To Have and to Hold
The Hold Series, #3
by Arell Rivers
Publication Date: December 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (The Hold Series, #3) . . . I had to pace myself. When I started this series, I knew that it would be one that would not be gobbled down and forgotten. The depths of material dealt with in this series drew out across the three books (all available) that were not a disappointment. I was consumed by each new book in the series. This third one was no different. I wanted to have all the details behind Rose and Cole’s relationship. There were highs and lows. This was heartbreaking and inspiring (not at the same time at different points). We come to the final installment with hope, fear, and angst.
Looking for a read that will engage you emotional in more ways than one. A read that will draw you in and allow you to be consumed by the real intricacies of relationships this series if for you. Each one build upon the first. You watch as each Cole and Rose gain their footing, loose it, succumb to demons, live beyond the pain, and succeed in the battle. Their final steps toward each other and finding happiness was not a walk in the park but it was one journey to watch unfold.
The Hold series:
No One to Hold – The Hold Series, #1 SEE REVIEW
Hard to Hold – The Hold Series, #2 SEE REVIEW
To Have and To Hold – The Hold Series, #3
Rally around Cole Manchester and Rose Morgan: the rock star and his publicist are about to face their most perilous trials yet. Cole and Rose’s passionate love story culminates in this third full-length novel in The Hold Series.
Back in the spotlight for his world tour, Cole Manchester performs hit after hit before delighted fans. However, his heart remains firmly in Los Angeles with Rose, whose condition remains critical following their terrible car wreck.
After lying unconscious for weeks, Rose Morgan awakens to find herself professionally and personally adrift. Her scrambled memories have convinced her Cole is dangerous, compelling her to shut him out and face an uncertain future on her own.
With nothing left to lose, Cole’s crazed stalker executes her final desperate act. After an explosive finale, who will survive her deadly rampage?
Destinies will be altered. Intentions stripped bare. Rose and Cole must face all of their remaining demons if their love is to survive. In the trilogy’s thrilling conclusion, they’ll discover if they truly have each other forever To Have and To Hold.
***WARNING: Due to strong language and sexual situations, this book is intended for mature audiences. Contains a stalker. Intended to be read after No One to Hold and Hard to Hold.***
Excerpt– To Have and to Hold
Grabbing a Lakers cap from the backseat, I shove it on my head and race into the main entrance, Jared at my heels. The guy at security asks for my identification, which I hand him. Jared turns his over to the other security guy.
After checking my face against the photo, he asks, “Who are you visiting today, Mr. Manchester?”
“Rose Morgan, I mean Bloomer.”
He nods and flips some pages. I tap a beat on my leg. Hurry up. He glances at the clock on the wall and says, “I’ll clear you, but you only have twenty minutes before visiting hours are over.”
Jared gets his clearance as I’m retrieving my driver’s license. We sprint through the lobby to the elevator. I repeatedly press the call button. Finally, a cab arrives and whisks us up to the fifth-floor lobby. Her floor.
Roberto stands when he sees us. I wave at him, but don’t have time to check in. I run to the small security booth at the entrance to the restricted wing. This officer checks my pass from the first checkpoint, makes a notation on it and nods. He presses a button and the door buzzes open. As soon as it’s almost wide enough, I rush down the hall and come to a halt outside her door.
The door is open. Pop music plays softly in the room.
For some reason, now that I’m here, I can’t put one foot in front of another to cross the threshold. It’s like I’ve been turned to stone, and only my rapidly beating heart distinguishes me from one of those marble statues in the Tuileries. I want to see her so badly. But, I don’t want her to be lying lifeless on a hospital bed. I want my Rose back.
Over the PA system, a woman announces fifteen minutes until the end of visiting hours. I need to go to my girlfriend and talk to her, even if I’m the only one doing the talking. Inhaling, I step through the door.
Facing the windows by the bed, a woman with long, limp brown hair is standing with her back to me. Her leg’s in a cast. She’s dancing. Well, sort of.
The woman turns around.
No One to Hold (The Hold Series, #1)
From the outside, Cole Manchester seems to have it all: looks, fame, money, awards and women. When tragedy strikes, he realizes how hollow his life is, and opens the door to the one thing he’s never considered … finding love. He’s inexplicably drawn to the quiet wallflower who works on his team, a line he knows he shouldn’t cross.
After devastating heartbreaks, all Rose Morgan wants is to blend into the woodwork. Working at her dream job as a publicist, she’s safely hiding in plain sight. Until her client, the sexy Cole Manchester, notices her. Rose must ignore her desires in order to protect her bruised heart … and keep her prized career.
Cole needs Rose to teach him how to love. Rose needs Cole to teach her how to trust. Together, they form a bond ignited by passion but fueled by insecurities. When her mother’s interference collides with his fan’s twisted plot, Cole and Rose may find themselves with No One To Hold.
Hard to Hold (The Hold Series, #2)
Cheer for Rose Morgan—strong, determined and driven—a brilliant publicist who thought she had finally overcome her tragic past when, once again, her life is turned upside down. Rose and Cole’s passionate love story continues in this second full-length novel in The Hold Series.
Distraught by news of Cole’s unexpected marriage, Rose Morgan tries to pick up the pieces of her life, only to be confronted by Cole at every turn. With her PR career in serious jeopardy, Rose can’t escape his orbit and is forced to continue working on his account. Under snowballing pressure, she seeks solace from unlikely sources.
Reeling from the disastrous fallout after his drunken night in Las Vegas, rock star Cole Manchester is a tormented man. He reaches out to Rose, the one woman who has always fixed his mistakes, only to realize that he might have pushed her away forever. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back.
Rose and Cole each must face their deepest fears if their love is to survive. But Cole’s stalker is becoming increasingly unhinged … and dangerous. In the end, Rose and Cole must decide if some things are just too Hard to Hold.
Playlist – To Have and to Hold
Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran ~ Cole loves Rose this much!
Unconditionally, Katy Perry ~ Rose is right there with Cole!
All of Me, John Legend ~ I could see Cole singing this on the first leg of his world tour
Breakeven, The Script ~ Bad things happen for a reason, right?
Look Away, Eli Lieb and Steve Grand ~ The first leg of his world tour left Cole singing with half his heart
Like I’m Gonna Lose You, Meghan Trainor, feat. John Legend ~ Rose and Cole both know life is precious
Invincible, Kelly Clarkson ~ Rose’s theme song
Salute, Little Mix ~ Rose and Shari take on Greta (and the world!)
I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas ~ for RM Publicity’s debut party
Marry Me, Train ~ you need to get to the end of the book and you’ll understand
Sunday Morning, Maroon 5 ~ such a sexy song for a sexy couple
For as long as Arell Rivers remembers, she has been lost in a book. During her senior year in college, she picked up a Danielle Steel novel … and instantly was hooked on romance.
She started writing her first novel, No One to Hold, because the characters were screaming at her to do so. The story started coming out in Arell’s dreams and attacking her in the shower, so she took to the computer to shut them up. But they kept talking.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Arell has what some may call a “checkered past.” Prior to discovering her passion for writing romance, she practiced law, was a wedding and event planner and even dabbled in marketing. She lives with a very supportive husband and two mischievous cats. When not in her writing cave, Arell can be found making dinner in the crock pot, working out with Shaun T or hitting the beach.
She hopes you enjoy her stories about driven men, strong women and the passions that ignite!