Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review: "Know When to Hold Him" (Lindsay Emory)

Never underestimated the age-old, little-girl fantasy of being rescued by a knight in shining armor. You never know when it might come true.

Spencer Hightower, the daughter of a ruthless and cunning United States senator, does not lose.


She doesn’t lose at trivia games, or when she places a good-natured bet, or in relationships, or when she’s working to tidy up the legal messes other people make of their lives. Her workaholic drive—or, perhaps, obsession—keeps her single until one of her dates takes a nasty turn and a stranger with impeccable timing shows up to rescue her. After that, she can’t get the mystery man out of her head.

And then she meets him in person. Liam Connelly is not only a friend of a close friend but also the man on the other side of the current scandal on which Spencer is working. Their respective clients are at odds, which (in Spencer’s mind) means that she and Liam are automatically at war. Liam insists that they can keep their growing attraction separate from their work, but when they finally fall into bed together, things are complicated beyond even their collective control.

Know When to Hold Him, a Love & War in Dallas novel by Lindsay Emory, is newly published this month by Select Contemporary, an imprint of Entangled Publishing. The characters are intriguing; the premise is unexpected; and the outcome is one you won’t see coming.

Spencer Hightower, from a wealthy and influential family, is the focal point of the work, and one of the most complex characters present. Her relationship with her emotionally absent father is strained at best, and yet Spencer herself is just as ruthless and unforgiving as her father is in his political endeavors. She, too, keeps strategic secrets and racks up business relationships in which others owe her favors so that the next time a job lands on her desk, she has every resource at her fingertips to expend on behalf of her client. She doesn’t do vulnerability, weakness, patience, or trust … all of which, naturally enough, Liam Connelly demands from her.

The sexual tension between the two is positively steamy, and their eventual rendezvous are impassioned and underscored with the kind of tension that only an expert author can interweave, as the characters’ agendas, desires, and approaches to life clash time and again, even in the bedroom (vulnerability meets bullheadedness, for instance).

For a fascinating, thoroughly entertaining read, look no further.

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Author: Lindsay Emory
Title: Know When to Hold Him
Publisher: Select Contemporary (Entangled Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-209-2
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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