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Hold Me Up

(Chasing Gold #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Can second chance love survive past trauma?

Reece has one goal: to compete in the Olympic Games. With the gymnastics World Championships looming, his dream is one step closer to becoming a reality.

When his childhood sweetheart, Alex, walks back into his life unexpectedly, Reece’s world is turned upside down. Alex was the boy who inexplicably pushed him away and broke his he
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Published January 29th 2020 by Independently Published
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Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reece’s biggest dream is to compete in the Olympic Games and it is closer than ever. It all depends on how the team performs on the World Championship. A few weeks before the Championship, Alex, Reece’s high school boyfriend who is now a journalist, walks in the gym to interview him. The break up with Alex was bad and left Reece heartbroken for a long time. As the two of them start reconnecting the truth about why Alex broke up with him is revealed and they get closer.
This book has one of my fa
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
A great second chance romance!
Second Chances are my favorite and I love sports romance, so this book was one I had high expectations on. And they weren't disappointed at all.
Reece is such a strong and caring man, and I loved both how understanding he is when he learns the reason why Alex left him four years prior, and how take charge and caring he is in the new relationship with Alex and with Alex's wellbeing.
Alex struggles through his mental health and panic attacks were gut-wrenching and put m
Sue Sanne
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. Reece and Alex are totally lovable characters whose feelings are completely credible. I was happy with them and suffer with them. I loved so much how patiently and gently they approached each other again after all the hurt they went through. The slow burn is beautiful and well developed.
I was very touched by this book and the story of these sweet men got under my skin, it was so sad and very profound and all the wonderful moments both spend together makes me so happy. Al
Szidi ☼
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book one week ago, but I clearly remember everything about this. I loved reading it and I just couldn't put it down. I'm glad I had a few days off because I had one thing in mind - wake up in the morning and read this awesome book without any distraction. So I did read it in one sitting and loved every minute of it.

The story was unique, loved this theme, it's not a common sport and it was really good to read about this. Colette Davison did an awesome work on this one too, I believed
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me remember how, a few years back, I had a huge crush on one of my country's representative gymnast. I would follow all his competitions and watch videos of him on repeat. I'm not even ashamed to admit that it was all for the eye candy, not in the least interested in the sport's technicalities.

I was pretty much like Alex. He would get mesmerized by Reeces's body, and he often spaced out just watching the gymnast's muscles moving. And I think we can all understand that,right?

Ruthie Taylor
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first in a new series, and I will definitely be looking out for the next installment. I really enjoyed the author's style, the pace and the subject. I love Sports romances in all their forms, and dipping into the world of male competitive gymnastics was very interesting. I love watching them in the Olympics, and could well believe just how intense their training was to achieve such feats!

Reece and Alex were
Mari  Cardenas
4 Stars!

Alex and Reece were best friends and boyfriends back when they were 16, but out of the blue Alex broke up with Reece claiming Reece's gymnastics training left no time for Alex. Now, 4 years later, they meet again when Alex has to write an article about Reece and his friend Garrett making the British team for the Gymnastics World Cup with the possibility of making it to the Olympic Games. Reece is still hurt by the way Alex ended up their relationship, but even when he finds out the real
Joyfully Jay
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Hold Me Up, the first in the Chasing Gold series, is an innocuous story with likeable characters, but it’s too underdeveloped to earn an unqualified recommendation from me. The problems are threefold: the characterization of the protagonists is severely lacking; it’s hard to maintain interest; and the world-building is inadequate.

