A Hold on Me by Pat Esden
(Dark Heart, #1)
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Synopsis:She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue–until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine–and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support–Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings–and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
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CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS
A hold on me by Pat Esden starts out when 20 year old Stephanie, Aka Annie, and her father are bidding for the contents of an abandoned church. Since her mother died that's all Stephanie and her father has done, until when her father starts showing signs of dementia. When forced to bring him back to the family he left behind after his wife died, she finds out the truth behind his sickness and her mothers death. When evil genies, demons, and shadow creatures show their hand, she starts to question everything. Even Chase, the one she dreams about but can't really trust. Will her father ever be set free from the evil within? Is Chase hiding more then what he is letting on? Will she ever find out the truth about her mother?
This book was awesomely creepy. I yearned to read it, but only had the guts to in the day light. The author brought forth a whole new concept of genies for paranormal lovers to fear. The detail of Moonhill, the imagination of the grounds, all of it was fascinatingly detailed. I felt like I could connect with each of the characters in the book, while wanting to watch my back against them. Just a wonderfully written book to keep you on the edge of your seats and wanting more while fearing what would happen.
AUTHOR BIO:PAT ESDEN would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.