I’m a former slave. The sister of death. Collateral.
He’s a bad man. A cartel boss— and my everything. I thought I was done being someone’s toy, but I was so very wrong. Safety is nothing more than a premise in my world, and it seems my own sister can’t be trusted. Loyalties will be tested, and even my big bad wolf might not be able to save me this time.
A priceless pawn. A knight in blood stained armor. A love worthy of any sacrifice.
Hate me or hold me?
Hold Me was as heartbreaking as it was an intense rush of carefully calculated suspense. This book is full of secrets, schemes, and sacrifice. The idea of putting everything you’ve ever wanted or needed on the line for love was the backbone of the story and informed every aspect of the decisions each character made.
Hold Me is the second book in LP Lovell’s Collateral series. This book can not be read as a stand-alone, the first book in the series, Hate Me, begins Anna and Rafael’s journey and it must be read first to understand what is going on in Hold Me. This series will be continued into a third book. Hold Me is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Anna and Rafael.
Again, the backdrop of Mexican cartels along with the Italian and Russian mafias gave a morbid yet engrossing backdrop for Anna and Rafael’s story. The plot was teeming with subterfuge, precarious alliances, and violence. I loved how it all interplayed with the development of Anna and Rafael’s relationship.
If I thought Anna was heartbroken and destroyed in Hate Me, it was nothing compared to what she went through in this book. Her storyline devastated me in this book. I ached for her, for what she lost, for what she endured, for what she resorted to, so she could feel again. Her growth, in spite of everything, was impressive and I only hope she’s able to regain enough of what she’s lost to heal, again.
Rafael was, once again, an enigma. The tenderness and care with which he treats Anna in complete opposition from the violence and cunning he bestows on nearly everyone else he interacts with. While I did feel like I had a better grasp on his character and motivations, I would still like to see more of what shaped him into the paradoxical person he is.
I haven’t read the series these books have spun off from, but from the bit we got to see of the hero and heroine from that duet, I know I need to read it soon. Una and Nero were fascinating, and their dynamic seems unusual, I can’t wait to see what they’re all about. Not having read this series first has not adversely affected my enjoyment of the Collateral series in any way, it has only heightened my desire to read the Kiss of Death series.
LP Lovell knows how to write about the seedy underworld. She has layered all the most vile and savage things in the world and turned it into a fascinating kaleidoscope through which to experience an all-consuming love story. I was devastated by how this installment of Anna and Rafael’s story ended, and I can barely contain my desire to get the next part of their story.
I am a whore. A slave. A possession. I accepted my fate long ago, but fate is not done with me yet. Freedom is so close I can almost taste it, only to have it snatched away under the guise of protection. A guilded cage is still a cage. Friend or foe? Saviour or oppressor? Rafael D’Cruze is a bad man. I hate him, so why do I feel safe with him?
She’s a favour. Collateral. A pretty slave. I have no interest in her beyond keeping her alive for the man who now owns her. And yet…I’m fascinated by the little Russian. There is no room for weakness in my world, but it appears the delicate rose has steel petals. I’m willing to bleed for a willing touch, a trusting glance…
A broken little bird. The big bad wolf. A longing that could heal or destroy.
Hate me or hold me?
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologize for afterwards.
She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.