Although they are likeable – which is the saving grace of this book – Alex, and to a greater extent Reece, are one-dimensional character
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This testament to love and friendship, with a sweet and heartfelt second chance romance, is the first in a new series about men chasing gold and love. It's nice to see mental health issues portrayed in this more realistic light. Your deeply rooted fears and insecurities--however irrational or irrelevant they might now be--won't disappear overnight. Not with the love of friends, a lover, family, and not with medication. It's an ongoing process. I wanted to snuggle them both and tell them it would ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading “Hold Me Up” and found myself hooked from the first few pages. Ms Davison had me rooting for Reece and Alex to get their happily ever after, which was a hard battle. Kudos to Ms Davison for having mental illness in the story and not just glossing over it. If you’re looking for a book with a slow burn, lots of hurt/comfort, second chance romance and plenty of gymnast action then look no further, “Hold Me Up” will check all the boxes. I’m looking forward to Garrett maybe getting ...more
Kathryn Manzella
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hold Me Up is the first book in the Chasing Gold series by Colette Davison. It is a contemporary m/m romance with second chance theme that burns slowly but wonderfully. There is alot of drama, hurt/comfort, anxiety, emotion, and a beautiful love story. The characters pulled me in and made me care about them and their journey. Reece and Alex are great and I needed to see them get a Happily Ever After.
Karolina Cebula
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reece had always had two passions - gymnastics and Alex, his boyfriend. Unfortunately, after Alex broke his heart, which also affected his beloved sport, Reece had to put the pieces of his life back together. Four years later, Alex reappears in his life, and brings back pain and memories. However, it turns out that years ago Alex had a very good reason to hurt Reece. Truth brings forgiveness, which revives feelings. But is the young athlete able to cope with everything that is happening in his l ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love to watch gymnastics. I loved this behind the scenes look at the strength and conditioning these individuals have. The tough grueling training, the strong mind set and the determination these athletes endure. To compete they have to be single minded to be excellent to the extreme. Reece is a gymnast getting ready for World Champions Competition and his chance for the Olympics. This is what he has dedicated his whole life to. When Alex, the boy who destroy
Emily Hernandez
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
"It feels like the sky is falling." "Then let me hold it up for you." (my favorite quote from the book)

Though this book deals with anxiety and panic attacks, it's surprisingly drama-free and fluffier than I expected. From the very beginning I could see how much Reece cherishes Alex, and while that got buried under hurt feelings, it never really went away. Alex has been through a difficult experience, and it caused him to push away from his friends, family, and love. I really appreciated how pati
Annie Maus
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colette Davison combines sometimes exaggerated tropes with subtle elegance in Hold Me Up. It’s the first of her Chasing Gold series, which I really look forward to completing.

Alex and Reece were best friends and budding teen lovers when something went horribly awry and Alex abruptly ended their romance with no explanation. Reece, a Junior Champion gymnast, was nearly gutted. It’s amazing he’s gotten to the top of his game. So, when Alex reappears four years later, as a reporter ready to cover R
Josh Dale
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, get your box of tissues handy, you are going to need them. Colette Really pulls your heart strings, almost to snapping point with this book. The book has every emotion there is from anger, guilt, rejection to hope strength and forgiveness and a whole lot more.

We start 4 years before the main story starts. Two young men Reece a budding and upcoming Gymnast and Adam his best friend and boyfriend. After saying goodbye to Reece at the Gym. Adam is brutally attacked and threatened. So, brakes up
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

I've read a few books by this author, but what really drew me in was that the one main character was a gymnast. We get tons of baseball, hockey and football players. Lots of dancers (although I could always use more dancers), but gymnasts? Few and far between I'm afraid.

The author definitely did their research as far as the technical portion of the gymnastics. That was refreshing. I am going to ignore that Reece had zero recovery time after training.

Instead, let's focus on the relatio
Sarita Chapdelaine
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a lovely second chance romance and a great start to a new series. Hold Me Up is well written, the characters are great, it has a fairly realistic depiction of competitive gymnastics, the storyline is intriguing and I really enjoyed it. Reece and Alex were best friends and boyfriends when they were sixteen years old until Alex blindsided Reece one day by breaking up with him for no apparent reason. Four years later when they are pushed together due to Alex's new job Reece is shocked to se ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

Hold Me Up is a captivating second chance sports romance by Colette Davison.

Four years after Alex broke up with Reece, completely ghosting him, they are reunited. Alex, a man of self sacrifice, is led by his need to support, from afar, the one that he loves. He's haunted by the demons of his past, spending the past four years with panic attacks, distancing himself to the point of putting off everyone.

