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Can't Hold Back: A Returning Home Novel by [Bell, Serena]
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In this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight—perfect for fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery—a war-shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one that got away.

No girl can resist a man in uniform—especially if that man is Nate Riordan. But after an injury in the line of duty leaves Nate broken, body and soul, the soldier finds himself addicted to his pain meds, with no place to call home. Desperate for an escape, Nate reluctantly accepts a friend’s invitation to a new veterans’ retreat. Expecting a little R&R, Nate is shocked when the sight of his physical therapist opens up another old wound: heartbreak.

Years ago, Alia Drake fell hard for Nate, but never made her move. Instead, she set up her sister with the sexy, confident military man, a foolish decision that continues to haunt all three of them. Now, with Nate as her patient, she can make things right—even if it means getting too close for comfort. A healing touch and a little honesty work wonders, fueling a physical intimacy that crosses professional boundaries. This time, with desire in the air once more, Alia won’t hold anything back.

Praise for Can’t Hold Back

Can’t Hold Back is a lovely story of second chances and new beginnings. Wounds that go deeper than physical pain are the most difficult to heal.”New York Times bestselling author Kathy Clark

“With deceit and forgiveness, pain and addiction, healing and a second chance at love, Can’t Hold Back has it all. You do not want to miss this sexy story of a soldier coming home.”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of All I Need Is You

“This sweet story is full of physical and emotional healing.”Publishers Weekly

“It’s a heartwarming story and I enjoyed it very much. I look forward to seeing what else this series may bring.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst
“A great love story.”—Becky on Books and Quilts
“I am absolutely loving this series and can’t wait for the next installment!”—Twin Spin

“Sweet, realistic and sexy as hell . . . I inhaled this book on a wet Sunday afternoon, and it was time well spent! Serena Bell writes some seriously smart, funny and sexy stories. They always hit you right in the gut.”—I Love Romantic Fiction

Can’t Hold Back is a wonderful example of great writing, careful weaving of emotions and reality into a special situation, and, of course, great, passionate and sexy romance. Grab this second-chance romance today.”—The Book Hammock (4 1/2 stars)

“By the end of the book you love not only Nate, but also Alia. Serena Bell did a fabulous job with this novel.”—Sam’s Ramblings

“Romance could do with a bit of examination of the problematic aspects of the female-as-caretaker role. Which is why, perhaps, I so enjoyed Serena Bell’s latest contemporary romance.”—Romance Novels for Feminists

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1870 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (15 December 2015)
  • Sold by: PRH US
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a sap fest romance book :) 3 August 2016
By S. Owens - Published on
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Romance novels aren't really my thing. But I was interested in this because of the military side of things. A returning vet with some kind of nerve/muscle damage trying to put his life back together. And a PT that knows the vet, but their past is anything but normal and it involves her sister... and it isn't your normal love triangle at all.

Nate is the is the military... Alia is the older sister and is PT.... and Becca is the younger sister... who dated Nate.... things go a bit wonky while he is overseas.... fast forward a few years... and Alia has found a great way to work with her patients, however, current employers hate it, and friends step in and offer her a gig for a few weeks working with returning vets and their various issues. One of them ends up being Nate.

I know a lot of people seemed to have issues with Becca, the sister, but having my own learning disabilities and my own sister with her own set of learning disabilities completely different than my own... and then having a daughter that is a selective mute... I could totally see how Alia could step in "to do the talking" for Becca...

I don't want to give too much away because this isn't a book report :) However, this was an enjoyable book. Was it perfect? No, but it was different from a lot of other types of things I have read in the "romance" genre.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series! 19 February 2017
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I'm so glad these books are a series because I really loved book one with Jake, Mira and little Sam. I adore this 'new-to-me' author's writing and I am very glad there are other books and other series' by Serena Bell to read! Can't Hold Back is book two in the Returning Home series and is another book that has really satisfied my desire to read books with military heroes.

In Can't Hold Back, Nate was back home and in physical pain and coming out of pain killer dependence. He found much needed relief in the healing touch and methods of Alia's physical therapist skills. So well done! Alia and Nate had known each other in the past and had a tangled backstory that was very interesting to watch unfold in the present and carefully knit back together for a future.

I especially loved the sister relationship growth between Becca and Alia and the honest relationship that formed for Nate and his deceased buddy's son and parents. I loved Jake's parts in this book! Alia and Nate were hot, sweet & perfect! Tender moments! Great ending!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and entertaining 23 January 2016
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Alia has always been very protective of her younger sister Becca. When they meet Nate, Alia is the first to talk to him but then she thinks that Nate might prefer her sister Becca and she "hands him over" to her sister. When Nate is deployed, Alia helps Becca to correspond with Nate. By helping Becca, the sisters invented a woman, which is a bit of both of them. By doing so they deceived Nate, who thought that the sender of the letters is his girlfriend. Soon their scam is uncovered and Nate disappears. But then he is wounded during his deployment and accidentally shows up at the facility where Alia works as physical therapist. Although Alia is deeply ashamed about what she did, she agrees to treat Nate and surprisingly he accepts to be treated by the woman who deceived him.

