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Holding Her Close by [Ryan, Lexi]
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Length: 273 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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An actress in danger. A bodyguard on a mission to protect her. A passion neither can resist.


After spending my entire acting career being cast as the airhead, I finally have the serious role I've been dying for, and I screw it all up during a four martini dinner with my ex. Now, thanks to the morality clause in my contract, I might lose the role of a lifetime. My only hope is to convince the media (and my eccentrically conservative director) that I've entered a committed relationship. But when I use my brother's costume party to launch Operation Fake Fiancé, I end up in front of the camera with the wrong guy, leaving my reputation—and the fate of my career—at his mercy. Any other guy I could sweet talk into playing the supporting role I need, but not Officer Cade Watts. Not the man who hates everything about me. Not the man who would most revel in seeing me fail.


I don't care how good it felt to have her in my arms. I don't care that I can't close my eyes without remembering the way she tastes or the sound of her moan. I want nothing to do with Janelle Crane. Her scheme to fake an engagement to save her own career is exactly the kind of manipulative Hollywood crap I left LA to escape. But when her fan mail turns threatening and the tragedies befalling her former co-stars seem to be anything but coincidence, everything changes. Now I don't just want to play the part of Janelle's fake fiancé, I demand it. I won't let my jaded heart cost me another case. I may not trust Janelle but I do care, and the only way I know she's safe is if I'm holding her close.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3199 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940832780
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ever After, LLC (19 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0191VWVZA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A love story of Hollywood proportions.
Attraction between two people at a costume party sparks the beginning of a tumultuous relationship.
Mistaken identity leads to complex issues; trust is tested; and mysterious and criminal happenings are dealt with.
Enjoy this rocky tale of feelings denied and true love found.
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I think I've read just about all of Lexi books and thought after the last one how was she going to top it, well she has. Well done. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I have. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much love for this new Lexi Ryan book!!! 19 January 2016
By K A Street - Published on
It is hard to put into words how much I love the group of friends and family that Lexi Ryan has given us in New Hope, Indiana. Their lives and loves have encompassed 4 series and it always feels like coming home getting the bits and pieces of their HEAs through the books. This book is the story of Janelle Crane, Hollywood actress, and Cade Watts, New Hope Cop. If you're expecting a spoiled starlet and her savior, you'll be wrong. Their story is a bumpy one. It can be read as a standalone.

Who hasn't made a mistake in the name of love? Janelle Crane wants to make a change in her career from Hollywood airhead to serious character actor. She's offered a great role, but after 4 martinis and a line of BS from her ex-husband, she is caught on film in a mistaken kiss and sees her future vanishing in the blink of an eye in scandal. With the help of a publicist in an attempt to redeem her career, Operation Fake Fiancé is launched and she is reluctantly forced to play a role in real life. Unfortunately, she kisses the wrong Batman. Okay, so that was her mistake number two.

"I back away from the evidence that I, again, am responsible for f--king up my own life."

This kiss begins the fake relationship turned real bodyguard role for Cade. These two are pushed together by circumstances when Janelle has a stalker and things turn very serious. Try as he may, Cade can't keep his feelings impersonal.

"He had me before, but with these words, he's taken my heart into his hands, and I know he can break me."

Janelle Crane is not who you would expect. Yes, she's a Hollywood actress and that title would lead you to expect spoiled, pretentious and fake, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. She a down to earth, self effacing, family girl who loves to act, but only for the productions.

Cade Watts is a man with integrity. He is also a man with serious trust issues after getting burned by the Hollywood scene in the past. His integrity and need to protect wins out in this one, but trust, that's a hard one. Even with the glimpses of who Janelle really is, the Hollywood scene haunts him.

I'll admit, I didn't expect the twists that were thrown in. I laughed, cried and even yelled my way through this one, but as always, Lexi gets to a very sweet HEA.

I love Lexi Ryan's writing. I'm hoping for one more new Hope book, because Krystal Thompson really needs her own HEA.

I was given a complimentary copy in return for a honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof you can't live in the past. 19 January 2016
By Elizabeth E Neal - Published on
We all know image means everything in LA, right? Since we all agree on that, we can sort of understand the pressure that Janelle must always feel. We can definitely understand her heartbreak upon discovering her husband, Tom, was cheating on her, then divorced her and married the other woman, Bella. Then said other woman is basically living your life...including your friendships with your so called best friends, Courtney and Jo.

