Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Spotlight for Don't Let Go by Nona Raines (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Readers who enjoy stories of reunited friends to lovers will find this novella a sweet slice of life.  Keep reading to get a taste of Don't Let Go by Nona Raines along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 GC too.

Annalee wants a no-strings fling. Eric's all about the strings. Twelve years ago, when Eric Sorenson's date dumped him right before the Senior Prom, his older sister’s best friend stepped in to save him from total humiliation. He never forgot Annalee or what she did for him that night…or the kiss they shared. He wants Annalee, and if he has his way, they'll take up where they left off. And this time, he won't let go.
After a messy divorce, Annalee's not looking forward to her high school reunion. She's shocked when Eric appears at her door ready to return the favor and play escort. Gone is the inexperienced boy with a severe stutter—he's a striking, confident man. The memory of the kiss they shared rekindles an attraction that never died, and she's been on her own for a year. Isn't she entitled to kick loose and have a let's-go-crazy night?


Gently, he released her and lifted the lid of the box in his hand to reveal a perfect white rose.
“Do you remember this?” His voice was low and intimate.
The hairs on her neck prickled. “Of course.” She looked at him. “Your senior prom. I was wearing a white rose.”
“That’s right. And you brought me a matching boutonniere.” He nodded at the rosebud in his buttonhole. “You had on a blue dress.”
Her breath caught. “Yes,” she said, suddenly recalling. “The gown was blue.” He remembered that? After all these years?
“Hell, I’ll never forget it,” he growled. “You were hot. But not as hot as you are tonight.” His gaze licked over her as it traveled up and down her body. “You look incredible.” The appreciation in his face and voice sent a warm glow through her. When was the last time anyone thought her hot?
He set the box on the hall table and removed the corsage. “Will you wear this and allow me the honor of being your date tonight?”
“Oh, Eric.” A weight lifted from her spirit. With him beside her, she wouldn’t have to face everyone alone. Dee and Thom were great friends with good hearts, but with them, she was always the third wheel.
Of course, there would still be gossip tonight. Only now, the gossips would be envious, wondering what Annalee Mondello, formerly Donovan, was doing with such a sexy man. Speculating what the two of them might be doing after the party. An image flashed. She and Eric together. Naked, in bed. Her bed.
Her breath caught. Could she do that, let herself go there? Why not? He was free, and so was she. Dee had all but given the go-ahead. She’d been alone for so long. Lonely, even in her marriage. Wasn’t it time to grab a little happiness, a bit of fun?


Those looking for a sweet yet sensual interlude will find this tale of star-crossed lovers a delightfully entertaining read.  With a nicely paced storyline, and an unrequited connection between the two main characters that keeps them from their HEA, readers quickly become fully immersed in this endearing and steamy read.  Theirs is an emotional journey full of misunderstandings and fear that keeps you guessing until the very end in a heartwarming and much deserved conclusion.

Annalee is a likable older woman dealing with the fall-out from her divorce to the town's Golden Boy.  She thinks she's over the pain but being around him brings out her insecurities and has her fearing what the sweet and supportive Eric offers her.  Annalee was easy to relate to with fears that are believable but the fears are holding her back from someone who truly appreciates her.  Eric is her best friend's brother and he's loved her for over a decade.  Their romantic connection at his Prom profoundly affected both of them but fate kept them apart.  He never forgot about her and is back to finally claim her until fate intervenes again.  Eric suffered from severe stuttering as a child but Annalee never saw him as weak.  Even then she knew he was special as he treated her with care and as a true gentleman.  He's sacrificed his own happiness for her time and again while waiting for her which endeared him to me and showed how in love with her he is.

This was a heartwarming story about fate and grasping happiness when it's offered.  It may be short on word count but it's a fully fleshed-out story with a likable main couple whose relationship puts readers through the emotional wringer but in a very satisfying way.  Readers looking for a little afternoon delight will find this the perfect emotional roller coaster ride!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.


Nona Raines is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild  Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs.  Her most recent work is the erotic romance novella Read to Me.



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