Review: Hard to Hold by Jaclyn Quinn (Haven's Cove #3)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Vibrant Promotions.

“I'm sorry. I don't trust myself when I'm near you because I want so much more than you're ready to give. You may never be ready, and that's okay too. If you do decide to give us a chance though, I'm ready when you are. Maybe that will help you figure out what you truly want. In the meantime, just know, I'll be here.”

Jaclyn Quinn and her Haven's Cove series are among my favorite discoveries this year, and the third and latest release in said series simply has me hoping it goes on for a good, long time before we have to bid the town and its residents adieu. Book three has gym owner Jonah Taylor and finance expert Cameron Vaughn's story, and if you're familiar with the series, then you'll more than recognize Jonah and hopefully remember his encounters with Cameron when he was still working as a trainer before opening his own place in town. As always, there's a whole lot of angst intermingling with a whole lot of romance and sex and highlighting the importance of the family that you create for yourself and how acceptance is, sadly, not a given even when it comes to those who closest to you.

When Cameron Vaughn arrives at the opening of Jonah Taylor's new gym, Jonah can't help the grin on his face and the fluttering of nerves. He didn't think he'd see the shy man again, but then Cameron shows up with a gift certificate from his brother and sister-in-law for a three-month long membership and some one-on-one time with none other than Jonah. As the two forge a friendship, Jonah realizes that there's more to Cameron than being "shy". There are things that he's experienced that have shaped him into the man that he is today--things that have affected not just but him specifically but his family as a whole. He's confused and worries about whether or not he's ready to accept who he really is, what more if his parents will. Cameron's used to running but will he run from the one man who accepts him--dark past and all--without a single question or even a bit reservation or hesitation?

Quinn's stories in this series give me my angst fix, tackling heavier subject matters but never using them for mere drama. This new book does come with a trigger warning--sexual abuse of a minor--and I decided to mention it here in my review to give readers a heads-up and not for anything spoilery. If you're okay with reading this type of topic, then I hope you'll dive into the book because both Cameron and Jonah have a story that has them struggling to find their footing yet never making it feel as if there's no hope on the horizon for themselves as individuals or their relationship as a couple. My heart went out to Cameron for the confusion that was swirling within him, his head not being in total sync with his heart, and the fear that was stopping him from being absolutely honest with himself. And Jonah was just this really great guy who was patient and caring and if there was one character in this series that I've been hoping would get his happily-ever-after, it was him. Hard to Hold is a five-plus-starred favorite. ♥


Read my reviews for the Haven's Cove series:

Hard to Let Go (book one) - five stars - My Review

Hard to Get (book two) - five stars - My Review

Hard to Hold (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)


Date Read: 03 August 2018

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