Even with everything her husband put her through Janelle still loved him and when faced with the chance to have her supposedly soon to be single ex-husband, a happy and drunk Janelle, kisses him. Of course, things are never that easy, especially in LA. Now Janelle is labeled the home wrecker, even though as Janelle says "he was her husband first." You can feel how much pain she's still in and how much she wishes it was all a bad dream. Unfortunately, it's not and now the role she worked so hard for is being threatened because her "scandal" is too much for the film.

Tada, Matthew Hailey, the image repairman that Janelle vowed to never use, to the rescue. His plan? Janelle needs a boyfriend, a pretty serious one, and to make everyone believe that kiss the world witnessed was all a mistake in a drunken moment. So Matt has cameras at the ready when Janelle meets her "boyfriend," who'll be dressed as Batman to her Catwoman, at a party and they lay one heck of a kiss on each other. Phew, image saved, hot kiss shared, it's been a productive night, happy endings will abound...until Janelle sees another Batman, the one she was supposed to be with. What's a girl to do? Well if you're Janelle, you make a hasty retreat and hope it can be salvaged, even though you can't stop thinking about that kiss.

Cade, aka the mistaken Batman and local police officer Janelle has lusted over a few times, is reeling from the chemistry filled kiss he just experienced and refuses to let his Catwoman get away. A hot night ensues and Cade leaves his number, hoping to get to know her better. Well, that is until morning when he learns about Janelle and her serious boyfriend, him. Uh oh, this is not going to go well. Cade is very jaded regarding Janelle's career and honestly, he has a very good reason. Unbeknownst to him, Cara, his live-in girlfriend, the woman he was all set to propose to, was using him to rebuild her image, and guess who's idea it was? Yeah, Matt, the same one Janelle is working with now. Plot twist! Granted this happened a little while ago, but Cade still feels the pain of being used and automatically assumes all actresses are that way. (*side note - Cade and Cara were never going to work. Their names both start with C. You can't merge them into anything cutesy sounding. LOL)

The difference here is that Janelle didn't know any of that, innocently kissed Cade thinking he was her date and aware of everything, and seems to have acquired a stalker. Wait, that last part isn't so different from Cara's situation. (You'll see what I mean.) Cade, upon learning Janelle is in trouble, quickly follows her to LA and happens upon her ex-husband, Tom, trying to convince Janelle how much she means to him and that he truly is leaving Bella. Janelle is tired of having him mess with her heart though and Cade can see her genuine pain and understands it. So being the hero he is, he steps in as her serious boyfriend, saving the day, and all the while he'll be able to stay close by to keep her safe. Now they need to figure out who's harassing her, assaulting women she was once best friends with, keep her safe, figure out where she stands with Tom, and figure out exactly what their relationship to each other is. Yes, that's a lot, but we all know they'll learn everything before the end of the book, right? Well, now it's time for the seriously epic plot twist, see Janelle has an epiphany regarding her feelings for Tom and the depth of her feelings for Cade, and Cade believes Janelle used him.

If only Cade would believe in her and their love, instead of blindly following the evidence that makes it seem like Janelle set everything up and was never actually in danger. Unfortunately, Cade is still looking through those jaded glasses and assumes Janelle played him and is guilty. *Darn you Cara for causing that.*

Will Cade realize the truth before he loses Janelle forever? How will Janelle prove her innocence? Will she forgive Cade? Even if all that works out, where will they live? Cade hates everything LA related. Does he love Janelle enough to live in that world again, especially knowing their love is true and nothing like anything either of them have experienced before? Will Matt's form of help actually save the day for once?

