To Have and To Hold

Serena Bell
To Have and To Hold
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Release Date
July 2016
Contemporary Romance

In this emotionally charged novel from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight ("Sweet, sexy, and real."—Jessica Scott), a war hero fights to remember the love he left behind—and the woman who refuses to fade away.

The reunion is supposed to be the start of the rest of their lives. But when Trina Levine sees the soldier she promised to love forever, Hunter Cross looks at her like she's a stranger. The connection is gone, lost in the blank stare of those soulful brown eyes. Hunter remembers his young daughter but not Trina, and he certainly can't recall why Trina and her own child are living in his house. Although his lean, rugged frame bears the scars of battle, his mind took the worst hit.

But Hunter Cross hasn't forgotten everything. His body remembers caressing Trina's delicate curves, holding her close, never wanting to let go. Was it just a dream, or was it real life? Now, as he tries to put the pieces back together, Trina's the one who comforts him when his night terrors strike. It's Trina whose warm touch rekindles a connection no man could deny. Even with the odds stacked against them, Hunter wants to believe. Because passion has the power to awaken the past—and remake the future.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jun 06, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
118 people found the following review helpful
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD is a different kind of story that I've read in a long while. It features a soldier returning home from war having amnesia due to an injury, forgetting the promise he made to his woman. At the same time, it depicts what soldiers suffer from the moment they return home--like missing limbs, PTSD, finding a purpose again, etc--and it was heartbreaking to read. I mean, they go off to war for us, for freedom's sake and this is what they get in return? I think it's not something we, who are tucked safe in our homes, normally think of.

Hunter and Trina's love story is just beautiful; there's no other word for it. Sure, it's also hot and passionate, but there's so much emotion there--simmering beneath the tension and awkwardness of Hunter's lost memory. What moves me is just how the author was able to make their situation seem credible and realistic--their hurts, the ambivalence they feel, etc. all feel so real to me. Hunter hates that he forgets things, and then Clara (his daughter) said to him, "When you forget, Trina remembers for you." And that's just so... it hits you right in the heart.

As a hero, Hunter is a grade above all the others. He's a great guy, and what I like best about him is that he keeps his distance from women he's not interested in, even when he's married to someone he didn't love. Trina's a lovely heroine, too. When I read that she's not a "good girl", I thought she would be pushy and badger Hunter into remembering her and their past. But she wasn't, and I like her more and more as the pages turn. The daughters--Clara and Phoebe--are lovely, each with their individual personality, and Hunter's mom, Linda, is a hoot. Just love her, even though she has few page time.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD is fabulous. An absolute must read!
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