My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I open up a Stark series book, I can’t help but breathe out a SWEET SIGH, a SMILE embedded on my face as I SWOON to the sky. The Stark series is one I will gladly devour FOREVER! Each story is unequivocally CONSUMING. Each story OWNS every ounce of me. Each story makes me closer to this family than I’ll ever be to any other in books. Each story in the Stark saga is PHENOMENAL. The Stark series stands on a pedestal, one of power and passion, PURE PERFECTION in words.
The latest Stark series novella, Hold Me, is FLAWLESS and PHENOMENAL!!! This story spotlights Nikki and Damien’s family life and struggles they must overcome. Hold Me is desire meets devotion in one tender tale of timeless love. Oh did I LOVE THEE!!!
He’s strength and intelligence, commanding and tender. He’s honorable and strong, fierce and loyal. And he loves me.
Nikki and Damien are made for each other, so attuned that they are one. One heart. One soul. One perfect union. One perfect romance.
“Tonight you’re all mine, all ways, all night.”
Oh Damien! Such a powerful, passionate, and penetrating man who is sexy as sin and as sweet as pie, Damien is an alpha I so ADORE! I BURNED for him and this book!!!
There is no greater love story than that of Damien and Nikki Stark. Their devotion is UNPARALLELED and EVERLASTING…true love at its finest. Damien and Nikki are, hands down, one of my all-time favorite romance couples!!! I LOVE them sooo much!
“How did you know I was behind you?”
“Sweetheart, haven’t you learned by now? You’re part of me. How could I ever lose sight of you?”
These ENDEARING words MELTED ME!!! I could not stop SWOONING. Sweet, sensual, and seductive, Hold Me is a forever love story that left me breathless and melting for more…so much MORE. A FOREVER HIGH. Hold Me is MAGICAL, so dreamy and utterly divine where you’re guaranteed to float to Cloud Nine.
Hold Me…yes this HEARTWARMING story did. Hold Me held my heart, and it is still holding it where it will likely remain. I’m content to stay wrapped up in this heart-stopping sexy and soul-swooning series, my glorious nirvana. This fairytale full of feels will always be my forever.
I’m embedded in this Stark family created by the incredible Julie Kenner, characters that are so raw they feel real and are a part of me. To reconnect with a family of characters I’ve known for over three years is PURE BOOK BLISS that only gets BETTER. These books make me so HEADY, my heart so FULL OF LOVE for this spellbinding Stark saga. The Starks are my HAPPY PLACE, and this smoldering and sweet sigh of a series will always be HOME.❤️
💋💋💋💋💋 5 ‘hold me forever’ kisses
But there are new challenges, too. Our families. Our careers. And new responsibilities that test us with unrelenting, unexpected trials.
I know we will survive—we have to. Because I cannot live without Damien by my side. But sometimes the darkness seems overwhelming, and I am terrified that the day will come when Damien cannot bring the light. And I will have to find the strength inside myself to find my way back into his arms.
I already know that Damien is running later than I am, because he’d called while I was stuck in traffic. Now I dismiss Bree for the night, then go peek in on both my girls. I want to wake them, to cuddle them close, but I let them sleep, contenting myself with watching the steady rise and fall of their little chests.
Then I take a quick shower, change into yoga pants and a T-shirt, and stretch out on our lovely iron bed, surrounded by paperwork.
That’s where I am when Damien finds me—although I’m asleep instead of busily working.
“Hey,” he says, brushing a kiss on my shoulder. “Long day?”
As I claw my way back to consciousness, he gathers my papers and sets them on the bedside table. There’s a glass of wine, too, and he hands it to me. I try to avoid alcohol since I’m breastfeeding, but I also did the research and know that a little bit isn’t a problem so long as I wait to pump or feed Anne.
“The longest,” I say, then take a grateful sip. I lean sideways against him, my back supported by the pile of pillows that rest against the wall. I give him the full rundown, the highlight of which is Eric’s surprising departure.
“You can handle continued growth,” he says, his loyalty giving me a nice warm boost of confidence. “But you’re also well-positioned to simply hold the line if that’s what you want to do. Even to downsize if it works out that way.”
I push away from him, frowning as my chest tightens uncomfortably. “What?”
“I’m just saying that you don’t have to go back to work full-throttle.”
I sit up straight. “Excuse me? Why? Because you can support us?”
“I can support us. But what I’m—”
“So I’m supposed to feel guilty about wanting to work just because you bring in billions?” Dammit, he knows how important my job is to me. How hard I’ve worked to build my business on my own, not relying on money that comes from Stark International.
He stares at me like someone might stare at a wild hyena. “That’s not what I’m saying at all.”
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