Review: Hold Me Close by Shannyn Schroeder

HoldMeCloseHold Me Close (O’Learys Book 6)
by Shannyn Schroeder

Leave it to the O’Learys to make romance a family affair…

thesynopsisMaggie O’Leary is finally coming home to Chicago. After more than a year in Ireland, she’s ready to make a plan for her future. But first, she’ll have to confront the tragedy that scarred her so deeply. Asking for a job in the family bar is the first step, and it’s one her family isn’t entirely happy about. At least Shane Callahan, her best friend in the world, is behind her a hundred percent. He’s also a hundred percent more lovable than she remembered…

Shane is determined to keep Maggie safe, even if it means working three jobs and giving up sleep to be around during her shifts at the bar. But when Maggie boldly tells him she needs more than a loyal friend now, Shane knows a single night together won’t be possible. The idea of spirited Maggie in his bed is electrifying, but will she believe he wants to give her his heart, too?

my review

★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!

Maggie decided to come back to her hometown Chicago after a year in Ireland. She came back to face her fears, her past, her nightmares. She wanted to move on and live a normal life. She planned to take her job back, as well as her place in their home. She was raped a few years ago and now her rapist had been released in jail. Of course, her family didn’t approve of her plans and even her best friend Shane wasn’t comfortable of her decisions.

But being the best kinf of friend that he was, he thought he needed to work where she also worked so he could keep an eye on her. And also moved to her brother’s apartment so he’d be close to her. There’s nothing wrong being a friend with good intentions, right?

Except Shane felt more than he was letting on. He was more than a friend. He had feelings for his best friend. He had kept it bottled for so long, he didn’t know if he could still hide it from her. And when Maggie told him she needed to conquer her trauma. She needed to get intimate again. How could Shane ever resist her?

I haven’t read any of the O’Leary’s before so Maggie’s story was already quite full of drama and history. (But I have read author Schroeder’s other books and I liked them all).

Maggie’s story was an eye-opener. It helped readers understand more about the feelings and fears of rape victims, the need to be understood and move on from the traumatic experience. Maggie was resilient and full of surprises, she knew what she had to do and she must do it without fear or looking behind her shoulders. I think I actually liked her better than the rest of the O’Learys, except I hadn’t really met them all. So I should do something about it.

This is another hit from Shannyn Schroeder. She continues to pull me in with her stories and characters. What I love the most about her writing is its ingenuity and realistic settings. I am sure this won’t be the last Schroeder book I’ll read.



Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

Shannyn is represented by Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.


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