Holding on to Hope

Sid Love
Holding on to Hope
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Publisher
Dreamspinner
Release Date
February 2014
ISBN
9781627986120
Genre
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
Bradley Parker has waited twenty years for Mr. Right, and on Valentine's Day, he finally finds him. It's love at first sight, and Brad even loses his virginity to the man of his dreams. But when he wakes up the next morning unable to remember anything—even what the man looked like—his best friend, Leslie, is convinced he imagined the whole thing. Brad knows he didn't make up the best night of his life, but he has no idea of the danger he's putting himself in as he struggles to recall the details of his perfect man. His search may lead him to parts of New York City he never dreamed existed and a war being waged in the shadows.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Apr 13, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
111 people found the following review helpful
Forced to forget the one you've fallen in love with over and over again is hard to experience. Bradley Parker is in love with the man who popped his cherry. Too bad he can't remember the man. He is on a mission and wants his best friend Leslie to help him find "Mr. Right".

This story is a bit bizarre for me. It's written from the perspective of Leslie who is not the main character. The focus should be on Bradley and the one he's trying to find. Instead, the reader is constantly inundated with Leslie's thoughts and actions.

The character building is okay. Leslie rubs me wrong and I didn't like her so the book from her point of view didn't do much for me. Bradley is a stereotypical flaming gay character which also did nothing from me. He is drama prone even if he is a bit sweet. The object of his affection and the underworld the reader becomes exposed to is a bit out of the blue.

Without spoiling the story, this went from contemporary to paranormal in the blink of an eye. The world building is weak even if it is interesting. I like the potential of where this story would lead to, but unfortunately it was cut short. If the author spent more time crafting this hidden world of shadows, it would enhance the story.

While the main theme of this story is love conquers all, even memory wipes, it feels lost in the messy entanglement of fathers and sons battling it out to the death. More set up of this world through showing rather than telling would also help.

While it is different to have the point of view not be from the main character and instead a secondary character, it didn't work for me because Leslie is bland. Other than being a good friend making stupid decisions, she could have been cut out of this story and it still would have been fine. Recommended for m/m lovers who enjoy paranormal romances.
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