Hold on Tight (Take My Hand #2)
Author: Nicola Haken
Release Date: 28 November 2013
A figure from Dexter’s past has uprooted all the memories he has tried so desperately to bury… to forget. The terrible events of his past have been blown wide open once again, immersing him a pool of guilt deeper than he’s even experienced before.
Dexter feels powerless. The future he foolishly allowed himself to conceive is falling apart around him and there’s nothing he can do about it. But there’s one thing he can control – one thing he’s an expert at… blocking everything out. Losing all control, Dexter copes the only way he knows how – he dives so far into the well of addiction, the only thing that matters anymore is where his next fix is coming from.
Mission accomplished – there’s no one left. He’s successfully pushed everyone away. Nobody left to care about means no more guilt, right? You can’t hurt people who aren’t there…
But has he really pushed Emily as far away as he thinks he has? She’s given up everything for him – her home, her friends… her whole life. And she doesn’t regret a single thing. But can she save him from drowning, or has he finally sunk too far?
(Not suitable for under 18’s due to language, sexual content and explicit drug use)
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I much preferred Emily in this book, I feel like she's growing out of the timidity she shows in the first book, and she's strong enough to fight for her and Dexter's love. She offers support to him, even when he pushes her away at every opportunity. Even to the extent, where her relationships with her friends start to fall by the wayside. Although, I was a bit disappointed in her for letting her relationship with her best friend, Rachel, suffer so much.
I had a lot of mixed feelings towards Dexter during this book. He falls apart completely and pushes everyone who loves him away. Sometimes my heart would ache for him, and the pain he was going through. Other times, I wanted to shake him and make him see what he was doing to the people around him and to himself. Of course, addiction is not an easy road to travel and the events that transpire at the end of Take My Hand and during this book, prove too much for Dexter's self-control.
Whilst I would say that Dexter and Emily's relationship strengthens because of their ordeal, it also lacked some romance in this book. A lot of the focus is on Dexter's drug use and subsequent rehabilitation, not to mention the issues with Dexter's father. I also thought that the issues raised by Dexter's addiction, were handled really well and the author had clearly done her research on the repercussions of addiction.
I did really enjoy the honesty that was found during Dexter's rehabilitation, brought on by an unusual therapist, who I thought was a great additional character.
Overall, this is a great sequel to Take My Hand, and well worth reading. Personally, I found the first half of the book a touch slow, but I was thoroughly absorbed by the second half. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series!
*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review, Thank you!
About the Author
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dogs!) She is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Inevitable, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping…
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