Review: Holding You Close by Kennedy Fox

Holding You Close

Noah & Katie duet #2

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After serving a decade long prison sentence for an accident that resulted in my husband’s death, Noah Reid returns. Even if he was my childhood best friend and the first man I secretly loved, I refuse to make it easy for him. But the heart never forgets and those old repressed feelings quickly bubble to the surface.

Loving him is a dangerous game but one I’m willing to play. 

Flirting leads to falling between the sheets, and I’m forced to deal with the guilt of what we’re doing. Viciousness towards Noah runs rampant and while revenge trickles through the streets of Lawton Ridge, I realize there’s more on the line than just my heart. While I’m afraid that my son and I will be caught in the crossfire of those who want to hurt Noah, I can’t walk away. 

Secrets are revealed and revelations are made, but losing him again isn’t an option—especially since I’m pregnant. 

HOLDING YOU AWAY is a slow burn, angsty friends to lovers romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It’s book 2 in the Noah & Katie duet and must be read in order.






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Meet Kennedy Fox
 Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym,   Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!
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As before this will be a double review and Erin and Adri would like to thank Kennedy Fox for providing us with copies of this book so we could bring you this review.

Adri’s Review

This being the continuation of Noah and Katies story, we know that Kennedy Fox left us with more questions than answers in the last one, especially when it came to Loretta, Brittney and the mystery man that kept trying to hurt Noah. Thankfully we get all our questions answered in book 2. We also get to see the depths of Noah’s love for Katie and how absolutely sweet that man is. Katie grows in her strength as person as well as a mother. I especially loved Owen in this book more than in the previous one, I don’t know if it was because he interacts more in this book or you just see in influence of having Noah around effects him differently, but he is such a great little character. There are things that happen that I never expect to happen and surprise the crap out of me, but lots of things that I was already expecting. I don’t want to give too much away so I won’t go into more detail, except to say that I know I can’t wait to see what happens in Everleigh’s and Archer’s books. The only thing I wish was that I wish there was a bit more drama or excitement as there was in the first book, but I guess not everything has to make you want to through your Kindle across the room.

I gave this book 4.5 kisses.

Happy Reading… Adri

Erin’s Review


After that edge of your seat cliff hanger, we finally get the answers we’ve been waiting for….and then some. Holding You Close picks up right where the first book lets off, so you don’t have to do a reread, unless you want to of course.

The first half of the book moves fairly fast, as it’s a race to see if they can catch who left Noah to die. On top of that, Katie and Noah are navigating their new-ish relationship, Owen, and just the day to day issues couples face.  The climax to the cliff hanger happens within the first half of the book, which on the surface might seem a little strange, but for me it worked. It worked because so many times we are left with the suspense building up to the point it takes over the story and all we get of the after effect is an epilogue that might be 3-4 pages max. Here we get the rest of the dang book! There is so much for these two to work through, even after the initial drama is resolved. Owen being the main thing. The way Kennedy Fox wrote Owen in this book was amazing. His character grew and flourished. As Adri said, was it Noah’s influence? Maybe. Was it Katie’s amazing parenting…absolutely. This kid had an amazing support system, so did his mom. The supporting characters cracked me up, especially Everleigh. I cannot WAIT for her book. There again, we get a little hint at some mystery and drama that I can’t wait to dive in to. While there wasn’t as much drama throughout the entire book, the story didn’t lack in emotion. This one took me on a roller coaster from anger to swooning and everything in between. I’m loving this series and can’t wait for Everleigh and Archer.


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