Monday, February 23, 2015

ARC REVIEW: Know When To Hold Him by Lindsay Emory

Title/Series: Know When To Hold Him
Author: Lindsay Emory
Publisher: Entangled Select Contemporary
Published: February 23rd 2015
Format: eARC | Pages: 353
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
★★★ (3/5) Stars!

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Spencer Hightower's job is cleaning up other people's messes. And she is damn good at it. Unfortunately, being a supremely organized workaholic, she doesn't always easily meet guys—until Liam Connelly shows up, all high-powered and really, really sexy. Sure, he makes Spencer's pulse thump...but he's also the biggest pain in her professional life. 

Liam can't believe his lousy luck when he learns that Spencer is his opposition in a high-profile scandal. She’s the best at what she does and the worst possible opponent. Of course, a little professional animosity can't hurt a guy's chances for a date, can it? Even as Spencer tries to keep her distance, their attraction grows stronger...and hotter. But once they cross all kinds of professional—and personal—boundaries, the situation snowballs into a disaster that even the great Spencer Hightower can't fix...

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

This book took a while for me to warm up to. I wasn't really feeling the characters in the very beginning, most especially Spencer's friends, one of whom even made some kind of a reference to "dating" being a "misogynistic concept" and I'm all for girl power and everything and not to insult my gender but that kinda stuff drives me crazy. It was also kind of slow as well though. I contemplated quitting quite early on, but something told me to keep going and give it just a little bit longer. Thankfully I did because eventually things picked up and I actually started to really warm up to all the characters as well. I ended up having a lot of fun finishing it.

The storyline for this book is what originally grabbed my attention. I loved the idea of reading a book about a person who "fixed" scandals for a living. I figured it would open the door to something big and juicy for these two characters to be on opposing sides about. Not only was the scandal exactly the type of juicy that I was hoping for, it had the added bonus of me wavering back and forth over whose side I was on and believed. There was never really any clear-cut right or wrong side throughout most of the book because both people involved would either say or do something that just had you question if they were being truthful or not.

The relationship between Liam and Spencer was so much fun once the book really gets going. They have this amazing chemistry. They sizzled and sparked whenever they were in the same room. You could feel the connection between them. But then they also had their moments when they fought both themselves and each other with the whole separating business and pleasure. And even in all those moments of verbal sparring and heated glares you knew that it wouldn't take long for the electric charge in the room to zap and change that competitive heat into something much, much naughtier. I love those kinds of relationships.

This book definitely wasn't perfect. I had my fair share of frustrations. But really in the end I was so glad that I didn't give in at the first sign of trouble and kept going. I felt like it was all worth it in the end. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up any other books that Lindsay Emory publishes in the future. I feel like there's a potential here of her becoming an author I could have a lot of fun reading!

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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