Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: September 2011
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via publisher
Betsy Horvath’s debut novel, HOLD ME, is witty, hanky worthy and just plain fun.
Katie McCabe’s family is concerned about her. Her zest for life has been missing for too long. Then along comes FBI agent Luc Vasco. His cover has been blown, he’s injured and his car isn’t going any further when he spots Katie at an intersection and jumps in her car. After a harrowing car chase with mobsters, Luc feels responsible for his reluctant “partner’s” safety when her life is threatened. Now she and Luc are running from a psychotic mobster, ducking bullets and trying to come to terms with their flashpoint attraction.
Kudos to debut novelist Betsy Horvath for her humorous and extremely entertaining romantic adventure, HOLD ME. Reminiscent of Janet Evanovich heroine Stephanie Plum, Betsy Horvath’s Katie McCabe is spunky, gutsy, zany & lucky, very lucky. Luc is a bad boy turned FBI agent trying his hardest to keep Katie safe, often despite of herself. These two characters along with the bumbling mobster chasing them share some of the funniest scenes in the book. Yet it is Katie and Luc’s insecurities and blossoming relationship that endears them to readers. The balance between heart wrenching scenes and zany misadventure scenes keeps the story moving at breakneck speed.
The lesser characters are also wonderfully fleshed out and many are left poised for their own romantic adventures. The arcs with Katie’s parents, Melanie, David and Nemes are all begging to be expanded upon. Perhaps the best part of Betsy Horvath’s HOLD ME is the way the book ends leaving readers both satisfied and hanging at the same time. This reader can’t wait to read what comes next from this talented and fresh new author.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.