on October 25th, 2016
Also by this author: Trade Me (Cyclone, #1)
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Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesn’t know how to stop or even slow down. The instant he lays eyes on Maria Lopez, he knows that she is a sexy distraction he can’t afford. He’s done his best to keep her at arm’s length, and he’s succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.
Maria has always been cautious. Now that her once-tiny, apocalypse-centered blog is hitting the mainstream, she’s even more careful about preserving her online anonymity. She hasn’t sent so much as a picture to the commenter she’s interacted with for eighteen months—not even after emails, hour-long chats, and a friendship that is slowly turning into more. Maybe one day, they’ll meet and see what happens.
But unbeknownst to them both, Jay is Maria’s commenter. They’ve already met. They already hate each other. And two determined enemies are about to discover that they’ve been secretly falling in love…
Hold Me is the second book in the Cyclone series. It stands alone, but those who prefer to read in order may want to read Trade Me first.
The Cyclone Series Reading Order Trade Me Hold Me Find Me What Lies Between Me and You Keep Me Show Me
Hold Me was a wonderfully diverse novel. I was a fan of the author’s first book in this series, and this one didn’t totally disappoint. I was so happy that Maria received her own love story. I thought that Jay made an awesome match for her. However, I did have some reservations that really just came down to my personal reading preferences. I felt like the book was slow in the beginning, and felt like there was too much scientific terminology that just went over my head. I could tell that Courtney Milan did her research on the subject, I just wasn’t in the mood to read about it. I thought the banter was enjoyable, but some of the hate between them was a little much for me. Ultimately, I thought the diverse characters couldn’t have been better, but some of my other issues brought the book down for me.
Maria was so fierce and memorable when she was first introduced in Trade Me. She easily kept up that extraordinary attitude in this book, which I adored. I thought she was funny and sweet in all the right ways. I really enjoyed her character all around. I did have some issues with her blog. I’m not sure how realistic it is that her blog would be that big of a deal. Like how these huge science figures and websites debate about the identity of who the blogger is, I just couldn’t see that actually happening. But who knows, maybe this is a possibility and I’m just being very picky. All that aside, she’s still a solid character who I truly liked reading about. Although her past was so sad, I loved how she made the best out of her future and did well for herself.
Jay made an intriguing love interest for Maria. I loved that he was smart and also seemed to be a hottie at the same time. He wasn’t a perfect character, he had a poor attitude for a lot of the novel. He was a grumpy dude, which wasn’t always exactly fun to read about. I wouldn’t say that he was boring or anything, he was just unique in his own special way. Sometimes his sort of pretentious attitude was a little annoying at times, but it wasn’t horrible in my opinion. I don’t know what else to really say about him, he wasn’t my favorite, but he wasn’t the worst either. I know that isn’t a ringing endorsement, but I liked him quite a bit more once he showed more of vulnerable side and we learned more about why he is so guarded about certain things in his life.
As far as the romance goes, this wasn’t my favorite. I liked how they had this easy banter going on from the beginning. But I still wasn’t sure what to make of the hatred that was going on between them. Meaning, the hate was too much for me at times. I’m a person who typically enjoys hate to love romances, but this time I felt like maybe it went a bit too far. I also liked how they started off communicating anonymously in the virtual world. That’s another trope that I also usually like, but this time I questioned how realistic it actually was. It takes quite awhile for the actual romance to get started between them. At times, I felt like it was a bit on the corny side. I also thought that it was steamy and fascinating once it did get started.
In the end, Hold Me wasn’t a bad book by any means. It was difficult to get started though. I felt like some of the scientific dialogue wasn’t necessary, instead it just made the book extremely slow in my personal opinion. Some aspects of the plot also weren’t realistic to me, which did affect how much I personally enjoyed reading the book. I will admit that Jay and Maria made a wonderful couple. I thought it was great how the relationship developed. I wasn’t a fan of how the hate to love relationship went down, though I have to admit that it was pretty unique. I realized that I didn’t go into a ton of details about the diversity in the book, but I thought that was important. I’m happy that I read this book, though it might have not been my favorite.