And poor Reece has no idea that any of this has happened. His focus has firmly been on making t
Ida Umphers
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a fluffy read about an instant attraction with only a few bumps along the way, this is not the book for you. The happy ending for these two is a hard fought one. Each has to deal with an event in their past that tore them apart from each other and essentially kept them from developing health, loving relationships. When they reconnect several years later they have to decide if it is worth the excruciatingly painful work it is going to take to reestablish trust, face reality ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it

Reece is a skilled gymnast on the path to the Olympics. Alex is a journalist tasked with writing his first feature article about Reese's journey. The problem...Reese and Alex grew up together and were inseparable sweetheart until one day, without explanation, Alex ends their relationship. They haven't spoken since that day when they were both 16. Now, forced to communicate in order to get the article completed they must decide how to put the past behind and move forward. When Alex finally reveal
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Second chance romances are one of my favourite reads, so I was keen to read Hold Me Up.

Reece and Alex were obviously meant to be together, but due to judgmental attitudes, misunderstanding and a lack of communication that can come with being young, they spent a long time apart and both harboring hurt and heartache due to an incident in their pasts.

When they finally meet again they're in a situation which forces them to spend time together. Watching them rekindle their feelings, work through thei
Reece had his heart broken by Alex when they were in high school. He had no idea what happened, there was no reason, nothing at all, he was just cut out of Alex's life. Fast forward a few years... and Reece has moved on. He's on the verge of fulfilling one of his dreams ... going to the Olympics. Alex is suddenly back in the picture when he shows up as the reporter who is supposed to write about Reeces's journey to the top.

Reece and Alex come to a fragile agreement to work together and very slow
Belinda Zamora
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book packed an emotional punch and didn't let up.
Poor Alex nearly broke my heart.
He suffered through a traumatic event when he was a teenager and shame and the fear of the repercussions on Reece and his future hopes of achieving Olympic gold led him to lash out and drive Reece away which in turn broke his heart.
4 years have passed and Alex is not any better. He's never told anyone about what happened and he's barely holding on.
When their paths cross due to Alex's job as a reporter writing u
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is the sweet story of a second chance romance between an Olympic gymnast and his childhood boyfriend. I enjoyed the English setting and both Reece and Alex are likeable characters.

This story is a little bit too cute for me and the whole second chance element of this romance relies on overly complicated miscommunication and teenage angst. The premise doesn’t quite work but it would be more believable if the writing wasn’t
Coline Peterson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He was my best friend, we were together and then we weren't, I never knew why. When we meet up again it's been 5 years since we last saw each other, Alex is a reporter now and chasing a story and I'm still a gymnast getting ready to compete in the World games. I can't believe it's still there the friendship, the love, maybe this is our chance, but first I need to find out how to fix what was broken, and hopefully move forward into a future together, he left me once before, maybe this time he'll ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Who doesn't like a good second chance romance? Hold me up is the first in a series and it's a contemporary novel with dual POV.

Reece and Alex are meant to be together. Reece is anabsolutely amazing guy. He's very understanding when Alex finally divulges the reason they broke up. Loved the progress of their relationship and especially Alex becoming more self confident.

A lot of the gymnastic stuff went over my head but that didn't have any impact on my enjoyment of the novel. It's heartbreaking t
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This did hurt to read somewhat, but not in the biggest way I was expecting. The reconciliation between Alex and Reece happens fairly quickly once Reece learns what drove Alex away. From there on, it's mostly about Alex learning to cope with what happened in his past, and learning to let others be there for him. Reece was amazing and so so sweet and he helped make sure my heart wasn't breaking all the time for Alex. Reece never wavered in his support of Alex, and I just loved that even though the ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. Reece thought he had found the love of his life, but when Alex broke his heart he lost his drive. Four years of being neighbor's but never speaking or for that matter giving Reece closure as to why the sudden break. Now the guy that broke his heart is back in view only still now answers. Can Alex open up to the real reason for his sudden withdrawal? Will his presence send Reece off the clear goal his has for his future. M ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing second-chance romance with forgiveness, struggles and so much love.  These characters are wonderfully created and given emotion and events that will capture your heart and soul.  The writing was awesome and the flow and pacing were just right.  

Reece and Alex are just amazing together.  Their connection and love simmers on the page.  As i found out the reason for their breakup years ago it just broke my heart.  The pain and suffering that is inflicted on some people is horrific and yo
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