Author: Cathryn Fox
My Copy: ARC via Entangled Publishing
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Synopsis: When Eden Carver, Iowa farm girl turned NY actress, decides to seduce the sexy cop next door, she begins to wonder if she’s bitten off more than she can chew.
The last thing Officer Jay Bennett wants is to cross a line with the sweet and innocent country girl—no matter how much he’d like to help himself to a nibble. Not only are they in the friendship zone, a naïve girl like Eden doesn’t belong in his dangerous world.
But when she asks him to help her rehearse lines, and things go from simmer to boil, he finds himself doing the one thing he swore he’d never do.He knows he needs to walk away from temptation, but when sweet little Eden bites back, it tilts his world on its axis.
Because biting back changes everything.
Cathryn Fox’s Hold Me Down Hard is a novella and even though it’s a light read, it’s a sizzling page turner. By the end, you’ll be looking at a police uniform a little differently.
Eden is an actress and keeps her feelings for her neighbor Jay a secret. With the help of her friends, they invent a scenario to get Jay to see Eden as more than a friend. On the other side of the hallway, Jay has a nightly ritual of checking in on Eden. He tries to convince himself it is because he’s a cop and not because of his growing feelings for her. When Eden convinces him to help her audition for an upcoming part she covets, Jay realizes he’s her ideal partner. Will Eden be able to seduce Jay or will he run to the nearest door when he realizes what she secretly desires?
I have a couple favorite scenes, but I have to say the first time Eden and Jay go over her script had me laughing especially his remarks regarding Eden’s attempt at script writing. The chemistry between the two is sizzling and while we don’t have in-depth characterization, Fox establishes well round characters early on. Eden is a strong heroine and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. Jay is protective towards her, but only because he’s a cop and he knows the world can be pretty ugly. He’s seen things most of us can only imagine.
We can identify with Eden and the way people perceive us. How many of us have been told by friends that their initial overall impression was different from what it is now? Eden goes through that with Jay and he keeps her at arm’s length because she’s a farm girl from Iowa and he believes she deserves something he can’t give her. Of course when he attempts to give her what he thinks she needs, he fails. Things fall into place once they have a discussion on what they want. This was a big step for Eden because she’s been burned in the past. It was great seeing Jay step up to the plate and soothe her fears.
I really enjoyed Hold Me Down Hard. If you’re looking for a quick hot read, this is your book.
Today’s our stop on the Hold Me Down Blog Tour! I’ll update this section with the full tour schedule later in the day.
Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love. Cathryn also writes Young Adult novels under Cat Kalen and co-writes paranormal romance as Taylor Keating.