Series: First Responders #2
on November 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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We all have to live through it.
We all have to figure out how to move past it and continue to live.
Rachel – Spoiled, little blonde rich girl with no grip on the real world. No grip until an accident puts her in a public hospital with ‘real world’ people. When the officer that shows up to take her statement turns out to be the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes on, Rachel is pulled into his life and her world is put on its head.
Zander moved to California four years ago to get past the greatest loss in his life. Love was not something he thought he would ever feel again… or that he wanted to feel again. Little did he know that his world would be turned upside down by a pretty little blonde in a hospital bed.
But what happens when loss threatens to take everything you hold dear from you for a second time?
You fight. You fight with every ounce of your being to save that which matters most to you.
Will Zander and Rachel get their happily ever after?
Never Hold Back starts out as a sweet romance, girl meets boy…hot chemistry, (and I mean HOT). Rachel is from a very affluent family, enjoying life when an accident lands her in the hospital. Zander is a hard working beat cop, trying to get ahead in his job and is sent to the hospital for her statement. There is immediate attraction and intense chemistry.
“Her eyes are bright blue and sparkling, even with the pain medications that are certainly circulating through her body right now. Long blonde hair is hanging over her right shoulder and her brilliant white smile could light up this city on its darkest night.”
Zander’s heart had been broken by his only previous long term girlfriend and is also a bit intimidated by Rachel’s family’s wealth. Rachel doesn’t trust the strength of their feelings for each other. Both Zander and Rachel seem to keep each other and their relationship at arms length, both not willing to jump in with both feet.
“His strong hand pulls my body firmly against his as our tongues dance in my mouth. I’ve never been kissed like this in my life. The feeling of him needing me to reciprocate each movement of his, to dance in unison as one, is utterly mind blowing.”
I loved how much this story completely took me by surprise. I started it one evening and couldn’t put it down until I’d turned the last page. What started out sweet and hot, turned exciting and poignant. This was my first book by J.A. Essen and I can’t wait to read more.