morgan as his "landlocked captain." Not a lot of sex, but what there is, is great. Morgan's fern collecting hobby is sort of adorable. I got irritated in the middle with the lack of communication about Ned the half-brother. This seems to be a common complaint in the reviews, but I'm glad I didn't let that turn me off as the book was worth it once they opened up to each other.

Warnings: Incest (more details in spoilers, but the MCs aren't related), Gore (whali
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, gay, angst
Trigger warnings for the book (cause it kinda needs it, but hidden cause its kinda spoiler-y): (view spoiler)

Okay, now with this noted, lets get to the book itselt. This book surprised me, mostly because I read books by Cat Sebastian lately and this book is much more raw than what I was used to. Not in a bad way, I just didn't expect it. I liked both main heroes and their romance felt realistic. Though
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-historical
I do kind of like that there are no real derring-do heroes or heroines in this book and most of the people whose opinions may matter their own 'little secret' as well. So very little self-righteous condemnation to sling around.

It's a pity about Ned as IMO, he could be redemptive as Basil may very well turn out to be, or not? Did Basil really do as Evelyn told him? Will he ever sincerely change at all? Unless, Sebastian Nothwell continue this story with Basil's own, I'll just apply to my imagina
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Me, yelling at the characters: just talk to each other! Use your words! Explain the situation!

Aside from my frustration at the miscommunication tropes, I thought this was a nice book.

(Evelyn is the subbiest sub to ever sub)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mmrc-2018
Absorbing, scene-animating narration. Interesting, convincing, and appealing characters, well-paced in their interrelations. Definitely impressed by new-to-me author Sebastian Nothwell.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A fun little historical romance that takes some unexpected turns! It features an engaging supporting cast, and well-developed protagonists who I found myself rooting for early on (and wailing "just TALK to each other, goddamnit" at my ipad). It shows overall very good attention to historical authenticity and, as someone with a keen interest in maritime history, I was very pleased to note all the little authentic details that placed the novel firmly in its time period.

The premise of the son of a
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore Sebastian Nothwell’s writing style and ability to tell a story, but his characters are always what leave the strongest lasting impression. Our MCs, Evelyn and Morgan, are beautifully realized with histories that inform their actions. Other reviewers have mentioned the lack of open communication between them for a majority of the book, but I think Morgan’s unwillingness to be honest about his past makes total sense (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Afraid it took me a long time to get into this one, which certainly wasn't the case with Mr Warren's Profession. The squire's son Evelyn is caught in flagrante delicto with a school friend at the age of 13, and instead of running away to join the circus, decides to hop on a sailing ship bound for New England as a cabin boy, and eventually takes up a position on a whaling ship as a harpooner. He is chased around the globe by his father's agent when his father dies and he is named heir of the esta ...more
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