Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Book 3 of the Soulfire Series
Publisher: Sourcebooks – (Jan, 2012)
Rating: B; Great, would want to read again
Heat Level: 4; Very Hot
Hold Me If You Can by Stephanie Rowe
Hold Me If You Can is a paranormal romance with a lot of spunk and heart! Stephanie Rowe has crafted a fun and fantastically addictive series with zany characters and plenty of thrills.
Surviving her first murder by a deedub was one thing, but opening her boutique chocolate shop is a whole other kind of nightmare. Natalie Fleming is trying to shake her difficult past and look forward to a bright new future. Still the dreaded deebubs keep tracking Natalie down attempting to finish the job they failed at before. Luckily for her, she has a warrior like Nigel Aquarian around to protect her. Yet when someone from Nigel’s past returns to make him a permanent prisoner in the Den of Womanly Pursuits, Natalie may be the only person who can save him. Yet if Natalie wants to help him, she has to let go of her sensual side, something that she refuses to do because of the repercussions she has suffered in the past. Nigel may be the one thing that changes her mind, because she soon finds she would do anything to protect this fierce warrior who has claimed her heart.
Nigel was the alpha hero with a soft side. I loved the artistic side of him that brought out the sensitive emotions, it was charming and sweet. Yet that doesn’t completely describe Nigel at all. He is fierce, compulsive and always willing to fight for what he believes in. Natalie was the perfect match for him by the fact that she was just as stubborn and courageous as Nigel. Her past led her to live life a little on the safe side, but the more drama that came her way, the more determined she was to protect everything that mattered to her. While the leads were incredible, it’s hard to forget that Rowe creates a world with crazy characters that make the novel an absolute treat. Whether it was the villains or the friends, the companions in this series stand out just enough to catch your attention. They make you anxious to learn more about them and eager to read about it!
This was an extremely fun novel, but some things were really out there…even for a paranormal. Nigel has a pink rose tattoo on his cheek, which I found really difficult to visualize on an alpha hero, and blades rapidly shoot out of his skin. This was another thing my poor little brain had problems imagining. Nearly all of Rowe’s world-building aspects made the story very enjoyable. Yet there were still a few things that were more difficult to process. When you read “Use your chocolate power to make it happen! Now!” in the middle of a dramatic fight scene you have to assess the kind of book you are reading. Despite all that, that is the unique appeal of the Soulfire series. It certainly wasn’t anything I expected it to be which is always a nice refreshing change when you step into a paranormal. You don’t always want to read the same bland generic plot lines, so Hold Me If You Can certainly made my reading more fun and enjoyable.
All small problems aside, I will say this: I had great difficultly putting this book down. As a matter of fact, I really only stopped reading the book once or twice. I devoured this book in a few sittings. Mainly because among the humor and excitement was a truly captivating story! Hold Me If You Can will have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what’s going on and how the story will pan out. Not to mention the fact that this book is dangerously sexy. Natalie and Nigel have a pretty amazing chemistry that will leave readers gasping for breath. I’m very excited to re-visit the imaginative world Stephanie Rowe has created in future novels.
Hold Me If You Can is the latest installment in what I’ve learned to be a very unique, yet fascinating series. I was very intrigued and surprised by it all. Considering the fact that it is a paranormal, Rowe may have overcome one of the most difficult obstacles and that is keeping the novel fresh. Yes, it’s chessy, but it’s the awesome kind of cheesy. The kind of cheesy where the spectacle of it all brings you back again and again. Hold Me If You Can is unique, it’s funny and it’s one helluva of a ride!
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