Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hard to Hold On: Shanora Willams

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For the past four months, Natalie Carmichael and Nolan Young have been complete. Everything still feels right in their passion-filled world. It still feels natural - that is until Nolan's mother passes away.
Things begin to turn for the worst for Nolan and his brother Mills. After losing their father from previous years before, it's a tragedy on top of a tragedy. Along with the loss, Natalie and Nolan will face obstacles that they aren't so sure they can handle.
From the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling novel, Hard to Resist, Natalie and Nolan will realize that there is something in their relationship that will have them either wanting to run away or trying to stick through it.
Will Natalie and Nolan stick together? Can they hold on to what they've worked so hard to keep going?

Love was found. Their only hope is that it never gets lost.

It seemed as if everything was spinning around us. The sunset had faded into night but Nolan was still going. The wind grew harsher, almost intimidating. It seemed as if a tornado was coming our way from being so strong. If I weren’t mistaken, chaos was trying to interrupt our perfect moment.

And then he just stopped. He stared down at me, his eyes confused. Hurt. Lost. He didn’t say a word as he pushed himself into a stand. I couldn’t help but stare at him. I watched his every move. The way he buttoned his jeans sullenly. The way he ran his hand through his hair continuously. Nolan looked down at me, his eyes clouded with worry.

“I have to go,” he murmured, eyes glistening. “She needs me. I have to go.”

I couldn’t speak—I wanted to so badly, but I couldn’t. Where did he have to go? Who needed him? It was then that I’d noticed that I wanted to stand but couldn’t. My body was frozen in place and the only thing that seemed to be moving was my eyes. He started to walk away from me, not looking back at all. I could hear myself crying his name but it was like he couldn’t even hear me. It was like I didn’t even exist—like somehow I had become invisible. Nolan’s walk turned into a sprint in the direction of the moon and I continued to watch until he was gone. Until he was completely out of sight and there was no remainder of his presence.

As soon as he was gone, I happened to inhale and scramble to my feet. I was left in the dark, alone. Terrified. Confused. I raced in the direction he had taken off in and searched for him everywhere, but I couldn’t find him, no matter how hard I’d looked.

Holy Freakin' Hell! What a total angst-fest! It was enough to make me want to pull my hair out and smash my kindle and made me stay up til almost 2 am when I have to get up for work at 5 am. Bad Bad Shanora!

This is the sequel to Hard to Resist and it takes place a few months after the separation of Nolan and Natalie in book one when Nolan went back to California to take care of his mom. Nolan and Nat have been apart but were doing okay, until Nolan goes through a traumatic event and Nat tries to be there for him. But now the tables are turned and Nolan is depressed, and closed off and it is Nat's turn to try to reach him.

I don't want to hurt you, Bunny...I need space right now. I can't deal with anyone's emotions outside of my own. 

Nolan picked me up after being hurt once before but this has just crushed me completely. My heart is bursting and the pieces are scattering throughout my entire body.

This begins a roller coaster of miscommunication, running away, avoidance, jealousy, trouble from outside influences, fear, anger, and insecurity. It put me through the wringer! I was seriously angry at at least one characters in every part of the book! First Nolan, then Nat, then Nolan, then Tyler(the new guy), then Sharon(the ex), then Nat, and so on. Nolan and Nat drove me crazy! They just had such a hard time getting back on the same page and they have a tendency to make rash decisions, pass quick judgments, and allow insecurities to interfere. Their pasts still haunt them and have an effect on their present relationship. It was emotional whiplash with them going back and forth so much. But again, I still felt like they needed to be together. 

"We're not ending, Natalie. I don't care what I have to do to keep you, I will. I don't care what I have to go through to keep you with me. You're mine."

There were people trying to keep them apart and friends trying to help keep them together. But through it all, I still felt that they truly loved each other, had something special, and belonged together. And they still have very hot chemistry and steamy encounters. But their communication skills are still seriously lacking and they both make poor choices. It was a really rough road for them.

I loved getting to see more of Harper and Dawson...it was great to see how their relationship is developing. And we were given more insight into his brother Mills in this story. I grew to like him more than I did in the first book.. There are two new characters that seriously needed to get their butts kicked. Tyler is a new guy that Nat meets at school. He seems too good to be true. And Nolan's ex Sharon cannot seem to keep her nose out of their business. Like they did not already have enough drama going on already. And there are some twists and turns that make you keep flipping pages. 

We get both Nolan and Nat's POV so you feel the heartache, the fear, the loss, the anger, the insecurity all first hand. Finally, things seem to be calming down in Nolan and Nat's world and we can breathe a little bit. But will it all be too little too late? In the end will they find it harder to hold on or harder to just let go?

Looking forward to another book in the series featuring more from Harper and Dawson.

Thanks to Shanora Williams for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 
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Shanora was born and raised in Matthews, North Carolina. She's a young, happy writer that loves the power of words. She's the author of The Story of Jackson Haddock, the New Adult OBTAINED series, and the New Adult novel, Hard to Resist.
When she's not writing, she's reading or watching cartoons like a big kid. You'll always catch her laughing during the most random times. She still resides in Matthews, North Carolina and I has a wonderful family that you will hear her brag and talk about constantly. Whenever she wants to get away from words, she'll spend some time with her loved ones, eat gummy bears, or go get a drink from Starbucks-- depending on the weather. Her favorite hot drink during winter is a White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream and her favorite cold drink is a Strawberry and Cream Frappuccino.

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