A wonderful story about deep affection, devotion and protective sentiments, which might even turn to be a boomerang. The plot was well elaborated and interesting. Ample background information on the main characters supported the plot perfectly. I liked how the author allowed insight into the way of thinking and acting between Alia and Nate. The book had some hot scenes that were absolutely fitting for the storyline.

An unusual and entertaining military romance.
4.0 out of 5 stars How to go for your happy ending 6 July 2016
By KayDee - Published on
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This was such a great story. The hero and heroine were flawed. Both had histories that were barriers to their HEA. The author made them come to life so that you were truly on the journey with them. Now I want to read the other two books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES! I couldn't be more happier with this one. Frankly I knew right from the first chapter I'm going to fall hard for this book. 27 December 2015
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YES! I couldn't be more happier with this one. Frankly I knew right from the first chapter I'm going to fall hard for this book. This is SO me, how could I fall for an actual real life GUY when I can fall for a BOOK with all it's content? ;) I mean, I LOVED Nate, but we also got Jake from the previous installment and in general I loved everything about this book, so yeah, I'm a goner hehe

The past week I had very little time to read, I was focused on moving to my new apartment (yeah, I've noticed I JUST recently moved to a new place.. turns out another change was needed..) anyhow.. it also meant I barely had time or energy (mental and physical) to read. Today I felt as though I got myself back. Basically I sat and read the whole book today. With a few breaks (naturally one needs to eat, help a friend etc). There's a part in the book where Alia tells Nate he should meditate and she explains the method - thinking about it, I realized that my reading IS a sort of meditating. In a way I also focus on my breathing while reading. On how calm I am - when the author doesn't shred my heart to pieces that is! lucky me this book was heart shredding free even though it wasn't free of heart ache!

So let's get back to the book! Alia and Nate met for the first time in a picnic organized by Mira and Jake (the couple from the previous book - which I also ABSOLUTELY loved). But though Alia is interested in the sexy confident Nate she does what she always does - puts her personal wants aside and try to match him to her sister Becca. The second her sister sits with them, she excuses herself and allows the romance to follow. Yet it all goes wrong horribly and Alia feel totally guilty of her deeds.

So when Jake, her new boss at a veteran retreat, goes for a two week holiday and leavs her the PT in charge, also to treat Nate, she isn't sure how to deal with the situation. Jake only knows Nate and Becca briefly dated not the whole gruesome truth.. Yet Alia is determined to stay professional even if putting her hands on Nate makes her question her resolve. As their attraction for one another grows she is also unsure how to deal with the past and especially the unrealistic future. But more importantly - how can she really ASK for someone's love and support when all she knows is how to give.

Nate enlisted to the military solely to pay for his college loans. He had bigger hopes in life, but when he survives a blast his best friend didn't he is lost in grief and constant pain. When an opportunity arrives to do something RIGHT for a change, he stops his pain medication "cold turkey" and comes to Jake's veteran retreat in hope he can better himself. When he sees Alia he isn't impressed, he doesn't want her help and mostly he can't and won't TRUST her. He had enough a year and a half ago when he had to deal with her and her sister. Yet he can't deny the way he is attracted to her, not just physically but on other levels. As they spend time together he realizes how much he enjoys her company and had been from the beginning, he is also aware of how much of help she is with his pain, what she achieves no one had and he become depended on her like his pain killers - but it's different, she has to offer so much more! Though she tries to pull away from him, he won't let her go, not as his therapist and not as a friend. Yet time is running out, he has a promise he intends to keep.

I loved the build up of the romance, loved the whole way they got together from the beginning, even though what she and Becca did was WRONG, it was done out of "pure" intentions. Aila was trying to do the best she could for her sister, for the new boyfriend she found for her, and yet it crumbled as she started to fall in love with him herself following some very poor decisions she and her sister made. I got all of them, the situation they were in. I felt bad for Nate and how he was deceived and yet he is such a strong character, even though he missed a few clues, on the retreat when he had time to think and reflect he realized the whole truth of it almost without Alia explaining it to him. Alia was in a different place entirely, she had quite the struggle, she loved Nate yet couldn't confess to him, not only because he doesn't trust her.. and seeing him everyday, touching him, is messing with her head. She was never one to act upon the things she needed, she was always the one to take care of others which is exactly the place she puts herself were Nate is concerned yet it doesn't work, not when he is as attracted to her as she is to him..

I loved getting more of Jake. He came such a huge way from how he started in the previous installment. I DO think you can read this one as a stand alone novel, because him and Mira getting a HEA is pretty obvious and besides that there is little mention of her and their son Sam. But I gotta say, I recommend them BOTH so for order's sake, start with "Hold on Tight" before you grab this one :)

I wonder if the next book in the series is going to be of Becca. I feel she has her own story to tell. Not concerning Nate, but in general, she had a difficult life even though she had a sister who took care of her like a mother and yet also remained her best friend.


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