I highly recommend this book. I loved the premise of this story and the fact that Cade had an instant distrust of Janelle, not her as an individual per se, however his distrust for her profession casts a shadow over everything Janelle related, but he still couldn't fight his attraction to her. The plot was well thought out and kept the reader guessing. I did figure out one part of that puzzle, but didn't piece everything together until closer to the end. Considering how much I read, that says a lot. On a side note, Janelle's brother, Nate, and his wife, Hanna, do have their own separate story, in parts, that was released prior to this one, which I have not read and I honestly had no problem following this story without it.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Vulnerability 27 January 2016
By Sarah Griffin - Published on
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Oh how I love these characters! This is an odd series whereas there was a main series and it has since broken off into multiple other smaller series. This is the second book in the Mended Hearts series and what I love about this book and the one before it is they have been more suspense than the others. I find myself gravitating more towards those types of books. I love for the adrenaline and danger and erotic romance that all bundles together in one delicious package. We first met Janelle in her brother's series, Here and Now. Now while you don't HAVE to read these series in order, I highly recommend it because they are just that good! You can see below for the correct reading order.

What did I love about this book? I loved how vulnerable Janelle was, but yet she didn't shy away from anything in her life. Life had definitely thrown her more than a few curve balls, but she just kept getting back up swinging. I hate that she let the Tom saga drag on for as long as she did, but I get that it's hard to abandon the only love you've ever known, especially when they've conditioned you to think you can do no better. I love that even though she made the first mode, Cade came into her life like a wrecking ball she never saw coming. I also loved his vulnerabilities. Even though he had been burned from her lifestyle in the past, it didn't stop him from rushing to her side and being her protector. Even though he tried effortlessly to deny it, their chemistry burned so bright. Every scene that they were in together, the want and longing jumped from the pages. Behind the facade, Janelle really was a genuine person who loved those around her without fail, and when Cade was able to see past what she presented to the world, it was so beautiful.

You'll find yourself wanting to physically hurt many people in this book, but never our main couple. I was guessing until the very end who was behind everything, and when I found out it made total sense. I can't wait to see what Lexi brings us next in this little world I've come to love so much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 20 January 2016
By MAustin - Published on
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Holding her Close Book #2 in the Mended Hearts series by Lexi Ryan was a great 5 star read.
Romance, Mystery, Mind Games, Hot Alpha Cop

Hold your friends close….And your enemies closer.

What a suspenseful mind game of a read with a little romance thrown in. Loved it.

Janelle is an actress who has found herself in a scandal that could lose a role for her. She makes arrangements to have a “fake fiance” to dispel the scandal. While at her brothers Halloween party she finds her mark and moves in, to her surprise it is Officer Cade Watts in the Batman costume.

Cade and Janelle end up having a hot and steamy night, when Cade finds out that Janelle is an actress and that he has gotten caught up in her scheme he is furious and lets Janelle have it. Why does he react so coldly to Janelle?
She’s everything he detests about Hollywood.

Janelle returns to LA hurt and finding it very hard to get Cade out of her mind. She returns to her apartment where another creepy letter is waiting and her bedroom has a message that sends chills down her spine.
“It’s fair to say that I’m freaked way the f@@k out."

Cade gets a call from an old friend at the LA precinct, telling him that his girlfriend needs help. What girlfriend? Cade being the man that he is flies to LA to protect Janelle and to find out who is sending these letters to not only Janelle but her friends also.
“I know you didn’t ask me to come here or to stay with you, but I need to. And I need you to promise me you’ll take this seriously.”

Will Cade and Janelle be able to fight the attraction? Will Cade be able to find the stalker before he gets to Janelle?

“I sold my soul for my career a long time ago.”
There is so much more to this great read. There are a couple of twists that I didn't see coming and quite the nail biter. The secondary characters added a great element to the story. I highly recommend you 1-click and get started on Holding her Close today. Thank you Lexi Ryan for a great read.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by MAustin from Alpha Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot, steamy and FULL of surprises ! 27 January 2016
By Leave me alone, I am reading! - Published on
This is the first book I've read by this author and I was not at all disappointed. I had no idea, until I was finished, that this was the second in the series! It most certainly can be read as a standalone. Lexi Ryan is a fantastic story teller! Holding her close has a unique story line that is equal parts romance and mystery. The duel perspectives (both Janelle and Cade's voice) really help the reader understand both characters. It was hot and steamy and full of surprises. Don't miss out on finding out why Cade so intensly hates Hollywood actresses and what lengths Janelle will go to in order to save her career, her reputation, and her life.