Review: Holding You Close (Ex-Con Duet Series #4) by Kennedy Fox

Posted March 16, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 0 Comments

Review:  Holding You Close (Ex-Con Duet Series #4) by Kennedy Fox

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  Holding You Close (Ex-Con Duet Series #4) by Kennedy FoxHolding You Close by Kennedy Fox
Series: Noah & Katie Duet #2, Ex-Con Duet Series #4
on March 16, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-stars


After serving a decade long prison sentence for an accident that resulted in my husband’s death, Noah Reid returns. Even if he was my childhood best friend and the first man I secretly loved, I refuse to make it easy for him. But the heart never forgets and those old repressed feelings quickly bubble to the surface.

Loving him is a dangerous game but one I’m willing to play. 

Flirting leads to falling between the sheets, and I’m forced to deal with the guilt of what we’re doing. Viciousness towards Noah runs rampant and while revenge trickles through the streets of Lawton Ridge, I realize there’s more on the line than just my heart. While I’m afraid that my son and I will be caught in the crossfire of those who want to hurt Noah, I can’t walk away. 

Secrets are revealed and revelations are made, but losing him again isn’t an option—especially since I’m pregnant. 

HOLDING YOU CLOSE is a slow burn, angsty friends to lovers romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It’s book 2 in the Noah & Katie duet and must be read in order.

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My Review:

I was definitely ready to find out what was going to happen next after the cliffhanger in the first book, Pushing You Away. And it turns out my guess was right! But it seemed that there was so much going on than what I guessed and what Noah and Katie first thought as well. I can’t give a lot of storyline info because I don’t want to spoil anything. It definitely wrapped up nicely and even left us with a twist attention grabber at the end for the next duet in this series. I will say that I liked all the twists and turns and especially all the family parts of this story too. One of the twists had a very interesting resolution, and I could almost see it becoming a future series for these authors as they do often do second generations of earlier characters I think.

Another great entry into this series!

Binge-read the Ex-Con Duet Series today!

Meet Kennedy Fox:

Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed! View our full reading order here

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