Book & Author Details:
Hold Me Close (The O’Learys #6) by Shannyn Schroeder
Publication date: 14th May 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Taming a spirited, fun-loving O’Leary may be harder than he realized…
After more than a year in Ireland, Maggie O’Leary is finally coming back to Chicago with a plan for her future. Confronting the tragedy that destroyed her is her first step. But to do that, she needs to work in her family’s bar–something her family doesn’t want. Luckily, her best friend, Shane Callahan, is her biggest support–and lovable in a way she doesn’t remember.
Determined to protect Maggie, Shane refuses to leave the bar when she’s working late. And when Maggie boldly tells him that she wants him to help her conquer her final fear—sex—Shane knows a single night together won’t be possible. The idea of a spirited Maggie in his bed is everything, but will she believe he wants her heart too?
*Originally published 2015 – TW heroine is a sexual assault survivor. It happened in the past. No assault on page
I’ll confess, I haven’t read any of the earlier books in the series, but that really didn’t impact my understanding of the family dynamics, or my enjoyment of the story.
And for the most part, it really is a good story. I found it frustrating that these best friends who talked about everything, couldn’t have a conversation about their feelings. But, I guess that’s pretty much a given for a friends to lovers trope.
Overall, I found the characters to be well rounded and believable. Their interactions with the supporting characters was similarly well observed and made for an enjoyable read.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Catch Up on the Series!
A Good Time
More Than This
Something to Prove
Catch Your Breath
Just a Taste
Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
Shannyn is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel.