Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic kLe by Stella is destroyed by fire and Anna insists her brother a contractor helps her rebuild The chemistry between the characters is obvious from their first meeting despite the age difference Luca is 6 years younger than her At 29 and still establishing his new business Luca hasn t given much thought to settling down but he is intrigued by the feisty if prickly Stella While he is one of the least complicated heroes of this series Stella is perhaps the most complex heroine Fiercely independent a tumultuous childhood and a devastating betrayal has ensured she trusts no one She is certain she isn t interested in any type of relationship but Luca slowly wears down her defenses and Stella is eventually forced to confront her demonsI love that Julia and Ry Nobody But Him Lizzie and Dan Someone Like You and Anna and Joe Our Kind of Love play a part in this story and I was glad for the opportunity to revisit the beautiful coast of Adelaide I enjoyed losing myself in the romance drama humor and heat of Hold On To Me and am happy to recommend it Those familiar with Victoria Purman s Boys of Summer series will recognise familiar characters in the latest of the series Hold on to Me It s a boss employee story with a twist Stella is the boss and Luca the employee Only thing is Luca has ideas of his own which goes against Stella s fierce need for control and independence From the start Purman had me caught up in Stella and Luca s burning attraction and sheept the reader waiting with plenty of nearly not uite love scenes before bringing them together in a sizzling tumble that is pretty swoon worthy Purman doesn t hold back on the heat so be prepared for lots of spice from Stella s red hot Italian lover The Boys of Summer series began as a trilogy but many fans and Victoria herself were sad to say goodbye to Middle Point and the cast of characters we have grown to now and love It seems Middle Point wasn t ready for us to say goodbye either and the series continues with Hold On To Me which hopefully will still not be the lastHold On To Me brings us a whole new insight into the character of Stella Ryan the successful businesswoman and owner of the popular boutiue Style by Stella Stella spent half her childhood in Middle Point and has been back for the last five years building her business Stella is by far the most complicated of Purman s heroines and I think she became the one I feel the most for All of the heroines have baggage as do the heroes and none of the roads to love have been smooth but Stella really touched meStella lives just up the road from Middle Point in the very real South Australian coastal town of Port Eliot She opened Style by Stella four years ago and the business is her baby so when it is completely waterlogged after a fire in the neighbouring business Stella is devastatedStyle by Stella wasn t fire or smoke damaged but it was water damaged and all of her stock is gone the interior is ruined the ceiling is falling in and there s a big chunk of roof missing Stella is determined to
this adversity she started from scratch before and she can do it again she has all the insurance she could possibly need so this is just a hurdleThe community is small and news travels fast and everyone wants toOvercome This Adversity She
Do What They Can To Help Annawhat they can to help Anna of Our Kind of Love has a younger brother who has his own construction company and she is straight on the phone to him The Morelli s are a large close Italian family and Luca nows saying no to his sister is asking for trouble so he gets in touch even though he has just picked up the Alien Conquest keys for his new house a renovator s dream that he had cleared his schedule to work onThe remainer of my review will be live at Beauty and Lace As a non reader of romance I surprised myself last year by enjoying Victoria Purman s Only We Know so when I saw the South Australian author had another book out I decided to take a chance yet againWhat I didn t realise however was that Hold On To Me was part of a series Fortunately it didn t matter that I hadn t read its three predecessors and I might not have even realised it was the fourth instalment if Goodreads hadn t told me so I gather the novels are linked so I m now a tadeen to go back and read how some of the other couples from the South Australian coastal towns got togetherAgain Purman s created great characters and I very much liked Stella She was typically headstrong and damaged but obviously holding onto a lot of shit she needed to let goLuca could have been a bit of a stereotype ie the buff younger builder but he s also very likeable and we re provided with a lot of insight into his character The plot s also solid and I was interested enough to read the entire book in a sitting #I Did Struggle With The Occasional Cliche But I M #did struggle with the occasional cliche but I m regular readers of the romance genre or those less cynical wouldn t have a problem I passed an enjoyable few hours with this novel and wouldn t hesitate to recommend it Read the full review on my blog star. Efore long Stella and Luca find that a working relationship isn't the only thing developing between them But the closer they get the ghosts of Stella's past come to haunt her once Can she ever believe a man again And if she can is the much younger Luca Morelli the man she can trust with her heartA Boys of Summer nove. I was given this ARC for a fair and "honest review I love how Victoria has created Luca and Stella I love the flow of the story from "review I love how Victoria has created Luca and Stella I love the flow of the story from beginning to the end I would recommend this to friends and family to read I can t wait to read from Victoria Stella s background and past demons rear up in the story and often impacts her character emotionally for varied reasons and pulls at the heartstrings a time or three On the flip side Stella s inner dialogue and constant reminder Put the young man down was hilariousLoved the fiery introduction between Stella and Luca Colossal heat and chemistry between the two of them through each of the chapters that just got hotter as the story progressed The friendships in the story were heartwarming and uplifting to read and it was nice to glimpse past characters in the series who made a surprise appearance in the story Hold On To Me by Victoria Purman held this reader captive from start to finish and did not disappoint Review copy indly received from the Publisher Hold On To Me is another novel in Victoria Purman s Boys of Summer series I ve read the previous novels and really enjoyed them Stella was introduced briefly before and Luca is Anna Morelli s brother so I was pleased to get the opportunity to head back to this world and catch up with what is happeningThis one is a little slow to get moving the cafe next to Stella s shop catches fire and although her shop doesn t burn it does take uite a bit of water damage from the fire brigade putting out the fire She hires Anna Morelli s brother Luca to repair the shop as well as make some improvements Luca has ideas and together the two of them begin to plan a much better space whilst a simmering attraction starts between themLuca is 29 to Stella s 35 and this is something that does preoccupy her I m almost the same age as Stella and I have to admit I didn t find it to be such a big deal Perhaps because my husband is older than me I don t tend to view age gaps the same as many others might But 6 years when both characters are around 30ish didn t seem much at all If Stella had been 45 and Luca 25 it might ve been something I felt easy for her to panic over After all when you stretch that far people can be in very different life placesespecially if the older character is female By the time the guy gets to 30 and might think about wanting children the woman is most likely going to find that difficult When the situation is reversed men can eep fathering children well into their senior years I think in some ways it was trying to portray that being younger Luca was often the one settled ready for what was happening but this was occasionally spoiled by him storming off in a huff getting angry over being jealous or becoming moody in a way that was just vaguely explained as being because he s Italian Also Anna refers to her brother as bella several times throughout this book which made me giggle I m assuming it s supposed to be belloWhat I did really love about this book is the strong friendship between all of the women well couples that have each been previously featured in a book They catch up freuently and share their lives and have girls nights and #GUYS NIGHTS M ASSUMING AND #nights I m assuming and some match make the not yet paired up members I also really liked the little side plot of Stella s friend Summer and her finding of romance Actually I think I would ve liked to have read about that The women are all so closely Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery knit and their friendship is written in such a natural and genuine way It makes this seem like a really lovely place to live the sort of place you d love to move to even if just to be included in that sort of friendship groupStella had a pretty rough childhood and it s definitely affected her into her adulthood as well as the failed relationship that sent her fleeing back to Middle Point She s had to overcome uite a fewnocks and she s very determined and strong but at the same time she does tend to have a streak of the vulnerable in her and she finds it very hard to trust I felt as though Stella had uite a bit of justification to be as emotionally stunted as she was even though it did make her at times a little frustrating She was stubborn clinging onto this stuff from her childhood and allowing it to continue affecting her every day life but thankfully she did manage to take some steps towards letting it all go as well as what happened with the relationship in her past once she got over the idea that she might somehow be publicly humiliated in some way and that it would change people s perceptions of herDespite a few niggles with this one mostly personal not seeing what the big deal was with the age and Stella needing to constantly tell herself to leave the young man alone etc I did enjoy this story and I loved being back in this part of the world catching up with the other couples and seeing what was going on in their lives Victoria Purman has created a really nice community here and populated it with lovely people the sort that you. Can she learn to trust him and love againStella wasn't looking for love – and especially not from a younger manWhen Stella Ryan's successful life in Sydney crumbled she returned flat broke – and broken hearted – to the beachside town she'd once called home Five years on she's opened a boutiue and rebuilt her li.