Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hard To Hold On by Shanora Williams Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway!!

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.

Jenn's Review:
Let me begin by saying that I loved Hard to Resist. Nolan and Nat hooked me from the beginning and I could not wait to get the rest of their story. And holy crap, what a story. There was so much drama, angst and just plain craziness that I really wanted to put my kindle in the freezer and take a breather!

Thank goodness we get Nat and Nolan’s POVs. And Shanora does a fantastic job getting into the minds of both characters. We deal with the death of Nolan’s mom and we find out what he is thinking. Even though I wondered if he was thinking at all sometimes! I felt Natalie’s fear and heartbreak and was so nervous throughout so much of the book! The outside forces (other characters we meet) were doing their job at trying to keep them apart and doing it well.

Natalie and Nolan made assumptions about each other that caused so many problems. If the couple would talk it out instead of heading off in other directions…well then, I guess we would not have had this story to read!

I enjoyed the story very much. Even though my nerves were shot and my heart hurt from so much going on, Shanora hooked me again. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

About the Author:
   Shanora was born and raised in Matthews, North Carolina. She’s the author of The Story of Jackson Haddock, the New Adult series, OBTAINED, the New Adult novel, Hard to Resist, and the author of the upcoming New Adult novel Falling for Trouble.

When she’s not writing, she’s happily reading or watching cartoons like a big kid. She has a wonderful family that you will hear her brag and talk about all of the time. Whenever she just wants to get away from the words for a while, 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! Her biggest dream is to have people all over the world enjoy her books and her writing.

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