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Holding Her Close by [Ryan, Lexi]
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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: 3200 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • 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 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By DragonMum TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 January 2016
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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 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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Book from Lexi Ryan! 20 January 2016
By JOKEN - Published on
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The town of New Hope is filled so many great characters that make up Lexi Ryans books. Holding Her Close is exactly that. Nate and Janelle's story is a bundle of emotions. I love the way they met! Nate is the hunky cop and Janelle is an actress. Nate doesn't want to be involved with an actress after his heart was broken by another actress. Suddenly Janelle is in need of someone to protect her from a rapist targeting her friends from a previous TV series. Nate steps up for the job of protector. The twists and turns kept me reading. They both are trying not to fall in love with each other but the events unfolding may just keep them apart! Great story Lexi!
4.0 out of 5 stars Janelle and Cade's story is a must read! 25 January 2016
By chrissycf - Published on
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Lexi Ryan has a way of drawing you into her books and refuses to let go of you until you've reached the end. Holding Her Close just continues to prove that Lexi Ryan is an amazing story teller.

If you've read any of Lexi Ryan's previous books you know who Janelle and Cade are, but we never really got to really get to know them. This is their story, and it is one hell of a ride! With the two of them brought together by a mistake and some bad circumstances, you can only hope things get better for them, but it takes a LONG time for these two to get on the same page.

With Janelle about to lose the role of a lifetime due to her ex-husband his wife, she's forced to fake a relationship and a case of mistaken identity drops Cade right into her lap. She's always had a crush on him, but he's always been stand-offish towards her. When she forgets what she's supposed to be doing, and lets one amazing night of him not knowing who she is interfere with her goal, things get even more complicated.

Cade has a history with Hollywood, and despises everything that comes out of it. He's attracted to Janelle, but knows who she is and where she comes from. As the story progresses we get the full reason as to why Cade is so against Hollywood actresses and everything they represent, and it breaks my heart for him. He's closed off and he fights what he's felling for Janelle tooth and nail.

The chemistry between these characters is out of this world. They bicker, they fight, they have some extremely steamy moments, and then repeat everything over again. When Janelle ends up receiving threats, the first thing Cade thinks of is to fly off and help her. Even with Janelle being as confused as she is with the back and forth with Cade, she's grateful that he's there for her. At times she doesn't think, and it makes things even more difficult for them, but their back and forth is pretty awesome to watch play out.

There are so many twists and turns in this story, the ex-husband, the threats, the stalker, the friends who haven't talked to Janelle in forever, the back and forth feelings of Cade and Janelle. Everything about this story had me gripped from beginning to end. I loved the guessing of who was behind everything, and the will they or won't they of Cade and Janelle's relationship.

This book was beautifully written and the story was hot and suspenseful all at once. I adored Janelle as well as Cade, and getting to read both of their POV's helped clarify some things going on between them. I only wish we would have had more of a closure for their story, but I hope we get to see more of them in future books by Lexi Ryan. I highly recommend this story if you're looking for a hot and sexy, suspenseful read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Pretend Become Real in Hollywood? 21 January 2016
By The Fairest of All Book Reviews - Published on
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Janelle’s made mistakes, which forces her to lie and play a role she doesn’t want to, which is further complicated by a case of mistaken identity. But when fiction starts to become reality and her pretend boyfriend becomes everything she’s ever craved, how does she mesh the two worlds she wants to be a part of and what happens when there’s more than just the push and pull between her and Cade to worry about, resulting in greater risks to more than just her heart?

I absolutely loved Janelle and Cade's story. Ever since Janelle was introduced in Hanna and Nate's series, I've loved her spunk and genuineness. I love how close she is with Nate and her ability to weather anything that comes her way and those qualities speak to her true nature despite her Hollywood profession.

Cade is such a strong and protective man; the safety of those he cares for is extremely important to him, and he’s starting to realize that Janelle fits into that category, but he doesn’t think he belongs in her Hollywood world because he’s already been burned before by a Hollywood princess, and he still has the scars to show for it. Because readers are privy to Cade’s backstory with his ex, I understand the wall he's built around his heart and his inability to see Janelle for who she really is, but I also think the fact that he lumps Janelle into the same category as his ex without truly knowing who Janelle is isn’t fair to her or to what they could possibly have if he was able to separate her from the other Hollywood types that he knows.

Cade frustrated the hell out of me on numerous occasions with how he handled certain situations – reality can be completely distorted when a negative mind frame overshadows everything else, which is clearly the case when it comes to Janelle and Cade. But, despite my difficulties with him, he's definitely a stellar book boyfriend because, in the end, he owns up to his mistakes. It’s now up to Janelle what she’s willing to do with his honesty as well as the fact that their worlds are really nothing alike.

It’s a good thing Cade knows a thing or two about superhero powers because he’s definitely going to need them in Holding Her Close.

A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Really like most of her books but this one kind of fell flat for me. 21 January 2016
By micharch - Published on
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Janelle and Cade meet when she mistakes him for an actor being paid to pretend to be her boyfriend. Janelle is pretty much an air-head in this book and is CLUELESS most of the time. Her former castmates and friends have not had much to do with her since her divorce. She starts receiving threatening fan letters and thinks nothing of it. When she gets set up by his ex and his new wife, she hides. It was just crazy how far in denial and stupidity she was. Cade has been burned by an actress before and has no intentions of getting involved with one again. Janelle doesn't know if his past and, even though she did really make a mistake when she kissed him, she still doesn't understand why he is protecting her. Cade is a stand-up guy and does his best to keep her safe, even though she has no idea what is really going on. Her blindness in how her former friends and ex-husband are acting was a bit much to believe. Cade was able to see through their indifference toward her and was surprised that she didn't. When the whole deceit comes to light, Cade does find out what really transpired but Janelle is too stubborn to even call and tell him she's sorry and thanks for helping me. It took an unexpected gift of help from Matthew to get her to finally admit to Cade what she should have said well over a month before. The ending was nice but Janelle really was hard to like in this book and her being a doormat to her former friends and ex-husband was just too much at times.

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